High School Students

Are you ready to get a jump-start on your career? You can earn your high school diploma and an associate degree in a world-class career-training program at the same time, tuition-free.

Interested students must meet with an advisor* before they can be admitted into Bates’ programs as a high school student.

Our advisors lead the orientation* sessions. They will present various choices for high school students; lead prospective students through a work session on career planning tied to our offerings, and provide an overview of the required forms and student information needed in order to successfully enroll at Bates’ Technical High School.

*In-person high school orientations are canceled until further notice. Please contact a high school advisor if you’d like to get started.
  • Lexine Torres:  ltorres@batestech.edu or 253.680.7479

Connect with a Student Peer Mentor here:

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About our Peer Mentors

Student Peer Mentor: Jacob Colby

Started At Bates: Fall 2021

Program: Digital Media

Dream Job: My dream job is to become a video editor, specifically editing shorter videos like commercials and mini-documentaries. I have always had a passion for video editing, and feel it is a career in which I will excel.

Why I chose Bates: After my junior year of high school, I felt like my high school was stunting my growth as a student. When I found out about Bates and the high school program, I was stoked. I chose Bates because it would allow me to grow in many areas, and get a head start on my career.

Why Are You a peer mentor: I became a Peer Mentor because I feel the community that Bates has created is great and wanted to be a part of it. Everyone has been very helpful every step of the way, and I want to provide that sense of community to future and current students.

Advice for incoming students: ASK QUESTIONS!!! No question is a stupid question.

How I spend my free time: Playing video games, listing to music, going on walks throughout the city


Peer Mentor

Student Peer Mentor: Gabrianna Stegall

Program: Digital Media

Why I chose Bates: I chose Bates Technical College so I could get a second chance at school. I’m trying to improve my life.

Why Are You a peer mentor: I’m a peer mentor because I feel like we should have more activities and more fun as high school students, I also feel like we should take the lead to make this happen. 


Peer Mentor

Student Peer Mentor: Jayden Baker-Barnhart

Started At Bates: January 2022

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Why I chose Bates: Bates seemed like an amazing alternative to traditional high school, which I had been struggling with ever since COVID struck. Bates gave me a chance to get back on my feet.

Why Are You a peer mentor: I was told about the position by my mom, it seemed like a good opportunity to get some professional experience.  

Hobbies: Some of my hobbies include skateboarding, gardening, gaming, listening to music, and playing the bass guitar.


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