Student Resources

Committed to your success.

At Bates Technical College, we understand that everyone who steps onto one of our three vibrant campuses arrives with their own diverse and unique set of circumstances. Our friendly staff are here to help you succeed. Bates offers several services designed to help you reach your educational goals. Whether you’re just getting started and need to learn about the admissions process, or whether you’re a current student looking for places to get help, you’ve come to the right place.

Below and at right, you’ll find helpful resources aimed at supporting you at every turn during your educational journey.

Accessing your courses

Your health and well-being is our priority. Remote learning made easy.

Download a PDF

In response to COVID-19, most of our college programs have shifted to remote delivery. Canvas is our online learning portal.

How to log into Canvas?

  1. Visit the college Canvas page
  2. Enter your Student ID number for BOTH username and password. You can change your password after you log on.
  3. Using Canvas will allow you do a variety of things remotely, like read the course syllabus, take quizzes, submit assignments, participate in discussions, check your grades, chat with your instructor, create a dashboard for easy access, update your contact information, and stay on track to graduate.

About the Online Transition Course on Canvas

All students who registered for Spring Quarter are enrolled in the Online Transition Course. Here, you’ll find helpful resources, like the video below, to guide you and make this transition as smooth as possible.

New to Canvas? Feel a little unsure of yourself? This video will walk you through the basics of Canvas, including:

  1. How to login
  2. How to customize your dashboard
  3. How to access the new to-do list in Canvas
  4. How to customize your account settings, including your password and your notification settings
  5. A friendly reminder to download the app.

Need help?
Contact the Online Learning Center:

Make things easier. Download a free Canvas app!
Just search for Canvas and select the Canvas Student app using Google Play or Apple store.

At this time, you can pay two ways:

Online, using this portal
Chrome Internet browser users: If you are having difficulties making your payment online, please try using Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you still cannot pay online, please email us at

By mailing a check:
You can mail a check to:
Bates Technical College, Cashier
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405

Note: The Cashier’s Office is currently processing all refunds as checks, sent directly to the address the student has on file with the college. Checks are processed twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The exceptions are the students who paid online through the college website, those are refunded back to the same credit or debit card used on the website. Again, this is only web payments, through our partner, CyberSource.

Returning students

  1. Apply for financial aid, if you haven’t already
  2. Call an advisor to register for classes: 253.680.7002 (please note that you will have to leave a message and wait for someone to return your call)
  3. Work with your instructor to make a plan for your online/lab learning schedule

New Students

Follow these steps!

  1. Apply for admission to Bates Technical College
  2. Complete steps to enrollment with an advisor
  3. Apply for financial aid
  4. Establish college placement
  5. Call an advisor to register for classes: (please note that you will have to leave a message and wait for someone to return your call)
  6. Attend an online new student orientation
  7. Attend remote classes and limited on-site labs (on-site labs begin Monday, April 13)

Easy downloadable resources

CARES Act grant funds

CARES Act Grant Funding

Bates Technical College Foundation

The Bates Foundation’s only mission is to provide resources to support students and college success and our donors want to help you!  The Emergency Assistance Fund provides support to students who are most at risk of abandoning their education due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic. The funding can be used to provide essential needs such as rent, food, transportation, etc. For more information and the application link go to:

Questions?  Contact LeAnn Dreier

Community resources

If you are facing financial strain or hardships due to COVID-19, the following resources are available to help.

Food banks

We understand that the current public health emergency in response to COVID-19 has disrupted life, and you might be feeling anxiety or stress as you begin Spring Quarter.

Bates Technical College is here for you.

Our College Counselor Diane Shepard is available for virtual meetings. You can find her contact information here. 

Helpful resources curated by College Counselor Diane Shepard:

Stress and anxiety

Financial assistance

Other resources

  • Bates Library Digital Equity: This guide was created as a resource for current Bates Technical College students to support online learning during the COVID-19 campus closure by providing information about free or low cost internet and devices.
  • College campus parking lot Wi-Fi: You can drive to any of our three campuses and access the Wi-Fi network from a parking lot near the building(s). Use your Bates email and password to log into the Bates Wi-Fi network. Use this handy Wi-Fi map for more details and information.
  • Xfinity Internet: You may also qualify for Xfinity (Comcast). Learn more here.
  • Drive-in Wi-Fi: Launching primarily as parking lot hotspots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the free community Wi-Fi is accessible regardless of how users arrive at the locations. Some sites also offer indoor public access during business hours. Everyone using the sites – outside or inside – must practice social distancing and hygiene precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary. For complete information and a map of locations, visit The map will be updated as more sites come online

Many publishers are offering free eBook access to help during this time of transition. Check the list of publishers for options to get access to your textbooks or other helpful resources. Some sites may require you to create a free account.


Additional resources

Bates Technical College is operating remotely, with limited labs on campus. We’re here to help you virtually. Learn more about our efforts to keep students and employees healthy and safe on the COVID-19 resource page.