Two students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Posted: April 28, 2021

Two Bates Technical College students have recently been named to the prestigious AllWashington Academic Team, a program that recognizes two-year college students with high academic achievements and a dedication to community service.

Photo of Ian KarnasCivil Engineering program student Ian Karnas, 27, is a South Bend native who joined the Army as a watercraft engineer after high school. After nearly 10 years of service, he researched engineering schools to further his education. Karnas discovered Bates’ Civil Engineering program, enrolled and became active in the college Phi Theta Kappa chapter, the honor society for two-year colleges. He graduated in March and is now employed in the industry at Jacobs Engineering Group. Karnas’ five-year plan is to obtain a master’s degree in coastal engineering, and eventually earn a doctorate.

Breanna Rohde, 25, is a student enrolled in advanced manufacturing program with the ultimate career goal of becoming a mechanical engineer. Rohde knew what she wanted to do professionally early on. As a young girl, she was fascinated with how things were built. The older she grew, the more her curiosity blossomed for design, manufacturing and engineering. Along with herPhoto of Breanna Rohde spouse, Rohde moved to Washington seeking a college degree with hands-on learning in manufacturing. Learning of Bates through her job, she enrolled. The working mother is on track to graduate this winter and hopes to eventually secure an automobile design and remanufacturing career.

Each AllWashington Academic Team member received a $250 scholarship from KeyBank. Rohde was ranked in the top 16 and received a $750 scholarship from Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU).

virtual event honoring the state’s AllWashington Academic Team featured Governor Jay Inslee, and speakers from Phi Theta Kappa, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, scholarship sponsors KeyBank, WSECU, and more.

For more information about the AllWashington Academic Team, go to

About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College is a part of the state’s public two-year college system and offers certificate and degree opportunities in 45+ career education programs. The college serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 6,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.


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