Students will receive scholarships and recognition as part of prestigious academic team

Bates Technical College students Brian Drayton and Stokely Leggett have been selected to represent the college as members of the All-Washington Academic Team. The All-Washington Academic Team program showcases and honors high-achieving students enrolled in the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. The students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community.

Drayton and Leggett will be honored and presented with a medallion at a recognition ceremony for the team in Olympia on March 24 at South Puget Sound Community College.

Public service drives Brian Drayton. The 44-year-old Computer Networking and Systems Technician student is a veteran, with 24 years of service in the U.S. Navy. The first in his family to pursue higher education, Drayton will earn his second associate degree this year. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree and continue his public service working in the cyber security field for an organization like the FBI, where he recently interned.

After an abrupt departure from Stokely Leggett’s longtime job as a moving company dispatcher, he decided to pursue his dream career. The Broadcasting/Video Production student chose Bates because of its reputation, small class sizes and hands-on learning focus. Leggett juggles three part-time or on-call jobs, and is a semi-pro football player. The 45-year-old will earn his degree in 2016 and hopes to work as an audio engineer or producer.

Drayton and Leggett will each receive a $250 scholarship from KeyBank, and will have the opportunity to receive other scholarships.  Additionally, several Washington state public and private four-year colleges and universities will extend scholarships to academic team members who transfer into their institutions.

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About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in nearly 50 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 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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