Bates is among the top schools in the nation dedicated to doing the most for military service members, veterans and their dependents.

Bates Technical College recently earned a “Military Friendly School” designation in the 2016 Victory Media Military Friendly® Schools List for the fourth consecutive year. The annual list honors the higher education institutions with services, programs and more that are designed to help ensure the success of America’s service members, veterans and spouses as students.

Bates has an active student veteran club, whose members make it possible for the college to offer two student veteran centers. In addition to offering valuable resources and assistance, the centers serve as a gathering space for veterans, military members, spouses and their dependents.

College President Dr. Ron Langrell said this recognition helps reinforce our commitment and dedication to the hundreds of veteran students who choose Bates as their educational partner after serving in the military. “As a community-based technical college with a major military base as partners, we make it a priority to help our veterans become career-ready and build on the skills and abilities acquired during their military service.”

This year’s lists highlight more than 1,400 Military Friendly® Schools and 220 Military Friendly® Employers exhibiting best practices in support of military students and employees, respectively. Institutions of higher learning competed for the title by completing an extensive survey covering ten indicators of success, including:

  • Support for student veterans on campus,
  • Graduation and employment outcomes, and
  • Military spouse policies.

Companies were surveyed about key programs and policies, such as:

  • The strength of military recruiting efforts,
  • Percentage of new hires with prior military service
  • Retention programs for veterans, and
  • Policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

For more information about Bates’ military or veterans’ benefits, please visit

About Military Friendly®
Military Friendly® is part of the ratings division of Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business. Military Friendly® rates companies and colleges on their programs to recruit and retain veterans and military spouses. Military Friendly® is a federally trademarked term, created in 2003 by Victory Media.

The Military Friendly® assessment process includes extensive research and required completion of a proprietary, data-driven survey. All Military Friendly® surveys, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of higher education and recruitment professionals from across the country. The survey is administered for free. Criteria for consideration and more information can be found at

About Victory Media
Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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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