This Week on Campus


Sure Oak Scholarship – Now

Sure Oak is offering $1,000 scholarships to all undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university. Applicants must submit 1,000-1,500 word essay detailing how an education from your college or university will help you achieve your goals. What drew you to this particular college or university? Where do you see yourself in the next five years? How do you plan to get there?  All application components must be submitted by July 15, 2018. A winner will be selected and notified by August 1, 2018. Apply here:

Rock Painting Thursdays Thursday

This Thursday from 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM in the Student Diversity Center, room C 303

Downtown. For more information go to:

Order You Cap and Gown – Friday

Order your cap, gown, and tassel for $34.50, plus tax. Extra and souvenir tassels are $4.50, plus tax. Go to to order by March 30, 2018! Our gown color is royal blue, though the photo on the website may show a different color. You can pick up your order at the Downtown Campus Store beginning May 4, 2018.

Volunteers needed – Friday

Peace Community Center is having a Career Fair on Friday, March 30th, from 3 PM –5:30 PM. The center would like to have as many Bates Technical College students as possible to talk with their high school students about career choices. Interested students should contact:

ASG and Student Life

S&A Fee @ ASG General Assembly 

Please join us for the next ASG General Assembly April 18, from 11:15-12:15 in the South Campus Auditorium to review and vote on the proposed Services and Activity Fee and budget.

X Intersectionality Club

The club also has open leadership opportunities for treasurer, vice-president, secretary & public relations. For more information, contact Megan Sales,

Sustainability Club

Are you interested in organic gardening? The Sustainability Club meets every Wednesday in the Downtown Campus Cafeteria from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM. For more information, contact Gabriel Montgomery,

Robotics Club

Interested in Robotics?  Bates Bots meets every Thursday in room C 102 (Electronics, Downtown Campus). Come check us out! Read more about the club in The Insider.

Student Clubs

Start a student club! Visit our club website It is a great opportunity to meet new people who share a common interest.

DSS News

Handbook helps connect students in need with community services

From the Salvation Army and Alcoholics Anonymous to Metropolitan Development Council and Hope Sparks, if you need to connect with a community resource, then this is the handbook for you. Bates Technical College’s Disability Support Services (DSS) has updated its Directory of Community Services, filled with contact information for local services that will make it easier to connect students in need to community services. The document is located on the right ‘contact us’ panel on the DSS webpage. DSS coordinator Dan Eberle says, “We publish this document because of the needs of our students. It’s important to their educational success to make sure they have all the support they need, including a convenient way to for them to seek assistance from these resources,” he says. Read more on The Insider.

Commencement News

Apply to Walk at Graduation

If you are eligible for graduation, you will need to apply to walk in commencement. Follow these steps:

  1. Complete a Commencement Registration Form
  2. Turn in your paperwork and pay the registration fee.  (Note: the fee increases after Friday, April 27, 2018)
  3. Purchase your cap and gown.
  4. Celebrate!

The Rehearsal

Know before you go. Attend the commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 12 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Auditorium. You do not need to wear your gown.  Do bring your cap and art supplies, we will decorate them after rehearsal.

The Big Day

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Tacoma Dome

The Hashtag: #BTCgrad18

The Fine Print: Graduates must arrive at the Tacoma Dome by 5:30 p.m.  Parking (general and disabled) is $15 in the Dome parking lots. No balloons inside the dome please.

Financial News


Need assistance funding your education? Bates Foundation scholarships can help.

The Bates Foundation offers quarterly scholarships that can provide assistance with your educational expenses. If your financial aid package doesn’t cover all of your tuition, you have student loans or are a self-pay student, scholarships can help you to focus on your education by helping to relieve your financial burdens. For more information about the scholarship process and workshops, contact LeAnn Dreier at 253.680.7160 or .

Wall Street Oasis Scholarship – Now

The primary goal of the Wall Street Oasis is to help educate young finance professionals and students as they approach critical career decisions. Wall Street Oasis is offering a $1,000 scholarship to:  A high school senior that has been accepted to an accredited university or current a undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited university.

Participants should:

  • Write an 800-1,200 word essay about the role that your community (example: family, town, school, church) plays in your education. What kind of support have you received from your community? How will you use your education to help others in your community?
  • In addition to your essay, please record a 5-10 minute video elaborating on key points discussed in your essay.
  • Submit proof of enrollment or an acceptance letter in an accredited university that is listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants attending military academies are ineligible for this scholarship. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.
  • Please be advised in the privacy policy that your submission can be shared publicly.

All application components must be submitted by July 1, 2018. A winner will be selected and notified by July 15, 2018. Apply here:

Phi Theta Kappa News

Spring Scholarships are now open

Apply now at

Have a 3.5+ GPA?

If you have earned 12 college level credits, with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or above, you may be eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society on campus.  Keep your eyes on your email for an invitation!

2017-2018 Spring Quarter Important Dates

March 28 Last day to add a class w/o Instructor permission

March 30 Last day to drop a class at 80% refund

April 6 Last Day to add Spring class with instructor permission

April 6 Last day to drop Spring class and not show on transcripts

April 9 Last day to drop a class at 40% refund

April 9 Veteran Priority Registration for Summer and Fall quarters

April 10 Registration – Summer and Fall Quarters – Continuing Students

May 9 Last day to drop Spring class for a “W” on transcript

May 25 Half day of school

May 28 College Closed

June 1 Last day Spring quarter

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