President Zhou will join a group of individuals within the state who have an interest in adult education and literacy

Picture of Lin Zhou
An adult immigrant, Zhou enrolled in English as a Second Language courses at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 1999.

TACOMA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou to the Adult Education Advisory Council, a council that recommends strategies and policies to help the state achieve adult education goals. The council also helps implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the federal act governing adult education in the United States.

Said Zhou, “I am honored and excited to bring my experience and expertise to this council. I look forward to continuing to build partnerships with stakeholders that create college and career pathways to strengthen our economy, and help ensure people have the skills and credentials to earn a family wage.”

An adult immigrant, Zhou enrolled in English as a Second Language courses at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 1999. There, she excelled in her studies and earned her second associate degree. She then earned her master’s degree while working as an administrator at the Kirkland, Wash. college, later earning her doctorate.

Since Zhou’s 2013 hire at Bates Technical College, she served as the dean of continuing education, apprenticeship and child studies; dean of instruction and executive dean; and vice president of institutional effectiveness and student success. Zhou was appointed Bates Technical College President in 2018.

Zhou holds a Ph.D. in education, with an emphasis in community college leadership, from Oregon State University, a master’s degree from City University, an associate degree in computer science and networking from Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and an associate degree in accounting from Renmin University in China.

Dr. Zhou’s term began on Nov. 21, 2019, and will conclude on Oct. 9, 2021. For more information about the Adult Education Advisory Council, visit www.sbctc.edu/about/task-forces-work-groups/aeac. To learn more about Bates Technical College, visit BatesTech.edu or call 253.680.7000.

About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 45+ career education programs and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 7,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to BatesTech.edu, or call 253.680.7000.