Word on the Street

The latest news in and around Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound

NOTICE: Word on the Street has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Word on the Street.
Visit the new section.

Category: Bates Technical College


Bates students use push-up power to spur holiday donations

Bates Technical College employees and students will be out early this morning (Thursday) and Friday to help raise funds for Bates students in need during the college’s 21st annual holiday food and toy drive.

Throughout the two-day fund-raiser, fire service students will continue the annual tradition of performing push-ups for donations.

Volunteers from the college’s fire service program will light up the neighborhood around the school in downtown Tacoma with ladder and fire trucks. From 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., volunteers will canvass the area seeking donations.

Last year’s drive raised more than $10,000 and assisted 175 students.


Enrollment fair at Bates offers info for nursing students, others

Get help with financial aid forms, talk with academic advisers, register for classes and learn more about enrolling at Bates Technical College at an enrollment fair on Friday.
The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Bates downtown Tacoma campus, 1101 S. Yakima Ave.

There will be information about the college’s new allied health care courses. They’re designed for nursing students at Bates or other community and technical colleges who are on a waiting list to get into a college nursing program. Students can take practical nursing pre-requisites while they wait for an opening

Read more »


New Bates college president chosen

John Ronald (Ron) Langrell will be the new president of Bates Technical College, the college announced Wednesday.
Langrell succeeds Lyle Quasim, who is retiring after a two-year tenure as president and more than 40 years in government leadership.

The Tacoma college’s board of trustees voted unanimously on the appointment at its May 29 meeting. Langrell will begin his position on July 9.

“We are pleased to announce Dr. Langrell as our new President and look forward to the leadership he will bring to Bates Technical College,” Mike Grunwald, chairman of the board of trustees said in

Read more »


Meet Bates College presidential finalists

Two Pierce County education administrators and a third candidate from Minnesota are the finalists in the search for a new president to lead Bates Technical College.

The finalists are:
• Tony Apostle, who is retiring as superintendent of the Puyallup School District at the end of June.
• Amy Goings, vice president for operations and college relations at Clover Park Technical College.
• Ron Langrell, executive vice president and chief academic officer for Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn.

Current Bates President Lyle Quasim announced last year that he planned to retire. He will remain at Bates

Read more »


Bates hosts expert on early learning for kids

Playing peek-a-boo and reading “Goodnight Moon” are not just fun activities you can do with children—they’re also simple tasks that can prepare them for success in school.

At Bates Technical College’s “Brain Series” on Thursday, April 26 Dr. Gina Lebedeva will discuss recent advances in brain research and the importance of early play, language and literacy in preparing children for school success.

The event will be held from  7-9 p.m. at the college’s South Campus auditorium, 2201 S. 78th Street, Tacoma.

Lebedeva, a translation, outreach and education specialist at the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, has worked

Read more »


Bates fundraiser at Pacific Grill

Bates Technical College Foundation will host a fundraiser, Bates Sizzles, from 5:30 to 9 p.m Thursday, April 19, at the Pacific Grill Events Center, 1530 Pacific Ave.,  Tacoma.

Chef Gordon Naccarato will showcase Pacific Grill’s appetizers, including cheeseburger sliders, “meat candy,” and an elegant signature cocktail. There will also be a silent auction and a wine ring toss that features a chance to win bottles of wine.

Funds raised assist  students and programs with scholarships, mini-grants and more. At Bates, all students are eligible to apply for the foundation’s general scholarships, and others who fit certain criteria can apply for a variety of program-specific

Read more »


Bates teachers vote “no confidence” in administration; trustees to meet Tuesday

Teachers at Bates Technical College took a vote of no confidence in acting President Lyle Quasim and the Board of Trustees, their union announced today.

Many in the faculty are upset over the college’s issuance of layoff notices to more than 40 staff members last week.

Quasim said the notices were necessary due to a budget imbalance.¬† The college issued more than three dozen notices to comply with union rules governing¬† potential layoffs, but officials don’t expect that many faculty members to lose their jobs, Quasim said last week.

The college’s board is due to meet Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Read more »


Layoffs coming at Bates Technical College

Some 25 staff members at Bates Technical College are to be laid off because of state budget cuts, a spokeswoman said this morning.

The Tacoma-based trade school issued 45 reduction-in-force notices to faculty members and support employees on Monday, spokeswoman Edie Jeffers said in a prepared statement.

Although the college does not expect to lose more than 25 positions, the 45 notices were issued to cover contactual obligations, she added. Employees must be told if a layoff might affect them, even if their particular job is later preserved.

Bates has a staff of about 500 full- and part-time employees.

The layoffs will help offset reductions in the college’s budget, Jeffers’ statement said. College officials won’t know, however, how much their budget will shrink until the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges meets May 5 and 6, she added.

Read more »