Bates Technical College
Alumni & Friends Newsletter
February 2020
In this issue:
  • Master Builders Association members tour South Campus
  • College's foundation supports programs through mini grants
  • Fun fact
  • Spotlight: Meet the new Fire Service Director
  • Where can you get 80th Anniversary gear?
  • Upcoming events
Master Builders Association members
tour South Campus
Bates Technical College is honored to host professional industry groups for tours. Connecting with industry professionals and staying ahead of the trends is something that we enjoy.

Recently, a group of professionals from the Master Builders Association visited and toured the South Campus, and they were specifically interested in hiring graduating students from Bates Technical College programs!

Hosting events like this allows Bates Technical College to offer our students even more opportunities to go from education, to graduation, and directly on to their new career.
Bates Technical College awards mini grants
In addition to the many ways the Bates Technical College Foundation supports our students, the non-profit also supports college programs through mini grants. The purpose of mini grants are to fund innovative and unique projects that normally may not be funded through the college's annual operating budget.

This year, the Foundation generously awarded mini grants totaling $10,008.24 to the following projects:

  • Dental Assisting: Oral health screenings and care bags for children in the Early Learning Center and five ECEAP college-affiliated daycare centers in Pierce County
  • Student Activities: Food to supplement the free sack lunch program for students who experience food insecurity 
  • Safety and Security: An automated external defibrillator
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology: A clutch jack to improve safety for students and faculty
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant: A “studio apartment” learning lab to provide students with training in the classroom
  • Information Technology: Video conferencing solutions available to all three campuses and managed by the IT department 
Did you know?
In celebration of the 80th anniversary year, we are regularly posting historical photos on the college's Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Go check it out and join in the fun memories! #BTC80th

80 years.
Thousands of stories.
Do you have a favorite photo or story to share about your time at Bates Technical College?

If so, please send it to the Alumni & Friends Share Your Story page, at the link below.

Need 80th Anniversary gear? We've got you covered.
Downtown Campus Bookstore
Are you wondering where you can sport some stylish 80th anniversary gear? Look no more!

Check out the Downtown Campus bookstore and snag some t-shirts, bistro mugs, travel mugs and more!

You can also find several sweatshirts, hoodies, water cups and other items to help you represent your college.
Spotlight: Meet new Fire Service Director Todd Wernet
Wernet specializes in truck company and fire ground operations, bringing 35 years of industry experience to Bates.
Bates Technical College recently hired Todd Wernet as Fire Service Director. Wernet brings 35 years of Fire Service background to the college.

Most recently, Wernet served as the emergency preparedness coordinator for The Boeing Company in Seattle. Previously, he was the assistant chief of operations and the interim fire chief for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (DCPP) Fire Department on the Central Coast of California.

Wernet worked for 22 years as a firefighter and company officer for several other career, combination, and volunteer fire departments, including Seattle Fire Department.

Also an experienced Fire Service instructor, he specializes in truck company and fire ground operations. Wernet has developed and presented curricula at major fire service training conferences. He has traveled the country to instruct individual fire departments and community colleges, and also firefighters, fire officers and chief officers in current and pressing industry topics in the.

As a lifelong learner, Wernet holds a Master of Business Science in leadership with an emphasis in disaster preparedness and executive fire leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in public service administration from Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ). He received an Associate of Arts in fire officer from Bellevue College, and is a certified California State Chief Fire Officer, California State Fire Marshal.

Wernet, a native to the Puget Sound region, is a church ministry leader and has several family members who are current or retired firefighters, fire officers and emergency responders.

Do you want to keep up to date with the college's Fire Service program? Check out the Fire Service Facebook page!

Welcome to Bates, Todd!
Upcoming Events
Scholarship Luncheon
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
South Campus Auditorium, 2201 S 78th Street, Tacoma
Join us as we celebrate the impact scholarships have on the success of our students, 
and gather in appreciation of the donors who generously contribute toward these programs. You can purchase tickets here .

Annual Brain Series
Build ing Brains: How early life experiences affect brain architecture   
Thursday, April 23, 7-9 p.m.
South Campus Auditorium, 2201 S 78th Street, Tacoma
Free and open to the public
This event will introduce participants to the powerful role of early childhood life experiences on brain development. Discover what promotes or derails it, and with what consequences. Participate in discussion, demonstration and group activity, and gain perspective on the lifelong impact of early childhood experiences. Find out how you can help create excellent and inclusive environments for young children.   

Commencement 2020
Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m.
Tacoma Dome
The biggest day of the year for our students, the Commencement ceremony is a celebration of the achievements and success of our 2020 graduates. Please join us on this special day. More information.