Student Resources

Bates Technical College wants you to be successful in your education. As such, we have resources available to assist students, from financial assistance to veterans’ services to loaned technology from the library. Additionally, there is academic assistance available including accommodations for learning disabilities and tutoring. If there are any potential barriers to your college success, please contact the appropriate department immediately.

Please also read the Student Rights and Responsibilities page

There you will find information on our statements on diversity and non-discrimination, accommodations and ADA, as well as plagiarism policies, attendance, withdrawal, and more. You can also access the full Student Handbook.

The MyBates portal provides online access to basic functions, such as changing your personal information, requesting a transcript, or paying your tuition. Additionally, you can register for classes.

All Bates students are eligible to receive a current version of Microsoft Word for free. Simply go to the following link: Microsoft Office in Education, enter your BATES email address and follow the instructions.

  • Student Life

Bates has a variety of opportunities for students to enrich their educational experience while attending college. The Student Life Department collaborates with the college and community to provide support, events, and resources outside of the classroom. Student Life hosts various activities and events throughout the year and sends out a weekly Student eNews to students via their college email.

If you are interested in any of the following or have any questions about Student Life in general, please contact Juliette Kern at

  • Associated Student Government (ASG) serves as the voice of Bates students, holding monthly General Assembly meetings (with free pizza!) where students can vote on potential initiatives and participate in open forums to share concerns and ideas. ASG is here to help you navigate Bates, providing peer mentors, conducting New Student Orientation, and being your first point of contact. Additionally, ASG throws events for students such as BBQ’s, speakers, and social events.
  • Phi Theta Kappa is an Honor Society open to Bates students who have a minimum 3.5 GPA and have completed at least 12 college-level credits at Bates. Membership in PTK provides access to PTK-only scholarships, recognition at graduation, and leadership development through conferences and trainings.
  • Student-Led Clubs are open to students who share similar interests or purposes. These interests may include culture, hobbies, sports, leisure activities or even activities related to current or future professional goals. Clubs provide students with the opportunity to learn leadership skills, work in diverse groups, and form communities around similar interests or goals.
  • The Campus Life and Activity Center, located at the downtown campus, is a hub for the campus community and is accessible to students, staff and community members. The Diversity Center offers computer access and free printing, meeting space, and a student lounge with refrigerators, microwaves, and vending machines. The Diversity Center also has information and resources available to students seeking assistance.

The friendly staff at Bates Library will take you beyond Google to get the information you need. Library specialists are ready to help with any question — from general college information to in-depth research. The library provides answers you can trust to get the job done, coming from a huge collection of databases, books, eBooks, videos, and learning tools.  Thousands of items are available to borrow from our online catalog system, including books, equipment, and laptops. Getting help is easy, by emailing or using Bates Ask Your Librarian or Librarian Chat  service.

Whether you’re a new student applying to Bates or you’re an existing student who needs support in planning your educational pathway, your career advisor is a great resource. Career advisors are also available to refer students to community resources for crisis intervention and problem resolution.

Counseling is provided free of charge to currently enrolled students by a Master’s level licensed mental health professional who is trained to listen and support you. While some people who see a counselor have chronic emotional difficulties, most are dealing with typical life changes. Your counselor’s job is to listen without judging, and to work with you to find different options. Bates is committed to supporting all students in reaching their academic and personal goals. Some of the issues people seek counseling for include stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger, abuse, relationship issues, handling a crisis, substance abuse, and self-esteem. Confidentiality is an important part of counseling. We want you to feel safe to speak freely without worrying about your private information being repeated. Your counselor will not disclose anything you say (even to other Bates faculty and staff) except for a few safety related limitations that she will explain the first time you meet.

Call: 253-680-7006


The primary focus of the Disability Support Services (DSS) office is to assure equal access and opportunity for success for students with disabilities. DSS determines eligibility and works to implement reasonable accommodations for Bates students. We work with individuals who have physical, learning and/or mental disabilities, language barriers, and academic or economic disadvantages. Some of the populations we work with are veterans, single parents, ex-offenders, and displaced homemakers.

Call: 253-680-7012

The Bates Early Learning Center is available for students with children ages 4 weeks to 5 years. We offer Early Head Start, ECEAP preschool, and Child Care options. The Center provides developmental learning opportunities, quality care for children, child education & family support services. Staff will provide resources for social/emotional support for children & health services, employment support and job skills training. Parents and guardians can access parenting support and family engagement opportunities. The center and sites provide nutritious meals following the most recent standards outlined by the Child Adult Care Food Program. Meals offer a wide variety of vegetables, fresh fruit, unprocessed meats and whole grain. Contact our Family Support desk at 253-680-7321 to obtain an application and have your child added to our waitlist.

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 .

All current Bates students have access to eTutoring sevices, an online tutoring app providing currently enrolled students with live tutoring services on a wide variety of subjects, including Math, Intro to Engineering, MS Office, Writing and more. Tutors are available from 5am to 11:59pm, except holidays and breaks. For initial log in, please use your SID number for both username and password. Questions? Please contact

Since 1940, Bates Technical College has been serving veterans and their dependents. We provide you with information and assistance to help you succeed. Whether you are pursuing certification, preparing for a new career, or perfecting a skill, we are dedicated to providing the support and information to help our veterans successfully transition to college. Services offered include assistance with VA benefits and GI Bill funds and dedicated staff to assist with obtaining academic credit for military training.