Bates Technical College celebrates grand opening of Allied Health Education Center 

Just in time to help fuel the local health care industry with much-needed skilled workers, last week Bates Technical College  opened the new Center for Allied Health Education building in Tacoma.  

Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou said, “The Center for Allied Health Education is more than just a new building. It represents a commitment to the South Sound health care community. With this leading-edge facility, we continue to offer practical, hands-on, and industry-specific education for high demand health care careers, and we now have space to partner with industry and provide professional development opportunities.” 

 “Our newly equipped community health clinics offer an affordable option for dental care. This addition to the Downtown Campus has nearly doubled student capacity for our allied health programs,” said Zhou.  

Event attendees heard from a variety of speakers, including Congressman Derek Kilmer and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier.  

 Students using this new 70,000 square foot facility include future administrative and certified medical assistants, dental assistants and denturists, dental laboratory technicians, occupational therapy assistants, phlebotomists, practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. The community health clinics serve as a hands-on learning experience for students, while providing the community with much-needed low-cost health services. 

“One of our points of pride is offering unparalleled allied health education, and we are thrilled to continue to transform the lives of our students and contribute to our health care industry,” said Zhou.  

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