Master Builders member, Bates Technical College, Welcomes First Lady and Assistant Secretary to discuss Workforce Development

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Bates Technical College, a member of the Master Builder’s Pierce County, welcomed the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden and Amy Loyd, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to South Campus on Friday, Oct. 7, to tour the college’s youth apprenticeship and Technical High School programs. This visit highlighted the college’s innovative Technical High School and youth apprenticeship opportunities as a successful example of workforce development and hands-on learning.

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Build a Career in Construction with Bates Technical College

The First Lady spoke of the importance of two-year technical colleges in preparing students to enter the workforce.

“I think colleges, two-year technical schools are doing more and more of this, where students are identifying their interest early and more focused on what they want to do in life”

– Dr. Jill Biden

Students in the technical high school not only earn their diplomas but many earn an associate degree as well. Programs of interest to MBA members are:

  •  Architectural Woodworking/Cabinetmaking Technology

  • Marketing and Business Management

  • Accounting, Carpentry

  • Sheet Metal and Welding
  • Civil Engineering

  • CDL Entry Level Driver Training

  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology

  • Electrical Construction

  • HVAC Machinist
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Advisory Boards keep the curriculum current and reflect current needs in the marketplace.

Master Builders looks forward to growing career programs with Bates and hosting a Remodeler’s Council Meeting on campus in April 2023. Learn more at