CARES Act Funding for Local Students

Many college students already pinch every penny to be able to pay for tuition and living expenses. Pile on the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions, and earning their degree became even more difficult.

Luckily, money from the CARES Act was earmarked to support students, including those at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. Through two funding phases, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund granted financial awards to current students at Bates Technical College. Some of the eligible expenses included tuition and fees, but also food, housing, health care and childcare. The goal of the grants was to cover expenses that affect a student’s ability to stay in college and complete their education.

One of those students was Jenae McCabe, a Tacoma native and student at Bates who enrolled in March 2020 just as the stay-at-home orders were put in place. According to McCabe, “I enrolled in Bates to improve my employment opportunities. I want to support myself and my 11-year old daughter through a job that allows me regular hours and a lifestyle where I’m not living paycheck to paycheck.”

Slated to graduate in June 2021 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science, McCabe had taken out a loan to assist her through her first two quarters. “When I heard from my co-workers that I was eligible for the HEERF grant, I knew I could stay and complete my degree,” she said.

McCabe used the grant money to pay for childcare, food, utilities and more. Before the HEERF grant, she doubted she was going to be able to finish school. Now, she has a job in the college’s financial aid office as a work-study student where she tells others about available money. “I’m spreading the word while working at the front desk, doing paperwork and data entry,” McCabe said with pride.

Following graduation, McCabe plans to put her work experience and education from Bates to use as an administrative assistant.

For Additional Information
batestech.edu/pay-for-college/cares-act-grant-funding

Two Bates Students Honored Statewide

Recently, Bates Technical College is proud to honor two students as a new part of the prestigious All-Washington Academic Team, a program that recognizes two-year college students with high academic achievements and a dedication to community service.

Civil Engineering program student Ian Karnas, 27, is a South Bend native who joined the Army as a watercraft engineer after high school. After nearly 10 years of service, he researched engineering schools to further his education. Karnas discovered Bates’ Civil Engineering program, enrolled, and became active in the college Phi Theta Kappa chapter, the honor society for two-year colleges. He graduated in March and is now employed in the industry at Jacobs Engineering Group. Karnas’ five-year plan is to obtain a master’s degree in coastal engineering and eventually earn his doctorate.

Breanna Rohde, 25, is a student enrolled in advanced manufacturing program with the ultimate career goal of becoming a mechanical engineer. Rohde knew what she wanted to do professionally early on. As a young girl, she was fascinated with how things were built. The older she grew, the more her curiosity blossomed for design, manufacturing and engineering. Along with her spouse, Rohde moved to Washington seeking a college degree with hands-on learning in manufacturing. She enrolled at Bates after learning through her job about the programs offered. The working mother is on track to graduate this winter and hopes to eventually secure an automobile design and remanufacturing career.

Each All-Washington Academic Team member received a $250 scholarship from KeyBank. Rohde was ranked in the top 16 and received a $750 scholarship from Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU).

virtual event honoring the state’s All-Washington Academic Team featured Governor Jay Inslee, and speakers from Phi Theta Kappa, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, scholarship sponsors KeyBank, WSECU, and more. Congratulations to both Karnas and Rohde for their academic achievement and excellence!

For more information about the All-Washington Academic Team, go to https://spscc.edu/allwa.

CARES Act Funding for Local Students

Many college students already pinch every penny to be able to pay for tuition and living expenses.  Pile on the impacts of Covid-19 restrictions, and earning their degree became even more difficult.

Luckily, money from the CARES Act was earmarked to support students, including those at Bates Technical College in Tacoma.  Through two funding phases, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund granted financial awards to current students at Bates Technical College.  Some of the eligible expenses included tuition and fees, but also food, housing, health care and childcare.  The goal of the grants was to cover expenses that affect a student’s ability to stay in college and complete their education. 

One of those students was Jenae McCabe, a Tacoma native and student at Bates who enrolled in March 2020 just as the stay at home orders were put in place.  According to McCabe, “I enrolled in Bates to improve my employment opportunities.  I want to support myself and my 11-year old daughter through a job that allows me regular hours and a lifestyle where I’m not living paycheck to paycheck.”

Slated to graduate in June 2021 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science, McCabe had taken out a loan to assist her through her first two quarters.   “When I heard from my co-workers that I was eligible for the HEERF grant, I knew I could stay and complete my degree,” she said.

McCabe used the grant money to pay for child-care, food, utilities and more.  Before the HEERF grant, she doubted she was going to be able to finish school. Now, she has a job in the college’s financial aid office as a work-study student where she tells others about available money.  “I’m spreading the word while working at the front desk, doing paperwork and data entry,” McCabe said with pride.

Following graduation, McCabe plans to put her work experience and education from Bates to use as an Administrative Assistant. 

You can learn more about the federal relief money available at Bates using this link  CARES act disbursement.