Carla Bates


Carla Bates


Hello. My name is Carla Bates. I was born in August 1964 in Rolla, Missouri. In 1982 I graduated from Rolla High School. After graduating, I moved to Columbia, Missouri. About three years later I moved back to Rolla.

In 1988 I attended a one year program at Metro Business College then January 1989 my first daughter was born. The skills I learned at Metro Business College helped me get hired at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) April 1989.

Missouri S&T supports employees furthering their education with Employee Tuition Assistance Program where they pay 75% of tuition on any of the University of Missouri campuses. I starting taking courses in January 1990.

September 1990 my second daughter was born then in May 1996 I completed my Bachelor's degree. November 1996 I started working at Missouri S&T as a programmer in the Information Technology Department.

In 2000 I started working on my Master's degree and completed it in 2005. While working on my Master's degree I taught part-time and realized how much I love teaching at the university level. So, in January 2007, I started working on my doctorate degree. I completed my coursework and passed my comprehensive exam in the fall semester 2011.