Columbia Basin College

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Coordinates: 46°15′4.38″N 119°7′17.38″W / 46.2512167°N 119.1214944°W / 46.2512167; -119.1214944

Columbia Basin College is a college based in Pasco, Washington. The College offers many associate (AAS) degrees, transfer degree, and three Bachelor degree programs. The BAS programs are Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Security, Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management, and Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management.

Despite having been built on the site of a Wasco Indian burial ground, the Pasco campus has seen substantial growth in the past decade, adding new facilities to accommodate the large demand for higher education from a growing community. These facilities include the Thornton Center, the Moore Observatory, the Business Building, the Center for Career and Technical Education, the College Foundation, new athletic fields, and a research farm on its ~150 acres (0.61 km2), along with a Health Science Center at its Richland campus. Infrastructure improvements also include substantial remodels to the Hawk Union Building, the Library, the Science Building, the Administration Building, the Fitness Center, and the I-Complex. In 2008-2009, the college Full-Time Equivalent students totaled just over 6,000, which represented more than 13,000 headcount students. A third of these students are Latino; the College holds designation as a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Permanent faculty members, who are well-prepared for their instructional areas, hold a minimum of a master's degree in the discipline (i.e., MBA, MSN, etc.) in areas of transfer and basic skills/transitional education, and the appropriate degrees and/or certifications in vocational areas. Doctoral or M.F.A.-prepared faculty members include graduates from a wide geographic range; for example, Claremont, Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Washington State University, University of Paris, American University, Mississippi State, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, University of Minnesota, Humboldt State, University of Montana, University of Cincinnati, San Diego State, Pacific University, Montana State, and University of Washington.

Columbia Basin College's mascot is the Hawk, and its teams play in the NWAACC. Some of the college's students are teenagers who come from nearby high schools under the State of Washington's Running Start program. CBC also works closely with the Tri-Cities branch of Washington State University to complement each other's programs and avoid overlap, with CBC providing the first two years education of a four-year degree from the branch campus. Across the street from the Health Science Center in nearby Richland is the college's main Richland campus, which has been re-purposed through a five-year renewable loan to the school districts of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland for Delta High School. Delta is a "STEM" High School focused on Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics education.

Richard Cummins, Ph.D. is the current president of the College. Dr. Cummins succeeded President Emeritus Lee Thornton, Ph.D. in July 2008.


Notable alumni[edit]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

  • Anthropology Club
  • Association of Student Nurses (ASN)
  • Autobody Club
  • Automotive Performance Club
  • CBC French Club
  • CBC Metalworks
  • Columbia Basin Futbol Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • History Club
  • Hockey Club
  • Japanese Culture Club
  • Northwest Collegiate of Ministries Club (NCM)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Club
  • Science Club
  • Small World United Club
  • Speech and Debate Club
  • Splitting Image
  • Technology Club

Activities and events[edit]

Students enjoy a variety of activities and events that are hosted by CBC, the Associated Students of CBC, and various student clubs.

There is a game room located in the "H" building, which contains a pool table, 2 ping pong tables, and 1 foosball table. students must sign in with their personal SID when entering. No food or drinks allowed (exceptions are made for drinks with a lid) The library is located in the L building in the center of the campus.