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 (also known as CBC) is a college based in Pasco, Washington accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The College offers English as a second language and GED® prep classes, the Running Start program, plus many associate (AAS) degrees, transfer (AA) degrees, and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees. The BAS programs are in Cyber Security, Project Management, and Applied Management. The Applied Management program also offers a Healthcare Administration concentration.

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.

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


Columbia Basin College has served Benton and Franklin counties for nearly 60 years. The first classes at CBC were authorized by the State Board of Education in May, 1955. Classes began in September, 1955 in temporary quarters at the former Pasco Naval Airbase. The Pasco School District received title to more than 150 acres (0.61 km2) of land for the present campus site in Pasco. CBC’s first permanent building was completed in 1957 and was the V building which was replaced in 2011 by the Center for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The Community College Act of 1967 separated the College from the Pasco School District and CBC became the 19th community college district in the state of Washington. CBC continually expands and renovates programs which now includes Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. The enrollment of the College has grown from 299 students in 1955 to more than 8,000 students per quarter today. The faculty includes 140 full-time instructors and 300 part-time instructors.


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. Standout facilities include the Lee R. Thornton Center for Science, Technology, and Diversity; Bechtel National Planetarium; Robert & Elisabeth Moore Observatory; the Center for Career and Technical Education (CTE); and a research farm. Recent infrastructure improvements include substantial remodels to the Hawk Union Building (HUB), Business building, the Library, the Science building, the Administration building, the Fitness Center, the athletic fields, and the I-Complex.

The CBC Health Science Center is located in Richland, Washington, approximately 10 miles from the main campus. The four-story building was built in 2006 to house CBC’s Health Sciences programs.


CBC is a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) and the mascot is the Hawk. CBC sports include:

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Student Life[edit]

Students enjoy a variety of activities and events that are hosted by CBC, the Associated Students of CBC (ASCBC), 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.

The library is located in the L building in the center of the campus.

Mission and Goals[edit]

Columbia Basin College exists in an environment of diversity, fairness, equity, and sustainability to ensure that the people of Benton and Franklin counties have access to educational programs providing sufficient knowledge for higher educational achievement, meaningful employment, cultural enrichment, physical/emotional well-being, and basic skills development.

CBC is a comprehensive two-year college that provides quality education and effective job preparation. Because of our comprehensive mission, CBC has a powerful impact on every segment of the community. We strive to provide:

  • Open and easy access to the College for all citizens of Benton and Franklin counties
  • An excellent and affordable academic program for students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions
  • An effective career and workforce program to train and retrain workers for jobs in present and future industries
  • Diversity in art, music, drama, and athletics that enrich the entire community
  • Opportunities to obtain physical and emotional well-being
  • Appropriate basic skills and gateway courses with effective support services.

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