Columbia Basin College

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Columbia Basin College
TypeCommunity College
PresidentRebekah Woods
Coordinates: 46°15′09″N 119°07′19″E / 46.2524°N 119.1219°E / 46.2524; 119.1219
ColorsHawk Blue and Soaring Blue         

Columbia Basin College (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 General Educational Development (GED) prep classes, the Running Start program, plus many associate degrees (transfer, associate of applied science, associate of arts) and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees. The BAS programs are in Cyber Security, Project Management, and Applied Management.[1][2][3] The Applied Management program also offers a Healthcare Administration concentration. Dr. Rebekah Woods is the President of the college. Richard Cummins, Ph.D. was the president of the college from 2008-2017. [4][5][6][7] Lee Thornton, Ph.D. was president from 1995 until 2008.[8][9]


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.[citation needed]


Buildings on the Columbia Basin College campus
Health Science Center

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. Health Science II and a new Social Sciences and World Language building opened on the Pasco campus in 2017.


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

Notable alumni[edit]

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 near the center of the campus.


  1. ^ "Bachelor Programs". Columbia Basin College website. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  2. ^ "The new applied-science degree fills an unmet need". The Seattle Times. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Seattle Central Community College gains approval to offer Bachelor's degree in Applied Behavioral Science". Seattle Central College News Center. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Columbia Basin College enrollment down slightly, but class loads up". Tri-City Herald. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ "New business degree speeds up process of getting a college credential". The Seattle Times. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ "CBC hits 'sweet spot' with its enrollment". Tri-City Herald. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Two-year colleges in Washington State expand competency-based project with business degree - Inside Higher Ed". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Columbia Basin College President Announces Resignation". NBC Right Now. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Lee Thornton - NWAC Hall of Fame - Northwest Athletic Conference". Retrieved 4 October 2015.

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