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Big Bend Community College | Field Guide 2022

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Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a mission to be our community’s first choice to dream, learn, and succeed. BBCC was founded in 1962 and serves a 4,600-square-mile service district in the central Columbia Basin. The college creates opportunities for students to succeed by offering a bachelor’s degree, college transfer, vocational and developmental education, community service and continuing education programs, along with student support services. Our strong partnership with local businesses and industries means our programs are tightly aligned to job opportunities.

Offering affordable and accessible programs, BBCC is primed to help new high school graduates, laid-off workers, seasoned employees, and future university students — all types of students count on BBCC to reinvent themselves.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic Transfer
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Systems Administration
  • Industrial Systems Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Administrative Professional Services


  • Headcount (all sources): 3,418
  • FTES (all sources): 1,816
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,248
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,215

Students in Selected Programs

  • International: 1
  • Running Start: 512
  • Worker Retraining: 108

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 43%
  • Basic skills: 16%
  • Other: 4%
  • Workforce education: 37%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 45%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 57%


  • Full-time: 52%
  • Part-time: 48%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 37%
  • Students with dependents: 73%


  • Female: 56%
  • Male: 44%

Median age


Points of Interest

BAS success

Big Bend Community College successfully launched its first bachelor’s degree program during the fall quarter with a full cohort of students. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management degree builds upon any associate degree (two-year) degree by adding junior and senior year courses focused on applied management. The program provides customized, high-demand management skills courses geared toward the needs of various industry sectors in the local economy. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to enter and advance in management or supervisory positions, or start their own business. Classes can be taken 100% online, which is perfect for working adults who need more flexibility in their schedules and have a job and/or family responsibilities.

BEdA outreach

Big Bend Community College is bringing ESL and GED® classes into the cities of Mattawa, Quincy and Othello with new partnerships developed with these school systems and cities. The college’s goal is to remove transportation barriers to better serve these outlying communities in its service district.

New programs

Big Bend Community College is set to expand its agricultural education offerings with a new training certificate and degree in Agricultural Mechanic program scheduled to begin in 2022. The agricultural sector is the largest employer in Grant County, accounting for 27% of jobs countywide, and provides graduates career opportunities in areas such as management, processing, crop production, and agricultural sales and services.

Data is from the 2020-21 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*May not add up to 100% because students may be counted in more than one race. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Dr. Sara Thompson Tweedy


  • Thomas Stredwick, chair
  • Juanita Richards, vice chair
  • Gary Chandler
  • Anna Franz
  • Amy Parris

Year Founded


Service Area

Adams, Grant, Lincoln counties

Legislative Districts

9, 12, 13

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Last Modified: 11/20/23, 10:54 AM

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