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Columbia Basin College | Field Guide 2023

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Columbia Basin College (CBC) serves the residents of Benton and Franklin counties through a comprehensive offering of programs from welding to nursing to STEM. Students gain skills for the workforce, obtain associate degrees to transfer to four-year university, enroll in one of nine applied bachelor programs, and take classes to learn English, and prepare for college-level work.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts–Transfer
  • Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering 


  • Headcount (all sources): 9,600
  • FTES (all sources): 5,095
  • Headcount (state-funded): 8,453
  • FTES (state-funded): 4,095

Students in Selected Programs

  • Bachelor's: 688
  • Apprentices: 789
  • I-BEST: 56
  • International: 9
  • Running Start: 1,211
  • Worker Retraining: 689

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 46%
  • Basic skills: 11%
  • Workforce education: 42%
  • Other: 1%


Students of color: 56%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 47%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 61%


  • Full-time: 52%
  • Part-time: 48%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 37%
  • Students with dependents: 48%


  • Female: 57%
  • Male: 43%

Median age


Points of Interest

Equity Center

Columbia Basin College (CBC) has been awarded a $3 million Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant designed to support our ability to foster the academic success of Hispanic and low-income students. It will provide the college with significant resources to enable us to accomplish some of the goals within our Inclusivo Strategic Plan. Most visible will be the development and construction of an Equity Center to promote equity and celebrate diversity and inclusion on campus. A program director and program assistant will provide oversight of the center, program development, cultural enrichment activities and student support services. 

Connecting industry and students 

CBC is a connector and convener for students and industry partners in our community. The Career Services department at CBC provides students, at any stage of professional development, with essential career readiness skills. Cooperative agreements like our Pathways to Hanford (P2H) and Central Plateau Cleanup Company (CPCCo) connect students to local industry needs. P2H was designed to support students exploring career choices at Hanford. Through the program, students have the opportunity to develop a professional network with Hanford contractors through networking events, workshops and drop-in hours. We partnered with our Association of Washington Business, Washington State University-Tri Cities, and our local chamber for the Washington Workforce Portal. Students can search internships in a variety of fields and industries throughout Washington.

Career Connect Tech

Career Connect Tech (CCT) gives Tri-Cities high school students a combination of high school, college and one-the-job work experience in STEM fields — at no cost to the student. Developed in a partnership between Columbia Basin College, the Pasco School District and local industry partners, the academy serves students who are furthest from opportunity, creating upward social mobility and supporting a workforce that represents our community. The academy is part of the state's broader Career Connect Washington program.

Data is from the 2021-22 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Rebekah S. Woods, JD, PhD


  • Holly Siler, chair
  • Ofelia Rivas de Bredt, vice chair
  • Kedrich Jackson
  • Kimberly Harper
  • Allyson M. Page

Year Founded


Service Area

Benton and Franklin counties

Legislative Districts

8, 9, 15, 16

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Last Modified: 12/8/23, 1:10 PM

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