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Big Bend Community College | Field Guide 2024

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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.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic Transfer
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Aviation Maintenance


  • Headcount (all sources): 4,073
  • FTES (all sources): 1,697
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,784
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,247

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 60
  • International: 32
  • Running Start: 478
  • Worker Retraining: 79

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 33%
  • Basic skills: 25%
  • Workforce education: 26%
  • Other: 16%


Students of color: 58%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 52%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 55%


  • Full-time: 41%
  • Part-time: 59%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 51%
  • Students with dependents: 36%


  • Female: 53%
  • Male: 47%

Median age


Points of Interest

First Big Bend BAS-AM cohort graduates 25 students

Big Bend’s first cohort of its Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management program graduated last spring with 25 students receiving the college’s first ever conferred bachelor’s degrees. Students began their journey fall 2022 after conversations between local industry and BBCC showed a need for workers with more extensive management training. The custom program was created to meet the demand, and 87% of participants graduated within two years. 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, perfect for working adults who need more flexibility in their schedules and have a job and/or family responsibilities.

Breaking down barriers

Big Bend Community College has been working hard to remove transportation barriers for prospective students who live in smaller, rural cities on the borders of the BBCC service area. English as a Second Language (ESL), GED®, and now college-level programs are being offered in new physical spaces in towns like Mattawa, Othello, Warden, and Quincy in partnership with local governments and school districts.

New programs

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) serves migrant/seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs), including their spouse and dependents, with supplemental support and resources in an effort to assist them with earning their GED® or high school diploma. BBCC enrolled 47 new students into this program fall 2023.

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.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.


Dr. Sara Thompson Tweedy


  • Gary Chandler, chair
  • Amy Parris, vice chair
  • Anna Franz, JD
  • Juanita Richards
  • Bethany Martinez

Year Founded


Service Area

Adams, Grant, Lincoln counties

Legislative Districts

7, 9, 13, 15

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Last Modified: 1/31/24, 7:36 AM

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