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Columbia Basin College | Field Guide 2024

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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
  • Business
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Engineering
  • Early Childhood Education


  • Headcount (all sources): 10,053
  • FTES (all sources): 5,412
  • Headcount (state-funded): 8,643
  • FTES (state-funded): 4,234

Students in Selected Programs

  • Bachelor's: 525
  • Apprentices: 827
  • I-BEST: 53
  • International: 12
  • Running Start: 1,375
  • Worker Retraining: 717

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 45%
  • Basic skills: 14%
  • Workforce education: 32%
  • Other: 8%


Students of color: 58%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 50%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 61%


  • Full-time: 51%
  • Part-time: 49%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 55%
  • Students with dependents: 35%


  • Female: 56%
  • Male: 44%

Median age


Points of Interest

Meeting industry needs

Columbia Basin College (CBC) launched several new programs and has more in the works. In 2023-2024 we are launching a bachelor's in Community Health, Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary, AAS in Digital Marketing, and a Leadership Certification. We also renewed a pathway for CBC students directly into WSU's Doctor of Pharmacy program. This allows students another educational path within health sciences. CBC works with industry partners and our advisory committees to understand the needs in the community. We listen to the industry needs and respond with programs that help to support a homegrown workforce.

Hispanic-Serving Institution

CBC has been a designated HSI since 2015. Currently over 50% of our students identify as Hispanic. This fall we began construction to renovate over 2,000 sq. ft. for an Equity Center. This will be a space for all students, however there will be a focus on our Hispanic students’ needs as we build programming and set up. Recognizing that undocumented students face unique challenges, we have setup an Undocumented Student Task Force to identify challenges and barriers for these students. Through this task force CBC identified the need for a translator and Undocumented Student Advocacy Specialist on staff. The translator position is filled and already working across our departments to service student needs.

Financial Aid Outreach specialist and what they do for our system

CBC was proud to be part of the pilot program HB 1835, hiring eight Financial Aid Outreach Specialists co-located in area high schools. The goal of the program is to increase the number of seniors that have completed the WAFSA/FAFSA. The program proved to be a success with many of our schools increasing their completion percentage from  2% to 20% of the FAFSA, not including WASFA completion. 

Data is from the 2022-23 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.


Rebekah S. Woods, JD, PhD


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

Year Founded


Service Area

Benton and Franklin counties

Legislative Districts

8, 9, 15, 16

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Last Modified: 4/9/24, 8:33 AM

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