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Columbia Basin College (CBC) serves the citizens of Benton and Franklin counties in Washington state with two-year associate degrees for transfer to a four-year university, and applied degrees for workforce employment.  CBC also provides one-year certificates and basic skills for those pursuing a GED or high school diploma.  CBC serves approximately 7,000-8,000 students each quarter.

Columbia Basin College continues its rich tradition of meeting our community's needs with a dynamic faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a diverse student body from all walks of life.


CBC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates under an Affirmative Action Plan, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. CBC reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Discrimination is prohibited by state and federal laws and regulations, as well as the College policy. Coordination of the compliance efforts of CBC with respect to equal opportunity and disability accommodation regulations is under the direction of Camilla Glatt, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, telephone 509-542-5548.

CBC complies with the American with Disabilities Act and Washington's Law Against Discrimination. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may contact 509-542-4740 or leave a TYY/TDD message at 509-546-0400 by the application closing date.


CBC upholds an environment of diversity, fairness, equity, and sustainability, providing opportunities for the people of Benton and Franklin counties to succeed in their pursuit of higher educational achievement, meaningful employment, and basic skills development, while promoting cultural effectiveness and well-being for its community.

CBC is a comprehensive two-year college that provides quality education and effective job preparation. CBC has a powerful impact on every segment of the community through the End States listed below.


End States

CBC exists to provide people of the service district with access to educational programs. Accordingly, CBC will provide:

  • Timely and relevant information
  • Affordable access
  • Quality, student-centered services

CBC exists to enable students to complete requirements that would allow them to obtain academic degrees, transfer to upper division colleges and universities, and pursue life-long learning and enrichment. Accordingly, the College will provide:

  • Broad-based course offerings
  • Diverse/innovative instructional delivery modalities
  • Quality instruction
  • Up-to-date equipment and infrastructure
  • Transfer/articulation agreements with baccalaureate institutions

Occupational Programs/Workforce Development
CBC exists to enable students to complete requirements that would allow them to earn degrees/certificates to assist them to gain employment and pursue life-long learning opportunities. Accordingly, the College will provide:

  • Quality instruction in relevant programs
  • Up-to-date curriculum, equipment, and facilities
  • Career skill assessment and advising
  • Partnerships K-12, local agencies, business, and industry

Basic Skills
CBC exists to enable students to prepare for success in college-level skills courses. Accordingly, CBC will provide:

  • Appropriate testing and placement
  • Accessible location
  • Flexible curriculum, scheduled at various times with appropriate bridge courses
  • Available special services
  • Community networking
  • Quality instruction with up-to-date facilities and equipment

Cultural Effectiveness
CBC exists to enable students to perform effectively in the multi-cultural, diverse environments that are present in higher education, in the globally competitive 21st century workplace, and in the increasingly diverse and globally-oriented culture in which we live.


CBC will contribute to the physical and emotional well-being of its students and the community. Accordingly, CBC will provide students and the community with:

  • Appropriate educational offerings
  • Intercollegiate athletics
  • Intramural activities
  • Clubs and organizations
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Recreation activities
  • Social activitiesSupportive emotional environment
  • Contributions of CBC to community well-being
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