Big Bend Community College
- The mission of Big Bend Community College is to serve the educational needs of a diverse population throughout its service district. As a comprehensive two-year community college, the institution works with its partners to provide a variety of educational opportunities, including courses and training for university and college transfer, occupational and technical programs, basic skills and developmental education, community and continuing education, pre-employment and customized training for local business and industry and support services for students.
- The teacher population of 65 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Big Bend Community College||(WA) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||Four or more years|
|Total Faculty||65 staff||145 staff|
|Total Enrollment||2,016 students||4,463 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||31:1||31:1|
|# Full-Time Students||1,458 students||2,353 students|
|# Part-Time Students||558 students||2,110 students|
|Total Dormitory Capacity||200||140|
|% American Indian/Alaskan||-|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$37,900||$36,200|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- BBCC is one of the smallest community colleges in Washington State, yet it serves one of the largest rural districts of 4,600 square miles. The service district includes all of Grant and Adams Counties and the Odessa School District in Lincoln County. Big Bend Community College was authorized by the Washington State Board of Education in 1961. Beginning fall quarter 1962 BBCC held its first regular classes at night in Moses Lake High School. The college opened classes in a new facility located a short distance southeast of the city of Moses Lake fall quarter 1963. In 1966, BBCC acquired a 159-acre tract of land on the former Larson Air Force Base, which became the permanent college campus for all programs in 1975. Since 1962 our six-fold mission of college transfer, vocational and developmental education, community service/continuing education, business and industry partnerships, and student support services has provided the environment for their success. BBCC offers the Associate in Arts and Science (AA&S) DirectTransfer Agreement (DTA) degree, the Associate in Science (AS) degree, the Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP (Major Ready Pathway) degree, the Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree, the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, the Associate in General Studies (AGS) degree and the Certificates of Achievement and Accomplishment. Big Bend Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Its transfer credits are normally accepted by other accredited colleges.
- The nearest community college to Big Bend Community College is Wenatchee Valley College (50.1 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 3,510 students | 50.10 Mi1300 Fifth St
Wenatchee,  WA  98801
- 11,368 students | 65.30 Mi2600 N 20th Ave
Pasco,  WA  99301
- 3,950 students | 70.30 MiSouth 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima,  WA  98907
- 10,536 students | 91.20 Mi500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla,  WA  99362
- 5,970 students | 93.30 Mi3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane,  WA  99224
We look at why millions of Americans are choosing community college over a traditional four-year school today.
Many students enroll in community college with the intent of transferring to a four-year school. Of those who do, many succeed, and yet traditional colleges and universities continue to overlook them. Read on to learn more about why more community college students don’t transfer schools and to receive some tips for making the transfer yourself.
Community college is the only option for many students who either can’t afford a traditional four-year university or who need a more flexible school environment. Just because community college is different, however, doesn’t mean that its students matter any less. The Aspen Prize exists to encourage community colleges to do more for their students and to continually strive for improvement.