A Building: Boardroom & Administrative Offices
Our Boardroom, which received a modernizing facelift in 2019, is located in the heart of our Administrative offices. It is flanked by the Presidential suite, including offices for the Vice Presidents for Instruction and Student Services to the west and Administrative Services, with the office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, on the eastern side.
With only one level but many wings belonging to College functions, the A building houses many classrooms and offices. Don't be afraid to pop into an office for a friendly face to point you in the direction of the 300 wing, where most of the A building classes are held.
A Building: Transitional Studies
Our Transitional Studies department offers programs for General Education Development (GED), High School+, High School Academy, High School Completion, Soar to Success and English Language Acquisition. As a Hispanic-Service Institution, we are especially proud of our High School Equivalency Program (HEP), which is offered in Spanish and focuses on individuals from migrant or seasonal farm working backgrounds.
Welcome to Transitional Studies at CBC. Whether you want to improve your skills before moving on to college, complete your high school diploma or your GED, our classes can help you achieve your goals. We offer classes in the morning, early afternoon and evening to accommodate your schedule, and it's only $25 per quarter. Classes are held in rooms like this with access to materials, computers, and most importantly, engaging and approachable instructors. To get started in our program, you'll visit the Transitional Studies office in the A building to fill out some paperwork and schedule a placement test. This is an important part of our process to help assess how we can best help you, and there's no charge for this test. Once you've completed your test, you'll sign up for orientation. Orientation is your first chance to meet other students, enroll in your classes and receive your schedule.
Get started at CBC today. Call us at 509-542-4701 or stop by and see us in the A building in Pasco. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the CBC community.
D Building: Planetarium & Observatory
Welcome to the D building, home of the Bechtel National Planetarium, where our 36-foot domed theatre screen makes this the largest planetarium in the state of Washington! Open to both students and the community, the Planetarium offers a unique learning experience with live presentations on the night sky above us, educational films and even some popular movie night offerings!
Come explore more about the vast wonders of our sky at the Robert & Elisabeth Moore Observatory, a six-meter Ash Dome on top fo a 25-foot by 40-foot building, which houses a 16-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube assembly on a Paramount ME German equatorial mount. Due to our mostly dry and temperate climate year-round, many nights boast clear skies and excellent views! Join astronomy students and professors, weather permitting, on Friday evenings from March through November for a closer look at our vast universe.
H Building: Gjerde Center
The Gjerde Center is located in the H building and hosts a plethora of gatherings for both campus and community events. You can reserve the Gjerde Center through our 25Live reservation system. Reserve a space at CBC today!
P Building: Performing Arts Center
Step away from your stress and be swept away by the many talented artists who create and amaze in our Performing Arts Center. Enjoy extraordinary exhibits at the Esvelt Gallery. Swoon for the thespians in our Summer Theatre. Liven up your life with choir concerts and band ensembles. Come together with your community to both create and enjoy the many forms of art that happen on our campus.
Richland Medical Science Center: Dental Hygiene Labs & Clinic (4th Floor)
Our Richland Medical Science Center (MSC) is home to both our Dental Hygiene Clinic, newly opened in January 2020, and Kadlec Family Medical Residency, part of the leading healthcare organization in our region. Lab services, including dental x-rays, exams, cleanings, oral hygiene instruction, flouride applications, whitening trays and limited restorative treatments, at our state-of-the-art facility are conducted by CBC Dental Hygiene students under the supervision of registered dental hygienists and clinical dentists. Come serve your community while earning a valuable degree in the in-demand field of dentistry.
T Building: Thornton Courtyard
Escape the noise and stress of campus in our lush and lovely T building Thornton Courtyard, a tropical paradise that will make you forget about your troubles, tests and the tumbleweeds outside. Grab a seat at one of the many tables to study for your next class or savor your lunch break among the more than 100 plant varieties and bubbling indoor brook.
A Building: Human Resources, Employment
Human Resources is located at the eastern most corner of the A building and wants you to stop by their offices today! On-campus job opportunities abound and can be a great solution for students like you who need work that fits their college schedule. Looking to join our full-time team? Visit our Jobs at CBC webpage to view our open positions.
AF Building: Foundation
The AF building is home to CBC's Foundation. The CBC Foundation works tirelessly to ensure the college can continue to offer essential programs and to make it easier for students like you to pursue their educational goals. Connecting our campus with the broader community, the Foundation supports students, alumni and the College through scholarships, alumni relations and planned giving.
This is a challenging time for so many in our communities because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
And that you can stay connected with friends and family virtually. We have been encouraged to hear from so many of you who want to know how you can help CBC students who are facing significant financial struggles. Today is Giving Tuesday, and on this special day, please consider giving to the CBC Cares student emergency fund. To donate, visit columbiabasin.edu/give.
Together, we can be a lifeline for those students who are having to choose between basic needs and college education. We believe that higher education has the power to transform a life. We are here for good and we're committed to continuing to support CBC students, who need our help now more than ever in this time of need. When you give by June 1st STCU will match the first $25,000 dollar for dollar to help even more students.
Thank you STCU for being such good friends and incredible partners. And thank you to all CBC supporters. We all soar together. On behalf of STCU and CBC, thank you.
H Building: Hawk Central, Counseling & Advising and Assessment
Do you have questions about financial aid, registration, paying your bill or finding your way through your college experience? Visit Hawk Central in the H building to get all the answers to these questions and so many more. No appointment necessary--visit Hawk Central today to find your way to success at CBC!
Counseling & Advising
We want to help you choose and keep you on the right path to achieve your educational aspirations at CBC. Our Completion Coaches are specialized experts who can advise you through selecting courses in your program of study and working toward your academic and career goals. Additionally, our Counselors help you not only with educational goals but also offer free, short-term personal counseling to help you face any emotional or mental barriers that are keeping you from achieving your dreams. Find out more!
Whether you are just completing your high school journey with the GED test, just starting down the road to attending classes at CBC, or taking a new path with placement into a specific program, the friendly team in the Assessment Center in the H building is here to help you. Learn more!
H Building: V.E.T.S., CAMP & WEC
Veterans Education and Transition Services (V.E.T.S.)
CBC loves our veteran students and military-connected families! Visit the V.E.T.S. Center to find help with advising, military benefits, VA counseling, free coffee and popcorn, and so much more!
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
The CAMP is a federally funded grant program that provides specialized support and resources for students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds. If you or your parents are migratory or seasonal farm workers and you are thinking about attending CBC, visit the CAMP office today to see how we can help you be successful in college and beyond.
Workforce Education Center (WEC)
The WEC helps to remove barriers in the pursuit of higher education by providing financial and enrollment services directly related to workforce education training programs in an environment of support, respect and equality. Programs at CBC include Basic Food Employment Training, Opportunity Grant, WorkFirst and Worker Retraining. Come visit us in the upper level of the H building to see if you qualify!
L Building: Classrooms
Our L building is home to four classrooms--two of the biggest on our campus. It can be a little confusing, but you can't get to these rooms from the Library! If you have a class in L101, 102, 107 or 109, enter the L building through the north entrance, from there you'll see the amphitheater-type classrooms on either side.
L Building: Library
Located at the heart of our Pasco campus, the Library carries the lifeblood of the college experience! Information, technology and helpful staff are at the ready to assist you on your path to educational success. Checkout books, laptops, cameras, magazines, even a telescope or two! Learn how to research, borrow what you need from another library or simply sit back and relax while you study in our reservable rooms. At some point, you might also have a class in the library's large computer lab.
T Building: Academic Success Center & Disability Support Services
Visit the Academic Success Center in the T building for expert tutoring help in a variety of subjects including math, science, foreign languages and writing for college classes. Reserve a group or solo study area with many resources available to make your study sessions successful. Free printing for all current students!
If you are a student who has a disability or struggles in class or on campus, visit Disability Support Services! Experts will provide you with reasonable accommodations such as adaptive equipment, technology, testing, classroom tools, information, referrals and more!
T Building: TRIO, Upward Bound & MESA
TRIO grants are federally funded programs that help disadvantaged students find their place in the college setting. CBC proudly offers two of the TRIO grant programs--Student Support Services (SSS) and Upward Bound--located together in the T building.
TRIO SSS provides individualized academic and transfer support for financially limited, first generation students and those with disabilities. Come visit us to see if you qualify for our cohort!
Upward Bound prepares low-income high school students to face the challenges of being the first in their families to transition to college.
MESA provides students additional academic support and career exploration in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Historically underrepresented students in these fields will have access to a variety of resources to assist in preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers. Learn how to become a member of MESA.
G Building: Athletics & Fitness Center
Create healthy habits while connecting with your fellow students and athletes on campus. Our G building is home to our intercollegiate athletic teams (volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and golf) as well as our Fitness Center, which is available to all students at no extra cost! Fit a workout into your busy day. Show Hawk pride while cheering for or participating in our athletics program. Stop by for a pick up intramural volleyball or basketball game. With over 10,000 square feet in the Fitness Center alone, there's always space for you here!
H Building: SID, Bookstore, HUB & Food Pantry
Don't forget to get your CBC Student ID so you can utilize the many benefits of being a current student. Get a new sticker each quarter once your fees are paid to show you are currently enrolled, and you can ride the Benton-Franklin transit system, attend student activities, and use the fitness center for FREE!
Our bookstore, located on the upper level of the H building, is a full service venue that sells not only textbooks but a variety of other school supplies, Hawk gear and snacks. Stop by to prepare for your classes, gear up to cheer on our Athletic teams or supplement study sessions with snacks and soda!
Visit the HUB, located on the lowest level of the H building, where our students' social lives soar! Whether you are meeting friends for coffee, maximizing your extracurricular hours with fun in our Game Room or participating in one of over 30 clubs and their activities, the HUB is your go-to spot where socializing opportunities abound. You may also notice students congregating in the Congress Room, where our Student Government conducts their meetings. All current students are welcome to participate, so get involved with ASCBC today!
CBC, in partnership with 2nd Harvest, provides a fully stocked Food Pantry, available freely to all current students and their families. Don't let your growling stomach distract you from success in your studies--visit the Food Pantry in the lower level of the H building today!
V Building: Campus Security
CBC Security is committed to providing our campus with a safe and welcoming learning environment for all. We are dedicated to protecting our students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. If you need someone to walk you to your car, jump your car, have lost something on campus, got in a wreck or are feeling unsafe, visit us in V Building or call us on our Pasco campus at 509-542-4819 or ext: 7777 (on campus) or our Richland campus at 509-539-8167 or ext: 4021 (on campus).
Also remember to sign up for Emergency Notifications so we can send you text messages and/or emails in the case of incidents such as a campus lockdown or evacuation or if the campus is closed due to inclement weather. Visit full details on our Security webpage.
CTE Building: Labs
Industry demand for highly trained technical occupations continues to rise, and you'll find tons of opportunities to learn and grow your knowledge and skills in the School of Career and Technical Education (CTE). Our unique, four-wing CTE building features updated labs which will abundantly prepare you for the workforce.
Community partnerships provide hands-on experience while you study within these vital fields. Learn welding skills while completing search and rescue boat repairs. Hone your automotive service and detail expertise while providing a valued service to our campus community. Train in the fascinating world of Nuclear Technology at one of only 25 certified programs in the United States. Earn industry recognized certifications concurrently with your degree.
MA/ALG Buildings: Agriculture
Our Agriculture program within the School of Math, Science and Engineering, provides students with a plethora of hands-on learning opportunties, from growing a variety of plants in our greenhouse space to maintaining our 25-acre research farm's crops of peppers, soy beans, corn, squash and pumpkins. Dirty hands equal happy hearts--come dig in with us today!
Any student that wants to get into agriculture just needs to know that it's just not out working long hours in the fields, it's knowing technology; it's knowing machinery; it's knowing how to irrigate properly in order to keep costs down and production high. It becomes a very technical field. So you have to have this knowledge to provide the service to employers that are really valuable. My name is Rod Taylor, and I'm the Dean for Math, Science and Engineering at Columbia Basin College.
We started a new Associate of Applied Science Degree in Agricultural Production. That includes three certificates that are embedded in it. One for Crop and Soil, one for Hydroponics and Greenhouse Management, and one for Precision Agriculture. One of the certificates is the Crop and Soil certificate, and within that, students learn about crop production and agricultural safety. They'll learn about agricultural machinery and mechanics, weed science, irrigation principles, crop pests and diseases. It will be their introduction into precision agriculture. With the Precision Agriculture certificate, they'll learn more about crops within the field, more ag safety. The safety is always of paramount importance when students are going through this program. They will learn about GPS and GIS applications, and there will be an intro to computers and information technology, and then what we call Crop Production II class, so further their knowledge in the crop varieties that they'll be associated with within the Columbia Basin area. The third certificate offered in the program is a Hydroponics and Greenhouse Management certificate. And within that is growing within a greenhouse and cultivated plants with a lab, the crop growth development with lab, hydroponic technology, and greenhouse production and management with a lab. Basically, they're learning kind of another side of agriculture that is within more of a greenhouse setting.
Some of the biggest things that are really attractive in this program is the technology aspect to it. So you can learn how to fly drones and map fields and working with software on computers. Many students don't know that you can get a bachelor's degree at Columbia Basin College. Our Bachelors of Applied Science and Agricultural Business is the seamless transition from our associate degree into higher level management positions that will pay better, and, again, they'll have the background to really provide employers with a knowledge base of everything from production up through the business concepts.
My name is Chris Lamb and I'm a graduate of CBC's Agriculture program. I chose to come to CBC because of the opportunities that I saw when I first joined the program: scholarships, internships, and the classes in general.
The thing that makes our program standout is students really become well rounded in a number of areas.
Ag is not just working in the fields. You can be in marketing and be involved with Ag. You can be in the medical field and can be involved with Ag.
They can become agricultural technicians, field personnel, agronomists, farm and ranch managers, cell representatives, precision ag technicians, GPS and GIS technicians, sales specialists, hydroponic consultants, commercial hydroponic growers, greenhouse managers, manufacturers, supplier of hydroponic equipment and nutrients.
Pay wise, the industry is great. There's opportunities, and due to those opportunities and the availability of jobs, especially here in tri cities.
You're looking at salaries ranging from $35,000 to $55,000 a year. This program will start in the fall of 2020. The first year of the program is where they'll earn their Crop and Soil certificate, and then the second year is when they earn the other two certificates.
So why would students choose CBC? The benefits of this program include affordability, certifications, the future needs of the industry the local support that we have, the hands on learning, the dynamic curriculum, and the local professional opportunities. The job prospects makes the program very attractive to any student that wants to pursue an agricultural career.
It's not just learning through a book. It's actually able to go outside, get your hands on the soil, get your hands on the crops. It's great.
N Building: Engineering Technology Labs
The unassuming N building, nestled across from our CTE building, holds some of the most exciting tools on campus--our Computer-Aided Drafting and 3D Print Technology labs! Students in Engineering Technology use these labs in preparation for important careers in the fields of Drafting, 3D Modeling/Printing, Design, Engineering, Inspection, Field Engineering, Surveying, Materials Testing, Project Management and Construction. Interested in pursuing one of these dynamic and diverse careers? Check out our Schools of Business, Computer Science and Math, Science and Engineering.
T Building: Labs
With so many science course offerings not only for students in the School of Math, Science and Engineering, but also for general education requirements, our T building is home to a variety of lab space where students gain hands-on experience and learn from and participate in important scientific research alongside world-class faculty.
Student Housing: Sunhawk Hall
Don't just visit Sunhawk Hall, we invite you to call it home! With single, double, triple or quad occupancy suite-style rooms (including bathrooms and full kitchens in each) for up to 126 students, we have the right fit for your budget and personality. Our student housing boasts a safe living environment at an affordable monthly rent which includes all utilities, WIFI and parking as well as community-building programming to give you options for socializing right here on campus.
B Building: School of Business
The B Building is brought to you by the School of Business, where you can pursue your dream to become your own boss, build a business from the ground up and learn about earning the big bucks! Our programs, including Accounting, Applied Management, Business, Project Management, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation, allow you to pair sharply honed business skills with other career interests through degree path emphases in Healthcare Administration and Construction Management. If you are interested in advancing your career in the business realm, you belong in the B building and in our School of Business!
CTE Building: School of Career & Technical Education
Industry demand for highly trained technical occupations continues to rise, and you'll find tons of opportunities to learn and grow your knowledge and skills in the School of Career & Technical Education (CTE). Our unique, four-wing CTE building features updated labs which will abundantly prepare you for the workforce.
One of our programs is right for you--join Automotive Technology, Occupational Safety & Health, Health Physics, Manufacturing Technology, Nuclear Technology or Welding Technology today!
P Building: School of Arts, Humanities & Communication
Life doesn't just imitate art in our P building--life is art here! If you are a creative, passionate, imaginative student who wants to change the world with your perspective, the School of Arts, Humanities & Communication is the place for you! Our program offerings include Visual Art, Communication Studies, English, Music, Theatre and World Languages.
If I can get that light bulb to go on, I get a sense of accomplishment when I see students who are able to go off and take these lessons and apply them, and they grow and they're successful.
My name is Ronn Campbell. I'm a Senior Associate Professor of Theater at Columbia Basin College, and I've been here 18 years.
The Theater department at CBC, our goal is to set up mostly a transfer degree foundation. We have agreements with several of the big theatre schools in the area, and they know our program well, so as they transfer, they transfer truly as a true junior status. The other thing that CBC has and does in our Theater program that most schools do not is lighting. We have better lighting equipment than most four year universities. I can't think of another school in the northwest that has something comparable. So we're really kind of setting some standards.
Using 3d printing that I've gotten into, I created a bunch of scale lighting instruments that I use for my lighting and design classes. So the students in my design classes, they get to see how the 3d printer works, how to place those in models, and these are measurable scale versions of that. We even have a scale version of this theater with the first two rows of seating, and it helps the director see how the set's going to be, how choreographers, how the actors, how they're going to see it, and all the other design things.
The other thing that I've worked on is I started making scale lighting fixtures, so I can place the lights, and we can not only use the lights as a physical representation, so the director can get used to where those fixtures will be, but also in the lighting class, what we found was to teach them things like angle and distribution. So we have small scale versions of a theater, and using magnets on these lights, we can hang them and talk about how do things set up.
We're trying to find creative ways to connect with students all the time. The more I can be creative and think outside the box, then odds are I might connect to a student in a different way. The more options I can give the better. College should be a safe place for students to try things and fail. You learn more by failures. All the equipment that we have here, students with minimal training, we want them to touch it, we want them to try it, we want them to use it. It may not always be successful the first time around. So we want to give them a place where they can feel like they can try things out, and it's okay If they fail.
Richland Health Science Center: School of Health Sciences
Explore a career in the health sciences while attending classes at the heart of the medical industry in the Tri-Cities. Our four-story Richland Health Science Center (HSC) features state-of-the-art medical simulation technology that provides you the chance to expand your knowledge, gain experience in your chosen field and safely simulates essential experiences for your future career. Our selective admissions programs, including a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), boast competitive admission rates. Join the School of Health Sciences by pursuing a degree or certificate in one of the following programs: Dental Hygiene, Emergency Services (EMT/Paramedic, Fire Science), Healthcare Central Service Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Imaging, Medical Records & Healthcare Information, Medical Simulation Technology, Nucelar Medicine Technology, Nursing (ADN, Nursing Assistant and Perioperative), Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology and Spanish Medical Interpreting.
SWL Building: School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Welcome to the newest location on our Pasco Campus, the Social Sciences and World Languages (SWL) building. Opened in 2017, the SWL building is home to our School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where you can study Anthropology, Criminal Justice, History, Intercultural Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology. Enjoy the view outside, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and inside, with expansive murals depicting the many faces of our diverse community, designed by brothers Todd and Cain Benson of Spokane. If you love learning about people and have a dedicated desire to spend your life helping others, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences can help you find a richly rewarding field of study, dynamic degree and fulfilling career.
T Building: School of Computer Science
Welcome to the School of Computer Science, located in the T building, where you'll not only learn to develop innovative apps, create web pages and manage databases, but you'll also work directly with our local technology workforce both in the classroom and through exciting internship opportunities. Interested in Computer Science, Cyber Security or Information Technology? We offer a wide variety of degress and certificates, including competitive Bachelor of Applied Science programs in Cyber Security and Information Technology. Come find your fellow techies and data-heads--there's a place for you in CBC's School of Computer Science!
T Building: School of Math, Science & Engineering
Welcome to our Lee R. Thornton Center for Math, Science and Technology, named for former CBC President, Dr. Lee Thornton. One of the largest buildings on our Pasco campus, the T building welcomes students for a variety of scholastic and support activities and is home to the School of Math, Science and Engineering. Explore the universe in which we live and develop skills necessary to make our world a better place through innovation and research. Highly skilled faculty share their expertise and promote hands-on learning in a variety of programs including Agriculture, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering & Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Geography & Geology, Mathematics, Nutrition and Physics.
X Building: School of Education
Welcome to the X building, home to our School of Education. If you want to make a difference in the lives of our future generations, look no further than the programs offered through our School of Education, including Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Secondary Education. CBC's Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education degree helps students who want to teach primary through third grade complete your four-year degree. Come learn how to create positive, lasting impacts on children's lives while instilling a life-long love of learning in the next generation of leaders!