College Preparatory Programs

The College Preparatory Programs Department includes the following program areas: adult basic education (ABE), general educational development (GED) preparation, English as a second language (ESL), JOBS program, and college preparation courses. The department also offers the following transfer courses: HD100
College Survival and Success and HD109 Academic Planning. For more information about any of these programs call 541-278-5803 or visit us on the Web .
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE): Provides instruction in the basic skills of reading, writing, and math to adult learners to help them transition into the labor market, higher academics, or vocational training. ABE classes are available to students who have GED certificates or high school diplomas, but have been away from academics for an extended time. ABE programs operate at the following BMCC locations: Pendleton, Hermiston, Baker City, Milton-Freewater, Boardman, Enterprise, and John Day.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

General Education Development (GED)

General Educational Development classes are offered for students who are working on meeting GED requirements to complete the battery of five exams; reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. GED is the process of earning the equivalent of a high school diploma. Online GED Academy study site is offered as an alternative to students who need to study at their own pace. Online GED Academy is an intuitive and interactive skills building
tutorial. The site is designed to increase technology skills and help students study for the GED examines.
Students earn the GED certificate when they receive passing scores on the five parts of this standardized exam. A new computer-based GED test begins 2014. A high school release is required for students sixteen and seventeen years old. Information on testing and school release may be obtained from the BMCC testing center in Pendleton at 541-278-5931. Students earning a GED may participate in the BMCC commencement exercises held in June.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL instruction is offered to non-English speaking students who need instruction in reading, writing and speaking. ESL courses are available at the following BMCC locations: Pendleton, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Boardman, and Baker City.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

EL Civics


English Literacy through Civics: Civics education is an education program that emphasizes contextualized instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, naturalization procedures, civic participation, and US history and government to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to become active informed parents, workers, and community members.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)


College Preparation Courses

College preparation courses are courses designed to help students succeed in college.

LA 25/LA 35 4 cr Reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary skills
HD 100 3 cr College Survival and Success
HD 109 1 cr Academic Planning
RD 090 3 cr Effective Reading Strategies
RD 101 3 cr College Textbook reading





A student’s COMPASS placement score determines whether and at which level the student should be placed into a college preparation course. Students can decide independently to take college preparation courses to improve their basic skills knowledge. Instructors may refer students whose academic performance indicates they would benefit from additional college preparation. In addition, students can be referred by their instructors based upon their performance in class. College preparation courses are offered at the following BMCC locations: Pendleton, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, and Baker City. 
College Preparatory Program offices are located in the lower level of Morrow Hall. Debbie Merrill, program assistant is located in M-4; telephone 541-278-5803; email:
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

JOBS Program

JOBS for Oregon’s Future (JOBS: Job Opportunities and Basic Skills) is the state’s employment and training program for people on public assistance. In addition, JOBS can help low-income families avoid the need for welfare.

Through a contract with the Oregon Department of Human Services, BMCC provides JOBS Program services in Umatilla County, including employment assessment, work-search assistance, and training in workplace basics and life skills. Clients receiving help through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program may be eligible for JOBS Plus services, which places persons in limited-duration training positions with private employers. As part of BMCC’s Department of College Preparatory Programs, the JOBS Program works closely with basic skills offerings as well as with other BMCC educational services in order to help JOBS students meet their goals.
The JOBS Program is located at BMCC Hermiston, BMCC Milton-Freewater, and the Oregon Employment Department in Pendleton. For more information, please call the JOBS Program manager at 541-938-4082 x3172.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)