Welcome to BMCC

 

Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) is a comprehensive community college committed to providing a premier learning environment and support for student success. Program areas include career and technical certificates and degrees, college transfer degrees, college preparatory and adult basic skills training, workforce development programs, continuing education, and community education. BMCC offers students high-quality instruction, affordable tuition, small class sizes, and student support services such as tutoring, computer labs,
academic advising, and disability accommodations.
 
Though its taxing district comprises Baker, Morrow, and Umatilla counties, BMCC serves all of northeastern Oregon—including Grant, Union, and Wallowa counties—through its locations in Pendleton, Hermiston, Baker City, Milton-Freewater, Boardman, and John Day. In addition, BMCC provides selected on-site services to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. BMCC uses distance education learning modalities
to serve residents throughout region as well as a small number of students from around the world.
 
On average, BMCC employs 350 full-time and part-time persons, with an annual payroll of over $15,000,000.
 
In 2010-11, BMCC enrolled 10,660 students, of which 3,336 were seeking a certificate or associate’s degree. A total of 1,971 students received $12.2 million in financial assistance in the form of federal and state assistance, scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, other assistance, and work/study jobs. Both dual credit courses and expanded options classes are offered to area high school students; 851 dual-credit and 88 expanded-options
students earned college credits for advanced classes taken in their high schools, at BMCC locations, or via distance learning. The growth and sophistication of technology have expanded the number of courses offered via distance learning to more than 200; 2,629 students took at least one distance learning course in
2010-11.
 
Typical of community college student populations, the average age of all BMCC students is 35, whereas degree-seeking students average 30 years of age. Student demographic data rely on selfreporting: 2,414 students identified themselves as belonging to minority populations, and 500 identified themselves as veterans. Class size is generally fewer than 30 students.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Our History

Blue Mountain Community College was established on July 1, 1962, after winning an overwhelming five-to-one vote of confidence by the residents of Umatilla and Morrow counties.
 
The college opened its doors in September of that same year. Vocational-technical courses were initially taught at Pendleton’s John Murray Junior High School; college transfer programs were added a year later. In 1965, BMCC moved the campus to the north hill overlooking Pendleton. Within ten years, the original
construction plans for the college were completed. In September 1992, the college purchased Columbia Hall in Hermiston to accommodate a growing student population in western Umatilla County. In October 1993, the college created a center in Milton-Freewater by leasing the former US Bank Building. In 1994, the Milton-Freewater Continuing Education Office and Basic Skills Center moved to the same location.
 
Fall term 1995 marked the beginning of BMCC’s distance education program. While the college had offered tele-courses for a number of years, newer media such as videotapes, the Internet, and ED-NET expanded the options of potential students who were bound by constraints of time or location. Today, our distance education program continues to grow with over 100 courses available. Distance education delivery is now primarily Web-based. There are also complete links to faculty instructors and other classmates. And, there are also complete degree
programs available to our students via distance education. In fact, all BMCC course offerings now have some technology components incorporated into them so that students are exposed to and comfortable with the expanding technology that has become an everyday part of all of our lives.
 
In November 1998, the voters in Morrow and Umatilla counties passed a bond measure for facility expansion in district growth areas. The bond financed expansion of the centers in Hermiston and Milton-Freewater and the opening of the BMCC Morrow County center in Boardman. The Pendleton campus expansion
included new technical agriculture buildings, a new science and technology building, and the remodeling and upgrading of older facilities.
 
A ballot measure in March 2000 annexed Baker County into the BMCC district. Classes at BMCC Baker County began in the fall of 2000.
 
The most recent development has been the construction of the Eastern Oregon Higher Education Center in Hermiston. The project, five years in the planning, has expanded access to postsecondary education for the residents of communities in west Umatilla, north Morrow, and east Gilliam counties. Upon the Oregon State Legislature’s approval in June 2009 of $7.4 million in lottery-backed bonds for the project, and with previously secured funds (including federal appropriations and private donations), BMCC began design and construction of the new building. The building opened for classes in September of 2011.
 
Blue Mountain Community College looks forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary in October of 2012. Activities will honor the leaders—board of education members, presidents, faculty, staff, alumni, and community—whose vision has helped our college continue to grow to serve the eastern Oregon community.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Living in Eastern Oregon

Many communities in the counties served by the college have unique seasonal festivals and historic architecture that reflect the spirit and history of the region. The world-famous Pendleton Round-Up celebrates the heritage of the West every September with rodeo competitions, community events, and pageants. This cowboy sport is also enjoyed at county fairs and other festivals throughout the region. The Hermiston FunFest, Baker City’s Miners’
Jubilee, and Milton-Freewater’s Muddy Frogwater Festival are a few of the many popular events that showcase local products and community pride. Farmers’ markets are also a part of eastern Oregon culture. Beginning in the spring and continuing into fall, these weekly gatherings provide access to the freshest of fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, music, and opportunities for visiting with neighbors and new friends.
 
Bordered by the Blue Mountains, the Columbia River, and rolling crop land, our district abounds in recreational attractions. The local area offers an abundance of year-round recreational sites, including state and national parks. The Umatilla National Forest, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, provides more than a million acres of wilderness recreation opportunities. Skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, rafting, and hunting are outdoor activities available to BMCC students, local residents, and visitors. There are also many golf courses, open roads for bicycling, and vibrant parks and recreation organizations providing intramural
sports and activities that will keep people of all ages busy throughout the year.
 
Eastern Oregon has four distinct seasons with a very livable climate. Sun-filled summers see temperatures ranging from 73 to over 100 degrees, while winters average 33 degrees. Humidity is low, averaging 45 to 50 percent. Our dry climate produces about 13 inches of rain each year. Snow is close at hand for winter fun.
 
The closest major cities to the main campus in Pendleton are Boise (223 miles), Portland (210 miles), and Spokane (206 miles). There is a small regional airport in Pendleton that serves travelers commuting to and from Portland. Also available at a reasonable distance is the Walla Walla, Washington airport and the Pasco, Washington airport.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Locations

BMCC Region

Typical of many community colleges, Blue Mountain Community College has a main campus, six centers, one contract-out-of-district (COD) locations, and a distance learning delivery sustem to better serve students in the region. Students have access to the following services at all BMCC locations:

  • Information on obtaining financial assistance (grants, loans, scholarships)
  • Academic advising and degree planning
  • Placement assessments in math, writing, reading and computer literacy
  • Courses, workshops, and other educational offerings
  • Textbook purchases
  • Disability accomodations.

Each site offers additional unique services, which are highlighted in the links below.

BMCC Pendleton

P.O. Box 100
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 541-278-5759
Fax: 541-278-5871
Email: getinfo@bluecc.edu
 
Blue Mountain Community College’s main campus is located on a scenic 140-acre hilltop site that includes a 100-acre farm. The campus overlooks Pendleton, a city of 16,800 residents, located 210 miles east of Portland and nearly equidistant from Seattle, Spokane, and Boise.
 
Programs and classes include:
  • College credit classes/A.A.O.T. degree
  • Career-technical programs (certificate and associate of applied science degrees)
  • College preparatory classes including adult basic education (ABE), general educational development (GED) preparation and testing, and English as a second language (ESL)
  • Customized training for business and industry
  • Continuing education classes
  • Community education/personal enrichment courses
  • Small Business Development Center
The Pendleton campus houses both cultural and recreational venues. The Betty Feves Memorial Gallery, located in Pioneer Hall, exhibits a wide variety of art and functions as an educational tool to encourage creativity and to foster an appreciation of the visual arts. The Bob Clapp Theatre, also in Pioneer Hall, hosts a variety of activities including concerts, lectures, and workshops and is home to the College Community Theatre, which produces
three plays a year. The college hosts an Arts & Culture Festival in April, with a focus on diversity. The McCrae Activity Center houses handball and racquetball courts, a weight room, a total fitness room, a gymnasium, and a 25-meter heated swimming pool.
 
Varieties of co-curricular activities augment the education offered on campus and are an important component of the Blue Mountain Community College experience. For the serious athlete, BMCC has a well-rounded athletic program for both men and women. The college fields intercollegiate teams in basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, and rodeo. Students have an opportunity to become involved in the Associated Student Government
(ASG), work as a student ambassador, or join a variety of student clubs, all of which provide educational, recreational, social, and leadership opportunities for interested students.
 
Student support services include a TRiO program (for qualified students), a Student Learning Center, a full-service library, computer labs, tutoring, career research tools and resources, and faculty advisors. 
 
Tours of the BMCC Pendleton campus may be arranged by contacting the BMCC Student Ambassadors at 541-278-5936 or by emailing: getinfo@bluecc.edu.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

BMCC Hermiston

975 S.E. Columbia Drive
Hermiston, OR 97838
Phone: 541-567-1800
Fax: 541-567-1020
Email: bmcchermiston@bluecc.edu
 
BMCC Hermiston serves western Umatilla County and North Morrow County. Offerings include:
  • College credit classes/A.A.O.T. degree
  • Job skills workshops
  • College preparatory classes including ABE, GED preparation and testing, and ESL in English and Spanish
  • Customized training for business and industry
  • Emergency medical training, first aid, and occupational certifications
  • Personal enrichment courses
  • Citizenship classes
  • Welding classes
  • Business Technology (Business Lab)
With the fall 2011 opening of the Eastern Oregon Higher Education Center, BMCC Hermiston offers students increased access to postsecondary education and related student services, in partnership with Eastern Oregon University (EOU). BMCC offerings include courses leading to the A.A.O.T. degree, as well as other degrees and certificates, and expanded course offerings throughout the day and evening. EOU offers on-site courses in
business, education, and liberal studies, as well as the continued availability of online programs.
 
Students at BMCC Hermiston can participate in student organizations and clubs. Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Associated Student Government, and BMCC student ambassadors all have representatives from their groups attending class at BMCC Hermiston. Student life activities are no longer limited to the Pendleton campus!
 
The Oregon JOBS program (a welfare-reform contract with the Oregon Community Human Services Department) and the Small Business Development Center have services available at BMCC Hermiston. For additional information or to schedule a tour, please contact the BMCC Hermiston office. An EOU representative is also on-site full time.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

BMCC Milton-Freewater

 

311 N. Columbia
Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

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Phone: 541-938-7176
Fax: 541-938-3763
Email: bmccmiltonfreewater@bluecc.edu                                                  
 
This growing center, located five miles south of the Oregon-Washingtonstate line on State Highway 11, offers classes on-site in a variety of delivery formats including traditional, condensed, and weekend classes, as well as a wide offering of courses delivered via ITV. By combining on-site and distance courses, students may
complete a variety of degrees and certificates. In addition, Milton-Freewater offers:
  • College credit classes/A.A.O.T. degree
  • Business technology labs
  • Job skills workshops
  • College preparatory classes including ABE, GED preparation, and ESL
  • Customized training for business and industry
  • Personal enrichment courses
  • Welding classes
  • First aid/CPR courses
  • Citizenship classes
Students attending courses through the Milton-Freewater center are also getting involved in student clubs like Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and the Veterans Club. The staff at BMCC/Milton Freewater also hosts numerous ASG student appreciation events such as BBQs, hot dog feeds, Nacho Night, the Tiki Hut, and Love Our Students Night.
 
The Oregon JOBS program is available at Milton-Freewater. For additional information or to schedule a tour, please contact the BMCC Milton-Freewater office.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

 

BMCC Baker County

 

3275 Baker Street
Baker City, OR 97814
Phone: 541-523-9127
Fax: 541-523-9128
Email: bmccbaker@bluecc.edu
 
With several sites in Baker City, on Baker Street and in the National Guard Armory, BMCC Baker County has a variety of offerings.
  • College credit classes/A.A.O.T. transfer
  • Job skills workshops
  • College preparatory classes including ABE, GED preparation and testing, and ESL
  • Customized training for business and industry
  • Emergency medical training, certified nursing assistant (CNA), pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, first aid, and certain occupational certifications
  • Personal enrichment courses
BMCC Baker County offers the entire A.A.O.T. degree with traditional class offerings. Students can also combine distance education classes with traditional day/evening classes for more flexibility. Additionally, the Small Business Development Center has a representative at BMCC Baker County.
 
As at other centers, students attending courses through the Baker County center are also welcome to get involved in student clubs such as Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and the Veterans Club. These clubs offer students the opportunity to participate in leadership and community service.
 
For additional information or to schedule a tour, please contact the BMCC Baker County office.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

 

BMCC Grant County

835-B S. Canyon Blvd.
John Day, OR 97845
Phone: 541-575-1550
Fax: 541-575-2920
Email: getinfo@bluecc.edu
 
Established in 1987 and located in John Day, BMCC Grant County provides learning opportunities to the residents of Grant County, including:
  • College credit classes
  • Community enrichment classes
  • Job training courses/workshops
  • Certified nursing assistance certificate program
  • College preparatory classes including ABE, GED preparation, and ESL
BMCC Grant County focuses on building relationships with community organizations, local businesses, and area schools to serve the citizens of Grant County. This site provides support services for students to access BMCC distance education courses. For additional information or to schedule a tour, please contact  the BMCC Grant County office.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

BMCC North Morrow County

300 N.E. Front Street
Boardman, OR 97818
Phone: 541-481-2099
Fax: 541-481-3990
Email: bmccnorthmorrow@bluecc.edu.
 
BMCC North Morrow County in Boardman serves the westernmost region of the college district. The center offers a variety of:
  • Job skills workshops
  • College preparatory classes, including ABE, GED preparation, and ESL
  • Customized training for business and industry
Students have the opportunity to take classes at the local site, or they may choose to take advantage of the distance education classes, which allow students to complete their classes using
the Internet, videotapes, guided instruction, or ITV. Using a combination of on-site and distance education, students may complete their A.A.O.T. degree at BMCC North Morrow County. Classes are offered at BMCC North Morrow County during both day and evening hours.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

BMCC South Morrow County

P.O. Box 21
Ione, OR 97843
Phone: 541-422-7040
Email: bmccsouthmorrow@bluecc.edu
 
BMCC South Morrow County provides support services for students in the Heppner, Lexington, and Ione areas and offers the following services:
  • BMCC distance education classes
  • Job skills workshops
  • Personal enrichment classes
For additional information or assistance, please contact the BMCC South Morrow County office.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)