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 Blue Mountain Community College 

Name: Blue Mountain Community College
President/CEO: John H. Turner
City: Pendleton
State: OR
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Town, Distant
Year Established: 1962

Governing Board Website



Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data

2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 2,718
Part Time: 49%
Full Time: 51%

Male: 39.1%
Female: 60.9%

African-American: 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.5%
Hispanic: 12.1%
Native American: 3.3%
White: 69%
Other: 13.3%
Total Minority: 17.7%


John H. Turner

Kim Puzey
Board Chair

Quote from the President

"For nearly a decade, BMCC has been focusing on a special initiative to increase student success. Many BMCC students are nontraditional, first-generation college students who are underprepared academically and who struggle to remain in college and to complete their academic goals. BMCC offers college preparatory classes and has developed an increasing array of support services based on national best practices. All of these efforts are working—student persistence is up, and more students are designing and completing an academic program with a clear goal in mind."

Interesting Facts

  • BMCC serves a sparsely populated territory of more than 18,000-square miles in northeastern Oregon and creatively employs partnerships and distance-learning technologies to serve students in remote communities throughout the region
  • BMCC’s agriculture department has access to 100 acres, making it one of the largest farms in the West.  Student are given hands-on learning experiences in crops and animal science and raise everything from potatoes, onions, and all kinds of forage crops, to cattle, sheep and horses.
  • In the spring each year, the BMCC Diversity Committee presents the BMCC Arts and Culture Festival, which culminates with a powwow and community salmon feed in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
  • The college has taken a leadership role among Oregon’s 17 community colleges in the development and implementation of career pathways, the national career readiness certificate, and in supporting military veteran students and their families. In 2009-2010, BMCC was designated by G.I. Jobs magazine as a military-friendly college.
  • Students who attend the college transfer to four-year institutions all over the West Coast, including universities in Oregon, Idaho, California, Colorado, and Washington, as well as on the East Coast, including Tennessee and Florida.
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