Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) is a public institution with eight locations in Eastern Oregon, serving Baker, Umatilla and Morrow County as well as students who live outside of the district. Founded in 1962, the college awards associate degrees and partners with a number of four-year institutions to accommodate students hoping to complete a baccalaureate degree.
Academic programs include a wide range of degree and certificate programs, from arts & humanities to medical lab tech and welding. In Agriculture and Farm Business Management, students can pursue AS degrees or AAS degrees in Agriculture Management or Production (Crops and Livestock specializations available). The popular Allied Health Program has programs in Nursing, Dental Assisting, Diagnostic Imaging Technology, EMT services and Human Performance. Arts and sciences programs include a focus on English, History, Psychology, Music, Theatre Arts, Economics, Anthropology and many more. Political Science, Criminal Justice and Sociology are also offered.
In addition, certificate and/or AAS degree programs in Welding, Diesel Technology and Career Readiness are offered. For students wishing to enhance their skill set, Continuing Ed classes are available. The Distance Learning offers students out of the district the opportunity to complete coursework without attending classes in person.
Accreditation is granted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCU). It also has approval from the state and federal VA to offer training to military veterans. For specific programs, the Oregon State Board of Nursing has accredited the BMCC Nursing Program, while the Dental Assisting Program receives accreditation from the America Dental Association (ADA).
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Students can apply to Blue Mountain online, though a campus visit is recommended beforehand. Applicants will generally hear from the admissions office within 10 days of applying. Besides the application, transcripts of high school or GED equivalency must be forwarded to the admissions office.
Admissions requirements vary depending on the programs. Allied Health Program applicants may need to submit to a background check and verify prerequisite coursework has been completed satisfactorily (always with grades of C or better). Nursing students must also submit to fingerprinting and background checks and pass the computer literacy placement tests given. For a full list of requirements and specific deadlines, students should visit the program page on the website and contact admissions with questions.
The financial aid office has assistance programs in place for students who qualify. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step of the process. Students may qualify for Pell Grants and FSEOG Grants, which are both awarded without expectation of repayment. Other scholarships are available from BMCC and the Oregon Student Assistance Commission. Deadlines for fall term scholarships are generally in March and April. In addition, the Leon Severin Nursing Scholarship and James & Marion Miller Scholarships are offered by the college, with deadlines in early January.
Perkins and Stafford student loans are also available, with the possibility of subsidization by the government, which allows for the deferent interest accumulation until after graduation. For parents of enrolled students, PLUS loans can help pay for tuition. Work-study programs are another option, with students working on campus in federally supported employment.
The training facilities are open to all students. Activities like the Student Government Association and Community Theatre Group have been gaining interest over the years. While there is no housing on campus, many students do end up living together near campus in apartments facilitated by the Student Services Office.
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The athletics program offers students the opportunity to compete in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWACC). Men’s baseball has had a number of successful seasons, while the men’s basketball team has made it to the NWACC championship game at the end of the 2009 campaign. Women’s sports include basketball, softball and volleyball. In addition, the coed rodeo team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Athletes on campus can work out in the training room, weight room, gymnasium or swimming pool.
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