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 Blue Mountain Community College 

Name: Blue Mountain Community College
President: Camille Preus
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: 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%


Blue Mountain Community College President

Blue Mountain Community College Board Chair

Camille Preus

Kim Puzey
Board Chair

Quote from the President

"For nearly a decade, Blue Mountain Communtiy College (BMCC) has been focusing on a special initiative to increase student success. Many of our 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.
  • The college’s agriculture department has access to 100 acres, making it one of the largest farms in the West. Students are given hands-on learning experiences in crops and animal science and raise everything from potatoes, onions, and 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 community colleges in the development and implementation of career pathways, the national career readiness certificate, and in supporting military veteran students and their families.
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