BMCC was established in 1962 in Umatilla and Morrow counties and began offering vocational-technical programs in September of that year. Since that time, the college has grown and expanded to centers in Hermiston, Boardman, and Baker County. The college now offers over 100 distance education courses.
In 2012, BMCC celebrated its 50th anniversary.
According to student demographics, in 2011-2012, BMCC enrolled 9,535 students, and approximately 1/3 were seeking certificates or degrees. Of those students, 1,872 students received approximately $11.9 million in financial aid. Also, 2,489 students took at least one distance education course. Over 600 BMCC students plus 1,140 prison inmates enrolled in GED preparation, English second language (ESL), or adult basic education (ABE) classes.
Both dual credit courses and expanded option classes were offered to area high school students; in 2011-2012, 979 students earned college credits for advanced classes taken in their high schools.
Typical of community colleges, the average age of all BMCC students was 34; whereas degree-seeking students averaged 29 years old. Student demographic data relies on self-reporting: 2441 students identified themselves as minority and 510 identified themselves as veterans. Class size is generally fewer than 30 students.