The Center for Business & Industry Services (CBIS) – Department of Continuing Education

Beth Laszlo

Big Bend Community College supports education as a lifelong process. Through the Center for Business and Industry Services (CBIS), BBCC offers training and programming whether you are an employee in need of additional skills for professional development or as a community member exploring fun, new avenues of personal growth. It is the mission of CBIS to meet the diverse needs of all community members and industries located in our service district.

Workforce/Contracted Training

CBIS is committed to supporting the internal growth of our local industries and employment partners, as well as their ability to remain globally competitive through quality workforce training. CBIS incorporates expertise from across Washington State and the country, including the academic excellence of BBCC instructors. Training can be brought to the industry door step, increasing the effectiveness and scope of what each company can offer, and also saving the employer thousands of dollars in travel and accommodations each year. Workforce training is initiated by the industry and customized for their employees’ skill enhancement and industry certification, but not college credit. Often times, the cost of training can be supported by outside grant funding accessed through the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

Community Education

Lifelong learning can include industry certification, but it can also include personal exploration for your own enjoyment. Through CBIS, Big Bend Community College offers workshops and trainings relating to special interest and required industry regulations that are not typically offered for college credit. Topics have included Community Choir, Drama, Private Instrument and Vocal Training, Pottery, Electrical CEU’s, Steam and Pump Training, Air Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Certification, Suicide Prevention, and CPR/First Aid

Ed2Go Online Training Programs

Ed2Go is a third party vendor that CBIS works with to provide online courses that are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you. We offer a wide range of interactive courses that you can take entirely online. Ed2Go offers online instructor-led courses in 6-week formats with lessons each month. Examples of these courses include Accounting, Business, Computer Applications, Healthcare and Medical, Personal Development, and Teaching and Education. Online Career Training Programs (CTP) are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field and are aligned with in-demand, fast-growing careers. Examples of CTP programs include Arts and Design, Business, Construction and Trade, Computer Programming, Hospitality, Health and Fitness, Writing, and Legal courses.