Thursday, April 27, 2017

Workshop: How to Start an Online Business

The workshop “How to Start an Online Business” will be held through LBCC Business and Employer Services May 15.

This two-hour introductory workshop is designed for entrepreneurs and small business owners considering selling products or services online.

Topics include choosing a platform and functions, design, security, understanding payment options, shipping, analytics, customer service, marketing and more.

Workshop will be held Monday, May 15 from 6 to 7:50 p.m. at the LBCC Luckiamute Center, room 115, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany. Cost is $69.

Register by contacting the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929.

LBCC Pesticide Laws & Safety class

Pesticide Laws and Safety class will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College May 18 and 19.

Designed to prepare senior agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exam, classes provide in-depth training, including extra coaching in math and calibration skills

Class will be held May 18 and 19, starting at 8 a.m. both days at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-205, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW. Cost is $119.

LBCC offers ODA exams at an additional cost of $58 each. For test dates, see the METRO web site at or call 1-877-533-2900.

The ODA pesticide applicators exam is optional and should be arranged with Metro.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC’s Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Health and Safety Fair May 3, 11:30-1:30

A Health and Safety Fair will be held at Linn-Benton Community College Wednesday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the college courtyard.

Information tables include local safety, health and wellness companies and organizations, bike clubs, emergency planning organizations, and LBCC health and safety programs and clubs.

A courtyard lunch will be available for $5, $4 for students.

Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the LBCC Safety Office 541-917-4440. For special needs and accommodations, call 541‑917‑4789 or Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

Pastega Awards Winners Announced

Linn-Benton Community College announced the winners of the Pastega Excellence Awards during college In-service day April 21.

Rod Carter, criminal justice faculty member, received the Pastega Faculty Excellence Award. Sheri McIntyre, tutor coordinator for the college Learning Center, received the Pastega Classified Excellence Award.

Carter, of Eugene, has taught criminal justice at the college since 2000, and has served as department chair since 2002.

Carter was recognized for his dedication to teaching and creating a positive learning environment for both students and staff, and for his commitment to advising and guiding students toward their career goals.

McIntyre, of Scio, has been at the college since 2004. She was first hired as an early childhood teacher for the Periwinkle Child Development Center, and was promoted to her current position in 2011.

McIntyre was recognized for her professionalism, her ability to engage student tutors to be the best they can be, and her service to college committees including serving as negotiations officer for the Classified Association and on the professional development committee.

The college Pastega awards were established in 2000 by the Mario Pastega Foundation to honor faculty and classified staff for their outstanding contributions to the LBCC community. Winners receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Monday, April 24, 2017

LBCC Names Distinguished Alumni

Linn-Benton Community College has named John Dinges and Rachel Kittson-MaQatish as this year’s Distinguished Alumni.

They will be recognized at an honors reception Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the college. 

Dinges, owner of John Dinges Landscape in Lebanon, earned an associate of science degree in Turf Management in 1975. He started his business shortly after graduating.

Dinges is being recognized for his contributions to the community, including establishing the first privately-funded scholarship for COMP-NW medical students in Lebanon, and providing scholarship funding for LBCC students majoring in healthcare.

Dinges’ community service includes Build Lebanon Trails and Cheadle Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Lebanon Parks Committee and Tree Board, Lebanon’s Arbor Day celebration, Lebanon Strawberrians, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Board.

Kittson-MaQatish, a partner at Morley Thomas Law Firm in Lebanon, earned an associate of arts transfer degree in Business Administration in 1999. She transferred to OSU to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and earned a doctorate degree from Willamette University.

Kittson-MaQatish co-founded the Willamette Street Law Program, which helps teen parents navigate legal matters. She has also served on fundraisers to support veterans, at the Sweet Home Pregnancy Center, Lebanon School Board, Boys and Girls Club, Johnson Park rebuild project, Lebanon Optimist Club, Community Chapel, Sweet Home Economic Development group, and as a Lebanon Strawberrian.

LBCC’s Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2005 to recognize former students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their professions or through service to their communities. Dinges and Kittson-MaQatish join 32 others who have received the award.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oregon CCB Course Starts May 2

Oregon Construction Contractors Board education will be offered through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College starting May 2.

This five-session course will meet Tuesdays, May 2-30, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center room CC-213.

This course is required for CCB licensing as part of the education requirement before taking the State of Oregon CCB exam. Participants are required to attend all five of the state-approved sessions to satisfy the education requirement for Oregon contractor licensing.

Topics include employer requirements and employee rights, Oregon lien and contract law, taxes/recordkeeping, best business practices, project and time management, estimating and scheduling, building codes, OR-OSHA requirements, job site safety, environmental laws, and test taking strategies in compliance with ORS 701-280.

Advance registration is required by April 28. Cost is $329 and includes a copy of the NASCLA Contractors Guide.

Register at LBCC, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, Luckiamute Center, room LM-126. Photo ID and payment required at registration. For more information, call 541-917-4929.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SSH Gallery Exhibit “Ekphrasis” & Reception

The art exhibit “Ekphrasis” is on display through May 3 at Linn-Benton Community College South Santiam Hall Gallery, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci, “Ekphrasis” showcases poetry by 15 members of the LBCC Poetry Club paired with drawings by 15 artists.

Featured artists include Anne Magratten, Aurora Sherwood, Brittany Poteet, Cory Self, Dan Murnane, Diana Ranslam, Elizabeth Gleason, Fran Resendez, Krystal Drexler, Marie Arnold, Michael Bosch, Rebecca Fewless, Scott Harrington, Sinaiah Melendez and Tessa Crawford.

Featured Poetry Club poets include Alyssa Campbell, Bryce Smith, Carolyn Sparling, Ceph Poklemba, Christopher Mikkelson, Grace Allen, Mark Weiss, Matthew Cappelen, Matt Hoffman, Michelle Soutar, Nik Geier, Paige Kosa, Sam Guy, Shane Stanhope and Tav Knight.

A reception will be held in the SSH Gallery Wednesday, April 19 from 12 to 1 p.m., with the LBCC Poetry Club and local artists in attendance and speaking. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

LBCC art galleries are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the Gallery website at

Contributed Photo: SSH Gallery "Ekphrasis" exhibit