Thursday, September 29, 2016

LBCC Family Resource & Education one of two programs chosen to present at national meeting

Linn-Benton Community College Family Resource and Education Center was one of two Oregon programs chosen to present at the national Early Childhood Funders Collaborative meeting held in Portland last week.

LBCC along with the Gladstone Center for Children and Families were chosen to showcase their work on early childhood and family education projects.

Recommended by the Oregon Early Learning Department of the Oregon Department of Education, LBCC showcased its regional work to bring the Parenting Education Hub, Early Learning Hub and Coordinated Care Organization in Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties together to improve outcomes for young children.

The national meeting, hosted by the Oregon Community Foundation, included representatives from 21 foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

LBCC Family Resource and Education Center staff that presented at the conference included Kristi May, Early Learning Hub manager, Jerri Wolfe, Parenting Education and Family Connections faculty chair, and Kris Wessel, project manager for a new initiative underway called the Pollywog Project.

LBCC Community Education Classes in Lebanon & Sweet Home

A variety of community education classes from how to use a computer to improving your memory to art and dance are being offered through Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers this fall.

Personal Computer Essentials I is for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction at an easy pace. Introduces working with Windows 7 and a brief introduction to email and the Internet. Class meets Tuesdays from 6-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 4 at the Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. Cost is $59.

Brain Boosters: Awaken Your Memory workshop will help stimulate your brain power to recall events in effective and fun ways. Learn useful techniques to improve and deepen your ability to remember past moments in more detail. Class meets Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 9-11:50 a.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center. Cost is $29.

A Pet Portrait Painting workshop will guide you through painting your favorite pet or furry friend. No experience necessary. Workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 3 from 9-11:50 a.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, and from 1:30-4:20 p.m. at the LBCC Sweet Home Center. Cost is $39.

Quilters Workshop is for all ability levels. Learn to combine two traditional patterns, the tulip and the log cabin, to make a medallion style quilt. Class meet Thursdays from 7-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 13 at the Sweet Home High School. Cost is $39.

Complete Country Dance, Beginning teaches a variety of couple’s pattern dances and line dances in this combination class. No partner needed. Class meets Tuesdays from 6:30-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 4 at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $45.

Complete Country Dance, Beyond Beginning is a continuation of the beginning class, and starts Nov. 1.

Line Dance class provides dance instruction to a variety of music including Country/Western, 50’s and Latin. No partner needed. Class meets Tuesdays from 1:30-2:50 p.m. starting Oct. 4 at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $65.

For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at, email at or, or call the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DH Story: LBCC Diesel Program Readies for New Facility

Bryan Schiedler, LBCC Transportation Technology
faculty chair, talks about new diesel training building.
Driving their futures: LBCC's diesel students get ready for new facility
by Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat-Herald 
Photo: David Patton, Albany Democrat-Herald

LEBANON — According to the calendar, Monday was the first day of class for students at Linn-Benton Community College. But to diesel program students, it actually felt closer to Christmas Eve.

On Wednesday, the students will get to move into the newly completed building for the Heavy Equipment Diesel program at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center, part of the LBCC Lebanon branch.

In the meantime, they spent part of Monday touring the grounds and at least getting a look at the new 37,000-square-foot building from the outside.

"They're excited. They can't wait to get in there," said Bryan Schiedler, department chairman of Transportation Technology. "It's almost like it's Christmastime for them."

The community college's emphasis on its industrial programs has drawn increased enrollment. Out at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center, an additional first-year diesel program is beginning this year, doubling the first-year class to two. Next year, the college will offer two classes each of the first-year and second-year programs.

Enrollment is also up at LBCC overall for fall term. As of Monday morning, the count was up 0.4 percent overall from last year and 2.5 percent for full-time-equivalent students, said Dale Stowell, executive director of Advancement/Foundation.

Stowell said that translates to a total of 7,850 actual bodies, 1,667 of them full time, for all four campuses: Albany, Sweet Home, Lebanon and Corvallis. New students this year: 2,212 compared to last year's 1,962.

Monday and today, diesel classes were to meet in the automotive portion of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center while the finishing touches are put on the new diesel building and Innovation Center.

The $5.7 million project was supposed to be ready in time for classes to start — and it almost was, Schiedler said.

Just a few small jobs remained Monday, including completing the flooring so that equipment can be moved in, checking all the electronic and networking systems to make sure everything works properly, receiving the fire marshal's OK for a temporary occupancy permit and installing the rolling doors.

"When we talked to the contractor, he said we'll have them in three weeks. Well, their three weeks was eight weeks," Schiedler said with a sigh. However, he said, the doors will be in place by the time of the center's grand opening celebration, planned for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the center, 2000 W. Oak St.

The new building will house classrooms, lab space, storage and shop floors for both the diesel program and for the Innovation Center, a place for industry partners looking for a space to check equipment or train employees.

Diesel students had been taking classes on the Albany campus, but moving them to Lebanon will benefit everyone, Schiedler said. Not only will diesel and auto programs benefit from the efficiency of a shared campus, the move frees up space in Albany to expand welding and machine tool programs.

"All the industrial programs are going to benefit from this," Schiedler said.
The idea to expand the college's automotive program through an Advanced Transportation Technology Center dates back to 2008.

The Technology Center's first building — the renovated PACE manufacturing site — opened for classes in the fall of 2013. Construction of the Heavy Equipment Diesel Program/Innovation Center was made possible in part through $2 million from a $34 million bond measure that voters passed in 2014.

The new building is the last step in the project, at least for now, Schielder said.
Increasingly, LBCC is working with partners in the transportation industry to maintain vehicles that run on fuels other than traditional petroleum products. The new building expands on that ability, Schiedler said.

If a vehicle is leaking gas or diesel, that fuel falls to the floor, so shops are equipped to handle a downward leak, he said. But a vehicle powered by compressed natural gas — CNG — has to be treated differently because its fuel leaks drift upward instead.

Working on a vehicle such as the Freightliner Sd-114 parked outside the Technology Center on Monday means having a shop equipped with special vents and a detector system that will open doors and kick on fans if it picks up a methane leak, Schiedler said. "That's one thing our old building could never do."

LBCC works closely with leaders in the transportation industry to train students on what those programs will need, he went on. In turn, the employers snap those students up as fast as they can get them.

"Half of the students already have a job before they start," Schiedler said.

At the Technology Center, students will be working this year on brand-new Isuzu truck engines, one diesel and one gasoline, donated by FMI Trucks. If they can learn their way around those engines, Isuzu has jobs available for all of them, Schiedler said.

"The whole thing is getting quality people, so they can help keep that customer service in a positive tone. We're working with industries to help meet that goal," he said.

Of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center as a whole, he said: "We've really worked to make this make sense, not only for us and the students but for the industry."

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Monday, September 26, 2016

LBCC launches new Healthy Back class

LBCC is launching a new class designed to help strengthen your back to prevent injury.

The class “Healthy Back” provides exercises to help you improve your flexibility and strengthen neck and back muscles that support the spine.

Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-3:50 p.m. starting Sept. 27 at LBCC's Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave. Cost is $89.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at, email or call LBCC Community Education at 541-917-4840.

LBCC Summer Term Honor Roll now posted

The following students at Linn-Benton Community College earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for 12 or more graded credits during summer term, June to August 2016. These do not include pass/no pass or incomplete credits.

Marco Alvarado, Dena C. Andersen, Stefanie M. Artz, Matthew A. Aulerich, Holly R. Baker, Robert J. Balcom, Jessica L. Ball, Stephen Balogh, Brittani R. Bauer, Austin G. Bitz, Jared Blake, Charles C. Burbank, Jeanne M. Burrows, Lyndee L. Center, Amy C. Decker, Nellie M. Doetsch, Marion T. Erlich, Emily D. Everetts, Joel O. Fontanos, Elise K. Fournier, Christopher Gagneaux, Robert Hancock, Samantha I. Hergenroeder, Edgardo R. Hernandez, Mallory J. Hixson, Veronika R. Hodgson, Leta J. Howell, Max V. Jacobsen, Hailey M. Jones, Billie J. Jungling, Michelle Kavanaugh, Kylee Keife, Brandi L. Kubishta, Aubrey T. Lagrimas, Katie R. Larkin, Russell R. Larrabee, Brenda S. Leder, Thomas Lilly, Krystal Lonien, Jeffrey A. Mahoney, Julia R. Maling, Bryan L. Mangrum, Esther Matthews, Joshua S. McClure, Jacob C. McGarry, Eva M. Mcmasters, Corina R. Mitzel, Cierra N. Moreland, Shandra A. Morford, Brian W. Morrissette, Jensen L. Neuman, Harvey E. Newell, Cole L. Newman, Paige M. Noonan, Ashley B. Olmsted, Larry J. Petty, Taylor J. Poppitz, Isaias Rabeca, Kevin Rambo, Tatiana Ramirez, Michael P. Rank, Celeste A. Ray, Ellie Ritson, Christopher D. Rovelli, Lindsey Russell, Stephen J. Sandridge, Madison Schrage, Colleen R. Shaw, Daisha Sherwood, Christopher R. Skelte, Felicia M. Sloan, Amy M. Smalley, Bobby Staneart, Erica W. Steele, Alyssa L. Stillian, Quinton R. Swank Jr, Shawna R. Thibert, McKayla A. Wagner, Shayne Wagner, Ruoyu Wang, Iam P. Wassman, Kaitlin M. Woosley, Tyler R. Yegerlehner, Tsering Youdon, Yanlin Zhu

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Insider Staff News

This year’s Welcome Day was a huge success, with an estimated 500-700 students passing through campus. Student Services reports that 120 students turned in their completed scavenger hunt forms - a 100 percent increase over last year! Students were able to connect with services, clubs, faculty, staff and each other as they made their way around campus, attended Destination Graduation classes, bought their books and found their class rooms for fall term.

The Career and Counseling Center has changed its name to the Advising Center. The center will
Photo, left to right: Rob Camp, Lisa Hoogesteger,
Carrie Randall, Liz Pessaran, and Leela Magdaleno.
continue its great work with students, with a focus on three main services: advising assigned first year AAOT, AGS and undecided majors; career development and exploration including Cooperative Work Experience; and student well-being for all students. In addition, five new advising faculty and staff were hired over the summer. Carrie Randall will serve as the Academic Advising Coordinator, a new position. New advisor Leela Magdaleno will split her time between academic advising, career advising and improvement of career development with partner high schools. New advisor Lisa Hoogesteger will split her time between academic advising, career advising and launching LBCC Student Well-Being initiatives and programs. Liz Pessaran was hired as a part-time Career and Employment Specialist, working primarily at the Benton Center and Lebanon Center. And Rob Camp was hired as an advising assistant for the center.

A new security device called a LockBlok was installed on most classroom and main campus doors over the summer. LockBlok keeps classroom and building doors in lock-ready mode while allowing access in and out. LockBlok can be set to the edge of the door to prevent it from completely closing and locking. In the event of a lockdown on campus, or when you are finished in the classroom, move LockBlok back over toward its bracket to allow the door to fully close, which engages the lock. No need to search for keys to lock the door. Please make sure to double check that the door is closed and locked when you leave.

A dedication party for the new athletics mural on the east side of the Activities Center building
will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The college Art and Aesthetics Team commissioned world-renowned mural artist Rip Cronk to design and paint the larger-than-life mural, which measures 27 feet high by 145 feet wide and took approximately four months to complete. The mural features four LBCC student athletes: Samantha Rouleau, Volleyball; Tyger Liner, Baseball; Kyia Duvall, Women’s Basketball; and Kendrick Abraham, Men's Basketball. President Hamann will speak at Noon. Come out, enjoy some refreshments and meet the artist and featured students athletes!

LB iLearn Online reached two milestones over the summer. They have now served over 100 students, with 72 current students, and they had their first student graduate from a certificate program. So far, the course completion rate is at 86 percent, and iLearn looks forward to continuing that trend. For those interested in taking an iLearn course or program, professional development dollars can be used to defray costs. More details

The Lebanon Center underwent a few minor construction changes over the summer. A new Public Safety Office was constructed, and will be staffed once the new Healthcare Occupations Center is open in the spring of 2017. In addition, some minor improvements took place in the LC-153 lab classroom used by the Certified Medical Assistant program. A large garage door was removed and replaced by a wall, and acoustic tiles were installed to eliminate echo. The CMA program will continue to use LC-153 until they move to the new HOC building, at which time the Veterinary Assistant program will move into LC-153, which, according to Lebanon Center Coordinator Bev Dunigan, is where they started many years ago.

Several LBCC staff members gave up part of their Saturday this summer to participate in the Dirty Dash held in Albany July 16. The dash raises funds to support FeedONE, which benefits local children. Team members included: Michael Dowless, Network Systems Specialist, Shelly Ellingson, Software Systems Specialist, Amanda Kliever, Executive Assistant to the president, Kimberly Kopplien, Instructional Technologist, Vern Smith, Network Administrator and Lena Spencer, Information Services Secretary. Great job gettin' dirty, team!

Athletics Mural Dedication Ceremony set for Sept. 28

A ceremony to dedicate a new athletics mural recently completed at Linn-Benton Community College will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college Athletics Center building on the west side of campus.

World-renowned mural artist Rip Cronk was commissioned by the college Art and Aesthetics Team to design and paint the larger-than-life mural, which measures 27 feet high by 145 feet wide and took approximately four months to complete.

The mural features four current LBCC student athletes: Samantha Rouleau, Volleyball; Tyger Liner, Men’s Basketball; Kyia Duvall, Women’s Basketball; and Kendrick Abraham, Baseball.

LBCC President Dr. Greg Hamann will speak at Noon. Community members will have an opportunity to meet the artist and featured student athletes. Refreshments will be served.

The dedication is free and open to the public.

Mural artist Rip Cronk puts finishing touches on AC mural.