Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Unity Celebration Wednesday, March 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The 8th annual “Unity Celebration” will be held at Linn-Benton Community College Wednesday, March 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room, Calapooia Center room CC-211, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The free event recognizes people and organizations whose work establishes unity and inclusivity while promoting diversity and social justice on the college campus and in the community.

Awards given include The Analee Fuentes Unity award, presented to an LBCC student, a staff member and a faculty member; and the Gary Westford Community Connection award presented to an individual or organization.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the LBCC Diversity Achievement Center at 541-917-4461. 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 the event.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dave Turin from Gold Rush Presentation Feb. 16

Dave Turin
Dave Turin from the Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush series will give a free presentation at Linn-Benton Community College Thursday, Feb. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Forum, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Turin, from Gresham, is a former high school and college football star who graduated from Portland State University with a degree in civil engineering.

While working as vice president of the family rock quarry business, Turin joined the Gold Rush series in 2011, after appearing as a guest in several episodes during season one.

Turin will be keynote speaker at LBCC’s Career Technical Education Signing Day held at the college Feb. 16.

The presentation is free and open to the public. 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 the event.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LBCC Instructor offers Guided Tour to Florence, Italy

Dr. Robert Harrison, social science instructor at Linn-Benton Community College, will give a two-week guided tour of Florence, Italy June 20 to July 5, 2017.

The tour is open to LBCC students and community members, and is also being offered to LBCC students as a Humanities credit class “The Power of the Past: Florence, Italy.”

Participants will explore the Florence region and culture, including the art and ideas of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

Travelers will stay in the heart of Florence, close to the Duomo Cathedral and train station.

Total estimated cost including round trip airfare, lodging and meals is $2,600, or $2,900 if including the 3-credit Humanities class.

A trip deposit is due by March 1, 2017. For more information, contact Robert Harrison at or at 541-917-4571. 

Water, Enviroment & Technology Program in WEF Newsletter

Students in the lab in LBCC's Water, Environment
& Technology Program, Albany campus.
Linn-Benton Community College's Water, Environment and Technology program was featured in the Water Environment Federation January WEF Highlights newsletter.

Written by Mary Bufe with WEF, the article gives an overview of the program, including photos of the lab and LBCC Albany campus.

Full article at:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

WebRunner, Schedule of Classes Unavailable Jan. 28-29 Due to Maintenance

LBCC will implementing much needed upgrades and performing maintenance on several systems on the weekend of January 28 and 29, 2017. The affected systems include WebRunner and our Online Schedule of Classes. The main college website at will still be available. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Job Preparation Program Expanding

Expanding a partnership between industry and education intended to create a pipeline between high school and local living wage jobs to four additional Linn County school districts is part of a new project being financially supported by businesses, schools and a $440,000 grant from The Ford Family Foundation.

Lebanon, Sweet Home, Scio and Central Linn will join Greater Albany, Corvallis and Philomath as participating Districts.

The expansion also includes the Greater Santiam Boys and Girls Club, which serves youth in Sweet Home and Lebanon.

The purpose of this joint effort is to provide a clearer pathway to family wage jobs in the region so that young people can remain in and contribute to the economic and social vitality of their communities.

The Pipeline program, which is sponsored by local industry and education in Linn and Benton counties, and coordinated through the Albany Chamber of Commerce, began in 2014 as a way to create better connections with young people and the high wage jobs available in the two counties.

More information about the Pipeline program is available at

In addition to grant funds, businesses and schools contribute resources. Three other initiatives are part of the new project, including:

Creation of a “Common Technical Manufacturing Core” program at Linn-Benton Community college, a 10-week program that prepares students for successful employment in Pipeline participating companies.

Development of learning communities for school district faculty that will help teachers and students reinforce employment skills and expectations learned through Pipeline experience in various grade levels at all districts.

Support for the Boys and Girls Club Training Teens for Tomorrow program, an after-school learning program to enhance employment skills and career development.

Goals include raising high school completion rates in all participating districts to the state average, increased enrollment from the schools in health care and manufacturing fields, and completion and placement rates for students from the program that are equal to or higher than the average for all LBCC students.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Community Education Classes Starting in February


Interested in starting an online business? Ready to sell those unwanted items collecting dust? Learn how to effectively use eBay.  Basic computer skills are a pre-requisite. Set up eBay and/or Paypal accounts before the first class. Class will start on February 21 and meets Tuesdays from 6-7:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Center. Cost is $59.

For beginners seeking to learn the basics of connecting with family and friends online.  Learn to establish an account, set up your profile, and set security parameters. Basic computer and web browsing skills are necessary. Bring your smartphone or tablet if available. Class will start on February 9 and meets Thursdays from 6-7:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Center. Cost is $59.


Have you ever wondered what the Corps of Discovery did in Oregon, what happened on their way back to St. Louis in 1906, or what Lewis and Clark and the rest did after they disbanded? This class will provide insight into these questions and give perspective from the tribal point of view. Class will be held Monday and Wednesday starting February 22, from 1-2:50 p.m. at the Sweet Home Center. Class is FREE.

Gardening on a budget? This interactive class will prepare you and the children to get digging and start growing! Taught by Linn Co. OSU Extension Master Gardeners. Free gardening book included. Class will start on February 9 and meets Thursdays from 6:30-8:20 p.m. at the Lebanon Center. Free.

A continuation of Complete Country Dance- Beginning with more emphasis on refinement, style and learning additional dances. Come see how fun dancing can be! Class starts on February 14, and meets Tuesdays from 6:30-7:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $45.

Build on the skills learned in Dog Training l. Owners and dogs will practice precision heeling, learning new tricks, and politely greeting strangers. Veterinary shot records and dog history form are required. Class starts on February 15 and meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $49.
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.