Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summertime in the Courtyard

Every Wednesday from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., LBCC food services hosts a delicious summer BBQ, while the Horticulture Club puts on a farmers market where they sell their fresh, organic produce from the horticulture on-site garden, all right in the college courtyard! Fun in the summertime at LBCC!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mechatronics Program Lands $790k National Science Foundation Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded Linn-Benton Community College’s Mechatronics program with an Advanced Technological Education grant worth $790,000 over a three-year period.

NSF awarded the grant to LBCC for its proposed project titled “The Technician of the Future: Mechatronics as a Statewide Transferable Skill Set Supporting Green Industry.”

LBCC’s Technician of the Future project will focus on rapidly responding to industry needs for broadly trained technicians for emerging technologies, and will provide career pathways for secondary schools and two-year colleges.

The NSF ATE grant will help LBCC expand its capacity to deliver an integrated curriculum that incorporates the principles of sustainable energy production with support in curriculum development and professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers, and support of career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions and into the workforce.

Eight other community colleges in Oregon have expressed interest in developing a one year Green Technician Statewide Certificate, based on the first year of the LBCC Mechatronics Program.

When implemented, the certificate program will prepare students for entry-level employment in industries associated with or in support of green jobs, such as solar, wind, wave and bio energy.

Students completing the program will have a broadly transferable skill set applicable to occupations supporting renewable energy production, equipment fabrication, installation, optimization, troubleshooting and repair.

LBCC Hosts Disney Institute Approach to Business Excellence Program

Early bird registration by August 15

Linn-Benton Community College and the Corvallis Clinic will host the Disney Institute professional development program on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at LBCC’s Albany campus.

The Disney Institute’s renowned professional development program, Disney's Approach to Business Excellence, is designed to give business professionals the opportunity to “Experience the Business Behind the Magic” and learn how to implement more than 80 years of time-tested business principles in their own organizations.

Disney Institute participants will learn the Disney proven, world-class approach to cultural management and its methodology in content areas known to create business success including: leadership excellence; people management; quality service; brand loyalty; and inspiring creativity.

Cost for the program is $389. Early bird registration price before Aug. 15 is $349. To register, visit online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/disney or call LBCC Business, Healthcare and Workforce division at 541-917-4923.

The program is co-sponsored by the Corvallis Clinic, OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union and Oregon State University. For more information, call 541-917-4923.

James Reddan Receives Special Citation for American Prize

James Reddan, Linn-Benton Community College music instructor and choral conductor, was one of only seven conductors nationwide to have been awarded a special citation from The American Prize for Excellence in Music Education.

Reddan was recognized for his work with the LBCC Re-Choired Element choir, which was named first runner-up for The American Prize in June. The recognition places Reddan among the finest teachers of music in the country.

"This is truly an honor," said Reddan. "Conducting the choirs at LBCC is such a rewarding experience. To have the opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated and passionate students in the state, and the most supportive friends, colleagues, and administration is truly a blessing. Thank you all so much to everyone both at LBCC and in our Community for all you do to support the arts here at LBCC."

The American Prize recognizes the best orchestral, choral, opera and musical theater conductors in America, based on submitted applications. For more information or to see a list of winners, visit www.theamericanprize.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

LBCC Women's Volleyball Team Earns AVCA All-Academic Honors

The LBCC women’s volleyball team earned the AVCA All-Academic Honor for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association award is presented to teams across the nation that earn a 3.0 grade point average or better for the year. LBCC’s volleyball team earned a 3.1 over three terms with 11 varsity players contributing to the overall GPA.

“This year we had an exceptional group of student-athletes,” said LBCC women’s volleyball head coach Jayme Frazier. “Two of the three sophomores graduated with an associate degree this year and immediately transferred to begin at four-year universities. The group of eight freshmen remained diligent and disciplined all throughout the year. Seven of those freshmen will return to the court for the 2010 season.”

Only eight two-year college teams earned the AVCA award this year, and LBCC was the only NWAACC volleyball team and the only two-year West Coast team to receive the award.

LBCC players for the 2009-2010 team were sophomores Luci DeLong, Stephanie Mugleston and Megan Swanson; and freshman Amanda Berry, Emily Buchheit, Ellen Calderon, Kristina Crivello, Mackenzie Gundlach, McKenzie Mumpower, Tamiko Perry, and Amy Trower.

Tractor Safety at LBCC

LBCC Albany Community Education offers Tractor/farm machinery safety and operation early in summer term, June and July, for underage farm workers age 14 to 18.

Class is developed and operated with the cooperation and assistance of OSU Extension Service. Student and parent must sign Liability Waiver/Indemnification Form within 24 hours of preregistration. For more information or for registration/waiver forms, visit http://www.linnbenton.edu/go/albany-community-ed/tractor-safety

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