Friday, September 28, 2012

LBCC Lebanon Center - Senior Center Classes

Are you looking to start a new exercise program or continue with an old favorite? Linn-Benton Community College offers a variety of exercise classes that are held at the Lebanon Senior Center each term.

Classes include Better Bones and Balance, Easy Cardio Fitness, T'ai Chi, Total Body Conditioning, Yoga, Zumba and Zumba Toning. 

Although these classes have started, you can still register. For detailed information, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers Art Classes


Looking for some artistic self-expression opportunities? Check out the variety of art classes offered at LBCC this fall.

Watercolor Foundations will be offered at the LBCC Lebanon Center, and at the Brownsville Art Association Studio. The Lebanon Center class will meet on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 26 from 5:30-7:50 p.m. The class in Brownsville will meet on Thursdays beginning Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7:50 p.m. Cost is $69 plus a $3 fee.

A Calligraphy class will be offered at the LBCC Sweet Home Center. This ten-week class meets on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $76.50 plus a $5 fee.

A Clay-Open Studio class will be offered at the Sweet Home Center as well. This ten-week class meets on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25 from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Cost is $84 plus a $25 Fee.

Seniors age 62 and above are eligible for a 25 percent reduction in tuition. Reduction does not apply to fees.

For more information, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

Monday, September 24, 2012

LBCC Quilters Workshop and Knitting/Crocheting Workshop


Improve your knitting and crocheting techniques in the Knitting/Crocheting Workshop offered at the LBCC Lebanon Center this term.

This 10-week class meets on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:50 a.m. beginning Sept. 25 at the Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $69 plus a $3 fee.

Also this term, a Quilter's Workshop class will be held through the LBCC Sweet Home Center beginning Oct. 4.

Learn how to creating a pattern called Kismet. This four-week class meets on Thursdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m. at Sweet Home High School, room SHHS-B6, 1661 Long St. Cost for this non-credit class is $39 plus a $2 fee.

Seniors age 62 and above are eligible for a 25 percent reduction in tuition. For more information, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

Friday, September 21, 2012

LBCC Professional Development Class “Difficult Workplace Conversations”

The professional development class “Difficult Workplace Conversations” will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College Business and Employer Services. 

Learn methods for having difficult conversations in ways that are constructive for everyone involved, and leave with a practical process that you can use to have any type of difficult conversation.


Class will meet Friday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to Noon at the LBCC Benton Center, room 204, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Cost for the course is $79 per person, or $69 each for three or more from one company. For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Business, Healthcare and Workforce Division at 541-917-4923.

Sausage Making Classes

Learn the art of making home made sausage in the class Making Sausage offered through LBCC Albany Community Education fall term.

Chef Adrienne Ewanchyna will teach you the skills and techniques that are needed to make sausage before you invest in the equipment for making it at home.

This class will focus on fresh and smoked sausage. Participants will get to take a variety of sausage home to enjoy.

This non-credit class will meet on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. in the Calapooia Center, room CC-219. Cost for the class in $29 with a $40 lab fee.

The class will be offered again on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. in the same location. Cost is $29 with a $40 lab fee.

Oregon residents aged 62 or older pay 75 percent of tuition. This discount does not apply to material or lab fees.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840, or visit the online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu and click on WebRunner schedule of classes. 


Second Travel at the Tripp Film “The Real World of New Zealand”

Filmmaker Rick Howard will present the film “The Real World of New Zealand,” the second show in the LBCC Travel at the Tripp film series, on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Linn-Benton Community College Russell Tripp Performance Center.

Join the filmmaker and experts from AAA Travel after the show for a question and answer session, with prizes from AAA given at each show.

New Zealand has been called the most beautiful place on earth with two large and spectacular islands located just over twelve hundred miles off the eastern coast of Australia. These islands offer the visitor an entire gamut of action, adventure, history and beauty. Paragliding, soaring, trekking, fishing and scuba diving are popular sports.

A Southern California native, Howard is a documentary-adventure filmmaker, searching for fascinating stories of the people and their land in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and Europe.

SafeHaven Humane Society will sell coffee, tea and homemade baked goods during the show’s intermission. Proceeds support SafeHaven Humane Society, Albany’s non-profit animal shelter.

Ticket price is $8, $6.50 for students/seniors. The film will be shown in the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Travel at the Tripp is produced by LBCC Performing Arts and AAA Travel Services. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Russell Tripp Performance Center box office at 541-917-4531. Online tickets sales available at www.linnbenton.edu/go/film-series.

For special needs and accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services at Phone 541‑917‑4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

“Travel at the Tripp” 2012-13 Calendar:

Jan. 13: Northern Europe, with Marlin Darrah
April 7: Italy’s Fabled Isles, with Stan Walsh

Thursday, September 20, 2012

LBCC receives $2 million, the largest private gift in its history

Future site of the Advanced Transportation
Technology Center in Lebanon
The Linn-Benton Community College Foundation has received the largest single private gift in the 45-year history of the college from an anonymous donor.

The $2 million dollar donation is to be used as a matching gift to support the construction and development of LBCC’s new Advanced Transportation Technology Center.

LBCC finalized the purchase of an 11-acre site in Lebanon last week that will become home to its auto and diesel programs, and allow space to add hands-on training on alternative fuel technologies. These include compressed natural gas, propane, biofuel, hydrogen fuel cell, and electric and hybrid technologies. The Lebanon site is the former home of PACE Manufacturing, and includes a 35,000-square-foot industrial building.

“We are humbled and very grateful for this historic contribution,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann. “Our donor was clear that this gift serves as an inspiration for others to support the college, and this contribution will help stimulate the support of others.”

The gift, in addition to support from the Lebanon Urban Renewal District, the Lebanon Industrial Development Council, and state lottery funds, brings money raised for the project to $4.3 million. The total cost of opening the center is estimated at $6.85 million.

While the anonymous contribution is designated to support the development of the ATTC, it coincides with planning efforts to significantly increase private fundraising in the LBCC Foundation, according to Foundation Executive Director Dale Stowell. Money would support initiatives at LBCC to help greater numbers of its students complete degree and certificate programs that lead directly to jobs and the ability to participate in and contribute to the community.

“This gift is a perfect example of what we need to do as a community,” Stowell said. “Because of it, we’ll be able to expand programs where we have students on waiting lists on one side and jobs waiting to be filled on the other. The students in this program will have clear goals, and that is a key to making sure they finish what they start. It supports both students and our communities.”

The center will also mean this region will be able to build the infrastructure to support alternative fuel technology, which could significantly reduce costs for businesses that provide on or rely on transportation, Hamann added.

Plans call for the ATTC to provide training that involves applications, development and adoption of alternative energy in biofuels, electric vehicles, compressed national gas (CNG), propane, hydrogen, hybrid, and new technologies in addition to industry-specific and contracted training for people already in the auto and diesel mechanics field, and first -responder training to enable them to respond safely to incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles.

When the auto and diesel programs move from their current homes on the Albany campus, the project will also create room to expand programs in welding, machine tool technology and mechatronics.

LBCC Americana Folk/Bluegrass Concert “The Barrel Jumpers”

The Nashville Americana folk/bluegrass band “The Barrel Jumpers” will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Russell Tripp Performance Center at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW., Albany.

Formed in the spring of 2010, “The Barrel Jumpers” has a sound that draws from country and rock while still staying true to traditional roots music.

After performing for many years in their native Idaho, siblings Rachel and Jeremy Johnson moved to Nashville in 2006 to pursue careers in country music. The band has performed with some of Nashville's finest, joining them on fiddle, banjo, dobro, and bass.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online now for no fee at https://secure.boxofficeavenue.com/LinnBenton/ , or starting Sept. 24 by phone at 541-917-4531, at the theater box office Monday through Friday, 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., and at the door.

For more information, contact the Russell Tripp Performance Center box office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, contact the LBCC Office of Disability Services at 541‑917‑4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.


LBCC Touring Show "How the Monkey Lost His Tail" for pre-K–Second Grade


Limited space is still available for LBCC’s touring show How the Monkey Lost His Tail, for pre-kindergarten through second grade students with performances held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 18 through Nov. 15.

A traditional Japanese folktale of mistaken identity, the show presents students with an opportunity to connect to another culture and time period.

Morning performances will be held at one school per day. Smaller schools may team-up for the same performance.

At the end of the show, classes will be provided with activities guides and puppet outlines to help teachers and students design dynamic story times and projects.

Space is limited. For more information or to reserve your school’s spot, contact Linn-Benton Community College Performing Arts at 541-917-4531.


LBCC Lebanon Center Winter Gardening Class


Learn how to winterize your garden in the class Winter Vegetable Gardening held at the LBCC Lebanon Center starting Sept. 27.

Topics include easy winter shelter methods, basic organic growing and composting information, and other ideas to help you winterize your garden.

Class will meet on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:20 p.m. at the Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost for this class is $39 plus a $2 fee.

For more information or to register, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

LBCC Sweet Home Center Master Gardeners Series


OSU Master Gardeners will present the free Fall Gardening series on Thursdays from Noon to 12:50 p.m. beginning Sept. 27 at the LBCC Sweet Home Center, room SHC-101, 1661 Long Street.  

Different topics will be discussed each week and include attracting birds, bees and butterflies; winter plant damage and plant problems; cold frames; how to build Mason bee habitats; how to store root crops and more. 

For a complete list of topics and dates, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

LBCC Sweet Home Center Food Preservation Classes


Three free food preservation classes will be held on Thursdays at the LBCC Sweet Home Center beginning Sept. 26.

Taught by OSU Master Food Preservers, topics include Freezing and Dehydrating Foods on Sept. 26; Canning Fruits, James and Jellies on Oct. 18; and Canning Meats, Fish, Game and Veggies on Nov. 8

Class tuition is free, however, each class has a $7 supply fee payable in class. For more information, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

LBCC Lebanon & Sweet Home Center Photography Classes


Learn more about your digital camera by taking classes that will guide you through the technical features of your camera.

Intro to Digital Photography is a five-week class that will meet at the LBCC Sweet Home center on Tuesdays from 6-8:50 p.m. beginning Sept. 25. Cost for this class is $54 with a $3 lab fee.

Additional photography classes offered this fall include Creative Digital Photography at the Lebanon Center starting Sept. 27; Your Digital SLR Camera at the Sweet Home Center starting Oct. 30; and Photoshop Elements I at the Lebanon Center starting Nov. 8.

For more information, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901. Seniors age 62 and above are eligible for a 25 percent reduction in tuition.





LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers: Fall Computer Application Classes


New to the world of computers? Learn the basics in the class Computers-1st Step offered at the LBCC Lebanon Center on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. starting Sept. 26, and at the Sweet Home Center on Thursdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. starting Oct. 4.

If you know the basics, but need more guidance, the class Computers-2nd Step will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. starting Oct. 24 at the Lebanon Center, and on Thursdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. starting Nov. 1 at the Sweet Home Center.

Cost for each four-week class is $45 plus a $3 fee. For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901, or check the online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu.

LBCC Lebanon Center: Fall Fitness Classes


Whether you are planning to get started with a new exercise program or continue with an old favorite, LBCC is offering a variety of fitness classes this fall.

Classes include All Body Conditioning, Aquatic Fitness, Better Bones and Balance, Body Toning and Aerobics, Boot Camp, Cardio Strength and Balance, Easy Cardio Fitness, Hip Hop Hustle, Rock'n to the Core, Step Boot Camp, T'ai Chi, Total Body Conditioning, 20-20-10 Fitness Mix, Yoga, Yoga/Pilates, Zumba, Zumba Gold and Zumba Toning.

Classes will be held in Sweet Home, Lebanon, Brownsville and Scio and begin the week of September 24. For more information, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

Parenting Success Network Now Available in Spanish


The Parenting Success Network website is now available in Spanish as well as English, thanks to the generosity of the Greater Albany Public Schools, which contributed many hours to make the translation possible.

The network website is a “one-stop shop” that brings together local information and resources to make parenting easier for families in Linn and Benton counties. The site includes information about parenting education opportunities, a calendar of classes and events, descriptions and links to family serving agencies and a blog where new parenting tips are posted weekly.

The site, found at www.parentingsuccessnetwork.org, also includes information for parenting educators. The same information, as well as parenting advice, also is available by calling 541-917-4899.

The network is working to boost parents’ awareness of their services this fall through billboards sporting catchy phrases and humorous pictures. Two boards will be displayed for a month along Hwy 34 and two will be on Pacific Blvd, with one board in Spanish.

Posters and bookmarks marketing the website also are now available in both English and Spanish. New for this year, the posters include the “Find us on Facebook” icon and a QR code so people with smart phones can connect directly to the website. Posters and bookmarks are available for distribution and can be obtained by contacting Cyrel Gable at Cyrel.gable@linnbenton.edu or 541-917-4909.

The Parenting Success Network is a coalition of organizations dedicated to expanding and coordinating parenting education in the Linn-Benton region. In addition to creating easy access to parenting information through the website and phone line, network partners collaborate to make more parenting education classes and workshops available.

The project is funded by a grant from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, which includes The Collins Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon State University. It is facilitated by LBCC’s Parenting Education Department.


Monday, September 17, 2012

LBCC Pesticide Applicator Course


Do you have an employee who has studied hard but failed the Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license exam? Do you have an employee who needs in-depth training in pesticide application and safety, or extra coaching in math and calibration skills needed for accurate applications?

The Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College is offering courses designed to prepare your senior agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exam.

The Private Applicator Pesticides course will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the LBCCCalapooia Center, second floor room CC-213, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The course Laws and Safety Commercial Pesticides, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to Noon both days in room CC-213, Calapooia Center.

Cost for each course is $99 and includes all class materials.

LBCC offers ODA exams at an additional cost of $58 each. For test dates, see the ODA web site at www.oregon.gov/ODA/PEST or call 1-877-533-2900. The ODA pesticide applicators exam is optional and should be arranged with ODA. 

For more information or to register, contact LBCC SmallBusiness Development Center at 541-917-4923.


LBCC Gluten Free Cooking and Baking Class


The class Nutritional Gluten Free Cooking and Baking will be offered through LBCC Albany Community Education beginning Sept. 27.

Class is designed for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease and will include simple first steps to help you be on your way to a healthier life. Taught by Nadine Grzeskowiak, a registered nurse, learn the secrets to preparing outstanding meals.

This three-week class will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. beginning Sept. 27 at the Albany Senior Center, 489 NW Water Ave. Cost for this class is $39 with a $25 lab fee. Residents aged 62 or older pay 75 percent tuition.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840, or see online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu/go/schedule.

LBCC Professional Development Class Getting Things Done


The professional development class “Getting Things Done When You’re Not in Charge” will be held Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center, room CC-211, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This workshop will focus on how any individual in an organization can get things done, whether they are in charge or not. Topics include networking, using your “reflected glory,” and leading from where you are.

Cost for the course is $79 per person, or $69 each for three or more from one company. For more information or to register, contact the LBCCBusiness and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.


Friday, September 14, 2012

LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers Change Office Hours


The LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers have set new hours for their registration counters in an effort to increase efficiencies due to reduced staffing.

The new hours will be Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with both centers closed on Fridays.

Buildings and classrooms will continue to be open and accessible to students and teachers during scheduled class times and events until 9 p.m. The LBCC Lebanon Center office closures will not affect the Department of Human Services or the Employment Division hours. 

LBCC’s Benton Center and the Albany campus will continue to have services for students on Fridays.

LBCC Community Ed Class Game Maker I

The class Game Maker I will be offered through LBCC Albany Community Education beginning Sept. 24.

Learn how to create your own arcade-style video games and publish on the web using iconographic, object-oriented Game Maker programming. The course serves as a jumping-off point into the multi-disciplinary game making industry.

This five-week class will meet on Mondays from 6 to 8:20 p.m. beginning Sept. 24 in North Santiam Hall, room NSH-107, Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd. Cost for this one-credit class is $96 with a $2 lab fee.   

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840, or see the online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu/go/schedule.

LBCC Community Ed Class GPS for Hikers and Hunters

The class GPS for Hikers and Hunters will be offered through LBCC Albany Community Education Sept. 22.

Learn how to navigate the backcountry with your handheld GPS system through classroom exercises and field practice.

This one-day class will meet on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. in North Santiam Hall, room NSH-106, LBCC Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd. Cost is $39 with a $2 lab fee.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840, or see the online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu/go/schedule.


LBCC New Albany Community Education Classes


Several new classes are being offered though LBCC AlbanyCommunity Education this fall.

New classes include Conscious Dating for Midlife, Intro to Hebrew Language and Culture, Blogging: Create Your Own Blog, and Crewel and Brazillian Embroidery.

Conscious Dating for Midlife is designed for singles who are ready to explore the world of dating. Intro to Hebrew Language and Culture is an introduction to Biblical Hebrew, history of transmission, evolution and translation of Hebrew. Crewel and Brazillian Embroidery teaches the art of three-dimensional stitching. Blogging-Create Your Own Blog teaches skills to showcase your photography and stories with friends and family.

For more information or to see more life-long learning class offerings, visit the college web site at www.linnbenton.edu/go/schedule and click on Schedule of Classes. To register, contact LBCC Albany CommunityEducation at 541-917-4840.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

LBCC Announces Pastega Award Winners


Jayme Frazier




Linn-Benton Community College announced the winners of the annual Pastega Awards at its fall in-service held Sept. 11.

The awards, established in 2000, honor one faculty member and one classified staff for their outstanding contributions to the LBCC community.

Jayme Frazier received the Pastega Faculty Excellence Award. Frazier, a resident of Lebanon, has served as a faculty member in health and human performance since 1993. She also serves as head coach of LBCC’s Women’s Volleyball.

Carol Mahr
Carol Mahr, an Albany resident, received the Pastega Classified Excellence Award. A program assistant in the Adult Basic Education/General Education department, Mahr has been employed at the college since 1997. 

Each winner received a $1,000 honorarium, and their names will be engraved on the Mario and Alma Pastega Faculty and Staff Excellence plaques that hang in the LBCC Calapooia Center Distinguished Staff Gallery.



LBCC Announces Distinguished Staff Award

Carol Schaafsma

Carol Schaafsma, former executive vice president at Linn-Benton Community College, received the 2012 LBCC Distinguished Staff award at the college’s fall Inservice held Sept. 11.

The award was established in 1980 to recognize employees for their contribution of both time and energy to the college. Nominees must have completed 10 years of continuous employment with LBCC.

Schaafsma began work at the college in 1994 as a faculty member in Contracted Training and Business Development. She was promoted in 1997 to director of Workforce Training and Business Development; in 2001, to director of Curriculum and Instructional Programs; in 2006 to vice president of Academic Affairs; and in 2008 to executive vice president of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development. She retired from the college in June.

A Eugene resident, Schaafsma was nominated by her peers for her dedication and commitment to LBCC, to students and to the community. She is lauded for her inclusive leadership style and with her contributions to keep LBCC on the cutting edge of instructional innovation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

LBCC agrees to purchase Lebanon site for Advanced Transportation Technology Center

Future site of LBCC ATT Center in
Lebanon, Oregon
-->Linn-Benton Community College has reached an agreement to purchase a former manufacturing facility in Lebanon, where it will develop an education center to train people to work in the growing industry of alternative fuel vehicles in addition to providing space to expand its existing automotive and heavy equipment/diesel technology programs.

The LBCC Advanced Transportation Technology Center, which could be fully operational as soon as late 2013, will be the only major training facility in alternative fuel technology between Seattle and San Francisco. Plans also call for fueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles, such as compressed natural gas, that could support local conversion of trucking and transportation fleets to take advantage of huge fuel-cost savings.
LBCC agreed to a purchase the site, the former home of Pace Manufacturing, for $1.825 million from The Private Bank, Chicago, Ill. The site includes 11 acres and a 35,000 square foot industrial building.
So far, funding to support the center has come from a $1.4 million commitment from the Lebanon Urban Renewal District, $100,000 from the Lebanon Industrial Development Council, and $800,000 allocated from the state during the last legislative session. The total cost of developing and equipping the facility is estimated at $6.85 million.
“The support of our partners, both in the public and private sectors, has been extraordinary,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann.
Now that an agreement is complete on a site for the center, partnerships and support from industry and private individuals interested in supporting the center can be aggressively pursued.
“I’m confident that we will have exciting new private and industry partnerships to announce in the coming months,” Hamann said.
By purchasing an already developed site with an existing building, the college is saving an estimated $2 million compared to purchasing and developing a vacant site.
"This center has the potential of positioning our area as a center for the coming wave of alternative fuel vehicles," said Hamann. “The technology is already developed, refined, and in many cases, currently in use in other parts of the country and world. What’s missing locally is the people who can repair and maintain these vehicles and the places to fuel them. This center will fill that void in our area.”
For example, the fuel cost for compressed natural gas (CNG) is as much as $2 a gallon less than the fuel cost for diesel. The cost of converting a diesel truck to CNG can be recovered in as little as six months, leading to significant operational savings for years.
The Advanced Transportation Technology Center will train students to the highest industry standards to meet the workforce needs for technicians to install, maintain, and repair both traditional and new propulsion systems. The college plans to offer:
       Training that involves applications, development and adoption of alternative energy in biofuels, electric vehicles, compressed national gas (CNG), propane, hydrogen, hybrid, and new technologies;
       Industry specific, short-term training and continuing professional education, at times and in a manner that is convenient for industries;
       Contracted training courses for professionals in the automotive/diesel repair and emergency responders to addressing safety issues arising from damage, removal, and installation of critical systems in alternative fuel vehicles;
       Programs and coursework focused on cutting-edge technologies in transportation at all levels, focusing on sustainable technologies;
       Training for first-responders to enable them to respond safely to incidents involving alternative fuel vehicles.
       Work with transportation industries to develop and provide training necessary for trucking, rail and distribution shipping needs.

Monday, September 10, 2012

LBCC Small Business Management Program


Have you been in business for a year and are looking to increase your profits?

Learn how to focus your business plan, improve your marketing and manage your finances more efficiently in the Small BusinessManagement Program at Linn-Benton Community College.

The program includes one classroom session each month and one-on-one business coaching starting in October. Cost for the program is $695. 

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC SmallBusiness Development Center at 541-917-4929.

LBCC Holds Third-Annual Welcome Day Open House


Linn-Benton Community College will host its third-annual “Welcome Day” open house Wednesday, Sept. 19. The activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Albany campus.

“Oh, The Things You Will Find!” is the theme for this year’s Welcome Day, an annual event for new and returning students to learn about what the college has to offer this school year.

Festivities begin with a 10:30 a.m. kickoff in the Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall. It will feature LBCC’s award-winning choirs “The Sirens” and “Blue Light Special,” along with a welcome by LBCC President Greg Hamann.   

Students can enter to win prizes, as well as a chance to win a 60-second shopping spree from the college bookstore.

Campus groups, clubs and community organizations will have displays in the courtyard quad. Additional activities include a fashion show in the Commons cafeteria at noon, with free pizza samples from the college wood-fired oven.

Students can join in a self-led campus scavenger hunt, giving them a change to tour campus, meet instructors and staff, and get their books and school supplies. Those who complete the scavenger hunt also will have a chance to win prizes, including tuition certificates and bookstore gift cards.

LBCC’s Welcome Day, along with efforts such as Destination Graduation, is designed to help students succeed in college as well as making them aware of available resources. Hundreds of students will be on campus for Welcome Day as they will attend their first session of Destination Graduation.

LBCC Benton Center has Welcome Day activities planned for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Lebanon Center will hold activities on Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25, 3-7p.m. and the Sweet Home Center on Monday, Sept. 24, 5-7 p.m.

For a list of LBCC Welcome Day activities, see the college’s website at www.linnbenton.edu/go/welcome-day. For more information, contact Susan McNaught at susan.mcnaught@linnbenton.edu or 541-917-4572; or Rob Priewe, at 541-917-4563 or rob.priewe@linnbenton.edu.

Friday, September 7, 2012

LBCC Professional Development Class "Supervising Your Friends"


The professional development class “Supervising Your Friends: The Challenge of Moving From Peer to Manager” will be held Thursday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Explore skills required to be effective as a supervisor, including identifying common mistakes and assessing your confidence when it comes to managing former peers. Learn ways to motivate, prioritize and delegate.

Cost for the course is $79 per person, or $69 each for three or more from one company. For more information or to register, contact the LBCCBusiness and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.