Wednesday, March 27, 2013

LBCC Travel at the Tripp Film Series “Italy’s Fabled Islands”

Filmmaker Stan Walsh will present the film “Italy’s Fabled Isles,” the last show in the LBCC Travel at the Tripp film series, on Sunday, April 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.

Explore some of Italy’s most exotic islands, the fabled islands of Sicily, Capri and Elba. Visit Capri’s beautiful Blue Grotto, the two-mile high Mount Etna on Sicily along with the ancient buildings, old towns and lively people.

A native of New Jersey, Walsh attended the University of Southern California where he moonlighted as a projectionist for globetrotting lecturers. This on-the-job training planted the seed for future filmmaking, and he has established film series in Florida, New Jersey and California.

Volunteers with 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/russelltripptheater

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.

LBCC Valley Writers Series Holds Silent Art Auction

The Valley Writers Series at Linn-Benton Community College will hold a silent art auction April 1-26 to benefit the series. 

The auction, held in the South Santiam Hall conference room on the Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW., will include fine art pieces donated by local supporters.

Paper bids will be accepted through April 19, with the final week of bidding held online at tinyurl.com/VWSSAA beginning Monday, April 22 and concluding Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m.

Sponsored by LBCC’s English Department, the free Valley Writers Series exists to connect beginning writers with professional writers and to stimulate creative writing among area students, to enhance literary awareness in our community and to encourage Oregon writers.   

For more than 25 years, the series has hosted prominent regional and national authors to give presentations, workshops and readings on campus to students and community members.

For more information, contact LBCC English Department at 541-917-4530.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

LBCC Microbusiness Explore, Commit and Launch

A free orientation to learn about the class series Microbusiness Explore, Commit and Launch will be held by the LBCC Small Business Development Center Monday, April 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Calapooia Center, room CC-203, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.  Attend orientation to decide if the classes are right for you.

Classes in the series include Microbusiness Explore, Microbusiness Commit, and Microbusiness Launch.

Explore the possibility of starting your own business in the 11-week Microbusiness Explore class. Class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. starting April 2. Cost for this non-credit class is $349. Income based scholarships are available.

Learn how to finish your business plan and develop funding strategies in the six-week Microbusiness Commit class. This class requires a pre-requisite of Microbusiness Explore or instructor approval. Class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning April 30 at LBCC’s Forum building, room F-202. Cost is $149.  Income based scholarships are available.

Learn about marketing, technology and how to sell in the class Microbusiness Launch held April 16, May 21 and June 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Albany Campus, Calapooia Center, room CC-211. Cost is $69.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4974.

Monday, March 25, 2013

LBCC Holds Pesticides Applicator Classes

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 has courses designed to prepare your senior agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exam.

The two-day Pesticide Private Applicator class will be held Thursday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-213, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany. Cost for this non-credit class is $99.



The two-day Pesticides Laws and Safety (public and commercial applications) will be held Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to Noon each day at the Calapooia Center, room CC-210. Cost for this non-credit class is $99.



LBCC offers ODA exams at an additional cost of $58 each. For test dates, see the METRO web site at http://oregon.metrosignup.com 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 the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929.

LBCC Offers Wildland Firefighting Training

Wildland Firefighting Training will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College on April 26, 27 and 28 and May 10 and 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd., SW.

Taught by a lead instructor certified by the National Wildfire Suppression Association, this course is designed to provide entry-level firefighter skills including one day of field training.

Learn what it takes to assist in the suppression of wildfires, the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfires, how to communicate on the fire-line and how to use the Incident Command System.

Course curriculum meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group 310-1 requirements. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, in good physical condition and must have two forms of government-issued identification. Class size is limited, so register early.

Cost for this non-credit course is $275 and includes all materials. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business, Healthcare and Workforce Division at 541-917-4923 or visit the web site at www.linnbenton.edu/go/firefighter.

LBCC Holds Annual Career Fair

A free Career Fair will be held at Linn‑Benton Community College Career Thursday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Activities Center gym, Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W.

More than 50 businesses, industries and government agencies will provide information on careers and employment opportunities. College advisors will available to answer questions on career and technical training programs.

Be prepared to ask questions, distribute your resume and complete applications. For sample interview questions and tips, check out the college web site at www.linnbenton.edu/go/career-fair and click “Job Seeker Links.”

Employment, training and family needs agencies will be on hand to inform job seekers about their services. LBCC will offer workshops to enhance job search skills, and employment specialists will provide resume and interviewing workshops.

2013 Participating Employers

Aaron's
Aflac
Albertina Kerr Centers
ATI Wah Chang
Benton County Human Resources
Benton County Sheriff's Office
Bi-Mart Corporation
BlueSun Inc
Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV)
Central Electrical Training Center
Central Willamette Community Credit Union
City of Corvallis Police Department
Clackamas County
Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems
Farmers Insurance
Fiserv, Inc.
Goodwill Job Connection
Home Life Inc.
Kidco Head Start
Lowe's RDC
Marion County Sheriff's Office
Mid-Willamette Family YMCA
Miller Timber Services, Inc.
ODOT Office of Civil Rights
Oregon Army National Guard
Oregon Department of Forestry
Oregon Department of Revenue
Oregon State University - Athletics
OSU Federal Credit Union
Pacific Natural Foods
Pape Machinery, Inc
Professional Interpreters
Renew Consulting, Inc.
RISE Inc
Robert Half
Samaritan Health Services
Secretary of State
Selectemp Employment Services
Shangri La Corporation
SOS Employment Group
Somebody Cares Relief Organization
The Corvallis Clinic
The Home Depot
T-Mobile
U.S. Army Albany Recruiting Station
University of Oregon Human Resources
US Bank
ViewPlus Technologies
Work Unlimited, Inc.
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department

LBCC Departments and Programs
Admissions & Records
Apprenticeship Program
Business and Employer Services
Career Services
CASE
Heavy Equipment Diesel Department
Mechatronics
Water, Environment & Technology Program
Welding Department


Friday, March 22, 2013

LBCC Hosts 4th Annual Chefs’ Show-off Cooking Competition

The 4th annual Chefs’ Show-Off cooking competition and food fair will be held Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Linn-Benton Community College Commons dining hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Cosponsored by Ten Rivers Food Web and LBCC Culinary Arts Department, this event showcases food and those who produce and process it from Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties.

Taste samples from local chefs: Patti D’Eliseo, A Posto Personal Chef Services, Newport; Todd Ketterman, LBCC Culinary Arts instructor; J.C. Mersmann, Gathering Together Farm Restaurant, Philomath; and Mitch Rosenbaum, Mennonite Village, Albany.

Chefs will be cooking using local ingredients and available to talk with guests about paring food with beer, wine, and cider.

Admission includes sampling of products from local farms, restaurants, food businesses and LBCC Culinary Arts student creations during a Food Fair in the Commons dining room. Many of the products will be available for purchase. 

The Food Fair shines a light on farmers and food entrepreneurs, highlighting the ever-growing local food system

Advance tickets are $15 at First Alternative Co-op stores in Corvallis or online at www.tenriversfoodweb.org and at the door.

Limited space is available in a cooking class with Albany Chef Matt Bennett of Sybaris. Cost is $45 and includes event entry. Register online at www.tenriversfoodweb.org.

Tasting workshops will be held each hour to help you learn the complexities of different food combinations. Cost for each workshop is $5. Drink tickets are $5 at the door.

This event is cosponsored by LBCC Culinary Arts, Ten Rivers Food Web, Oregon Tilth, Stahlbush Island Farms, Nichols Garden Nursery and Mennonite Village. For more information, contact Chef Scottie Hurley with LBCC Culinary Arts at 541-917-4385 or hurleys@linnbenton.edu.

SSH Gallery Exhibit: Ekphrasis: Photos Speak Out

Kat Sloma, "Memory of Autumn"

Phil Coleman, "Blossom Lane"
The Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild and the LBCC Poetry Community are celebrating National Poetry Month in April with an exhibit at the South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

“Ekphrasis: Photos Speak Out” features 20 pairs of photographs and poems on view from April 1 – May 3.

A reception and book release will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, April 3, from noon to 1 p.m., when the poets will read from their work and be available to sign copies the exhibit catalog.

In addition to the exhibit, a silent fund-raising art auction will be held during the exhibit to benefit The Valley Writers Series, a non-profit group that sponsors local workshops and readings by prominent authors. The auction items will be on display and open for bidding until April 19, with the final week of bidding continuing on-line at tinyurl.com/vwssaa

 In her artist’s statement for the exhibit, Ruth Krueger, LBCC’s student poet laureate, writes: “A picture portrays what humanity needs to see. Likewise, a poem speaks what humanity needs to hear. A combination of poems and pictures, then, is electricity. . . .  In matching words to image, we get light to contrast darkness. May you find in our offerings a sense of balance, of stirring and peace, sorrow and joy, struggle and hope.”

The 19 poets participating in the exhibit are Jeff Fearnside, Chris Riseley, Jane White, Eliot Kurfman, Hannah King, Mark Weiss, Jed Wyman, J.D. Mackenzie, Crash, and Alison Ruch, all of Corvallis; Ruth Krueger, April Wheeler, and Krista Ruck, all of Lebanon; Amy Earls, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Travis Chambers and Robin Havenick, all of Albany; Kiera Eller of Philomath, and Lucette Wood of Springfield.

The 10 participating photographers are Jack Larson, Rich Bergeman, John Morris, Kat Sloma, Craig Hanson, Margie Kinch and Owen Bentley, all of Corvallis; Phil Coleman of Lebanon; Ellen Hamill of Albany; and Walt O’Brien of Eugene.

The SSH Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

LBCC Centers, Scio & Brownsville: Dance and Exercise Classes

LBCC offers exercise classes in Lebanon, Sweet Home, Scio and Brownsville starting April 1.

Classes include Line Dance, Aquatic Fitness, Better Bones and Balance, Body Toning & Aerobics, Boot Camp, Cardio Strength & Balance, Easy Cardio Fitness, PIYO Strength, Power Yoga, Rock'n to the Core, Strength & Balance Training, T'ai Chi, 30-Minute Fitness, 20-20-10 Fitness Mix, Yoga, Zumba and Zumba Toning.

For a complete description, cost and start dates, 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.

Sweet Home Center Gluten Free Living Class

The class Healthy Gluten Free Living will be held through LBCC’s Sweet Home Center beginning April 3.

Discover tools to help you lead a healthy, gluten-free life. This three-week class meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. beginning April 3 at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. Cost for this class is $39 plus a $25 lab fee.

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

LBCC Offers AARP Driver Safety Program



The AARP Driver Safety Program will be held April 1 and 2 at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center April 1 and 2.

The program is designed to help develop and reinforce safe driving skills and techniques. Satisfactory completion of this class may qualify you for reduced auto insurance premiums (check with your insurance carrier).

This one-week class will meet Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2 from 8:30 to 11:20 a.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Class also offered May 6 and 7 at the Lebanon Senior Center from 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., and at the LBCC Sweet Home Center from 1 to 3:50 p.m. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

For more information or to register, 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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

LBCC Lebanon & Sweet Home Center Home & Garden Classes

Several home and garden classes will be held at the LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers starting April 2.

A Knitting/Crocheting Workshop will start April 2. This 10-week class meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost for this non-credit class is $69 plus a $3 lab fee.

A Quilters' Workshop will start April 4. This four-week class meets Thursdays 7 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. at the Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. Cost for this class is $39 plus a $2 lab fee.

Year Round Gardening series focuses on your spring gardening needs. Learn how to prioritize month-to-month as you manage your garden year round. This three-week class meets Wednesdays starting April 3 from 6 to 7:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Center. Cost for this class is $39 plus a $2 lab fee.

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

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

LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers Computer Application Classes


LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers Computer Application Classes

Beginner computer and photography classes will be held at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers starting April 3.

Learn the basics of computer use in the class Computers-1st Step held at the Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way, beginning Wednesday, April 3 from 6 to 7:50 p.m. Cost for this non-credit class is $39 plus a $2 lab fee. Class is also offered at the Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St., beginning Thursday, April 11 from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Cost is $45 plus a $3 lab fee.



Advance beyond the basics in the class Computers-2nd Step held at the Lebanon Center beginning Wednesday, May 1 from 6 to 7:50 p.m. Cost for this four-week class is $39 plus a $2 lab fee. Class is also offered at the Sweet Home Center beginning Thursday, May 9 from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Cost is $45 plus a $3 lab fee.


Learn the basics of Apple iPad and Kindle Fire including core functions and settings in this five-week class held Thursdays at the Lebanon Center beginning April 3 from 3 to 4:40 p.m. Cost for this class is $39 plus a $2 lab fee.


A hands-on Intro to Digital Photography class will cover basic features of digital camera’s and basic photo editing such as sizing and cropping. Computer skills recommended. This five-week class will be held at the Lebanon Center Thursdays beginning May 9 from 6 to 7:50 p.m. Cost for the class is $39 plus a $3 lab fee.



Adults 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, March 18, 2013

LBCC Holds Tree Climbing and Tree Care Classes

Tree climbing and tree care classes will be held at Linn-Benton Community College beginning April 4.

The 11-week Arboriculture Practicum class provides field experience in tree climbing and tree work including how to safely access, rig, climb and work in broadleaf and coniferous trees of various sizes. 

This two-credit class will meet Thursdays from 2 to 4:50 p.m. beginning April 4. Cost per credit is $96 with a $5 lab fee. No pre-requisite is required.

A four-credit Arboriculture Principles and Practices class will be offered in addition to the practicum class. Learn how to select, plant and provide ongoing tree care in this comprehensive class. Class will transfer to Oregon State University.

Both courses are taught by experienced arborists and are designed to prepare participants for the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification.

For more information, contact LBCC horticulture instructor Stefan Seiter at 541-917-4765. To register, check the online registration at www.linnbenton.edu or contact the Admissions office at 541-917-4811.

Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers Art Classes

A variety of art classes will be offered at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers spring term.

"Watercolor Foundations” will be held at the Lebanon Center Mondays beginning April 1 from 5:30 to 7:50 p.m., 44 Industrial Way. The Sweet Home Center class will meet Thursdays beginning April 4 from 5:30 to 7:50 p.m., 1661 Long St. The Brownsville class meets Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:50 p.m. at the Brownsville Art Association Studio, 255 Main St. Cost for this eight-week class is $69 plus $3 fee.

"Calligraphy" class will be held at the Sweet Home Center Tuesdays beginning April 2 from 1 to 3:20 p.m. Cost for this 10-week class is $76.50 plus a $5 fee.

"Clay-Open Studio" class will be held at the Sweet Home Center Tuesdays beginning Apr. 2 from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Cost for this five-week class is $54 plus a $3 fee, with additional fees for materials payable in class.

Adults age 62 and above are eligible for a 25 percent reduction in tuition. Reduction does not apply to fees. Registration begins March 18.

For more information, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or cal

Life Stories Class Offered at Centers



A “Life Stories” class will held at Linn-Benton Community College Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home and centers spring term.

Learn how to preserve your family stories and recall and recount family history in your own narrative style. Additional information about publishing is provided.

The Albany class meets Tuesdays beginning April 2 from 2 to 3:50 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 489 NW Water Ave. The Lebanon Center class meets Wednesdays beginning April 3 from 2 to 3:50 p.m., 44 Industrial Way, room LC-223. The Sweet Home Center class meets Thursdays beginning April 4 from 2 to 3:50 p.m., 1661 Long St., room SHC-102.

Cost for this 10-week class is $69 plus a $3 fee. Adults 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 LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840 or the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tractor and Farm Machinery Safety Class

Tractor and Farm Machinery Safety training will be held at Linn-Benton Community College’s Albany campus March 27- 29.

Geared for farm workers ages 14 to 18, the course is developed and operated with the assistance of the OSU Extension Service in accordance with federal regulations. Students and parents must sign a Liability Waiver/Indemnification form within 24 hours of registration.

The three-day class session will meet Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. beginning March 27.

Cost for this non-credit class is $76.50 plus a $20 lab fee. Preregistration is required. Students must be at least 14 to register. Classes meet on the LBCC Albany campus, Forum building room F-113, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840. Registration and waiver forms are available online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/tractor-safety.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

LBCC Driver Education Registration Begins March 18

Registration for Drivers Education will begin March 18 for classes held at Linn-Benton Community College Albany, Corvallis and Sweet Home centers.

LBCC’s Driver Education program serves students throughout Linn and Benton counties and is approved by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The course includes Oregon state mandated 30 hours of classroom instruction, a three-hour parent/student orientation at first meeting plus 12 hours behind-the wheel practice and driver observation. 

Registration requirements include completed packet, fee, original driver permit and one photocopy. Registration packets are available at all centers one week prior to registration or online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/albany-community-ed/driver-education.

Students must register at the offering LBCC center, on-line registration is not available. Cost for the course is $259 for ages 17 and under, $429 for ages 18 and over. Class must be dropped 24 hours prior to start date for refund.

For more information, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.

LBCC Lebanon Center Offers Turning Point Transitions Class


The class "Turning Point Transitions" will be offered at Linn-Benton Community College’s Lebanon Center beginning April 8.

Discover how to address the often-times stressful changes in your life by learning how to cope with change, how to love and accept yourself, how to manage stress and how to set goals. Information will be provided on career exploration options and how to identify your skills. 


Interested individuals must schedule an interview one week before class begins by contacting Joanne Apter at 541-917-4876.

This four-week class meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. beginning April 8 at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

Class is free and students earn three college credits upon successful completion of the class. For more information, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

LBCC Offers Real Estate Property Manager Course

A Real Estate Property Manager class will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College beginning April 9.

Designed to prepare you to manage rental property, this course combines online and in-class instruction to meet the 60-hour requirement for the Oregon Property Manager Pre-License course.

This seven-week class will meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW.

Cost for this non-credit class is $495. For more information, contact Barbie DuBois at 541-917-4927 or by email at barbie.dubois@linnbenton.edu.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

LBCC Announces Plans to Balance Budget

LBCC officials announced today the first step of plans to increase focus on student success and completion, while balancing its budget.

The changes are part of education redesign efforts at LBCC to focus on better results for the largest number of students with available funding. The effort supports the college’s mission “to engage in an education that enables us all to participate in, contribute to and benefit from the cultural richness and educational vitality of our community.”

The plan includes a combination of program redesigns and eliminations, and the suspension of one program pending its redesign. The college will work with community partners in an effort to find ways for services to remain available. Effected programs will continue at LBCC through the end of June.

The plan also responds to a $2.9 million shortfall in the college budget created by reductions in state funding, increased employee retirement and health care benefit costs, and a 5 percent drop in enrollment. In addition to reduced costs, increases in tuition rates will be proposed to the LBCC Board of Education in order to fully balance the college’s budget.

The plan will result in a reduction of 23 positions at LBCC. Eight of the reductions are via retirement, and those positions will not be refilled. 17 are layoffs as of June 30. Two positions will be filled that have been vacant while the reorganization plan was completed. 

“All of our programs have been created to benefit our students and the community, so it is difficult both personally and professionally to make changes that effect people who have done good work,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann. “The plan is a fundamental shift toward maintaining funding in areas that show the greatest value for student success, rather than trimming areas across the board or focusing only on areas that have unfilled positions.”

By employee group, the plan will result in nine fewer classified staff positions (4.7 percent of this group), four fewer administration positions (8.5 percent of this group); and 10 fewer faculty positions (7.1 percent of this group).

Program eliminations include:
•    Intercollegiate men’s baseball and women’s basketball programs. Resources from the eliminated programs will be refocused to developing a campuswide wellness and recreation program to benefit all students. Two athletic programs will be retained: men’s basketball and women’s volleyball, which have had much higher than average retention and graduation rates among participants.
•    English for Speakers of Other Languages program. LBCC will work to broaden its partnership with the English Language and Cultural Institute (ELCI), which is located on LBCC’s Albany campus, to help meet the needs of those needing improved English skills. ELCI is independent from LBCC and caters to the English language needs of prospective students from other countries.
•    Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, which supports LBCC faculty to connect with professional development resources and opportunities.
•    Turning Point Transitions Program, which supports single parents, displaced homemakers, dislocated workers and other experiencing major life transitions. This program was previously funded through the federal Perkins program, but this funding was cut.
Programs that will be redesigned include:
•    Adult Basic Education/GED program. LBCC will work with community partners to offer these services in the community more cost-effectively.
•    High School Partnership program to efficiently respond to rapid growth and ensure greater coordination in developing pathways between K-12 and LBCC.
Reallocations and Reductions in “Special” Funds.
•    Positions at LBCC have been supported through special funds such as Perkins Grants, Strategic Investments, and external sponsors – and both internal and external changes in these funds and their allocation are impacting a number of these positions. These include a reduction of one nursing faculty, reduction of one math faculty, the already mentioned Turning Point Transitions position, one classified position in Student Affairs and a change in duties for one faculty position in the Learning center.

In addition, the instructional administrative structure is being redesigned to save money and increase effectiveness. Currently, there are four instructional divisions, each with a dean and an associate dean.

The new structure will include five instructional divisions with one dean each and no associate deans.
Also, the Visual Communications AAS degree and Graphic Design certificate will be suspended.  While a redesign of this program may be pursued and supported in the future, this program suspension is taking advantage of a faculty retirement.

In total, these changes save $2.2 million per year. In order to make up the remaining $750,000 shortfall, the plan also calls for an increase in student tuition from $91 to $94 per credit, with larger increases in higher cost programs that lead to higher wage jobs.

Tuition increases are subject to approval of the LBCC Board of Education, which has tuition-setting authority at the college.

“The reductions will be felt personally, by both those affected and those left behind to carry on the work pursuing our propose to provide education and training that improves the lives of our students and our communities,” Hamann said.

Employees whose jobs are being eliminated will remain employed through June 30. The college also will offer job retraining, resume develop support and other services to effected employees.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

LBCC Microbusiness Explore, Commit and Launch

Explore your business idea or learn to develop an existing business plan in classes held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn Benton Community College.

The class Microbusiness Explore will help you look at the possibility of starting your own business including discussions with expert speakers on topics vital to business start-up.

A free orientation will be held Monday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LBCC’s Calapooia Center, CC-203, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.  This 11-week class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning April 2. Cost for this non-credit class is $349.

The class Microbusiness Commit will focus on writing your business plan.  This six-week class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning April 30 in LBCC’s Forum building, F-202. Cost for this non-credit class is $149.  Class requires that you take Microbusiness Explore.

The class Microbusiness Launch is an instructor-led, peer-support group discussing relevant topics including marketing niche, technology and learning to sell. Class meets April 16, May 21 and June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. in LBCC’s Calapooia Center, CC-211. Cost for this non-credit class is $69.

Scholarships are available based on income. For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4974.

Monday, March 11, 2013

CWOSE - Middle & High-School Science Fair Results

Awards were recently announced for the Central Western Oregon Science Expo held at Linn-Benton Community College March 2.

The fair hosted 53 high school and middle school students from Linn, Benton, Lane, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Tillamook and Lincoln counties to compete in science and engineering categories. Participating students produced 43 exhibits, with 29 judges on-hand to score the projects.

Awards were given for excellent achievement along with $32,000 in Oregon university scholarships. Two students also won an all-expense paid invitation to participate at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Phoenix, Arizona in May.

CWOSE is a regional fair affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel Northwest Science Expo. Co-director funding for the fair was provided by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Technician of the Future project award.

Middle School Awards

Project Best Illustrating Surgeon General's Health Recommendations
sponsored by U.S. Public Health Service
Sophia Shotola, Jensyn Stanger, Yamhill Carlton School District

Naval Excellence in Science and Engineering Award
sponsored by Office of Naval Research, US Navy and Marine Corps
Eli Ghattas, Lighthouse School
Thomas Mitchell, Lighthouse School

Special Recognition Award
sponsored by Maxfield Family Foundation
Shelby Kruger, Seven Oak Middle School
Sam Sinks, Leslie Middle School
Kira Emery, Lighthouse School
Thomas Mitchell, Lighthouse School
George LaGesse, Richard Rigney, Lighthouse School
James Chen, Darien Brown, Andrew Lor, Leslie Middle School
Nicholas Sheridan, Yamhill Carlton School District

Advancing to Intel NWSE
sponsored by Northwest Science Expo System
David Rockow, Leslie Middle School
River Morse, Daniel Ferenczi, Lighthouse School
Nicholas Sheridan, Yamhill Carlton School District
Riona O'Donnell, Yamhill Carlton School District
James Chen, Darien Brown, Andrew Lor, Leslie Middle School
Dylan Norbury, Leslie Middle School
Lindzey Doran, Yamhill Carlton School District
Bri Fair, Trista Hookland, Seven Oak Middle School
Dawson Conrad, Rodney King, Leslie Middle School
Eli Ghattas, Lighthouse School
George LaGesse, Richard Rigney, Lighthouse School
Thomas Mitchell, Lighthouse School
Sophia Shotola, Jensyn Stanger, Yamhill Carlton School District
Kira Emery, Lighthouse School
Sam Sinks, Leslie Middle School
Sara Komoda, Eva Hixson, Savannah Adams, Leslie Middle School
Stephen Lu, Cole Roseborough, Leslie Middle School
Abby Orton, Kaitlin Paluska, Hannah Hersh, Leslie Middle School
Shelby Kruger, Seven Oak Middle School
Jonathan McGhehey, Yamhill Carlton School District
Luke Sauers, Yamhill Carlton School District

Broadcom MASTERS nomination
sponsored by Society for Science and the Public
George LaGesse, Richard Rigney, Lighthouse School
Thomas Mitchell, Lighthouse School
Kira Emery, Lighthouse School
Sam Sinks, Leslie Middle School


High School Awards and Scholarships

Outstanding Project in an Atmospheric Science Exhibit
sponsored by American Meteorological Society
Eleanor Fadely, West Salem High School
Bryton Dorland, Tillamook High School

Outstanding Geoscience Project
sponsored by Association Of Women Geoscientists
Chloe Stewart, West Salem High School

NOAA's Taking the Pulse of the Planet
sponsored by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Samantha Boring, Tillamook High School

Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Environmental Health
sponsored by Oregon Environmental Health Association
Samantha Boring, Tillamook High School

Sustainable Development Award
sponsored by Ricoh Corporation
Tim Wilt, Tillamook High School

U.S. Regional Stockholm Junior Water Prize
sponsored by Water Environment Federation
Chloe Stewart, West Salem High School

Outstanding Project in Materials Science
sponsored by ASM International Foundation
Eleanor Fadely, West Salem High School

Mu Alpha Theta Award
sponsored by Mu Alpha Theta
Hannah Larson, South Eugene High School

Innovative Engineering Award
sponsored by National Society of Professional Engineers
Eleanor Fadely, West Salem High School

Outstanding Research in Psychology
sponsored by American Psychological Association
Duncan Hunter, Amity High School

Army Awards for Scientific and Engineering Excellence
sponsored by Army Research Office, U.S. Army
Trevor Decker, Thomas Bush, Tillamook High School
Savannah Tobin, West Salem High School
Devon Francis, West Salem High School
Allison Sladek, West Salem High School

Army Outstanding High School Project
sponsored by Army Research Office, U.S. Army
Savannah Tobin, West Salem High School

Naval Excellence in Science and Engineering Award
sponsored by Office of Naval Research, US Navy and Marine Corps
Colin Atchison, Tillamook High School
Tim Wilt, Tillamook High School

U.S. Air Force Outstanding Project
sponsored by U.S. Air Force
Hannah Larson, South Eugene High School
Eleanor Fadely, West Salem High School
Kestrel Bailey, Tillamook High School
Vivian Chen, Lakeridge High School

Order of the Caddisfly
sponsored by 3 Sigma
Samantha Boring, Tillamook High School

ISWEEEP- Outstanding Sustainability Project Award
sponsored by CWOSE
Eleanor Fadely, West Salem High School

Exceptional Genius Award
sponsored by Genius Olympiad
Bryton Dorland, Tillamook High School
Chloe Stewart, West Salem High School

OSU College of Engineering Scholarship
sponsored by Oregon State University
Eleanor Fadely, West Salem High School

OSU General Scholarship
sponsored by Oregon State University
Kestrel Bailey, Tillamook High School

University of Oregon Scholarships
sponsored by University of Oregon
Devon Francis, West Salem High School
Bryton Dorland, Tillamook High School

Regional ISEF Finalist
sponsored by Northwest Science Expo System
Hannah Larson, South Eugene High School
Savannah Tobin, West Salem High School

Advancing to Intel Northwest Science Expo
Devon Francis, West Salem High School
Savannah Tobin, West Salem High School
Kate Trauernicht, Katherine Hercher, West Salem High School
Varsha Kalavar, Jesuit High School
Eleanor Fadely, West Salem High School
Samantha Boring, Tillamook High School
Kestrel Bailey, Tillamook High School
Hannah Larson, South Eugene High School
Vivian Chen, Lakeridge High School

Friday, March 8, 2013

LBCC Industrial Skills Contest Winners

Students from 21 Oregon high schools and one trade academy competed in the annual High School Industrial Skills Contest held Thursday, March 7 at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

Students competed in contests for drafting and engineering graphics, machine tool milling and turning and several types of welding. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at the college following the competition.

High School Industrial Skills Contest 1st - 3rd Place Winners

Drafting & Engineering Graphics – Architecture
1st    Brad Phillips    Roseburg High School   
2nd    Sarah Royce    Roseburg High School
3rd    Jessica Morales     Roseburg High School

Drafting & Engineering Graphics – 2D Mechanical
1st    Brad Bornheimer    Willamina High School   
2nd    Travis Chagnon    South Albany High School   
3rd    Joel Stutzman    South Albany High School   

Drafting & Engineering Graphics – 3D Mechanical
1st    Alexi Renquist    Roseburg High School   
2nd    Joshua James    Roseburg High School
3rd    Teric Sargeant    Thurston High School   

Machine Tool Technology-Milling
1st     Josh Peck    Corvallis High School   
2nd    Derek Jackson    Corvallis High School
3rd    Avery Stauber    Corvallis High School   

Machine Tool Technology-Turning
1st    Derek Jackson    Corvallis High School   
2nd    Josh Peck    Corvallis High School   
3rd    Ryan Smith    Thurston High School       

Welding Technology-Novice Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)   
1st    Andrew Robertson    West Albany High School
2nd    Michael Griffin    Douglas High School   
3rd    Tyler Shaw    Linn County Regional Trades Academy   

Welding Technology-Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)   
1st     Weston Luthi    Silverton High School   
2nd    Devin Smith    Harrisburg High School   
3rd    Geoff Alford    Stayton High School
4th    Kolby O’Neil    Jefferson High School   

Welding Technology-Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
1st    EJ Nichol    Sweet Home High School   
2nd    Sasha Strain    Marshfield High School   
3rd    Trevor Glynn    Forest Grove High School
4th    Kyler Dearing    Scio High School   

Welding Technology-Oxy-Acetylene Welding
1st    Daniel Coulombe    Roseburg High School   
2nd    Jesus Andrade    Sweet Home High School
3rd    Ty Neuschwander    Harrisburg High School
4th    Quintin Luthi    Silverton High School   

Welding Technology-Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
1st    Joe Cheshire    Sweet Home High School   
2nd    Sergio Rodriguez    Central High School   
3rd    Jacob Brundridge    Silverton High School
4th    KJ McPherson    Sweet Home High School   

Welding Technology-General Welding Skills
1st    Arlen Stadeli    Silverton High School
2nd    Tristan Leslie    Junction City High School
3rd    Brian Malloy    Sweet Home High School
4th    Neil Cox    Marshfield High School

LBCC Offers Real Estate Pre-License Exam Course

A Real Estate Broker Pre-License Exam course will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College beginning April 3.

Designed to prepare you for the Oregon Real Estate Brokers License Exam, this 150-hour course is the fastest way to qualify to take the state exam. The local real estate market is beginning to turn around. Now is the time to position yourself for the up-turn. 

This 11-week course will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning April 3 at the LBCC Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW.

Course content is mostly Internet based. Students are expected to have on-line capability, to self-study and attend all class sessions. A mandatory study session will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost for this non-credit course is $695. For more information, contact Barbie DuBois at 541-917-4927 or by email at barbie.dubois@linnbenton.edu.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

LBCC Professional Development Workshops

Business and Employer Services at Linn Benton Community College is offering the following April workshops as part of their Series; “Developing World Class Employees” in the Calapooia Center, room CC-211, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Creating a Positive Work Environment will be held Tuesday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. This workshop will explore the 85:15 ratio and the power of attitude, five elements of organizational culture, ways to assess workplace health, key job satisfiers, and attitudes in action. 

Motivation Strategies will be held Thursday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Learn how to create an environment for others to motivate themselves, including ways to create a successful work environment and practical strategies for creating high performance employees.

4 Generations, One Workplace will be held Friday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. Learn how to identify the cultural characteristics and value systems of the four generations currently in the workplace. Explore strategies that can lead to better intergenerational communication and collaboration, and learn how to adapt your approach when coaching, managing and leading multi-generational employees. 


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

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

English for Speakers of Other Languages Program

LBCC will hold classes for non-native speakers of English beginning the week of April 1.

Learn to speak, read and write English in an encouraging environment. Orientation sessions begin March 18 at the LBCC Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis and March 19 at LBCC’s Albany campus, Calapooia Center room 210, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd, Albany campus.

Both day and evening orientation sessions and classes will be offered on both campuses. Students new to the program need to attend two free orientation sessions. 

For times and locations, see the ESOL program flyers located at all LBCC registration desks, or visit the ESOL web site at www.linnbenton.edu/go/esol, or call 541-917-4710, or 541- 917-4664 (Spanish), or 541-917-4661 (Russian).
        
ESOL program registration fee is $30. Students can attend more than one class with this one fee, at both campuses.

LBCC also offers a credit course for non-native speakers of English who want to succeed in college level courses and technical education programs. This spring the ESOL department will offer both reading and writing courses at the Albany campus.

To find out more about these classes and how to register, visit online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/esol or call the LBCC ESOL department at 541-917-4694.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

LBCC NSH Gallery Features Albany Painters

Waverly Lake by Molly Perry
Members of the Albany Painting Enthusiasts will be exhibiting work in the LBCC North Santiam Hall Galleries, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, from March 11 to April 19.

“Around Albany, Now and Then,” features over 40 paintings by 11 local artists that focus on the historic and contemporary features of Albany, as well as the surrounding landscape.

A public opening reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 15, in the North Santiam Hall second-floor atrium.

The Albany Painting Enthusiasts started out in 2006 as a loose confederation of plein aire painters who gathered monthly to paint at local gardens, nearby farms and nurseries, and various city landmarks. It has since grown into a group of about 15 that has recently taken on the goal of promoting and facilitating art events in Albany.

Since 2010 the Enthusiasts have organized two “All Albany Artists” juried exhibits at the LaSells Center’s Giustina Gallery on the Oregon State University Campus, and has been involved in the installation of a new artwork hanging system at the Albany City Hall.

The LBCC exhibit marks the first time since 2009 that the group has mounted an all-members show. Participating artists are Cheryl French, Katy Grant Hanson, Shirley Hilts, Gwenn Marchese, Billy Moore, Michael Moore, Molly Perry, Sharon Poppleton, Rob Robinson, Diane Widler-Wenzel and Irene Van Dusen.

The NSH Galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LBCC Offers Forklift Safety Training

Forklift Safety Training will be offered through Business and Employer Services at Linn-Benton Community College on Saturday, April 6, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LBCC Albany Campus, Industrial C building, room IC-103, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This eight-hour course will provide four hours of classroom training and four hours of practice on the forklift. Training includes forklift safety, handling and moving loads, principles of lifting, stacking and unstacking loads and driving with a load.

Upon completion of eight hours of training and meeting the requirements, student will receive an award of completion to take to their current or future employer.

Cost for the course is $149 and includes all materials.  For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.

Monday, March 4, 2013

LBCC Announces GED Testing Changes

LBCC is encouraging students who are thinking of getting their General Education Development (GED) certificate to finish their testing as soon as possible.

The current version of the GED tests will expire at the end of 2013, and will be replaced Jan. 2, 2014 with the new 2014 GED test.

To avoid having to start over, students must pass all five tests in reading, science, social studies, math and writing by the end of this year.

If you are ready to take the GED tests, you can contact the LBCC Student Assessment Center at 541-917-4781.

If you need help preparing for the tests, LBCC offers GED classes throughout the year. You must attend a free two-session orientation before registering for classes.

LBCC orientation sessions will be offered the week of March 18, and GED classes will begin the week of April 1. There is a $30 enrollment fee due at registration.

Orientations and classes are available at the LBCC Albany campus, the LBCC Benton Center in Corvallis, and the Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers. Dates and times vary. 

For more information, contact the LBCC Adult Basic Education/General Education Development department, 541-917-4710.

Friday, March 1, 2013

LBCC Benton Center Sustainable Herb Conference

Spend a day immersed in the company of herbs and herb lovers at the 2nd annual Sustainable Herb Conference Sunday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the LBCC Benton Center, room BC-204, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Conference includes lectures and workshops facilitated by local experts, with keynote speaker Cascade Anderson Geller.

An herbal practitioner for over thirty years, Geller has taught at multiple naturopathic colleges and has lectured widely throughout North America on the healing power of plants.

Event includes vendors, tasty beverages and snacks. Cost for this non-credit workshop is $20. Register online or in person (CRN 38525).

For more information, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-575-8944. Sponsored by Giving Tree Herb Center and the LBCC Benton Center.