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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 SafeH…

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.

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 scholarshi…

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-cre…

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…

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 Of…

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 lig…

SSH Gallery Exhibit: Ekphrasis: Photos Speak Out

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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…

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.

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 th…

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…

LBCC Holds Tree Climbing and Tree Care Classes

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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 a…

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 d…

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.

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.

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, cont…

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.

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 addit…

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 marketin…

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 G…

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 …

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.

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…

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…

LBCC NSH Gallery Features Albany Painters

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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 installati…

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.

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…

LBCC Benton Center Sustainable Herb Conference

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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.