Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Economic Development Adminstration Awards ATTC Project $1.5 Million


LBCC was awarded $1.5 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help fund an alternative fuels training center in Lebanon, Oregon to train automotive, trucking and heavy equipment technicians.

LBCC’s project was one of four projects chosen for funding by the EDA, part of a $7.2 million investment to support business development and job training in distressed communities in Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah.

The college’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center will be the only major broad-spectrum training facility for alternative fuel vehicles between Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California, and will serve as a first step toward creating a base for alternative fuel technology in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

“The support of our partners, both in the public and private sectors, has been extraordinary,” said LBCC President Dr. Greg Hamann. "This center has the potential of positioning our area as a center for the coming wave of alternative fuel vehicles. 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, along with the places to refuel them. This center will fill that void.”

Students in LBCC’s automotive and heavy equipment programs will received hands-on training using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in research, installation, maintenance, conversion and operation of high-efficiency alternative fuel technologies including compressed natural gas, propane, electric and biodiesel as well as traditional fuel vehicles. The center will also be used to train technicians already in the field.

Oregon U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are supporters of LBCC’s project, and were quoted in a recent release from Senator Merkley’s office.

“Last year I was able to travel from the Washington border to the California border in an electric vehicle,” said Senator Merkley, chair of the Green Jobs subcommittee in the Senate.  “A few years ago that type of trip wouldn’t have been possible. This new center will educate and train a new generation of workers for this expanding industry and help lay the groundwork to keep Oregon at the forefront of clean energy manufacturing and transportation.”  

Senator Wyden said, “This is a great example of a public/private partnership. The Advanced Transportation Technology Center at Linn-Benton Community College will meet the need for highly skilled and trained transportation technicians at a time when the demand for alternative fuels and alternative-fueled vehicles is growing. This is the right program at the right time and at the right place.”

The EDA grant will be used to renovate an existing 35,000-square-foot industrial building, part of an 11-acre industrial site purchased by the college in 2012. The building will house LBCC’s automotive technology program, and will include an alternative fuels lab. Classes are slated to begin in the new center fall term 2013.

The grant also will be used to construction a 10,000-square-foot innovation center beginning winter 2014. Future plans include the construction of compressed natural gas and propane fueling stations, and electrical charging stations.

LBCC is continuing to raise funds to support moving its heavy equipment and diesel program to the center, with plans for an additional 20,000-square-foot building to be built on the site.

The college has raised approximately $6.2 million for the project. In addition to the EDA grant, major funding for the center includes more than $2 million in private donations, $1.4 million from the City of Lebanon Urban Renewal District, $800,000 from Oregon lottery funds, $100,000 from the Lebanon Industrial Development Corporation, $350,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust and $50,000 from Drive Oregon.

Industry partners include Snap On, Pacific Power, John and Phil’s Toyota, and CoEnergy Propane of Corvallis.

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the applicant’s eligibility, application merit and fund availability.

Pacific Propane Gas Association Donates $170k to ATTC


Propane industry joins forces with LBCC to provide program education.

The Pacific Propane Gas Association donated $170,000 to Linn-Benton Community College’s new Advanced Transportation Technology Center for purchase of equipment to train student and incumbent workers to service propane-operated vehicles.

LBCC’s new alternative fuels training center in Lebanon, Oregon will work with industry to meet the needs of local and regional businesses.

“I am really excited about our partnership with Pacific Propane Gas Association,” said LBCC automotive instructor Bryan Schiedler. “I’ve spoken with many local industry leaders who have asked about various alternate fuels to reduce their cost of fuels.”

PPGA’s donation will give existing automotive and heavy equipment students the opportunity to train on some of the latest, most advanced propane systems on late model vehicles, as well as give the college the ability to use these vehicles for demonstration purposes to show businesses and consumers the benefits of using propane as a transportation fuel, Schiedler added.

LBCC’s new Advanced Transportation Technology Center will be the only major broad-spectrum training facility for alternative fuel vehicles between Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California, and will serve as a first step toward creating a base for alternative fuel technology in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

“The propane industry is proud to support the Advanced Transportation Technology Center,” said PPGA Executive Director Baron Glassgow. “Propane brings reliable, low-emission vehicles and equipment to fleets, industry and the everyday driver. Partnering with Linn-Benton Community College will help ensure that innovative vehicles and equipment produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and provide savings at the pump.”

Students in LBCC’s automotive and heavy equipment programs will receive hands-on training using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in research, installation, maintenance, conversion and operation of high-efficiency alternative fuel technologies including compressed natural gas, propane, electric and biodiesel as well as traditional fuel vehicles. The center will also be used to train technicians already in the field.

Future plans for the ATTC site include construction of a new 10,000-square-foot innovation center is set to begin winter 2014, and construction of compressed natural gas and propane fueling stations and electrical charging stations.

LBCC is continuing to raise funds to support moving its heavy equipment and diesel program to the center, with plans for an additional 20,000-square-foot building to be built on the site.

The college has raised approximately $6.2 million for the project. In addition to the Pacific Propane donation, major funding for the center includes more than $2 million in private donations, $1.5 million from the Economic Development Administration, $1.4 million from the City of Lebanon Urban Renewal District, $800,000 from Oregon lottery funds, $100,000 from the Lebanon Industrial Development Corporation, $350,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust and $50,000 from Drive Oregon.

Industry partners include Snap On, Pacific Power, John and Phil’s Toyota, and CoEnergy Propane of Corvallis.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Willamette Theater Festival Presents Shakespeare Summer Plays

The Willamette Theater Festival presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” beginning August 9 at the Russell Tripp Performance Center at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The Tempest, directed by Dan Stone, will play August 9 and 17 at 8 p.m., and August 10 and 18 at 2 p.m. 


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, and directed by Leslie Hammond, will play August 10 and 16 at 8 p.m., and August 11 and 17 at 2 p.m. 


The Tempest is a visually stunning production that will take you on a journey through romance, magic and a deserted island.

This final masterpiece of Shakespeare's life places the desire for revenge against the demands of love, and captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes.

Marooned on a distant island with her daughter, Miranda, Prospero has spent twelve years perfecting her magic. An enchanted tale filled with humor, romance, and adventure, The Tempest is ultimately a tale of redemption and forgiveness. 

The Complete Works takes in all 37 of Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes, with only three actors. The play is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the entire opus of the world's greatest playwright.

Starring Eric Nepom, Benjamin Sell and Michael Winder, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has been described as a "high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare's plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness" and may or may not suffer from a few wigs, explosions, and other natural disasters.

Created by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, this show has been entertaining Shakespeare friends and foes for more than 20 years.

Tickets are $15, or $25 for both shows. Purchase online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, email the Willamette Theater Festival at info@willamettetheaterfestival.com. 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.