Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LBCC To Hold Community Conversation Meeting in Corvallis

A community conversation will be held at Linn-Benton Community College’s Benton Center, 757 Polk Ave., Tuesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. in room 204 to discuss options for LBCC to meet the education needs of Corvallis and Benton County.

LBCC and Benton Center staff will host the conversation and be available to answer questions. This meeting is the latest in a series of meetings encouraging community input into LBCC services in Corvallis and Benton County.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Alternative Fuels Pioneer Brian Trice Joins ATTC

Brian Trice
Brian Trice has joined Linn-Benton Community College’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center as manager of its Alternate Fuel Transportation section.

The 45-year-old Trice, of Gresham, has been actively involved in the transportation industry for a number of years, helping to transform the industry towards energy independence through his work in alternative fuel energies including compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, propane, hybrid, hydraulic hybrid and electric.

“I’m excited about being at the ATTC,” said Trice. “I’ve had a really good working relationship with these guys over the past few years, and have a lot of passion for working with alternative fuels and working at a grass-roots level to educate the market place.”

Trice plans to help grow the alternative fuels side of the ATTC program, offering trade workshops, conferences and expos targeted toward industry. 

“Brian Trice is one of the nation’s leaders in organizing alternative fuel conferences,” said Bryan Schiedler, faculty chair of LBCC’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center. “Having Brian will allow us to connect fleet operators, consumers and government agencies together with the leading manufacturers and organizations involved with alternate fuels.”

Prior to coming to LBCC, Trice served as director of Events and Education for TransEnergy Solutions, which he co-founded, and as an Alternative Fuels Specialist at McCoy Freightliner Company in Portland, where he was responsible for spearheading the development of the alternative fuel trucking marketplace in the Pacific Northwest. 

Trice has been instrumental in bringing technology, industry and consumers together through his organization of Green Transportation Conferences through TransEnergy Solutions, and creating opportunities for consumers to connect with original engine manufacturers. 

Trice serves as a board member for several clean technology groups including the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition and the Oregon Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.

Pharmacy Technician Information Session

LBCC will hold three free Pharmacy Technician Program pre-application information sessions for those interested in training to work as a Pharmacy Technician.

Sessions will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way, Lebanon.

No need to preregister to attend. Attendance at an information session is mandatory in order to take the program.

The 18-week Pharmacy Technician Program starts Feb. 2 and runs through June 5, 2015.

Skill areas covered include customer service, pharmacy math, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmaceutical vocabulary, prescriptions, billing, insurance, industry software, pharmacology and on-the-job training.

Cost for the program is $5,500, which includes all books and supplies. The program is eligible for financial aid.

Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at forms. For more information, contact LBCC Healthcare, E-Learning & Media at 541-917-4923.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Theater Department Receives Oregon Cultural Trust Grant

The Oregon Cultural Trust has granted funding to Linn-Benton Community College’s theater department for the project “Bridges,” a community engaged arts project working with residents of the city of Independence.

The $10,300 grant will be used to produce an original play through the theater department’s Sanctuary Stage, a program for creating community plays.

“Bridges” will focus on the lives, experiences and challenges of Latino families living in Independence. The play will be developed using information from story circles, interviews and public forums with residents, and will be directed by LBCC theater faculty and executive director of the Majestic Theater in Corvallis, Tinamarie Ivy.

The Bridges project hopes to involve approximately 1,200 Polk County residents to participate in the creation and performance of the play about Latino culture and history in Independence, with a goal of strengthening inter-generational and cross-cultural relationships.

The play will be performed in the summer of 2015 at Riverview Park Amphitheater in Independence.