Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BES Faculty Joseph Bailey Completes Voice Dialogue Facilitator Training

Joseph Bailey, LBCC faculty member in Business and Employer Services, recently completed a 69-hour training program as a Voice Dialogue Facilitator through the Voice Dialogue Institute.

Facilitated social technology allows individuals to become more effective in their relationships, and can help teams to achieve higher levels of performance and leverage their strengths to move beyond places where they get stuck.

LBCC Business and Employer Services provides coaching, facilitation, training, and consulting services to employers of Linn and Benton County. The full array of BES services can be found at www.linnbenton.edu/business.

Monday, September 28, 2015

LBCC Awarded $616,800 from the National Science Foundation for STEM Scholarships

The National Science Foundation has awarded Linn-Benton Community College $616,800 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics student scholarships.

LBCC’s award-winning project, entitled "Promoting Retention and Completion with STEM Research and Design Cohorts at Linn-Benton Community College," was submitted to the NSF by Greg Mulder and Marci Moling, LBCC physical sciences faculty, David Kidd, civil engineering faculty, Parker Swanson, computer sciences faculty, and Andrew Feldman, dean of LBCC Science, Engineering and Mathematics division.

The S-STEM grant will provide approximately 20 students per year with $5,000 scholarships over a period of five years.

Scholarships will be awarded to LBCC STEM majors with financial need. Students majoring in chemistry, physics, geology, engineering, math, computer science and biology are eligible.

Scholarship applicant selection will be based upon high school or college GPA and unmet financial need as determined by the student’s FAFSA. The college will announce application deadlines and requirements within the coming weeks, with the first scholarships to be awarded winter term 2016.

Student scholars will engage in a research experience through participation in one of several LBCC Research and Development Cohorts consisting of at least two faculty members leading 12 to 18 students each year.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in our country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.

Project abstracts can be viewed at the NSF Award Abstracts database at www.nsf.gov/awardsearch. 


Friday, September 25, 2015

Antiracist educator, essayist, author Tim Wise Lecture

Tim Wise
Antiracist educator, essayist and author Tim Wise will give a free talk at Linn-Benton Community College Wednesday, October 14 at 2 p.m. in the college Forum building, room 104, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

Wise will explore topics of race, white privilege and the notion of color-blindness in America, and provide an opportunity for engagement on the issue of racism.

A free screening of Wise’s documentary "White Like Me" will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7 at noon in the LBCC Diversity Achievement Center, Forum 220.

Additional screenings will be held Sunday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave SE, and at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe, Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

The film is an exploration of race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege, and reassesses the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society.

Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation.

Sponsors include the King Legacy Committee of Corvallis, LBCC’s Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Oregon State University, the Linn Benton Partnership for Diversity, and the Community Action for Racial Equity.

For more information, contact LBCC EDI at 541-917-4461.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LBCC Fitness classes starting the week of September 28

LBCC Albany Community Education has a variety fitness classes for all levels of fitness starting the week of September 28.

BETTER BONES AND BALANCE: Reap the benefits OSU Bone Research studies. This exercise program slows the rate of bone loss in adults of all ages. Improve your balance, flexibility and coordination, and see an increase in muscle tone and overall body fitness. Classes begin the week of September 28 at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. at numerous locations throughout Albany.

FLOW YOGA: Based on flowing, dynamic sequence of movements, which are synchronized with the breath and also includes static postures, balances and stretches. Increase strength, flexibility and endurance while improving circulation, balance and alignment/posture. Relax your mind body and soul. Please bring yoga mat and one firm blanket. All levels welcome basic yoga experience recommended. Meets Wednesdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. starting September 30 at LBCC Albany Campus. Cost is $39.

GENTLE YOGA: Geared for the beginning student. A slow paced class emphasizing the coordination of breathing with easy stretching. Please bring yoga mat and blanket. Class meets Mondays from 1-1:50 p.m., 2-2:50 p.m. or 3-3:50 p.m. starting September 28 at the Albany Senior Center. Cost is $69.

PILATES COMBO: This series of low-impact exercises concentrates on building strong abdominal muscles, which improves balance and coordination. Pilates combo format involves toning with light weights, balancing, and mat workout using a combination of yoga and Pilates moves. Class meets Tuesdays from 6:15-7:05 a.m. starting October 29 at the Albany Senior Center. Cost is $75.

GENTLE EXERCISE FOR BEGINNERS: This gentle, joint-safe exercise class is developed specifically for people with arthritis or musculoskeletal conditions, fibromyalgia, COPD, and anyone who is sedentary with limited or impaired joint-mobility. This program will help relieve stiffness, strengthen muscles, improve balance and decrease arthritis pain. Low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing, or on the floor. Led by Arthritis Foundation Certified instructor. Class meets Mondays from 12:00-12:50 p.m. starting September 28 at LBCC Albany Campus. Cost is $89.

EARLY MORNING FITNESS: A great class for early risers! Includes warm-up activities, stretching, flexibility, walking, and strength training with light hand weights. Anyone with physical limitations given special attention. Class meets Mondays from 8:00-8:50 a.m. starting September 28 at the Albany Senior Center. Cost is $89.

CARDIO DANCE WORKOUT: A refreshing alternative to traditional aerobics. Get both cardiovascular and muscular gains with beautiful dance routines. Develop strength, increase energy, burn calories, tone arms, abdominals, hips and legs. Class begins Mondays from 5:15-6:05 p.m. starting September 28 at Swanson Center. Cost is $79.

CARDIO CORE CONDITIONING: This exercise program is designed to condition the cardiovascular system, tone and strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Class meets Tuesdays from 9:00-9:50 a.m. starting September 29 at the Albany Boys & Girls Club. Cost is $69.

For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu/communityeducation, call the LBCC Albany center at 541-917-4840 or email albany@linnbenton.edu.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Community Education Fall Computer & Photography Classes

LBCC Albany Community Education has a variety of computer and photography classes to enhance your skills starting the week of September 28 at the LBCC Albany campus.

COMPUTER CLASSES:

EXCEL – INTRO TO SPREADSHEETS: Excel spreadsheets are the best way to organize and analyze numeric and text-based data. Topics include working with templates and how to enter and format data and text using basic formulas, functions, charts, graphics, photos and hyperlinks. Each class consists of interactive lectures, demos, and hands-on practice. Recommended: Introductory computer class or equivalent experience. This four-week class meets Tuesday from 6:30-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 6. Cost is $59.

BUYING AND SELLING ONLINE: Are you interested in starting an online business or are you ready to sell those unwanted items collecting dust? Learn how to effectively use Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy. Explore shopping options and popular marketplace services while learning to create ads to attract buyers and other strategies to get results and protect you as both buyer and seller. Basic computer needed. This three-week class meets Mondays from 6-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 12. Cost is $59. 
                                                                                                     
PERSONAL COMPUTERS ESSENTIALS: For those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction. Designed to go at an easy pace. Includes identifying the various parts of the computer, how to turn it on and off and use the mouse and keyboard. Also introduces working with Windows, and a brief intro to email and the Internet. This four-week class meets Mondays from 6-7:50 p.m. starting Sept. 28. Cost is $69.

MAC ESSENTIALS I: Get the most from your Mac. Understand the essential elements of its operating system, discover the basic layout of OS X, and learn tips and shortcuts for navigating your computer, as well as the basics of word processing and printing. Detailed handouts supplement media presentations. Intended for new Mac users, laptops are welcome but not essential. This three-week class meets Thursdays from 6:30-8:20 p.m. starting Oct. 1. Cost is $59.

APPLE IPHONE I: Get to know your iPhone's basic functions and useful features. Explore the touch screen interface, type with the intelligent keyboard, setup your email account, and confidently manage your preferences in the setting menu. Take advantage of standard iPhone tools (camera, maps, notes, and music) and download new apps from the App Store. Class meet Tuesdays from 6-7:50 p.m. starting Sept. 29. Cost is $59.

ONLINE COMPUTER CLASSES:

WORD Level I, II, III, EXCEL Level I, II, III, POWERPOINTt, COMPTIA Security and more are available online starting September 28.

ONLINE ADVERTISING: Get the keys to making online advertising work for you and your organization.  See how pay-per-click advertising with Google AdWords works. Find out how to test low budget Adword campaigns. Learn how you can target local audiences. Then discover Facebook advertising and how you can determine the demographics and even numbers of people you want to reach. No experience necessary, but if you are at an advanced level, your instructor can answer your toughest questions as well. Online class held over four weeks. Cost is $195. Register online at: http://bit.ly/LBCConlineclass

GOOGLE ANALYTICS: Aimed at non-technical users, this class takes you through all the key techniques and how to use website analytics using the world-standard Google Analytics, a free online tool. Understand your visitor traffic better, learn how to calculate return on investment (ROI) for your online advertising, and find out how to get more conversions and sales from your website visitors. A must for anyone serious about leveraging more success from their website. Held online over four weeks. Cost is $195. Register online at: http://bit.ly/LBCConlineclass.

PHOTOGRAPHY

ENHANCE YOUR DIGITAL SLR SKILLS: Have fun creatively using your digital SLR. Maximize your camera's features beyond full auto setting to get the affects you desire. Get feedback as you learn the basics, and practice controlling exposure, stopping action, portraiture, landscape, and HDR (High Dynamic Range), using depth of field to your advantage. Work with Photoshop Elements for photo editing and enhancement. Bring your camera and manual, your favorite lenses, fully charged battery, transfer cable and media card to class. Class meets Wednesdays from 6-8:20 p.m. starting Oct. 7. Cost is $79.


For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu/communityeducation, or contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840 or by email at albany@linnbenton.edu.

EDI Director Javier Cervantes Completes NCCHC Fellows Program

Javier Cervantes
Javier Cervantes, director of the Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Linn-Benton Community College, has received a certification of completion from the National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Fellows Program.

Cervantes, of Albany, works to prepare students, staff, faculty and local communities to live in an increasingly diverse society and workforce, and works on issues of equity, cultural fluency, capacity and competency, and increasing access and retention of underrepresented and diverse populations at the college level.

“I am pleased to bring back a greater knowledge of how national issues in community colleges across America are really localized for LBCC,” said Cervantes.

One in five K-8 students in the LBCC service district are Latino, noted Cervantes, and statistics show a greater stratification in achievement gaps for Latino students in colleges’ both nationally and locally.

Cervantes also noted that our demographic is changing and becoming increasingly Latino, and that many of the issues that Oregon and LBCC are encountering parallel national trends.

“LBCC is working to become a ‘college of choice’ for Latinos,” said Cervantes. “My Fellows designation expands where and who we can call upon for best practices on these complex issues, and gives me access to a network of people who have been tackling this work head-on and getting results.”

Established more than 20 years ago by the University of San Diego, the 10-day NCCHC Fellows Program provides training, preparation and support of Hispanic leaders in America's community colleges, providing an opportunity to continue in their professional growth.

Cervantes also serves as the co-chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Consortium of Oregon Community Colleges, and was recently appointed chair of the Albany Human Relations Commission.

Cervantes has an associate’s degree from East Los Angeles College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree from Portland State University, and has substantial credit toward his doctorate degree in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Benton Center Fall Community Education Classes

LBCC Benton Center offers the following photography and computer classes designed to enhance your personal and professional skills starting the week of Sept. 28. 

PERSONAL COMPUTER ESSENTIALS I: This class is for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction. Designed to go at an easy pace. Includes identifying the various parts of the computer, how to turn it on and off and use the mouse and keyboard. Also introduces working with Windows 7, and a brief intro to email and the Internet. This three-week class meets Tuesdays from 1-2:50 p.m. starting Sept. 29 at the LBCC Benton Center. Cost is $49.

APPLE IPHONE: Get to know your iPhone's basic functions and useful features. Explore the touchscreen interface, type with the intelligent keyboard, setup your email account, and confidently manage your preferences in the Settings menu. Take advantage of standard iPhone Apps (Camera, Maps, Notes, and Music) and download new apps from the App Store. Suitable for iPhone beginners, using any generation of iPhone device. This four-week class meets Thursdays from 3 to 4:50 p.m. starting Oct. 1. Cost is $59.

APPLE IPAD I:  Get the most from your iPad through understanding the essential elements of its operating system. Learn tips and shortcuts for using the iPad's virtual keyboard, organizing your desktop icons, how to quit open apps and restart your iPad when needed. Course material also applies to iPhone and iPod Touch. Class meets Mondays from 7 to 8:50 p.m. starting Sept. 28. Cost is $49.

MAC ESSENTIALS I:  Get the most from your Mac and learn the essential elements of its operating system, discover the basic layout of OS X, and learn tips and shortcuts for navigating your computer, as well as the basics of word processing and printing. For new Mac users. Class meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m. starting Sept. 30. Cost is $49.

BUYING AND SELLING ONLINE: Get ready to sell those unwanted items or start an online business by learning how to effectively use Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy. Explore shopping options and popular marketplace services while learning to create ads to attract buyers and other strategies to get results and protect you as both buyer and seller. Class meets Mondays from 5 to 6:50 p.m. starting Sept. 28. Cost is $59. 
              
GOOGLE APPS FOR YOU: Learn some of the most widely used online tools and how to organize, collaborate and communicate with Google Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Voice and more. Improve utilization of docs, spreadsheets, presentations and forms for business and/or personal needs in this hands-on course. This four-week class meets Wednesdays from 5 to 6:50 p.m. starting Oct. 7. Cost is $69.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS: Aimed at non-technical users, learn key techniques and how to use website analytics using the world-standard Google Analytics, a free online tool. Understand your visitor traffic better, learn how to calculate return on investment (ROI) for your online advertising, and find out how to get more conversions and sales from your website visitors. A must for anyone serious about leveraging more success from their website. Starting Oct. 5, this online class will be offered over four weeks. Participate at your own pace. Cost is $195. Details and registration at: http://bit.ly/LBCConlineclass.

PHOTOGRAPHY- SPORTS ACTION SHOTS: Learn to tell the story of the event from beginning to end, drawing your audience into the action for years to come. Understand the techniques and tools needed to take the images you see in newspapers and magazines of local and professional sporting events. Bring your own digital camera. Course includes a hands-on photography field trip.     Three-week class meets Tuesdays from 5 to 6:50 p.m. starting Sept. 29. Cost is $49.

CLOSE UP/MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY:  Designed for those intrigued by close-up photos of flowers, insects, textures, and other intricate subjects in the world around you. Discover how to master the art and science, techniques and tools, of close-up/macro photography. Find out how highly acclaimed photographers capture those breath-taking images and then create your own beautiful macro photographs. Class meets Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 9:20 p.m., Saturday, Oct.  3, from 9 to 10:50 a.m., and again Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 9:20 p.m. Cost is $59.

PHOTOGRAPHY: VIVID WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPES. Capture your experience in your own backyard or at the local wildlife preserve. Develop your creative vision as you explore techniques related to composition, lighting and perspective. Understand the basics of capturing motion and macro-photography. Bring your digital camera. Course includes a hands-on photography field trip. Three-week class meets Tuesdays from 5 to 6:50 p.m. starting Oct. 13. Cost is $49.

YOUR DIGITAL SLR CAMERA will help you find out ways to use your brand new or older digital SLR camera more effectively and creatively. Maximize your camera's features beyond full auto to get the effects you desire. Practice using the f-stop for depth of field, stopping the action of fast moving events and make it look like a pro took every picture. Includes a photo shoot to apply what you have learned and work with Adobe Photoshop Elements for simple photo editing and enhancement. Class meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m. starting Oct. 7. Cost is $79.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TRAINING: This series of online IT training classes aimed at launching a potentially lucrative, high demand career as a certified computer technician, network technician, or systems/network security analyst, and can be started and completed at any time throughout the term.
                                                      
For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu/communityeducation, or contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944 or email at corvallis@linnbenton.edu.

Friday, September 18, 2015

LBCC Offers QuickBooks Classes

Learn the basics of QuickBooks in classes offered through Linn-Benton Community College Small Business Development Center.

Guided Tour QuickBooks is a four-hour class designed for those with no previous experience using a computer-based accounting system. 

Class will meet on September 29 and October 1, from 2 to 3:50 p.m. in the LBCC Forum building, room F-202, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Cost for this non-credit class is $79.  

QuickBooks I class is designed to help you set up an accounting system using QuickBooks 2015. This 10-hour class will meet on October 6, 8, 13, 15, and 20, from 2 to 3:50 p.m., in the Forum building, room F-202. Cost for this non-credit class is $219.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929, or see our website linnbenton.edu/sbdc.


LBCC Oregon Construction Contractors Board Education

Oregon Construction Contractors Board Education (CCB) will be offered through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College.

This five session course will meet September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, from 6-10 p.m., on the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center room CC-213.

The course is required for CCB licensing as part of the education requirement before taking the State of Oregon CCB exam. Participants are required to attend all five of the state-approved sessions to satisfy the educational requirement for Oregon contractor licensing.

Topics include employer requirements and employee rights, Oregon lien and contract law, taxes/recordkeeping, best business practices, project and time management, estimating and scheduling, building codes, OR-OSHA requirements, job site safety, environmental laws, and test taking strategies in compliance with ORS 701-280. 

Advance registration is required by Sept. 25. Cost for the five sessions is $329 and includes a copy of the 11th Edition of the Oregon Contractors Reference Manual.

Register at LBCC, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, Room LM-126, with your photo ID and payment.

LBCC Pesticides Laws & Safety, Private Applicator Classes Offered in Spanish

Pesticide Laws and Safety class in Spanish will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College.

Designed to prepare senior agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exam, classes provide in-depth training, including extra coaching in math and calibration skills.

Pesticide Laws and Safety in Spanish will be held October 1 and 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, both days, at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-203/205 Cost is $119.

Pesticide Private Applicator in Spanish will be held November 5, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and November 6, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-213. Cost is $119.

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 LBCC’s Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929.

Lebanon & Sweet Home Center Fall Community Education Classes Start Sept. 28

The following Lebanon and Sweet Home area LBCC Community Education classes will start the week of September 28.

Calligraphy: Introduction to calligraphy and the formal or cursive italic lettering system. Meets Tuesdays starting Sept. 29, 1:30-3 p.m., LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. Cost is $69

Playing Music Together: Bring your stringed instrument and learn to play Bluegrass, Country and Old Time music with others. Meets Wednesdays starting Sept. 30, 6-7:50 p.m., LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $79.

Complete Country Dance: Learn a variety of couples pattern dances and line dances in this class that requires no partner. Meets Tuesdays starting Sept. 29, 6:30-7:50 p.m., Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Cost is $65.

Life Stories: Recall and recount family history in your narrative style with enhancement of detail, description and dialogue. Meets Wednesdays starting Sept. 30, 2-3:50 p.m. LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $69.

Introduction to Facebook: Perfect tor anyone, including seniors, seeking to learn the basics of connection with friends and family online. Meets Thursdays starting Oct. 1, 1-2:50 p.m., LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $59.

Canning Fruits, Jams & Jellies: Learn to select and prepare seasonal fruit and process using the basic boiling water canning technique. Meets one day only, Thursday, Oct. 8, 6-8:50 p.m., Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. Cost is $29.

Quilting: Come and join the fun as we work on doing the Bargello Twist quilt this term. Meets Thursdays starting Oct. 8, 7-7:50 p.m., Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.  Cost is $39.

Personal Computer Essentials:  A perfect class for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction. Meets Thursdays, starting Oct. 8, 6-7:50 p.m., LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. Cost is $59.

Line Dance: Learn to dance to a variety of music including Country/Western, 50’s and Latin. No partner needed. Meets Tuesdays starting Oct. 6, 1:30-2:50 p.m., Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Cost is $59.

Dog Training 1: Learn how to positively motivate your dog to respond quickly despite distractions, and to reliably come when called. Meets Thursdays starting Oct. 8, 6:30-7:20 p.m., Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.  Cost is $49.

For more information or to register, go to www.linnbenton.edu/schedule or call the Lebanon Center, 541-259-5801, or the Sweet Home Center, 541-367-6901.

LB iLearn Online announces reduction in tuition rates

Linn-Benton Community College’s LB iLearn Online has announced a reduction in program tuition rates starting this fall.

The new LB iLearn payment plan will be $200 per month for the first course, $100 per month for the second course, and $50 per month for any additional courses, down from the previous flat rate tuition of $649 per month.

LB iLearn students can start a program on any Wednesday throughout the year. Coursework is completely online, with students working at their own pace. The quicker a student can work through the coursework, the less the course will cost.

Students are provided with an online support staff. Program completion depends on how quickly the student chooses to move through the coursework.  

LB iLearn degrees and certificates include Accounting Clerk, Business Administration, Computed Tomography, Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Office Technology Skills Specialist, and Social Media Specialist. 

The online-only programs are designed to meet the needs of working adult learners who wish to switch fields, advance their careers or broaden their skills. Students can work on coursework wherever they have a computer and Internet access.

For more information, visit online at lbilearn.linnbenton.edu, email at ilearn@linnbenton.edu or call 541-917-4887.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

LBCC Galleries Feature Art Faculty Dori Bartholomew Litzer

The exhibit “Ourselves, Our Environment and Modernist Abstraction” will be on display through October 30 in the South Santiam Hall and Calapooia Center Galleries at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The body of work by LBCC art faculty member and department chair Dori Bartholomew Litzer includes colorful oil paintings that reflect “both long held interest in modernist abstraction and a compulsion to visually express sensory aspects of our environment,” said Litzer.

A reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m., in the South Santiam Hall Gallery.

Litzer’s work can be viewed online at www.dorilitzerart.com. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Monday, September 14, 2015

LBCC Fitness Classes in Lebanon & Sweet Home

Continue your fitness routine or start a new one through classes offered by Linn Benton Community College in Lebanon, Brownsville, Scio and Sweet Home starting the week of September 28.

Lebanon classes will be held at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street, and include:

Pound®: A new class combining full-body cardio with simulated drumming. Class meets Wednesdays, 6:30-7:20 p.m. Cost is $39.

Easy Cardio Fitness: This class is a beginning exercise program designed for older adults or those with health limitations. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-9:50 a.m. Cost is $69.

Zumba® Toning: Combine body sculpting techniques and specific Zumba® moves into one fun class. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:20 p.m. Cost is $69.

Better Bones and Balance®: Slow the rate of bone loss, improve your balance and coordination, & reduce your risk for falls in this great class designed for adults of all ages. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-8:50 a.m. Cost is $69, and/or Friday, 8-8:50 a.m. Cost is $39.

Yoga: Increase strength and flexibility while learning tools to calm your mind and soothe your spirit. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:20 p.m., or Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-10:50 a.m. Cost is $69.

Body Toning  and Aerobics will be held in Scio at the ZCBJ Hall, 38704 S. Main Street on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:20 a.m. This class is offers a workout program designed to tone and strengthen all major muscle groups. Cost is $89.

Aquatic Fitness will be held at the Sweet Home High School Pool, 1641 Long Street, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30-8:20 p.m. Exercises in water to stretch and strengthen the body, tone muscles, and increase flexibility. Cost is $85.

Brownsville classes will meet at the former Central Linn School District Office Gym, 331 E. Blakely, and include:

Full Body Fitness: This class incorporates multi-joint movements focusing on increasing muscle definition, core strength, and cardiovascular fitness.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-6:50 p.m. Cost is $85.

Zumba®: Zumba® fuses Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. Held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-7:50 p.m. Cost is $85.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

LBCC Holds Driver's Education Classes

A few seats are still available in Linn-Benton Community College’s Driver Education Courses.

It is a proven fact that students that take Driver Education are far less likely to get into an accident than those who do not. The Driver’s Ed courses are highly popular for teens ages 15-17 preparing to apply for a driver’s license from the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.

Register at least two days before the start dates, which are as follows: Saturday, September 19 for the Lebanon class; Wednesday, September 23 for the Corvallis class; and Thursday, September 24 for the Albany Class.

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 and original driver permit to be presented upon registration. Registration packets are available at all centers or they can be downloaded online at www.linnbenton.edu/driver-education.

Cost for the course is $265 for ages 17 and under, $445 for ages 18 and over.

For more information, visit the online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or contact LBCC Community Education, Albany at 541-917-4849 or richeym@linnbenton.edu.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Blood Draw Volunteers Needed


Linn-Benton Community College’s phlebotomy program is calling for volunteers for its annual public blood draw to help students meet their blood draw quotas before beginning work at clinical sites.

Blood draws will be held Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way, room 153.

No need to register. Cookies and juice will be provided to volunteers!

For more information, contact LBCC’s Healthcare Division at 541-917-4927.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Summer Term Honor Roll

The following students at Linn-Benton Community College earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for 12 or more graded credits during summer term, June to August 2015. These do not include pass/no pass or incomplete credits.

Students listed by hometown.

Albany, OR
Wesley E. Bartz, Megan A. Bernards, Jared Blake, Nina R. Buchovecky, Austin G. Culver, Jasmine D. Essey, Autumn B. Helenihi, Max V. Jacobsen, John M. Kotek, Shane Lissy, Bryan L. Mangrum, Jeremy J. McGonigal, Ashley R. McLeod, Efren Medina, Shandra A. Morford, Harvey E. Newell, Alejandro P. Olarra, Celeste A. Ray, Christina M. Royce, Lindsey Russell, James B. Steinbacher, Sarrha R. Uffelman, Amber M. West

Beaverton, OR
Sean Trump

Bend, OR
Amy R. Broderick, Elena A. Pressprich, Shilo R. Price

Coburg, OR
Trevor J. Read

Coos Bay, OR
Javin B. Fleshman

Corvallis, OR
James R. Cihak, Bryan L. Cotter, Jacqueline A. Fashbaugh, Tyler S. Hartman, Liping Hu, Delphine M. Le Brun Colon, Jesse D. Rose, Christopher R. Skelte, Ryan J. Thackeray

Crabtree, OR
Steven J. Dumas

Creswell, OR
Lydeea S. Kersey

Crooked River Ranch, OR
Jensen L. Neuman

Enterprise, OR
Tyler P. Warner

Eugene, OR
Snow H. Clyde, Shawna M. Hagner

Greeley, CO
Nicholas A. Thoms

Hempstead, TX
Phillip E. Dennis

Jefferson, OR
Adriann M. Dunham, Corrine A. Stone

Junction City, OR
Cole L. Newman, Michael P. Rank

Klamath Falls, OR
Daniel K. Hall

Lebanon, OR
Jason L. Bond, Melissa A. Chandler, Jeanne M. Hess, Kendal G. Libra, Corina R. Mitzel, Christopher M. Pomeroy, Heather E. Rowan, Alexander H. Wilson

Molalla, OR
Joshua C. Chorum

Philomath, OR
Sylas B. Caputo

Portland, OR
Brandon Schmuckley

Redmond, OR
Daniel Gibbons

Salem, OR
Mallory J. Hixson, Kyle S. Iv, Susan Lindsey, Laura S. Rivera, Morgan Weimer, Landon J. Wiltsey, Jill A. Wolske

Scio, OR
Amy L. Milne

Springfield, OR
Maxmiriana Johnson

Sublimity, OR
Stefanie M. Artz

Sweet Home, OR
Alyssa R. Holder, Michelle L. Keene

Tacoma, WA
Nicole Hallis

The Dalles, OR
Scotti L. Funderburg

Turner, OR
Dena C. Andersen

Veneta, OR
Peter J. Hall


Calling for Volunteer Facilitators

Space is still available to volunteer as a facilitator for group training sessions for students in health care and medical fields.

No medical experience is needed.

Pharmacy, medical assisting, nursing, physician and public health students from Linn-Benton Community College, Comp-NW Medical School and Oregon State University meet during the year in small, interdisciplinary group sessions to work on communications skills.

Volunteer facilitators help guide the students through real-life case scenarios during each session. Sessions are designed to help students communicate and work together across their varied medical disciplines.

A free information session and training will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at LBCC’s Vineyard Mt. Room, Calapooia Center, room 213, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Facilitators should be prepared to commit to approximately 15 hours of volunteer time during the sessions, which will be held October 2015 through April 2016 at LBCC’s Albany campus.

For more information or to register for the information training session, contact Estelle Henderson at 541-917-4939, or email estelle.henderson@linnbenton.edu

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Golf Tournament to take place at Mallard Creek as planned Sept. 11

The annual fundraising golf tournament benefitting the Linn-Benton Community College Foundation Education Fund will be held as planned on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon.

The fire at Mallard Creek destroyed the clubhouse, but did not affect the golf course or carts.

This year marks the 27th year for the LBCC Foundation tournament, which last year raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships, college programs and equipment, and other academic needs.  

If your team would like to participate, there is still time to register. For more information or to register, go to www.linnbenton.edu/golf or contact the LBCC Foundation office at 541-917-4209. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LBCC Professional Development Workshops

The following professional development workshops in the series “Developing World Class Employees” will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College Business and Employer Services, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, starting September 8.

Foundations of Effective Communication will be held September 8 from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Fireside Room, CC-211. It’s estimated that 85 percent of your professional success depends on the quality of your communication. Effective communication skills improve your ability to get the job done, and can make it easier to develop high quality professional relationships. 

Communication is both science and art. Not only is it important to know what to say and how to say it (science) but also when to say it and if to say it (art).

During this interactive workshop participants will learn how to:
•         Apply principles of effective communication
•         Establish and maintain rapport during interactions.
•         Recognize and utilize multiple communication styles.
•         Communicate with credibility to accomplish tasks more effectively.
•         Communicate with approachability for high quality relationships.
•         Apply positive persuasion and influence strategies.


HR 101-Essential Knowledge for every Supervisor’s Toolbox will be held October 1, 8 a.m. to Noon, in the Fireside Room, CC-211. It's not uncommon for employees to be promoted into supervisor roles with no formal training in employment legal compliance issues. Because of this, serious legal problems can arise when supervisors ask inappropriate questions, fail to properly document poor performance, or inadvertently create a hostile work environment.


This basic HR 101 presentation provides information and strategies to prevent liability in the workplace.


At this presentation you will receive training in:
•    Employment discrimination laws including Title VII,  
                ADA, ADEA, FMLA
•    Preventing the creation of a hostile work environment
•    Creating a paper trail for poor performance
•    How to avoid inappropriate and discriminatory interview questions.  


Effective Meeting and Facilitation Skills will be held October 13, 8 a.m. to Noon, in the Fireside Room, CC-211. Do you feel like you spend too much time in useless meetings? Meetings don’t have to be dull, boring and unproductive. 


Learn the common problems of meetings and how to solve them, and how to facilitate meetings that result in improved goal setting, decision-making and that support teams in working as a unit. 


This session provides tools to become a more effective facilitator and includes these key meeting leader strategies:
•    Learn about the role of the facilitator and how to manage the expectations of meeting participants
•    Identify the characteristics of effective meetings
•    Determine when to have meetings, when not to have meetings, and learn some effective alternatives to meetings
•    Learn how to facilitate 6 main types of meetings
•    Practice strategies that successful leaders use to engage participants and overcome common meeting problems
•    Learn to lead a stand up meeting

Cost for each four-hour workshop is $89 per person, or $79 each for three or more from one company. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923 or 541-917-4926.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

LBCC Foundations of Business Success Class

The class Foundations of Business Success will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College beginning September 22.

Learn how to create and assess a business plan for a start-up or new business in this 10 week course.  Additional topics include: financial management, pricing, cash flow, marketing, sales, legal topics, insurance needs, bookkeeping systems, market research, and exploring the lifestyle of a business owner.  One-on-one advising included.

A free orientation will be held Tuesday, September 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LBCC Benton Center campus, in Corvallis, room BC-107.

The 10-week class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. beginning September 22. Cost is based on income. The fee is determined and paid at orientation.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929, or see our website www.linnbenton.edu/sbdc.

Free Veterinary Assistant Information Sessions

Free information sessions will be held in September and October on the Veterinary Assistant Program at Linn-Benton Community College for those interested in training to become a Veterinary Assistant.

Information sessions will be held Monday, September 14 at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 6 at 2 p.m., and Thursday, October 15 at 11 a.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center, room CC-212. No preregistration needed to attend.

The 17-week LBCC Veterinary Assistant Program starts Jan. 4 and runs through April 29, 2016. Skill areas covered include basic education and experience in common disease states, commonly used medical and surgical techniques, and an introduction to hospital management, business procedures and radiation safety.

Cost for the program is $5,000. The program is eligible for financial aid. Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at www.linnbenton.edu/bulletins. For more information, contact LBCC Healthcare Division at 541-917-4923.