Showing posts from September, 2016

LBCC Family Resource & Education one of two programs chosen to present at national meeting

Linn-Benton Community College Family Resource and Education Center was one of two Oregon programs chosen to present at the national Early Childhood Funders Collaborative meeting held in Portland last week.

LBCC along with the Gladstone Center for Children and Families were chosen to showcase their work on early childhood and family education projects.

Recommended by the Oregon Early Learning Department of the Oregon Department of Education, LBCC showcased its regional work to bring the Parenting Education Hub, Early Learning Hub and Coordinated Care Organization in Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties together to improve outcomes for young children.

The national meeting, hosted by the Oregon Community Foundation, included representatives from 21 foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

LBCC Family Resource and Education Center staff that presented at the conference included Krist…

LBCC Community Education Classes in Lebanon & Sweet Home

A variety of community education classes from how to use a computer to improving your memory to art and dance are being offered through Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers this fall.

Personal Computer Essentials I is for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction at an easy pace. Introduces working with Windows 7 and a brief introduction to email and the Internet. Class meets Tuesdays from 6-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 4 at the Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. Cost is $59.

Brain Boosters: Awaken Your Memory workshop will help stimulate your brain power to recall events in effective and fun ways. Learn useful techniques to improve and deepen your ability to remember past moments in more detail. Class meets Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 9-11:50 a.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center. Cost is $29.

A Pet Portrait Painting workshop will guide you through painting your favorite pet or furry friend. No experience necessary. Workshop will b…

DH Story: LBCC Diesel Program Readies for New Facility

Driving their futures: LBCC's diesel students get ready for new facility
by Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat-Herald 
Photo: David Patton, Albany Democrat-Herald

LEBANON — According to the calendar, Monday was the first day of class for students at Linn-Benton Community College. But to diesel program students, it actually felt closer to Christmas Eve.

On Wednesday, the students will get to move into the newly completed building for the Heavy Equipment Diesel program at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center, part of the LBCC Lebanon branch.

In the meantime, they spent part of Monday touring the grounds and at least getting a look at the new 37,000-square-foot building from the outside.

"They're excited. They can't wait to get in there," said Bryan Schiedler, department chairman of Transportation Technology. "It's almost like it's Christmastime for them."

The community college's emphasis on its industrial programs has drawn increased en…

LBCC launches new Healthy Back class

LBCC is launching a new class designed to help strengthen your back to prevent injury.

The class “Healthy Back” provides exercises to help you improve your flexibility and strengthen neck and back muscles that support the spine.

Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-3:50 p.m. starting Sept. 27 at LBCC's Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave. Cost is $89.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at, email or call LBCC Community Education at 541-917-4840.

LBCC Summer Term Honor Roll now posted

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 2016. These do not include pass/no pass or incomplete credits.

Marco Alvarado, Dena C. Andersen, Stefanie M. Artz, Matthew A. Aulerich, Holly R. Baker, Robert J. Balcom, Jessica L. Ball, Stephen Balogh, Brittani R. Bauer, Austin G. Bitz, Jared Blake, Charles C. Burbank, Jeanne M. Burrows, Lyndee L. Center, Amy C. Decker, Nellie M. Doetsch, Marion T. Erlich, Emily D. Everetts, Joel O. Fontanos, Elise K. Fournier, Christopher Gagneaux, Robert Hancock, Samantha I. Hergenroeder, Edgardo R. Hernandez, Mallory J. Hixson, Veronika R. Hodgson, Leta J. Howell, Max V. Jacobsen, Hailey M. Jones, Billie J. Jungling, Michelle Kavanaugh, Kylee Keife, Brandi L. Kubishta, Aubrey T. Lagrimas, Katie R. Larkin, Russell R. Larrabee, Brenda S. Leder, Thomas Lilly, Krystal Lonien, Jeffrey A. Mahoney, Julia R. Maling, Bryan L. Mangrum, Esthe…

Insider Staff News

This year’s Welcome Day was a huge success, with an estimated 500-700 students passing through campus. Student Services reports that 120 students turned in their completed scavenger hunt forms - a 100 percent increase over last year! Students were able to connect with services, clubs, faculty, staff and each other as they made their way around campus, attended Destination Graduation classes, bought their books and found their class rooms for fall term.

The Career and Counseling Center has changed its name to the Advising Center. The center will
continue its great work with students, with a focus on three main services: advising assigned first year AAOT, AGS and undecided majors; career development and exploration including Cooperative Work Experience; and student well-being for all students. In addition, five new advising faculty and staff were hired over the summer. Carrie Randall will serve as the Academic Advising Coordinator, a new position. New advisor Leela Magdaleno will split …

Athletics Mural Dedication Ceremony set for Sept. 28

A ceremony to dedicate a new athletics mural recently completed at Linn-Benton Community College will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college Athletics Center building on the west side of campus.

World-renowned mural artist Rip Cronk was commissioned by the college Art and Aesthetics Team to design and paint the larger-than-life mural, which measures 27 feet high by 145 feet wide and took approximately four months to complete.

The mural features four current LBCC student athletes: Samantha Rouleau, Volleyball; Tyger Liner, Men’s Basketball; Kyia Duvall, Women’s Basketball; and Kendrick Abraham, Baseball.

LBCC President Dr. Greg Hamann will speak at Noon. Community members will have an opportunity to meet the artist and featured student athletes. Refreshments will be served.

The dedication is free and open to the public.

LBCC fun community classes start Sept. 26 in Lebanon

LBCC offers a variety of fun classes for fall starting Sept. 26 in Lebanon.

Playing Music Together class helps you gain confidence in your stringed instrument skills as you learn to play Bluegrass, Country and Old Time music with others.

Class meets Wednesdays from 6-7:50 p.m. starting Sept. 28 at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $79.

Life Stories class helps you tell your own life stories and those of your family members. Recall and recount family history in your own narrative style with enhancement of detail, description and dialogue.

Class meets Wednesdays from 2-3:50 p.m. starting Sept. 28 at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $69.

Dog Training class helps you learn how to positively motivate your dog to respond quickly despite distractions and to reliably come when called. Veterinary shot records and dog history form are required. Email for forms.

Class meets Tuesdays from 6:30-7:20 p.m. starting Sept. 27 at the Lebanon Sen…

Free Community Education classes offered in Lebanon, Sweet Home

Linn-Benton Community College is offering several free community education classes starting Sept. 24 in Lebanon and Sweet Home.

The class “New to Medicare?” covers Medicare Parts A,B,C,D. Learn the basics of Medicare, including the history and add-ons that can be challenging to understand.

This free class is presented by SHIBA, LBCC, and OCWCOG. Preregistration required by calling 541-812-0849 or email Class meets Saturday, Sept 24 from 10-11:50 a.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

The free class Santiam Kalapuya Molala Indians explores the life-ways of these Indians prior to the Caucasian invasion. First class meets in the classroom to cover pre-history of the people of Western Oregon. Second class is a field trip to Cascadia Cave, an important site to Santiam Kalapuyans, where you’ll examine traditional cultural resources and discuss restoration opportunities.

Class meets Monday, Sept. 26 from 1-2:50 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-1:50 p.m. at …

Variety of adult fitness classes in Lebanon, Sweet Home Brownsville & Scio starting Sept. 26.

Easy Cardio Fitness is a beginning level exercise program for general fitness and body trimming. Designed for older adults, those with health limitations or those who want a gentle workout of stretching, range of motion exercises and modified cardio movements.

Class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-9:50 a.m. starting Sept. 26 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street. Cost is $99.

Better Bones and Balance class lets you reap the benefits OSU Bone Research. Lab studies have shown that this exercise program significantly slows the rate of bone loss in adults of all ages. Improve your balance, flexibility and coordination while increasing your muscle tone and overall body fitness.

Class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-8:50 a.m. starting Sept. 26 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street. Cost is $99.

Yoga increases your strength and flexibility while providing tools to calm your mind and soothe your spirit. Learn poses that develop balance, proper brea…

LBCC to offer more classes in collaboration with Mennonite Village

In an effort to bring area residents additional services, Linn-Benton Community College and the Mennonite Village are working together to offer more classes and workshops at the Mennonite Village’s Lakeside Center.

"We've had excellent participation in classes we've held at Mennonite Village and facility coordinators have invited us to offer more," shared Chris Nystrom, director of LBCC Community Education. "We have the ability to easily expand to various offsite facilities throughout Linn and Benton counties where groups may want classes. It makes it easier for customers of LBCC's community education programs to take classes when they can be conveniently offered at a local facility."

The following classes will meet at the Mennonite Village Lakeside Center.

Brain Boosters: Recent discoveries in brain science have shown that at any age, our brains improve when stimulated and exercised. Learn techniques to energize and enhance your memory and cognitive func…

LBCC Computer Training Classes in Albany

Computer training classes start next week in Albany

Basic computer training classes will be held starting next week through LBCC Albany Community Education.

Buying and Selling on EBay shopping options and popular marketplace services. Learn to create ads that attract buyers and other strategies to get results and protect you as both buyer and seller.

This three-week class meets Mondays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting September 26t at the Albany Senior Center. Cost is $69.

Excel I offers the basics of Microsoft's spreadsheet program, including construction of formulas for math calculations, sorting and basic functions for personal or professional use. Basic computer skills are required. 

This three-week meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting September 27 at the LBCC Albany Campus. Cost is $59.

IPhone/IPad class provides step-by-step instruction on your iPhone or iPad. Learn how to navigate basic functions, change settings, access the Internet, open and close apps and other tools.

LBCC offering three additional “Better Bones and Balance” classes

LBCC has added three additional “Better Bones and Balance” classes in Albany and Corvallis starting this fall.

The college currently offers more than 20 “Better Bones and Balance” classes throughout Linn and Benton Counties.

The newest Albany class will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 11 weeks from 7 to 7:50 a.m. starting September 26 at Legacy Ballet, 104 Main St SE, Albany.

Two new classes were also added in Corvallis, with the first meeting Mondays and Wednesdays for 11 weeks from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. starting September 26 at First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Rd, Corvallis.

The second class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for 11 weeks from 8 to 8:50 a.m. starting September 27 at Oddfellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.

Class participants benefit from OSU research that shows a slowing of the rate of bone loss in adults of all ages through. Classes focus on improving balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls and increasing muscle and overall body fitne…

LBCC lead testing results

LBCC shuts water off at eight sinks following lead testing

Linn-Benton Community College has shut off water to eight sinks at three of its facilities where lead in the water exceeded Environmental Protection Agency actionable levels.

The college tested 171 water sources where people might draw drinking water across all of its locations. Of the eight that exceeded EPA limits, five of the sinks were located at the Albany campus, two at the downtown center in Lebanon, and one in the basement of the Benton Center in Corvallis.

The sinks will remain shut off until they are re-plumbed and retested in coming weeks, according to Dave Henderson, vice president for Finance and Operations. Testing was done using EPA guidelines, which call for the water to remain stagnant in the lines for at least 8 hours.

The college decided to test its water after reports of lead issues at other educational facilities, Henderson said.

“We’re glad we tested,” said Henderson. “Our issues are relatively easy to fi…

New Beer & Brushes classes offered at local brewpubs

Two local brewpubs will host "Beer and Brushes," a new art class offered this fall through LBCC Community Education.

Explore your artistic talent while enjoying the brewery atmosphere. Get step-by-step instruction, supplies, and your first glass of beer for inspiration (or age appropriate beverage). No experience necessary.

Calapooia Brewery in Albany will host class Friday, Sept. 30 from 6 to 8:50 p.m., and Mazama Brewing in Corvallis will host class Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Cost is $39 for each class, which includes supplies.

For more information or to register, contact Linn-Benton Community College Community Education at or call 541-917-4840.

Pesticides Laws & Safety in Spanish class held Sept. 29 & 30

Pesticide Laws and Safety class in Spanish will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College Sept. 29 and 30.

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.  Course may be used for recertification credits.

Pesticide Laws and Safety in Spanish meets September 29 and 30, from 8 a.m. to noon both days, at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-203/205 Cost is $119.

LBCC offers ODA exams at an additional cost of $58 each. For test dates, see the METRO web site at 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.

Dedication Party Sept. 28 for Athletic Mural

A new, larger-than-life athletics mural is nearing completion on the east side of the Activities Center building.

A dedication party will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 starting at 11:30 a.m. at the AC building.

Participants can meet the artist, world-renowned mural artist Rip Cronk, and the student athletes Kyia Duvall, Women’s Basketball; Kendrick Abraham, Men’s Basketball; Tyger Liner, Baseball; and Samantha Rouleau, Volleyball.

Cronk was commissioned by the college to design and paint this larger-than-life mural, which is 27 feet high by 145 feet wide.

LBCC Closed Wednesday, Sept. 14 for Inservice

LBCC and all centers will be closed Wednesday, September 14 for all staff Inservice day. Normal operations will resume Thursday, September 15.

LBCC Driver Ed classes start September 19

Driver Education classes held through Linn-Benton Community College will start September 19.

According to statistics, students who take Driver Education are far less likely to get into an accident than those who don't. LBCC Driver’s Ed courses are highly popular for teens ages 15-17 preparing to apply for a driver’s license. 

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.

Upon successful completion of the course, students under the age of 18 may qualify for a car skills testing waiver when obtaining their driver’s license. 

Classes will be held in Albany and Lebanon. Cost is $265 for ages 17 and under, $445 for ages 18 and over. Register early, space is limited.

Registration requirements include completed packet, fee and original driver permit to be presented upon registration. Registration packets are available at all centers or onl…