Thursday, September 29, 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 Kristi May, Early Learning Hub manager, Jerri Wolfe, Parenting Education and Family Connections faculty chair, and Kris Wessel, project manager for a new initiative underway called the Pollywog Project.

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 be held Monday, Oct. 3 from 9-11:50 a.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, and from 1:30-4:20 p.m. at the LBCC Sweet Home Center. Cost is $39.

Quilters Workshop is for all ability levels. Learn to combine two traditional patterns, the tulip and the log cabin, to make a medallion style quilt. Class meet Thursdays from 7-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 13 at the Sweet Home High School. Cost is $39.

Complete Country Dance, Beginning teaches a variety of couple’s pattern dances and line dances in this combination class. No partner needed. Class meets Tuesdays from 6:30-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 4 at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $45.

Complete Country Dance, Beyond Beginning is a continuation of the beginning class, and starts Nov. 1.

Line Dance class provides dance instruction to a variety of music including Country/Western, 50’s and Latin. No partner needed. Class meets Tuesdays from 1:30-2:50 p.m. starting Oct. 4 at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $65.

For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu, email at Lebanon@linnbenton.edu or sweethome@linnbenton.edu, or call the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DH Story: LBCC Diesel Program Readies for New Facility

Bryan Schiedler, LBCC Transportation Technology
faculty chair, talks about new diesel training building.
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 enrollment. Out at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center, an additional first-year diesel program is beginning this year, doubling the first-year class to two. Next year, the college will offer two classes each of the first-year and second-year programs.

Enrollment is also up at LBCC overall for fall term. As of Monday morning, the count was up 0.4 percent overall from last year and 2.5 percent for full-time-equivalent students, said Dale Stowell, executive director of Advancement/Foundation.

Stowell said that translates to a total of 7,850 actual bodies, 1,667 of them full time, for all four campuses: Albany, Sweet Home, Lebanon and Corvallis. New students this year: 2,212 compared to last year's 1,962.

Monday and today, diesel classes were to meet in the automotive portion of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center while the finishing touches are put on the new diesel building and Innovation Center.

The $5.7 million project was supposed to be ready in time for classes to start — and it almost was, Schiedler said.

Just a few small jobs remained Monday, including completing the flooring so that equipment can be moved in, checking all the electronic and networking systems to make sure everything works properly, receiving the fire marshal's OK for a temporary occupancy permit and installing the rolling doors.

"When we talked to the contractor, he said we'll have them in three weeks. Well, their three weeks was eight weeks," Schiedler said with a sigh. However, he said, the doors will be in place by the time of the center's grand opening celebration, planned for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the center, 2000 W. Oak St.

The new building will house classrooms, lab space, storage and shop floors for both the diesel program and for the Innovation Center, a place for industry partners looking for a space to check equipment or train employees.

Diesel students had been taking classes on the Albany campus, but moving them to Lebanon will benefit everyone, Schiedler said. Not only will diesel and auto programs benefit from the efficiency of a shared campus, the move frees up space in Albany to expand welding and machine tool programs.

"All the industrial programs are going to benefit from this," Schiedler said.
The idea to expand the college's automotive program through an Advanced Transportation Technology Center dates back to 2008.

The Technology Center's first building — the renovated PACE manufacturing site — opened for classes in the fall of 2013. Construction of the Heavy Equipment Diesel Program/Innovation Center was made possible in part through $2 million from a $34 million bond measure that voters passed in 2014.

The new building is the last step in the project, at least for now, Schielder said.
Increasingly, LBCC is working with partners in the transportation industry to maintain vehicles that run on fuels other than traditional petroleum products. The new building expands on that ability, Schiedler said.

If a vehicle is leaking gas or diesel, that fuel falls to the floor, so shops are equipped to handle a downward leak, he said. But a vehicle powered by compressed natural gas — CNG — has to be treated differently because its fuel leaks drift upward instead.

Working on a vehicle such as the Freightliner Sd-114 parked outside the Technology Center on Monday means having a shop equipped with special vents and a detector system that will open doors and kick on fans if it picks up a methane leak, Schiedler said. "That's one thing our old building could never do."

LBCC works closely with leaders in the transportation industry to train students on what those programs will need, he went on. In turn, the employers snap those students up as fast as they can get them.

"Half of the students already have a job before they start," Schiedler said.

At the Technology Center, students will be working this year on brand-new Isuzu truck engines, one diesel and one gasoline, donated by FMI Trucks. If they can learn their way around those engines, Isuzu has jobs available for all of them, Schiedler said.

"The whole thing is getting quality people, so they can help keep that customer service in a positive tone. We're working with industries to help meet that goal," he said.

Of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center as a whole, he said: "We've really worked to make this make sense, not only for us and the students but for the industry."

Story at:
http://democratherald.com/news/local/education/driving-their-futures-lbcc-s-diesel-students-get-ready-for/article_52925fdc-af69-5bfe-a550-806d1796bc75.html#utm_source=democratherald.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Fdaily-headlines%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=AA69CE2A75BD699F1A55A9E8C068938676C86744

Monday, September 26, 2016

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 www.linnbenton.edu, email albany@linnbenton.edu 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, Esther Matthews, Joshua S. McClure, Jacob C. McGarry, Eva M. Mcmasters, Corina R. Mitzel, Cierra N. Moreland, Shandra A. Morford, Brian W. Morrissette, Jensen L. Neuman, Harvey E. Newell, Cole L. Newman, Paige M. Noonan, Ashley B. Olmsted, Larry J. Petty, Taylor J. Poppitz, Isaias Rabeca, Kevin Rambo, Tatiana Ramirez, Michael P. Rank, Celeste A. Ray, Ellie Ritson, Christopher D. Rovelli, Lindsey Russell, Stephen J. Sandridge, Madison Schrage, Colleen R. Shaw, Daisha Sherwood, Christopher R. Skelte, Felicia M. Sloan, Amy M. Smalley, Bobby Staneart, Erica W. Steele, Alyssa L. Stillian, Quinton R. Swank Jr, Shawna R. Thibert, McKayla A. Wagner, Shayne Wagner, Ruoyu Wang, Iam P. Wassman, Kaitlin M. Woosley, Tyler R. Yegerlehner, Tsering Youdon, Yanlin Zhu

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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
Photo, left to right: Rob Camp, Lisa Hoogesteger,
Carrie Randall, Liz Pessaran, and Leela Magdaleno.
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 her time between academic advising, career advising and improvement of career development with partner high schools. New advisor Lisa Hoogesteger will split her time between academic advising, career advising and launching LBCC Student Well-Being initiatives and programs. Liz Pessaran was hired as a part-time Career and Employment Specialist, working primarily at the Benton Center and Lebanon Center. And Rob Camp was hired as an advising assistant for the center.

A new security device called a LockBlok was installed on most classroom and main campus doors over the summer. LockBlok keeps classroom and building doors in lock-ready mode while allowing access in and out. LockBlok can be set to the edge of the door to prevent it from completely closing and locking. In the event of a lockdown on campus, or when you are finished in the classroom, move LockBlok back over toward its bracket to allow the door to fully close, which engages the lock. No need to search for keys to lock the door. Please make sure to double check that the door is closed and locked when you leave.

A dedication party for the new athletics mural on the east side of the Activities Center building
will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The college Art and Aesthetics Team commissioned world-renowned mural artist Rip Cronk 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 LBCC student athletes: Samantha Rouleau, Volleyball; Tyger Liner, Baseball; Kyia Duvall, Women’s Basketball; and Kendrick Abraham, Men's Basketball. President Hamann will speak at Noon. Come out, enjoy some refreshments and meet the artist and featured students athletes!

LB iLearn Online reached two milestones over the summer. They have now served over 100 students, with 72 current students, and they had their first student graduate from a certificate program. So far, the course completion rate is at 86 percent, and iLearn looks forward to continuing that trend. For those interested in taking an iLearn course or program, professional development dollars can be used to defray costs. More details

The Lebanon Center underwent a few minor construction changes over the summer. A new Public Safety Office was constructed, and will be staffed once the new Healthcare Occupations Center is open in the spring of 2017. In addition, some minor improvements took place in the LC-153 lab classroom used by the Certified Medical Assistant program. A large garage door was removed and replaced by a wall, and acoustic tiles were installed to eliminate echo. The CMA program will continue to use LC-153 until they move to the new HOC building, at which time the Veterinary Assistant program will move into LC-153, which, according to Lebanon Center Coordinator Bev Dunigan, is where they started many years ago.

Several LBCC staff members gave up part of their Saturday this summer to participate in the Dirty Dash held in Albany July 16. The dash raises funds to support FeedONE, which benefits local children. Team members included: Michael Dowless, Network Systems Specialist, Shelly Ellingson, Software Systems Specialist, Amanda Kliever, Executive Assistant to the president, Kimberly Kopplien, Instructional Technologist, Vern Smith, Network Administrator and Lena Spencer, Information Services Secretary. Great job gettin' dirty, team!




The Insider published by: LBCC Advancement Office
Writer/Editor: Lori Fluge-Brunker, Communications Specialist
LBCC Advancement Marketing Office

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.


Mural artist Rip Cronk puts finishing touches on AC mural.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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 lebanon@linnbenton.edu for forms.

Class meets Tuesdays from 6:30-7:20 p.m. starting Sept. 27 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street. Cost is $49.

Digital Photography class helps you maximize features beyond auto setting to make your digital photos pop. Learn what to do to enhance photos and practice controlling exposure, lighting, and depth of field.

Class meets Tuesdays from 5:30-7:20 p.m. starting Sept. 27 at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $75.

For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu, email at Lebanon@linnbenton.edu or sweethome@linnbenton.com or call the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

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 dmode@ocwcog.org. 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 the LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St.

A free Lunch and Learn series provides a history lesson of Lebanon, including genealogy and more. Presented in partnership with the Lebanon Senior Center.

This nine-week series meets Mondays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. starting Sept. 26 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street.

For more information, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the LBCC Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

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 breathing and relaxation techniques.

Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. starting Sept. 26 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street. Cost is $69.

Body Toning and Aerobics class provides a workout program designed to tone and strengthen all major muscle groups, incorporating aerobic activity for cardio fitness. Exercise band, step platforms, yoga balls and light weights will be used to add resistance and variety to the workout.

Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:20 a.m. starting Sept. 26 at the ZCBJ Hall, 38704 S. Main St. in Scio. Cost is $89.

Aquatic Fitness class provides exercises and movements to stretch and strengthen the body, tone muscles, and increase flexibility. Develop ability to move freely and expressively in the water.

Class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30-8:20 p.m. starts Sept. 26 at the Sweet Home High School pool. Cost is $85.

Full Body Fitness class incorporates multi-joint movements focusing on increasing muscle definition, core strength, and cardiovascular fitness. May use a combination of stability balls, dumbells, and body bars for variety. Designed for all fitness levels.

Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-6:50 p.m. starting Sept. 27 at Central Linn Admin Building, 331 E. Blakely Avenue, Brownsville. Cost is $85.

Country Heat Live class combines fun with high-energy, easy to follow country-dance inspired workout. Low impact step-by-step instruction stimulates your mind and body.  Aerobic intensity and body conditioning can be adapted based on your fitness level.

Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-5:50 a.m. starting Sept. 27 and at Central Linn Admin Building, 331 E. Blakely Avenue, Brownsville. Cost is $79.

For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu, email at Lebanon@linnbenton.edu or sweethome@linnbenton.com or call the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.


Monday, September 19, 2016

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 functioning through exercises in concentration, focus, visualization, and association. Practice using senses you don't ordinarily use in order to break up your routine and increase your awareness. Tips on brain-enhancing nutrition and physical exercise are included.  Class meets Monday, September 26 from 2 to 5 p.m.  Cost is $29.

Write Your Life Story: Your own life stories and those of your family members are treasures that need to be preserved as carefully as photos. Recall and recount family history in your own narrative style with enhancement of detail, description and dialogue. Tips on publishing help you to submit articles or stories to magazines as fact or fiction. Class meets Mondays for four-weeks from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. starting October 17. Cost is $69.

Pet Portrait Painting: Unleash your inner artist while painting your favorite subject - your pet! Paint your pup, color your cat or choose any furry friend. Your instructor will guide you through this creative, fun, enjoyable experience. Bring a photo that is clear, up-close, with a well-lit background, easy to see lines and definition.  No experience necessary. Register five days before class starts and email a clear photo of your pet to Albany@linnbenton.edu or print your own 8.5 x 11" copy and bring to class. Class meets on Monday, November 14 from 1 to 3:50 p.m.  Cost is $39.

Better Bones and Balance: Reap the benefits of OSU Bone Research Lab studies. This exercise program has been shown to slow the rate of bone loss in adults of all ages. Improve your balance and coordination, reduce your risk for falls, and see an increase in muscle tone and overall body fitness. This 11-week class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 to 10:05 a.m. starting September 26. Cost is $99.

Oregon History: Take a step back in time and discover Oregon's rich history from the pioneer period, including the settlement of Northwest Indians, fur traders, mountain men, pioneers, all ethnic groups that came to Oregon, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the history of Oregon's towns and cities, and the Gold Rush era. This eight-week class meets Mondays from 9 to 10:50 a.m. starting September 26. Cost is $69.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu/ce, email albany@linnbenton.edu or call LBCC Community Education at 541-917-4840.

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.

This three-week class meets Tuesdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting October 4 at the Albany Senior Center. Cost is $59.

Personal Computer Essentials I is an easy pace class that covers identifying the various parts of the computer including turning it on and off, using the mouse and keyboard, working with Windows 7, and a brief intro to email and the Internet.

This three-week class is held on Mondays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting September 26 at Linn-Benton Community College Albany campus. Cost is $59.

LBCC also offers computer training online including: Word I, II, III; Excel I, II, III; PowerPoint; Comptia A+; Comptia Network +; Comptia Security +; Comptia Network + and more.  For more information on online classes, visit linnbenton.edu/ce. 

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

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 fitness.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu/ce, email albany@linnbenton.edu or call LBCC Community Education at 541-917-4840.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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 fix and temporarily turning water off at the sinks until we can address this issue won’t cause any significant hardships or disruptions.”

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 albany@linnbenton.edu 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 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.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

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. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

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 online at www.linnbenton.edu/driver-education.