Thursday, October 27, 2016

WebRunner, Online Schedule Unavailable Oct. 29 & 30

WebRunner and the Online Schedule of Classes will be unavailable this weekend, Oct. 29 & 30. The college is implementing much-needed upgrades and performing maintenance on its computer systems. Sites should be available again Monday morning.

AARP Driver Safety Program Offered in Lebanon and Sweet Home

Contact: LBCC Community Education, 541-259-5801

AARP Driver Safety Program will be held Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center, and Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-3:20 p.m. at the Sweet Home Police Department.

AARP’s program develops and reinforces safe driving skills and techniques. Check with your insurance company to see if completion of this class qualifies for reduced auto insurance premiums.

Cost for the class is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.

For more information or to register, contact the Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Piano Just for Fun

Media Contact: LBCC Community Education, Albany 541-917-4840

Learn to play piano in just three hours in “Piano Just for Fun” held November 19.

Taught by nationally-known pianist Donn Rochlin, this class is for the total beginner as well as classical pianist. Learn the chords and tools needed to play your favorite songs, and how to improvise freely without years of practice, how chords work in a song, and how to get more out of sheet music by reading less. 

This one-session class meets Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. Ages 16 and up are welcome. Cost is $99 and includes guide and CD.

Since 1995, Rochlin has emphasized a creative approach to playing piano that is less traditional, teaching thousands of people at colleges and universities nationwide how to play in one short session.

Rochlin notes that most of the famous classical composers were known for their improvisational skills before they were recognized as composers. In light of this fact, they taught much differently than the majority of modern teachers who emphasize rote note reading and memorization.

Rochlin goes on to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong about learning note reading but that it needs to be tempered with a creative approach that includes an understanding of improvisation and general chord theory.

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Water Main Fixed; Albany Campus to Open on Time, Wednesday, October 26

The water line at LBCC's Albany campus has been repaired. Evening classes on Albany campus are still cancelled. The college will open on time on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Home Beer Brewing Classes Start Oct. 29

Media Contact: LBCC Community Education, Albany 541-917-4840

Beer brewing classes taught by Corvallis Brewing Supply owner Joel Rea will be held through Linn-Benton Community College starting Saturday, October 29.

A three-day “Beginning Homebrewing” class explores beer styles and brewing history along with the tools and techniques used in home fermentation, from boiling the kettle to filling the bottle.  Class meets three Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:50 p.m. starting October 29 at First Alternative Co-Op, 1007 SE Third St., Corvallis. Cost is $99.
A one-day workshop “Advanced Homebrewing” provides a greater appreciation for the craft of brewing while you brew a batch of beer in an “all-grain” process. Take beginning class or get instructor approval. Workshop meets Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. at First Alternative Co-Op, 1007 SE Third St., Corvallis. Cost is $99.
For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at, email or call LBCC Community Education at 541-917-4840.

Dog training, computer skills, and country dance classes in Lebanon & Sweet Home

Media Contact: LBCC Community Education, 541-259-5801

Up your skills in dog training, computers, or country dance in classes offered through LBCC Community Education in Lebanon and Sweet Home.

“Dog Training II” helps you continue to teach your dog skills including precision heeling, new tricks and how to politely greet strangers. Class meets Tuesdays, 6:30-7:20 p.m. starting Nov. 1 at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $49.

“Complete Country Dance, Beyond Beginning” provides instruction on a variety of couple’s pattern dances and line dances. No partner required. Class meets Tuesdays, 6:30-7:50 p.m. starting Nov. 1 at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $45

“Personal Computer Essentials II” helps you expand your computer skills, including surfing the web, setting up email, exploring Facebook, and keeping your computer safe and virus free. Class meets Tuesdays, 6-7:50 p.m. starting Nov. 15 at the LBCC Sweet Home Center. Cost is $59.

For more information or to register, contact Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

“Superior Customer Service” class starts Oct. 28

Media Contact: LBCC Community Education, 541-917-4840

The class “Superior Customer Service” focuses on helping businesses enhance their "customer service" to retrain and attract new customers.

Why give ordinary customer service when you can be extraordinary? The class helps separate you from your competition by focusing on essential elements that yield big results.

We help train your staff to ensure you have all bases covered including how to ask the right questions, turn foes into friends, handle difficult situations, promote repeat business from the best customers and more.

Class meets Friday, October 28 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $49.  

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

Friday, October 21, 2016

Web Services Restored After Internet Slow-Down

LBCC Web Services have been restored following a lengthy internet interruption this morning. Moodle, WebRunner, gmail and other services are functional again. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Grand Opening for Innovation and Heavy Equipment Diesel Center Oct. 20

Linn-Benton Community College will hold a Grand Opening for its new Innovation and Heavy Equipment Center at 2000 Oak Street in Lebanon Thursday, October 20.

Expected guests include Senator Ron Wyden, Congressman Peter DeFazio, several state and local elected officials, and national industry leaders and representatives.

Tours of the new facilities will be given after a brief program, which begins at 11:15 a.m. and is open to the public.

The 37,000-square-foot training center includes state-of-the-art equipment to train students in heavy equipment and diesel repair, and an Innovation Center, which offers space for industry to train employees and test equipment. Training will also be offered in alternative fuels for heavy transportation vehicles.

The diesel program’s move from the college’s Albany campus brings all transportation training programs onto one shared campus, opening up space for expansion of the other college industrial programs.  

The Advanced Transportation Technology Center’s first building opened for classes in the fall of 2013, becoming the only major broad-spectrum training facility between Seattle and San Francisco for students to learn repair and maintenance of gasoline vehicles and those that run on alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas, propane, electric and biodiesel.

Construction of the Innovation and Heavy Equipment Diesel Center was made possible in part by $1.5 million from the State of Oregon, $1.5 million from Federal Economic Development Administration, and $2 million from a $34 million bond measure that voters passed in 2014.

Monday, October 17, 2016

LBCC South Santiam Hall Gallery Features Pablo Solares

An exhibit of recent oil paintings from regional artist Pablo Solares, titled Retratos (Portraits) will be on display through October 26 in the South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Retratos features eleven vibrant oil paintings exploring the concept of portraiture. Solares moves beyond the standard definition of a portrait, using landscape as a broad portrayal of identity in addition to traditional portraiture.

Solares, a visual artist and professional runner, has been in numerous exhibitions and recently completed two murals for the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center at Oregon State University.

A closing reception will be held in the South Santiam Hall Gallery Tuesday, October 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

You can view Solares’s work in LBCC SSH Gallery and on his website, LBCC galleries are free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

North Santiam Hall Gallery exhibits work of Oregon State Art Faculty

North Santiam Hall Gallery presents a group exhibition of diverse work by the art faculty of Oregon State University on display through December 2 at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The OSU Art Faculty Show features 14 artists: Evan Baden, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Katherine Campbell, Anna Fidler, Lee Ann Garrison, Julie Green, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andrew Myers, Felix Oliveros, Kerry Skarbakka, and John Whitten.

The work on view showcases a vivid range of subject matter, style and media including photography, paintings in oil, tempera and acrylic; printmaking using screen and chine colle techniques; graphite on paper, and video.

A reception and artist talk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 from 12 to 1pm in the NSH Gallery second floor atrium. The exhibit extends to both floors of the gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

LBCC art galleries are free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Insider Staff News

The college’s year-seven accreditation evaluation is complete, and the accreditation team shared their commendations and recommendations from their site visit (the full report should be out by end of January):
1. The faculty and staff's commitment to student success!
2. MAC's work on course level outcomes
3. The progress with OERs
4. LBCC Board of Education's active engagement in using data to make decisions
5. The creation and use of our Strategic Initiate Funds
6. Our strong engagement with external partners 
Recommendations (what we need to work on)
1. Learning outcome at the program level that tie to our core themes and mission
2. Review and update the report cards that track our progress on our core themes
3. Create an integrated, systematic planning effort that is clear for our campus to understand

The Family Resource and Education Center was one of two Oregon programs chosen to present at
Left to right: Jerri Wolfe, Kris Wessel and Kristi May. 
the national Early Childhood Funders Collaborative meeting, which 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 Kristi May, Early Learning Hub manager, faculty Jerri Wolfe, Parenting Education and Family Connections chair, and Kris Wessel, project manager for a new initiative called the Pollywog Project, presented the programs regional work to bring the Parenting Education Hub, Early Learning Hub and the Coordinated Care Organization in Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties together to improve outcomes for young children.
Mechatronics faculty Dave Mack explains solar panel project
to high school students during Manufacturing Day.

LBCC, the Pipeline to Jobs project, the Albany Chamber of Commerce and local industry leaders hosted 218 high school students for the 3rd annual National Manufacture Day held October 7. Faculty in Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Machine Tool, Mechatronics, Non-Destructive Test and Evaluation, and Welding gave tours and spoke about their programs, and OFD President (formally Oregon Freeze Dry) and college Board of Education chair Jim Merryman spoke about local job opportunities. Workforce Development Director Josefine Fleetwood organized the event, with support from Dale Moon, LBCC director of Regional Perkins Program and college staff.

Amy Sikora, left, and Jane Tillman.
Amy Sikora, Assistant Director for Enrollment Progression and Technology, and Jane Tillman, Student Affairs Specialist, presented a webinar titled "Championing Change: Drive Superior Student Services through e-Forms.” The webinar, sponsored by University Business in conjunction with Laserfiche, took approximately 60 viewers through how Admissions and Registration changed its transcript evaluation process from an old, clunky model to a seamless single vendor model. The change reduced transcript evaluation time from an average turnaround of six to eight weeks to one week or less, and created a seamless and secure process that vastly improved communications between staff and students. Due to the success of the webinar, Amy and Jane will present the same topic at the annual Laserfiche User's conference in February. 

The college would like to acknowledge the work of the Arts and Aesthetics Resources Team (AART) and chair M’Liss Runyon to make our campus a more inspiring and colorful place. AART's recent work included overseeing the completion of the athletics mural on the Activities Center building, a huge project that was the brainchild of M’Liss and took four months to complete. In addition, the college would like to thank former math faculty member and college supporter Bill Siebler, who was instrumental in connecting AART with mural artist Rip Cronk, and Andrew Feldman, dean of Science, Engineering and Math division, who found the resources on campus to fund the project. Great teamwork!

LB iLearn Online had its biggest month yet in September with 22 new starts, the biggest number of new students since January. iLearn has 88 students currently enrolled, with over 130 students served since its launch in 2015.

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

LBCC Culture Tables Return Fall Term

Join in for a conversation and learn about different cultures from around the world with international students on Wednesdays at 12-noon in Red Cedar Hall 116. Bring your lunch and a friend.

Culture Tables dates: Wednesdays, 12 p.m., Red Cedar Hall 116

Oct. 19 & 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Sponsored by the Academic Foundations and Extended Learning division in partnership with LBCC International Programs. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Spanish language Pesticides Laws & Safety class

Spanish language Pesticides Laws & Safety class held October 27 & 28

A Pesticide Laws and Safety class in Spanish will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College October 27 and 28.

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 Private Applicator in Spanish meets October 27 and 28, beginning at 8 a.m. 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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Free Gardening Series with OSU Master Gardeners starts Oct. 27

A free gardening series with OSU Master Gardeners will meet Thursdays from Noon-12:50 p.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way, starting Oct. 27.

Sharpen your gardening skills and learn new techniques in these informal classes taught by OSU-trained Master Gardeners.

For more information on topics presented, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Free Money Management class Held in Lebanon Oct. 22

Learn how to manage your money in the free class “Dollars and Sense” to be held Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

Learn how to create a budget with easy to follow steps that create a habit of saving and help improve your credit report and score.

This free class is held in conjunction with Willamette Neighborhood Housing services. Registration required by calling 541-752-7220, extension 300.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Free Presentation: “An Evening with Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Time to Choose”

Renowned Benjamin Franklin scholar and impersonator Steve Nousen will give a free presentation “An Evening with Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Time to Choose” at Linn-Benton Community College at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Forum, room F-104, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Nousen has performed as Benjamin Franklin across the country, entertaining and educating audiences in full costume as this classic American icon. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask Ben Franklin questions.

This event is free and open to the public, and co-sponsored by Cascade Chautauqua and LBCC. For more information, visit or contact Michael Winder at 541-917-4561.