Thursday, January 19, 2017

LBCC Insider Staff News

The math department is in the midst of big changes to the developmental math sequence. Beginning fall term 2017, the college will no longer offer math 20, 60 or 65. Instead, the math department has created two new developmental courses, while keeping an altered version of math 95: Math 50 and Math 75.  Programs that require Math 20, 60 and 65 as prerequisites or co-requisites will change to either the MTH 050-MTH 111 pathway or the MTH 098-MTH 105 pathway. With a goal of completion in mind, the new math pathways are designed to decrease the number of classes required to start transfer level courses, as well as to provide better CTE math courses and alternative pathways for non-stem students.

2017 is already starting to be an exciting year for LB iLearn Online, with this month marking iLearn's two-year anniversary. To date, iLearn has served 175 students, with three students completing their programs and a few more close to completion. A new certificate program, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certificate, has been added to the existing six programs, with students being accepted starting this month.  

The Concert and Chamber Choirs will be participating in the 10th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition
this July in Wernigerode, Germany. For many of our students, this will be their first trip overseas. Donations are being accepted to help offset trip costs. If you would like to contribute, contact the LBCC Foundation Office at 541-917-4209 or email foundation@linnbenton.edu. Gifts are tax deductible.

With support from the Ford Family Foundation and others, LBCC is coordinating a multi-pronged, four-year effort to raise high school completion rates to the state average, increase attendance at LBCC one-year after graduation in Pipeline to Jobs certificate and degree programs, and increase the rate of LBCC completion and family wage job attainment for students from the Central Linn, Lebanon, Scio, and Sweet Home school districts. Primary elements include: 1) add staffing and capacity for the Pipeline program to support the additional four school districts; 2) support implementation of the Common Manufacturing Core certificate for high school seniors; 3) facilitate Professional Learning Communities around Pipeline learning outcomes for faculty in the four target school districts; and, 4) fully implement the Training Teens for Tomorrow (T3) program at the Greater Santiam Boys and Girls Clubs in Lebanon & Sweet Home, complementing the Pipeline program teens experience in school.  

LBCC is partnering with Samsung-IS Healthcare to provide the Diagnostic Imaging program with new, cutting edge equipment at a reduced price. In exchange, Samsung will be allowed to use the program's imaging labs during off-times for employee training and equipment demonstration. With classes starting summer term, the DI program will be the first to move into the new Healthcare Occupations Center building in Lebanon. See the latest HOC construction photos 

Nominations for Distinguished Staff Award and Pastega Faculty and Classified Excellence awards are now open. Nomination forms and quidelines are available online at: www.linnbenton.edu/nomination. Nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 20.  Drop off or inter-campus mail forms to College Advancement, CC-105. Awardees will be recognized at Spring Inservice.

Grants, Awards, Donations

A $50,000 Talent Grant was awarded to LBCC Healthcare division from the Oregon Employment Department to develop curriculum for a new Surgical Technology program, which will use a distance education model along with partnering with Oregon clinics to provide students with a certified career opportunity.

A $100,000 STEM Innovation Grant was awarded from the Oregon Department of Education to develop a CTE-STEM summer camp for middle and high school students. Partners include OSU STEM Academy and the Albany CTE Pipeline project, with LBCC serving as the fiscal agent. The award is for the period starting August 15, 2016 through July 15, 2017.

The LBCC Foundation accounted for $3.3 million in donations last year to help build and equip college capital projects, including $700,000 in equipment donated to the Advanced Transportation Technology Center, $1.5 million in state funding resulting from development work at the State Capitol, $600,000 in diagnostic imaging equipment discounts as part of an agreement negotiated with Samsung, and a $500,000 commitment from a leading medical provider. The Foundation also increased its total pool of unrestricted funds to more than $1 million.


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

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