Friday, February 24, 2017

LBCC Insider Staff News


Approximately 70 area high school students signed letters of intent to attend LBCC next fall as part of the Career Technical Education Signing Day held February 16. LBCC was one of 40 colleges across the nation to participate in the National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day, held to showcase young people who are committed to technical and industrial careers. Around 200 people attended the event, including industry representatives from both local and national businesses. High school seniors signed letters for their program of choice, which guarantees them a seat in the program for next fall.

The Academic Foundations and Extended Learning division has been busy producing "I am LBCC" videos to highlight the unique strengths and experience of their team. This most recent video highlights ELA faculty member Françoise Howard, as she describes what it was like moving to a new country, and why the work she does is important to her. The video was edited by AFEL staff member Antonia Hernandez.



Malinda Shell
A partnership with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is helping to provide a pathway to college classes and employment for SNAP recipients. The SNAP 50/50 Employment and Training program provides outreach and student support for SNAP recipients in LBCC’s service area, with the purpose of helping recipients gain skills and find a living-wage job to transition off state aid. Headed-up by Malinda Shell in Academic Foundations, LBCC SNAP 50/50 staff have been doing outreach work since December, meeting with around 20 SNAP recipients to start their training here at LBCC. Outreach efforts include weekly office hours in DHS offices in Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon, and monthly participant information sessions. Staff are also working with community-based organizations to help connect SNAP recipients to LBCC. SNAP 50/50 services include financial assistance for tuition, fees, books and tools, ongoing coaching in areas such as life skills and career readiness, and job search training and support. The program provides an amazing opportunity to serve and empower many people in our community. For more information, contact Malinda Shell, ext. 4529, or Reed Davis, ext. 4637 or email snap50.50@linnbenton.edu.

Update from LB iLearn: As many of you are aware, LBCC was the recipient of a Department of Labor grant for $2.7 million to create a 100 percent online program, LB iLearn Online. Because the grant moves into closeout on March 31, LB iLearn Online will transition to a cost recovery program integrated into the greater LBCC community. The main structure of LB iLearn will remain the same: students will be able to begin courses any week of the year, courses are done at the student's pace, and tuition is a monthly cost. As LB iLearn Online makes the transition, the cost of tuition will increase, fixed at $500 a month. Many hours went into researching cost structures from around the U.S. to find an appropriate amount for similar demographics, with a found range of $94 to $280 per credit. At $500 a month, if a student completes 3 credits a month, the cost would be $167 a credit. For a full-time student completing 1 credit unit per week, the cost will be $125 per credit.

LB students in KC/ACTF workshop.
Students in the theater program, accompanied by faculty member Tinamarie Ivey, participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival February 20-24, held at the Community College of Denver, Auraria campus. KC/ACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. The festival has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, offering students an opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their skills and receive national recognition for excellence including individual awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and musical theater. Students also attended workshops and presentations, with Q&A opportunities with Pulitzer Prize awardees. Two LB students were nominated for their work in Cat in the Hat and Euripides, and competed in the Irene Ryan scholarship auditions; and two students auditioned for Next Step auditions, a program aimed at jobs, internships and scholarships for college students. One student got a call back from the audition competition, Next Step, and a second student was picked from an audition of more than 100 to be cast in an original play. 

LBCC's Advanced Transportation Technology Center, a Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition partner, participated in the Portland International Auto Show held January 27-29. The partners showcased the latest technology in electric vehicles, along with a drive simulator for attendees. Brian Trice and the ATTC will once again sponsor the Green Transportation Summit and Expo in Portland April 11-12. This signature LBCC event brings students, clean technology leaders, innovators and fleet managers together to learn about the latest technology in alternative fuels.

The LBCC Campus Store (formally the Bookstore) has reached an agreement with the college to open a coffee shop inside the new LBCC Healthcare Occupations Center, which is currently under construction in Lebanon. The coffee shop opening will coincide with the grand opening of the building fall term 2017. As a side note, starting this term, the Campus Store was approved to accept SNAP benefits. 




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

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