Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LBCC Instructor offers Guided Tour to Florence, Italy

Dr. Robert Harrison, social science instructor at Linn-Benton Community College, will give a two-week guided tour of Florence, Italy June 20 to July 5, 2017.

The tour is open to LBCC students and community members, and is also being offered to LBCC students as a Humanities credit class “The Power of the Past: Florence, Italy.”

Participants will explore the Florence region and culture, including the art and ideas of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

Travelers will stay in the heart of Florence, close to the Duomo Cathedral and train station.

Total estimated cost including round trip airfare, lodging and meals is $2,600, or $2,900 if including the 3-credit Humanities class.

A trip deposit is due by March 1, 2017. For more information, contact Robert Harrison at harrisr@linnbenton.edu or at 541-917-4571. 

Water, Enviroment & Technology Program in WEF Newsletter

Students in the lab in LBCC's Water, Environment
& Technology Program, Albany campus.
Linn-Benton Community College's Water, Environment and Technology program was featured in the Water Environment Federation January WEF Highlights newsletter.

Written by Mary Bufe with WEF, the article gives an overview of the program, including photos of the lab and LBCC Albany campus.

Full article at:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

WebRunner, Schedule of Classes Unavailable Jan. 28-29 Due to Maintenance

LBCC will implementing much needed upgrades and performing maintenance on several systems on the weekend of January 28 and 29, 2017. The affected systems include WebRunner and our Online Schedule of Classes. The main college website at www.linnbenton.edu will still be available. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Job Preparation Program Expanding

Expanding a partnership between industry and education intended to create a pipeline between high school and local living wage jobs to four additional Linn County school districts is part of a new project being financially supported by businesses, schools and a $440,000 grant from The Ford Family Foundation.

Lebanon, Sweet Home, Scio and Central Linn will join Greater Albany, Corvallis and Philomath as participating Districts.

The expansion also includes the Greater Santiam Boys and Girls Club, which serves youth in Sweet Home and Lebanon.

The purpose of this joint effort is to provide a clearer pathway to family wage jobs in the region so that young people can remain in and contribute to the economic and social vitality of their communities.

The Pipeline program, which is sponsored by local industry and education in Linn and Benton counties, and coordinated through the Albany Chamber of Commerce, began in 2014 as a way to create better connections with young people and the high wage jobs available in the two counties.

More information about the Pipeline program is available at Pipelinetojobs.org.

In addition to grant funds, businesses and schools contribute resources. Three other initiatives are part of the new project, including:

Creation of a “Common Technical Manufacturing Core” program at Linn-Benton Community college, a 10-week program that prepares students for successful employment in Pipeline participating companies.

Development of learning communities for school district faculty that will help teachers and students reinforce employment skills and expectations learned through Pipeline experience in various grade levels at all districts.

Support for the Boys and Girls Club Training Teens for Tomorrow program, an after-school learning program to enhance employment skills and career development.

Goals include raising high school completion rates in all participating districts to the state average, increased enrollment from the schools in health care and manufacturing fields, and completion and placement rates for students from the program that are equal to or higher than the average for all LBCC students.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Community Education Classes Starting in February


Interested in starting an online business? Ready to sell those unwanted items collecting dust? Learn how to effectively use eBay.  Basic computer skills are a pre-requisite. Set up eBay and/or Paypal accounts before the first class. Class will start on February 21 and meets Tuesdays from 6-7:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Center. Cost is $59.

For beginners seeking to learn the basics of connecting with family and friends online.  Learn to establish an account, set up your profile, and set security parameters. Basic computer and web browsing skills are necessary. Bring your smartphone or tablet if available. Class will start on February 9 and meets Thursdays from 6-7:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Center. Cost is $59.


Have you ever wondered what the Corps of Discovery did in Oregon, what happened on their way back to St. Louis in 1906, or what Lewis and Clark and the rest did after they disbanded? This class will provide insight into these questions and give perspective from the tribal point of view. Class will be held Monday and Wednesday starting February 22, from 1-2:50 p.m. at the Sweet Home Center. Class is FREE.

Gardening on a budget? This interactive class will prepare you and the children to get digging and start growing! Taught by Linn Co. OSU Extension Master Gardeners. Free gardening book included. Class will start on February 9 and meets Thursdays from 6:30-8:20 p.m. at the Lebanon Center. Free.

A continuation of Complete Country Dance- Beginning with more emphasis on refinement, style and learning additional dances. Come see how fun dancing can be! Class starts on February 14, and meets Tuesdays from 6:30-7:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $45.

Build on the skills learned in Dog Training l. Owners and dogs will practice precision heeling, learning new tricks, and politely greeting strangers. Veterinary shot records and dog history form are required. Class starts on February 15 and meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $49.
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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

LBCC Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for Linn-Benton Community College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Thirty-three LBCC alumni have received the college’s Distinguished Alumni award since its establishment in 2005.

If you know a former LBCC student who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their profession and through service to their community, now is your chance to nominate them for this annual award.

Nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 20. Nomination forms and criteria are available online at www.linnbenton.edu/distinguished-alumni. Nominees will be honored at a reception held in April at the college.

For more information, contact LBCC Advancement Foundation office at 541-917-4209. 

Pesticides Laws & Safety in Spanish Feb. 2 & 3

A Pesticide Private Applicator class in Spanish will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College February 2 and 3.

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 February 2 and 3, 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 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.

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
Lori Fluge-Brunker, Communications Specialist

LBCC, Samsung-IS Healthcare Partnership Provides Imaging Equipment

Samsung and IS Healthcare are partnering with Linn-Benton Community College to provide state of the art x-ray equipment to its Diagnostic Imaging program.

The strategic partnership will allow the college to purchase the equipment at a reduced price, completely outfitting the program.  In exchange, Samsung-IS Healthcare will utilize the imaging labs during off times for employee training and equipment demonstrations.

Jennifer Clayton, LBCC Diagnostic Imaging faculty chair, cited the critical need for updated equipment for the program. "Our current equipment has served our students since the beginning of the program in 2002 and due to advances in technology will soon be out of date. Our partnership with Samsung will allow our students access to digital technology which is dominate in our industry and will be essential at helping them to transition smoothly from the classroom to the clinical environment."

The equipment will be installed in the spring at LBCC’s new Healthcare Occupations Center in Lebanon, with classes starting summer term.

“Having this new, up-to-date, cutting edge equipment for the students in the Diagnostic Imaging program will have a huge impact on the students' skills entering the workforce,” said Linda Carroll, dean of LBCC Healthcare Programs. “Students will be able to step right into a work environment and be familiar with the equipment and technology that is currently being used in the field."

LBCC’s Diagnostic Imaging program is a statewide 22-month associate of applied science degree program that offers training for students to become a certified radiologic technician.

The program is one of ten LBCC healthcare programs moving into the new Healthcare Occupations Center, currently slated to open for all students in the fall of this year.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

College Night Open House Monday, Feb. 6

College Night open house will be held at Linn-Benton Community College Monday, Feb. 6 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting in the college theater in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Information will be available on college admissions processes, financial aid, scholarships and how to earn college credits while still in high school.

Advisors will be on hand to help you explore degree options and learn about college partnership programs with Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology.

Information tables include program majors, college clubs, co-curricular programs, short-term training programs and more.

Register online at www.linnbenton.edu/college-night. Información de LBCC en Español.

For special needs and accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services at Phone 541-917-4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1-800-735-2900 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Children’s Play "Winnie the Pooh” Feb. 4, 11 & 18

The 42nd annual Children’s Theater at Linn-Benton Community College presents “Winnie the Pooh” Feb. 4, 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. at LBCC’s Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Journey through the Hundred-Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin in this classic tale filled with imagination and wonder, lessons about friendship, and the best way to eat honey.

Tickets are $8 adults, $6 for under 18. Purchase online at www.linnbenton.edu/tickets, or at the door one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC theater box office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sexual Assault Survivor Speaks Jan. 17, 2 p.m., Cascade View A/B

Brenda Tracy
Sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 at Linn-Benton Community College Cascade View rooms, second floor Calapooia Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany.

Tracy will share her survivor story and how she has worked at the state and national level to expand victim’s rights, help extend the Oregon Statute of Limitations to prosecute rape, and help pass additional laws to provide protection and resources for campus sexual assault victims.

Tracy survived a living nightmare when she was brutally raped in 1998 by four men in Corvallis, three of them OSU football players. The attack left her overwhelmed and when she was not advised of her rights as a victim it left her feeling powerless.

After the system failed her, it took Tracy 16 years to find her voice, come forward and tell her story to Oregonian report John Canzano in November 2014.

This free event is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women of Albany, the LBCC Diversity Achievement Center and the LBCC Chapter of American Association for Women in Community Colleges.

For more information, please contact Theresa Johnson at 541-967-9516 or by e-mail at crosley57@hotmail.com.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Oregon Transfer Day Jan. 19, 10am-1pm, Cafeteria

An information fair for community college students interested in transferring to a four-year college will be held Thursday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College’s Commons cafeteria, 6500 Pacific Blvd S.W., Albany.

Public and private four-year colleges attending include:
Concordia University
Corban University
Eastern Oregon University
George Fox University
Grand Canyon University
Linfield College
Northwest Christian University
Northwest University
Oregon State University
Oregon Tech
OSAC - Office of Student Access and Completion
Pacific University
Portland State University
Southern Oregon University
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Western States

Scholarship information will be available from the Ford Family. For more information, contact Amanda Stanley at 541-917-4842.

Persons having questions about or requests for special needs and accommodations should contact the LBCC Disability Coordinator at 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Telecommunications Relay TTD at 1-800-735-2900 or 1-800-735-1232.

South Santiam Hall Gallery Features Gabrielle Hahn

“Nothing is for Free”
Gabrielle Hahn, Serigraph on Kozo
An exhibit of 15 serigraph prints by print maker Gabrielle Hahn will be on display through February 8 in the South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

An opening reception and artist talk will be held January 18 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Hahn’s extraordinary prints merge the graphic language of tattoos with tantalizingly enigmatic text. Fists, snakes, pinup girls and hearts are just a few of the iconic images Hahn revitalizes in her series.

Of her work Hahn states, “I find myself mining past experiences and interests as well as all the imagery I was saturated in while tattooing, and turning it toward my own purpose. My content is often dark and humorous, usually absurd, and always commenting—nothing is sacred.”

About her process she says, “Printmaking appeals to me so much because it takes art off its pedestal of sacredness and makes enough for everyone to have and enjoy.”

LBCC art galleries are free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NSH Gallery Exhibit: "Printing the Gamut"

Two Angels (with Zebra)
Paula Bullwinkel, Photopolymer Etching
Five artists from Bend printmaking studio Atelier 6000 will showcase their work in the exhibit “Printing the Gamut” through March 17 in the North Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

An artist reception will be held in the Gallery February 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

The A6 artists use different processes, hinting at the breadth of printmaking. Exhibiting artists are Paula Bullwinkel, Barbara Hudin, Adell Shetterly, Jeanette Small and Julie Winter showing prints created with photopolymer, ImagOn, monotype, linocut and electro-etch.

A6 Executive Director Dawn Boone said, “Printmaking is an extremely broad art form, and within it artists can find processes that closely connect to drawing, collage, painting and photography. There are so many ways to work within printmaking, that artists can find a process that feels familiar while also pushing the envelope.”

In “Printing the Gamut,” not only does the printmaking process vary from artist to artist, but each artist’s approach to image-making also differs.

Bullwinkel and Small begin with detailed drawings; Hudin uses processing code to create mathematically-based imagery; Shetterly works in a painterly fashion on plates with little or no permanent marks; Winter marries electro-etched metal plates with hand-carved woodcuts to produce a print with both intaglio and relief printing; and Shetterly and Small often add mixed-media to the printed surface.

A6 is a non-profit art studio and gallery in Bend centered on printmaking and book arts and presents monthly exhibits of contemporary original prints and artist books. For more information, visit atelier6000.org.

LBCC art galleries are free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All Campuses Open January 9

All LBCC campuses are open and on time January 9, 2017. Students are encouraged to use their best judgment about the safety of driving conditions in your area. The college will open on time.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

LBCC Pesticide Private Applicator class

Pesticide Private Applicator class will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College January 19 and 20.

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.

Pesticides Private Applicator will be held January 19 and 20, starting at 8 a.m. both days at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-103, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW. 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.

LBCC Offers QuickBooks Classes

Learn the basics of QuickBooks in classes offered through Linn-Benton Community College Small Business Development Center.

Guided Tour QuickBooks is a four-hour class designed for those with no previous experience using a computer-based accounting system.

Class meets January 17 and 18 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in the LBCC Forum building, room F-202, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Cost for this non-credit class is $89. 

QuickBooks I is designed to help you set up an accounting system using QuickBooks. This 10-hour class meets on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. for five weeks beginning January 26 in LBCC’s Forum building, room F-202. Cost for this non-credit class is $219.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929, or see our website linnbenton.edu/sbdc.