Wednesday, August 31, 2011

LBCC MicroBusiness Program Offers Small Business Classes

The MicroBusiness Program at Linn-Benton Community College will offer business classes for individuals interested in learning how to start or expand a small business.

The MicroBusiness series will be run three times this year, each offering small business training workshops, business counseling, technical assistance, advice on accessing capital and networking opportunities. Although the program is designed for people with low-to-moderate incomes, anyone may participate.

The first in the series will be offered at the LBCC Lebanon Center on Tuesdays starting Sept. 27 through Dec. 6. The second series will be held at the LBCC Benton Center in Corvallis during winter term, and the third series will be held at the LBCC Albany campus during spring term.

To learn more about the program, plan to attend one of the following free introductory sessions: in Corvallis on Monday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LBCC Benton Center, room 107, 757 Polk Ave.; in Albany on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LBCC campus, Calapooia Center room CC-213, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW.; or in Lebanon on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, room 207, 44 Industrial Way.

You must attend an introduction session in order to register for the MicroBusiness program. Fees will be based on a sliding scale depending on household income.

For more information, contact the LBCC MicroBusiness Program at 541-917-4929. To register for an introductory session, contact the LBCC Business Healthcare and Workforce Division at 541-917-4923.

Monday, August 29, 2011

LBCC Professional Development Accountability in the Workplace Class

The professional development class “Getting the Job Done: Accountability in the Workplace” will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College Business and Employer Services on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.

This workshop will explore the Five Steps Model for holding yourself and others accountable. Learn how to focus on the situation or issue without being personal, how to develop a clear agreement and follow-through with it, and how to problem solve for multiple situations. Discover what empowerment looks like and how to empower others, and why clear agreements are the essential for holding folks accountable.

The workshop will be held on the LBCC Albany Campus in the Fireside Room, CC 211, located in the second floor of the Calapooia Center Bldg., 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

Cost for the course is $79 per person, or $69 each for three or more from one company. For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Business Healthcare and Workforce Division at 541-917-4923.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Skilled Technicians in High Demand

Industries are seeking skilled maintenance technicians for today’s high-tech manufacturing environment. LBCC’s Mechatronics/Industrial Maintenance Technician Program provides the training that can help you land a good job
Although the economy is still recovering and jobs are hard to find, one sector shows signs of shortages in skilled workers: maintenance technicians who troubleshoot and repair complex industrial systems.

As many older workers in these occupations head into retirement, the companies they work for are realizing the need for a younger, skilled workforce to take their place, which opens the door for high school students or those already in the workforce to learn a good trade.

What is a Mechatronics/Industrial Maintenance technician? Mechatronics technicians can be best described as a cross between a millwright with mechanical skills, an industrial electrician with troubleshooting expertise, and a computer programmer proficient in programming and operating automated equipment including industrial robots and commercial heating and cooling systems.

Computers and robotics run much of the equipment in today’s manufacturing facilities, and maintenance technicians need to know not only the mechanics of the equipment but also how to program industrial computers and use analytical thinking skills. And technicians still need to know how to clean and grease parts, tighten belts, replace worn-out parts and put equipment back together.

The Mechatronics program provides students with the opportunity to learn skills which can lead to jobs in the clean energy sector–such as solar and wind energy–or in fields such as agriculture and food processing, forest products, computer manufacturing, health care and educational facilities, petroleum, mining, aerospace, defense and telecommunications. With grants from the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture, the college continues to work to expand the program.

“In addition to our full-time, two-year program, we are currently developing a one-year certificate in Mechatronics–which covers the first year of the program–with the idea that high school students and people already in the workforce will be able to take classes on a part-time basis,” said Mechatronics faculty and program advisor Denis Green. “Several high school students are already enrolled in Mechatronics, virtually for free, through the LBCC College Now program.”

The college also is developing a 14-credit Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning, or RHVAC, certificate that will include on-line and hands-on training. “The NSF and USDA grants are helping us to expand and upgrade blended learning classes that include pod casts that are tied to the textbook and visuals like web-based slide shows and hands-on labs,” said Denis.

The grants also provided funding for the program to purchase bio-diesel trainers, solar wind trainers, drive system trainers and thermo-graphic scanners that will be used to teach about alternative energy and energy efficiency.
These trainers are in addition to the program’s state-of-the-art Mechatronics lab, which features industry standard equipment including drive systems, bearings, vibration analysis, robotics, motor controls, programmable logic controls, heating and cooling equipment, hydraulics and pneumatics equipment and sensors.

The program’s focus is on promoting energy efficiency as well as troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of industrial production and other commercial systems.
The Mechatronics/Industrial Maintenance Program offers several areas of focus including: industrial management; machining; welding; industrial refrigeration; and biofuel.

Students who successfully complete the two-year Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics Technician/Industrial Maintenance degree will learn to:

  • Troubleshoot, maintain and repair mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Analyze schematics
  • Locate and analyze technical data
  • Assist in design and rebuilding projects
  • Manage career education and workplace learning
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with workers and customers
  • Apply mathematics and scientific principles to troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair situations
  • Promote energy efficiency and industrial sustainability
  • Practice a high level of craftsmanship

Journey-level jobs include:

  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Industrial Engineering Technologists
  • Millwrights
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Entry-level jobs include:

  • Helpers-Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
  • General Maintenance and Repair Workers
  • Machinery Maintenance Workers
  • Helpers-Production Workers
  • Helpers-Electricians
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers

For more information, visit the LBCC Mechatronics/Industrial Maintenance Technician Program web site at, or contact program advisor Denis Green at 541-917-4942,, or Dave Mack at 541-917-4635,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

LBCC Offers Tax Preparer Class

A basic 80-hour Tax Preparer Class will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College Small Business Development Center beginning September 1.

This class will help tax preparers meet the requirements for Licensed Tax Preparer certification. Class will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Sept. 1 through Dec. 8 in the LBCC Calapooia Center, room CC-213.

Cost for this non-credit class is $369. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

LBCC Foundation Art Auction and Champagne Reception

The LBCC Foundation is holding an Art Auction and Champagne Reception to celebrate the grand opening of the college Green Roof on Thursday, August 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in White Oak Hall.

Advance reservations are requested by August 18 for this fundraiser to benefit the college Foundation Education Fund.

Art auction items include hand-embellished serigraphs by Kevin D. Miles and Wendy Schaefer-Miles; original paintings and seri lithographs by Jann Pollard, Ming Feng, Allain Renoux, Anatole Krasnyansky, and Itzchak Tarkay; framed prints by Carol Snow; flame-worked glass marbles by Corvallis artist Bill Siebler; a wood-fired ceramic jug and a salt-fired ceramic platter by Corvallis artist Jay Widmer and much more.

Art pieces along with descriptions can be viewed on the LBCC Foundation web site at

Cost to attend is $20 per person and includes light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Attendees will be able to view the new Green Roof that was recently installed on top of White Oak Hall.

To reserve your space, please contact the LBCC Foundation Office by Thursday, August 18 at 541-917-4209.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Benton Center offers Better Bones and Balance Instructor Training

An instructor training workshop will be held for those interested in teaching the Better Bones and Balance fitness class offered through OSU Extension Service and the LBCC Benton Center.

The two-day workshop will be held September 15 and 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Benton Center. The workshop will cover the Better Bones and Balance fitness program developed by the OSU Bone Research Lab.

Registration includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshment for both days. Deadline to register is Monday, August 15. Cost for this two-day workshop is $199 plus the cost for the licensing fee.

For more information or to register, contact Shirley Lockhart at the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.