LBCC Lands $2.7 million Grant to Develop Virtual College

Linn-Benton Community College has landed a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop a new online virtual college program.

LBCC will receive $2,739,655 for the project, which will initially target healthcare and business programs at LBCC, with additional areas to follow based on industry needs.

The grant, part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, is a multi-year, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

Community colleges and universities around the country were awarded $474.5 million for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. LBCC’s project is the only one in Oregon to receive funding in this third installment of the initiative.

"The grant will help us build a virtual college, called LB iLearn Campus, that will increase completion, improve accessibility and raise the quality of online education," said Ann Malosh, dean of LBCC’s Healthcare, Elearning and Media Division.

The virtual college model will use a competency based, flexible start, personalized learning approach to target an underserved segment of our communities, and will allow students to compete at an accelerated pace at any time, from any place.

LB iLearn Campus will use technology to build the college's capacity to offer pioneering courses, certificates and degrees that will meet the needs of workers and employer partners.

The grants will expand programs in growing industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, and encourage geographic and industry sector collaboration through the development of both statewide and multi-state college consortia.

The 57 grants will support 190 projects in at least 183 schools in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 20 awards to community college and university consortia totaling $377,452,319.

The U.S. Department of Labor will implement and administer the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on the grant, visit the U.S. Department of Labor web site at


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