Showing posts from September, 2015

BES Faculty Joseph Bailey Completes Voice Dialogue Facilitator Training

Joseph Bailey, LBCC faculty member in Business and Employer Services, recently completed a 69-hour training program as a Voice Dialogue Facilitator through the Voice Dialogue Institute.

Facilitated social technology allows individuals to become more effective in their relationships, and can help teams to achieve higher levels of performance and leverage their strengths to move beyond places where they get stuck.

LBCC Business and Employer Services provides coaching, facilitation, training, and consulting services to employers of Linn and Benton County. The full array of BES services can be found at

LBCC Awarded $616,800 from the National Science Foundation for STEM Scholarships

The National Science Foundation has awarded Linn-Benton Community College $616,800 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics student scholarships.

LBCC’s award-winning project, entitled "Promoting Retention and Completion with STEM Research and Design Cohorts at Linn-Benton Community College," was submitted to the NSF by Greg Mulder and Marci Moling, LBCC physical sciences faculty, David Kidd, civil engineering faculty, Parker Swanson, computer sciences faculty, and Andrew Feldman, dean of LBCC Science, Engineering and Mathematics division.

The S-STEM grant will provide approximately 20 students per year with $5,000 scholarships over a period of five years.

Scholarships will be awarded to LBCC STEM majors with financial need. Students majoring in chemistry, physics, geology, engineering, math, computer science and biology are eligible.

Scholarship applicant selection will be based upon high school or college GPA and unmet financial need as determined by the stu…

Antiracist educator, essayist, author Tim Wise Lecture

Antiracist educator, essayist and author Tim Wise will give a free talk at Linn-Benton Community College Wednesday, October 14 at 2 p.m. in the college Forum building, room 104, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

Wise will explore topics of race, white privilege and the notion of color-blindness in America, and provide an opportunity for engagement on the issue of racism.

A free screening of Wise’s documentary "White Like Me" will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7 at noon in the LBCC Diversity Achievement Center, Forum 220.

Additional screenings will be held Sunday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave SE, and at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe, Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

The film is an exploration of race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege, and reassesses the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society.

Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the U…

LBCC Fitness classes starting the week of September 28

LBCC Albany Community Education has a variety fitness classes for all levels of fitness starting the week of September 28.

BETTER BONES AND BALANCE: Reap the benefits OSU Bone Research studies. This exercise program slows the rate of bone loss in adults of all ages. Improve your balance, flexibility and coordination, and see an increase in muscle tone and overall body fitness. Classes begin the week of September 28 at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. at numerous locations throughout Albany.

FLOW YOGA: Based on flowing, dynamic sequence of movements, which are synchronized with the breath and also includes static postures, balances and stretches. Increase strength, flexibility and endurance while improving circulation, balance and alignment/posture. Relax your mind body and soul. Please bring yoga mat and one firm blanket. All levels welcome basic yoga experience recommended. Meets Wednesdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. starting September 30 at LBCC Albany Campus. Cost is $39.

Community Education Fall Computer & Photography Classes

LBCC Albany Community Education has a variety of computer and photography classes to enhance your skills starting the week of September 28 at the LBCC Albany campus.


EXCEL – INTRO TO SPREADSHEETS: Excel spreadsheets are the best way to organize and analyze numeric and text-based data. Topics include working with templates and how to enter and format data and text using basic formulas, functions, charts, graphics, photos and hyperlinks. Each class consists of interactive lectures, demos, and hands-on practice. Recommended: Introductory computer class or equivalent experience. This four-week class meets Tuesday from 6:30-7:50 p.m. starting Oct. 6. Cost is $59.

BUYING AND SELLING ONLINE: Are you interested in starting an online business or are you ready to sell those unwanted items collecting dust? Learn how to effectively use Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy. Explore shopping options and popular marketplace services while learning to create ads to attract buyers and other stra…

EDI Director Javier Cervantes Completes NCCHC Fellows Program

Javier Cervantes, director of the Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Linn-Benton Community College, has received a certification of completion from the National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Fellows Program.

Cervantes, of Albany, works to prepare students, staff, faculty and local communities to live in an increasingly diverse society and workforce, and works on issues of equity, cultural fluency, capacity and competency, and increasing access and retention of underrepresented and diverse populations at the college level.

“I am pleased to bring back a greater knowledge of how national issues in community colleges across America are really localized for LBCC,” said Cervantes.

One in five K-8 students in the LBCC service district are Latino, noted Cervantes, and statistics show a greater stratification in achievement gaps for Latino students in colleges’ both nationally and locally.

Cervantes also noted that our demographic is changing and becoming increasing…

Benton Center Fall Community Education Classes

LBCC Benton Center offers the following photography and computer classes designed to enhance your personal and professional skills starting the week of Sept. 28. 

PERSONAL COMPUTER ESSENTIALS I: This class is for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction. Designed to go at an easy pace. Includes identifying the various parts of the computer, how to turn it on and off and use the mouse and keyboard. Also introduces working with Windows 7, and a brief intro to email and the Internet. This three-week class meets Tuesdays from 1-2:50 p.m. starting Sept. 29 at the LBCC Benton Center. Cost is $49.

APPLE IPHONE: Get to know your iPhone's basic functions and useful features. Explore the touchscreen interface, type with the intelligent keyboard, setup your email account, and confidently manage your preferences in the Settings menu. Take advantage of standard iPhone Apps (Camera, Maps, Notes, and Music) and download new apps from the App Store…

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 will meet on September 29 and October 1, from 2 to 3:50 p.m. in the LBCC Forum building, room F-202, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Cost for this non-credit class is $79.  

QuickBooks I class is designed to help you set up an accounting system using QuickBooks 2015. This 10-hour class will meet on October 6, 8, 13, 15, and 20, from 2 to 3:50 p.m., in the 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

LBCC Oregon Construction Contractors Board Education

Oregon Construction Contractors Board Education (CCB) will be offered through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College.

This five session course will meet September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, from 6-10 p.m., on the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center room CC-213.

The course is required for CCB licensing as part of the education requirement before taking the State of Oregon CCB exam. Participants are required to attend all five of the state-approved sessions to satisfy the educational requirement for Oregon contractor licensing.

Topics include employer requirements and employee rights, Oregon lien and contract law, taxes/recordkeeping, best business practices, project and time management, estimating and scheduling, building codes, OR-OSHA requirements, job site safety, environmental laws, and test taking strategies in compliance with ORS 701-280. 

Advance registration is required by Sept. 25. Cost for the five sessions is $329 and includes a copy of the 11…

LBCC Pesticides Laws & Safety, Private Applicator Classes Offered in Spanish

Pesticide Laws and Safety class in Spanish will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College.

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.

Pesticide Laws and Safety in Spanish will be held October 1 and 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, both days, at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-203/205 Cost is $119.

Pesticide Private Applicator in Spanish will be held November 5, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and November 6, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-213. Cost is $119.

LBCC offers ODA exams at an additional cost of $58 each. For test dates, see the METRO web site at 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 Dev…

Lebanon & Sweet Home Center Fall Community Education Classes Start Sept. 28

The following Lebanon and Sweet Home area LBCC Community Education classes will start the week of September 28.

Calligraphy: Introduction to calligraphy and the formal or cursive italic lettering system. Meets Tuesdays starting Sept. 29, 1:30-3 p.m., LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. Cost is $69

Playing Music Together: Bring your stringed instrument and learn to play Bluegrass, Country and Old Time music with others. Meets Wednesdays starting Sept. 30, 6-7:50 p.m., LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $79.

Complete Country Dance: Learn a variety of couples pattern dances and line dances in this class that requires no partner. Meets Tuesdays starting Sept. 29, 6:30-7:50 p.m., Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Cost is $65.

Life Stories: Recall and recount family history in your narrative style with enhancement of detail, description and dialogue. Meets Wednesdays starting Sept. 30, 2-3:50 p.m. LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $69.

Introduction to Facebo…

LB iLearn Online announces reduction in tuition rates

Linn-Benton Community College’s LB iLearn Online has announced a reduction in program tuition rates starting this fall.

The new LB iLearn payment plan will be $200 per month for the first course, $100 per month for the second course, and $50 per month for any additional courses, down from the previous flat rate tuition of $649 per month.

LB iLearn students can start a program on any Wednesday throughout the year. Coursework is completely online, with students working at their own pace. The quicker a student can work through the coursework, the less the course will cost.

Students are provided with an online support staff. Program completion depends on how quickly the student chooses to move through the coursework.  

LB iLearn degrees and certificates include Accounting Clerk, Business Administration, Computed Tomography, Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Office Technology Skills Specialist, and Social Media Specialist. 

The online-only programs are designed to meet the needs…

LBCC Galleries Feature Art Faculty Dori Bartholomew Litzer

The exhibit “Ourselves, Our Environment and Modernist Abstraction” will be on display through October 30 in the South Santiam Hall and Calapooia Center Galleries at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The body of work by LBCC art faculty member and department chair Dori Bartholomew Litzer includes colorful oil paintings that reflect “both long held interest in modernist abstraction and a compulsion to visually express sensory aspects of our environment,” said Litzer.

A reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m., in the South Santiam Hall Gallery.

Litzer’s work can be viewed online at Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

LBCC Fitness Classes in Lebanon & Sweet Home

Continue your fitness routine or start a new one through classes offered by Linn Benton Community College in Lebanon, Brownsville, Scio and Sweet Home starting the week of September 28.

Lebanon classes will be held at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street, and include:

Pound®: A new class combining full-body cardio with simulated drumming. Class meets Wednesdays, 6:30-7:20 p.m. Cost is $39.

Easy Cardio Fitness: This class is a beginning exercise program designed for older adults or those with health limitations. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-9:50 a.m. Cost is $69.

Zumba® Toning: Combine body sculpting techniques and specific Zumba® moves into one fun class. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:20 p.m. Cost is $69.

Better Bones and Balance®: Slow the rate of bone loss, improve your balance and coordination, & reduce your risk for falls in this great class designed for adults of all ages. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-8:50 a.m. Cost is $69, and/or Friday, 8-…

LBCC Holds Driver's Education Classes

A few seats are still available in Linn-Benton Community College’s Driver Education Courses.

It is a proven fact that students that take Driver Education are far less likely to get into an accident than those who do not. The Driver’s Ed courses are highly popular for teens ages 15-17 preparing to apply for a driver’s license from the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.

Register at least two days before the start dates, which are as follows: Saturday, September 19 for the Lebanon class; Wednesday, September 23 for the Corvallis class; and Thursday, September 24 for the Albany Class.

The course includes Oregon State mandated 30 hours of classroom instruction, a three-hour parent/student orientation at first meeting plus 12 hours behind-the wheel practice and driver observation.

Registration requirements include completed packet, fee and original driver permit to be presented upon registration. Registration packets are available at all centers or they can be downloaded online at www.linnb…

Blood Draw Volunteers Needed

Linn-Benton Community College’s phlebotomy program is calling for volunteers for its annual public blood draw to help students meet their blood draw quotas before beginning work at clinical sites.
Blood draws will be held Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way, room 153.
No need to register. Cookies and juice will be provided to volunteers!
For more information, contact LBCC’s Healthcare Division at 541-917-4927.

Summer Term Honor Roll

The following students at Linn-Benton Community College earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for 12 or more graded credits during summer term, June to August 2015. These do not include pass/no pass or incomplete credits.

Students listed by hometown.

Albany, OR
Wesley E. Bartz, Megan A. Bernards, Jared Blake, Nina R. Buchovecky, Austin G. Culver, Jasmine D. Essey, Autumn B. Helenihi, Max V. Jacobsen, John M. Kotek, Shane Lissy, Bryan L. Mangrum, Jeremy J. McGonigal, Ashley R. McLeod, Efren Medina, Shandra A. Morford, Harvey E. Newell, Alejandro P. Olarra, Celeste A. Ray, Christina M. Royce, Lindsey Russell, James B. Steinbacher, Sarrha R. Uffelman, Amber M. West

Beaverton, OR
Sean Trump

Bend, OR
Amy R. Broderick, Elena A. Pressprich, Shilo R. Price

Coburg, OR
Trevor J. Read

Coos Bay, OR
Javin B. Fleshman

Corvallis, OR
James R. Cihak, Bryan L. Cotter, Jacqueline A. Fashbaugh, Tyler S. Hartman, Liping Hu, Delphine M. Le Brun Colon, Jesse D. Rose, Christopher R. Skelte, Ryan J. Thackeray


Calling for Volunteer Facilitators

Space is still available to volunteer as a facilitator for group training sessions for students in health care and medical fields.

No medical experience is needed.

Pharmacy, medical assisting, nursing, physician and public health students from Linn-Benton Community College, Comp-NW Medical School and Oregon State University meet during the year in small, interdisciplinary group sessions to work on communications skills.

Volunteer facilitators help guide the students through real-life case scenarios during each session. Sessions are designed to help students communicate and work together across their varied medical disciplines.

A free information session and training will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at LBCC’s Vineyard Mt. Room, Calapooia Center, room 213, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Facilitators should be prepared to commit to approximately 15 hours of volunteer time during the sessions, which will be held October 2015 through April 2016 at LBCC’s Albany campus.


Golf Tournament to take place at Mallard Creek as planned Sept. 11

The annual fundraising golf tournament benefitting the Linn-Benton Community College Foundation Education Fund will be held as planned on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon.

The fire at Mallard Creek destroyed the clubhouse, but did not affect the golf course or carts.

This year marks the 27th year for the LBCC Foundation tournament, which last year raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships, college programs and equipment, and other academic needs.  

If your team would like to participate, there is still time to register. For more information or to register, go to or contact the LBCC Foundation office at 541-917-4209. 

LBCC Professional Development Workshops

The following professional development workshops in the series “Developing World Class Employees” will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College Business and Employer Services, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, starting September 8.

Foundations of Effective Communication will be held September 8 from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Fireside Room, CC-211. It’s estimated that 85 percent of your professional success depends on the quality of your communication. Effective communication skills improve your ability to get the job done, and can make it easier to develop high quality professional relationships. 

Communication is both science and art. Not only is it important to know what to say and how to say it (science) but also when to say it and if to say it (art).

During this interactive workshop participants will learn how to:
•         Apply principles of effective communication
•         Establish and maintain rapport during interactions.
•         Recognize and utilize multiple communicat…

LBCC Foundations of Business Success Class

The class Foundations of Business Success will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College beginning September 22.

Learn how to create and assess a business plan for a start-up or new business in this 10 week course.  Additional topics include: financial management, pricing, cash flow, marketing, sales, legal topics, insurance needs, bookkeeping systems, market research, and exploring the lifestyle of a business owner.  One-on-one advising included.

A free orientation will be held Tuesday, September 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LBCC Benton Center campus, in Corvallis, room BC-107.

The 10-week class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. beginning September 22. Cost is based on income. The fee is determined and paid at orientation.

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

Free Veterinary Assistant Information Sessions

Free information sessions will be held in September and October on the Veterinary Assistant Program at Linn-Benton Community College for those interested in training to become a Veterinary Assistant.

Information sessions will be held Monday, September 14 at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 6 at 2 p.m., and Thursday, October 15 at 11 a.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center, room CC-212. No preregistration needed to attend.

The 17-week LBCC Veterinary Assistant Program starts Jan. 4 and runs through April 29, 2016. Skill areas covered include basic education and experience in common disease states, commonly used medical and surgical techniques, and an introduction to hospital management, business procedures and radiation safety.

Cost for the program is $5,000. The program is eligible for financial aid. Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at For more information, contact LBCC Healthcare Division at 541-917-4923.