Linn–Benton Community College
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|Linn-Benton Community College|
|Location||Albany, Oregon, USA
|Campus||Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, & Sweet Home|
|Colors||blue, gold and white|
LBCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Credits earned at LBCC can be transferred to any university within the Oregon University System. There is also a degree partnership with Oregon State University for those seeking a Bachelors degree.
LBCC was established in 1966 with the purpose of supporting the citizens of Linn and Benton counties.
In the 1960s a community college was a conceptual idea, however, it wasn't until 1964 that a study was conducted to assess the need of such an institution. The results of this study showed that post-high school opportunities, educationally, were non-existent and that many graduating high school students were interested in a local community college.
It was then that Linn County asked for the support of Benton County in assistance for foundation of a college in the mid-Willamette Valley. This partnership reached success on December 6, 1966 when, by referendum vote, Linn and Benton County voters approved the formation of a college district by nearly 3:1.
The first classes began in 1967 during the same year LBCC started operations full-time. The campus headquarters was located on the corner of First St. and Ellsworth St., however, classes were offered at rented locations throughout the LBCC college district.
During this time, six occupational programs were offered. This included a sewage waste/treatment program that was described to be the "first of its kind offered in the country". Tuition was $60 per term.
In February, 1970 a permanent campus was slated for construction based on a vote by voters in Linn and Benton counties. Voters agreed that bonds should be issued to pay for construction. The ideal location for the campus was two miles (3.2 km) south of Albany, off of Pacific Blvd. The campus was dedicated in October, 1974. Takena Hall, the campus student union was completed in 1979.
In May, 1998, a dual enrollment program was established between Oregon State University and LBCC in the fields of agricultural sciences, business and engineering. This was extended to all programs in 1999.
LBCC offers more than 60 degrees and certificates:
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer
- Associate of Science
- Associate of General Studies
- Certificates for Pro/Tech majors
LBCC also offers unique regional specific programs:
- Animal Technology
- Animal Technology: Horse Management
- Mechatronics/Industrial Maintenance
- Water/Wastewater Technology
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Culinary Arts
The campus is located on 104 acres (42 ha) on US Highway 99E (Pacific Blvd), located in south Albany, Oregon, just 11 miles (18 km) east of Corvallis, Oregon. It comprises 13 brick buildings in the Brutalist style, and seven additional contemporary buildings. These buildings are on the perimeter of a giant courtyard, while a covered walkway connects the buildings and is adjacent to the courtyard.
Besides the main Albany Campus, Linn–Benton Community College has three extension Centers, in order to better serve students in rural areas, and areas not near the main campus, as well as the Working or otherwise busy student populace. Many evening, weekend, and GED classes are offered at extension campuses.
Benton Center- Located in Corvallis, Oregon, the Benton center is popular among Oregon State University students, as well as Benton County residents.
Lebanon Center- Located in Lebanon, Oregon, the Lebanon center is used primarily by residents of Lebanon and other rural linn county areas.
Sweet Home Center- Located in Sweet Home, Oregon, the Sweet Home center is used primarily by residents of Sweet Home and other rural Linn County areas.
LBCC is supported financially through tuition, property taxes and the State of Oregon. Community colleges like LBCC have relatively low tuition costs allowing those who attend to maintain a very light class load; in contrast, many state universities charge hundreds of dollars in fees alone.
The colors of LBCC are blue, gold and white. Its mascot is the roadrunner. Before the current campus in Albany was dedicated in 1974, students were called roadrunners since the campus was scattered in several locations all over Albany leaving students to jump in a car to get to class that could be in another building on the other side of town.
- Staff, Commuter (2011-05-05). "The Legend of the Roadrunner | The CommuterThe Commuter". Lbcommuter.com. Retrieved 2013-06-03.