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Linn-Benton Community College
Linn-Benton Community College's (LBCC) Board of Education has made student success a top priority. Students urgently need improved strategies and programs. Though transfer statistics have been improved thanks to degree partnering with Oregon State University, LBCC continues to serve some of the most vulnerable individuals in the Linn and Benton districts, where unemployment is at an all-time high.
With the help of Achieving the Dream, LBCC is planning to:
- Update the college's website to help lead students down a pathway to completion
- Identify the soft-skills needed by employers, and strengthen the teaching of these skills
- Strengthen advisory committees and increase their connections to employers in the district
- Assign advisors at orientation; map a clear path to graduation or transfer
- Identify gateway courses and student milestones and change policies and practices to help students achieve these milestones
- Increase students’ cultural competency and awareness of the world
- Standardize general education outcomes and assessment methods
- Using data to identify and prioritize changes in instruction and service delievery at the college
LBCC is a two-year public college that serves the residents of Linn and Benton counties of Oregon. Directed by an elected, seven-member board of education, LBCC is supported by tuition, local property taxes and state revenue. The college’s mission is to help build communities that are better places to live and work. The college offers a wide variety of credit and non-credit classes in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Sweet Home and other locations throughout the district. The Albany campus is made up of 104 acres. In 2010-11, LBCC ranked number one in the state of Oregon for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate enrollment.
For the 2010 to 2011 school year, 22% of students were full-time, 33% part-time, and 49% non-credit. About 11% of LBCC’s student body is of a minority race, up from 10% the previous year. These minority students are broken down into 47% Hispanic, 20% Asian, 9% Native American, 7% Black, and 17% Other.
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