New health, auto campuses in future plans for LBCC – Lebanon

The future for Linn-Benton Community College includes an auto
technology campus and a health occupations center.

“Everything is dependent on funding,” said Greg Hamann, LBCC
president, to the Lebanon Lions on Dec. 7.

The Advanced Transportation Technology Center would be 50,000
square feet, located in Lebanon.

Students would learn to work with alternate fuel and propulsion
systems, Hamann said, such as compressed natural gas.

A Health Occupations, Teaching and Learning Center also is planned
for Lebanon. It would be a 55,000-square-foot integrated home for
many health occupation programs, including nursing and medical
assisting.

“It would be a comprehensive center for health occupations,
existing and new programs, in a single facility,” Hamann
said.

In these economic times, Hamann and the LBCC board of directors are
trying to find creative ways to pay for these new buildings, he
said.

A levy may appear on the ballot in 2014, along with money from the
state and private sources.

The auto campus would free up 38,000 square feet on the Albany
campus, Hamann said, allowing other popular programs to
expand.

The college faculty, staff and board have switched focus when it
comes to students, working toward completion rather than
enrollment.

The goal was formed after Senate Bill 909 passed.

By 2025, the goal is to have everyone in Oregon have a high school
diploma. Forty percent will have a bachelor’s, and 40 percent will
have an associate degree, Hamann said.

“Our economic future depends on it,” he said. “If we expect to be
competitive and have jobs, this is what we have to do. We have to
decide what role we want to play in our own future.”

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