Imagining Imaging

Donnie

Imagining imaging:

OCCC Student working toward Diagnostic Imaging career

If you think it’s strange to don a set of hospital scrubs just to go sit in a room alone, then you don’t know Donnie. Though he does wear them while putting in hours for his hospital internship, other days, Diagnostic Imaging student Donnie Duncan wears them to sit in a room allotted to him at the Oregon Coast Community College North County Center in Lincoln City. It is in that room that he tackles the virtual part of the program.

Donnie Duncan

Donnie Duncan heads out into a rainy afternoon — and a bright future.

“I believe in dressing for success,” he said. “That’s why I wear scrubs even when I am just taking my online courses.”

Though, generally, online courses can be taken from home, there are a lot of benefits to taking them at the college, so OCCC staff found a space where Duncan has everything he needs to participate in the program, headquartered at Linn-Benton Community College.

“When you use the school system it’s almost guaranteed flawless,” Duncan said. “If anything happens when you are taking tests here, you get the right to re-take a test, which doesn’t happen if you are at home.”

In other words, new millennium versions of “The dog ate my homework,” like “my computer crashed” or “the dog ate my power cord,” won’t wash if you are working from home.

“They require you to have a secondary backup computer,” Duncan said. “That is another benefit from taking the class here. Plus, everyone at OCCC is so supportive of the students – they said they would always have a place for us, no matter what.”

It also helps that the College is one of relatively few institutions in Lincoln County that is connected to the Internet via fiber optic cable, yielding reliable upload and download speeds of around 100 megabits per second – more than enough speed to make videoconferencing reliable and clear.

 

Growth market

Providing a room is just one part of the college’s policy of appropriate growth, which includes taking advantage of available partnerships.

“It’s really important to us that we are not limiting what we have available for our local students just because we are a small school,” said OCCC Academic Advisor Colleen Doherty.

“That’s why we partner with other schools. We also have a partnership for Occupational Therapy with Linn-Benton. We‘re just really glad to have the opportunity for students to be able to take advantage of a wide variety of fields. But these partner schools do expect us to have the technology and space available.”

Because the program requires serving his internship at the Linn-Benton Diagnostic Imaging department, Duncan still has a significant amount of driving to do, but he says that’s just par for the course.

“The program is so intense that you have to have an app to stay on top of it,” he said. “I stopped counting at 127 aspects you have to pass before even getting started. But it’s worth it because it’s a highly rated program. It’s also the cheapest program out there for what you get. Plus, it’s a degree program; I’ll be graduating with an Associate Degree in Applied Science.”

Every summer there is an opportunity for two people to enter the 24-month Diagnostic Imaging program through Oregon Coast Community College.

“Just like the nursing program, the DI program is very intensive because of the number of prerequisites that are required,” Doherty said. “But students can get all their prerequisites here, which is another selling point.” And the job availability in Oregon, similar to nursing, is also quite high.

“The field of diagnostic imaging is expected have an over 10 percent increase in job availability in the next decade,” Doherty said. “And salaries start at $58,000-$66,000, which is good for Oregon. You can start out as a radiation technology person, but you can also specialize depending on your particular areas of interest.”

 

A mature attitude

Another part of Duncan’s willingness to buckle down comes from the fact that he is not an, ahem, young student.

“I’ve been around a little longer than most people in this program,” he said. “So, I think it’s easier for me to treat it with seriousness since I’ve done other things and am very sure that this is the path I want to take now.”

Doherty agrees that, while OCCC students of all ages can apply for the program, Duncan’s maturity has been valuable in the program.

“As a returning adult student, I have really appreciated Donnie’s fortitude, his motivation to make this program happen for him, and his stick-to-it-iveness,” Doherty said. “He was very forthright in what he wanted to do.”

Originally from Appalachia, Duncan lived in Nevada for a while and worked in the electrical field. When his wife was offered a job in Oregon, he was ready for the move – in part because it reminded him of Appalachia. He has never regretted the move, and now has certainty about his choices of location and vocation.

“Ultimately I’d like to work as a diagnostic technician for Samaritan,” he said. “I think they are a prime example of a good-hearted company.”

 

A clear picture of the future

The final phase of the program is called an “externship,” which even distance students complete at a local hospital.

“I already know where I’m going to do my externship because they only allot a seat in the program when they have one available,” Duncan said. “They’ve scheduled me to go to Newport to work in a one-year externship as a technologist, which I’m very excited about.”

Though Duncan is currently the only OCCC student in the program, Doherty is optimistic that the program will grow.

“Distance education has really come a long way, but it’s still hard to be the only student in a program,” she said. “What Donnie and the staff at the North County Center have done to create this connected classroom has worked very well, and will help pave the way for future students. And this is one of those career paths that offer job security. Isn’t that what all students want?”

To find out more about the Linn-Benton Diagnostic Imaging Program, including the scope of the pre-requisite work required prior to admission, and how you can participate as a student here at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport or Lincoln City, call Vickie Jones-Briggs at 541-867-8548 to schedule an appointment with Linda Mollino, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs & Health and Human Services Careers. Or, schedule a free advising appointment with Colleen Doherty by clicking here.  

Oregon Coast Community College has served the communities of Lincoln County for 31 years. The College has locations in Waldport, Newport and Lincoln City and offers a growing selection of degrees and certificates, including a new Early Childhood Education certificate program and a new teaching degree program, built in partnership with Western Oregon University and the Lincoln County School District. Learn more by calling 541-867-8501.

  • Written for OCCC by Gretchen Ammerman

Winter 2019 Community Education Classes

Winter is often imagined to be a quiet, dreary season. Fortunately, the team at Oregon Coast Community College never got that memo.

This term, the College is offering a wide selection of lively, entertaining, and engaging community education courses – courses available to you and everyone else in the community.

Get fired up about public speaking and being on stage, with our brand-new Improv course. Then, settle back down with a relaxing experience in Zen Meditation.

Learn how to play the penny whistle or perform an Irish Jig, or examine one of the more sobering chapters of all our lives in our new End of Life: Nuts and Bolts workshop.

Explore the biology of local fishes with our new Larval Fish Biology course, taught at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Then, discover the beauty of full-grown fish with the return of our popular Gyotaku fish-printing class.

Our winter term is filled with lots of new and returning classes to keep your Winter fun and informative – from managing your finances, to mastering photography, to learning the ins and outs of fly tying.

Get your creative juices flowing with painting, mosaics, and writing courses, along with many more from which to choose.

Read descriptions of each class offered this Winter here. Registration is available online. Participants can register by phone at 541-996-6222 or in person by visiting OCCC’s North County Center at 3788 SE High School Drive. Note that OCCC will be closed from Dec 24 through Jan. 1, and online registrations received during the break will be confirmed on or after Jan. 2.

If you have expertise and passion about a particular subject you’d like to share in a future community education class, click here for complete instructions on how to submit proposed courses for consideration.

Williams Lecture Focuses on Climate Change

As demonstrated so tragically in the recent wildfire season, climate change is resulting in significant impact across the country and the world.  Bill Kucha and Evan Hayduk bring a unique perspective to the conversation in their presentation, “Shedding a Scientific and Humanitarian Light on Climate Change,” as part of the OCCC Foundation’s Williams Lecture Series.  The session will be held on January 17, 2019, at 7pm, in the Community Room at OCCC’s central county campus, 400 SE College Way, Newport.

Bill’s talk will focus on the problems we face as climate change progresses.  He will describe what specifically is being done in our county to address it and what more there is to be done as individuals and as a community.  Bill is the founder of 350 Oregon Central Coast, an environmental group focusing on climate change.

Bill has been a resident of Lincoln County since 1976.  He has worked as an artist and as an art educator during that time.  He taught at OCCC from its inception and continuing for 20 more years.

Evan’s talk will focus on tidal wetlands.

“Tidal wetlands are important habitats for salmon and a diversity of other fish and wildlife species,” he said. “They also trap sediment, buffer coastal communities from flooding and erosion, and perform other valued ecosystem services.”

Tidal wetlands currently exist just at and above sea level, and healthy tidal wetlands are able to adapt to slow sea level changes. But if sea level rises too fast, tidal wetland plant communities may not be able to persist at their current locations. To survive, these plants may have to move to areas of higher elevation. These higher areas are called “landward migration zones”; they are potential future tidal wetlands under sea level rise. This project modeled and prioritized these LMZs and this presentation shares the results of the project, with local implications.  It was sponsored and supported by the MidCoast Watersheds Council and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program.

This presentation will be the 32nd in the Williams Lecture Series since its inception in the spring of 1993. Wendy Williams created the Williams Lecture Series in honor of her husband, William Appleman Williams, a noted historian. Williams was known as the “Father of Revisionist History.” He taught American diplomatic history and foreign policy for over 30 years as OSU. His last teaching assignment was at OCCC, where he taught maritime history. Ms. Williams made a donation to the OCCC Foundation to create a fund for the lectures.

For more information about the January 17, 2019 lecture, call 541 994 4166 or visit oregoncoastcc.org/foundation.

Aquarium Science Program applications open

From Shark Handling to learning the tricks of plumbing aquarium tanks with PVC pipe, OCCC’s Aquarium Science Program is a program like no other in the nation, or the world.

Aquariums and zoos from around the planet turn to the AQS program for experts in the feeding and care of aquatic animals of all sorts. Our programs include 1-year certificate and 2-year degree programs. Many of our certificate students come to the AQS having already earned a four-year degree in the biological sciences.

Applications are now open for next year’s AQS program. Click here to get started, or here to jump to the AQS page on this website. Be sure to also like the program’s Facebook page.

OCCC announces faculty to lead new Early Childhood Ed Program

Here’s a message from OCCC’s Office of Instruction…

NEWPORT, DEC. 4, 2018 – We are happy to announce that, after an extensive search process, Oscar Juarez will be our new Early Childhood Education Faculty at Oregon Coast Community College.

Oscar comes to us from El Paso, Texas, where he has served as a Head Start teacher since 2013. Oscar has a Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at El Paso, and has been very active in his community through Border Interfaith – where his work focused on meeting the needs of the community through non-partisan political avenues to bring about community transformation.

“Working at Head Start has given me a unique view of how to help students and parents to succeed in the student’s education,” Oscar said. “Working along with families from low socio-economic backgrounds has highlighted the importance of building relationships with students and parents.”

During his interview, Oscar noted that he believes teaching the next group of Early Childhood Educators represents the next stage in his professional journey: from a student of early childhood education, to a teacher of children, and now to a teacher of future early childhood educators.

We are excited to have Oscar as part of the OCCC family and he will be starting in Winter Term as we launch our new Early Childhood Education Program.

More about ECE at OCCC

The early years shape a life. Research in child development has demonstrated that during the years from birth through six years old, important growth occurs in all domains, including social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic and physical development. The early childhood educator – whether a teacher, family or child care provider – plays a critical role in fostering children’s development and investing in their future.

Oregon Coast Community College is proud to announce that, this Winter, the College is launching its first Early Childhood Education Certificate Program, to help address the needs of Lincoln County’s children while offering our students yet another rewarding career opportunity.

OCCC’s Early Childhood Education program offers you the skills you need to succeed in the world of  childhood development, early childhood education centers, preschool programming, infant and toddler care, and family child care programs. Employment opportunities may include teaching assistant, child care aide, lead teacher, family child care provider and program director.

To start your Early Childhood Education adventure, call 541-867-8501 and ask for Theresa Harper, the OCCC Academic Advisor for the ECE program, or email her.

Learn more about the program, launching in the Winter 2019 term, here.

Applications open for grants, scholarships

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Applications Now Open for Grants and Scholarships at OregonStudentAid.govHECC Logo

Salem, OR – The Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) encourages students statewide to apply now for grants and scholarships at OregonStudentAid.gov. OSAC awards more than $102 million each year in state-funded grants and privately funded scholarships to help students meet their college expenses, and the application for private scholarships opens today, November 1.

1ST STEP FOR STATE AND FEDERAL AID, FAFSA or ORSAA:

Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) to be considered for federal and/or state financial aid, including grants and loans. ​The FAFSA is the primary application for federal and state financial aid, and the ORSAA is Oregon’s alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented students, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Information from the FAFSA or the ORSAA are used to determine students’ eligibility for the Oregon Promise, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, and numerous scholarships. The FAFSA is also used to determine eligibility for federal aid, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work-Study.

OSAC SCHOLARSHIPS:

Starting November 1, Oregon students may explore over 600 privately-funded scholarships and apply for up to 40 with one application. There is no cost to apply. Scholarship funds are available for: graduating high school seniors; college undergraduate and graduate students; GED® students; homeschooled students; community college and vocational school students; single parents returning to school; and more. Students must apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov and submit a completed OSAC scholarship application and all other required materials by the final deadline of March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Students who submit their applications by February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. may be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 OSAC Early Bird scholarship.

OREGON OPPORTUNITY GRANT:

The Oregon Opportunity Grant is Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program that helps students pay for college at public community colleges, public universities and participating private institutions statewide. Students should complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA for the upcoming school year. Oregon Opportunity Grants are awarded until funds are exhausted, so students should file their FAFSA (or ORSAA, if applicable) as soon as possible. Students who were first-time Opportunity Grant recipients in 2018-19 will be considered for a guaranteed second year award, providing they meet certain additional criteria detailed here and submit a 2019-20 FAFSA or ORSAA by May 1, 2019.

OREGON PROMISE:

Current high school seniors and GED® test graduates may apply for the Oregon Promise Grant, which helps to cover tuition at Oregon community colleges. Students must enroll in a community college within six months of graduation, and in accordance with Oregon Promise deadlines. Minimum GPA® requirements apply. Visit OregonStudentAid.gov for eligibility details. The program has rolling deadlines depending upon graduation date; use the “Find Your Deadline” tool. Students who are graduating between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 can complete an application now. Students are also required to complete either the FAFSA or the ORSAA by the deadline.

OREGON NATIONAL GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE:

This new program is established to provide funding for tuition at Oregon community colleges (up to 90 credits) and Oregon public universities (up to 180 credits) for current Oregon National Guard members. For additional information on deadlines, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit our website here.

OREGON CHAFEE EDUCATION AND TRAINING GRANT:

The Chafee grant, a federal program administered in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services, helps current and former child welfare foster youth pay for postsecondary education and training. The Chafee Grant application opens today November 1, 2018. Students should apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov and complete a 2019-20 FAFSA. For eligibility requirements, deadlines, and more information, visit the Chafee section of our website OregonStudentAid.gov. The application will close when funds are depleted.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS:

To help students understand the programs detailed here, and the application processes, OSAC offers numerous videos and resources for students, counselors, students, parents, and educators.

The State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) envisions a future in which all Oregonians—and especially those whom our systems have underserved and marginalized—benefit from the transformational power of high-quality postsecondary education and training. For more information, visit the HECC online

Student Nurses Collect Hygiene Supplies

Make a difference in the lives of Lincoln County Youth:

Donate to the OCCC Nursing Program Hygiene Drive

The Oregon Coast Community College Student Nurse Association has announced its 10th annual Hygiene Drive.

Each year for the past decade, students in OCCC’s nursing program have set up tables at various Lincoln County retail stores to collect personal hygiene items for children in need.

Lynn Barton, a member of the nursing faculty, says this year the program has teamed up with an existing Lincoln County-based support program.

“Unfortunately, many children and their families are in need of personal hygiene supplies,” Barton said. “We can help through a simple donation to our Lincoln County based family support program, H.E.L.P. – the Homeless Education & Literacy Project.

You can donate to the program simply by visiting these locations while nursing students are collecting donations of key items (see list below) as well as monetary contributions.

9am-3pm Saturday, Oct. 13 • Bi-Mart, Lincoln City

9am-3pm Saturday, Oct. 27 • Walmart, Newport

The SNO encourages the community to consider donating any of the following items, of particular use to the target population the drive aims to serve – Lincoln County children aged 5-18.

Shampoo • Conditioner • Face Wash • Deodorant • Skin Lotion • Toothpaste • Toothbrushes • Feminine Hygiene Products • Hair Ties • Brushes & Combs • Mini First Aid Kits • Hand Sanitizer • Underwear/Boxers • Socks • Diapers • Laundry Detergent • Lice Kits • Diapers

 

About OCCC

Oregon Coast Community College serves Lincoln County through centers in Waldport, Newport and Lincoln City.  The College offers two-year Associate Degrees and a variety of transfer degrees, as well as numerous less-than-one-year certificate programs. New for Fall 2018, the College has launched a new teaching degree program, and an early childhood education program is slated to launch with the Winter 2019 term.

To learn more about the College and its programs and services, call 541-867-8501, visit one of our centers, or peruse this website.

OCCC Fall Term Launches

OCCC Campus Building

Oregon Coast Community College’s Fall Term begins Monday, Sept. 24.
The term stands out for a number of reasons. First, it features the largest lineup of classes offered in Lincoln City in the College’s history. Second, it marks the launch of the College’s new teaching degree program – produced in partnership with Western Oregon University, the Lincoln County School District, and Tillamook Bay Community College.
Also new this Fall is the Digital Media & Marketing Studio 2, at the Central County Campus in Newport. This workspace follows the launch of the DMMS 1 two years ago at the North County Center in Lincoln City. Like the Lincoln City studio, the Newport studio offers cutting edge photography, video and audio recording equipment and facilities, and is available to students as well as small businesses from throughout the county. Watch for announcements on the College’s Facebook and Instagram accounts about upcoming open house tours of these studio spaces. Both studios were funded by generous grants from the Lincoln County Economic Development Grant Program, made possible by video lottery dollars.
First-time students with questions about everything from where their first classes will be held, to where to find a tutor, to where the restrooms are – not to mention how to order a hamburger at the College Store – can find answers during the first week of the term at the front desks of both the Newport and Lincoln City campus locations.
There’s a welcome back barbecue event scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Newport and Thursday, Oct. 4 in Lincoln City. These events offer students a chance to meet one another, ask questions about the College’s various locations and services, and get photographs taken for OCCC student IDs, among other things.

More on the College

Oregon Coast Community College is in its 31st year of service to Lincoln County, through locations in Waldport, Lincoln City, and Newport – site of the College’s Central County Campus.
The college offers a number of Career & Technical Education programs, from the medical assisting and nursing assistant programs (based in Waldport) and the College’s one-of-a-kind Aquarium Science Program. This Fall, the Aquarium Science Program is hosting a presentation on ocean acidification and a tour of the AQS Facility, located at the OCCC Central County Campus in Newport. The Aquarium Science Program attracts students from around the country, as well as around the county. In some recent years, the program has notched 100% job-placement rates for graduates (defined as working in the industry within six months of graduation) and each year AQS students are placed at internships at some of the leading aquariums and zoos around the country. The program offers one-year certificate as well as two-year degree programs.
Oregon Coast Community College’s two-year Nursing Program has graduated more than 200 Registered Nurses in its history, many of whom are currently working in Lincoln County. Others choose to matriculate directly to Linfield College as juniors, to spend two additional years earning their Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing.

Follow Oregon Coast Community College on Facebook and Instagram (@occcsharks) to stay up to date on late-breaking announcements and events. Tag your on-campus photos with @occcsharks and you could win prizes or be entered into drawings for various items throughout the term – check the Your College Store for more information about these opportunities. For more information, call the OCCC main switchboard at 541-867-8501.

Lincoln City offers scholarships for SBDC classes & workshops

Lincoln City provides scholarships to businesses taking SBDC classes

For the sixth consecutive year, Lincoln City – via its Urban Renewal Agency, and thanks to a unanimous vote of support by the city council in July – has made scholarships available through economic development funds for business classes and programs offered at Oregon Coast Community College’s Small Business Development Center.

“The funds allocated to these scholarships are from the same sources that the city uses to make available low-interest loans for façade improvement or business expansion,” said SBDC Director Dave Price. “We’re grateful and humbled to know that the city, year after year, continues to appreciate the value of the services we offer to our participating businesses, and steps up to encourage more businesses to register, thanks to this financial support. Just as a business may become more profitable thanks to added traffic attracted by a shiny new sign or façade, we see over and over again how our clients can achieve greater returns by implementing the strategies learned in our classes and workshops.”

The scholarships are available only to businesses located within the city’s Urban Renewal District and, while they last,  provide 100% of the tuition for any SBDC classes, workshops, or programs – including the Small Business Management Program, a year-long program the College has presented for more than 25 years. The SBM begins in late September and runs through June, and features monthly classes and monthly one-on-one business advising sessions.

While the Lincoln City funding is specific to business located within the city’s Urban Renewal District, support received from other contributors helps reduce the cost of SBDC programs to businesses countywide.

“Thanks to ongoing generous support from the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, the City of Newport and the City of Waldport, we’re also able to continue offering other scholarship support to businesses located elsewhere in Lincoln County,” Price said. The County, for example, has provided funding to the SBDC totaling $30,000 per year – using funds generated by video poker machines in the county. State law directs governments to invest a portion of those proceeds to economic development. “We’re thankful to the county commissioners that they have chosen to invest a portion of those economic development funds in the SBDC, helping ensure a broad array of classes, workshops and services to businesses and would-be entrepreneurs across the county,” Price said.

The Oregon Coast Community College SBDC has announced its fall term course lineup. Registration is open now for all of those classes and events, and can be found here.  For more information, call the SBDC at 541-994-4166.

Small Business Management Registration Opens

Patrick White

Registration opens for OCCC’s 2018-19 Small Business Management Program

Patrick White

SBM Coordinator Misty Lambrecht, pictured with 2017-18 SBM Business of the Year Patrick White, of Northwest Allpro Auto Clinic, of Newport.

Are you ready to invest some time in the classroom to help grow your business? Perhaps now is the time to take advantage of one of Lincoln County’s most prominent and established professional development opportunities – the Small Business Management (SBM) Program at Oregon Coast Community College.

This summer, the staff at OCCC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is meeting with business owners from all corners of Lincoln County.

“The summer is one of our busiest times,” said Misty Lambrecht, coordinator of the SBM, the Center’s cornerstone program. “Each summer,” Lambrecht continued, “we schedule meeting after meeting with business owners who may be considering enrolling in our SBM for the next academic year.” This year, the program kicks off in late September 2018, and runs through June 2019.  Applications are open now.

Any Lincoln County business can apply to participate in the Small Business Management Program, but the typical participant has at least two to three years of operations under her belt. “Some businesses are much older,” Lambrecht said. “In recent years, we’ve seen brand-new startups sitting next to owners of fourth-generation county businesses. All are welcome, and all have something to contribute to our discussions.”

“Ron Spisso, who ran this program for almost 20 years, called it an ‘MBA Lite,’” she said. “It introduces business owners to fundamental concepts that have been around for years, as well as very new information – this year new content will range from the ramifications of the 2018 tax changes to the new marketing environment created by Facebook’s recent algorithm changes, among many others.”

 

About the program

The Small Business Management Program at its core consists of monthly classroom sessions, from September through June, along with once-monthly one-on-one advising sessions, during which participants meet alone with their business advisor from the SBDC.

“The typical SBM participant does a lot more than these two appointments per month,” said OCCC SBDC Director Dave Price. “They also do a great deal of work on their business, not just in their business. Generally, SBM participants are joining the program because they have some goals for their business to achieve during the year. Some are out to overhaul and improve their marketing programs and strategies. Others are determined to get their financial reporting improved and to resole longstanding issues with their QuickBooks records. Still others are hoping to learn more about resolving nagging personnel issues. And then,” Price continued, “there are those who are simply eager to learn more about doing business – and specifically to learn from other business owners about doing business here in our wonderful, crazy, and challenging corner of the world.”

Price, a county resident since 1996 who launched his own business here in 2005 and sold it in 2013, is a graduate of the SBM. “I enrolled in the program in the depths of the Great Recession,” he said. “I loved the monthly advising sessions – they were a great way to step out of the day to day stresses of the workplace and to really talk strategy, and building value for the long term.”

This year, the SBDC plans to offer two different cohorts of the SBM; one that meets Tuesday afternoons in Newport, and another meeting Wednesday mornings in Lincoln City.

“We began offering two cohorts two years ago,” Lambrecht said. “Business tell us they appreciate the convenience of having sessions closer to home, and also the ability to catch a missed class at the other location.”

 

Getting registered

To find out if the Small Business Management Program is for you, and to schedule an appointment with Lambrecht or Price, call 541-994-4166, or visit www.oregoncoastcc.org/small-business-management/ and click “Application.”

 

About the SBDC

The Small Business Development Center has served Lincoln County’s entrepreneurs for 31 years, offering free, confidential, one-on-one business advising to anyone in business or who’s simply thinking of one day launching a business.  The SBDC also offers a variety of classes and workshops at OCCC’s locations in Waldport, Lincoln City, and Newport. A complete listing of upcoming classes can be found any time at www.oregoncoastbusiness.com.