Career Readiness Programs

Empower Program

Been Out of School Awhile? Need a Way to Prepare for College and a Career? Empower program can help you build confidence, find your strengths, realize your potential, develop a support network, and become empowered to continue your journey towards lifelong success in your academic, professional, and personal development.

The program includes personal success coaching and focuses on college and career readiness, self-development, goal-setting, and overall well-being. Please complete the Empower Interest form to participate.

Three FREE classes help:

  • Identify goals and resources
  • Gain computer skills used in LBCC classes
  • Explore careers that fit your strengths
  • Employ time management and academic success strategies
  • Create an education plan that fits you
  • Launch your career path – from certificate or degree to employment

Other Topics:

  • Learning and teaching styles
  • Personality types
  • Applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Employability skills
  • Placement test practice



Ages 25 or older with a GED or high school diploma are eligible. 


Time Commitment

10 weeks, 7 hours a week. Choose fall, winter, spring, or summer term. Courses are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.



 Course Descriptions

HD 120 Destination Graduation (1 credit)

A first term experience course that helps adult learners transition into going back to school. It also allows students to develop their ability to use tools, information, and resources to be successful at LBCC. Along with providing students with placement test practice in math, writing, and reading & comprehension, this course also helps:

  • Identify personality traits and strengths
  • Build confidence and motivation
  • Address goal setting, time and stress management, and growth mindset
  • Establish a support network of peers, faculty, and staff and overall wellness

HD 140 Career Exploration (3 credits)

Students examine their personal interests, skills, and values as they relate to career choices using interactive techniques such as guest speakers, journaling, small group work, and online assessments. Learning outcomes: students will be able to narrow down an occupation, match it with a program of study, and prepare for future academic and employment success.

Computer Basics (non-credit)

Students learn personal computer vocabulary and terminology and hands-on Internet, Microsoft Office and Google application experience. Programs include: Microsoft - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and Google - Gmail and Docs. Students also learn how to use Linn-Benton Community College applications for college registration, adding classes, and course assignments such as Moodle and WebRunner. And lastly, students learn to prepare for placement tests using Accuplacer and ALEKS software tools and resources. 


Contact Information

Please complete the Empower Interest form and then schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you.

Malinda Shell
Empower Program Coordinator
Willamette Hall, WH-217
(541) 917-4529