Success after Criminal Court Involvement

Welcome, and congratulations on your decision to make a fresh start!

Starting or restarting school after criminal court involvement can be challenging, and we are here and ready to help you! Here you will find a home base with resources and contact information for beginning or resuming your college education, and support along the way. 

What do I do first?

Make an appointment with Malinda Shell, Faculty for Adult Re-entry and Career Pathways

Next steps:

After you’ve made an appointment with Malinda, there are some things you can work on in the meantime…

Here is a checklist to guide you through the admission process at LBCC. Click each heading to expand for more information and links. 

  • Apply for Admissions to LBCC
  • If you are under supervision, connect with Public Safety
    • Make an appointment with Bruce Thompson, Public Safety Officer
    • thompsb@linnbenton.edu
    • 541-917-4444
    • Red Cedar Hall, Room 119
  • Send us your transcripts
    • Process
      • Transcripts
      • A high school diploma or GED are not required for enrollment at LBCC, but are required for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order for us to give you credit towards courses you have previously taken at another college, we need to have your official transcripts sent to the Admissions office. Be sure you also fill out the Transcript Evaluation Request Form. 
      • How to order GED scores
  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Check out Available Degrees & Programs
     
  • Apply for Accommodations through Center for Accessibility Resources (If applicable)
    • Process  (can start about 6 months ahead) 
  • Attend a New Student Center (NSC) Orientation
  • Get your Student ID card
    • Process:  Once you have registered for classes, come visit the Registration counter in Takena Hall, bring other photo ID and get your LBCC Student ID! Free bus transportation available with student ID. 
  • Buy Books
    • Find your books
    • If using Financial Aid to purchase books, make sure to check your WebRunner account for your available bookstore credit on your financial aid award.
  • Attend your classes the first week of term!
    • New students will take HD 120 Destination Graduation (DG) college success course and be assigned an advisor for your major for future academic planning. (This course is required for all Oregon Promise Grant recipients) 

More Information and Support

Be Informed!  Here is a collection of information for decision making on college programs and finding employment, campus resources, and more. Click to expand each category for links and more information.

  • Screening Information. How your charge affects employability, ability to be granted a business license, driver’s license, and more.

    National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction--consequences and exclusions for licensure, employment, education etc. Searchable by crime, duration of exclusion, etc. Watch the free webinar for instructions and insight on how to use this tool.

    For reference on penal codes referenced in the NICCC above. 2017 Oregon Revised Statutes 

    Direct Screening
    Obtain a background check. Information about what each type of background check screens for. 

    US Department of Health and Human Services Exclusions Database
    Database searchable by name for determining whether a specific person is excluded from obtaining employment due to conviction.

    Notes on completing Background Check Weighing Test for Traditional Healthcare Workers. What to expect from the background check, how time since conviction affects decision making, etc. for those considering work in home health, caregiving, group homes, etc.

    Can I work in a facility for seniors and disabled people? This page defines types of facilities, background checks conducted, what kinds of crimes disqualify someone from working in care facilities, and the length of time a person is disqualified from working in them.

    Oregon Career Information System (CIS) has sorting tools for minimal, moderate and severe barriers to enter various occupations.  Contact Advising Center for access to CIS.

  • Job Search. Resources for making yourself the best applicant you can be when seeking employment.

    Jobs for Felons Guide
    Employment guide--what to expect, motivation, what employers are looking for, most sought-after soft skills in an employee, and more.

    Jobs for Felons Hub
    “One-stop-shop” for post-conviction employment resources.

    The Prime Objective: A Job Seeking Guide
    NY state job-seeker resource for inmates preparing for release or newly released. This is largely specific to the state of New York, but inside is lots of good information about creating resumes and other job search documents particular to formerly incarcerated job seekers that will help any job applicant with past criminal involvement.

    Career Specialists in the LBCC Advising Center provide individual job search skills support such as resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and locating potential employers and job openings.

  • Expungement/Record Sealing

    Oregon Expungement
    Eligibility test, attorneys, what records can be expunged and information on rights restoration.

    Oregon Expungement Guide 
    Resources for determining eligibility and cost information.

  • Housing
    The Once Fallen Finding Housing Guide for sex offenders. Strategies for securing housing post-release and contact information for housing organizations and advocates by state.

    Listing of transitional housing available by location in Oregon.

    Rules and regulations regarding applying for Section 8 housing assistance with a felony (IT IS POSSIBLE!).

  • On-Campus Resources
    Roadrunner Resource Center: Takena 107-B. In-person help with locating financial support for making ends meet while in school.


    Linn-Benton Lunch Box
    : Forum 120 in the Student Life & Leadership office. Groceries for students, providing two days’ worth of food twice per term.

    Family Resource and Education Center: Luckiamute Center 132. Parenting education, childcare referrals, and early learning resources and support.

    First Resort: In the Learning Center, 2nd Floor Willamette Hall. Where to go to get help figuring out a plan as the need arises, academically or otherwise. Walk-ins welcome.

  • On-going Support for LBCC students
    • The NEST 
    • Skill-based Group Coaching: Success after Criminal Court Involvement 
      • Thursday’s @ 1:00 PM during the term
      • Willamette Hall, Room 216
      • Treats provided!!
      • Contact Sonya James for more information