Winter 2014 Dean's Message:
The skies are turning gray, the sun is setting earlier and winter is almost here. Winter term is a great time to settle in at Lane Community College Florence! If you are a current student, you've probably discovered that taking college courses is often more challenging than your high school classes. It isn't easy to learn the ropes of registering, get all the financial aid paperwork in place, and practice good time management skills to allow you enough time for family and friends, studies, work and sleep.
This year, Lane is particularly focused on student success. Several changes in federal financial aid policies have made this more important than ever. Students need to have a solid academic plan and take courses that help them move toward that goal in a timely process. Dropping out or failing a course not only delays the completion of a degree or a certificate, it also negatively impacts financial aid. If a student is not meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, they will be notified and asked to complete an online or in person Keys to Success workshop before being able to register for additional classes. (For more information on these standards, visit www.lanecc.edu/finaid/satisfactory-academic-progress.) Here in Florence, we offer on-site academic counseling and advising, as well as tutoring in Anatomy and Physiology and adult basic skills. Our small class sizes in writing and math allow for personalized help from Florence's very capable and willing instructors.
Winter is also the time to apply for scholarships through the Lane Community College Foundation, and we encourage all students to go to www.lanecc.edu/foundation/ for application information. If you are good with technology, consider applying for a Learn and Earn student position. We invite you to become part of a great community college committed to your success!
Mary Jeanne Kuhar, MD
Dean of Lane Community College at Florence