Success Stories

Teo Wences
Lane believed in me and made me believe in myself.
Jake Reed
Lane’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program gives him the foundation to succeed
Mike Brady
Lane’s machine curriculum helped him broaden his skill base.
Tanya Guidry
Grateful for her experiences at Lane, Guidry says, “I was able to learn more easily, because the teachers were very supportive, and the class sizes were small."
Ashley Floyd, diesel tech graduate
Ashley is one of few women to complete a Diesel Tech degree
Cameron Reiten working at KNDD radio station
Cameron Reiten was 16-years-old at the time he proposed a summer internship at KNND radio station in Cottage Grove.
A kitchen may not be your typical classroom, but students participating in Lane’s Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program find lessons served hot inside local restaurants.
photo of John Thompson
Jon Thompson owns and manages KCST radio in Florence
Tonia Johnson going to client's home to provide massage
Toting a satchel filled with linens and oils, and carrying a portable table and chair, Tonia Johnson, an alumna of the massage therapy program at Lane Community College, travels to clients' homes and office suites, and to social events, to provide therapeutic massage.
Massage therapist provides massage for client
In her serene office suite on Country Club Road in Eugene, massage therapist Jennifer Olsen confidently applies healing touch to her clients, kneading, stroking, and stretching away their tension and pain.
Eric Hertel, student keynote speaker at the 2013 Lane Community College graduation
The road to success can include the occasional bump or even obstacle. Eric Hertel, student keynote speaker at the 2013 Lane Community College graduation, knows this well. And he knows that success is something you earn with every step forward.
Louise Ruhr with Create! Agro-Forester Ndiaye at one of Create!'s tree nurseries in Senegal
Louise's Ruhr's Eugene non-profit organization, CREATE! has trained and provided assistance to six villages in Senegal since 2010, as the country's populations were becoming increasingly affected by climate change.
Lane Community College graduate Rebecka Tumblin
"Rebecka Tumblin been awarded a summer internship with the prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratory, following an intense national competition. She will join other outstanding students in research of the newest developments in her field."
Lane Community College Energy Management Program Coordinator Roger Ebbage talks with students
The Downtown Campus is regarded as a landmark project for education, business and the community. It allows Lane to offer training and services at an accessible, convenient location while stimulating downtown revitalization and fulfilling sustainability goals.
Lane Community College student Catherine Mullins  By Chris Cunningham  For her Honors Program class at Lane Community College, “Invitation to Inquiry,” student Catherine Mullins decided to research contemporary Catholic biographer, Joseph Pearce. She had become familiar with the author during her Catholic high school education in southern California.  Researching Pearce’s unconventional life, in which he converted to Catholicism in prison, had a profound impact on the student’s thinking about her pivotal ro
"So much power was in my hands," Mullins wrote in her paper about her research project. She had "this sense of obligation, not just to do justice to the words of Mr. Pearce, but to the ideas he was trying to convey, to make the reader understand him the way I felt I understood him."
Potential students attend career workshops at LCC main campus
Hands On Career Exploration Day held on February 15 drew hundreds of junior and senior high school students to Lane Community College main campus to learn about the career technical programs.
Churchill High pre-engineering students
Churchill High School students learn about opportunities to study engineering at Lane Community College.
Diesel mechanics
More than 75 diesel mechanics from throughout the Willamette Valley attended a training in January led by Clint O'Neill of Pacific Power Products on how to comply with the latest diesel emission standards in the industry.
Kaitlyn Worman and Bradley Rockow
Semifinalists in the 2012 Norman Mailer/National Council of Teachers of English College Writing Awards for Fiction in the two-year college division.
Jason Winkler
Dedication to family leads to LCC and a career in physical therapy assisting.
Valerie Goodness
Lane alumna lands National Science Foundation fellowship to study tribal watershed restoration.
Nora Cronin
Lane grad becomes nation's 1,000th certified SBA.
Denita Tanner
Twice a winner: Respiratory care grad loves new career.
Randy Davis and John Jenkins
Randy Davis (left) graduated from Lane's Exercise and Movement Science program. John Jenkins (right), graduated from Lane's EMT Program. They own and operate ProFitness Personal Training in downtown Eugene.
Sunny Murray
As the mother of four young children, Lane Community College student Sunny Murray of Eugene always stressed the value of education.
Vern Duwell
Vern Duwell of Walton is on track for a new career in health care thanks in large part to a Ford Family Foundation Restart scholarship awarded in spring 2011. That scholarship will cover up to 90 percent of his unmet college costs up to a maximum of $25,000 per year, through degree completion.
Mathew Bostrom
On a whim, Lane Community College student Mathew Bostrom decided to perform at the Los Angeles International Performing arts contest in January 2012. He won fifth place twice, for singing, and for acting in a scene; second place in the monologue category; first place for acting in a commercial; and finally, first place in overall acting.
Tess Treinen
Physical therapy grad earns doctorate. Tess Treinen attended Lane from 2004-06 and has now completed a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, California.
Linda Ackers
Kudos and congratulations to Linda Ackers, winner of Lane's November 2011 Classified Employee of the Month Award. Linda maintains the Lane Community College library website
Shyloh West
"I had many people in my life tell me I was too smart to be selling myself short, that I needed to go back to school and do something better with my life. I had no idea what I wanted to do, except get my education up to par."
Lorra Jones
Meet college graduate Lorra Jones
Melanie Harvey
"I lived 30 years knowing I had failed at something that meant so much to me. My life has made an abrupt turn in the past year and a half since I stepped back into the halls of LCC with renewed hope, strength, purpose, goals and dreams."
Dave Vizcaino
"Last year our classrooms and labs were scattered, overcrowded, and outdated. This new Health and Wellness Center creates a special environment for students and teachers to come together, collaborate, and achieve."
Melisa McDowell
Once nearly homeless, Melisa McDowell is on her way to a teaching career in science "There aren't enough women teaching science. I'd like to change this. I want to be part of the solution."
Kevin Alltucker
Today, engineer Kevin Alltucker is an advocate for at-risk children and families. His career began at Lane Community College where he enrolled in 1978, transferring two years later to Oregon State University for a degree in construction engineering. Kevin began working in the construction industry on large-scale international projects and later added advocacy for children to his life’s mission.
Karin Clarke
After earning a bachelor's degree in theatre arts at the University of Oregon, Karin Clarke wasn't ready to stop learning. She decided to enroll in Lane Community College's graphic arts program.
James Florendo
As a member of the Wasco nation, one of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, his deep roots in and knowledge of Native American traditions is a valuable asset in understanding the needs and dreams of the growing number of Native American students choosing Lane to begin their higher education.
Don Rainer
Don Rainer was born and raised in Eugene. Lane Community College was the logical next step for Don when he graduated from Marist High School. He knew that he wanted to earn a four-year degree, but did not know what he would focus on.
Carmen and Justin Meyers
Carmen and Justin Meyers are newlyweds. Both graduated from the African American Rites of Passage program for middle school and high school youth at Lane Community College, in different years.
Darrell Wygle
In 2008, Darrell Wygle was laid off from his job in a local machine shop. "It was hard to hold my head up when my world, as I knew it, came crashing down on me."
Matt Ray
When Lane Community College student Matt Ray walks into a room, it’s hard not to notice his erect posture and no-nonsense gait. “Sometimes I still walk like a Marine,” admits the 28-year-old military veteran. “I have a mission-oriented walk.”
Makenzie Ficek
If it weren’t for online courses, student Makenzie Ficek says she might not have the time to play on the Lane Community College Titan basketball team.