Winter 2013 Distinguished Alumni Karen Bernheim Cardin

Distinguished Alumni Karen Bernheim Cardin

Distinguished Alumni Karen Bernheim CardinKaren Bernheim Cardin, a corporate jet pilot for Les Schwab Tires, has always believed strongly in the value of a community college education.

Karen grew up in Pleasant Hill, but her first encounter with Lane was during high school when she was selected to play bass in a musical production on the campus.After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the Flight Technology program and got her first aviation job at the Creswell Airport.

She attended Lane and the University of Oregon simultaneously and earned her bachelor's degree in communications. Even though she graduated from the UO, she considers  Lane her alma mater.

After finishing her flight training at Lane, Karen worked at the college as a flight instructor. She went on to serve as a pilot for the US Forest Service, Westair/United Express and Morris Air/Southwest Airlines.

Today, Karen is active in her community in Central Oregon, both on the ground and in the air. She volunteers with Air Search and Rescue and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Safety Foundation. She serves on the worship team at her church and is the bass player for the Gospel Choir of the Cascades.

Karen also enjoys mentoring young aspiring pilots at Sisters High School through the ASPIRE program and guest lecturing at the Central Oregon Community College Aviation program. She says it gives her the chance to share real world experiences with students, which is something that community colleges like Lane do so well.

"Lane offers such a valuable education," she says. "You have really great instructors, it's affordable and it's a real life education - you can actually go out and get a job with the skills you learn."

A single mother who believes a Lane education can help empower other parents supporting children on one income; Karen has made financial contributions to the Aviation and Women's programs at Lane. And even though she no longer lives down the road from Lane, she still considers it an  integral part of who she is today.

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