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.
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.
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'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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
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 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.
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.”