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Lane Community College
Monday, April 20, 2020
LCC board sets bond town hall series, creates oversight committee, and offers statement

First town hall is April 21 at 6 p.m.

EUGENE, Ore.—The Lane Community College Board of Education approved a bond oversight committee at its April 15 meeting, should the college’s bond proposal pass in the May 19 election. The committee will include up to 11 members including three to five residents at-large, three members from the construction industry, and three members from the college including one faculty member, one classified staff, and one student.

The board also set a series of virtual town halls about the bond on Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m.; Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The public may submit questions for the town halls to bond@lanecc.edu and join by going online at lanecc.edu/bond  and following the Register now! link.

Finally, the board offers the following statement:

Statement from Lane Community College Board of Education

Rebuilding our local economy and investing now for the long-term economic recovery, as students return to LCC to retool, retrain, and re-enter the workforce.

Lane Community College is the community’s college.

From Nursing to Medical Office Assistance to Public Safety, LCC is the starting point for many of our local healthcare workers and emergency first responders. We stand united with all Lane County residents in thanking our healthcare heroes and essential medical personnel working to keep our community healthy and safe.

The LCC Board of Education understands the fear and economic uncertainty we face as a community, together, and we have great empathy for community members who have been recently furloughed or laid off from work. We too have had to lay off workers as the landscape shifted to online and distance learning.

As the premiere education partner squarely focused on training the workforce that will rebuild the local economy after this planetary pandemic, LCC is the foundation for local career and technical education (CTE) programs, for two-year transfer education, and for workers in need of retooling.

Lane County residents who have lost employment due to this pandemic may need re-training. Local employers — not just healthcare employers but many others as well — will need qualified applicants as businesses restart, reopen, and reestablish themselves.

But LCC needs vital investments to continue to train and educate local community members returning to sharpen their skills. As we prepare for a potential influx of recently laid off students of all ages — of all walks of life — we ask for voters’ support.

Now, more than ever, investments in LCC’s workforce development programs, public safety, technology, and healthcare facilities are desperately needed. With voters’ help, LCC will be there for those who are seeking to return to the workforce; with voters’ help LCC will be a support network for our struggling small businesses.

We urge a “YES” vote on Measure 20-306, “YES” for the LCC Bond and the future workforce of Lane County.

Mike Eyster, Board Chair
Matt Keating, Board Vice Chair
Rosie Pryor, Board Member
Melanie Muenzer, Board Member
Lisa Fragala, Board Member
Angela VanKrause, Board Member
Chelsea Jennings, Board Member

For more information about Lane Community College:

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Contact

Brett Rowlett, Director of Public Affairs

Phone

(541) 606-0247

Lane Community College educates over 25,000 students annually at six locations across Lane County and online. Students and alumni from all 50 states and 79 countries create more than an $850 million dollar impact on the local economy, helping to support more than 13,000 local jobs. Lane provides affordable, quality, professional technical and college transfer programs; business development and employee training; academic, language and life skills development; and lifelong personal development and enrichment courses.