Pathways to Opportunity: Community Partners Summit

Pathways to Opportunity: Community Partners Summit

May 22, 2019 ~ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19 @ Lane Community College

A draft of the agenda will be coming soon.

Pathways to Opportunity

Pathways to Opportunity (PTO) is a statewide project supported by the Oregon Presidents' Council and the Higher Education Coordination Commission's Office of Community College and Workforce Development.

The Pathways to Opportunity initiative is designed to increase equitable access to education, training and economic mobility. It encourages interagency collaboration and “braiding” of service funds in an effort to increase resources and services that can better support those facing financial barriers to education. 

The Lane Community College Pathways to Opportunity: Community Partners Summit on May 22 will bring together Lane County social service agencies, Community Based Organization's and workforce partners, with a shared interest in closing opportunity gaps and improving access to education and workforce development opportunities. 

At the event, we will explore ways to improve interagency collaboration, facilitate more seamless adult student referrals from partner agencies, and help improve access to federal, state, and local resources by low-income and underrepresented populations of Lane County.

The Event Features:

  • Welcome by Dr. Marge Hamilton; President of Lane Community College
  • Keynote presentation and overview of the Pathways to Opportunity Framework by Mark Mitsui; PCC president, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Department of Human Services policy and statewide STEP updates by Anthony Scott and Meorah Solar; Operations and Policy Analysts from Oregon State Department of Human Services.
  • LCC update from Dr. Paul Jarrell; Vice President of Instruction and Academic Student Affairs at Lane Community College
  • Facilitated discussions on identifying barriers and improving access to educational opportunities, and integration of federal, state, and local resources.
  • Catered free lunch

A “Hunger on Campus” study in 2016 of students from higher education institutions across the country, including Lane, cited that 64 percent of food insecure students also reported some type of housing insecurity in the past year and 15 percent of food-insecure students reported they experienced some type of homelessness. Nationally, about 2 in 3 community college students experience food insecurity and about half of community college students experience housing insecurity, based on the 2017 “National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education.” That study also found that 13 to 14 percent of community college students experienced homelessness.

Our goal for the summit is to build connections and strengthen relationships that will benefit our students. In the RSVP/ Survey link below we’ve reached out to our community partners for information on how to improve relationships to benefit the success of our students and potential students. Even if you are unable to attend the event we appreciate if you would click on the RSVP link and provide responses to the survey questions to facilitate improving our partnerships. Honest input is appreciated.

This is a starting point and we hope that you join us in these important conversations with the common goal to build a stronger Lane County.


Improving Access to Education & Training Survey

Improving Access to Community Services Survey

For more information, contact Rosa Lopez at or (541) 463-4726