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 President's 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 student success and economic mobility. The project aims to increase access to resources and services that can better support students facing financial barriers to attending and completing college.

The Lane Community College Pathways to Opportunity: Community Partners Summit on May 22 will explore ways to close opportunity gaps and help improve access to education and workforce development opportunities for low-income and underrepresented populations.

This effort is part of a statewide Pathways to Opportunity initiative designed to improve partnerships and student access to federal, state, and local resources.

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.

Did you know that the state expanded SNAP eligibility to community college students who are enrolled in career and technical education or Career Pathways programs? That’s just one example of how policy changes can improve access for our underrepresented and low-income students.

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.

Community Partners may RSVP and/or provide survey responses by using this form:

Community Partners RSVP Form

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