Lane Community College

Meeting Date: October 31, 2014

Air Date: November 3, 2014

Guest Speakers: Judith Mowry, Policy Analyst, City of Portland; and Mark Harris, Counselor and Instructor, Lane Community College
Program Coordinator: Mary Leighton

Rachel McDonald

Frank Nearing, now 95 years old, served on both the Eugene 4J School Board and the Lane Education Service District Board.  Nearing was also a KLCC news reporter, covering – among other stories – LCC Board meetings.  In the week commemorating the college’s 50th anniversary, Nearing reflects…

Laura Wingerd

Since the early 1990's, the University of Oregon has sponsored a free figure drawing session, open to the public. The three-hour class, at Lawrence Hall, included nude models. Recently, participants were informed the college was cancelling the session.

After the U of O discontinued the Saturday Figure Drawing Group, there were campus protests and national headlines. Even Late Night talk show host Jimmy Fallon jumped in:

Although the Eugene Celebration isn't happening this year, there will be a parade. There's also a celebration concert Saturday evening as part of the festivities.

The Senior Companion Program is celebrating forty years of connecting with senior citizens  and helping them stay active and engaged.  KLCC's Tripp Sommer speaks with Barbara Susman, director of the Successful Aging Institute and the Senior Companion Program at Lane Community College.  His other guest is Brian Pindell, a Senior Companion Program volunteer.    

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Today (Monday), Lane Community College begins remodeling and expanding their student center at the core of main campus. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports the 35 million dollar project is expected to take a little over a year.

Center Building was built nearly 50 years ago and it shows. Siding is peeling away, concrete walls and walks are blemished. Lane County voters approved an 83 million dollar bond six years ago. Now the community college is spending the last of that money to finance the remodel.

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Lane Community College will raise tuition but has avoided lay-offs to cope with its financial shortfall. The LCC Budget Committee passed a spending plan Thursday night.

Tibetan refugee Lady Jangchup Palmo--also known as Amala, or Honored Mother--lived a meditative life in caves after Chinese invaders killed her family. She escaped and eventually moved to Cottage Grove, where she now faces cancer. She was instrumental in arranging the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Eugene last year. She will give a talk called “Transforming Adversity into Opportunity” on the LCC campus on Thursday evening.  She speaks to Eric Alan, with the assistance of her son and translator, Lama Jigme Rinpoche.

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Lane Community College may have to lay off part time and even full time employees if its enrollment continues to decline.

The college experienced a surge in enrollment during the recession, but that's dropped off as the economy has improved.
Lane saw a 40 percent boost in enrollment from 2008 to 2012 as people who had lost their jobs went to school for technical training. LCC president Mary Spilde says as state funding for higher education has dwindled; the college is more dependent on tuition.

Angela Kellner

Since the great recession, job security has been elusive. One bright spot is the health care field. Lane Community College in Eugene offers training programs to help students land well-paying jobs in the health care industry, including dental care. Lane recently opened a new dental clinic on Willamette Street where students can learn by treating patients.