Lane Community College

Lane Community College

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.

Lane Community College

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.

Glass sculptor Jonathan Swanz is doing installations at Lane Community College called Vibrant Matter and Right of Passage, the latter of which is paired with a dance performance by Bonnie Simoa and Sarah Nemecek. Jonathan Swanz joins Eric Alan to talk about light, the social behaviors of glass and people, and the relationship of portals and pilgrimage.

Rachael McDonald

College textbooks are too expensive and many students can't afford them. The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group released a national survey Monday on textbook costs and alternatives.

Lane Community College Student Body President Paul Zito says he has only bought 4 textbooks in the 3 years he's been a student. He takes a normal course-load but he can't afford the books. Instead Zito looks for the information himself.

The snow and frigid cold snap couldn't come at a worse time for students at Lane Community College. The Eugene and Cottage Grove campuses have been closed for most of the time since Friday's snowstorm.

This is finals week.  Many students are still waiting to find out when their makeup tests will be. Brian Kelly, Vice President of College Services says the public safety and facilities staff have been on campus during the closure:

LCC’s Blue Door Theatre presents In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, Sarah Ruhl's Tony-nominated play based on the Victorian-era use of vibrators to treat “hysterical” women. Director Willow Norton returns from New York City to the Willamette Valley, to talk with Eric Alan about medicine, intimacy and electricity, and why it’s all relevant for modern relationships. 

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Lane Community College has lost a promoter.

Larry Romine, long time board member, writer and teacher, died October 25th, at the age of 83. 

Larry Romine was a reporter for the Register-Guard back in 1960's, the heyday of the daily paper. He taught journalism at LCC and the University of Oregon.  Larry served two terms on the Lane Board of Education. His friend and colleague Pat Albright filled the board position from District 5 when Larry retired.

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