Success Stories

Esteban Montero Chacon found his future through the Lane Community College Energy Management Program. He was a stay-at-home dad in Costa Rica when he began the journey that led to his enrollment in the program. This spring, he completes his two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Energy Management, and he already has a job.
Lane Community College flight instructor Solomon Singer has been using his drone to provide support and surveillance for the Holiday Farm fire east of Eugene-Springfield, Oregon.
The Vancouver, Washington, native has strong roots in Portland and recorded his latest EP at the Wilsonville studio of producer Dave Lubben.
Lane Community College alum, Jennifer Denson, wears many masks these days: educator, executive director, pop-up grocer.
After barely graduating high school while serving time in juvenile jail, it was hard to imagine my life going anywhere but down. 
What does one of the most dominant track programs in the United States and the Oregon Department of Ag­riculture have in common?
Scientist Gina Knox works at lighting speed developing tests for Covid-19 in a lab at Providence Hospital in Portland. The lab was the first private lab in Oregon to develop a test and has since performed about a third of all Covid-19 tests performed in the Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The Lane Community College Titans completed an outstanding fall sports season in 2019. All teams qualified for post-season play in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Southern Region.
"I found my community," he says. "Another great thing about Lane is that everyone's on your team and rooting for you and encouraging you to do more and get involved. My biggest piece of advice to anyone here is to get as involved as you can because that's what makes you really want to excel and keep showing up. You find your community and your friends and, even after you graduate, that stuff that stays with you which is really impactful."
Adam Atman
Eighteen-year-old Adam Atman was born and raised in Eugene and attended early grades at Oak Hill School, located right next to Lane Community College main campus. "I joke that it took me eight years to cross the street!" says Atman.
"I was quite taken with her vision and the aspects of her life that I discovered," says Svoboda. "The house in Portland where she lived is on the National Register of Historic Places. She used a wheelchair, and barely ever left her house. She helped support her family by taking in sewing and didn’t receive recognition for her poetry until age 30. And yet her poems have a sense of sharp observation that are very much like Emily Dickinson. I'm hoping to bring the story of her work to life."
LCC transfer students can earn a bachelor’s or master’s at OSU, BU at less cost
Every year, Lane Community College’s Diesel Technology program faculty, students and staff decorate their bus and join the Springfield Christmas Parade. “The Titan team turned out in force,” said Division Dean Pat O’Connor, despite heavy rain showers. “Thanks to faculty members Steve Webb and Jacob Tidball, staff member Pete Butler, and most of all, thanks to our students.”
photo of Trumpeter Kelly Kelso
After Kelly Kelso graduated from North Eugene High School in 2013, he knew he wanted to “get his feet under him” before moving on to a large university. Lane Community College proved to be the right place.
Alexandre Pabst, 21, discovered playing bass at age 15. While he formed bands and played with friends, he didn’t consider a music a career. That changed when he started attending Lane Community College three years ago. Now, he’s about to transfer to the University of Oregon with a prestigious scholarship for $30,000 over three years with the option for a fourth year.
"Don’t settle for less."
Some attendees fabricated tool trays and piggy banks. Others practiced their finesse at using a boom and bucket on an excavator to lift and move a heavy jumble of machine tracks.
Paying for tuition is not the only concern of today’s college students. There’s also the additional expense of textbooks. Lane’s effort to reduce the cost of textbooks for students has surpassed the $1 million mark, according to Open Educational Resources librarian Meggie Wright. “OERs are resources that people publish with an open license on top of a traditional copyright,” explains Wright. It means students can access or download materials online for free.
A warming shelter on campus gives disadvantaged students critical support to help them transform their lives. And sometimes, it even saves a life.