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Speakers protest program cuts - The Torch
Speakers protest program cuts

Speakers protest program cuts


Randall Tyle speaks before the Board of Education in the Boardroom of Building 3 about program cuts.
Photo: August Frank
Randall Tyle speaks before the Board of Education in the Boardroom of Building 3 about program cuts.Photo: August Frank

Randall Tyle speaks before the Board of Education in the Boardroom of Building 3 about program cuts.
Photo: August Frank

Milton Stahmer: Eugene employer

We are hiring LCC students to do robotics … our company is international. We just bought another company in Sweden … We have a workforce in Canada and now in Europe. But I’ve been hiring students out of LCC.

We’ve been promoting them within the company … Since I spoke at the board meeting last month I’ve actually hired another Lane graduate. It’s a very important resource for us.

Doug Weiss: Advanced technology faculty

There’s a certain symbiotic relationship between the ETs and the apprentices … We say that times are bad, we’re hitting some kind of recession, well that attacks the workforce down in town and what we see is a reduction in the apprentices, that population starts dropping down.

But that’s the point where electronic technicians flock in, that’s when we see our huge enrollments in these times, everybody wants to be trained to get that job. So these students are sharing the same classrooms.

And then you look at the opposite, let’s say that conditions are changing now, things are getting better, that means that the electronic technology graduates are running out into town, but also the apprenticeship students, because things are picking up, gradually more and more hired and then they come into the system. So this is the nature between these two: as one goes down, one goes up.

Rod Cornett: Employer and member of Advisory Committee

The programs provide living wage jobs he said. The college is taking a backward step by eliminating programs.

Lee Imonen: Media arts faculty

This is the solution? Rather than finding an appropriate venue to seat and hold the crowd who would like to attend this meeting; it’s embarrassing and appalling. The attempt to control and mitigate conversation and public discourse is contrary to the nature of the college being a public entity. I’ve hear preposterous excuses for a place with so many public spaces.

If we can’t find a room that fits the community, then what are we doing?

Randall Tyle: 18 year association with apprenticeships

Since the college opened the electronic engineering program, it’s been an excellent source for those graduates entering the community to achieve jobs in engineering firms, electrical contractors, technicians in some the Northwest’s most prominent companies.

Those students who are taking classes in electronics technologies more often than not become students in our apprenticeship programs … what you looked at was degrees versus jobs. Well oftentimes in these particular situations, those two don’t match up.

Our apprentices typically are students who have taken some, if not most, of the electronics classes but have never obtained a degree. Because what’s the reality … a degree is not necessary to work in the electrical field. What is necessary is the experience in electronics and electrical technology in an apprenticeship program.

Robert Gonzales: student

Commenting on the tornado that hit Lane recently damaging several vehicles, Gonzales said it was a message from God saying to keep the Auto Collision and Refinishing program.

Andrew Moser: 2010 Electronics graduate

Moser said the Electronics program is not teaching TV repair or VCR repair, they’re teaching automation. In the manufacturing world, automation is everything.

The facilities up there in Building 15, the equipment and the instructors are better than you will find anywhere else in this state … every day there are more and more jobs out there for electronic technicians to keep plants running from small plants to large plants.

Trevor Harwood: Auto body business owner

Harwood’s business has 23 locations and employs 450 people. He said he needs 17 technicians today and 20 more for related positions. The need is huge, he said.

Terry Dale: Lane Electronics faculty

Manufacturing accounts for the bulk of jobs in Eugene and western Oregon for people with specialized training in electronics.

The idea that electricians are replacing electronics technicians is not correct. Technology has created an overlap in these two fields and the ET department has taken advantage of this and blended some of its classes.

But make no mistake, the apprenticeship program does not bring new technology to the ET program. The ET program brings it to them. The report that emerged last month claiming that the need for our grads would be declining 4.4 percent over the next 10 years, and that there are only two openings expected for them this year in Lane County, is not correct.

We were told there was a shortage of electronics techs by some of our local employers. If you do a search you’ll see eight job openings right now for electronics technicians right here in Eugene … statewide the number is closer to 100.

The administration is supporting their argument for closing our program from a one page occupational summary downloaded from the state of Oregon website. When I look to the future and try to predict jobs and what’s available in the next 10 years, I am very optimistic.