Welcome back to school

Welcome back to school

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As president of Lane Community College, I am honored to welcome you to fall term 2015. You are the reason I come to work every day.

This fall, we get to enjoy our fabulous, newly remodeled Center Building. The heart of main campus for 50 years, it now offers great new places to study, relax and get something to eat. The project is open three months ahead of schedule — an uncommon feat in construction. There is a “punch list” of tasks to complete before our official grand opening in January, but you can take advantage of the amenities now.

The Food Court offers a variety of healthy and tasty options and community-style seating. The Learning Commons houses the Advanced Technology Center and Student Help Desk (SHeD), a fabulous library, tutoring services, study areas, and places to socialize or enjoy the views of the hills to the north. Check out the Passport — get it stamped at various places in the Learning Commons and be eligible for great prizes!

Just as important as your learning environment are programs you need. At Lane we offer over 40 career and technical programs, far more than the first 13 when we were founded. Our transfer programs provide the first two years of an advanced degree at a significant savings. Other students find help to launch a business or pursue lifelong learning.

There will be challenges — you need to work hard to complete your certificates and degrees, and the college must continue to fight for funding to keep tuition as low as possible and to preserve the quality of education and training that you need and deserve.

I am in my 15th year as president, and I can tell you that this is the best thing I have ever done with my life. I hope that being here proves to be one of the best times of your life, too.

I’d like to thank the Torch for this opportunity to reach out to you, and I hope to meet many of you in person as well. Look for me in the Food Court when I come over for my daily cup of tea! Meanwhile, take advantage of all the services we have designed to support your success.