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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill
LaneCC has a Distance Learning page with instructions for how to access campus resources when most classwork is online.
LaneCC has a Student Resource section of their website! Also see college poster Tips for Success and the testing office page of study tips.
I also recommend a nice video series is by Stephen Chew of Samford University that discusses study skills in general.
During remote terms the Math Resource Center, Tutor Central, other LCC tutoring centers, the college computer support, and many other student support offices all work together offering online Zoom help using the Lane Support Hub, which uses this Zoom room.
The Math Resource Center is the free tutoring center located in the first floor of building 16. It offers not only tutoring but also help using calculators, a quiet study room, a computer study room, and a place to check out the DVDs provided by textbook publishers.
Here is a short video that introduces the many ways it can help math students.
Tutor Central is the part of the campus Learning Commons with tutors knowledgeable in topics from math, computer use, and writing.
The LCC Student Help Desk (nicknamed the SHeD) provides technology loans and support to students. It can also be reached at 541-463-3333.
The TRiO Learning Center also provides math tutoring, a computer lab, and many other resources of which students always speak highly.
The link to start TRiO tutoring is http://lanecc.edu/meettrio.
Since 2016 LCC has also paid to collaborate with eTutoring Online.
In theory, going to the website eTutoringOnline.org should be a free way to get tutoring during the hours when the Math Resource Center is closed. Students can log into that website with their L# and pin.
However, the current shift nationwide to distance learning has made eTutoring Online really busy. The wait times for an appointment are currently as long as three days!
So feel free to try eTutoring Online, but be warned.
Almost everyone, at some time in their life, will suffer from chronic pain, mobility issues, repetitive stress injury, a sleep disorder, a psychiatric condition, and/or a learning disability. Many people are affected to some degree by dyslexia, ADHD, seizure disorder, brain injury, Asperger syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, or Tourette syndrome. Most students helped by the Center for Accessible Resources (CAR) deal with more than one of these issues.
College support is completely different from the K-12 world most people imagine. At colleges there are no IEPs and no marks on transcripts that label students. CAR helps many students who lack official documentation of a disability. CAR helps many students whose issues are not at "disability-level" severity that significantly affects vision, hearing, listening, speaking, thinking, remembering, movement, sitting, walking, lifting, carrying, grasping, fatigue, numbness, partial paralysis, mood swings, perceiving temperature or voices, etc.
Many students come to CAR without clear ideas about what is holding them back. They say "I have a hard time learning" and then the CAR staff discusses what that actually looks like, and what resources are available. There are far more types of technological aids, study tricks, body hacks, and official accommodations than nearly any faculty or student would think of!
In other words, it is hard to imagine anyone for whom a visit to CAR (room 19/231) would not produce some useful support for themselves or a family member.
CAR has different support groups for students with visible and invisible disabilities. They host frequent technology workshops to help students learn better ways to use computers and other helpful equipment.
Students can also contact CAR using e-mail, 541-463-5150 (voice), 711 (TTY), and Skype.
The LCC health clinic (room 18/101) is pretty amazing, considering the comparatively small size and cost of LCC. They even have a place for homeless students to nap. The health clinic can deal with most acute illnesses, minor injuries, and chronic conditions. When the cannot provide help directly they can assist with referrals and community resources. Appointments are preferred.
LCC does offer free COVID-19 testing to students.
If you are curious, here is the internal memo about current college COVID-19 guidelines.
LCC has a new mental health and wellness center. It is still being put together, as a way to link together many college wellness and counseling resources.
Two helpful things that center already offers are TalkCampus and weekly workshops.
LCC has a substance abuse recovery center (room 1/226).
At LCC the Public Safety Department provides several resources for students. They do bicycle registration. An officer can walk you from the math building to your car at night (the math parking lot is adjacent to undeveloped land, and has a few cougar visits each year). They provide teaching and counseling to increase awareness and prevention of assault or domestic violence, as well as cyber-crime.
Their website has an online slideshow and lecture about safe social dynamics when a student acts more disrepectfully than the college code of conduct allows.
The Lane Child and Family Center offers child care, and also helps families connect with local parenting resources.
Each academic department offers academic advising.
The First Year Experience and Adult Basic and Secondary Education offices give a bunch more academic advising to new students. (See below for more about ABSE.)
The Early Outreach and Referral specialists provide additional help and advising to all students, specializing in connecting students to college and community resources.
The Academic Learning Skills office offers even more help for students preparing to be successful in lower division and career/technical classes.
The LCC Counseling and Advising Department (room 1/103) provides academic advising and personal counseling.
1. Advisors can answer questions about which classes to take, how to fit classes into a working schedule, how transfer programs work, and other topics involving navigating LCC's requirements.
2. Counselors offer workshops on personal growth topics such as setting goals, living your values, using self-care to handle stress, and using emotional intelligence to deal with difficult people.
3. Counselors can help with the extra stress related to time, finances, work, and family that usually come with being a college student.
4. Counselors can also help with the more serious issues involving mood, anxiety, relationships, mourning, despair, substance abuse, etc.
One of those counselors, Michele Barber, is also affiliated with the Center for Accessible Resources. She is especially expert at helping students resolve tough issues that involve visible or invisible disabilities.
LCC students should also know that the school's counselors (the staff of the Counseling Center and the Health Clinic, and also Patsy Raney at the Women's Center) are the only LCC employees allowed to promise confidentiality when hearing about sexual misconduct, or submit a report that keeps people's identities private. All other LCC employees are legally required to submit an full report to the LCC Title IX Coordinator.
About once each year LCC offers a one-day Mental Health First Aid workshop. The workshop assists anyone with a family member, friend, or co-worker who has mental health flare-ups that can be helped by an immediate and trained response. Although it is listed as a "faculty professional development" activity, students are welcome and their interest quickens filling the wait list so another workshop will be scheduled.
LCC also has a Career Exploration Center (room 19/266) whose staff knows a whole lot about the local economy, which business are hiring, which degrees and programs have high demand, and how to job search successfully. They also help students work towards the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC).
A great resource from the Career Exploration Center is weekly What Can I Do With a Major In…? workshops that share what types of careers fit students who major in different career communities. Two career communities are featured each week.
Finally (but not last or least!) the TRiO Learning Center, Gender Equity Center, International Center, and Multicultural Center are other sources of skilled academic and personal counseling.
The Veterans Services Department provides an environment specifically dedicated to Lane's veteran and active military students at Building 19, Room 233. It is not open to the general Lane student body.
It has a dedicated quiet study space, a small PC/Mac computer lab, and information for both veterans and active duty military about campus and community resources and events.
LCC does not directly help students find housing or carpools, but counseling staff can help students connect with local housing resources and local carpool resources.
Students who take any credit classes get a free LTD bus pass that term.
If you need a bicycle and are willing to be responsible for it, LCC has fifty bicycles it loans for free. Participating students check out a package that includes the bike, front and back lights, a helmet, and a lock. You can modify the bicycle (perhaps with a pannier rack and panniers) as long as you return it in its original state.
Having a bike and the bus can be so much more helpful than only having the bus!
Students who do not return everything get their LCC account charged. This only happens about three times per year.
The No Cash Clothing Stash and Rainy Day Food Pantry offer free clothing and food for adults and children.
TRiO, TRiOSTEM, CAR, Student Success Coaches, Health Professions, and many individual department offices have nutritious snacks and/or fruit available for students.
A limited number of vouchers for the Snack Shack are available for needy students to get nutritious food. These vouchers, with an authorized signature, are available from the offices of TRiO/TRiOSTEM, CAR, and Student Success.
The college Titan Store is working on permissions to take EBT cards.
The lobby of Building 1 has Enrollment and Financial Services. 86% of LCC's full-time first-year students receive financial aid. 59% of all students at LCC receive Pell Grants.
The college has some tax preparation help resources. Most years the college hosts the ARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program, where experts visit campus to volunteer their time helping people prepare their taxes.
During Spring Term 2021 tax preparation is especially important to receive stimulus payments from the American Rescue Plan.
Students have access to free legal advice and the use of a notary public.
LaneFunder is a fundraising program. The contributions are donations instead of loans.
All LaneFunder projects must be "charitable" according to IRS regulations. This means that students could use LaneFunder to collect money to attend a conference, but not to pay for tuition. But it really helps, because the donors receive the usual tax benefit for contributing to a charitable program.
LaneFunder charges a flat 6% fee, which is usually less that the KickStarter total fees.
An Individual Development Account can provide free money to people saving for college! You may use an IDA twice in your life. You pick a time span from six months to three years, and during that time save between $1,000 and $3,000 (you must save at least $25 every month). At the end of that time span, the program quadruples your money. Your $3,000 can turn into $12,000!
If you live near LCC, the local providers are the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation and Goodwill. (For Goodwill, you can also contact Trysta at 541-431-3307.
The state of Oregon has its own IDA Initiative.
Nationally, most IDAs are provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. An IDA can be used for college, buying a home, or staring a business.
Anyone applying for a loan should explore many options. A special option perhaps worth considering is WeFinance, a business that is uses crowd-funding to lower interest rates.
ABSE provides tuition-free and non-graded classes in reading, writing, and mathematics.
These classes can help obtain a GED certificate, prepare for placement tests to transition to credit classes, or simply provide skills to help with life and employment.
The ABSE department has many of its own supports, including loaning students textbooks and Chromebook computers and paying the LCC transportation fee so its students can ride the bus for free. More details are available at the FAQ page or by sending them an e-mail.
There are two types of math GED practice tests.
Both normally cost money, but a big benefit of being an ABSE student is that you will receive a voucher to pay this cost for you.
For both you will want a copy of the official formula sheet and some experience with a borowed TI-30XS calculator. You can also practice with that calculator on this website which uses the same internet version of the calculator as seen on the "Online Proctored" version of the GED.
Teresa Mason is our college's GED advisor and your expert for advice about reaching GED goals.
The first is the GED Ready Test.
Let your instructor know when you are ready for a GED Ready Test. Being ready includes:
When all those are true, I can send an e-mail to the ABSE office with your name, your LCC L#, your GED ID number, and that you are ready for a voucher.
A voucher you do not use within three months will go obsolete.
Your score will be color coded.
Does a green score mean you are ready to move on to the real test?
If your only goal is to pass the GED Official Test then yes!
However, if you have any interest in taking for-credit math classes at LCC then maybe not. Keep reading to learn why.
The second test is the actual official GED Official Test, which is a "practice test" if you do not pass it the first time.
Being ready includes all five items listed above, and also a GED Ready Test math score in the green range of 152 or higher.
As before, let your instructor know when you are ready for a GED Official Test, and the instructor will work with you to get a voucher. These are different vouchers than for the GED Ready Test. They are not interchangeable.
This time your score is not color coded.
You pass the GED Official Test by earning a score of 150. Hooray!
But score higher than 150 is extra special. It also counts as a placement test into higher level math classes at LCC.
This is why not every student who earned a green score in the GED Ready test should rush to take the GED Official Test. That green score is possible with only Level C math. But to score higher than 150 needs a lot of Level D and even Level E math.
So if your goal is to take as many tuition-free classes in ABSE as possible before transitioning to the for-credit math classes at LCC, it makes sense to celebrate your green score in the GED Ready test but wait until you have taken more ABSE math classes before taking the GED Official Test.
The Math Division office staff can answer student questions about classes, placement tests, textbooks, registration and enrollment in MyLane, etc.
The math division has its own e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two group study rooms (room 16/176 and room 16/229) can be reserved at the Math Division office.
Study for placement tests! Sadly, 54% of LCC students neglect to do this. Students who reveiw before the placement tests will on average place 0.91 classes higher.
Here are shortcuts to the LCC academic calendar and final exam schedule online.
After the term is complete, please rate your LCC instructors on RateMyProfessors. Also, please use the class evaluation system in MyLane.
You might be curious about LCC math success rates and how they change based on where students start in the pipeline.
For instructor use are links to ExpressLane, PDF Join, Print Shop Pro, and Class Evaluation Setup.