Lane Community College will offer an expanded slate of classes at the Mary Spilde Downtown Center, located at 101 W. 10th Ave.
As with most LCC courses, courses offered on the downtown campus were moved online only at the height of the pandemic. Now that most classes are resuming in person, the college has decided to reopen introductory social science classes in the building.
Beginning with the winter term, which begins January 9, a variety of introductory social science courses will begin, as well as continuing courses in health professions, English as a second language, basic education adult, secondary education, small business development, senior journeyman, and senior programming.
“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, these general education courses were offered both on the main campus and at the MSDC,” explained Dean of Social Sciences Philip R. Martinez. “This marks a post-pandemic return to the downtown campus for most of these courses.”
Students can enroll in day and evening classes from Monday.
The location of the MSDC is primarily intended to better serve students who work or live closer to the city center. Evening and morning classes are available to give students flexibility when coordinating around a work schedule.
“It will reduce a lot of travel time for these classes,” Rebecca Long, LCC’s director of marketing and strategic communications, said in an email. “The LCC wants to remove the barriers that students face in obtaining a degree or credential.”
MSDC is located across from the downtown Eugene LTD bus station and near paid street parking and garages.
There are eight social science courses that are scheduled in person and two with hybrid options. According to Long, these classes range between 25 and 30 students on average. She said there was room for more students and classes if the need arose.
“We’ll be monitoring current student enrollment and new student enrollment over the next few weeks to see which times, topics and locations are popular and make the most sense,” Long said. “Making sure there are classes where and when students need them is a priority.”
According to an LCC press release, these offered courses allow students to meet part of the popular Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer requirements in writing, communication, social studies, criminal justice and social services. The AAOT is a collaboration that allows students to take introductory courses at a community college and then transfer to any institution in the Oregon University System as a junior, after meeting the requirements lower division general education for four-year degree programs.
Applications for the Winter 2023 term are now being accepted at www.LaneCC.edu with registration open for classes beginning November 7.