Springfield students take a look at career paths offered through LCC

Over the years, these campus tours have been modified to get students inspired by watching others.

EUGENE, Ore. - Hundreds of young adults in Springfield are looking for jobs and a campus tour at Lane Community College is helping high school students reach their goals.

More than 200 students from the Springfield School District visited LCC and local employers Friday. Many students said they were most interested in two programs, advanced technology and health professions.

"There's a lot of employers that are really asking for students to be really prepared in those specific industries," said Rosa Banuelos-Uribe, LCC student.

Experts say the demand for skilled workers in these fields is growing.

"These are jobs that are transportable wherever they want to go and they're relatively well-paying," said Pat O'Connor, dean of advanced technology.

Advanced technology and health professions are also two of the biggest divisions at LCC and in the school district.

"And so, students have a lot more interest because they have more exposure in their high schools when they are taking these college now courses," Banuelos-Uribe said.

Hunter Shaw is one student who says he's interested.

"A couple of the instructors came to Springfield last year and told us about it, said that Cummins was going to be looking for a lot of diesel technicians in the next two years, said the market is just going to need a lot of diesel technicians and it's going to be really open and easy to find jobs," he said.

Breanna Roberson is another student who's heard about the possibilities.

"I've had counselors tell me about how to get there and how awesome it is and how open the field is," she said.

Over the years, these campus tours have been modified to get students inspired by watching others.

"Giving them a sense of like, wow, I really do see myself in these programs because they are seeing students like them that are already admitted to those programs and are doing very well," Banuelos-Uribe said.

At the end of the tour, students had a chance to visit community members who work in the business. LCC officials say they do all this to show students they don't need a four-year degree to get a good job.

"In two years, you can walk away with the training and be able to enter a professional field," O'Connor said.

Students said they also like the idea of attending community college because it's less expensive than a state or private university.