Student Success

Eric Noll

Eric Noll, Associate in the Office of Government Relations at the City of Portland
Linn-Benton Community College, AAOT (2013)
Portland State University, BA in Political Science and minor in Civic Leadership (2015)
*Student Body President at Portland State University (’14-’15)
Portland State University, Masters in Public Policy (2017)

Eric attributes many of his professional successes to what he gained from Public Speaking, Argument & Critical Discourse, and Interpersonal Communication: “The ability to engage in civil discourse has been central to my success. Whether I was arguing in student government, pushing a policy with the president of my university, or lobbying on a bill, the skills that I gained from my Communication courses have been the most useful in my work."

He adds, “These classes have helped me clearly articulate my ideas and values. They also provided strategies for working constructively with a diverse group of people.”

Eric also says, “I've turned the communication skills that I developed at LBCC into many positive, tangible impacts. Communication courses are not just about learning how to give a great speech or work out a disagreement, they can also help you become a valuable asset within an organization.”


Grant Garcia



Grant Garcia, Purchasing Team Leader at Veterinary Service, Inc.
Linn-Benton Community College, AS (2013)
Oregon State University, BA in Speech Communication and minor in Economics (2015)

Grant says he didn’t know what he wanted to do when he began college and is thankful that LBCC offered an inexpensive way to explore a variety of subjects. “I'm a huge proponent of the community college model. LBCC provides a quality education that is accessible to students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds. Many instructors knew me by name and made me feel like more than just a line item on a roll sheet.”

Grant adds that his Communication courses cultivated his ability to work well with others in a professional setting. “111, 114, and 218 prepared me to go above and beyond in my job. I feel at ease dealing with workplace conflicts and don’t shy away from opportunities to tackle new challenges when asked.”

To current LBCC students Grant says, “Communication classes set you apart. In the workplace, it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference in excelling and advancing at your job. Developing excellent communication skills in college is one of the best investments you can make for yourself."