Part of the college’s mission is to provide “an education that enables all of us to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the cultural richness and economic vitality of our communities.”
Oregon’s 40-40-20 educational attainment goal states that by 2025: 40 percent of Oregonians will have a bachelor’s degree or higher; 40 percent will have an associate’s degree or postsecondary credential; and 20 percent will have at least a high school diploma. In the next decade, LBCC will work to increase our number of degree and certificate completers to 50 percent.
Groups including faculty, staff, management and students already are working to define our goals, chart a course and identify challenges on this road to completion. We have broadened our measurements of our institutional mission to include community outcomes – how our students do after they leave LBCC and what difference they make in our communities.
We are a community college and our mission, first and foremost, is to meet the post-secondary educational needs of the community we serve and of which we are a member. Our mission has not changed, but our community has in two very specific ways.
First, the employment opportunities that we have and that we need as a community can no longer be filled by people with a high school education, or less. The logging jobs, mill jobs and basic skills manufacturing jobs that were once at the center of our communities are either already gone or rapidly going away.
Partner companies like Oregon Freeze Dry and National Frozen Foods tell us that we don’t need more unskilled workers to work on the assembly line, but instead we need more skilled workers to work ON the assembly line – to make sure that the highly-automated manufacturing processes keep working. Regardless of the career area, we need a better educated citizenry.
Second, our communities are no longer geographically or economically isolated, or insulated. At one time, our communities – and our employment opportunities – grew or shrank in direct relation to the needs and resources of the local or regional market.
Again, Oregon Freeze Dry and National Frozen Foods remind me that their presence and growth reflects the rich agricultural resources of our region, but they also remind me that advancements in transportation and technology are changing that. Not long ago, I was driving east along US 12 in west-central Washington when I saw a series of trucks full of sweet corn headed west. To my surprise, they were Oregon Freeze Dry trucks, and this made me realize that a company like Oregon Freeze Dry could be almost anywhere it wanted to be – that modern transportation and technology can make the “farm-to-market” road very long indeed!
Nowadays, companies and jobs can easily move to the next county, the next state or the next country. How do we help companies stay and grow as part of our community. By providing them with the best workforce possible – a workforce better than the one in the next county, state or country.
Building better communities for all of us to live and to work in is a shared enterprise, and I am grateful for our city and county leaders, our religious and civic groups, our human care providers, and for our K-12 and university partners that make the load lighter and the work so much more rewarding. I am also grateful for an LBCC community of faculty, staff, administrators, board members and students who remind me daily of why this work matters, and how together we are assured of success.
- Greg Hamann, LBCC President
Dr. Greg Hamann is currently serving Linn-Benton Community College (Albany, OR) as its sixth president, a position he has held since February 2010. At LBCC, Hamann is actively leading the campus in turning their historically strong commitment to student access into an equally strong commitment to student success and completion, doing so with promising results by engaging with the LBCC community as well as with other colleges and state and national initiatives like Win-Win, Foundations of Excellence and Achieving the Dream. Recently, LBCC’s commitment to and progress in supporting student success was nationally recognized by being included among a select group of just 30 community colleges nationwide to participate in and pilot the American Association of Community College’s Pathways Initiative, a collaboration by national leaders organizations in higher education to substantially improve student completion rates. Dr. Hamann also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Doctoral Education Program at Oregon State University.
At the community level, Dr. Hamann is an active participant in and contributor to a variety of regional educational and workforce projects and initiatives, including Pipeline, a unique partnership between leading businesses, county and city leaders, area school districts and LBCC in order to simultaneously create new jobs and the well-trained workforce to fill them. In addition, Dr. Hamann serves as Chair of the Board for his area’s Boys and Girls Club and Board Member for his Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Hamann is an active contributor at the State level, serving as a Governor-appointed member of Oregon’s Quality Education Commission and Department of Corrections Reentry Council as well as contributing on numerous Task Forces working to increase education’s effectiveness in improving the quality of life for all Oregonians.
At the National level, Dr. Hamann is a Director and Executive Committee Chair for Finance and Audit for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, a member of the Oversight Board for the Voluntary Framework for Accountability (VFA), and a member of the President’s Advisory Council to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). He recently served as a member of the Steering Committee for the 21st Century Initiative Implementation Team, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the AACC President’s Academy Executive Committee. He is also the Chair of the Board for the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), a coalition of education providers and corporations that develops, implements and sustains industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skills standards.
Before serving as LBCC’s president, Dr. Hamann was president at Clatsop Community College (Astoria, OR) for seven years and, before that, served as the Chief Finance and Operations Officer at Northwest College (Powell, WY). In addition to his 19 years of service in our community colleges, Dr. Hamann has taught middle school and served 16 years in a variety of student services and administrative roles at two private 4-year institutions, Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) and Bethel University (St. Paul, MN). Hamann has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gonzaga University, a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and bachelor's degrees in both Psychology and Social Studies Education from the University of Minnesota.