Lane Community College boasts a legacy of strong community partnerships and engagement. The Eugene-Springfield metro area, with a population of 382,000, is located in the Willamette Valley between the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Lane County is the second largest population center in Oregon and supports a community that is home to artists, innovators, and visionaries. Lane County is an urban center for culture, recreation, and world class industry. The area is known as “Silicon Shire” for the tech industry, “A Great City for the Arts & Outdoors,” and “TrackTown USA” for elite athletes around the world. Lane County is home to ocean beaches, sand dunes, rivers and lakes, old growth forests and mountains, providing a variety of natural landscapes. Residents can hike the Pacific Crest Trail, ride bikes under historic covered bridges or over alpine passes, go snowboarding in the Cascades, fly fish in mountain streams, and much more. The region also boasts a vibrant farm-to-table food scene and an impressive array of high quality breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Locals and visitors take in art galleries as well as concerts, theater, and dance at a variety of local performance venues.