Lane was founded in 1964. The college was a successor to the Eugene Technical-Vocational School that was founded in 1938. Lane has been rated one of the top two-year colleges in America and has received many awards and accolades for its innovative programs and high quality instruction. The college has been selected as one of the 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges in North America for its outstanding record of achievement and innovation in improving learning. Lane has the third largest enrollment of the 17 community colleges in Oregon.