Community colleges are the gateway to educational and career success for millions of students. This year, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is honoring outstanding community college alumni who have made a positive impact on their communities, the nation and the world. They will be recognized for their achievements at AACC’s 97th Annual Convention on Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, La. The awards brunch also will feature a keynote address by Jenna Bush Hager, author, television correspondent and daughter of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Jonathan Mark Lane, an alumnus of Big Bend Community College (Washington), was a teacher and wrestling coach at Frontier Middle School when, in 1996, he found himself facing down a 14-year-old student who had a hunting rifle.
The student shot and killed his teacher and two other students, and severely injured another student. Lane risked his life to confront and disarm the student and save the lives of 16 students. He received the Carnegie Hero Award, the Rotary International Paul Harris Award, and several others. He was invited to testify before a committee at the U.S. House of Representatives regarding school shootings, and a made-for-television show called Hero’s Welcome, airing in 2006, highlighted his actions.
Lane continued to be an educator, serving as a principal before entering public service. He served on the Moses Lake City Council for 11 years and was elected mayor in 2010. He’s served as a trustee at Big Bend Community College and established the Lane Family Scholarship fund at the college to support low-income students. He’s currently president of the Washington State Association of College Trustees.
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