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LBCC steps up to provide door for disabled students


January 3, 2018

PEARL CHRISTMAN and Gerritt Schaffer celebrate the new door opener installed at the LBCC Sweet Home Center.

Gerritt Schaffer expected to face some challenges when he returned to college last year.

Getting into the building wasn't one of them.

Schaffer, 42, has used a wheelchair since he was paralyzed from the waist down when he suffered a spinal cord injury in April of 2016 in a dirt bike crash.

He's been attending Linn-Benton Community College to pursue a career in engineering, he said.

"I can't be an electrician anymore," he said. "(That involves) a lot of difficult field work. I'm going for engineering."

One challenge has been getting into the LBCC Sweet Home Center, located at 1661 Long St....

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