For Immediate Release:
December 15, 2006
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) recently signed an articulation agreement with James Madison University (JMU) to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses entering the workforce. The agreement goes into effect immediately, with the first students transferring from LFCC to JMU in spring 2007.
The agreement provides LFCC students who graduate with an associate’s degree in nursing and have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 the opportunity to apply for admission to JMU’s nursing program. Once accepted at JMU, LFCC graduates are on track to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing within two years.
“This is a growingmodel in nursing,” said Kathleen Wotring, dean of learning for business, technology, science and health professions at LFCC. “This agreement gives LFCC graduates another affordable, nearby option to pursue a baccalaureate degree. In nursing, this degree is generally required for promotional opportunities and as a step toward graduate work.”
“Through this partnership, greater numbers of local high school students will have the opportunity to ultimately attain a bachelor’s degree in nursing through JMU and do so affordably,” said Vicki Martin, associate professor of nursing and RN-BSN coordinator at JMU. “The solid foundation for a successful nursing career will have been laid at LFCC, and we will strive to further challenge these students to become empowered pacesetters in the nursing profession within their communities. This is certainly crucial as we face an even greater nursing shortage, both locally as well as nationally.”
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.