LFCC President Spends Vacation Biking Through Region to Say “Thank You”

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2007

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Where in Virginia is Dr. Ski? That’s the question people will ask from July 24-27, 2007, when Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) President John J. “Ski” Sygielski takes to the streets to offer his thanks to the communities the College serves. An avid bicyclist, Sygielski is using some of his vacation time to ride throughout the region to meet county and city government officials, the leadership of local public school systems and College donors and to present them with gift bags in a sincere “thank you” for their support.

“I thought this activity would allow me an opportunity to tour the area, learn more about the geography of our service region and thank some of the people who ‘invest’ in LFCC to make it the very special place it is,” Sygielski said. “I hope to meet some of our 10,000 graduates and future students during this tour. I hope to hear many stories about how the College and our outstanding staff have transformed the lives of individuals and communities, and I want to recognize our county administrators, school superintendents and donors for all of their support to LFCC.”

Sygielski will ride approximately 250 miles in four days, stopping at the city manager and county administrators’ office buildings in the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. According to Sygielski, “all roads lead to LFCC.”

This idea will be reinforced by Sygielski giving away a bicycle at each stop to one lucky individual who is present. The bicycles were contributed and funded by donors.

“I want LFCC to be the first choice for all graduating high school students and those thinking about enhancing their job skills or changing careers,” Sygielski said. “I also want our business community to know we provide training to meet all of their workforce needs.”

The public is invited to meet Sygielski at the various stops in his bicycle tour. A schedule of his stops is located on the College’s Web site: http://www.lfcc.edu/WhereInVa/. The site will include updates on his trip through daily blog entries and photographs.

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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.

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