LFCC Partners with National Training Companies to Bring New Professional Development Programs to the Region

For Immediate Release:
July 27, 2007

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

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. - According to a recent report released by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), as of spring 2007, Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education served a greater percentage of businesses in its region than comparable programs at any of Virginia’s 22 other community colleges.

LFCC plans to continue increasing the number of businesses and individuals that it serves as it expands its program offerings to meet the training needs of businesses and professionals in the area.

The most recent program development in the Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education is a partnership with Development Dimensions International (DDI). The partnership will enable LFCC to bring DDI’s world-class leadership, workforce and customer service training programs to local businesses and organizations. DDI, a human resources consulting firm, is widely recognized for its leadership and management training programs, which are geared toward improving employee performance.

"This partnership allows LFCC’s Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education to continue contributing to the growth and success of the businesses and organizations in our service area. DDI is already known throughout the country for providing some of the best training and development resources, and we have brought this national program to our local workforce," said Jeanian Clark, director of customized and open enrollment training at LFCC.

Another partnership that LFCC’s Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education has formed is with Cross Country Education. LFCC is working with Cross Country Education to co-sponsor two upcoming continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals, presented by national speakers.

"Our goal is to support our local health professionals, saving them time and money," Clark said. "Historically, professionals have had to travel over an hour to get required continuing education units to maintain licensure. Now, LFCC provides exceptional continuing education seminars close to home."

The seminars are as follows:

  • Aggressive Behavior in the Elderly: Prevention and Management – This seminar will be held on Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester. The seminar will provide attendees with non-pharmacological tools to address geriatric aggression in an informed, safe and effective manner. Research on aggression risk factors, a strategy for assessing and isolating the causes of aggression, techniques for monitoring behavior and selecting and carrying out behavioral interventions will be discussed. The seminar will be presented by Andrew Heck, director of psychology and research director at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, Va.
  • Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy: Ethical Considerations for the Clinical Practitioner – This seminar will be held on Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Middletown Campus. The seminar will address the practical and ethical issues surrounding the use or non-use of accepted psychological and psychopharmacological interventions. In addition, this seminar will update attendees about current and new psychopharmacological agents that are available, along with those awaiting approval for use in the United States. Concerns regarding patient use of the Internet for behavioral therapy and the effectiveness of alternative therapies will be discussed. The seminar will be presented by Thomas A. Smith, a licensed mental health counselor for more than 10 years and a registered pharmacist for over 25 years. Smith is a fellow of the American Society of Consulting Pharmacists and the ethics chairperson for the Indiana Counselors Association.

LFCC’s Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education is focused on providing training and consulting services to area businesses and organizations. The office provides a wide array of services including:

  • Courses customized to meet business needs, taught at the workplace or the College
  • Professional certifications
  • Continued licensure courses
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Job skill training and enhancement courses in such areas as computers and language learning

Participants can take classes during the day, at night and on the weekends. Many classes are also offered in conjunction with local employers, at the workplace. All of the classes are taught by instructors who are hand-picked from the ranks of industry professionals. The short-format training is flexible and provides businesses with quick solutions to their employee development needs.

For more information about courses offered through the Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education, interested individuals may call (540) 868-7021 or visit http://www.lfccworkforce.com/.

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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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