For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2007
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – By Jan. 1, 2008, staff members who work in licensed or regulated child care day centers and who administer prescription and, in some cases, over-the-counter medications to children are required by the Code of Virginia (Sect. 54.1-3408) and the Standards for Licensed Child Care Day Centers (22 VAC 15-30-310 D) to complete a professional development course on how to safely administer medications to children.
Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education is launching a Medication Administration Training (MAT) program to address the training requirements for the child care programs in the region. LFCC is the first college in the Virginia Community College System to launch this new program.
“This is just one more example of how LFCC meets the training needs of the region. Once we learned of this need, we worked with the state to bring MAT training to the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions,” said Jeanian Clark, assistant vice president of workforce solutions and continuing education at LFCC.
Approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the Virginia Department of Social Services, MAT is a competency-based course for child care providers that meets the training requirements of the state. MAT certification is valid for three years.
For more information, interested individuals may contact the Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education at 540-351-1524 (Fauquier Campus) or 540-868-7021 (Middletown Campus) or visit http://www.lfccworkforce.com.
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.