For Immediate Release:
November 26, 2007
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Good Housekeeping magazine, long known for its “Seal of Approval,” featured the benefits of a community college education in its November edition in an article titled “Send Your Kid to College Without Going Broke.”
One cost-saving strategy that the article outlines for families is to send students to a community college for two years before transferring to a four-year institution. In addition to the “huge dollar savings,” the article also lists smaller class sizes as a top benefit of attending a community college.
Julie Gaven, a graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), knows firsthand the benefits of attending a community college. Gaven graduated from LFCC in 2007 and is currently enrolled as a full-time student in the honors program at James Madison University (JMU), double majoring in English and communication sciences and disorders. “LFCC has an absolutely amazing staff and faculty who went above and beyond in mentoring and helping me work toward my goals, as well as connecting me with the resources I needed,” Gaven said. “The transfer process was extremely smooth; I felt I was incredibly well prepared for transferring to JMU after my experience at LFCC.”
With more than 25 transfer and articulation agreements with public and private four-year institutions across Virginia, pursuing a bachelor’s degree is easier than ever when students begin their education at LFCC. The various agreements guarantee admission and/or course transfer to students who meet certain academic requirements, such as completion of a transfer degree with a minimum grade point average. For more information about transfer and articulation agreements and the requirements for each four-year institution, interested individuals may visit LFCC’s Web site at http://www.lfcc.edu/Transfer/transfer_articulation.htm.
In examining the significant cost savings, it is important to note that LFCC tuition and fees are approximately one-third the cost of attending a four-year college or university in Virginia. “The tuition cost factor was certainly an important benefit for me, among many other components that significantly influenced my choice of a school. Scholarships and employment opportunities at LFCC also helped me pay for my education, and I greatly appreciated being able to save money while completing my first two years of undergraduate work,” Gaven said.
To read the entire Good Housekeeping magazine article, please visit its Web site at http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/money/budget/college-money-saving-strategies.
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.