For Immediate Release:
October 17, 2008
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – This fall, on the first day of classes, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) faculty and students filled the halls and classrooms of the new Science and Health Professions Building. In celebration of the new facility on the Middletown Campus, located at 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown, LFCC is hosting a grand opening event.
The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sponsored by Lawrence J. Finkel, M.D., P.C.; Mid-Atlantic Home Health Network Inc.; and United Bank, the event is free and open to the public.
As part of the celebration, LFCC will unveil a new exhibit, “Honored Alumni of Lord Fairfax Community College – Our Pride, Your Legacy….” The exhibit creatively features profiles and photographs of some of LFCC’s esteemed alumni.
In addition to the sponsors of the grand opening celebration, LFCC is grateful for the generous support of Patricia Bradshaw and The Titmus Foundation Inc. for their contributions to the Science and Health Professions Building Fund.
“LFCC is very excited about moving into the Science and Health Professions Building. This new facility is an important addition to the Middletown Campus and meets the need for additional space and a state-of-the-art learning environment for many of LFCC’s technical programs,” said John S. Capps, interim president of LFCC. “The building is a beautiful facility that will serve the community for years to come.”
The Science and Health Professions Building includes lab space for biology, chemistry, emergency medical technology, natural resources, nursing, physics and surgical technology classes, in addition to lecture halls and a distance learning lab. There are also student lounge areas on each floor with plenty of outlets for students to plug in laptops and other electronic devices.
“LFCC is excited about educating students enrolled in its science and health professions programs in a state-of-the-art facility with plenty of laboratory space for hands-on learning. Hands-on learning with the patient simulators is a key component of the health professions programs. The learning that takes place in the labs prepares students for clinical rotations and ultimately the workplace,” said Kathleen Wotring, dean of business, technology, science and health professions. “In addition to the extra space, the classrooms and labs are equipped with the latest technology to enhance the learning experience.”
For years, students enrolled in health professions classes met in the Alson H. Smith Jr. Technology Center. However, with growing numbers of students, the existing classroom space was crowded and in need of upgrades. Not only does the new Science and Health Professions Building meet the needs of science and health professions students, it frees up additional classroom space for other classes. The current classroom space in the Alson H. Smith Jr. Technology Center that has been used for health profession classes, along with the old science spaces in the main building, will be renovated to provide additional classroom space and student support facilities.
“LFCC is thankful for the community support it receives and the excitement that has been generated as a result of the completion of the Science and Health Professions Building,” Capps said. “Community support is vital to LFCC’s success, especially as state funds diminish and the educational needs of residents increase.”
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.