LFCC Now Offers Career Studies Certificate in Entrepreneurship

For Immediate Release:
June 14, 2010

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

Have you dreamed of launching your own business? Do you already own a business and want to improve your odds of success? Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) now offers an exciting new career studies certificate in entrepreneurship to provide current and new small business owners with a solid foundation to help make their companies thrive.

“This program will enable graduates to understand the process involved in beginning their own startup businesses,” said Lesley Casula, associate professor of business. “They will learn all the skills necessary to successfully start and manage a business, and in the process begin a lifelong career leading to personal fulfillment while earning academic credit for all courses in the program.”

Casula explained that many areas in LFCC’s service region are populated by small businesses and that successful entrepreneurs benefit their communities by stimulating the economy through job creation. This program continues LFCC’s commitment to providing accessible, flexible, high-quality and cost-effective educational programs that prepare students for further education, job advancement, meaningful careers and lifelong learning.

The Entrepreneurship Certificate Program features nine three-credit courses, and will be offered in a “hybrid” format, meaning the class has both on-campus and online components. Classes begin on Sept. 13, 2010 and run for 12 weeks from 7-9 p.m., enabling students to complete the program in a timely manner.

Classes offered for fall 2010 include Principles of Marketing (MKT 100), Principles of Information Systems (ITE 120), and Entrepreneurship (BUS 116).

Other courses included in the program are: Principles of Accounting (ACC 211), Business Law (BUS 241), Small Business Management (BUS 165), Financial Management (FIN 215), Promotion (MKT 228), and Principles of E-Commerce (MKT 282). All classes will focus on the needs of prospective business owners.

Students with limited computer skills are encouraged to take Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts (ITE 115).

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Career Studies Certificate, please contact Professor Casula. She can be reached at 540-351-1528 or [email protected].


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.