LFCC Recognized for Excellence in Education

For Immediate Release:
April 15, 2011

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) had four finalists in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Excellence in Education Awards and received the Improving Student Success – Institutional Award at the VCCS 2011 New Horizons Conference.  These awards acknowledge those who promote students success within the VCCS.  The award recognized a project completed by LFCC in 2010 and was announced on Thursday, April 14th in Roanoke, VA.

For the winning project, LFCC established an Instructional Partners Group (IPG) of college and high school math and English faculty and guidance counselors, developed a Google site for IPG teachers to share curricula and identify college readiness gaps, developed an “Are You Ready?” area on the LFCC website to educate students about placement tests and provide links to basic skills tutorials, and developed teaching modules that address gaps between secondary and post-secondary instruction.  The group met several times to discuss college readiness and curriculum alignment from high school to college.  Overall, partners became more aware of the issues facing students after high school and are now working to address college readiness gaps.  LFCC staff coordinating the project includes Brenda Byard, Mary Ann Keefer, Dr. Miriam Moore, Eunice Myers, Dr. Morgan Phenix, and Jennifer Schaefer. 

Other finalists from LFCC were in the category for Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom.  These include:

  • A project using Wimba Voice Authoring to narrate selected chemistry courses conducted by Professor Sam Dillender;
  • A project for a multimedia model for online, distance and elearning with LFCC Coordinator of Instructional Technology Joan Osborne as a partner;
  • A project developing the LFCC Global “help and support” area in Blackboard coordinated by Joan Osborne.

Award finalists displayed their projects for judges and the general public on Wednesday, April 13th.  Award announcements were made at the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 14th


“This recognition is more evidence of LFCC’s commitment to excellence in postsecondary education,” said Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, College President.  “The College community is proud of all of these finalists and our award winner.”


The New Horizons Conference is an annual event designed, developed, and implemented by VCCS faculty, staff, administrators, and the Office of Professional Development.  This year’s conference them was “Engage, Immerse, Grow.”


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.