For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2012
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
– Lord Fairfax Community College President Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy is pleased to announce that the college has been awarded a grant to operate Adult Basic Education programs in the northern Shenandoah Valley. The grant will provide for services in Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren counties as well as the City of Winchester. The Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education (NSVAE) and Page County Adult Education programs will merge and be operated through the college effective October, 2012.
The newly-formed alliance between the two programs is a result of a regional realignment by the Virginia Department of Education. Thompson-Stacy says, “Lord Fairfax Community College is committed to providing opportunities for adults to earn a GED credential. This new partnership will greatly benefit the region because high school diplomas and GEDs open access to higher education and workforce development programs offered at Lord Fairfax and other institutions in our region.” LFCC’s Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Chris Coutts says, “We began the planning for a middle college program for young adults two years ago in order to provide young adults with continued educational opportunities. The addition of the Adult Basic Education Program will help to expand that effort to another segment of the population.”
Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Sovine says, “For many years, the adult basic education program has been operated through the Dowell J. Howard Center. Last year, we opened a dialogue with NSVAE and Lord Fairfax Community College to determine the best location for that program moving forward. Through those discussions, we agreed that Lord Fairfax Community College is the right location for the program because of the college’s connection to education for people of all ages as well as workforce development.” Page County Interim Schools Superintendent Dr. Gail Pope added, “Lord Fairfax Community College has an outstanding relationship with Page County schools and our community. We are looking forward to expanding adult learning opportunities and increasing workforce readiness skills for our residents.”
The mission of the Adult Basic Education program is to help adults with limited educational opportunities reach their individual goals and potential as workers, citizens and family members by providing quality adult education services throughout the region.
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.