For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2012
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
On Wednesday, November 28th, approximately 150 people attended a groundbreaking event, to celebrate the construction in 2013 of the new Student Union Building on the Middletown Campus of Lord Fairfax Community College.
Guest speaker for the event, former Washington Redskins’ kicker Mark Moseley, emphasized the importance of LFCC in helping local residents move forward and discover what they want to do with their lives. He encouraged the community to support the campaign to fund the new facility, which will strengthen the student experience and help LFCC accommodate its enrollment growth.
Two LFCC students spoke about the variety of student life activities on campus, including 3 athletics teams – men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, and rugby. President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy explained that the student body at LFCC is changing, with more 18-22 year olds enrolling and more students attending full time.
The LFCC Foundation is securing a $9 million loan for the project and will repay the loan through a lease with the college, vendor commission payments, and private donations.
LFCC Foundation Executive Director, Liv Heggoy, announced the Breaking New Ground fundraising campaign, with a $3 million goal. “As the fastest growing community college this year, LFCC is meeting the needs of students and families in our region. We also served more employers than any other community college in the state. LFCC is breaking new ground in many exciting ways.”
The Student Union will house a lounge, fitness facilities, an expanded bookstore, food service, and the Office of Student Life. It will be built on land owned by the LFCC Foundation, just north of the College’s Science and Health Professions building.
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.