LFCC Receives Two Innovation Fund Grants

For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2012

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

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) has been awarded two grants through the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) program of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).  A total of 24 grants were awarded for the current academic year to 17 of the state’s 23 community colleges.

                “This is an honor for LFCC to receive these grants,” said Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, LFCC President.  “The competition is fierce for these limited funds, but LFCC has a history of doing good work with Innovation Fund dollars.”

                The first project funded, “Collaborating for Student Success,” was awarded $24,000.  This project will bring together teachers and counselors from Frederick County Public Schools and  developmental faculty from LFCC to discuss and improve college readiness standards, expectations, and competencies, many of which are changing due to redesign of developmental English and math at the state level.  The project also promotes success for both future and current students through the enhancement of LFCC’s Are You Ready website, so that students can prepare for the placement test, learn test-taking skills, link to web-based resources for review, and view video archived Math and English success workshops.   The project also aims to enhance success in developmental courses by expanding lab and tutoring services for math and English.

            The second project, “Fiber-optics Certification Program,” received $16,000 to set up a program in the Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education.  The program will purchase equipment and curriculum to offer training programs for fiber-optic certified technicians.  This growth industry is expected to have 21,900 new jobs available in the next seven years.


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.