Local Students Earn Associate Degree at LFCC Concurrent with High School Graduation

For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2013

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

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) granted associate degree diplomas to six students who took advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program offered by the college.  It is possible to graduate with a degree at LFCC while simultaneously graduating from high school.  At least, that was true for some students this year.  These dually enrolled youngsters graduated in May from LFCC, and then in June, from area high schools (or from home-school curriculums). Listed are the six students who did such:

Cory Harlow-Stonewall Jackson High School (Shenandoah County)

Ashley Comer-Page County High School (Page County)

Felicia McCoy-Page County High School (Page County)

Haley Dewey –Luray High School (Page County)

Michael Bloom-Home Schooled (Frederick County)

Thomas Bloom-Home Schooled (Frederick County)

The students were presented with a Governor’s Medallion in honor of such impressive academic achievement, and wore it as part of their academic regalia during graduation.


Each student earned 60 or more credit hours to obtain an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree. Brenda Byard, Dean of Business and Technologies/Director of High School Outreach, said “I couldn’t be prouder of this group of young people for their accomplishments.” For the past nine years, Byard has been instrumental in expanding the Dual Enrollment Program at LFCC.  Enrollment data from fall 2012 shows that the program served over 2,000 students in partnership with 24 public and private schools.

Dual Enrollment is a program that provides high school students the opportunity to take college-bearing courses that may apply to their high school graduation, as well as, receiving college-transcripted credit that could apply towards a degree at LFCC. The college credits earned may be transferred to another college or university.  The program allows students to progress to their next academic challenge without having to wait until high school graduation.

For more information regarding the Dual Enrollment Program, visit the website at www.lfcc.edu/dual-enrollment-463 or telephone 540-868-7149.


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.