LFCC Student Selected as NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2015

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Warrenton, Va. “I am an explorer, an adventurer, a stargazer. When I think about the future and what I hope to accomplish, it’s not just one thing. I aspire to be an astronaut, to study particles at the Large Hadron Collider. I want to compose music and build things…” wrote Jackie Bertone in her application for the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program. Bertone is a student at Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Fauquier Campus and now a NCAS Scholar. She will complete her Associate Degree in General Studies at LFCC in May 2015 and hopes to study physics at Virginia Tech.


Besides taking classes at LFCC, she is working on a presentation with her current cohort at NCAS, planning a Mars mission and designing a 3D rover model. She says, “I love working with people that are so passionate about science.”


A resident of Rixeyville, VA, Bertone proclaims, “LFCC has been a great steppingstone to discover more about myself and the direction in which I want to go.” She recalls a physics class at LFCC with Professor Clelia LaMonica; “I was very inspired during a lecture on the electromagnetic spectrum and waves. Professor LaMonica ran across the classroom moving her arm in the air to show how light works.”


As Bertone pursues her dreams and passion for learning, she hopes that her philosophy is followed by others, “Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t always believe you have to be the best at something. It’s not what you know, but how much you want to know.”

Jackie designing a 3D rover model.

Jackie designing a 3D rover model.


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.