Lord Fairfax Community College Selected as Member of the Competency-Based Education Network

For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2015

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

An announcement on February 10, 2015 made it official that Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) had been selected as a member of the Competency-Based Education Network(C-BEN). C-BEN is a group of colleges and universities working together to address shared challenges to designing, developing, and scaling competency-based degree programs.  Dr. John Milam, LFCC’s Professor and Executive Director of Knowledge to Work, proclaims, “This is an extraordinary opportunity for LFCC to help position itself as a national leader in competency based-education.  We’ll be right there alongside the University of Southern New Hampshire, Capella, and Brandman University in working through the design and policy issues to make this new approach to education work.”


Competency-based degree programs are promising approaches to helping educate more Americans, because they hold potential as a better way to plan, organize, deliver, and support education for students who are not well served by traditional academic instruction. C-BEN was formed a year ago in response to clear demand from colleges and universities that had been building competency-based models in isolation. Today, these leading institutions are working collaboratively to accelerate progress on shared challenges around program design and integrity, business processes and systems, and vendor relations to build models capable of scaling to serve many more students from all backgrounds.


In September, Lord Fairfax Community College received $3.25 million from the U.S. Department of Labor under theTrade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative.  The funding is being used to create Knowledge to Work, a new type of educational search engine and online portal designed to help workers find free and low-cost, credit and non-credit learning resources as part of personal learning plans to get competencies and credentials, including badges, certificates, and degrees.  Dr. Milam explains that, “With C-BEN we can even be more efficient and effective in what we’re doing with our TAACCCT grant.  This really gives us a boost in creating this vision.” 


To learn more about LFCC’s C-BEN membership or theKnowledge to Work Program, contact Dr. John Milam at [email protected] or 540-868-7249.

(Pictured:  Dr. John Milam)

         (Pictured: Dr. John Milam)


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.