For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2015
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
“The idea of not living at home with my seizure disorder wasn’t appealing to me,” said Amanda Abbott, during her senior year in high school as she was searching for the next academic step in life. As a graduating senior at Fauquier High School in 2010, she knew she wanted more. Her parents suggested she try Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC).
In May, Amanda is graduating from The University of Virginia (UVA) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. “I’m very interested in how populations behave,” she remarked.
Amanda received her Associate Degree in General Studies from LFCC in 2012. She said, “LFCC gave me opportunities I don’t think I would have had when graduating high school. Through guaranteed transfer agreements, I had the choice of going to UVA, Virginia Tech, James Madison, or Mary Washington.”
Amanda believes she was able to make the transition to UVA pretty seamlessly because of the academic support and individualized attention she received in community college. “The professors’ positive attitudes, the advisors’ willingness to go the extra mile in helping you, and the smaller class sizes really stand out. Going to LFCC increased my confidence and made me a better student,” she said.
Amanda wants to work for an epilepsy organization or foundation for cause and cure. She has participated in the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s annual walk for many years.
As a Delaplane, VA resident since 4th grade, she considers Fauquier County her home.
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.