For Immediate Release:
May 5, 2015
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
David Gum, President and CEO of the National Fruit Product Company, recently presented a $31,500 check to Estelle Sanzenbacher, LFCC’s coach for the Great Expectations program for foster youth. The check was presented on May 3 at the 4th Annual Restoration Concert sponsored by White House Foods.
“This donation really makes a difference for our students and we’re so glad to be the recipients,” said Sanzenbacher. “Our students have unique, difficult, and sometimes heartbreaking circumstances and the real path to self-sufficiency is education.”
Three LFCC students had a chance to speak before the concert, which featured musicians Laura Story, Grammy Award Winner and Natalie Grant, Five time GMA Dove Award Winner. Each student (Chad Peters, Chelsy Caulton, and Clinton Carlton) told a little about themselves and how the Great Expectations program had helped them.
May is National Foster Care Month. According to Sanzenbacher, 30 LFCC students are enrolled in the Great Expectations program. The program provides a variety of support services, including academic advising, career counseling, and assistance with the financial aid process. The program also provides a variety of incentive programs to keep students motivated.
Statistically, fewer than 5% of foster youth obtain a certificate or degree. In May, LFCC has two students graduating with certificates and two with associate degrees who are transferring to Shepherd University. Five will complete the Clinical Medical Assistant Program in June, participate in an externship, and then be off to work.
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.