For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2015
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
On May 6, 2015, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) was awarded Horizon Goodwill Industries’ Mission Partner of the Year. This award is given to a company or organization that provides aid or has otherwise supported Horizon Goodwill in its efforts to assist people with disabilities or other special needs thereby helping Goodwill fulfill its mission on a daily basis.
The nomination for the award listed examples of how LFCC had assisted the organization:
- Helping Goodwill expand service in the Shenandoah Valley: Since late 2013, Lord Fairfax Community College VP of Workforce Solutions, Jeanian Clarke worked with Cathy Fleming and Goodwill staff to design a strategic partnership that benefits both organizations. We drafted an official strategic charter that LFCC promotes on all their campuses. They allowed us to host Goodwill office hours at the Middleton location and their Luray campus; and, they introduced Goodwill to the communities in a non-threatening and constructive way.
- Diversifying services provided by Goodwill: In September of 2014, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) collaborated with Horizon Goodwill in Winchester at the Millwood Resource Center offering free GED and Adult Basic Education classes to the public and to Goodwill clients. The Millwood Resource Center is 1 of 20 regional GED/ABE sites. According to reports as of December 2014, our location has become the most popular education site they have, with 28 students enrolling since the August 2014. This partnership with Lord Fairfax prepared us for the WIA contract that employs 6 people in the region providing employment and training services to over 500 clients a year.
- Helping Goodwill clients further their education: Lord Fairfax is also offering their Masters Trades program classes out of Goodwill’s Cole Lane facility in Winchester. Goodwill provides the space for free and because of this in kind relationship, LFCC has graciously offered to help assist in making the necessary repairs and alterations to the facility. They replaced overhead rolling doors, enhanced the Wi-Fi speed and renovated the employee/student break room. Their enhancements to the classroom space upstairs created an even better training space for Goodwill employees. Our primary objective for this partnership is to introduce Goodwill clients to continuing education that offers certifications. LFCC has agreed to offer 2 to 3 slots in the trades program to our clients at very low or no cost tuition.
Members of LFCC’s Workforce Solutions and Office of Transition Programs accepted the award at Horizon Goodwill’s 60th Annual Awards Banquet in Hagerstown, Maryland. For more information regarding the event, go to: http://www.horizongoodwill.org/the-horizon-goodwill-awards-dinner-an-eye-opening-experience/.
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.