For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2016
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) received a $50,000 PluggedIn Virginia grant earlier this year. The award made it possible to create a new program, PluggedIn Virginia (PIVA), to help students simultaneously complete their GED or increase basic skills (for high school graduates) while completing a Career Studies Certificate and earning a national certification.
The first PIVA program offered at LFCC was Medical Office Administration, a Career Studies Certificate established specifically for this program. Classes began on February 8, 2016 and were completed on May 25, 2016. Students committed to taking classes full-time, Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. They spent two days in college classes, which included:
- College Student Development
- Medical Terminology
- Heatlhcare Information Systems
- Medical Office Procedures.
The other two days included GED/Basic Education instruction and preparation for a Career Readiness Certification. Throughout the curriculum, students received training in digital literacy, soft skills, and job readiness preparation. Each participated in a capstone project.
All five students in the first cohort passed the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant National Certification exam (given on May 25, 2016) and all received the Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate.
Joy Cary, LFCC PluggedIn Virginia Coordinator, said, “We are so proud of this group and all that they have accomplished in such a short window of time. The most exciting part is that several of these students have gained the confidence to continue their college studies into the fall with nursing pre-requisite classes! We will be working with the others to find employment where they can use their newly developed skills.”
The College plans to offer the program again on the Middletown campus this fall, and hopes to bring it to the Luray-Page County Center at a future date.
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.