Luray native Lisa Liscomb decided to enroll at LFCC to set a good example for her children.
She spent a couple of years studying at George Mason University before “life just kind of got in the way.”
And, with a full-time job as a bookkeeper at Luray Middle School, a husband and five children – including triplets – her life is full and busy.
When she first started college at George Mason about three decades ago, Liscomb thought she wanted to become a park ranger or game warden. Now, she’s thinking she may like to work for a municipality’s parks department, and last summer made strides towards this goal by starting her associate’s degree in general studies in outdoor and recreational leadership at the Luray-Page County Center.
“I wanted to show my children that you don’t start something and not finish it,” Liscomb, a graduate of Luray High School, says of going back to college. “I was surprised after all these years that about 25 of my earlier credits from GMU transferred into LFCC.”
Most of her classes have been online.
“They’re interesting,” Liscomb says. “Last semester, I took an on-campus class with students who were pretty close to my own children’s ages. I knew quite a few of them. It was weird and cool at the same time.”
Her triplets, Bel, Lily and Chauncey, are high school seniors. Bel is attending Massanutten Governor’s School in Mt. Jackson and will also graduate with an associate degree from LFCC when she graduates from high school this year. Chauncey is getting college credit through LFCC’s dual-enrollment program.
“My children are my greatest successes in life,” says Liscomb. “I’m trying to just take the amount of classes I can handle right now.”
She is also mother to Olivia, who is a ninth-grader, and Ryder, who is in sixth-grade. Her husband, Sam, works in security. She is encouraging her children to stay close to home and save money by first enrolling at LFCC.
“I wish they would’ve had the Luray-Page County Center when I first graduated from high school,” Liscomb says. “It would’ve been much more convenient and practical for me to have started my post-secondary education at a community college that was close to home, instead of rushing off to a four-year university.
“Things are different now that LFCC is right here in our community. I think it’s a great opportunity for a lot of kids. I know many high schoolers taking advantage of the dual-enrollment classes, as well as many who are going right to Lord Fairfax after graduation. I’m thrilled that LFCC has a campus here.”