She may be finishing up her junior year at Sherando High School, but Rachel Stange is already an LFCC graduate.
Stange received her career studies certificate in pre-allied health through the dual-enrollment program. She will earn her associate degree next year, just prior to her high school graduation.
But, these are just a couple of Stange’s many achievements.
The Girl Scout Ambassador received an honorable mention in the 2018 Virginia Affiliate of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. Award winners are selected on the basis of their ability, interest in the IT field, leadership qualities and other criteria.
Stange’s advisor at Sherando suggested she apply for the Aspirations award. Stange is in the technology club at the high school. Her mother, LFCC Computer Science Professor Melissa Stange, meets with the club and leads them in IT and cybersecurity activities.
Rachel Stange’s community service work includes educating young people and organizations about online safety. She has earned a Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest honor available.
Her career goal is to work in forensic science and forensic nursing.
Not only has Stange’s mom influenced her interest in technology, cybersecurity program manager Dr. Henry Coffman has, too.
“Since I started coming to LFCC as a student, Dr. Coffman has done a lot to help grow my development by introducing me to the National Security Agency Day of Cyber event and persuading me to become a certified cyber teacher,” Stange says. “The staff and professors at LFCC are really nice, and they really take the time to help you out with any issues you’re having.”