LFCC has been a family affair for the Lolis family.
Tedric Lolis will receive his associate of applied science with a health professions specialization on May 13. His daughter, Caitlynn, 20, will receive the same degree, and his wife, Christina, will earn her degree in business administration and finance.
Both Tedric and Caitlynn, who graduated from Fauquier High School, plan to become physician assistants. He will go to Shenandoah University, while his daughter will attend West Virginia University. Meanwhile, Christina is starting at James Madison University in the fall.
It’s been 20 years since Tedric graduated from Luray High School. Since then, he’s spent nearly eight years in the U.S. Army and 13 years in the operating room, where he worked first as a surgical tech and then as a surgical first assistant. The Army trained him as a surgical tech.
“I wanted to move up the chain a little bit,” Tedric said of his decision to start attending LFCC in August 2015. “I’ve always wanted to be a physician assistant. I love working in the operating room.”
Being a PA would also allow him to see patients.
Tedric and Caitlynn took most of their classes at the Fauquier Campus, while Christina was at both the Fauquier and Middletown sites. Tedric also took some courses at the Vint Hill location. The family recently moved to Edinburg from Fauquier County.
“I would definitely recommend LFCC, especially for anybody just out of high school, or even working adults,” Tedric said. “You have the opportunity to make the class schedule fit you, rather than have to inconvenience yourself to go back to school. Luckily, the military was helping pay for it.”
He also has an 18-year-old daughter, Joslynn, 18, and 7-year-old stepson, John, so family time is important.
“The school has been good to me,” Tedric said. “I would have to say that Professor [Butch] Austin has been very instrumental in both mine and Caitlynn’s time there. Professor [James] Flanagan is a really good biology teacher as well.”