LFCC first opened its doors to students on Sept. 28, 1970 – before the finishing touches could even be put on its lone building, and less than a year after ground was officially broken on a 120-acre tract in Middletown.
During that first academic year, 577 students were enrolled. Now, 50 years later, LFCC has educated nearly 260,000 students, awarding 22,517 degrees and certificates in the process.
Over the past 50 years, in addition to providing a high-quality education to our students, LFCC has played a pivotal role in our service area’s economic development, working closely with local governments, area schools and our partners in business and industry.
Over the past five decades, LFCC’s original campus in Middletown has grown with the expansion of Fairfax Hall, and the construction of Alson H. Smith Hall, the Corron Community Development Center, the Science and Health Professions Building, and most recently, the Student Union Building.
In 1988, our second campus was opened in Fauquier County. That campus, too, has undergone major expansions, and in 2016, we opened a second location in Fauquier County at Vint Hill. We opened the Luray-Page County Center to better serve our students in Page County in 2006. Ground was broken on a new Luray-Page County Center in 2019.
Today, LFCC serves approximately 20,000 students each year through academic and workforce training programs. They come from our service regions of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren counties, the city of Winchester, and even further afield thanks to our online offerings.
Through dual-enrollment courses, thousands of young people are able to obtain a college education while still in high school. Many of them even earn their associate degree before their high school career is finished.
Now as we look back proudly on this half-century of providing students with a quality education, we also look towards the future as we endeavor to bring a first-rate education and relevant workforce training to all those who desire them.
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