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LFCC celebrates 50th anniversary

29 September 2020 Luray/Page County Frederick County News

Tuesday marked 50 years since Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) held its first classes.

LFCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a dedicated website, lfcc.edu/50. The site features a comprehensive, illustrated timeline of LFCC’s history, links to a new podcast, “LFCC Stories,” and an employee giving campaign. LFCC says the milestone will be commemorated throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

The opening of LFCC came just two years after Gov. Mills Godwin established the Virginia Community College System, which has grown to encompass 23 colleges. Ground was broken for the college in Middletown on Oct. 11, 1969.

On LFCC’s first day of classes, there were 577 students. Since then, more than a quarter-million students have been educated at LFCC, with more than 22,000 degrees and certificates awarded. Today, the college serve about 20,000 students each year through academic and workforce training programs.

“Countless lives have been enriched, improved and empowered since our doors opened,” said LFCC President Kim Blosser in a news release “Our students have gone on to even higher levels of education, or to better-paying, more fulfilling careers, or just to greater personal growth because of the education and support they received while at Lord Fairfax.”

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