Annaliese Jenkins, a 2019 graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College and Missy Spielman, Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Frederick County Public Schools talk about their student/teacher relationship and how Missy became an “accidental mentor” to Annaliese.

We chatted about the work-based learning program at FCPS and Annaliese explained how her first experience ultimately shaped her education/career path.

Missy talked about how job shadowing, community college & work-based opportunities factor into the decisions students make when trying to determine their career path.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.