Tiffany Matthews, a 2017 Lord Fairfax Community College graduate talks about her education journey that brought her back to college nearly 10 years after graduating from high school.

Tiffany explained how she juggled being a full-time mom to two children AND the work that comes with continuing your education. She told us about the TRIO program offered at LFCC and the impact it had on her ability to achieve her educational goals. She offered many pieces of advice for students who are hesitant to start or return to school and talked about how getting her degree has changed her life and her perspective.

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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.