Laurel Ridge boosts local economy by $265.7 million

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A recent economic impact analysis revealed that Laurel Ridge Community College brought roughly $265.7 million to the local economy.

The largest portion of their impact comes from the increased earnings of Laurel Ridge Alumni and their employers.

This accounts for $227.4 million and supports over 2,900 jobs.

The college’s payroll and spending added an additional $24.5 million to the economy through consumer spending like groceries, rent, and other purchases.

The study also showed that for every dollar invested in Laurel Ridge, taxpayers receive $1.50 in value over the course of alumni’s work lives.

This comes from additional tax revenue made by alumni in the workforce.

A 2022 graduate with an associates degree will earn an additional $432,900 over the course of their career.

The study also anticipated Laurel Ridge students would save the region $4.5 million by reducing the demand on healthcare, justice systems, and welfare benefits.

Lightcast, a labor market analysis firm, conducted the study on the entire Virginia Community College System and a few individual schools, including Laurel Ridge.

A link to the announcement and the full report is available here.

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Honoring Handley alumni and faculty who served the country

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Handley Regional Library Systems is honoring alumni and faculty who served our country as part of the 100th anniversary celebration.

The Benham Gallery at Handley Library on Piccadilly Street in Winchester will host a display of photographs and memorabilia on Monday, November 6th.

The exhibit is open to the public from 1 to 8 pm. November 11. 

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Handley High School’s alumni speaker series

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Handley High School’s Alumni Speaker Series will be hosting Jimmy (’86) and Braden Robertson (’21) on August 16th at 6:30 pm in the Handley Robinson Auditorium (100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester).

The father and son duo will be sharing their “Experience Along the Appalachian Trail: A Father & Son Trek”.

They will show photographs, maps, gear and tell their story about situations and the people they encountered on the 2200-mile hike.

This is a free event, share with your friends and family.

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