Laurel Ridge receives two Military Friendly designations

For the 12th year, Laurel Ridge Community College has been designated a 2022-2023 Military Friendly School. It was given a silver distinction. Also, for the first time, the college has been named a Military Spouse Friendly School.

The Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using a public driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Laurel Ridge scored especially high in the graduation and job placement category, exceeding the standard by more than 94 percent. Other areas in which the college excelled included support and retention of student veterans, financial aid and assistance, and culture and commitment.

Laurel Ridge Associate Vice President, Student Services and Academic Support, Caroline Wood praised the college’s veteran academic advisors/school certifying officials Jeanmarie Corrado and Sharon Painter.

“Jeanmarie and Sharon serve dual roles as both academic advisors to their assigned students, and also as LFCC’s designated school certifying officials, which involves interpreting and certifying a complex menu of students’ educational benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense,” said Dr. Wood. “Both Jeanmarie and Sharon think of their offices within our Campus Veterans Centers (one in Middletown and one in Fauquier) as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for our student veterans and their families. They also serve as a general resource and referral agent to local Veterans Affairs services and programs. Their commitment to their students is noteworthy.”

Serving veterans, and their spouses and dependents is “an honor,” according to Painter.

“From inquiry to graduation, Laurel Ridge Veteran Services is dedicated to serving student veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and women, reservists, and their spouses and dependents through an array of support services designed to help them navigate their transition to higher education and to ultimately achieve their educational goals,” added Corrado.

More than 1,800 schools participated in this year’s Military Friendly School survey, with 785 earning the Military Friendly designation. Just under 350 schools earned the Military Friendly Spouse designation.

“Military Friendly is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process,” said Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly. “Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.”

The Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at The Military Spouse School list will be published in June in the Military Spouse magazine.

To learn more about veteran services at Laurel Ridge, please visit

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LFCC’s President Blosser is recognized

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) soon to be Laurel Ridge Community College President Kim Blosser’s leadership has been recognized.

A news release from LFCC Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth announced the recognition of Blosser.

The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council presented Blosser with the Glo Fiber Enterprise’s Dr. Noftsinger Leadership award.

The award was presented to Blosser at the Council’s TechNite22 event.

The award is given to a leader who has served as a catalyst for positive technology related activity.

Blosser and LFCC Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education were also nominated for the Innovation in Higher Education Award.

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LFCC holds 50 commencement ceremony this weekend

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) soon to become Laurel Ridge Community College will hold its 50 commencement ceremony this weekend.

An email from LFCC Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth confirms that this is the first in person ceremony since 2019.

This year nearly 1,000 members will be graduating in an outdoor ceremony at the Middletown Campus.

A break down of this year’s glass includes 40 graduates from Clarke County 37 from Page County, 17 from Rappahannock County.

The number of Frederick County residents graduating this year is 228 with 114 from the City of Winchester.

There are 166 people from Fauquier County graduating this year.

Shenandoah County will see 106 residents graduate this year and 87 people from Warren County.

To make the event more manageable a ceremony dedicated to graduates in the health profession is being held Fri. May 13 at 2 p.m..

Another ceremony will be held on Sat. May 14 at 11 a.m..

This is the first outdoor commencement ceremony at the Middletown Campus in more than a decade.

More information on commencement is found here.

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LFCC receives the Paragon Award for the Laureate

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An email from Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) to become Laurel Ridge Community College Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth  announced recognition for the school.

The school received the Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

The award from the NCMPR recognizes the school’s Communications and Planning Team’s work on the inaugural issue of the school’s Laureate magazine.

The publication earned a bronze award at the NCMPR National conference in Denver last week.

The inaugural issue of the Laureate competed against 1,700 other entries from 232 colleges from across the country and Canada.

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LFCC offers students mental and other health support

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For the first time ever Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) students are able to get immediate help for mental health and other health needs at no cost.

LFCC announced via email that TimelyMD is now available for students of the college.

TimelyMD offers students 24/7 health and counseling resources by video or phone.

Students can also connect with TimelyMD for immediate needs in times of crisis.

A number of other services are available including on-demand or appointment based health support, coaching along with psychiatric care.

Find out more and Sign up for the service at

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LFCC – LRCC Welcomes Broadband

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The more than $95 million in broadband expansion in the Northern Shenandoah Valley is a welcome boon for Lord Fairfax Community

College as it brings fiber broadband to more than 40,000 locations. The college considers this critical to succeed in higher education for the modern

college student. The Vice President for Student Service and Academic Support Dr. Caroline Wood praised the broadband expansion

as a needed and welcomed commodity.

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LFCC’s Cybersecurity Program receives accreditation

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Cybersecurity program has been recognized by  Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology.

The accreditation will remain in effect through 2026.

The cybersecurity program at LFCC is one of the first in the world and the only Community College Program to receive accreditation.

Accreditation means the program meets rigorous industry standards and produces graduates prepared to enter critical technical fields.

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LFCC officially announces it’s mask policy starting Mon. 8/23

It’s official Laurel Ridge Community College (LRCC) formerly Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will use mask for this semester.

The school joins Shenandoah University (SU) in requiring mask be worn by all students, staff, faculty and visitors in all buildings.

LFCC begins on campus glasses Mon. Aug. 23.

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LFCC Wits for Wellness 5 K run/walk

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If you plan on joining this year’s Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Wits for Wellness 5 K run/walk it is suggested that you resister by Sept. 1 and start training now.

The 5 K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. at the school’s Middletown Campus Sept. 18.

Awards are given to the top 3 male and female runners in each age group.

Register by Sept. 1 and pay only $20 after the 1 it’s $25 to register.

Members of Shenandoah Valley runners receive a $1 discount.

The race supports student scholarships you can find more information and registration is available at

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LFCC tuition rate remains the same

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) announced that the in state tuition rate for 2021-22 will remain the same as it has been since 2018.

The State Board for Community College voted unanimous to keep the rate the same.

Today’s rate of $154 per credit hour keeps community college tuition and fees at approximately a third the costs of attending Virginia’s public four year universities.

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