Laurel Ridge’s Bill Pence honored for contributions

Bill Pence, Operations and Registration Director for Laurel Ridge Community College’s Workforce Solutions, was recognized by the Virginia Community College System for his outstanding contributions to workforce and career education.

He received the Expanding Opportunities Award, the highest honor given by the VCCS at their annual conference.

He is credited with the Workforce Solutions’ team being the first in the VCCS to use online registration and for his instrumental role in bringing additional funding to Virginia community colleges through FANATIC (Financial Assistance Grant) and the Workforce Credential Grant.

Pence has also served the community on the Woodstock Town Council, Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors, Rotary, and much more.

After the recognition, Pence said, “I was very flattered to be awarded the chancellor’s award. I think it’s more of a reflection of the great team I work with and all the good things we do, and not just me individually.”

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Rodeo approved by Shenandoah County

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The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors approved an application submitted by Mike Foster of Tumbling Ranch and Rodeo.

The plans include a full slate of bulls, barrel racing, and broncos.

The rodeo will be coming to Battlefield Road in Strasburg after Tuesday’s approval.

Foster hopes to bring a spring and fall rodeo back to Virginia, train bulls to send off to bigger events and to give back to the community.

The Tumbling Ranch and Rodeo hope to have the center open by mid-2024.

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