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On June 3, 2022, LFCC officially changed its name to Laurel Ridge Community College. Small ceremonies, with speeches and the raising of the new Laurel Ridge flag, were held at each of the college’s three sites – the Middletown campus, the Fauquier campus in Warrenton, and the Luray-Page County Center (LPCC) .

“This is a historic day – you can’t say this all the time in college life,” Laurel Ridge President Kim Blosser told College Board and Foundation Board members, students and to employees Thursday at the LPCC. . “It’s an exciting day for us. We get to reintroduce ourselves to our community, talk about what we’re doing. What we’re doing doesn’t change.

When the college opened in 1970, the goal was to change the lives of people in the community by providing a skilled workforce and preparing students for four-year colleges, she said. .

“We still do and still believe in that same mission,” Dr. Blosser said.

College board chairman Michael Wenger said he shares Dr. Blosser’s enthusiasm as the college invites community members to “grow with us”.

“Last year we laid the foundation, not for an end today, but for a beginning,” he said. “It starts right away.”

Laurel Ridge Student Government Association president Athena Binibini, who studies liberal arts, raised the new flag in Luray.
“I came to college as a student of Lord Fairfax, and knowing that we are all going through this transition, it’s really inspiring and exciting to be a part of it,” she said. “I think the name is pretty and I think the laurel logo and aesthetic is pretty too. I think ‘grow with us’ is a great motto.

Dean of Students Amber Foltz, who is 18 with the college, was one of the speakers at the Middletown campus ceremony. She said she saw students flourish in college before going on to four-year universities, the military and industry.

“I’ve seen our alumni become CPAs with Fortune 500 companies, gain top secret clearances, accept scholarships, become police detectives, teach and inspire children, run nonprofits, and even provide nursing care. to my loved ones,” Dean Foltz said. “I have seen our students develop their passion and talents, develop their leadership skills, show the value of education to their children, siblings, peers and sometimes even their parents, and succeed against incredible odds.”

In addition to Dean Foltz, information systems technology professor Art Lee, who taught at Laurel Ridge for 36 years, spoke at the Middletown ceremony. Two 2022 graduates, Mary Hess and Stephanie Lopez, who both served as student ambassadors and were active on campus, served as flag raisers.

At Campus Fauquier, Associate Vice President, Student Services and Academic Support Caroline Wood and Professor of Psychology Elaine Cassel spoke, while Student Ambassadors Logan Strack and Jessica Bagby raised the flag.

Last July, the State Board for Community Colleges approved the name Laurel Ridge Community College, a year after asking each of the 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System to review the appropriateness of their names. A working group made up of stakeholders, such as students, staff, alumni, community members, and board members, spent several months consulting with our communities on possible new names.

Laurel Ridge symbolizes the positive spirit and positive attitude of the college. He expresses to the students that everyone can succeed here. It also reflects the natural beauty of our surroundings and is representative of our entire service region. The laurel has been the symbol of victory and success since Greek and Roman times.

About Laurel Ridge Community College

Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public higher education institution. With four locations – Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently Vint Hill – the College serves eight communities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren counties and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge 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 programs offered on-site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by providing workforce readiness programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 non-double credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses each year.

Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to grant associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 with questions regarding Laurel Ridge Community College accreditation. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or other non-meritorious factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual violence or harassment.