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Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation Sponsors Field Trip for FCPS Seniors

See news release with photos.

Twenty-seven Fauquier County seniors were invited to take a special tour of the campus of Lord Fairfax Community College on Monday, April 3.  The high school students, representing Fauquier, Kettle Run and Liberty High Schools, took part in the event, spearheaded by Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation board member Douglas Marshall and Dr. Christopher Coutts, provost of the Fauquier campus of LFCC.

Dr. Coutts welcomed the students to LFCC and Dr. DeJuanna Parker, site manager of the Vint Hill campus, led the students in a discussion of perceived barriers to obtaining a college education.  Parker and members of the faculty and staff addressed each of the concerns raised by the students and demonstrated many ways that a community college in general, and LFCC in particular, can assist them in meeting their academic and career goals. Presentations focused on the value of taking business and entrepreneurship courses, the expanding offerings in technology and cybersecurity, and an eye-opening exercise in calculating the cost of a four-year private school education vs. a four-year public school education and the long-range impact of college loans on students’ financial planning.

LFCC ambassadors led the high school seniors on a tour of the campus, featuring classroom facilities, technology, library, college bookstore and student life center.  The students learned that LFCC provides a wide range of courses that will allow them to choose from career certification programs, two-year associate’s degree, or general studies degree that will transfer directly to nearly 20 Virginia colleges and universities.  They left the campus familiar with the many options available to them that will put them on the path to obtaining their future goals.  Angelica Newham, Kettle Run High School career counselor, noted, “The students enjoyed the experience and getting to tour the building.  The fact that they got to sit in the common area during the presentation was great – seeing the current students passing by hopefully gave them a way to envision themselves there soon!”