Myths About the Trades Debunked

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Revive the blue collar worker! Their jobs pay well.

Stuck in your current career? Need to earn a higher wage for your family? Looking for a change but don’t have the time or resources for a four-year degree. Trades may be your answer. The trades are high-demand locally, regionally and across our nation. In a short period of time, you can earn a national credential and be on your way a to a new and exciting career.  Continue reading Myths About the Trades Debunked

Start or Enhance Your Trades Career

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Looking for an in-demand career with a great paying wage? No time and money to earn a college degree? A career in the trades offers endless possibilities locally and regionally with advancement opportunities. Look for our Fast Track Career Training Programs to quickly train and receive a credential in one of Virginia’s highest demand career fields.

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Start, Enhance or Change Your Career

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start-enhance-changeLord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions specializes in programs that develop and enhance workplace skills for individuals and organizations.

We represent your local, reliable, and trusted partner for quality and relevant workforce training programs that meet the needs of employers and individuals in our community.

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How Prospective College Students Can Gain A Competitive Edge

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unemployedMany college graduates are having a difficult time finding jobs commensurate with their degrees…

  • A degree may not be relevant to a profession…
  • Many accept entry-level positions for which they are technically overqualified…
  • Employers cannot find appropriately skilled job candidates

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In-Demand Trades

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Looking for a High-Demand Career?Engineer Servicing Central Heating Boiler

Have you ever fixed something at home or at work and wondered to yourself, “Wow, I think I could do this for a career!”? If so, you may be in the wrong line of work or never realized what you were capable of in a trades career. People who have the knack for DIY or those who have always enjoyed working with their hands should consider a career in the trades. Continue reading In-Demand Trades

Explore a Career as a Building Maintenance Technician

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Career Overview 

Building Maintenance Technicians
Building Maintenance Technicians, also known as general maintenance and repair workers, handle a variety of construction related tasks every day.  They handle repairs that require the basic skills of all the trades such as an electrician, carpenter, plumber, mechanic, painter, and HVAC technician. They also handle general maintenance duties like painting a lobby, fixing a broken garbage disposal, and or replacing a faucet.

Job Duties may include:

  • Utilize blueprints or diagrams to plan for repair work
  • Use common hand and power tools such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers
  • Fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings
  • Maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, residences, offices, and other facilities
  • Order supplies from distributors to make necessary repairs
  • Upkeep buildings and properties
  • Keep detailed records of their work

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LFCC Program Boosts New Careers

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Posted: September 20, 2014

The Winchester Star

Fletcher poses with Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions staffers Catherine Kelley (from left), job placement coach; Estelle Sanzenbacher, career coach; and Sherry Pinto, on-the-job training coach for Valley Workforce.


With a baby on the way, Hunter Fletcher knew it was time to improve his job prospects, so he turned to a career program offered by Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions.

The Woodstock resident is now a lathe operator at Xerium Technologies (formerly Stowe Woodward Co.), just south of LFCC’s Middletown campus on Valley Pike (U.S. 11).

Fletcher, 28, had been working on an organic berry farm — Jerry’s Gourmet Berries — doing maintenance and landscaping work.

“Me and my girlfriend…when she was pregnant, I quickly realized I needed to get a career in mind and a job going,” he said.

Fletcher was taking his girlfriend to classes at LFCC when he overheard discussion about Workforce Solutions and its Career Changer programs.

“So, I figured that would be a good thing for me to do while I was here with her,” he said.

Two years ago, Fletcher went to a boot camp for industrial maintenance.

As a Workforce Solutions career coach, Estelle Sanzenbacher meets with clients and helps them determine a career path. That could include going back to school, gaining certification or updating a resume.

The goal is to get clients into a job if they don’t have one, or into a better one if they do. Continue reading LFCC Program Boosts New Careers

Help Wanted?!?

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With today’s electronic job board filled world, one might say that the Help Wanted section in newspapers is becoming a thing of the past. Help Wanted Suppot LFCC Workforce SolutionsWe are lucky here in the Winchester-Shenandoah Valley area because our local papers are filled with job postings that are screaming for qualified candidates. If you are looking at today’s Winchester Star and are lacking the skills and qualifications to apply for a specific job, then Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions may have the Career Changer program or classes for you. Let’s go through the paper and see how LFCC Workforce Solutions can get you the career you are seeking. Continue reading Help Wanted?!?

Multi-Craft Technician Student Spotlight

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Multi-Craft Technician Student Success Story - Terry SmithAfter 12 years with prominent furniture maker, Henkel Harris, Terry Smith was laid off due to the closure of the business.  Smith turned to LFCC Workforce Solutions to determine his next move toward obtaining new skills and a new career. During his experience, he enjoyed working with LFCC to gain the qualifications he needed. “The whole LFCC Workforce Solutions team has been incredible to work with.” said Smith.

After meeting with the Career Coaches, Smith decided to enroll in the Multi-Craft (Industrial Maintenance) Technician Boot Camp.  Smith exceled in the program and upon completion he met with the LFCC Workforce Solutions Job Placement Coordinator to become resume and interview ready.

In partnership with the Valley Workforce On the Job (OJT) grant, Smith successfully interviewed and was offered a position at O’Sullivan Films in Winchester. Anne Halterman of O’Sullivan Films said, “We are very happy to have Terry as part of our O’Sullivan team.  Completing the Multi-Craft (Industrial Maintenance) Boot Camp demonstrated his drive and initiative, which was a big factor in hiring him.  In his time on the team, Terry has been a valuable contributor, and we look forward to watching him grow with the company.”

Like Terry Smith and many others, students discover what can be accomplished with the right support, job training and determination. By working hard and working smart you can be on your way to a new career and bright future. Let LFCC Workforce Solutions be a Partner in Your Success!