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Clarke County Man Beats the Odds and Finds a New Career Through Training with LFCC Workforce Solutions
Luis Camacho-Bruno is so much happier pursuing his trades education than he was while working towards his engineering degree. The 2018 Clarke County High School graduate spent two years studying engineering at a four-year university.
“Then the pandemic hit,” he said. “It made me change my perspective on things.”
Usually, plumbers are the ones making house calls. But, one evening a week, a professional comes to Powell’s Plumbing in Winchester to provide instruction to 11 employees. It’s all part of a customized LFCC Workforce Solutions Corporate Training program. The employees are in the first level apprenticeship plumbing class. A few are plumbing technicians, and the rest are helpers, said Joey Luttrell, general manager of Powell’s Plumbing.
Joey Luttrell and 11 employees at Powell’s Plumbing prior to class.
Luckily for Ortiz, he was able to turn this setback into a positive, quickly earning a National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)-recognized credential and starting a new career he loves.
Josiah Shortridge is just 22-years-old, but the facility operator HVAC technician is already thriving in his career.
He recently completed the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) trades course offered through LFCC Workforce Solutions. Shortridge earned his Level 4 certificate over the winter.
Because of the bonus hours he earned while out working during the course, he was able to get to the journeyman level in two years instead of four.
Since earning the 10,000th workforce credential from the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) FastForward job training program, life just keeps getting better and better for Winchester resident Ed Breeden.
He had spent more than 20 years working at Zuckerman Co. when he learned the metal recycling company would soon be shutting down.
2019 Fauquier County High School grad Logan Falls has a jump start on his heavy construction career thanks to LFCC Workforce Solutions’ Heavy Equipment Operators (HEO) program.
He was in the program’s first cohort of high school students who took the course two evenings a week this past spring.
Fauquier County High School 2014 graduate Mackenzie Rollins has finally found a career she can really sink her teeth into, thanks to a brand-new dental assisting program being offered by LFCC Workforce Solutions.
This was Rollins’s second time enrolling at LFCC – she had previously studied business, but realized that wasn’t the field for her. She had also spent more than a year at James Madison University, where she switched majors several times.
Skyline High School graduate Bradley Cute recently completed LFCC Workforce Solutions’ CompTIA A+ Prep and Certification course, and now works for a federal contractor in Luray.
He took advantage of the Guarantee-to-Interview program Workforce Solutions has with Syntelligent Analytic Solutions LLC. Syntelligent has agreed to interview students who have completed the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ or ITIL certification courses.
Certified phlebotomist/nurse assistant Keisha Smith is proof of what can be accomplished through hard work and sheer determination.
The Culpeper resident overcame homelessness while raising a young child to attain two health care certifications and start a fulfilling career.