Pandemic Job Loss Opens Door to Exciting New Career

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Like many people around the U.S., Angel Ortiz, of Remington, lost his job at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

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HVAC Program Led to Great Career for 22-Year-Old

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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.

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Winchester FastForward Grad Thriving in New Career

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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.

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High Schoolers Sign With Employers Following LFCC Heavy Construction Course

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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.

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Fauquier County Resident Finds Purpose, Career With LFCC’s New Dental Assisting Course

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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.

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Phlebotomy Technician Course Opens Doors For Single Mother

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Keisha Smith and son

At her new job, Keisha Smith’s benefits include good insurance for herself and her young son.

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.

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Thanks to LFCC, Statewide Recognition Given to Winchester Man Who Trades Up

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Left to right – Joy Cary (PIVA), Dr. Kim Blosser (LFCC President), Ed Breedan (MT1 Graduate), Sherry Pinto (FastForward Coach), Scott Carlson (Apprenticeship Grant Coordinator)

For many people, learning that their workplace of 23 years is closing would be devastating. But, for Winchester resident Ed Breeden it was the chance to reinvent himself and to earn a much better living.

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Medical Assistant Program Student Success Story with Miriam Arriaga

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Recently, the Medical Assistant (CMA) Program offered through Workforce Solutions at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) released another student into the workforce. Ten months ago, Miriam Arriaga began her training in the CMA Program, and a mere 4 months later she graduated!

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Arriaga “found a job right away” following graduation. Her hard work and effort she provided during her time at LFCC landed her a job with the Free Medical Clinic of the Shenandoah Valley, located in Winchester, Virginia. The rapid job offer from the Free Medical Clinic must be why Arriaga says the classes at LFCC “opens up a lot of doors.”

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SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Prep Course Student Spotlight

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As an Office Manager for Customer Care at American Woodmark, Jennifer Frye has found Jennifer-Frye-600x450herself a career in Human Resources (HR). She prides herself on treating people with dignity and respect along with her ability to keep things confidential. Frye wanted to keep the human aspect of Human Resources on the front lines in her company, and knew that her role as Office Manager could allow her to do that. She says she’s been fortunate to have managers who have supported her over the years and encouraged her to explore the programs offered through LFCC Workforce Solutions. Continue reading SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Prep Course Student Spotlight

Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Student Spotlight

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Connie Miller is a 2015 graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Program available at LFCC Workforce Solutions.  Before entering the CMA program, Connie was as a stay-at-home mom raising her children and taking care of her family. Now that her children are older it was time for her to join the workforce. “I’ve always been interested in medical … I wanted to get my feet wet per se and I looked into the CMA program for about a year,” said Miller.CMA-Student-Spotlight-Connie-Miller

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