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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Watch A Short Video of Miriam Arriaga on the Medical Assistant Program

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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Commercial Driver’s License CDL-A Student Spotlight

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With little to no experience in tractor trailers and truck driving, Scott Renner of Cross Junction,VA came to Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions and CDS Tractor Trailer Training to find a new career. Renner selected LFCC and CDS as his number one choice. “There were a couple schools in the area and they didn’t offer as much as what CDS and Lord Fairfax offered,” said Renner. “I really liked what they had to offer. It’s a really good program and they take time to help you out if you need a little extra help in certain places. It was a really good choice for me.”CDS_Tractor_Trailer_Student_Scott_Renner-Truck

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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

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!

HEETF Student Success Story

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David Portmess first came to LFCC Workforce Solutions looking to better himself for his family. He was underemployed and had no hope of working to his full potential.  He knew his opportunities for advancement would be limited if he did not take the initiative to further his education.  David heard about the TAA Adult Career Coach and Job Placement Coach at LFCC, and decided to see if they might have some ideas on how he could get ahead.

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David Portmess was one of three selected from his employer to go through the Multi-Craft Technician program. David is seen here with LFCC Workforce Solutions Career Coaches, Catherine Kelley (left) and Estelle Sanzenbacher (right).

After meeting with the coaches, David enrolled in a few of the technical trades courses thanks to the assistance of the Onramp program.  After successful completion of the initial classes, David received attention from his existing employer to be eligible for advancement in the industrial technician area of his company’s operation.   He was selected by his employer to take the new Multi-Craft program.  He began class this September, and with this additional training, it will increase his pay and move him one step closer for advancement in a new career field.  The new Multi-Craft program was recently established at LFCC thanks to the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF), which allowed for the purchase of hands-on industry equipment and simulators to advance the skills of a technical workforce. Continue reading HEETF Student Success Story

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Spotlight

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Recent graduate, Nicole Russell, provides a snapshot of her experience with the growing Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program.Clinical_Medical_Assistant_Career_Changer

Nicole Russell is a 2013 graduate of the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Program through Workforce Solutions.  Although she had previously worked in the medical field, she took some time off to focus on raising her children. When she was ready to return to the workforce, the CMA program was a quick way for Nicole to learn new skills, gain a national certification and participate in an externship that led to employment at a local medical practice.  “[CMA Program] allowed me to sharpen my skills to be better in my current position,” says Russell.

Russell credits Sharon Cason, the CMA instructor, for her hands-on instruction and clinical assignments that helped prepare her for a job as a CMA.  “Sharon Cason was a great instructor.  She had our class very hands-on in the instruction and clinical assignments.” Continue reading Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Spotlight