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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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

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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.

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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!