Community Note-LFCC wins award

LFCC wins award Lord Fairfax Community College has been awarded Horizon Goodwill Industries' Mission Partner of the Year. Pictured left to right: Cathy Fleming, Jeanian Clark, Becky McKee, Amy Judd, Lyda Kiser, Melissa Williams and Bill Pence. Courtesy photo

Lord Fairfax Community College has been awarded Horizon Goodwill Industries’ Mission Partner of the Year.

The award is given to a company or organization that provides aid or has supported Horizon Goodwill in its efforts to assist people with disabilities.

LFCC assisted Horizon Goodwill in the following ways:

• Helped Goodwill expand service in the Shenandoah Valley. Since 2013, Jeanian Clarke, vice president of Workforce Solutions, worked with Cathy Fleming and Goodwill staff to design a strategic partnership, draft an official charter that LFCC promotes on all their campuses and hosted Goodwill office hours at the Middletown and Luray campuses.

• Collaborated with Horizon Goodwill in Winchester at the Millwood Resource Center offering free GED and adult basic education classes. The center is one of 20 regional sites and the most popular. Since August 2014, 28 students have enrolled. This partnership prepared Goodwill for the Workforce Investment Act contract that employs six people in the region providing employment and training services to over 500 clients a year.

• Offer master’s trades program classes out of Goodwill’s Cole Lane facility in Winchester. Goodwill provides the space for free and LFCC offered to make repairs to the facility, replacing overhead rolling doors, enhanced Wi-Fi speed and renovate the employee/student break room. This created better training space for Goodwill employees. LFCC has agreed to offer two to three slots in the trades program to clients at very low or no-cost tuition.