New education program launches at LFCC

Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown is launching a competency-based education program, Knowledge to Work (K2W), on Tuesday that focuses on acquiring the skills to work in specific fields, rather than accruing broad knowledge.

The college received approval for the program from its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, in July, according to a news release.

LFCC is the first and only institution in the commission’s region approved to offer the 100 percent direct assessment competency-based education.

Students in this program will not be graded on traditional scales. Instead, they will be judged on the proficiency they complete for the required skills for their   field.   They will be able to verify their skill level through assignments, projects, tests and simulation, the news release states.

LFCC professor Dr. John Milam LFCC’s is executive director of Knowledge to Work.  By verifying skills, he notes in the news release that students will be able to save time and money since they won’t have to take classes on material they have already learned.

“K2W lets students quickly earn credentials in high wage, high growth jobs related to IT and health information management without jumping through a lot of hoops,” Milam stated.

Seven programs will be available this fall as well as apprenticeship programs offered through Knowledge to Work with personalized learning plans.

Knowledge to Work is partially funded by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

“The other costs of the program are funded by the college through staff support and indirect costs. No extra fee is being charged to pay for this,” Milam stated in the release.