LFCC receives grant to expand health care pathways for high school students

Lord Fairfax Community College’s Educational Foundation has received a $144,000 grant from the Virginia-based Claude Moore Charitable Foundation to expand health care career pathways for high school students.

Brenda Byard, the Lord Fairfax Community College’s dean of academic student affairs and outreach, said the funds will be used immediately.

According to a Lord Fairfax Community College news release, the funding will allow the college to work with Rappahannock County schools to initiate a certified nursing assistant program.  Rappahannock is the only county in the college’s service region that doesn’t have a certified nursing assistant program.

Byard added that funds will be used to help Rappahannock County schools pay for an instructor, purchase instructional materials and assist students with certification expenses.

The release states that funds will also be used to partner with Shenandoah County schools to start a career studies certificate program in medical office administration. Once the certificate is earned, students can choose to go directly into the health care workforce, or continue at the college to pursue a certificate in medical administration assistant, medical billing or coding, or pursue an associate’s degree in health information management.

Funding will also be used to create a program from high school students who have already received certification as a certified nursing assistant to go on to earn a healthcare technician career studies certificate as a medication aide, the release added.

Byard said the grant was given to the college because of their partnerships with the local high schools.

“It is the intent of Valley Health System to have a certified nursing assistant program in each school division,” she said.

Lord Fairfax Community College leads the College and Career Pathways Consortium, which includes the directors of career and technical education from seven school divisions served by the college. The news release states that these directors have asked for a pathway for juniors who have earned their certified nursing assistant certification to earn additional health care credentials during senior year.

This is the second grant the Lord Fairfax Community College’s Educational Foundation received from Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. In 2016, the college received $200,000 to start a medical laboratory technician program. They also worked with Page and Frederick counties to enhance allied health program offerings and increase course availability of courses, such as anatomy & physiology.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com