Lord Fairfax Community College prepares for new year

Jason Malone, an engineering and technology teacher at Lord Fairfax Community College, works on his laptop in his classroom on Wednesday. Malone, a first-year teacher, will start his first day of class with other area students on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

MIDDLETOWN – Lord Fairfax begins a new school year Monday with steady enrollment numbers.

Lord Fairfax Community College’s Middletown campus this year has more than 2,500 students, not including area high school students who will be taking dual enrollment classes through the college. School officials expect that figure to double in the next two months, as second eight-week classes and third five-week classes start. That puts the school’s enrollment figure on pace to hold steady with 2017-2018, which saw a total enrollment of 4,219 at the Middletown campus.

College President Kimberly Blosser will be waiting to greet the students in her first full year as president of the school.

“We’re excited. There is nothing like the beginning of the fall semester in a school year,” Blosser said.

A new student “Welcome to Campus” event will take place starting at 9 a.m. today, Blosser said.

Students will be able to finish purchasing textbooks, get their student identification, and walk around campus to learn where their classrooms are.

Blosser and staff members will be on hand.

“I have the opportunity to talk to students and their parents. Feel free to ask us questions,” Blosser said.

Along with new students, LFCC will have six new teachers this year, including four on the Middletown campus.

Jason Malone is one of those new teachers. He is teaching engineering technology, a subject familiar to him after working as an engineer for 28 years.

Malone recently retired from Kingspan Insulation in Winchester. He was, however, not ready to stop working and applied to the school when he saw the position advertised.

“They had strong faith in my work background and they had faith I would become a teacher,” Malone said.

He admits to being a little nervous.

“Twenty college students is a little intimidating,” Malone said.

Malone has been working with a teacher who taught the class last year.

“He gave me his notes. I have been going through the materials from last year,” he said. “I think it will work out just fine.”

Lord Fairfax Community College also has campuses in Fauquier County, Luray and Vint Hill in Warrenton.

Blosser pointed out that a new academic building called Hazel Hall is under construction at the Fauquier campus.

Hazel Hall is a 40,000-square-foot general academic space with classrooms and labs for science, technology, math and health, including a large simulation space for the school’s nursing program.

“That will be exciting for students,” Blosser said.

Student population

The average age of a student at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown is 24. Here is a breakdown by age:

  • Under 28: about 4 percent.
  • 18-19: about 37 percent.
  • 20-21: about 17 percent.
  • 22-24: about 11 percent.
  • 25-29: about 11 percent.
  • 30-34: about 6 percent.
  • 35-39: about 4 percent.
  • 40-49: about 6 percent.
  • 50-64: about 3 percent.