Lord Fairfax Community College recently announced its adult education program has been ranked in the Top 25 percent of such programs statewide by the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education.
The program’s director, Amy Judd, describes adult education as instruction and services that are below the college level and designed to help someone improve their reading, writing, math and other skills needed to get a high school diploma or GED, transition to higher education and training, and get a job.
The adult education program is, in part, funded by grants.
This year, the program has received eight grants from the Virginia Department of Education, including an Innovation Challenge Grant that is going to professional development, a workplace ESL class and the establishment of a distance education plan that will bring the adult education program to even more learners, according to the school.
Judd explained that the ranking is the result of monitoring by the state on various criteria, such as how well the students perform, how the school managed the grants and how well it met the reporting requirements, Judd said.
“This shows we are good stewards of the state and federal funds we are generously provided by the Department of Education as well as the local matching funds that our local schools provide to the program,” Judd said.
LFCC’s program met 89 percent of its target enrollment in the 2017-2018 academic year. This compares to the state overall meeting about 82 percent of target.
LFCC’s adult education program in the 2017-2018 academic year received $2.1 million in state and federal grants — spread out across three years — that led to the creation of several courses. These included integrated English language civics and citizenship classes, as well as English classes geared to specific career pathways, such as the medical field and industrial trades.