For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2016
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Laurel Ridge Community College will celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 18th, at both the Middletown and Warrenton, Virginia, campuses. The event is open to the general public, at no charge, and light refreshments will be served after each presentation. Each campus will announce the winner of the “Walking King’s Talk Award” which epitomizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the enhancement of human rights, civil rights, social action and civility.
The Middletown campus, located at 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA, will begin festivities at 12:00 p.m. in the Thompson Conference Center. The program will include music preformed by Laurel Ridge student Jessie Stewart, a presentation by the Laurel Ridge Forensics Team, and remarks from special guest, Tyson Gilpin, NAACP Education Committee Chair-Winchester Chapter.
The Fauquier campus, located at 6480 College Street, Warrenton, VA will begin the celebration at 5:30 p.m. in the Loeb Center. Ebonee Sanders, a Fauquier County community leader, veteran, and former teacher, will give this year’s inspirational message. The Reverend Lemuel Montgomery will lead the Martin Luther King, Jr. Choir featuring traditional and contemporary spiritual selections.
Laurel Ridge conducts the MLK Day event each year, and solicits essay entries and nominations for the “Walking King’s Talk Award” from the College community and general public. For more information regarding these events, contact the Student Activities Department at 540-868-7240 or [email protected]
Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.
Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.