For Immediate Release:
July 19, 2016
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Laurel Ridge Community College is pleased to announce the launch of its free competency-based education resource portal, http://highered.org. The portal takes the competencies, personalized learning plans, and open educational resources (OER) used in its Knowledge to Work (K2W) program and makes them available to anyone at no cost. Individuals can use the portal and its digital learning resources to document competencies and their progress in new learning.
The portal has been created through a partnership with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Microsoft, Concentric Sky, Inc., Amazon Education, and other organizations. Through the portal, individuals can work towards nationally-recognized, occupational credentials. Currently, the portal focuses on career pathways in Health Information Management, Administrative Systems Technology, Networking, Cybersecurity, and Information Systems Technology.
“This portal represents an exciting new way to get information about and attain the competencies needed for specific careers,” said Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, Laurel Ridge President. “Laurel Ridge is again at the leading edge of educational opportunity.”
While focused on a few industries and occupations for now, Laurel Ridge is seeking funding to expand the portal to other pathways and competency frameworks. If learners want additional support and services, they are encouraged to enroll in one of Laurel Ridge’s direct assessment CBE programs. This gives them access to career coaches and program faculty, help with financial aid, library services, and regionally accredited associate’s degrees and certificates.
The highered.org portal and Knowledge to Work are funded in part by a TAACCCT grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. For more information, visit the program website at: http://knowledgetowork.com.
Organizations and individuals can be a part of the portal in a number of ways, from sharing OER, courses, and other instructional materials to promoting services such as tutoring and internships to opportunities for co-branding, sponsorship, and advertising. For more information on portal participation, contact John H. Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director of Laurel Ridge’s Knowledge to Work TAACCCT grant, at [email protected] and (540) 868-7249.
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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.