For Immediate Release:
November 30, 2016

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

The Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions Trades Open House is a great opportunity to  learn about the program’s new accelerated electrical, plumbing and HVAC apprenticeship programs, all of which will start in January at the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier.

Attendees can also learn about the new construction project management course offered at our Vint Hill site, tour the newly renovated technical lab space, and find out more about the Workforce Credential Grant, which allows eligible students to pay just one-third the tuition once they receive their credential.

Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions has offered apprenticeship programs for nearly two decades. The “earn and learn” training model combines work-based learning and related classroom instruction, adhering to the highest industry standards. Companies that offer apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits and more, according to Workforce Solutions Marketing Director Guy Curtis.

“While 75 years ago the apprenticeship system began in construction and other skilled trades, today there are apprenticeships in more than 1,000 occupations, including manufacturing, IT, energy and more,” said Curtis. “The goal of the Fauquier Trades Open House offered by Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions is to educate businesses and leaders about the importance of apprenticeship programs. Additionally, this event will show area youth and career seekers that apprenticeship is a great way to start a high-demand career field right in Fauquier County. These programs can lead to great local jobs that also help positively impact our economy.”

Nationwide, more than 150,000 employers are training about 375,000 apprentices. President Barack Obama has set a goal of doubling the number of apprenticeships within five years.

Thursday’s open house is 4-6 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier, 169 Keith St., Warrenton, VA 20186. The open house will also feature information on other Workforce Solutions programs – such as healthcare, computers and business – offered at the Warrenton campus and the Vint Hill site, and details about our youth camps.

To register, go to, or call 540-868-7021.




Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — 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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected]173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.

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.