For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2017

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

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Laurel Ridge is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a speech competition in the afternoon, and speeches and musical performances in the evening at the Fauquier Campus.

Students will give 3-5 minute speeches on the theme of “I Have a Dream.” The winner will receive a gift card and movie tickets. The contest begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Loeb Student Center.

Later on Monday, at 5:30 p.m., Laurel Ridge’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will also be in the student center.

It will feature spiritual and lyrical selections performed by the Martin Luther King Jr. Choir and directed by the Rev. Lemuel Montgomery.

The featured speaker will be Rodney Jordan, an award-winning Manassas City Schools teacher. Once a troubled-child, he went on to earn his master’s degree and become a teacher, basketball coach and author. His presentation is entitled, “A Call to Come Together: You are the Dream.” MLK 2017 program_Page_1

Jordan has written “Tired of Being Black” and “From the Heart of a Teacher,” spoken about social justice on TV and radio, and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune.

Laurel Ridge Provost Chris Coutts, Dean Caroline Wood and student activities specialist Chris Lambert will also speak during the celebration.


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.