Laurel Ridge Middletown hosting Health Career and Employment Fair

For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2017

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

More than 40 healthcare-related employers and university representatives will be meeting with attendees of the fourth annual Focus on Health:  Employment and Education Fair Thursday, April 6 in the Corron Community Center on Laurel Ridge’s Middletown Campus.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, and is open to both the Laurel Ridge student body and the community at large, said Shelley Bowers, a career services and online advisor with Laurel Ridge. Job interviews can be conducted during the fair, she said.

“It’s specifically focused on the health professions and continuing education in the health field,” Bowers said. “They’re all employers that are hiring currently for healthcare positions. We had students hired on the spot last year.”

Employers coming to the fair include Consulate Health Care of Woodstock, Fauquier Health, Greenfield Senior Living, Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, Valley Health and The Willows at Meadow Branch.

Besides Laurel Ridge and Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions, educational institutions will include Eastern Mennonite University, George Mason University, James Madison University, American Public University, Old Dominion University, Shenandoah University and the University of Virginia.

In addition to helping the general public in their job search, the fair is a way to expose Laurel Ridge’s health professions students to a range of employers.

“We want them to stay here, we want them to work here, and we want them to boost our local economy,” Bowers said. “So, if we can bring this to them, we can help them in those endeavors.”



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.