Workforce scholarships available for Luray residents impacted by Covid-19

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For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2020

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

CARES scholarship

Luray residents who have suffered employment downturns due to the coronavirus pandemic may apply for scholarships worth up to $2,000 to cover 75 percent of a variety of Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions Career Preparation or Enhancement classes.

The town of Luray is contributing $25,000 it has received through The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to create the scholarships.

“We’re calling this time the big reset,” said Carlene Hurdle, Fauquier Campus workforce director. “The idea here is that there are sunnier days ahead. We know that the economic downturn and impact of covid will at some point be behind us. In the middle of it, there are a lot of folks coming together and rallying around to help those who have been impacted by the pandemic.”

Eligible classes in Middletown and the price they would be after scholarship funding is applied include:

  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License – $375
  • Class B Commercial Driver’s License – $325
  • Electrical Apprenticeships Level 1-4 – $137.50-$192
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – $249.50
  • HVAC Apprenticeships Levels 1-4 – $191.75-$211.75
  • Medical Assisting – $266.25
  • Pharmacy Technician – $161.25

Online classes available for the funding and their costs after receiving the scholarship include:

  • Medical Billing and Coding – $648.75
  • Cybersecurity Certificate – $123.75
  • Customer Service for Healthcare – $248.75
  • Customer Service Certificate – $61.25

If minimum enrollments are met, the following classes may be offered in the Luray area:

  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals Prep and Certification – $83.25 after scholarship
  • ServSafe Food Safety Certification – $19.75 after scholarship
  • Learning to Lead: Buddy to Boss – $19.75 after scholarship

“The town of Luray hopes that our partnership with the Laurel Ridge Foundation and Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions will allow any of our residents who were impacted by Covid-19 to pursue a career that will be rewarding and sustainable into the future,” said Luray Town Manager Steve Burke.

Impacted residents have until Nov. 30 to apply for the scholarships, with some classes starting as soon as early October. The classes must be taken before June 30, 2021.

To download the application or find out more, visit Contact Hurdle at (571) 781-2292 with any questions.




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.