Laurel Ridge hosting live HBCU online transfer session Thursday, Feb. 25

For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2021

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


The public is invited to join Laurel Ridge advisors Tajmarie Rowe and LaVonda Taylor to learn how Laurel Ridge students can smoothly transfer to one of the region’s HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) during an online information session 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

An Laurel Ridge alumna will be joining the live session to share her experiences in transferring to an HBCU. Rowe and Taylor will also discuss the transfer process and share which universities Laurel Ridge has guaranteed admissions agreements with, and the overall benefits students can gain by attending an HBCU.

“As we here at Laurel Ridge continue to celebrate Black History Month, we feel it is fitting to highlight HBCUs and provide students with the many benefits they can offer,” Rowe said. “These benefits include meeting the needs of first-generation, low-income students – which many of our students are – small class sizes, low tuition rates and learning about the Black diaspora. HBCUs are a very important part of the African-American legacy, and we would like to share that legacy with others.”

All attendees will be entered into a random drawing for a $100 Laurel Ridge Bookstore card.

Join the live Zoom session at See Laurel Ridge’s schedule of Black History Month events at


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.