Laurel Ridge Celebrating Veterans All Week Nov. 8-12

For Immediate Release:
November 4, 2021

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

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Laurel Ridge is proud to celebrate its student veterans – as well as other area veterans – Nov. 8-12 in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

The various activities and commemorations include sharing pictures of veterans on social media and on campus, providing opportunities to share messages with vets, offering lunches to our student veterans and a Veterans Day Zoom celebration on Nov. 11. To see the full slate of activities and learn how you can participate, visit

On Thursday, Nov. 11, the college will host a Veterans Day Zoom celebration. Laurel Ridge Police Sgt. Brian Higgins and Anatomy and Physiology Professor Jerome “Butch” Austin will be among the speakers.

“It is with great pride that Laurel Ridge honors our student veterans,” said veteran academic advisor/certifying official Sharon Painter. “I personally enjoy collecting veteran’s service photos for our Faces of Laurel Ridge Veterans slideshow. As their advisor, I know their academic stories, but Veterans Week allows me to know more about their service.”

For the past 11 years, Laurel Ridge has been named a Military Friendly® School. The distinction was determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council, using survey responses and publicly-available data.

There are dedicated veterans centers on both the Middletown and Fauquier campuses where students are able to meet with academic advisors/school certifying officials, use free printing services, have coffee and meet with fellow vets.

As a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) partner, Lord Fairfax has received education and training in the best practices of recruiting, hiring and retaining employee veterans.


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.