Laurel Ridge website’s new design takes top educational marketing award

For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2022

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

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Laurel Ridge's new website is designed to be mobile-friendly and easily searchable.

Laurel Ridge’s newly-redesigned website was recently named a Gold winner in the institutional website category in the 2021 Education Digital Marketing Awards.

The website award was just one of seven awards won during the ceremony by Roanoke-based Access, which specializes in graphic design, advertising, web and app development, public relations, video content creation and more. Access assisted Laurel Ridge in creating its new website.

The Education Digital Marketing Awards recognize the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media from colleges and universities nationwide. A national panel of industry specialists reviewed the entries, judging creativity, marketing execution, message impact, technology application and innovation content.

Laurel Ridge’s new website launched in August with a focus on search ease and being mobile-friendly with clean scrollable content.

“We’re very proud of this award and thankful for all the hard work Access put in to helping us redesign our site,” said Laurel Ridge Public Relations Director Brandy Boies. “When students are researching colleges, the first place they look is at the college website. We wanted to make our site as user-friendly as possible with easily accessible and searchable information for our prospective students and their supporters, and as this award demonstrates, we succeeded in doing that.”


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.