Student Profiles

Yasem on campus

2024 Laurel Ridge Community College graduate Brandi Yasem is this year’s commencement speaker. She is transferring to Shenandoah University and ultimately hopes to become a surgeon.

Cain photo

Margaret Cain has been named Laurel Ridge Community College’s 2024 Outstanding Graduate for the Fauquier Campus.

Patton speaking at ceremony

Cybersecurity student Sydney Patton has been named the 2024 Outstanding Graduate for Laurel Ridge Community College’s Middletown Campus.

Kitta working on computers

When he wanted to find a better-paying career with more opportunities, Anthony Kitta turned to Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions’ CompTIA programs.

photo of soldiers

Laurel Ridge Community College student Jacob Sanders says his professors and Veterans Center advisors have been incredibly helpful to him as he prepares to transfer to James Madison University to finish his engineering degree.


Laurel Ridge Community College student Martina Taylor decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a nurse after raising her four children.

Welding student

Marine Corps veteran Isaac Shanks grew up watching his grandfather weld, and came to Laurel Ridge when he wanted to learn the trade.

Juarez and her husband outside

Ismenia Juarez, who hopes to become a journalist, is using her husband’s G.I. Bill educational benefits to attend Laurel Ridge Community College.

Park in uniform

Philip Park recently completed all four levels of Laurel Ridge Community College Workforce Solutions’ plumbing apprenticeship program. He is also serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.

picture of McCoy

Laurel Ridge Community College student Jackson McCoy hopes to one day be an interpretive park ranger. He was thrilled to have his LEGO display chosen for the lobby of the American Civil War Museum.

Derocher in front of American flag

Air traffic controller Chris Derocher turned to Laurel Ridge Community College when he sought a career change to anesthesiology.

Photo of Brandon Tester in front of USA flag.

After serving in the U.S. Army and the Virginia State Police, Brandon Tester turned to Laurel Ridge Community College when he wanted to pursue a career change.