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2024 grad Lucas Weber rediscovered passion for leadership at Laurel Ridge

Weber receiving diploma
Lucas Weber at commencement with Laurel Ridge President Kim Blosser.

When he graduated from Warren County High School in 2022, Lucas Weber wasn’t even sure he would go on to college. Now, he is a new Laurel Ridge graduate transferring to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide to study technical management-leadership.

“After high school, I basically told myself I wasn’t going to go to college, but then really looking into it, looking into different career paths, I thought I should give it a shot,” Weber said. “Laurel Ridge gave me the opportunity to try, and I ended up loving it.”

He began taking classes in spring 2023, and enrolled full time, including a summer semester.

“Growing up, I’ve always heard so many good things about Laurel Ridge and how it was a great way to save money and figure out what you really want to do,” said Weber, who received the Alson, Margarette and David Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship. “Having the option to attend online gave me the chance to learn in the way that best suited me. I did every single class online except for SDV (student development), for which I did two days in person.”

He also came to campus for various events and career fairs. Additionally, he works two jobs.

“I’m a substitute teacher right now,” said Weber, adding he has worked in various public schools in Warren County. “I’ve loved it so far. I’ve been doing it for over a year now, starting at 18.”

In addition to his substitute teaching, Weber, who was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, works part time at Target as a closing expert. He plans to continue to work as he pursues his bachelor’s degree. Weber also is civically-engaged – an officer of elections in Warren County, he will work his third election in June, and will work the Presidential election as well.

Weber’s favorite teachers have included Business Management and Administration Professor Rachel Dodson, English Professor Jenni VanCuren, English instructor Laurie Dickinson and Business Professor Virginia Rae.

“I loved their communication,” he said. “They offered really great classes. I did not like English before I took Professor VanCuren’s and Ms. Dickinson’s courses. They got me to enjoy a subject that I thought previously I didn’t like, while taking the honors leadership seminar with Professor VanCuren reignited my love of leadership.”

Weber searched for a transfer university with a strong leadership program that would help him to expand his skills and knowledge in both leadership and business. Weber said he hopes to attain a master’s degree.

He thinks he will pursue an educational profession and also hopes to become an entrepreneur, focusing on low-income housing.

“I love Laurel Ridge, and I’m grateful for it giving me the opportunity to get my education in the way that worked best for me,” Weber said.

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.