Lord Fairfax Community College

The competency-based degree and certificate programs at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) are being developed with support from a U.S. Department of Labor round four TAACCCT grant entitled “Knowledge to Work” (K2W). K2W serves students in the college’s service region and ultimately across the nation with a new type of educational search engine and online portal for information technology, health information management, and advanced manufacturing.

K2W is designed to help learners find free and low-cost, credit and non-credit, open educational resources (OERs) that are used in personalized learning plans tied to competencies. Portfolios, prior learning assessment, apprenticeships, and wrap-around support services will be provided with new faculty, career coach, adult basic education, and workforce navigator positions. English and Spanish versions of the portal are being developed. The college is partnering on this effort with Microsoft and the American Health Information Management Association, along with 10 regional employers and the local workforce investment board.  

LFCC's Middletown and Fauquier campuses and Luray-Page County Center offer approximately 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s and graduate programs offered on site by four-year institutions. LFCC serves the larger community through workforce services and continuing education programs. Annual headcount enrollment includes almost ten thousand credit students and another ten thousand individuals are served through professional development and business and industry training.

An LFCC faculty committee on direct assessment began meeting in fall 2014. It includes full-time faculty in career and technical education (CTE) disciplines, the dean of CTE programs, the vice president of academic and student affairs, and TAACCCT grant-funded staff. This committee is being expanded to document general education competency requirements for the eight CTE competency-based education programs offered. The college has been documenting existing research and frameworks of competencies and refining its program model. Other TAACCCT recipients and competency-based education program initiatives are being reviewed for synergies in CTE competency models and the use of OERs in order to leverage existing work wherever possible and make efficient use of resources.