Shentel partners with community college
Posted 19 August 2015 12:00 AM by Shentel
Shentel has announced a partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) that will serve as a bridge for student success in business, accounting, finance, engineering and information systems technology careers.
LFCC and Shentel have teamed up to improve the communities jointly served by educating and hiring local talent. Shentel and LFCC will collaborate on curriculum design and program development and work together to increase early knowledge of skill sets needed for specific career fields. LFCC students will now have access to authentic learning opportunities with professionals in their field through various activities such as guest lectures with Q&A, career fairs, internship programs and mentorships.
“This partnership will be a great resource to our students, giving them the chance to dive deeper into their career path and expand their knowledge outside of the classroom,” said Kim Blosser, LFCC’s Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “LFCC students will have the opportunity to get hands-on information, and Shentel will have the opportunity to shape potential employees.”
This strategic alliance will also keep Shentel employees abreast of professional development opportunities at the college and create a pipeline of talent coming out of the local community. Shentel offers employees the benefit of tuition assistance and encourages all junior level employees to seek a four-year degree, so they can advance within the company. Additionally, the college will endorse students for participation in Shentel’s student internship programs.
“We are thrilled we have the opportunity to offer our knowledge and experience, aiding in the career advancement of our young people to better equip them for life after graduation,” Rich Baughman, VP of Information Technology at Shentel. “Students are the building blocks of our future and we see the importance of giving them access to learn from people who are in positions they are interested in.”
LFCC offers information system, computer science, engineering, business, and finance specialization degree programs which prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their degrees. The college also offers professional certificates that tie into junior level positions at Shentel.
The officiating of the partnership and signing of the agreement will take place 1 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2015 at LFCC in Middletown, VA, in the Corron Community Development Center. Current and former students, faculty and employees will be in attendance as well as Shentel employees who are alumni of the college. Light refreshments will be served. At 2 p.m., there will be a re-dedication of the Warren B. French Jr. Distance Learning and Technology Wing at Lord Fairfax. In 1996, the college dedicated the Warren B. French Jr. Telecommunications Center. French is the former president of Shentel and was very active in telecommunications on the local, state and national levels.
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (www.shentel.com) is a holding company that provides a broad range of telecommunications services through its operating subsidiaries. The Company is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "SHEN." The Company's operating subsidiaries provide local and long distance telephone, Internet and data services, cable television, wireless voice and data services, alarm monitoring, and telecommunications equipment, along with many other associated solutions.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— 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. LFCC 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. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.