New Clarke County high school graduates may gain an edge in the job market thanks to steps being taken between the school division and Lord Fairfax Community College.
At Tuesday Night’s school board meeting School Board chairman Barbara Lee (Millwood) said that the school division and Lord Fairfax Community College are working together to help ensure that the county’s high school graduates have the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.
Jeanian Clark, assistant vice president of workforce solutions and continuing education at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), told the Clarke County School Board members that her office serves more than 10,900 job-seekers with professional development, business and industry courses annually and over 1,100 employers across a seven-county region.
“We will be glad to work with you to help you meet your student’s training needs” Clark told the School Board members. “We can help you understand the critical workforce needs that exist in your area and what would be valuable to Clarke County businesses and then help you design a custom plan to address those needs.”
Clark shared a recently developed video that highlights the skills that employers want in their employees. She also discussed the collaborative efforts underway between LFCC and local school divisions in the LFCC service delivery area.
“Right now service oriented jobs are outpacing manufacturing jobs” Clarke said. “There is a lot of growth in healthcare as well as government sector jobs.”
Clarke said that LFCC offers licensure or industry certification in many areas including:
â€¢ HRCI Human Resources Certificate
â€¢ Teacher Recertification
â€¢ Medical Coding and Billing
â€¢ Pharmacy Technician
â€¢ Certified Administrative Medical Assistant
â€¢ Electronic Health Records Specialist
â€¢ Personal Trainer
â€¢ Career Switchers for Teacher Education
â€¢ Wastewater Treatment Operator
â€¢ Green Practices and Sustainability
â€¢ OSHA Safety Certification
â€¢ Basic Contractor licensing
â€¢ National Apprenticeship Certification
â€¢ Auto Dealer Training
â€¢ Driver’s Education
â€¢ Motorcycle Safety
Clarke’s job skill training presentation comes just before the School Board’s next work session to review its vocational programs scheduled for Monday September 12 at the Johnson Williams Middle School Library at 7:00pm.
For more information about jobs training services offered at Lord Fairfax Community college visit www.LFCCworkforce.com