LFCC Announces Launch of Free Learning Portal

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New free learning portal with competencies for several careers now available - anyone can access learning resources and create a learning plan at no cost for careers in IT, HIM, and Administrative Systems Technology.


Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is pleased to announce the launch of its free competency-based education resource portal, http://highered.org . The portal takes competencies, personalized learning plans, and open educational resources (OER) used in its Knowledge to Work (K2W) program and makes them available to anyone at no cost.

Individuals can use the portal and its digital learning resources to document competencies and progress into new learning.

The portal has been created through a partnership with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Microsoft, Concentric Sky, Inc., and other organizations. Through the portal, individuals can work towards several nationally-recognized occupational credentials. Currently, the portal focuses on career pathways in Health Information Management, Administrative Systems Technology, Networking, Cybersecurity, and Information Systems Technology.

“This portal represents a new way to share and obtain the competencies needed for specific careers,” said Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, LFCC President. “LFCC is again at the leading edge of educational opportunity.”

While focused on a few industries and occupations for now, LFCC is seeking funding to expand the portal to other pathways and competency frameworks. If learners want additional support and services, they are encouraged to enroll in one of LFCC’s direct assessment CBE programs. This gives them access to career coaches and program faculty, help with financial aid, library services, and regionally accredited associate’s degrees and certificates.

The highered.org portal and Knowledge to Work is funded in part by a TAACCCT grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. For more information, visit the program website at: http://knowledgetowork.com.
Organizations and individuals can be a part of the portal in a number of ways, from sharing OER, courses, and other instructional materials to promoting services such as tutoring and internships to opportunities for co-branding, sponsorship, and advertising. For more information on portal participation, contact John H. Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director of LFCC’s Knowledge to Work TAACCCT grant, at jmilam(at)lfcc(dot)edu and (540) 868-7249.

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 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. LFCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability in its programs or activities.

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