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August 31, 2018

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Career/technical classes

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Caitlyn Hewitt and Kaylee Melendez in a culinary arts class at Kettle Run High School last winter.

The number of career and technical education courses Fauquier’s County’s public high schools offer in 2018-19. The elective courses range from auto technology to cosmetology, agriculture education, Army Junior ROTC, culinary arts and early childhood education.

Students can earn certifications and licenses through some, preparing them for the workforce or continued education after high school.

Fauquier’s middle schools offer 12 different CTE courses this year.

$5.9 million

Estimated revenue Fauquier farmers generated from 642,000 bushels of soybeans last year. Corn, hay and soybeans dominate Fauquier crops. Farmers harvested 12,600 acres of soybeans in 2017, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture. 

Statewide, soybeans sold for an average $9.30 a bushel last year, about $474 an acre in this county. The Fauquier harvest averaged 51 bushels an acre.


The amount Fauquier’s social services department provided in fuel assistance to low-income county families in fiscal 2017. The department last year processed 409 requests for help to pay heating bills.

For fiscal 2016, it gave $129,277 in fuel assistance and handled 471 applications.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates Fauquier’s population at 69,465. The county’s poverty rate stood at 5.8 percent, which equals 4,029 people.


Total acres Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department staff mowed during fiscal 2017.

The department maintains 18 parks, including sports complexes and trail parks, and 57 ballfields.


The number of state-licensed nursing home beds in Fauquier County.

Brookside Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hastings Lane in Warrenton has Virginia Department of Health authorization for 130 beds.

The Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Hospital Drive has licensing for 113 beds.

The state regulates “skilled nursing” facilities, which must complete the Certificate of Public Need process before construction or expansion.

Assisted living homes — including Fauquier Health’s Suffield Meadows near New Baltimore, the Blue Ridge Christian Home for Adults near Bealeton and Poet’s Walk in Warrenton — don’t require that level of licensing.
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