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November 24, 2021

Trades building to open next fall at LFCC-Fauquier

The LFCC Foundation will build and own the 8,000-square-foot training center for skilled trades.
“The expansion of trades programs on the Fauquier campus is good news for the home construction industry,” said LFCC Foundation Board Member Joel Barkman, founder and president/CEO of Golden Rule Builders in Catlett. “By investing in the infrastructure to develop the next generation of building trade professionals, LFCC is a valuable partner in addressing the skilled labor shortage. I’m proud to support the college.”
— Joel Barkman, Golden Rule Builders president and LFCC Foundation Board member
Lord Fairfax Community College plans to build and open a $3.8-million center for skilled trades training on its Fauquier campus by next fall.

“This opportunity to build a facility dedicated to trades education is thanks to a gift of 60 acres adjacent to campus from Fauquier County to the LFCC Educational Foundation,” college spokeswoman Sally Voth said in a press release Tuesday. “The college has been leasing space for trades instruction at Vint Hill, but that site is not ideal for those needs, and the lease expires in 2022.”

The new trades building will allow college to offer trades classes for the first time on the Fauquier campus and to begin a new carpentry program, Ms. Voth said.

The 8,000-square-foot, pre-engineered metal building also will house electrical, HVAC, plumbing and heavy equipment operator training programs. Construction will start in February.

“Providing career training and apprenticeships in the trades requires a custom-designed facility – we need flexible labs for hands-on learning, hard floors, high ceilings, state-of-the-art ventilation systems, multiple outlets and drop cords to accommodate the industrial and commercial training equipment and more,” said Jeanian Clark, vice president of LFCC Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education. “That’s why this new building is such exciting news. And it couldn’t come at a better time. With the state’s investment in the G3, FastForward and Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiatives, enrolling in skilled-trades programs and high-demand career pathways has never been more affordable for students. Our area businesses and industries need our trades graduates.”

In addition to expanding trade offerings, the new building will allow the college to explore partnerships with Fauquier and Rappahannock County schools for potential new ventures, such as a trades academy, Ms. Clark said.

“The expansion of trades programs on the Fauquier campus is good news for the home construction industry,” said LFCC Foundation Board Member Joel Barkman, founder and president/CEO of Golden Rule Builders in Catlett. “By investing in the infrastructure to develop the next generation of building trade professionals, LFCC is a valuable partner in addressing the skilled labor shortage. I’m proud to support the college.”

The foundation, which will own the building and lease it to the college, has established the Building the Future Fund with a fundraising goal of $1.5 million. The money raised will go toward equipping the budling, bringing in experienced instructors, expanding instruction to more fields within career and technical education, such as welding and offering scholarships. There are naming opportunities for the building itself, as well as spaces inside.

Meanwhile, the $30-million Eleanor C. and William A. Hazel Hall — a 40,000-square-foot building for medical, science and technology instruction — will open next summer on the Fauquier campus.

For more information or to donate to the Building the Future Fund, contact Tami O’Brien, development officer, at 540-351-1046 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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