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Discover Fauquier December 2017
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Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) and Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) are among
the first-ever recipients of the Governor's Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education,
receiving recognition in the "community partnerships and collaboration" category. Fauquier
County and Lord Fairfax were one of only 13 selected for recognition from a group of more
than 120 nominations. In a ceremony at the Executive Mansion on October 26, Governor Terry
McAuliffe presented the inaugural award to representatives from FCPS and LFCC.
In presenting the award, the Governor's Office noted, "The school district has collaborated
with the Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation and Lord Fairfax Community College-
Fauquier Campus to connect students and parents to the opportunities available at Lord Fairfax
Community College."
Joe Martin, president of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, who made the nomination,
commented, "This community partnership, growing in strength, is a model to be followed across
our state of a commitment to evolving our educational practices as our needs are evolving in
the Commonwealth." His nomination letter said he feels that Fauquier County's educational
organizations' willingness to move forward together in new directions and try new programs
gives the business community a sense of assurance that local education and business leaders
will prepare students well for whatever they pursue, whether higher education or the work force.
The Governor's Award recognized the value of collaborative efforts undertaken by LFCC and
FCPS, supported by FEIEF, especially toward making school counselors and students more
aware of program availability through the following efforts:
Creating programming that crosses a multitude of stakeholders including students, FCPS
staff, and the community at large.
Inviting both middle and high school counselors to a session at LFCC Fauquier Campus to
learn more about LFCC programs such as dual-enrollment credit, Workforce Solutions, and
credentialing programs.
Expanding program offerings for students, especially through the growth of the LFCC Fauquier
Campus, with LFCC programs offered at Vint Hill and the Warrenton Boys and Girls Club.
Giving all FCPS eighth graders the opportunity to visit the LFCC Campus where they rotated
through hands-on sessions, including student life and engagement, career exploration, health
professions, financial aid, dual enrollment, STEM, and trades.
Supporting a visit of selected seniors from FCPS high schools to LFCC so students could
envision themselves there, with LFCC providing mentoring and support for these typically
underrepresented students so they might see a pathway to continue their education.
Inviting counselors to get an up-close view of the area's most popular institutions during a
pre-college night event hosted by LFCC to ensure counselors have access to information to
help them support students in decision making.
As part of the continuing partnership this year, FCPS and LFCC will pilot vertical team meetings
among English and history faculty at the high school and college levels, hoping to provide
Fauquier County children a seamless kindergarten to college experience. In addition, the two
will work to share their experiences with the community through a shared presentation to the
Leadership Fauquier Class of 2018, a 10-month community leadership development program
that engages local leaders in the communities they serve.
"Every day, Virginia's education professionals make incredible contributions to our communities
and students," said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. "This new award is one small way
we can recognize their commitment to providing their students with everything they need to
succeed in school and in life."
Photo caption: Governor Terry McAuliffe,
fourth from left, along with Anne Holton,
second from left, member of the Virginia
Board of Education, and Secretary of
Education Dr. Dietra Trent, far right front
row, present the Award for Excellence and
Innovation in Education to (LR) Major
Warner, FCPS associate superintendent
for instruction; Dr. David Jeck, FCPS
superintendent; Dr. Christopher Coutts,
LFCC provost; Stacie Griffin, FEIEF
chairman; Donna Grove, vice chair of
the Fauquier County School Board; Dr.
Amy Acors, FCPS director of instruction;
and Joe Martin, Fauquier Chamber of
Commerce president.
Fauquier Schools and Lord Fairfax Receive Governor's Award
Governor Terry McAuliffe, fourth from left, along with
Anne Holton, second from left, member of the Virginia
Board of Education, and Sec retary of Education Dr.
Dietra Trent, far right front row, present the Award for
Excellence and Innovation in Education to, l-r, Major
Warner, Dr. David Jeck, Dr. Christopher Coutts, Stacie
Griffin, Donna Grove, Dr. Amy Acors, and Joe Martin.
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