LFCC Announces Launch of Free Learning Portal

News Release
For Immediate Release
July 19, 2016


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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 the 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 their progress in 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., Amazon Education, and other organizations. Through the portal, individuals can work towards 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 an exciting new way to get information about and attain 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 are 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://highered.org.

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@lfcc.edu and (540) 868-7249.

Photo (L to R): Bettina "Tina" Fritz, Tina Presley, Liv Heggoy (LFCC Foundation), and John Milam (Knowledge to Work) during the July 14 interview on The River 95.3 FM about LFCC's innovative Knowledge to Work (K2W) and the new HigherEd.org portal. To listen to the interview, click this link: interview

Fritz and Presley graduated from LFCC in May 2016. Fritz is the assistant to the Provost of the LFCC-Fauquier Campus. Presley is the assistant to the Front Royal Town Manager. They have a combined 60 years of work experience and expertise in administrative office support. Through LFCC's Knowledge to Work program, they earned credit for their work experience, which reduced the amount of time needed to complete their degree or certificate.

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