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Lord Fairfax named ‘great college to work for’

Thursday, Jul. 24 | By Fauquier Times Staff
The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) to its 2014 list of "Great Colleges to Work For®."

Only 92 colleges in the nation received this designation. Forty-two schools made the Honor Roll List with only 12 being two-year colleges. The Honor Roll classification denotes colleges that are “the best of the best.” This is LFCC's third year on the all around Great Colleges to Work For list, and its second time in the coveted category of Honor Roll.

Surveys were completed by faculty and staff and tallied based on a school's performance in several employee-related categories. Outstanding features of the College, cited from the survey, were:

· LFCC employees have opportunities to voice concerns, ask questions, and offer suggestions through open forums.

· The College works hard to promote a caring and positive work environment that helps balance work-life through flexible and compressed work schedules, professional/personal development, free tuition, and college-wide health initiatives.

· A one-campus climate allows employees to connect with co-workers across the three campuses through joint staff meetings and events.

· Employees also build relationships while reaching out to the community by volunteering.

Conducted annually by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the program surveys personnel at each selected institution. LFCC received the highest ratings among medium sized, two-year colleges in the 11 collective categories of Collaborative Governance, Professional/Career Development Programs, Teaching Environment, Facilities, Workspace & Security, Job Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship, Respect and Appreciation, Diversity, and Compensation and Benefits.

“We earned some of the highest employee rankings in the nation due to the work environment that all of our employees create each and everyday,” said Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, President of the College. “It is also due to our faculty’s outstanding instruction and the great customer service we provide to our students, workforce clients, and our community. It is a pleasure to work in such a positive learning environment.”

More information on the program, including data related to all schools, can be found at http://chronicle.com/article/Great-Colleges-To-Work-For/147387/#id=big-table.

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