Award: LFCC website best in higher education category

Posted: October 7, 2013

The Winchester Star

The image above shows Lord Fairfax Community College’s website, which recently won the 2013 Best of the Web Award in the higher education category from the Center for Digital Education, along with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

MIDDLETOWN — For the second year in a row, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) has been recognized for its website.

The Center for Digital Education recently awarded the 2013 Best of the Web Award in the higher education category to LFCC and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Last year, LFCC earned honorable mention.

The award highlights K-12 and higher education websites that enrich both student and teacher education, and are educational, entertaining and easy to access.

Aaron Riddle, graphic design and digital media specialist for the college, said the school’s website is easy to use with step-by-step instructions to guide students through the application process and scheduling classes.

“We try to make it clear and simple to use and try not clutter it up with information that might not apply to our students,” he said.

Riddle said the site is also a mobile website and can be accessed easily on iPhone and iPad, and the site directs users to social media sites through various icons on the page.

Honorable mentions in the 2013 higher education category were Sul Ross State University in Texas and Virginia Western Community College.

To enter into the competition, school staff had to fill out an extensive online form. Winners of the award receive a certificate.

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding.

LFCC is one of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System. It has three locations — the Middletown and Fauquier County campuses and the Luray-Page County Center.

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com