Lauren Michelle Arbaugh has been hired at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College as the Workforce Education Program coordinator. Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Arbaugh now resides in Hardy County with her husband, Sheldon, who also serves as vice chair on Eastern’s board of governors.
“I adore my wonderful husband, Sheldon, and our beautiful daughter, Lauren Brooke. He has enjoyed a long career with Pendleton Community Bank,” said Arbaugh, “and Lauren Brooke is entering her senior year at West Virginia University where she is majoring in health and well-being. We have two awesome dogs, Aslan and Gracie, and one energetic cat, Luna.”
Arbaugh has spent more than a decade providing supplemental instruction, both live and online, for students in organic chemistry at numerous universities and colleges, including the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Central Florida. “When I moved up to West Virginia, I worked with a residential building contractor where I served as interior project manager as well as the resource manager,” said Arbaugh.
Although this is her first position at Eastern, she has volunteered her time in the past months to help at events like the annual Job Fair and Farm-To-Table, as well as serving on Eastern’s board of trustees. She is active all throughout the community by serving on committees to better the region. She serves as a board member on the Hardy County Chamber of Commerce and is chair of the Celebrate Moorefield committee, where community events like the new farmers market, and food truck pop-ups have led her to interact with and support vendors from all over the Potomac Highlands region.
In her free time, Arbaugh likes to be with family, enjoy the outside and learn new things. “The most important part of life for me is time spent with my family, whatever the season may be; we love anything outside. Whether it is hiking, hunting, fishing, or sports, the competitions can be epic,” she said. “But I’m also active with gardening and building projects, so I continue to learn new things.”
“I absolutely love that Eastern is a team of people who love serving students and their communities in ways that promote lifelong learning and furthering opportunities, no matter the background or time in life,” said Arbaugh. “Everyone I have had the pleasure of working with so far has been incredibly positive and excited about all that is being accomplished.”