Germanna Community College, with campus branches in Culpeper, Locust Grove, and Fredericksburg, Virginia, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission to award Associate’s degrees. Established in 1970, GCC is a member of the 23-college consortium known collectively as the Virginia Community College System. This school gets its name from an early settlement of German miners in the area at Germanna Ford, by the Rapidan River. The Locust Grove campus sits atop 100 forested acres by the Rapidan River, and features labs, a wellness center, offices, a library, classrooms, and a student lounge and business office. The Fredericksburg campus, which currently includes labs, a library, lounge, bookstore, classrooms, and offices, is planning for the future addition of playing fields, jogging paths, tennis courts, and picnic areas.