DSLCC News and Events

Maury River Home Care To Offer Pre-Employment Training at DSLCC

MRHC Laura Simpson and DSLCC President Dr. Rainone
Laura Simpson, MRHC Care Coordinator, with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.
Maury River Home Care (MRHC), a newly licensed in-home care service established by Valley Program for Aging Services to serve residents of the Rockbridge area, will schedule information and training sessions for those interested in securing employment as in-home caregivers with the agency. Through a partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, MRHC will hold all sessions on evenings and Saturdays at the College’s Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The first set of sessions will begin with two information meetings on January 9, 2014.

Care Coordinator Laura Simpson RN, MSN, stated that she expects the new venture to be very positive. “This is an exciting model that we will launch with DSLCC because it fulfills two important goals,” says Simpson. It helps to build a local workforce of carefully screened and well-trained caregivers, so that our elders can receive the in-home support they deserve. And it is a partnership which allows our agency to support the professional development of those who are dedicated to home health or beginning a career in health care. I look forward to meeting everyone who is interested in learning more about the opportunities offered by MRHC and DSLCC.

Those who are interested in attending the sessions should have a high school diploma or GED and at least one year experience as a caregiver. Certification as a Nurse's Aide or as a Personal Care Assistant is highly preferred. Successful candidates will receive training on delivering person-centered in-home support. CPR training and additional screening requirements will prepare candidates for successful employment and further education if desired. Cost of attending all sessions is $25, due at the time of registration.

Successful completers of the program will be offered employment with MRHC and after 90 days of successful employment, MRHC will reimburse each employee for the $25 fee.

Interested persons may attend one of the two information sessions on January 9: 5:00 to 6:30 pm or 6:45 to 8:15 pm. The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Laura Simpson at laura@vpas.info or call (540) 261-1187.


Honoring our Veterans

A Note from President John Rainone:
Please join me this Veteran's Day in honoring the men and women who have given of themselves in the service of our country. America was founded on the principle of freedom, justice, and liberty for all. Our nation's soldiers serve every day to protect our country and its ideals.

Today, take a moment to remember those who sacrificed their lives and thank those veterans on our campus or in our community for peace and democracy.


DSLCC Hosts Adjunct Career Fairs Oct. 29, 30

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will be hosting an “Adjunct Instructor Career Fair” in two locations in October in an effort to find area residents who are interested in teaching at DSLCC. The first will be held on Tuesday, October 29, from 4 to 7 pm in Moomaw Center on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus; the second will be held on Wednesday, October 30, from 4 to 7 pm at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista.

We are seeking qualified individuals to teach credit as well as non-credit courses as adjunct instructors for current and future semesters, says DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone. We are looking for every discipline - -from academic subjects such as English, history and mathematics to occupational subjects such as nursing, advanced manufacturing or GIS.

Teaching selected credit courses may require a specific set of credentials; teaching non-credit courses does not require special academic credentials, but rather, expertise in a particular field of interest. Non-credit topics have included classes in social media, genealogy, ballroom dance, Spanish and photography, among many others.

Anyone planning to attend one of the fairs should bring a current resume and be prepared to fill out an employee application.

For more information about the employment process, contact Human Resources Director April Tolley at (540) 863-2808 or email atolley@dslcc.edu. For information about Arts and Sciences credit courses, contact Michael Scott at (540) 863-2850 or email mscott@dslcc.edu, and for occupational credit courses, contact Gary Keener at (540)863-2900 or email gkeener@dslcc.edu.

The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista. The phone number is (540) 261-1211.

Poet George Ellenbogen to Read from Memoir at Writers at Studio Eleven

Writers at Studio Eleven reading series will feature author and poet George Ellenbogen on Monday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Studio Eleven Gallery in Lexington.

The event is free and open to the public and books will be available for sale. Refreshments also will be served. Writers at Studio Eleven is co-sponsored by Washington and Lee's Glasgow Endowment and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

Ellenbogen will read from a new memoir A Stone in my Shoe: In Search of Neighborhood. This book charts the journey of his family's journey from Franz Joseph’s Austro-Hungarian empire to an immigrant Jewish neighborhood in Montreal.

Writers do not always write the book they intend to, said Ellenbogen. What I planned when I rummaged through early memories was a book about my Montreal past, a collection of old neighborhood anecdotes and descriptions. What I ended with was a discovery of neighborhood rituals that sustained me, that sustain millions.

He will also be reading from his wife's memoir Teaching Arabs, Writing Self, by Evelyn Shakir which is about to be released. She was a fiction writer, essayist and scholar of Arab American literature who died in 2010.

In addition to his memoir, Ellenbogen is the author of many poetry collections, including Morning Gothic: New and Selected Poems (2007), Winterfischer (2002) and Portes aux rhinos et autres poems (1997). He is the author of translations and magazine entries (poems), and his poems have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including The Literary Review, Partisan Review, Boulevard, Revue Europe and Queen’s Quarterly.

Ellenbogen’s work has been supported by the Whiting Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Canadian Department of External Affairs and Gesellschaft fur Kanada Studien, to name a few.

He has read his poems on both sides of the Atlantic and was featured in a documentary, George Ellenbogen: Canadian Poet in America. He is also one of several poets featured in Jean Tobin’s Creativity and the Poetic Mind (2004). He is professor emeritus of English at Bentley University.

Student readers are Sarah Williams from W&L, Nathan Fowler and Phillip Jones from VMI and Nicole Southers from DSLCC. Sub Terra members Janice Bell, Ted Duke and Peggy McCaulley will also read. Studio Eleven is located at 11 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Lexington. The artist exhibiting during Writers at Studio Eleven’s event is Barbara Crawford of Rockbridge County. Her show, Sanctuary, runs until Oct. 26. Ellenbogen will offer a workshop on memoir-writing on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 9-10 a.m. Space is limited — any interested community member please contact Lesley Wheeler at wheelerlm@wlu.edu.

The Writers at Studio Eleven event is coordinated by Mattie Quesenberry Smith of DSLCC and Lesley Wheeler of W&L.


DSLCC Offers Additional Courses This Semester

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is offering several credit courses in an abbreviated session that will begin the week of September 30 and end in December. This is an excellent opportunity for area students whose schedules did not permit starting on August 21, but who wish to begin working on requirements for an associate degree or certificate , and be ready to continue their studies in the Spring 2014 Semester. Also, these courses may be of interest for those individuals who want to earn college credits on a part-time basis or take a course on a topic of special interest to them. Tuition is only $132.50 per credit hour at the current Fall Semester in-state rate.

College Composition (ENG 111), a ten-week 3-credit course, is scheduled Mondays and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:15 pm beginning Sept. 30 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. This course Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process students will refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities will include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay.

United States History I (HIS 121) will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 8, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, by Liz Ramsey, a retired educator who taught in the Rockbridge County school system. Although this 8-week, 3-credit compressed video class will be generated from the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista, students may attend at either the RRC or the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. This course covers US History from the beginning to Reconstruction.

A 10-week religion course, The Life and Teachings of Jesus, (REL 216) will be taught by Rob Sherrard on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 1:15 pm, beginning Oct. 1, on the Clifton Forge campus. This 3-credit course may be used as a humanities elective and will focus on major themes in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Gospels, and examines the events of his life in light of modern biblical and historical scholarship.

A health course of interest for those who work, live or play in the outdoors is Wilderness Training First Aid (RPK 160). This two-credit course will be taught on Tuesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 pm from Oct. 1-Nov. 19, and two Saturdays, Nov. 2 and 16, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm by Rick Wolfe on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. This 8-week course will examine the role of outdoor professionals in wilderness medicine and the response, care and rescue of outdoor participants in non-urban environments. It also will provide intensive, in-depth training in the areas of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, patient assessment system, body systems, environmental injuries/ conditions, anaphylaxis, lifting/moving/extrication, patient carries, and backcountry medicine.

Those who would like to learn about geography and a general overview of the social, political and cultural impacts that it has may register for Introduction to Physical Geography (GEO 200). Instructor Larry Gilbert will offer this 3-credit course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:15 pm, beginning Oct. 1, on the Clifton Forge campus. This course also introduces students to the different types and uses of maps.

A 3-credit course on the National Electrical Code (ELE 131) will be taught by experienced electrician Darryl Burkholder on Mondays from 5:30-9:30 pm at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista, starting Sept. 23. This course will prepare a tradesman to sit for the state licensing exam, and will also benefit the homeowner.

For students entering this special session or those who plan to enroll in Spring 2014 are able to take advantage of a late-starting College Success Skills (SDV 100), which is required for those seeking an associate degree or most certificates. This one-credit course will be offered in two locations: At the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 17 through Dec. 12 from 2:00 to 2:50 pm with Markus Maier as the instructor, and on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 12:50 pm from Oct. 14 through Dec. 11 with Kristy Casstevens as the instructor. Any student attending DSLCC who registered late this fall, or did not take this course due to scheduling conflicts, is strongly encouraged to register for this required course now. Topics covered in this course are very important to the academic success of all students and includes tips for test-taking, study skills and time management.

Registration is currently underway and those who wish to register for any of these special session courses should contact the College immediately. The staff in Student Services at 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at 261-1211 will be able to assist with the process of registering. New students are welcome to apply now.


National Electrical Code Course Starts Sept. 23 at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is offering a three-credit National Electrical Code I course (ELE 131) this fall at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The course will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 pm in Room 908, starting September 23, with Daryl Burkholder as the instructor.

This course will prepare a tradesman who is looking to sit for the state licensing exam, and it will also benefit the homeowner who wants to wire or rewire his own house, says Burkholder, a licensed electrician who has been teaching at the vocational and college level for many years. Burkholder started out as an industrial electrician and has owned his own company since the 1980s.

In-state tuition for the course is $397.50. For more information about the course contact Burkholder at darylburkho@ntelos.net; to register, contact DSLCC Student Services at (540) 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Center, located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista, at (540) 261-1211.


Free Workshops Scheduled at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is offering four free workshops on various topics this fall: Retirement planning, government contracting and preparing for employment. There is no tuition fee, but participants are asked to register through the DSLCC Non-Credit Program by calling (540) 863-2863 or emailing jclark@dslcc.edu. The workshops include:

Planning Your Great Escape — Tuesdays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Room 509, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. This is a free retirement planning seminar with L. Suzanne Cronise of Blue Ridge Financial Partners.

Government Contracting Made Easy — Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Room 509, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Learn how to do business with the federal government of Commonwealth of Virginia in this afternoon program offered by PTAC, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Two PTAC professionals will guide participants through the steps in order to sell to the government and answer questions about the process. Sign up online or call (276) 964-7334. Participants also will be asked to register through the DSLCC Non-Credit Program the day of the workshop.

Employability Workshop: Application Process and Success — Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Room 302, Scott Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge Campus. Learn to create an efficient, professional, eye -catching, successful resume and cover letter. Samples will be used to critique for positives and negatives in a resumes. The workshop will also include information regarding the application process and job searching techniques.

Employability Workshop: Networking, Interviewing and Winning — Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Room 302, Scott Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge Campus. Most jobs are obtained through networking, proper display of interview skills, and correct answers in an interview. Participants will engage others through networking and interview exercises along with receiving helpful handouts to use. Participants should wear their interview attire for critique. Donnie Kern, DSLCC Experiential leaning and Job Placement Coordinator, is the instructor for both employability workshops.

For more information contact the Non-Credit Coordinator at (540) 863-2863 or email jclark@dslcc.edu.


Averett Offers Business Administration Bachelors Degree Through DSLCC

A Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from Averett University is an exciting new higher education option planned for the Fall of 2013 at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista.

Students may take courses without leaving Buena Vista and study with a local group of working adults who want to advance in business-related careers. Students may save considerable costs by enrolling in DSLCC for the first two years and be guaranteed admission into Averett University to complete a BBA.

For more information call the RRC at (540) 261-1211 or (540) 863-2819.


Welcome to our New President, Dr. John J. Rainone

Dr. John Rainone meets and greets

FIRST DAY AT DSLCC – President Dr. John Rainone speaks with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College faculty and staff (Tondalaya Van Lear, left, and Melissa Unroe) who came to welcome him during a reception on his first day on the job at the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Dr. Rainone comes to DSLCC from Maine, where he was Dean of Institutional Advancement at York County Community College. He is the fourth DSLCC president, succeeding Dr. Richard Teaff, who recently retired.


Learn About GIS

Did you know that you can learn about the rapidly growing field of GIS and its limitless applications for business, industry and government right here at DSLCC? Join Brian Keiling courses that cover the basics of this technology and add these important skills to your resume. Call 540-863-2820 for more about upcoming courses.


Career Studies Certificate in Massage Therapy

Prepare to enter the field of massage therapy with its many exciting and rewarding job opportunities—many right in the local area. The DSLCC Career Studies Certificate in Massage Therapy covers basic fundamentals and offers the clinical hours needed to sit for a national examination for national certification. Some openings remain for the Fall Semester program. Call 540-261-1211 for registration information.


Dr. John J. Rainone To Become DSLCC President

Dr. John Rainone named DSLCC President

RICHMOND — Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced today that Dr. John J. Rainone will become the fourth president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge.

Rainone, of Cape Neddick, Maine, is dean of institutional advancement at York County Community College, in Wells, Maine, a position he has held since 1999.

Rainone succeeds Dr. Richard Teaff, who retires this year after 18 years at DSLCC.

The reputation Dabney S. Lancaster Community College enjoys, and the community’s idyllic setting, generated an impressive field of finalists for this presidential opening, said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. I am excited to welcome John Rainone as the college’s next president, confident that he will continue and build upon the college’s success under the leadership of Dick Teaff.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining a college like Dabney S. Lancaster and a system like the Virginia Community College System,” said Rainone. “The opportunities that exist to work with some very talented faculty and staff at Dabney afford the ability to continue to expand to meet the economic needs of the service region.

DSLCC Board Chair Margaret Burks said, I consider it a privilege and a pleasure to be one of those chosen to serve on the committee to choose our new president. We are sure that Dr. Rainone will fit in well with our community and will move Dabney S. Lancaster forward.

Rainone previously served as interim chief financial officer/administration at York County Community College and also as interim dean of academic programs. Prior to that, he was dean of professional development and business services at York County Community college and assistant dean of community education and workforce development at New Hampshire Technical College, now Manchester Community College.

Rainone holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.


Solar Energy Course at DSLCC in June

Solar course at DSLCC
Doug Jones (center), an instructor in the DSLCC Wind Turbine Service Technician program, puts together some racking for a roof mount photovoltaic system, part of a solar energy heating system. Jones taught a non-credit course on solar energy at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista in June.

Solar Is Not a Dream, a 12-hour course offered through the non-credit program this past summer at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center, focused on how to make intelligent choices in buying or installing solar energy equipment.

Solar energy has really arrived, and it's one of the best investments you can make for your home or business, says instructor Doug Jones, who teaches courses in the DSLCC Wind Turbine Service Technician program. Equipment costs have been slashed and (dropped to such a degree that) return on investment is now only about ten years. This means that in ten years you'll have recovered the entire cost of your solar installation through reduced utility bills, and every sunbeam you collect from there on is free energy, reducing your dependency on the grid and slashing, or even eliminating your utility bill altogether.


First AEMT course at DSLCC

First AEMT Class at DSLCC
Students in the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College practice IV insertions on the arm of a mannequin during a recent class this spring semester.

Initiating IV therapy is one of the many advanced life support skills taught in the AEMT course. The AEMT course is not only a first for DSLCC, but also the first such course offered in the Virginia Community College System. Students who successfully complete the AEMT course will be eligible to apply for the EMT-Intermediate program at DSLCC, and will be eligible to sit for their National Registry certification exam this spring. Participating in this course are Thomas Andrews, Mathew Seldomridge, Jason Reynolds, Lindsay Cartwright and Morgan Murray. Andrews and Reynolds are members of the Falling Spring Rescue Squad; Seldomridge, Cartwright and Murray are all members of the Dunlap Rescue Squad. Both squads are located in Alleghany County. Applications for the Fall 2013 EMS Intermediate Program at DSLCC are now open; the deadline to apply is May 10 and limited space is available. Contact Mann at (540) 863-2832 or email jmann@dslcc.edu.


DSLCC Adds Simbulance to Emergency Medical Services Program

Sim-baby resucitation on the Simbulance
Practicing a neonatal resuscitation on a sim-baby mannequin in the new simbulance operated by the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Emergency Medical Services program are intermediate students Adam Gillispie (left) of Covington and Robbie Woodson of Clifton Forge. The mobile unit allows students to practice their skills in a realistic environment.

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College recently put into operation a simbulance, a unique mobile training unit for its Emergency Medical Services program.

The simbulance, the first of its kind in the Virginia Community College System and the second one in the state, has all of the equipment, supplies and a family of simulation mannequins to train EMS students, says Program Director Jeanette Mann. This unit puts our students in realistic situations, says Mann. It brings EMS training to life.

The purchase of the unit, from a private ambulance company, was made possible by a grant from the Alleghany Foundation; simulated mannequins were purchased with grants from the Virginia Office of EMS; and supplies and other equipment were donated by area rescue squads, the Western Virginia EMS Council and Lewis-Gale Hospital Alleghany.

It’s stocked just like a real ambulance, says Mann. We have a patient monitor, a stretcher, immobilization equipment, trauma dressings — all of the medical supplies needed for patient treatment.

As the DSLCC EMS program expands, Mann predicts that the simbulance may be used to train drivers of emergency vehicles. It also allows us not only to train our own students, but to enhance the skills of current EMS providers in our area through our EMS program’s continuing education classes, says Mann. These are currently being held on various weekends during the semester at DSLCC for both Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support providers.

The ‘simbulance’ will be a valuable addition to the College’s EMS education and training for those who serve in all emergencies anywhere and at any time”, notes DSLCC President Dr. Richard Teaff. This purchase was made possible by the generous support of our valued partners. It is yet another testament to the quality reputation of our training and the dedication of DSLCC instructors who continually seek ways in which they can make teaching more reflective of real-world experiences for better preparation of students upon completion of their studies.

For more information about the DSLCC EMS program, contact Mann at (540) 863-2832 or email jmann@dslcc.edu.


DSLCC Student Receives MLK “Drum Major” Award

Jared Wallace

Eighteen-year-old Jared Wallace of Clifton Forge was totally surprised when he received the 2013 Martin Luther King Day Walk of Legacy “Drum Major” Award recently.

The Dabney S. Lancaster Community College freshman participated in the event with some friends the afternoon of January 20, but certainly didn’t expect to hear his name called on the courthouse steps in downtown Clifton Forge following the walk.

My mom knew, but she was asked not to tell me, says Wallace, who was recognized for his outstanding community service and sustained commitment to civic participation. He’s the youngest person ever to receive the award, which has been presented annually for the last eight years by HOPE (“Helping Other People to Excel”), a community-based grassroots organization committed to civic and family programs, according to Wanda Moore, executive director. Also involved in the presentation and selection for the award were CAYA (“Come as You Are”) Ministries, headed by Pastor Alfred Dearing, and the McClinton Foundation, headed by Dr. Calvin McClinton.

We wanted to honor someone in our community who has given of himself, says Moore. Jared has done volunteer work for several different organizations. She said the three groups were particularly impressed with his volunteer work during last fall’s presidential election.

The Drum Major name given to the award comes from a 1968 sermon given by Dr. King in which he speaks of doing good works and being pro-active in one’s community without the expectation of being recognized, says Moore. Wallace’s resume seemed to fit the bill.

A 2012 graduate of Alleghany High School, Wallace has a long list of volunteer service. He’s helped with the Christmas Mother program, the Alleghany Humane Society, and Organizing for America, a community organizing group project of the Democratic National Committee, during the recent presidential election. He’s also been active in the youth group at Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church, helping with home improvement projects in the area. As vice president of the Key Club at AHS, he was involved in several volunteer projects.

In a time when it is all too easy to criticize young people for their apathy, Jared leads by example as he strives to make a difference in his community, notes Christie Hardbarger, director of the DSLCC Talent Search program. Jared’s love for his community and his fellow man is a tribute to his parents, his teachers, his friends, and most of all, to his character.

The son of Gail and Richard Wallace of Clifton Forge, Jared is a pre-nursing student at DSLCC and hopes to become a registered nurse. He has a brother, Brandon, a Marshall University graduate.

Personally, I like to keep my volunteer work on the down-low, says Wallace, but it was nice to be publicly recognized.


Governor Bob McDonnell Presides Over Signing Ceremony with George Washington University on Guaranteed Admission Program for Nursing Students Statewide


New Agreement Makes Advanced Degrees in Nursing Available to Students in the Virginia Community College System

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell oversaw the ceremonial signing of an agreement Monday between George Washington University's President Steven Knapp and Virginia's Community Colleges (VCCS) to provide guaranteed admission to students enrolled in accredited nursing programs across the state who meet established academic requirements. The memorandum of understanding will allow students in any of the Commonwealth's community colleges to transfer their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree (ADN) credits to George Washington's School of Nursing and pursue a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree with credits that are applicable to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

This agreement between George Washington University and Virginia's Community Colleges has the potential to change the face of the nursing profession and healthcare education across the Commonwealth for generations, said Governor Bob McDonnell. We must continue to seek out thoughtful, innovative solutions like this, which expand both learning and economic opportunities to more Virginians. A well-educated and well-trained workforce is the backbone to Virginia and it is public-private partnerships like this that position Virginia to be a leader in the STEM-H industry.

The agreement helps to realize Governor McDonnell's recently adopted "Top Jobs" legislation which has a goal of 100,000 more degrees being awarded in STEM concentrations over the next 15 years. There are 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of which the majority offer accredited nursing programs to its students.

The George Washington University is both delighted and honored to enter into this partnership in nursing education with Virginia's Community Colleges, said George Washington University President Steven Knapp. We also deeply appreciate Governor McDonnell's recognition of the role of higher education in opening opportunities for all Virginians to help shape the future of this great Commonwealth.

For students with a bachelor's degree in another field and an associate degree in nursing with work experience as a licensed registered nurse, the guaranteed admissions program will allow them to transfer into the master's program after taking a bridge course.

George Washington University is a leader in the Commonwealth of Virginia for its willingness to partner with our colleges and universities to maximize opportunities for our students, said Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash. Supporting nursing students as well as those shifting into nursing as a career change in this manner provides flexibility and accessibility to today's healthcare professional. We're pleased to see this partnership take shape and look forward to working with both institutions in the future.

In spring 2012, the George Washington University School of Nursing and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College signed an agreement for nurses in rural Virginia to expand their education. That program, a pilot to the recent, statewide agreement, was targeted toward nurses prepared at the associate degree level seeking to get either a bachelor's or a master's degree.

Virginia offers students the best transfer environment of any state in the nation because of exciting guaranteed agreements like this, said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges. We are excited to be partnering with George Washington University in this agreement and believe that it will expand affordable college access, strengthen GWU and our community colleges and help students across Virginia.

Some of the benefits of the primarily online program are that participants have access to mentorship opportunities with nursing faculty members and students can stay in their home communities while advancing their education. The program will help address healthcare workforce shortages; a challenge made more pronounced in rural and medically underserved areas. The structure of the guaranteed admissions program allows for those healthcare workers to continue providing services to their communities while working toward their own career advancement.

To participate in the program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements: completed an associate degree from a community college in the VCCS that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; graduated with a 3.0 grade point average in nursing and overall; completed any additional prerequisite coursework; is currently a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) and has proof of employment in a field requiring nursing knowledge or experience. Students enrolled part-time can go from an ADN to BSN in four semesters and can earn an MSN in approximately three years.


DSLCC Biology Professor Publishes Interactive Textbook

Stan Willenbring and his new book

A Dabney S. Lancaster Community College biology professor has written an innovative physiology textbook that just hit the market last fall.

Dr. Stan Willenbring's textbook, "Physiology: An Interactive Text" is totally digital, and may be read by downloading a CD or accessing the website. "It's readable on any device — computer, tablet, Ipad, or even a smart phone," says Willenbring.

What's more, says Willenbring, the cost to students is only $80, compared to similar textbooks, which usually fall in the $200 range. Students may ask for a softcover printed copy of the book at no extra cost. The publisher is National Social Science Press.

Willenbring is using it in his Anatomy and Physiology course (BIO 141-142) for the first time this year; many of his students are in the DSLCC nursing program or are pursuing careers in health care. The book is starting to be looked at and adopted by other schools.

"I wanted to write a book that students could easily understand and use, and stick to the basics," says Willenbring, who started writing in earnest about three years ago. He found that most physiology books are either written for pre-med students and are too difficult, or are geared for junior high or high school students, and too easy. His goal was to write for community college students taking science courses, but those enrolled at other schools can benefit from his book as well.

Willenbring also wanted a book that would include topics that he likes to cover in class, such as photosynthesis. "It may seem that photosynthesis has nothing to do with human biology; but when a student is studying how a human cell burns a sugar molecule, it helps to understand how that sugar molecule was formed in the first place," he says. The textbook CD includes videos that Willenbring has produced, as well as links to other web sites and clinical applications, to make the book more practical. He's also included some information about key clinical topics, such as the dangers of smoking and the effects of stress, good topics for anyone going into the field of health care.

Willenbring has been on the faculty at DSLCC since 2005; he holds a doctorate in physiology from Dartmouth Medical School.

For more information about course offerings at DSLCC, check the web site at www.dslcc.edu or call DSLCC Student Services at (540) 863-2820.


Jackson River Governor's School Science Fair

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, call 540-863-2872 for details.


Super Thursday, February 21 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus

From 3 to 7 PM on the Main Campus in McCarthy Hall. File for Financial Aid, learn about nursing and allied health programs, gain an overview of credit and non credit offerings for summer and fall, and hear about a new bachelors in business program option coming to the Rockbridge Regional Center this fall. Call 540-863-2819 for more information.


Super Thursday, February 7 at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will host Super Thursday, an annual spring event offered for students and families seeking assistance with attending college. Several activities are planned on February 7, at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista, beginning at 3 p.m.

Financial Aid

Financial aid filing assistance will be available from the staffs of the DSLCC Talent Search program, Student Support Services, and Financial Aid from 3 to 7 pm. Students and families can receive assistance with the process of applying for financial aid and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Appointments are preferred but walk-ins will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (540) 863-2874 to reserve a time slot. Plan to bring completed tax forms for 2012 for on-the-spot filing.

Programs of Study

DSLCC staff will be on hand from 3 to 7 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about DSLCC programs of study, for students who have recently graduated from high school, or adult learners who wish to gain new skills for career advancement; no appointments are necessary. DSLCC offers quality education at an affordable tuition, without the cost of leaving home. DSLCC costs approximately $4,500 a year for tuition, books and fees (full- time course load of 15 credits for two semesters) compared to other institutions where students would pay at least twice that amount for tuition alone.

Health Care Career Pathways

DSLCC Health Care Career Pathways will be featured from 6 to 7 pm with information about practical nursing, emergency medical services and massage therapy. Representatives will be hand to with information about entering these programs, all of which lead to successful, rewarding jobs. The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) course begins the same week at DSLCC.

Averett University Bachelor Degree

A Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from Averett University is an exciting new higher education option planned for the Fall of 2013 at the RRC. Representatives from AU will provide information from 7 to 8 pm about applying and paying for this degree, offered through distance learning without leaving the area. Students may take courses without leaving Buena Vista and study with a local group of working adults who want to advance in business-related careers. Students may save considerable costs by enrolling in DSLCC for the first two years and be guaranteed admission into Averett University to complete a BBA.

GWU School of Nursing

The George Washington University School of Nursing is seeking students who are registered nurses interested in taking their skills and knowledge to an advanced level. Special distance programs are available for those who want to earn a BSN or MSN or to prepare to become a family nurse practitioner or nurse midwife. Information packets will be available.

Adult Career Coach

Adult career coaching, assistance with experiential learning and job placement cover the many aspects of preparing for a job or a new job, especially after periods of unemployment or underemployment. A variety of programs and services are in place at DSLCC that may help for individuals who are out of work or working part time without benefits and are looking for fulltime employment. A special program funded through a Department of Labor grant assists those interested in healthcare or manufacturing jobs to find full-time employment.

Also, the DSLCC Educational Foundation will host a drawing and give away a $75 prize intended to go toward books or tuition. For more information, call the RRC at (540) 261-1211 or (540) 863-2819.


CNA Classes Scheduled at DSLCC

Two six-credit Certified Nursing Assistant classes have been added to the Spring 2013 schedule at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, beginning February 6.

“Health Care Technician I” (HCT 101) will be held in Backels Hall on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. and Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., , and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clinicals (HCT 102) are scheduled on Tuesdays in the Clifton Forge area, and on Fridays in the Rockbridge area.

Enrollment is limited to ten students at each location.

Students registering for the CNA courses must submit a background check during the first week of classes. This background check must be completed before the student can enter a clinical facility. The approximate cost is $45.

For more information about the CNA class, contact the DSLCC Nursing Department at (540) 863-2838. To register, contact DSLCC Student Services at (540) 863-2820.


Healthy Holiday Happening Event

Enjoy the “Healthy Holiday Happening” at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center on Saturday, December 8. For a donation of only $25, you can have a massage by DSLCC massage therapy students under the direction of Gloria Lawrence and refreshments prepared by Phil McManus’ culinary arts students. ADDED BONUS: from 8:30-9:30 am, Gloria Lawrence will offer an introductory session in Pilates for only $5.00 (FREE to those who register for the massage and lunch.) Call 261-1211 to register or to get more information. Spaces are limited so register NOW. Take a moment to relax from holiday stress … bring a friend or family member … great idea for an early gift for someone special!

DSLCC Registering for Spring Semester

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College invites students to register for the Spring 2013 Semester, which begins the week of January 7. Students should contact Student Services on campus at (540) 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista at (540) 261-1211 to make an appointment to select their courses for next semester.

Matt McGraw, DSLCC Director of Student Services, commented that the number of appointments for registration is strong. “We are seeing more and more students who are realizing that enrolling at their local community college is unquestionably the way to go,” stated McGraw. “Whether they want to prepare to seek employment for the improving job market, position themselves for advancement in their current job, or transfer to earn a bachelors degree, they select DSLCC for a quality educational experience at affordable tuition rates—this is a huge factor in reducing or even eliminating the need for large student loans that they would have to repay after graduation.”

A recent story on CBS Moneywatch.com commented on current employer demand and the most sought-after majors, stating that “...areas such as marketing, finance, human resources and advertising (are) expected to boost hiring for new grads by 5 percent in the next year.”

McGraw pointed out one observation made in the article, namely the report that “This year’s survey of nearly 4,300 employers from across the country (saw) strong demand for graduates with two-year, or associate, degrees -- that’s up more than 30 percent (and) other research that suggests associate degrees have been outpacing four-year degrees in job growth for the past several months.” McGraw noted that while the author called this a ‘big surprise’, he felt that DSLCC faculty and staff would not find this surprising at all.

More and more students are making a decision to begin at DSLCC. “We even serve those who leave four-year institutions to return home to attend the College, saving tens of thousands of dollars by doing so,” he explained. “They may have found the cost overwhelming or decided to re-evaluate their choice of a major. While attending DSLCC, they often work part-time, complete general education courses at DSLCC, save up money and then return to complete a bachelors degree. Whatever their situation, they are welcome at DSLCC,” concluded McGraw.

McGraw extends a special invitation to new students. “Some people believe that you can only start classes in the fall and this is not true. New applications are being taken now and anyone can begin classes required in their programs of study in January. They should call us immediately to begin the process.”

DSLCC will be closed for a Thanksgiving break beginning noon on November 21. Registration will resume at 8:00 am on Monday, November 26 and will continue until December 21 when the semester break goes into effect. Students should register immediately as some courses have limited seating. Visit dslcc.edu.


Practical Nursing Testing dates set

Three testing sessions are set for those applying to the DSLCC Practical Nursing Program for 2013-2014. The test will be given on Saturday, January 5; Thursday, February 21; and Saturday, March 9. Applicants may learn more by calling the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at 540-261-1211.


2012 DSLCC Student Senate

2012 Student Senate

Officers serving on the Student Senate at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College are, from left: Patty Wright of Covington, vice-president; Chris Mailliard of Selma, president; and Matt Wiseman of Gap Mills, WV, secretary and treasurer. The group has been actively involved in the planning of Domestic Violence Prevention Month at DSLCC, with guest speaker Dr. Christopher Kilmartin of Mary Washington University, on Oct. 24. For more information contact the Student Activities office at (540) 863-2828 or email cboteler@dslcc.edu.


GWU School of Nursing representatives to visit Clifton Forge Campus

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will host representatives from the George Washington University School of Nursing on the Clifton Forge campus. Individuals who may be interested in furthering their studies beyond the RN level are welcome to visit campus on Tuesday, October 30th at 11:00 AM in Room 202 of Backels Hall. Deirdre Hughes and Ellen Dawson will discuss their programs of study and answer student questions about the partnership that GWU has with DSLCC. Attendees will learn how students may earn advanced degrees, including credentials for Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife, without relocation out of the area. Call 863-2838 for details.


Informational meeting on Costa Rica trip planned

Costa Rica zip line

An informational meeting for anyone interested in participating in a trip to Costa Rica during the summer of 2013 will be held at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College on Friday, November 2, at 6 p.m. in Room 509, McCarthy Hall, on the Clifton Forge campus. The nine-day “Costa Rica: Coast to Coast”, hosted by EF Tours, is scheduled to depart from Roanoke on July 8, 2013, and will include stops in San Jose, Tortuguero, Sarapique, Arenal, and Guanacaste. For more information, contact tour leaders Chuck Bartocci at (540) 863-2892 or email cbartocci@dslcc.edu; or Kathy Smestad at (540) 863-2824 or ksmestad@dslcc.edu. Pictured are some visitors taking a “canopy tour” on a zip line through a Costa Rican rain forest, one of the optional side trips available.


College Success Coaches Join Staff at DSLCC

Erica Decker and Marcus Maier

DSLCC College Success Coaches Markus Maier and Erica Decker

Two new members have joined the staff at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College as College Success Coaches, a new position created recently by the Virginia Community College System.

Erica Decker will be working with students in technical and occupational programs, and Markus Maier with students in the Arts and Sciences division.

The College Success Coach is responsible for working with students to support and enhance their success in college, including developing individualized academic plans, applying for financial aid and scholarships, identifying academic needs and linking students to tutoring or other learning support services.

Erica was previously employed as an administrative assistant at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. A native of upstate New York, she lives with her husband Bryan in Bath County. Maier, a native of Germany, comes to DSLCC most recently from Penn State University, where he served as an advisor for international students and directed foreign student exchange programs. He resides in Lexington.

Although both Erica and Markus have their main offices on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus, they will be making regular visits to the DSLCC Rockbridge Center to meet with students. Erica’s office is Room 505, McCarthy Hall, and she may be reached at (540) 863-2826 or email her at edecker@dslcc.edu. Markus’s office is in Scott Hall; he may be reached at (540) 863-2847 or email mmaier@dslcc.edu.


DSLCC Emergency Medical Services Program Offers Continuing Education Weekend Training

EMS INT Staff, 2012

Instructors for the Intermediate course in the Emergency Medical Services program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College include, from left: Andrew Daniel, Jeanette Mann and Jared McNeal. All three are certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as Paramedics; Mann, also a Registered Nurse, is program coordinator. Daniel and Mann will be teaching a series of free EMS continuing education weekend training sessions this fall at DSLCC.

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is hosting a series of free weekend continuing education classes this semester for both Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers. The classes are approved by the Virginia Office of EMS and meet the required 48 hours of ALS continuing education topics. Those completing the classes will be awarded Category 1 ALS or Category 2 BLS hours. All classes will be held in Rooms 422 and 424, Warren Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus, with instructors Andrew Daniel, NREMT-P, and EMS Program Coordinator Jeanette Mann, RN, NREMT-P, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Most classes are 2 to 3 hours in length. The fall schedule, with topics:

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6-7, ALS Training “Assessing the Chest Pain Patient”, “Med Math for Dummies”, “Behavioral Problems”, “Shock and What It Means”, “Chest Trauma”, “Rapid Assessments Trauma vs Medical”, “OB/GYN Emergencies”, “Electrical Therapy, To Shock or Not to Shock”.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14, BLS Training “Trauma Emergencies”, “Rapid Assessment 101”, “Do’s and Don’ts of Sports Injuries”, “Airway Adjuncts” ( with lab), “Call for a Medic, It’s a Code!”, “Electrical Therapy”, “Boil Some Water: OB/GYN”

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4, ALS Training “New Devices and Technology”, “Infant/Child Emergencies”, “Infection Control”, “Back to the Basics”, “Sepsis”, “Burns”, “Fighting Diabetes”, “Stroke Patients”

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 17-18, BLS Training “What’s a Trauma Center?”, “Infant/Child Emergencies”, “Infection Control”, “Assessment-Based Management”, “Pharmacology for the EMT”, “Chest Pains”, “Slips, Trip and Falls! Splinting”

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2, Combined BLS and ALS Training “Legal Documentation”, “VPHIB Reporting”, “Bent Badges and Bugles: Regulations”, “Gang Awareness”, “EMS Operations/Command”, “Special Populations and Special Considerations”.

There is no tuition fee, but participants will be asked to register through the DSLCC non-credit program the day of class. For more information, contact Jeanette Mann at (540) 863-2832 or Andrew Daniel at (540) 968-2097.


DSLCC Offers Certified Nurse Aide Course This Fall

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will offer the two-course sequence for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training, beginning Wednesday, September 19.

DSLCC has scheduled the CNA course both on the Clifton Forge campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The total cost of in-state tuition for the six -credit course is $762. Students will be required to do a background check the first day of class, and the cost is approximately $45.

The course covers basic care skills, emphasizing the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients. Instructors also teach proper procedures, communications and interpersonal relations; observation, charting and reporting; care planning, safety and infection control; anatomy and physiology, nutrition and patient feeding; ethics, death and dying. Students will be prepared to care for patients of various ages with special emphasis on geriatric nursing, home health patient needs, and caring for patients in long and short term care facilities.

Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact the DSLCC Student Services on the Clifton Forge campus at (540) 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at (540) 261-1211.


Jackson River Governor's School Grad Headed to NC State

Jackson River Governor's School grad headed to NC State

From left: Jackson River Governor’s School Director Eddie Graham, graduating student Jeremy Evans and Jeremy’s mother, Debbie Evans

Eighteen-year-old Jeremy Evans of Clifton Forge is headed this month to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he will enter college as a sophomore, thanks to his experience with the Jackson River Governor’s School (JRGS) at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

The 2012 Alleghany High School graduate, who was also class salutatorian, attended Governor’s School for two years and also took two dual enrollment courses though DSLCC. He will start NC State with a total of 47 college credits to his name.

Not only that, but Jeremy joins the University Scholars’ Program, which will expose him to all sorts of additional opportunities, including cultural events, trips and other advantages. Jeremy will be living in the Scholars’ Village, a residence hall for members of the program.

“We were just so pleased with all of his teachers at Governor’s School,” says Jeremy’s mom, Debbie. Jeremy was granted several scholarships, including the Helen Grubbs Scholarship, the Mountaineer Principal’s Scholarship, and the Helen Dixon Scholarship, all of which Jeremy’s mom and dad, Steve, believe were made all the more possible by their son’s involvement in Governor’s School. “Almost all of his credits from the Governor’s School and DSLCC transferred to NC State.”

Jeremy will begin his studies at NC State in the engineering program, but only has a semester to decide a major. He’s leaning toward mechanical or electrical engineering. “I’m really grateful to the Governor’s School for providing basic courses in engineering,” he says.

“Governor’s School did a wonderful job,” says Debbie. “We feel he is well prepared for college.” Jeremy’s sister, Sarah, is a DSLCC graduate, earning an associate’s degree and continuing her education at Roanoke College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is working at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

JRGS is a unique partnership between DSLCC and local school divisions to provide challenging educational experiences for students with advanced interests and abilities in mathematics, science, and technology, explains JRGS Director Eddie Graham. High school students can earn approximately forty college credits during their junior and senior years at JRGS. Students from Alleghany, Bath County, Covington, James River and Parry McCluer High Schools are eligible to attend JRGS. Basic course work includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Research, Pre-Calculus, Mathematics, Calculus, and Statistics.

Dr. Michael Scott, Vice President for Instruction, Student Services and Research at the College, is pleased with having the JRGS on campus and invites all families with high school students to consider the JRGS and other dual enrollment courses for their sons and daughters who meet eligibility requirements.

“High school students dually enrolled at DSLCC will enjoy many advantages,” Scott explained. “These courses offer an accessible, affordable way to earn college credits during the junior and senior years of high school. Selected school divisions may offer some form of financial assistance; families who are not able to have this help with tuition are still encouraged to contact DSLCC to learn how their child may participate; the tuition rate will be lower than that charged at Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities and at most private institutions.”

For more information about the JRGS, contact Graham at (540) 863-2872 or egraham@dslcc.edu. For details about other dual enrollment opportunities for students through DSLCC , contact Ralph Sass at 540-863-2890 or rsass@dslcc.edu.


DSLCC Practical Nursing Program Approved

Practical Nursing Program approved

The Practical Nursing Program at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center has been granted full approval by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Instructors in the 11-month program include, from left, Program Head Penny Fauber and instructors Gloria Smitka and Beverley Ellis-Smith. For more information about the program and how to apply, contact Fauber at pfauber@dslcc.edu or (540) 458-3299. Application packets may be found online at www.dslcc.edu.


Military Friendly School

military friendly school

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for the 4th consecutive year by G.I. Jobs magazine. That puts DSLCC in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide and one of only 36 colleges in Virginia that receive the recognition. In-state tuition for non-residents, scholarships, discounts for dependents, online and distance learning, evening and weekend classes and the percentage of military and veteran students enrolled are among the attributes considered. Displaying the plaque from G.I. Jobs is Derek Harris (left) of Covington, a current DSLCC student who is a reservist in the Marine Corps and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Science. At right is DSLCC Director of Student Services Matt McGraw. Fall classes begin August 20; for more information, contact DSLCC Student Services at (540) 863-2820.


New Student Orientation Sessions Set at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has scheduled three New Student Orientation Sessions this summer for those enrolling in the Fall Semester. Every new student must attend one of the sessions to gain valuable information that they will need when classes begin. All three sessions will be held on the main campus in Clifton Forge. Parents/spouses are invited to attend. This year, sessions are set for Thursday, July 26, 6:00 to 9:00 pm.; Thursday, August 16, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday morning, August 18, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Matt McGraw, Director of Student Services, stressed that all new students who are registered for classes, or are planning to enroll in DSLCC this fall, should attend, stating, “There is a considerable amount of information that new students should have before beginning classes. We will be sharing important details about class locations, student schedules, gaining access to final grades, financial aid, and proper procedures to follow for changing, adding or dropping courses.” Other topics on the agenda include student email addresses, Blackboard usage, campus security and issues such as personal health and safety. Parents of new students are encouraged to attend to learn about the college, various curricula, students’ rights and responsibilities, activities and support services, financial aid eligibility and other programs and services in place to maximize student success. Students who have not completed the registration process will able to finalize their course schedule that day. “We want to provide our students with all of the information that they will need in order to have a positive experience at DSLCC,” added McGraw.

Fall Semester begins the week of August 20. For more information about selecting a New Student Orientation session, applying for admission to DSLCC, or registering for fall courses, contact Student Services at 540/863-2820 or email mmcgraw@dslcc.edu.


DSLCC Agreement with NRCTC Expands to Include Cosmetology

The Reciprocity Agreement between New River Community and Technical College in Lewisburg, WV, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, VA, has been expanded to include a new program that NRCTC is launching, an Associate’s Degree in Cosmetology. The curriculum will include training in skin, hair and nail care. Students may take general education classes at DSLCC and then continue their education at NRCTC for reduced tuition. This is the most recent addition to the list of selected programs that students may study at costs greatly reduced from regular out-of-state rates. Applicants for the cosmetology program must schedule a personal interview to be considered for admission into the program. Anyone interested in learning more should contact Gail Johnson at DSLCC before July 17 at (540) 863-2819 or email gjohnson@dslcc.edu.


DSLCC offering Emergency Medical Services Course

The EMS Intermediate Career Studies Certificate is a 27 credit hour program designed to prepare individuals to function as entry Intermediate level EMS providers. This program is offered on the Dabney campus in Clifton Forge, VA.

This career studies certificate program is designed to produce competent entry-level Intermediates who can service the community with advanced life support care via the EMS infrastructure. Employment opportunities for Intermediate may be available with Ambulance, Fire and Rescue Services, Hospitals, Government Departments, Sales and Humanitarian relief organizations.

The curriculum for this program complies with VCCS standards and has been approved by Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Registry Exam for certification to practice.

Email jmann@dslcc.edu or call 540-863-2832 for more information about upcoming classes and admissions.


Attending College Helps Overcome Growing Educational Divide

DSLCC Counselor Joy Broyles speaks with student Eric Godfrey about upcoming classes. The Fall Semester begins August 20; call DSLCC Student Services at (540) 863-2820 for an appointment.

“If you want to get a job in this economy, it’s becoming increasingly clear that you better also be thinking about getting an education beyond just a high school degree,” according to a June article posted on MSNBC’s LifeLink, a series that focuses on individuals and the economy. A recent report by the federal government pointed out that the unemployment rate for college graduates fell slightly in May 2012, to 3.9 percent from 4 percent a month earlier, while people who ended their education with a high school diploma were part of a group for whom the unemployment rate increased in one month from 7.9 to 8.1 percent. Those who never finished high school can expect to be part of group that may experience an even higher rate of unemployment.

The posting went on to point out there is now a wide — and growing — divide between those individuals with and without college credentials. While it has generally “…been the case that people with a college degree have an easier time finding a job, and make more money than those who have just a high school degree… as the job market has improved slowly… the gap between education levels has become especially stark.”

Adults who made the decision not to attend college right after high school may question whether or not returning to the classroom is a wise move. “It’s never too late!” emphasized Matt McGraw, Director of Student Services at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. “As we greet new students at the start each new semester, the group always includes folks who have been out of school for a while — some for a year or two, and others out for decades. Each adult has a personal reason to enroll. Some want to prepare for a new job, while others want a better job or plan to switch to another field. Some enroll in DSLCC because they are tired of having opportunities for advancement passing them by. They want to be given the same consideration and it hurts when they are overlooked as candidates. Personal experiences are numerous, with comments such as, “I know that I can perform that job!”; “I have a strong work record but did not even get an interview,”; or “I was told that someone with a degree was selected and I decided that it was time to do something about that.’

This trend will continue as the job market increasingly comes to rely on more skilled workers. Fewer and fewer options for people with just a high school education will exist. “We’re not creating jobs in that arena, period,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, in the online article.

The report states that the number of college graduates who are employed increased by about 1.5 million in the past year, to over nearly 46 million people as of May 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. Those with just high school diplomas may experience difficulty getting jobs because positions at the lower-skills levels are hard to find, jobs are sent overseas and employers may feel these applicants lack the skills and experience to join their team to grow their business.

A job placement expert quoted in the article mentioned that “… employers are increasingly asking for candidates with a college degree even for jobs that might once not have had that requirement … they’re going to take somebody with a college education over somebody that’s not (got a degree),” said Jack Downing of WorldBridge Partners. Downing believes that the preference for more educated workers is not likely to change, even if the economy starts to improve more quickly and more jobs become available.” The preference for workers having a college education appears to be here to stay.

The article concludes with the suggestion that people should get trained in a field where there is demand for workers and one that matches occupational and personal goals. McGraw echoed this sentiment and shared some observations that he and his academic advisors note from their sessions with students enrolling in college. “You cannot decide to major in nursing just because there is a good chance for employment,” he stated. “The characteristics of a successful nurse, the academic preparation and the need for lifelong continuing education to keep up with new technologies and patient care practices must match your personality, knowledge, abilities and goals. This is true if you select forensics or forestry, business or biology, or wind turbine technology or welding - you have to know the job market and you have to know yourself. What does the job entail and is it a good match for you? We are here to help you through that process to answer those questions.”

Individuals seeking admission into DSLCC for the Fall Semester should contact the College very soon to be ready for the start of classes on August 20. For more information about exploring majors, assessing your readiness to begin a college program, applying for financial aid or enrolling to update your skills, contact Student Services on campus at 540-863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at 540-261-1211.


DSLCC Shares in Virginia’s $24 million Federal Training Grant

Garcia, Broughman
Joyce Shull Broughman (right) will be the adult career coach and Diane Garcia will serve as the job placement/experiential learning coordinator for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training (TAACCT) grant program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

Selected community colleges in Virginia are preparing to implement a variety of plans funded through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career and Training (TAACCCT) grant program. An award made to Tidewater Community College, partnering with several other community colleges and universities, has generated interest from the local to the national level from an economic development perspective. Some specific goals set by various institutions range from providing basic education to using distance education to increase educational options. Partnerships in place to achieve success with this project will include employers, government agencies, and workforce development boards.

“It is imperative that the higher educational system in Virginia offers the highest quality educational and occupational training possible,” stated DSLCC President, Dr. Richard Teaff. “This will ensure that our citizens have clearly defined and achievable career pathways, especially for those seeking jobs in industries that need skilled employees and anticipating a shortage of workers in the future.”

Plans at participating community colleges around the state, including DSLCC, will result in accomplishments such as a new health sciences career studies as a model for "integrative strategies;” increased use of the Virginia Education Wizard, an online career and assessment tool; and a new model program to hire, train and certify adult career coaches and job placement coordinators, among others. “This project”, commented Teaff, “is a perfect one for Virginia’s community colleges as it fulfills our mission to support economic development and helps to promote Virginia as a leading choice for employers to locate and expand businesses.”

The project will be implemented through DSLCC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Services division. CEWS Vice President Gary Keener announced that Joyce Shull Broughman will be the adult career coach and Dianne Garcia will serve as the job placement/experiential learning coordinator. “These individuals,” stated Keener, ”bring a wealth of experience to their respective positions and will do a wonderful job for the College during the implementation of this grant. It is exciting for DSLCC to have been selected to be part of this state-wide job training initiative.”

For more information, contact Broughman at (540) 863-2923 or email jbroughman@dslcc.edu.


ODU BACK AT DSLCC

ODU back at DSLCC

David L. Chase (left), Assistant Vice President for Site Operations and Military Distance Learning at the Gornto Center of Old Dominion University, recently met with Dr. Richard Teaff, President of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, to sign an agreement bringing more educational options to the area for local students. Individuals will have access to a virtual advising kiosk, using the latest high definition video technology, and a variety of print materials on ODU programs, by visiting the DSLCC Student Services department on the Clifton Forge campus. Printed materials about selected ODU programs will also be available at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center for the convenience of students who reside in that portion of the College’s service area and wish to explore continuing their studies through ODU. The agreement will expand choices for area residents who seek completion of degrees beyond the associate degree level offered at DSLCC. Selected ODU programs will be available through distance learning this fall and the prerequisites and background courses, including lower division general education courses, may be taken through DSLCC to prepare for ODU’s fall semester offerings. Contact ODU representatives as soon as possible to learn more about this exciting new development, by calling toll-free at 800-494-4050.


DSLCC Reports Another Enrollment Increase

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College experienced an enrollment increase of nearly 4% for this Spring Semester over spring of 2011. Of the 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System, only J. Sargeant Reynolds and Lord Fairfax Community Colleges had higher increases.

“We are pleased to see more and more students turning to DSLCC for higher education,” stated DSLCC President, Dr. Richard Teaff. “Interest is growing in both our transfer programs and in those that prepare students for occupational and technical specialties that we offer for workforce preparation.”

New courses continue to be developed and some will be available this fall. Emergency medical services training will be added at the intermediate level, and solar energy courses will be added to enhance the wind turbine service technology program. These options help to attract new students and encourage former students to return for updating their skills and gaining credentials that may enhance their resumes for securing employment or advancing in their career.

Registration for summer and fall classes is underway. Call Student Services at (540) 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at (540) 261-1211. Most summer classes begin on May 29 with no tuition increase over Spring Semester rates.


gwuSigning

Colleges join forces to provide more primary care health care providers in rural areas

23 April, 2012 — Officials from the George Washington University School of Nursing and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College formalized a partnership agreement today that will allow nursing students from the community college to pursue advanced education while still serving the communities they live in.

To address the local and national health care issue of access to primary care, GW approached Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) last spring about working together to improve the critical health care needs in rural Virginia. The resulting partnership has the potential to greatly improve primary care access in the Shenandoah Valley. Educating just four new nurses a year will create approximately 20,000 new primary care visits annually. Also, bringing midwifery to these communities is critical since no obstetricians practice there.

“This innovative public-private partnership directly addresses Governor McDonnell’s call for more Virginians earning degrees, particularly in high demand fields like health care,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash. “Ensuring underserved communities receive the medical care they need is important to the health of our communities as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia. This partnership represents a firm commitment from two schools of excellence and one we hope will serve as a model for the rest of the state and the country.”

DSLCC offers an associate degree in nursing program. GW School of Nursing developed a new associate degree (AD) to master’s (MSN) degree program with two tracks: family nurse practitioner and midwifery. Together, GW and DSLCC are creating a cohort initiative for the AD-MSN program. As part of this, students can complete program prerequisites at DSLCC.

“DSLCC students are some of the most dedicated and talented individuals we have the privilege of serving,” said DSLCC President Richard Teaff. “Graduates of our nursing program are known for being very well-prepared when they begin employment and now, those who seek personal and professional development opportunities for advancement will not have to leave the area to do so.”

Students enrolled in the GW AD-MSN program will complete their coursework online. Students’ clinical preceptorships will be in community clinical practice sites as near to their home communities as possible, and GW faculty will conduct site visits. Students may exit the program midway with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. This provides students with an academic credential option in the event “life happens” and helps hospitals meet their requirements for BSN-educated nurses.

“The partnership we have with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College brings together people who share the commitment to improving access to health care,” said GW School of Nursing Dean Jean Johnson. “It has been very rewarding to work with faculty from both institutions who are willing to be creative and take risks to try something new. Advancing the education of nurses is a win for the community. We feel very fortunate to be in this partnership and look forward to continuing to explore additional ways that we can work together.”

ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NURSING Established in May 2010 and unbound by tradition, the GW School of Nursing (SON) embraces innovation by pushing the cutting edge of nursing practice and education to provide our students with a deep appreciation for compassionate and high quality health care. GW SON faculty are exceptional educators who understand the complex world of healthcare and build on the intersection of patient care, research, and policy. The GW SON values lifelong learning, and our students are advancing nursing practice, leadership and learning — they are prepared to make a difference in the world at local, national and global levels.

Video coverage of the event available on YouTube.


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MWV’s Covington Mill Honored for Philanthropy

MWV’s Covington Mill recently was honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy by Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. Dr. DuBois presented the awards to 23 outstanding community college benefactors — one honoree from each of the system’s 23 colleges — in recognition of their service and contributions to Virginia’s community colleges. A $3,500 Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, which is largely funded by the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, will be awarded in MWV’s name for the 2012-2013 academic year. The presentations were made at the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy Luncheon recently hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education at the Country Club of Virginia.


Partnership bewteen DSLCC and GWU School of Nursing

Jean Johnson, dean of the George Washington University School of Nursing, and Richard R. Teaff, president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, will jointly sign a memo of understanding formalizing a partnership between the two institutions that will allow nurses in rural Virginia to receive advanced education and continue providing health care services in their communities. Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash is scheduled to speak at the signing.

Nationwide there is an insufficient number of primary care providers and this shortage is predicted to become more severe with implementation of healthcare reform and the subsequent Accountable Care Organizations. The challenge is particularly pronounced in rural and underserved urban areas. Most of the registered nurses in the underserved counties of Virginia have an associate degree in nursing obtained from an accredited community college.

A barrier to preparing an adequate number of nurse practitioners in rural areas is access to educational programs with most nurses in these areas prepared in associate degree programs. The George Washington University School of Nursing and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College have developed the AD-MSN program to bridge associate degree nurses to the master nurse practitioner program. The AD-MSN program is a part-time, online program that incorporates undergraduate courses as well as the Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner program requirements. Students complete their clinical requirement in community clinical practice sites as near to their home communities as possible. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is completed during the program.

For more information on the GW School of Nursing, visit nursing.gwu.edu.


Flagraising on the Devil’s Backbone

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Two Dabney S. Lancaster Community College students, Anmarie Allen (right) and Courtney Walton, both of Clifton Forge, recently climbed the rocky outcrop known as “Devil’s Backbone” near Iron Gate in Alleghany County to replace the American flag that continually flies there, a tradition of some 50 years, according to Chuck Almarez, the photographer who accompanied the two women there to shoot this picture. “The drop from the edge of the rock to the (Jackson) river below is some 300 feet straight down,” says Almarez. “For a few years the nearby town of Iron Gate provided flags for replacement but now the flags come from anyone interested in preserving the tradition.” Almarez was also accompanied by fellow photograher Steven Shires of Lexington who shot pictures from the road to provide some scale. Allen has replaced the flag several times over the past few years, following in her brother Landon’s footsteps. Almarez, a former combat veteran, Vietnam era, says the raising of the flag means different things to different people, but to him: “I like to think that the flag is a tribute to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces as well as to the country we serve.” (Photo Courtesy of Chuck Almarez of Fire and Light Studio)