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Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) is a two-year public institution
education and a member of the
System. The College is supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the citizens of the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt (northern portion) and Rockbridge as well as the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington and the Town of Clifton Forge, but welcomes students from other areas as well.
History of the College
In September 1964, students were admitted for the first time
to the Clifton Forge-Covington Division of Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University.
In the first two years,
this branch college offered programs available at the parent
institution, as well as a certificate program in secretarial science. In
1965, a pre-college foundation program was added. This
was expanded into the general community college program in 1966.
Beginning with the summer quarter in 1967, all programs of this
community college came under the control of the Virginia State
Board for Community College. The College itself was renamed
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, honoring the prominent
Virginia educator and long-time resident of the College's service
Dr. Lancaster began his career as Associate Master of the Chamberlayne
School for Boys in Richmond. He was a professor of Agricultural
Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
and became Dean of Men at the University of Alabama in 1923. He
served as the Virginia State Superintendent of Public Instruction
in 1941 and became President of Longwood College in 1946. In
1955, he became the Chair of the State Council of Higher Education
He later retired to Bath County where he served on the school
board. Over his lifetime, Dr. Lancaster served on the boards
of Madison College (currently James Madison University), Sweet Briar College, Virginia Theological
Seminary and Episcopal High School.
Student Enrollment: 2700
Student to Faculty Ratio: Averages 10 to 1
Support Services/Activities: Academic preparation by tutoring, advising, job placement assistance, and student organizations.
Housing: Off-campus, affordable options available to students.