Spring 2014 Non Credit Class Schedule
Four CDL-A courses are planned for the spring, summer and fall 2014 semesters. Classroom sessions will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Room 502, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. on the following dates:
- January class: Saturdays, January 18 & 25
- April class: Saturdays, April 5 & 12
- July class: Saturdays, July 19 & 26
- October class: Saturdays, October 18 & 25
CDL (A) course includes classroom as well as behind-the-wheel training. Cost:$1,600, includes 2 days of classroom instruction, 10 hours of behind-the-wheel training, and 2 hours of pre-trip inspection instruction. (Does NOT include DOT physical or cost of CDL exam.) Room 502, McCarthy Hall, main campus. Instructors: Bill Tiffany, Dale Muterspaugh, Norma Preuit and Garth Cartwright. Call (540) 863‐2919 for more information. Click here for schedule of 2014 classes.
Beginning and Intermediate Astrology
This is a course designed for beginning students with no prior knowledge of astrology and will be integrated with a course for intermediate students who have had some basic astrological study. The course will cover the basic rudiments of the astrology chart, the planets, the zodiac signs, and how astrology can be used when applied to daily life. Students will be taught how to interpret the birth chart and apply that information to their own lives. No textbook is needed and students will be furnished with a copy of their horoscope chart, a notebook, and weekly hand-out materials that will cover the topics studied in the classes Instructor Michele DuBois has had a lifelong interest in the topic and has been a professional astrologer for over 30 years.
•Mondays, February 3-March 25 (no class March 10), 6:00 to 8:00 pm , DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $75.
Computers Just for Fun!
- Tuesdays, Jan. 21 & 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Room 906, DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. $45. No book required, but students should bring a flash drive.
- Mondays, Jan. 20 & 27, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Room 504, McCarthy Hall, Clifton Forge campus. $45. No book required, but students should bring a flash drive.
Learn how to have fun with the computer! Students will be shown how to surf the Internet, create a flyer, attach photos, and produce a simple PowerPoint presentation using clip art and other great features found in PowerPoint. Instructor: Ed Mays
Computers for the Absolute Beginner
- Tuesdays, Feb. 4-25, 5:30-7:30 pm, Room 906, Rockbridge Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $65. Students should also bring a flash drive.
- Mondays, Feb. 3-17, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Room 504, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition: $65. Students should also bring a flash drive.
If you have never turned on a computer or are totally intimidated by them, this course will get you started! Students will learn basic terminology and how to navigate the Windows environment. Keyboarding skills are helpful. The book, "Welcome to the World of Computers, 3rd ed", may be purchased at the Rockbridge Center, the main campus bookstore in Clifton Forge, or from the instructor the first night of class. Instructor: Ed Mays (ITEC 1101-M1N)
Intro to Computers I
- Mondays, Feb. 24-March 10, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Room 504, MCCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition: $65. Students should also bring a flash drive.
- Tuesdays, March 4-25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Room 906, DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $65. Students should also bring a flash drive.
Tuition: $65, plus cost of book, “Welcome to Microsoft Office 2010”. For individuals with a little experience with computers. Learn the basics, including software applications, using Microsoft Office 2010. Keyboarding skills are helpful. The book may be purchased at the Rockbridge Center, the main campus bookstore in Clifton Forge, or from the instructor the first night of class. Instructor: Ed Mays (ITEC 1138-R1N)
Excel for Absolute Beginners
- Monday, March 17, 6:00 to 8:300 p.m. , Room 504, McCarthy Hall..$35. No book required, but students should bring a flash drive.
- Tuesday, April 1, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Room 906, DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. $35. No book required, but students should bring a flash drive>.
A basic introduction to Excel 2010 for those who are totally intimidated by Excel. This one-night workshop prepares students for other computer courses that go into greater detail concerning Excel’s many exciting features. $35. No book required, but students should bring a flash drive. Instructor: Ed Mays
Intro to Computers II
- Tuesdays, April 8-29 5:30 to 8:00 pm, Room 906, DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $65. Students should also bring a flash drive.
- Mondays, march 24-April 7, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Room 504, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition: $65. Students should also bring a flash drive.
Tuition: $65, plus cost of book* (same book is used for Intro I and II). A continuation of the Intro I course or for anyone who has a fundamental knowledge of computers, but wishes to learn the basics of Excel and PowerPoint. The book may be purchased at the Rockbridge Center, the main campus bookstore in Clifton Forge, or from the instructor the first night of class. Instructor: Ed Mays (Using Microsoft Office 2010)
- Tuesdays, May 6-27, 5:30 to 8:00 pm, Room 906, DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $85. Students should also bring a flash drive.
- Mondays, April 14-28, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Room 504 McCarthy Hall, CF campus.Tuition: $85. Students should also bring a flash drive.
Instructor: Ed Mays. Tuition: $85, plus cost of book, “Microsoft Excel 2010, Level 1” and flash drive. Learn to design work sheets, work with formulas and functions and create charts. Students should have prior computer knowledge and be familiar working with spreadsheets or with Excel. Please bring a 2 gigabyte flash drive with you to class. The book may be purchased at the Rockbridge Center, the main campus bookstore in Clifton Forge, or from the instructor the first night of class.
Welcome to Excel 2010, Level 2
- Tuesdays, June 3-24, 5:30 to 8:00 pm, Room 906, DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $85. Students should also bring a flash drive.
- Mondays, May 5-19, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Room 504, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus.Tuition: $85. Students should also bring a flash drive.
Tuition: $85, plus cost of book, “Microsoft Excel 2010, Level 2”, and flash drive. Instructor: Ed Mays. This course will assist students who have completed the Excel Level 1 course by helping them move to the intermediate level when using spreadsheets. Students will work with large and multiple work sheets, learn how to add graphics and use templates, and create outlines and tables. Please bring a 2 gigabyte flash drive with you to class. The book may be purchased at the Rockbridge Center, the main campus bookstore in Clifton Forge, or from the instructor the first night of class. (ITEC 1113)
- Fridays, February 7-28, 5:30 to 8:00 pm, Room 907, Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $85. Students should also bring a flash drive.
- Mondays, June 2-16, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Room 504, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition: $85. Students should also bring a flash drive.
Tuition: $85, plus cost of book,"Microsoft Word 2010, Level 1” & flash drive. Create, s>ave, and retrieve documents, generate business letters, and develop a memorandum and report. Basic keyboarding skills are needed due to the amount of word processing involved in creating documents. Please bring a 2 gigabyte flash drive to class. The book may be purchased at the Rockbridge Center, the main campus bookstore in Clifton Forge, or from the instructor the first night of class. (ITEC 1105-R1N)
This required 36-hour classroom instruction course, approved by the Virginia Department of Education, prepares students to sit for the Virginia DMV learner’s permit exam, or may serve as a remedial class for anyone who has failed the DMV exam 3 times. Students must attend all 18 class sessions. Upon completion of the course, students will each receive a completion card. The instructor, Jackie Almarode, will collect a $5 fee for the accompanying workbook the first night of class.
- Dates for the spring 2014 course have not been scheduled yet. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For Supervisors and Managers
1:00 to 4:00 pm, Thursdays, Feb. 6, Feb. 27, March 13, March 27 and April 10
Conducted by Charlotte Mason, PHR, Advantage Resource Group
Click onto any of the seminars for a more detailed description:
- Introduction to Supervision - Thursday, Feb. 6
- Interviewing Skills - Thursday, Feb. 27
- Coaching Skills - Thursday, March 13
- Performance Evaluation - Thursday, March 27
- Employee Discipline & Documentation- Thursday, April 10
$65/seminar; $295 for the series
Call (540) 863-2863 or email email@example.com to register. Ask about our Third Party Tuition Sponsorship Agreement!
This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.
Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination>.
Course Contact Hours: 140 hours + Clinical Externship Student Tuition: $2,399 (includes all textbooks)
Clinical Externship Hours: 160 hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 4 through June 5, 6:00 to 9:30 pm and Saturdays, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26, May 10 and May 31, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. (Room location TBA)
*This course may also be taken online. Click here for the online course.
Please contact the Non-Credit Coordinator at least ten days prior to the class start date to enroll. (540) 863-2863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement>.
Course Contact Hours - 50 hrs. Student Tuition: $999 (Textbooks included)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 25- May 13, 6:00 to 9:30 pm. DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. (Room location TBA)
*This course may also be taken online. Click here for the online course.
Please contact the Non-Credit Coordinator at least ten days prior to the class start date to enroll. (540) 863-2863 or email email@example.com.
This 90-hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work includes terminology; anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. Note: There is no outside externship rotation included with this program. (This course may also be taken online at any time. Check the web site at www.dslcc.edu under “Continuing Education”.)
Course Contact Hours - 90 hrs. Fee: $1,599 (Textbooks included)
•Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 11 – May 20, 6:00 to 9:30 pm, plus three Saturdays: March 22, April 12, and May 3, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
This is a non-credit course, so financial aid does not apply. However, there are some sources for tuition assistance for qualified candidates. Dislocated workers may qualify for the On Ramp grant. Contact the On Ramp Grant Coordinator, Joyce Broughman, at (540) 863-2923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This course may also be taken online. Click here for the online course.
For anyone thinking about searching, applying or advancing in a career, this series of evening workshops is a must! These workshops are being offered at no cost to DSLCC students and surrounding community. Parents must register through the Non-Credit program by contacting Non-Credit coordinator Judy Clark at (540) 863-2863 or emailing email@example.com; by calling the DSLCC Rockbridge Center at (540) 261-1211; or in person at DSLCC Student Services in Backels Hall on the main campus>.
Tell your story in a resume! How long, what to include, how to sell yourself in a few words, what type of resume should you use? This workshop will give you the information you need 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. Workshop will also include information regarding the application process, and job searching techniques. Students will receive handouts>.
- Tuesday, March 4, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Room 219, Backels Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge Campus
- Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 to 7:30 pm., Room 912, DSLCC Rockbridge Center, Buena Vista
Most jobs are obtained through networking, proper display of interview skills, and correct answers in an interview. Don’t wait to get help with perfecting your skills after you missed that job opportunity, perfect them now so you can get the job you always wanted. This workshop will be interactive and fun. Participants will engage others through networking and interview exercises along with receiving helpful handouts to use. Participants should wear their interview attire for critique. Expect to socialize…a lot!
- Tuesday, April 8, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Room 219, Backels Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge Campus
- Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Room 912, DSLCC Rockbridge Center, Buena Vista
This six-week adult education course offered through the DSLCC Non-Credit Program will provide a clear definition of permaculture design in a format suitable for beginning permaculture design students as well as community members who are simply curious about the design science and want to learn more. Through a semi-formal lecture series the student will:
- develop a practical understanding of the 12 basic principles of permaculture design.
- gain a familiarity with a variety of core permaculture design texts and the differing stylistic approaches various authors have taken to present the 12 principles of permaculture design.
Students will complete 1 independent project and will photo-document the process throughout the semester and submit the photo series with a short written work detailing their observations and experiences with the project in relation to the 12 principles of permaculture design. Students will complete 6 short written assignments, one per class meeting, as assigned.
Instructor Seneca Haynes is a permaculture design consultant with Alleghany Permaculture Design.
Students will also need to provide their own materials for their project (estimated cost: $10).
Space is limited due to the hands-on nature of the course. Dress appropriately and expect to get dirty!
For more information about the course, contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursdays, Feb 13, Feb. 27, March 13, March 27, April 10 and April 24, 6, 6:00 to 9:00 pm., Room 915. Tuition: $160.
Registration: Contact Judy Clark, DSLCC Non-Credit Coordinator, at (540) 863-2863 or email@example.com.
These are free financial planning seminars with L. Suzanne Cronise of Blue Ridge Financial Partners
15 Financial Myths Demystified
Enhancing and protecting your assets and making smart financial decisions aren’t difficult, if you know what to avoid and what to start doing now. This free two-hour workshop will debunk some of the myths you may have heard, such as “I can pay for my child’s education…I started an Education IRA” or “A 30-year mortgage will take 30 years to pay off.” Learn about general planning, insurance and investment strategies, retirement and estate planning with representatives of Blue Ridge Financial Partners of Roanoke.
•Tuesday, February 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Room 302, Scott Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. There is no tuition fee, but participants are asked to register through the DSLCC Non-credit program by calling (540) 863-2863 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Strategies 101: Dollars and Sense
Cash and risk management, tax-reduction strategies, avoiding debt, making investments, planning for retirement….all of these are part of a financial management program that is simply a map for the future that can help you achieve your financial dreams. Join representatives from Blue Ridge Financial Partners for this free workshop on how to make the most of your money!
•Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Room 302, Scott Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. There is no tuition fee, but participants are asked to register through the DSLCC Non-credit program by calling (540) 863-2863 or emailing email@example.com.
All participants must register through the DSLCC Non-Credit program by contacting Non-Credit Coordinator Judy Clark at (540) 863-2863 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. DSLCC Students may register in Student Services on the DSLCC campus in Clifton Forge or at the DSLCC Rockbridge Center.
This 10-hour course provides training for workers and employers on recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in work places during construction activities. This program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and the complaint process. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. This course is designed for workmen, foremen, job supervisors and inspectors involved in construction activities. Instructor: OSHA Outreach Trainer Ellen Sanders of ES Consulting.
•Thursday/Friday, February 6 & 7, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (lunch provided), Room 509, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition: $250/person or $175/person for groups of 10 or more within the same company.) 10 percent discount if paid and registered by January 4, 2014.
Italian Conversational Skills
Planning a trip to Italy? Or maybe you’d like to learn the language of your heritage. Either way, Italian is one of the most beautiful and musical languages spoken or sung. Join Francesca DiBenedetto, a native of Torino, Italy, in this six-week non-credit, adult education course with the emphasis on conversational Italian. Students are asked to bring a five-subject notebook and an Italian dictionary to class. A tape recorder would also be helpful, but is not required.
•Mondays, Feb. 3 – March 10, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Room 502, McCarthy Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition: $120.
For those of you who have an original tune running through your head or catchy lyrics to a song, but no idea how to put it all on paper so others can enjoy it —this ten-week non-credit course is for you! Will Stewart of Lexington, a composer, musician and songwriter, will guide students through the process of composing a melody, writing lyrics and musical arrangements. No musical background is necessary – you don’t even have to be able to read music (Lennon/McCartney didn’t!) Toward the end of the course, students will be able to record the songs they’ve written (there may be a small extra fee for the recording studio.)
•Thursdays, Feb. 6 – April 17 (no class March 13), 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Room 651, DSLCC Convocation Center (Armory), DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition: $100
The following three first aid courses are sanctioned by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). Upon successful completion of each course, students will be issued a 2-year certification card. (For a printable color flyer, click onto the title of each course)
Combined four-hour course that covers First Aid, CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) and AED ( Automated External Defibrillator) in a concise and straightforward manner. First aid topics include bleeding and wounds, head and spinal injuries, chest and abdominal injuries, poisonings, bites and stings, among many other emergencies. The second part of the course will include how to respond to heart attack and cardiac arrest using CPR, and how to use an AED. Instructor: Jeanette Mann, DSLCC Emergency Medical Services Program Head.
•Saturday, January 25, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Room 422, Warren Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition fee of $60 includes all materials. (Lunch not provided.)
Ideal course for coaches, referees, parents or anyone who works with or participates in team or individual sports activities. Learn how to recognize sick or injured athletes, care for sports-related illnesses or injuries and effectively prevent injuries. Instructor: Jeanette Mann, DSLCC Emergency Medical Services Program Head.
•Saturday, February 15, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Room 422, Warren Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition fee of $75 includes all materials. (Lunch not provided.)
In this two-day comprehensive course, learn how to administer immediate care to an injured or suddenly ill person in a remote location. While wilderness first aid does not take the place of definitive medical care, it can provide assistance until a more advanced level of medical care is obtained, or until the chance for recovery without medical care is apparent. Skillful first aid may make the difference between life and death, rapid recovery or long hospitalization. Instructor: Jeanette Mann, DSLCC Emergency Medical Services Program Head.
•Saturday-Sunday, March 22-23, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Room 422, Warren Hall, DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Tuition fee of $125 includes all materials. (Lunch not provided).
All of the following classes will be held at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts,
518 Church St., Clifton Forge.(540) 862-7275, email@example.com
This course is for the beginner with an art interest and the artist with some painting experience. As the course title suggests, the goal here is not to produce realistic paintings. Instead, we will use the still-life set-up as the point of departure and concentrate our energies on composition, light and shadow, sketching, color, and brush techniques. These will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced in the creation of the paintings. The degree of abstraction may vary with each student, but in most the subject matter will be recognizable but abstracted. Instructor: Judith A. Sivonda
•Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 12 and 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Tuition, payable to DSLCC: $85. Students will also be asked to pay a $15 usage fee to the CFSOTA the first night of class. Materials Fee: $45 (includes Windsor Newton 21ml oils set, 3 bristle brushes, 16x20 canvas panel, paint palette and palette knife) We will be using non-toxic solvents rather than turpentine for clean-up.
Paint Like Monet
French Impressionist Claude Monet’s sense of composition and color theory is presented in an easily understood series of three studio classes by instructor Norman Aberle. Working in acrylic paints, each student will learn to interpret a landscape in the style now called impressionist. A brief Art History lesson will introduce the use of simultaneous contrast, complimentary color, and the technical breakthroughs that propelled the impressionist movement. This course is intended for those who have some painting experience.
•Tuesdays, May 13, 20 and 27, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Tuition fee, payable to DSLCC: $85. Students will also be asked to pay a $15 usage fee to the CFSOTA, as well as a materials fee of $20 to the instructor the first day of the class.
These three two-hour workshops will introduce students to the design concepts behind pop-up book design and give each student the basic hands-on skills to layout, cut, fold, and assemble a pop-up construction and decorate it as a marketable prototype. Each student will also design and execute a protective envelope to house a pop-up card which serves as an introduction to folded package design. Skills imparted by this course can provide students with the ability to conceive, design, and execute basic and advanced structures for package design and novelty paper products. Instructor: Norman Aberle.
•Tuesdays, March 4, 11 and 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Tuition, payable to DSLCC: $85. Students will also be asked to pay a $15 usage fee to the CFSOTA the first night of class; materials may be purchased from the instructor the first night of class for $30 (includes gridded cutting surface, T-square, Triangle, x-acto knife, bone scoring tool, cork-backed ruler, pencil & eraser, double-sided tape. School will provide assorted papers.
Create a beautiful, 9” round mosaic panel to hang in a sunny window, in this easy 3 week class. No previous glass cutting skills needed. Students learn basic glass cutting, and glass chopping techniques for mosaic works. Demos include glass selection for “backlit” mosaics (different from typical mosaic works), glass mounting and grouting techniques, plus edging panels for hanging. Choose one of several designs available in class. Instructor: George Ayars. This simple method is great for artists of any age, so younger artists are welcome, too.
•Tuesdays, April 1, 8 and 15, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Tuition, payable to DSLCC: $85. Students will also be asked to pay a $15 usage fee to the CFSOTA the first night of class. Materials fee of $15 paid to the instructor the first night of class.
Stained Glass Suncatcher
Learn the basic stained glass construction process while creating a suncatcher in this one day, “hands on” workshop. Instructor George Ayars will demonstrate techniques for cutting, fitting, foiling and soldering. Tools are provided for class. Create a butterfly, bird, flower, or Victorian pattern. This class also makes a good refresher class for those who’ve done stained glass before. Learn better, easier techniques!
•Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, includes a lunch break. Tuition, payable to DSLCC: $70. Students will also be asked to pay a $15 usage fee to the CFSOTA the day of the class, and a materials fee of $10 to the instructor the day of the class.
A five-week non-credit course for anyone interested in learning about beekeeping, with instructor Lannie Ballard. The class will be taught in part using the video, “A Year in the Life of an Apiary” by Dr. Keith Delaplane, a University of Georgia professor and life-long beekeeper. Topics covered will include: where to buy the supplies, assembling equipment, obtaining the bees, getting the bees installed and established, and managing them through their first year. Ballard is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association, Virginia State Beekeepers Association, West Virginia State Beekeepers Association and was voted “Virginia Beekeeper of the Year” for 2006.
•Tuesdays, Jan. 28- Feb. 25, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Tuition: $110.
The following two workshops are presented by Josh Hagy, a writer and news editor at the Virginian Review newspaper in Covington, and a published author.
The Dark Tower
Stephen King has said that all of his stories “come from the Tower.” What is the Dark Tower and why does it appear so often in literature, even outside of King’s lexicon? This will examine King’s “The Dark Tower,” which comprises eight books, for the common threads of mythology that run through our lives in ways we just don’t pay attention to in today’s world. Students of the class would need to have at least a cursory knowledge of the novels. The class itself will be geared toward a lecture/discussion on King’s magnum opus that focuses on the Greek mythology, Arthurian legend, westerns and modern classics that pervade the series. The class would also examine the idea of the Dark Tower itself, a notion that predates King’s writing. King was inspired by Robert Browning’s poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” yet the Dark Tower appears in literature well before Browning’s time.The old Greek and Roman myths are rarely taught in schools and yet they continue to provide the groundwork of modern fiction, even as we replace the old myths with modern ones. By the end of the class, students should be able to identify the symbolism in King’s work, connect the Dark Tower to all of King’s novels (which King says is possible, with the exception of two works) and become cognizant of the Dark Tower’s appearances in other literature outside the novels of Stephen King.
•Thursday, March 20, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $30. Sign up for both workshops for $50.
The Hero’s Journey
The Hero’s Journey is a literary construct that serves as the basis for popular and successful novels and movies, from “Harry Potter” to Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” to “Star Wars” to the popular “Avengers,” “Iron Man” and “Captain America” movies. This workshop will examine the elements of the archetype, from the Reluctant Hero in an Ordinary World, to Crossing the Threshold, the Ordeal and the Reward,” with several stops in between. The class may also focus on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song Of Fire and Ice,” (HBO’s “A Game of Thrones) which could be used as an example of a series that ignores the Hero’s Journey completely and somehow still succeeds.
By the end of the class, students will be familiar with The Hero’s Journey and be able to identify movies and novels where the archetype is used both successfully and unsuccessfully. Students will also be able to incorporate this archetype into their own writing, which should open the doors for successful novels and short stories.
•Thursday, April 17, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, DSLCC rockbridge Regional Center, Buena Vista. Tuition: $30. Sign up for both workshops for $50.
Maury River Home Care (MRHC), a newly licensed in-home care service established by the Valley Program for Aging Services to service residents of the Rockbridge area, is partnering with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College to offer information sessions and pre-employment training to persons interested in securing employment as in-home caregivers. MRHC will hold all sessions on evenings and Saturdays at the College’s Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. Participants should have a high school diploma or GED, and at least one year experience as a caregiver; certification as a nurse’s aide or personal care assistant is highly preferred.
The first set of sessions will begin with two informational meetings on January 9, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm and again from 6:45 to 8:15. (Interested candidates may attend either session.)There is no fee for the information sessions, but participants who decide to follow up with the pre-employment training will pay a $25 fee; those who successfully complete the pre-employment training course will be offered employment with MRHC and after 90 days of successful employment will be reimbursed the $25 tuition fee. All participants will be asked to register through the DSLCC Non-Credit Program.
The schedule for the entire training:
Information Sessions (No tuition fee)
- Thursday, Jan. 9, 5:00 to 6:30 pm or 6:45 to 8:15 pm
Pre-Employment Training ($25 fee-- participants must attend all training sessions listed below)
- Saturday, Jan. 18, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Saturday, Jan. 25, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Saturday, Feb. 1, 8:00 am to noon
For more information about the pre-employment training for Maury River Home Care, please contact Care Coordinator Laura Simpson at (540) 261-1187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.