CDL Open House Set October 8 at DSLCC

An open house for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) course at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will be held on Wednesday, October 8, at 7:00 pm, in Room 513, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus.

CDL instructors will be on hand to answers questions about the course, which is sponsored by the DSLCC non-credit program.  The next course is scheduled to begin Saturday, October 18; additional courses are scheduled throughout the year.

A new 60-hour expanded CDL training program will be announced, and participants may be eligible for financial aid through the Beyond Jobs program through Goodwill Industries and the On Ramp Grant for dislocated workers.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Tiffany at (540) 863-2919 or email, or contact Non-Credit Coordinator Doug Jones at (540) 863-2870 or

Two Instructors Join DSLCC Culinary Arts Program

Two new instructors, Branden Williams of New culinary instructorsCharleston, WV, and Norman Ruhe of High Point, NC, have joined the Culinary Arts program at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista this fall.

Branden Williams is a graduate of DSLCC, completing the culinary arts program with an associate’s degree in 2011. He continued his education at the University of Charleston (WV), receiving a bachelor’s degree. He most recently has  been employed in a hospital setting, designing dietary systems. Williams will teach Sanitation and Safety (HRI 158) and Nutrition (HRI 119).

Norman Ruhe, Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator, will teach Meats, Poultry and Seafood (HRI 220) and American Regional Cuisine (HRI 207) which are both scheduled on Tuesdays. Ruhe has served as a culinary arts and catering instructor for several institutions including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro;  the Art Institute in Charlotte, N.C.; and Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.

“We are delighted to welcome Branden and Norman to DSLCC,” commented Phil McManus, who serves as the head of the Culinary Arts program.  For more information on culinary arts and other courses, call Student Services on the Clifton Forge campus at 540-863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista at 540-261-1211.

College Night Set Sept. 24 at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will host its annual College Night on Wednesday, September 24, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Armory/Convocation Center on the DSLCC campus in Clifton Forge. The event is free and open to the public.

Representatives from over 50 colleges, universities, specialized training providers and the military have been invited to participate in the event. Those planning to attend include four-year institutions such as Virginia Tech, Radford University, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Hollins University, Roanoke College, Ferrum College, Longwood University, University of Virginia and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, as well as several occupational and technical schools. Each institution will have information on its programs of study, tuition and fees, admission requirements and financial aid programs.

DSLCC also will provide information explaining Guaranteed Admissions Agreements (GAA) in place with over 30 four-year colleges and universities. Under these GAA, qualified students may enter selected four-year colleges and universities in selected majors with junior status. The College will also have information about application requirements for the Jackson River Governor’s School and the DSLCC Educational Foundation, a source of student scholarships to assist qualified students with the cost of attending DSLCC.

College Night includes information for adult learners who seek to earn a bachelors degree or other credential. DSLCC’s Office of Transition Programs includes On Ramp Adult Career Pathways which offers career counseling for those who are unemployed or underemployed in a field that does match their goals for job satisfaction and earning potential. On Ramp program staff will be available on College Night to meet with adults who would like more information about the services of the program.

The staff of the DSLCC Talent Search program will be on hand to provide general information about post-secondary educational and training opportunities, explain the services of their program, and assist students and families with questions about college applications and the steps in the process of applying for financial aid.

For more information about College Night, contact Gail Johnson at (540) 863-2819 (toll-free at 877-73DSLCC) or Joy Broyles at (540) 863-2861. Students may also learn more details about College Night by contacting their high school guidance office or speaking with the DSLCC Talent Search advisor or Career Coach assigned to their high school. The campus is located in Clifton Forge off of interstate 64, exit 24.