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DSLCC Adds “Simbulance” to Emergency Medical Services Program

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.
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.

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

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 For details about other dual enrollment opportunities for students through DSLCC , contact Ralph Sass at 540-863-2890 or