Monthly Archives: February 2014

NCCER Certification Course Scheduled March 22 at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has scheduled a second National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Instructor Certification Course for various industrial craft areas on Saturday, March 22, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm in Room 380, Scott Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. The instructor will be Earl Dodrill, director of the NCCER Initiative for the area.

This one-day course includes an introduction to NCCER training and adult learning, using NCCER standardized curricula and teaching strategies, says Dodrill. “The workshop format will help the instructor understand the NCCER process, program administration, and the documentation associated with it,” he adds. “ Each participant will provide a 10 minute presentation on selected materials from the NCCER ICTP text.” The NCCER Instructor Certification Test will be given within an individual’s craft, verified by experience and practice.

Applicants must provide documentation of experience and practice by resume, earned training certificates in selected field, and/or other documentation prior to the class date.

Adds Dodrill: “We are seeking part time instructors for Millwright, Pipefitting, Carpentry, and related fields. This class may be a good place to gain a better perspective on what is required to teach and gain an industry recognized certification within a craft area.”

Enrollment is limited to ten participants. 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@nulldslcc.edu. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis; the course number is MANF 1108-M2K. For more information about the class, contact Dodrill at (540) 863-2902 or email edodrill@nulldslcc.edu.

“SUPER FAFSA Thursdays” Scheduled in February at DSLCC

Several departments at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will partner to offer “Super FAFSA Thursdays”, on February 20 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge Campus and on February 27 at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. These events are offered to help students and parents apply for financial aid to assist with the cost of attending college. Each Super Thursday will be held from 3 until 7 pm.

“Staff members from Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services and the Financial Aid Office will be on hand to assist all students with the financial process in filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)”, said Christie Hardbarger, director of Talent Search.  “As part of its mission to serve the community, DSLCC will offer this service to all students, regardless of their college destination. Students who are already college students and need help with a FAFSA renewal will also be eligible to receive assistance.”

Rachael Thompson, executive director of the DSLCC Educational Foundation, announced that any student who attends “Super Thursday” to fill out a FAFSA form and who also completes (or has completed) a DSLCC admissions application is eligible for a drawing which will award two scholarships in the amount of $100.

College personnel from other areas will be on hand to help students fill out college applications or answer questions about programs of study at DSLCC.  “Students will have the opportunity to find out about the various occupational, technical and allied health programs, the transfer programs, and articulation and guaranteed admissions agreements that are in place with DSLCC and many other colleges and universities around the state,” added Matt McGraw, Director of student Services. “This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive individual assistance with completing these college forms.”
Students and families are welcome to attend either session — Thursday, February 20, in McCarthy Hall on the DSLCC Main Campus or Thursday, February 27 at the RRC, located at 35 Vista Links  Drive, Buena Vista.

Students and/or parents may make an appointment for either event by calling the Talent Search office at (540) 863-2874, or they may simply “walk in” the day of the event. Parents desiring to complete the FAFSA should bring completed tax forms and W-2 statements for the parents and student.

DSLCC food pantry donation

food pantry donation
From left: Becca Linkswiler, Debbie West, Ted Wiseman, Greg Woodruff and Ron Dowd

The staff, faculty and students at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College collected almost 295 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items, as well as a monetary donation, and delivered them to the Clifton Forge Food Pantry after a devastating fire last month destroyed much of the pantry’s inventory.

A total of $275 was collected from the DSLCC  Classified Staff Committee, DSLCC Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa and the DSLCC Student Veterans Club. West is the manager of the Food Pantry and Dowd is a Food Pantry volunteer. Linkswiler and Wiseman are both DSLCC employees and Woodruff is a DSLCC student veteran.

DSLCC Hosts EPA AC/Refrigeration Certification Exam

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will host an EPA 608 Certification class for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration technicians on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 8:00 am in Room 502, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Daryl Burkholder is the instructor.

Participants will attend a four-hour class and then take the EPA certification exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, participants will be certified as universal technicians.

The tuition fee for the one-day course is $35; enrollment is limited to 12 participants. For more information about the course, contact Burkholder at (540) 747-5293 or email darylburkho@nullntelos.net. To enroll in the class, contact the DSLCC Non-Credit Coordinator at (540) 863-2863 or email jclark@nulldslcc.edu.

FEMA training

DSLCC attends FEMA training

Five employees from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College attended Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training in Lynchburg, January 28-30.  The training was centered around preparations for multi-hazard emergencies for higher education and covered the planning involved that an organization would need to have in place to deal with natural and man-made disasters that could occur at any time.  Attendees included employees of four community colleges, a private university, several departments of police and fire responders, and a regional office of the Virginia Department of Health.  DSLCC employees who participated were, from left: Director of Student Services Matt McGraw; Director of Technical Services Tamra Lipscomb; Presidential Assistant Gail Johnson; Vice President for Financial and Administrative Services Angie Graham; and AV Specialist William Ould.

Graham also serves as Emergency Coordination Officer and Ould is Coordinator for the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CCERT). For more information contact Graham at (540) 863-2806 or email agraham@nulldslcc.edu.