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Private Security In-Service Training Scheduled at DSLCC

Two in-service training sessions for private security officers will be conducted at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College’s Clifton Forge campus in April. Both non-credit classes will be held on Saturdays with Gary L. Boyer, Sr., MS, CLET, PI, School Director, as the instructor.

“Private Investigator In-Service (02-I)” will be held on Saturday, April 4, from 8 am to 4 pm in Room 404, Warren Hall. The tuition fee is $90.

“Security Officer Core Subjects (01-I)” is scheduled Saturday, April 18, from 8 am to noon, also in Room 404, Warren Hall; the tuition fee is $45.

Renewal applications will also be available during each session. Each student should bring his / her current DCJS Private Security registration card, containing the registration number, which is required for all renewal documents and training completion forms.

Professor Boyer notes that registered Private Security personnel may complete in-service training within one year of the expiration of current registration. Renewal applications should be mailed to DCJS within 30 days of expiration and training must be completed prior to expiration date, or the registration becomes null and void.

DSLCC is licensed through the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Professor Boyer is a certified DCJS Instructor in all aforementioned areas to conduct this training.

A Firearms Requalification class will be scheduled later this spring.

Interested students should contact Doug Jones, Non-Credit Coordinator, at (540) 863-2870 or email<> to register. Advanced registration is required; participants will be asked to provide their current CDJS private security registration number and expiration date when registering.

Black History Month Event to be held at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, February 25, in Moomaw Center on the Clifton Forge campus. The presentation, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Virginia: Past and Present” will start at noon, is free and open to the public.

Two speakers will share their knowledge of the six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Virginia: Virginia Union, Hampton University, Virginia State University, Virginia Theological Seminary and College, Saint Paul’s College and Norfolk State University. However, the focus will be on Hampton University and Virginia State University.

Antwan Perry, alumnus of Hampton University and lead college success coach at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, will speak about the role of Hampton University at pivotal points during 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Lucious Edwards, alumnus and retired archivist from Virginia State University will speak on the topic of “Virginia State University, Origins in pre-Jim Crow Virginia (1882)”.

Perry is originally from Chesapeake, VA. Though raised by a single mother, and also being a first generation college student, Perry “beat the odds” and became the first in his family to complete a college degree. He is a 2003 graduate of Hampton University with a B.A. degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Race Relations.

After college, Perry taught math and social science in Norfolk, where he realized his calling to work in education. While working full-time for Hampton University, then Regent University, and ultimately the Access College Foundation, Perry completed his M.Ed. Degree in Student Affairs in 2010. Understanding that education had opened numerous doors for him professionally, socially, and personally, he decided to pursue his doctoral degree the same month as he graduated from Regent with his Master’s degree.

Perry has completed his doctoral coursework, was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Higher Education in 2012. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his studies at Regent University. His dissertation topic is, “Black Male Student Success in Higher Education”. He will graduate in 2015. Currently he is the Lead Success Coach at Germanna Community College.

Edwards is a native of Chesterfield County and grew up in Ettrick, Virginia. He attended Virginia State College from 1963 to 1964. In 1972, he resolved not to be a college dropout forever and entered Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in 1974. That fall, he re-entered Virginia State College, where he hoped to study history with the late Edgar A. Toppin, Ph.D.

Edwards earned both the A.B. and the M.A. in History in 1977. Edwards served as archivist at Virginia State College from 1977 until his retirement from Virginia State University in 2013 as Archivist-Historian Emeritus. Edwards has presented papers at numerous History and Archival meetings has written a number of publications.

The presentation will end with reflections on the role of HBCUs today, and the speakers will be available for a question and answer session. College admissions materials and brochures on each institution will be available.

This year marks several historic occasions relevant to black history. Five years ago, in 2010, President Obama designated a week in September as National HBCU Week as part of his White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Fifty years ago, Clifton Forge schools ended segregation in the fall of 1965. A hundred years ago, Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for African American Life and History (ASALH), and 150 years ago, Virginia Union University began its history as the first HBCU in Virginia.

For more information or to reserve a space, please call (540) 863-2828. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

To encourage student participation in this event a revised class schedule will be followed:

Regular Class Schedule Revised Class Schedule
8:00 – 8:50 8:00 – 8:40
9:00 – 9:50 8:45 – 9:25
10:00 – 10:50 9:30 – 10:10
11:00 – 11:50 10:15 – 10:55
12:00 – 12:50 11:00 – 11:40
Black History Presentation 11:45 – 1:35
Complimentary Refreshments
1:00 – 1:50 1:40 – 2:20
2:00 – 2:50 2:25 – 3:05
3:00 – 3:50 3:10 – 3:50
At 4:00 the regular class schedule resumes At 4:00 the regular class schedule resumes

Customer Care Career Training Rescheduled to Feb. 24 at DSLCC

A new six-week career training program, “Customer Care Representative”, has been rescheduled to begin Tuesday, February 24. The program, hosted by the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Non-Credit Program, is geared specifically for Faneuil, Inc., which operates the EZ Pass Customer Care Center in Clifton Forge.

Classes will meet from 9 am to 3 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Room 504, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Classes will include training in keyboarding, customer service, employment preparation and computer literacy. There will also be preparation for the HDI Customer Service Representative Certificate and the Career Readiness Certificate, both nationally recognized employment credentials.

Credentialing and job interviews will be scheduled after participants have successfully completed the program.

Funding for the program, as well as the credentialing, is available for qualified applicants. The On Ramp Adult Career Pathways Program will pay for any dislocated worker who participates in the training. On Ramp assistance is provided by the US Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act Title I Funds.

Anyone interested should apply by February 13 by calling (540) 620-6391.

In addition to DSLCC and Faneuil, the training is made possible by a partnership among the following agencies: On Ramp Adult Career Pathways Program, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission and PluggedIn Virginia.

DSLCC Smart Business Seminar

Work smart, not hard! Take advantage of a free seminar hosted by DSLCC to show you how to leverage business resources, maximize results and eliminate losses.

Industry professionals and business educators will share valuable tips and techniques to help you grow your business and achieve amazing results. Learn ways to:

  • Recruit and Retain the Best People
  • Effectively Manage and Motivate Employees
  • Become a World Class Team Builder
  • Reduce Accidents and Claims
  • Lower Insurance Costs
  • Stay on Top of Regulations
  • Capitalize on Free Business Resources
  • Find and Profit in New Markets
  • Take Your Business to the NEXT LEVEL!

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM Feb. 4, 2015 in McCarthy Hall – Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Presenters will include:

  • Advantage Resource Group
  • ES Consulting Solutions
  • Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • Alleghany, Bath & Rockbridge Chambers of Commerce
  • Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

For more information, contact Doug Jones at (540) 863-2870 or

RSVP appreciated (but not mandatory to attend)

Open House at Eagle Rock Ruritan


The Dabney S Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation and the Eagle Rock Ruritan Club are co-hosting an Open House at the newly renovated Eagle Rock Community Center on Sunday, January 18, from 3 to 5 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Information about the many educational and training opportunities offered at DSLCC will be available and those attending may tour the new center, located at 14604 Church St., next to the post office, in Eagle Rock. Refreshments will be  served.

One of the DSLCC highlighted courses is an evening Emergency Medical Services (EMS) course, offered for the first time this spring at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville. The course is scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 10 pm, starting January 12. For information about the course, contact EMS Program Head Jeanette Mann at (540) 863-2832 or email

For more information about the open house, contact the Educational Foundation at (540) 863-2835.

2011 National Electric Code Course Offered at DSLCC

Dabney S Lancaster Community College is offering a 15-week, three-credit course, “National Electric Code” (ELE 131), designed for the electrician’s helper, apprentice or seasoned tradesman, on Mondays, February 2 through May 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in Room 380, Scott Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus.

“This course is for anyone who will be sitting for the State Exam and workers who are new to the trade,” says instructor Daryl Burkholder.

The course examines the requirements of the 2011 Edition of the National Electrical Code recently adopted into the Statewide Uniform Building Code of Virginia, notes Burkholder. It also includes the layout and practical application of the code and prepares the tradesman for the State Licensing Exam.  Also covered: code requirements for definitions, branch circuits, feeders, services, grounding, wiring methods, motors and motor controls, including necessary calculations.

To register or for more information call Doug Jones at (540) 863-2870 or email In-state tuition is $138.50 per credit hour.

DSLCC Practical Nursing Certificate Program Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2015

practical nursing ad REVISEDDSLCC Practical Nursing Certificate Program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Applicants are encouraged to select one of 4 test sessions scheduled at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center, 35 Vista Links Dr., Buena Vista:

  • Saturday, January 10, 8:30 am
    Rescheduled for Jan 22 (see below)
  • Thursday, January 22, 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 7, 8:30 am
  • Thursday, March 12, 3:30 pm

Applicants should plan to arrive on time to register and be prepared to pay the testing fee of $20.

Call 540-458-3299 or email for more information.

DSLCC Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) Program Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2015

The Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015. All applicants must take the entrance exam, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), Version V, by April 30, 2015. Testing Dates (DSLCC Clifton Forge campus):

  • Monday, January 12nursing test dates ads
  • Monday, January 26
  • Monday, February 9
  • Monday, February 23
  • Monday, March 9
  • Monday, March 23
  • Monday, April 6
  • Monday, April 20
  • Monday, April 27

All test sessions begin at 4:00 pm, Room 409, Warren Hall. Cost of the test is $56.

Visit the Nursing Office, Room 204 in Backels Hall on the Clifton Forge campus or call (540) 863-2838 for instructions on test registration.

Semester Break – Information and Hours of Operation

DSLCC will close at 5 pm on Monday, December 22 and reopen at 8 am on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Registration for the Spring Semester will resume January 5-9.

Special Registration Hours on the Clifton Forge campus will be held 9 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 10.

New Student Orientation on the Clifton Forge campus will be 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 10 for all new students.

Check DSLCC’s web site for any updates at

Best wishes for a safe, healthy and Happy Holiday Season!