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DSLCC Schedules Summer Chemistry Courses

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will offer Organic Chemistry courses this summer, scheduled to begin on May 26 and end on July 31. Eligible students will be able to complete this eight-credit sequence for a total of $1,108 which includes tuition and fees (in-state rates). Lectures and labs will be held on the Clifton Forge campus from 4:00- 8:30 pm, meeting most weeks Monday through Thursday, requiring only one Friday session on May 29. Instructor for the course is Dr. John Dynak.

Organic Chemistry I (CHM 241) and required lab (CHM 242), followed by Organic Chemistry II (CHM 243) with its required lab (CHM 244), introduces the fundamental chemistry of carbon compounds, including structures, physical properties, syntheses, and typical reactions. Those who plan to enroll should have completed College Chemistry first to have the background knowledge necessary to successfully complete this sequence.

Virginia students attending other colleges and universities are welcome to register if they meet prerequisites and domicile requirements. Out-of-state students are also invited to enroll at a rate of $2,644.80 which covers all eight credits. Residents of Monroe, Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia may be eligible for in-state rates under a new agreement and should contact Student Services for more information.

For details on these courses, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 540/863-2841. Registration information is available in Student Services at 540-863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at 540-261-1211. Registration is underway and students are advised to register soon due to limited lab spaces. Placement testing and advising appointments are available.

Delegate Austin to Speak at DSLCC Commencement May 15

Delegate Terry Austin
Delegate Terry Austin

Delegate Terry Austin, Virginia’s 19th District representative in the General Assembly, will deliver the address at the forty-eighth annual commencement exercises for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College on Friday, May 15, in the Convocation Center on the main campus in Clifton Forge. The ceremony begins 7 p.m.
“It is an honor to have Delegate Austin as our commencement speaker,” stated Dr. John J. Rainone,  DSLCC President.  “As an area resident and representative who works toward the improvement of programs, services and infrastructure of this region, Mr. Austin has been an outstanding friend of the College and supporter of our efforts to move the institution forward.  Having attended a community college and established a successful local business, he is keenly aware of the role that Virginia’s community colleges play in the advancement of educational levels and preparation for employment throughout the areas they serve.”
A  lifelong resident of Botetourt County, Austin’s parents instilled in him, his brother and two sisters the importance of hard work, traditional values, strong ethics and giving back to the community.
After graduating from James River High School and attending Virginia Western Community College, Austin started his business, Austin Electrical Construction, Inc.  Over the past 39 years, the business has experienced success by narrowing its focus to specialize in Air Carrier Airports, Military design build projects, and General Aviation Airports.  They have developed a network that spans the East Coast, and maintain navigation instruments for the Virginia Department of Aviation, as well as weather stations at nearly every airport in the Commonwealth.
While Austin’s company grew, he never forgot how important it was to remain involved in the community. After serving a four year term on the Botetourt County Planning Commission, he won a seat on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors in 1997 and was then re-elected three more times. During his time on the Board, he served as Chairman for five years. He also served on the County’s Budget Committee for 15 years, during which the County’s bond rating improved to “AA”, making Botetourt the only county of its size to achieve that rating. The community recognized Austin’s efforts on the Board when readers of the Botetourt View voted him “Best Local Politician” in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Austin is also a member of the Rotary Club of Buchanan and serves on the Bank of Botetourt’s Board of Directors. He and his wife, Kathy, live in the Buchanan section of Botetourt and attend Valley View Baptist Church. They have three grown children, Catie Austin Brown, Natalie Austin and Benjamin Austin and a grown stepson, Josh Boblett. They also have six grandchildren, Jack, Ella, Addie, Birdie, Ruby and Tate.
The public is invited to attend the commencement exercises. A reception will be held in Moomaw Center immediately following the ceremony.

Photography Courses Slated at DSLCC Rockbridge Center

Dabney S Lancaster Community College’s non-credit program has scheduled three photography courses on Wednesday nights this spring at the Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista with professional photographer Chuck Almarez, owner and operator of Fire and Light Gallery in Clifton Forge, as the instructor. All will be held in Room 906 from 6 to 9 pm

“Nuts and Bolts of Digital Photography 2” is scheduled on Wednesdays, April 22 – May 13. This is the second part of a two-part basic photography course. (“Nuts and Bolts 1” is not a prerequisite for “Nuts and Bolts 2”.) This course focuses on how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements software to correct, enhance and manipulate images and effectively make the image they want. Students should be computer literate. The tuition fee is $72.

A free one-night workshop, “Photoshop Lightroom Sneak Peak” will be held on May 20. This lecture serves as an introduction and orientation to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and how it’s used in the image editing workflow. The purpose of the lecture is to demonstrate the uses of the software, show how it fits into the image editing workflow, and to help student decide whether this is a solution that will be helpful in their specific image editing workflow.

Finally, “Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” is scheduled on Wednesdays, May 27-June 24. The tuition fee is $180. Students will learn about the Lightroom concept and get an in-depth look at how the Lightroom “catalog” differs from the traditional file and folder approach to image management. Students will need to bring their own laptop computers to class.

For more information or to register, contact Doug Jones, Programs Coordinator , DSLCC Workforce Solutions & Community Education, at (540) 863-2870 or djones.

Beginning, Advanced Excel Courses Offered by DSLCC

Dabney S Lancaster Community College’s non-credit program is offering a one-night Excel 2013 workshop, and Excel 2013 Level 1 and Level 2 courses this spring in two locations, the DSLCC main campus in Clifton Forge and the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. Ed Mays is the instructor for all of the courses.

The Excel workshop for beginners will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 6 to 9 pm in Room 504, McCarthy Hall, on the Clifton Forge campus and the same workshop is offered again on Wednesday, April 22, in Room 907 at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The tuition fee for each is $35.

The Excel 2013 Level 1 course will be held on Tuesdays, April 28 through May 12, from 6 to 9 pm, also in Room 504, McCarthy Hall. The same course is offered at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center on Wednesdays, April 29 through May 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The tuition fee for each is $85. Excel Level 1 covers key introductory Excel skills, such as entering and editing entries, selecting cells and ranges and creating and modifying basic formulas.

The Excel 2013 Level 2 course will be held on Tuesdays, May 19 through June 2, 6 to 9 pm, Room 504, McCarthy Hall. The same course is offered at the DSLCC Rockbridge Center on Wednesdays, May 20 through June 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The tuition fee is $85. Excel Level 2 covers intermediate topics such as formatting cell contents, working with multiple sheet workbooks, creating advanced functions, and creating tables and outline, among others.

For more information or to register, contact Doug Jones, Programs Coordinator , DSLCC Workforce Solutions & Community Education, at (540) 863-2870 or djones.

Basic Rider Motorcycle Safety Course April 24-26

A “Basic Rider Motorcycle Safety” course is being hosted by Dabney S. Lancaster Community College the weekend of April 24-26. Participants who complete the 3-day course and pass both the written and riding skills tests earn a 30-day Virginia DMV motorcycle license.
The classroom portion of the course is held on Friday night, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm at Lee-Hi Travel Plaza in Lexington. Motorcycles and helmets are provided; in-state tuition for the one-credit course is $138.50. Class size is limited to 12 students.
For more information or to register, contact Doug Jones, Programs Coordinator , DSLCC Workforce Solutions & Community Education, at (540) 863-2870 or djones.

DSLCC, PluggedIn VA Partner in Clinical Medical Assistant Course

Dabney S Lancaster Community College and PluggedIn VA have teamed up to offer a non-credit Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista this spring and summer, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9:30 pm, beginning April 21 and ending August 6.

Financial assistance for tuition, books, and transportation is available for qualified applicants, ages 18 to 21. Stipends for attendance and externships are also available. Applicants must be able to pass a drug screen.

The first few weeks will include training in soft skills, such as communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, and professionalism, among other topics.

The CMA training part of the program will begin on May 5. Students will learn to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes 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, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare.

Classroom lecture and hands-on labs are included, as well as a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the course, submit to a thorough background check and drug screening and meet other requirements.

Upon successful completion of the CMA course, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

The class will also meet on six Saturdays, from 9 am to 4:30 pm: May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25.

For more information or to register, call (540) 532-6399 or email workforce. The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Dr., Buena Vista.

Also supporting the program are Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Valley Workforce, and the Shenandoah Initiative for Adult Education.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges – at DSLCC

Five Dabney S. Lancaster Community College students were recognized recently as members of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for their outstanding academic achievement, participation and leadership within the school and extracurricular activities, future leadership ability or potential and community involvement. Pictured with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone (far right) are, from left: Cody Plecker of Millboro; Richard Thorman of Buena Vista; Holly Fasig of Covington; and Anthony Green of Iron Gate. Not pictured: Lisa Colwill of Manchester, NH.

Practical Nursing Program Adds Pre-Entrance Examination Opportunity

There will be one more opportunity for interested applicants to take the required Practical Nursing Program pre-entrance examination for the nursing class that begins in May.  The session is limited to the first 10 applicants who call the Rockbridge Regional Center at 540-261-1211 and register for the examination.  The fee is $20.00 and is non-refundable.

Applicants should bring the nursing school application, and if appropriate, the application to DSLCC with them the day of the examination.

The test date is Tuesday March 31st at 9:00 am (applicants should be there by 8:30 am).

Master Gardener Course Offered by Virginia Extension Office

The Alleghany/Covington office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College are hosting a Master Gardener course beginning Tuesday, March 31, at 6 pm, in Room 513, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. The course will conclude before July 31.

This is an online course with the majority of classes being field trips and hands-on experiences. The $125 fee for the program will include the Master Gardener Handbook, a one-year membership in the local Master Gardener association, and all program materials.

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer education partnership with VCE dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management. Topics include pruning, landscape design, woody ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, soils, lawns, fertilizers, annuals, perennials, insect and disease identification, pesticides, and many others.

Instructors for the hands-on labs will include VCE educators, specialists from Virginia Tech, local horticulture professionals, and veteran master gardeners.

The deadline to register is March 26. Contact the extension office at (540) 862-0369.

Applications are also available on the VCE web site.

DSLCC Receives Chamber of Commerce Business Award

The Business/Industry of the Year Award was presented to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College at the annual dinner meeting of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV, on March 7. The award was in recognition of DSLCC’s partnership with MeadWestvaco Corporation in framing a program aligned with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credentials to train individuals in multi-crafts, a trend that directly reflects emerging workforce needs. A common goal is the creation of standardized training and credentialing for industry.
From left: Teresa Hammond, Chamber executive director; Gary Keener, DSLCC Vice President for Workforce Solutions; DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone; and Melody Weese, Chamber office manager. DSLCC was one of five nominees for the prestigious award.

For more information about the program at DSLCC contact Keener at (540) 863-2900 or