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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!

“Healthy Holiday Happening” Set Dec. 6 at DSLCC Rockbridge Center

The fifth annual “Healthy Holiday Happening”, which will feature a relaxing massage by the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Massage Therapy students, accompanied by light refreshments prepared by the DSLCC Culinary Arts students, will be hosted at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center on Saturday, December 6, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The Massage Therapy students will be supervised by Program Head Gloria Lawrence.

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Giving chair massages are students Adrianne Reyns (standing, left) and Christa Thomas, both of Covington; receiving the massages are students Cheyenne Adams (seated, left) of Buena Vista and Chris Rhoamond of Staunton.

There will be information available about career pathways in the areas of culinary arts and massage therapy; complementary therapists will be participating, also.

For planning purposes, only those with appointments will be able to participate, and the number of appointments is limited. The cost is $35 per person; proceeds will go to the programs involved. Call the DSLCC Rockbridge Center, located at 35 Vista Links, Drive, Buena Vista at (540) 261-1211 for more information.

Spring Semester Registration Begins November 3

Registration for the Spring Semester begins on November 3rd at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. New and returning students should contact the college for an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to prepare a class schedule for the session that begins the week of January 12, 2015.

Prospective students who wish to enroll at DSLCC for the first time should follow all steps in the admissions process, including placement testing, completion of an application for admission, and requesting transcripts from high schools or other colleges they have previously attended. Any individual who has taken the SAT or ACT should bring a copy of their scores to determine if they may be exempt from DSLCC placement testing.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid. There are many forms of assistance available, including loans, grants, scholarships and work-study opportunities. The financial aid application process begins by going to and filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. DSLCC’s school code, 004996, should be entered in the school section. The Financial Aid Office staff on campus and the staff at the college’s Rockbridge Regional Center will assist students and families with any questions about the filing process. It is important that the application be filled out completely and that the information submitted be accurate to minimize the chances for delays or errors in processing student aid reports. In order to have financial aid completed with money in your account to hold your classes when payment comes due on December 15, the FAFSA should be filed no later than November 15. After December 15, classes must be paid for at the time of registration. Students who haven’t filed for FAFSA can pay for tuition and fees and wait to be reimbursed by financial aid, if eligible.

New and returning students will find a number of programs and services to assist them in achieving success. Free tutoring, career interest inventories, field trips to four-year colleges, group study sessions and special topic workshops are examples of the activities and services available for DSLCC students. Advisors work with students one-on-one to discuss their interests, abilities and goals so that an individualized plan may be developed that best meets their needs and works well with their personal schedule.

A new student orientation is set for Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 9:00 am and all new students should attend.

Whether students are interested in completing one course or an entire certificate or associate degree program, DSLCC can assist in meeting educational and occupational goals. For more information, 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. Visit for more information.