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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 To enroll in the class, contact the DSLCC Non-Credit Coordinator at (540) 863-2863 or email

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

DSLCC Named One of Top 150 Community Colleges

Washington, DC – Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, VA, as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

The Aspen Institute identified the top 150 community colleges through an assessment of institutional performance, improvement, and equity on student retention and completion measures. Together, the 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the Prize represent the diversity and richness of the entire sector:

  • They are located in 37 states across the nation;
  • They represent urban, rural, and suburban markets; and
  • They encompass big community colleges and small community colleges—from Miami Dade College in Florida serving over 100,000 students to Carver Career Center in West Virginia serving fewer than 500 students.

A full list of the 150 community colleges is available at Prize winners will be announced in early 2015.

Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than seven million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.

“Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility for every American” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “This competition is designed to spotlight the excellent work being done in the most effective community colleges, those that best help students obtain meaningful, high-quality education and training for competitive-wage jobs after college. We hope it will raise the bar and provide a roadmap for community colleges nationwide.”
The 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence was awarded to co-winners Santa Barbara City College (California) and Walla Walla Community College (Washington). Valencia College (Florida) was the inaugural Prize winner in 2011.

DSLCC and 149 other community colleges announced today were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes. The formula used to select the colleges was devised by expert analysts at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in consultation with an expert advisory committee convened by the Aspen Institute. The data focus on student retention and completion, considered from three perspectives:

  • Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 “full-time equivalent” students)
  • Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)
  • Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students). To ensure full representation of the range and diversity of the sector, adjustments were applied with respect to mission, size, and minority representation.

DSLCC has been invited to submit an application containing detailed data on degree/certificate completion (including progress and transfer rates), labor market outcomes (employment and earnings), and student learning outcomes. They must demonstrate that they deliver exceptional student results for all students – including those from racial minority and/or low-income backgrounds – and also use data to inform decisions and continually improve over time.

Ten finalists will be named in fall 2014. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data from states and transfer data from the National Student Clearinghouse. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2015.

“I am very proud that DSLCC has been recognized and for the hard work of all of our faculty and staff and look forward to completing the next step in this process,” said DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

Clifton Forge School of the Arts (CFSOTA) receives Chancellor’s Award

cfsota_awardThe Clifton Forge School of the Arts, represented by Mrs. Helen Kostel (second from left), was honored as the recipient of one of only four state-wide Virginia Community College System’s Chancellor’s Awards for Workforce Development, during the annual VCCS HIRE Ed Conference, held at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs December 12. The CFSOTA won the award in the category of “Community Services” for its partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in offering credit and non-credit courses. From left: Gary Keener, DSLCC Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Services; Mrs. Kostel; DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone; and George Kostel, who also attended the awards ceremony. VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois presented the award to Mrs. Kostel, who serves as coordinator of planning and development for the CFSOTA. (Photo Courtesy of Virginia’s Community Colleges)

February is a Super Time to learn more about Financial Aid

Super Thursday is coming!

On February 20th at the Main Campus and on February 27th at the Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC), Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and Talent Search, a federally-funded TRiO program housed at DSLCC to serve selected public school students and families in our area, will host an evening of service to the community to help with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Let us help you with navigating web sites and interpreting files, forms and formulas — and help you and your family begin the process of seeking assistance with paying for the cost of higher education.

It’s easier than  you may think with DSLCC and the Talent Search staff!  Call 863-2874 for more information.

Note: You must bring the 2013 Tax forms that you have filed in order to complete the FAFSA.

Health Care Online Courses for Entry-Level Employment

Earn a Career Studies Certificate or a Certificate/License through online healthcare related credit courses beginning this spring! Select Health Information Technology, Health Information, Medical Coding, or Electronic Medical Records Specialist.  Two non-credit options are Certified Billing and Coding Certificate and Certified Professional Coder Prep Course, both on line. For more information about these courses and referrals for help with applying for financial aid for selected options, contact Gary Keener at after January 1.

Start job searching in the New Year with new skills!

Maury River Home Care To Offer Pre-Employment Training at DSLCC

Laura Simpson, MRHC Care Coordinator, with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.

Laura Simpson, MRHC Care Coordinator, with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.

Maury River Home Care (MRHC), a newly licensed in-home care service established by Valley Program for Aging Services to serve residents of the Rockbridge area, will schedule information and training sessions for those interested in securing employment as in-home caregivers with the agency. Through a partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, MRHC will hold all sessions on evenings and Saturdays at the College’s Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The first set of sessions will begin with two information meetings on January 9, 2014.

Care Coordinator Laura Simpson RN, MSN, stated that she expects the new venture to be very positive. “This is an exciting model that we will launch with DSLCC because it fulfills two important goals,” says Simpson. It helps to build a local workforce of carefully screened and well-trained caregivers, so that our elders can receive the in-home support they deserve. And it is a partnership which allows our agency to support the professional development of those who are dedicated to home health or beginning a career in health care. I look forward to meeting everyone who is interested in learning more about the opportunities offered by MRHC and DSLCC.

Those who are interested in attending the sessions should have a high school diploma or GED and at least one year experience as a caregiver. Certification as a Nurse’s Aide or as a Personal Care Assistant is highly preferred. Successful candidates will receive training on delivering person-centered in-home support. CPR training and additional screening requirements will prepare candidates for successful employment and further education if desired. Cost of attending all sessions is $25, due at the time of registration.

Successful completers of the program will be offered employment with MRHC and after 90 days of successful employment, MRHC will reimburse each employee for the $25 fee.

Interested persons may attend one of the two information sessions on January 9: 5:00 to 6:30 pm or 6:45 to 8:15 pm. The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Laura Simpson at or call (540) 261-1187.

Averett Offers Business Administration Bachelors Degree Through DSLCC

A Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from Averett University is an exciting new higher education option planned for the Fall of 2013 at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista.

Students may take courses without leaving Buena Vista and study with a local group of working adults who want to advance in business-related careers. Students may save considerable costs by enrolling in DSLCC for the first two years and be guaranteed admission into Averett University to complete a BBA.

For more information call the RRC at (540) 261-1211 or (540) 863-2819.