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DSLCC attends Weatherfest


DSLCC was part of WeatherFest, sponsored by WDBJ, on the weekend of October 10 and 11 in downtown Roanoke. Here, Gail Johnson (left) and Brian Keiling, head of the Forest Management Technology Program, welcome the station’s director of meteorology, Robin Reed to the College’s table, where groups of students visited throughout the day on Friday. WeatherFest was scheduled as part of numerous activities throughout the region to promote career pathways related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM).

CDL Open House Set October 8 at DSLCC

An open house for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) course at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will be held on Wednesday, October 8, at 7:00 pm, in Room 513, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus.

CDL instructors will be on hand to answers questions about the course, which is sponsored by the DSLCC non-credit program.  The next course is scheduled to begin Saturday, October 18; additional courses are scheduled throughout the year.

A new 60-hour expanded CDL training program will be announced, and participants may be eligible for financial aid through the Beyond Jobs program through Goodwill Industries and the On Ramp Grant for dislocated workers.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bill Tiffany at (540) 863-2919 or email, or contact Non-Credit Coordinator Doug Jones at (540) 863-2870 or

Two Instructors Join DSLCC Culinary Arts Program

Two new instructors, Branden Williams of New culinary instructorsCharleston, WV, and Norman Ruhe of High Point, NC, have joined the Culinary Arts program at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista this fall.

Branden Williams is a graduate of DSLCC, completing the culinary arts program with an associate’s degree in 2011. He continued his education at the University of Charleston (WV), receiving a bachelor’s degree. He most recently has  been employed in a hospital setting, designing dietary systems. Williams will teach Sanitation and Safety (HRI 158) and Nutrition (HRI 119).

Norman Ruhe, Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator, will teach Meats, Poultry and Seafood (HRI 220) and American Regional Cuisine (HRI 207) which are both scheduled on Tuesdays. Ruhe has served as a culinary arts and catering instructor for several institutions including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro;  the Art Institute in Charlotte, N.C.; and Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.

“We are delighted to welcome Branden and Norman to DSLCC,” commented Phil McManus, who serves as the head of the Culinary Arts program.  For more information on culinary arts and other courses, 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.

College Night Set Sept. 24 at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will host its annual College Night on Wednesday, September 24, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Armory/Convocation Center on the DSLCC campus in Clifton Forge. The event is free and open to the public.

Representatives from over 50 colleges, universities, specialized training providers and the military have been invited to participate in the event. Those planning to attend include four-year institutions such as Virginia Tech, Radford University, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Hollins University, Roanoke College, Ferrum College, Longwood University, University of Virginia and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, as well as several occupational and technical schools. Each institution will have information on its programs of study, tuition and fees, admission requirements and financial aid programs.

DSLCC also will provide information explaining Guaranteed Admissions Agreements (GAA) in place with over 30 four-year colleges and universities. Under these GAA, qualified students may enter selected four-year colleges and universities in selected majors with junior status. The College will also have information about application requirements for the Jackson River Governor’s School and the DSLCC Educational Foundation, a source of student scholarships to assist qualified students with the cost of attending DSLCC.

College Night includes information for adult learners who seek to earn a bachelors degree or other credential. DSLCC’s Office of Transition Programs includes On Ramp Adult Career Pathways which offers career counseling for those who are unemployed or underemployed in a field that does match their goals for job satisfaction and earning potential. On Ramp program staff will be available on College Night to meet with adults who would like more information about the services of the program.

The staff of the DSLCC Talent Search program will be on hand to provide general information about post-secondary educational and training opportunities, explain the services of their program, and assist students and families with questions about college applications and the steps in the process of applying for financial aid.

For more information about College Night, contact Gail Johnson at (540) 863-2819 (toll-free at 877-73DSLCC) or Joy Broyles at (540) 863-2861. Students may also learn more details about College Night by contacting their high school guidance office or speaking with the DSLCC Talent Search advisor or Career Coach assigned to their high school. The campus is located in Clifton Forge off of interstate 64, exit 24.

Inaugural Events at DSLCC This Week

In honor of the inauguration of Dr. John J. Rainone, the fourth president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community, several special events have  been scheduled this week on the Clifton Forge campus and are open to the public. The inauguration will take place on Friday, September 19, beginning at 1:30 pm at the DSLCC Convocation Center/Armory.

Two events are scheduled on Thursday, September 18. Dr. Ted DeLaney, Associate Professor and head of Africana Studies at Washington and Lee University, will give a talk at 3 pm in the DSLCC Library in Scott Hall  in observance of Constitution Day. DeLaney’s speech will mark the 60th anniversary of Brown versus the Board of Education, the landmark decision that ended the legal segregation of public school, and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information call (540) 863-2828.
Following Dr. DeLaney’s talk, there will be an Alumni Reception, also in the library, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, for an afternoon of fun and fellowship. Old yearbooks and other memorabilia will be on display.

The public is also invited to attend a reception immediately following the presidential inauguration on Friday, in Moomaw Center.

For more information about the alumni reception, the inauguration or the reception, call (540) 863-2819.

Job Fair, College Night Hosted at DSLCC September 24

Job Fair A Job Fair for job -seekers as well as employers will be held on Wednesday, September 24, at the Armory/Convocation Center on the Dabney S Lancaster Community College Clifton Forge campus, from 9 am to 1 pm.

“Fall Back into Your Dream Career” is the theme for the free event, co-hosted by the “On Ramp” Adult Career Pathways Program at DSLCC and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. Coordinators are Joyce Broughman, On Ramp Grant Coordinator, and Jenny Wright of Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs program.

“Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is excited about our upcoming job fair,” says Wright. “Our philosophy is ‘a hand up, not a hand out’.  What better way to provide a hand up than to link our participants with our local employers.   Goodwill is committed to helping provide a holistic integration of career services with family and financial strengthening services. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with our community in helping to lead individuals to careers where they can be self-sufficient.”

Anyone needing help with preparing a resume or wearing proper attire should contact Wright at (540) 620-6391 by September 19.

“Face to face contact with a potential employer is key to making a good first impression,” adds Broughman. “Making a good first impression will ignite a conversation, which may lead to employment.”

Also assisting with the event is Brooke Jarvis, the new Job Placement Coordinator at DSLCC. Jarvis can help participants with resumes and cover letters, and she may be reached at or (540) 863-2848.

Employers may reserve a free space by contacting Wright at (540) 620-6391  or Broughman at (540) 863-2923.

That same evening, September 24, the annual College Night will be hosted at the DSLCC Armory from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Representatives from over 50 colleges, universities, specialized training providers and the military have been invited to participate in the event.  For more information about College Night, contact Matt McGraw at (540) 863-2866 (toll-free at 877-73DSLCC) or Joy Broyles at (540) 863-2861. Students may also learn more details about College Night by contacting their high school guidance office.

DSLCC Presidential Inauguration Set September 19

Dr. RainoneDr. John J. Rainone, president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, will be inaugurated as the school’s fourth president on Friday, September 19, at 1:30 pm, in the Convocation Center on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. There will be a reception in Moomaw Center following the ceremony. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Rainone, of Cape Neddick, Maine, has been serving at DSLCC’s president since July, 2013. Prior to arriving  at DSLCC, he was dean of institutional advancement at York County Community College, in Wells, Maine, a position he held since 1999.

Rainone succeeds Dr. Richard Teaff, who retired last year after 18 years at DSLCC.
“My first year at DSLCC has been a wonderful and positive experience. DSLCC and the entire Virginia Community College System have a successful and proud legacy of which I am honored to be a part,” said Dr. Rainone. “Those who reside in the DSLCC service area have given my family and me a very warm welcome and we have been able to meet and interact with many residents. I look forward to working with everyone, led by our talented faculty and staff at the College, to move the institution forward.”

Dr. Rainone previously served as interim chief financial officer/administration at York County Community College and also as interim dean of academic programs. Prior to that, he was dean of professional development and business services at York County Community College and assistant dean of community education and workforce development at New Hampshire Technical College, now Manchester Community College.
Dr. Rainone holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Julianne.

For more information about the inauguration ceremony, please call (540) 863-2819.

Special Events Planned at DSLCC Sept. 18

Ted DeLaney, W&LTwo special events will be held in the Dabney S Lancaster Community College Library on the Clifton Forge campus on Thursday, September 18: An observation of Constitution Day featuring a guest speaker from Washington and Lee University at 3 pm, and an Alumni Reception in honor of the inauguration of DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone from 4:30 to 6 pm. The presidential inauguration will take place on Friday, September 19.

Beginning at 3 pm, Dr. Ted DeLaney will serve as a guest speaker in celebration of Constitution Day, held annually in September to observe the adoption of the United States Constitution.  This year also marks the sixtieth anniversary of Brown versus the Board of Education, the landmark decision that ended the legal segregation of public schools, and the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Dr. DeLaney will speak on the implications of these historic events that continue to impact education across the nation.

Dr. DeLaney will focus on the importance of strong leadership for maintaining an environment that continually supports learning, accepting, understanding and valuing. The goal is to establish a campus climate that is welcoming for each and every individual who seeks a positive atmosphere that facilitates academic, occupational and personal growth.

Dr. Delaney is an Associate Professor and head of Africana Studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington. Dr. DeLaney completed grades one through twelve at Lylburn Downing School, from which he graduated in 1961. He then earned his B. A. degree cum laude in American History at WLU and his doctorate in the same field from the College of William and Mary. His major focus in graduate school was the antebellum South and his teaching experience includes The Asheville School, Asheville, NC; State University of New York—Geneseo; and WLU, since 1995 (Assistant Professor, 1995-2001; Associate Professor, 2001—History Department Head, July 2007-June 2013).  In July, 2013, Dr. DeLaney became WLU’s Director of Africana Studies, an interdisciplinary minor that examines the culture and experiences of African people and those who make up the African Diaspora throughout the world.

Also scheduled in the DSLCC Library on September 18 is an Alumni Reception from 4:30- 6 pm.  DSLCC alumni are invited for fun and fellowship with current DSLCC faculty and staff, as well as friends from the community. A display of old yearbooks, newspapers and other memorabilia will be on display, highlighting important news items and special events that have occurred throughout the College’s history, spanning more than five decades.
DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone extends a special invitation to alumni to participate in the reception, stating, “This is a wonderful opportunity to set aside time to celebrate Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and its importance to our region.  Every person who has ever studied, taught, worked, visited, or supported the institution in some way is a valued part of the fabric of its history. I am excited to meet our guests and look forward to exchanging stories about the College’s history to learn more about its early days.”
Those attending the event are also cordially invited to return on Friday, September 19, for the 1:30 p.m. inauguration of Dr. Rainone as the fourth president of the College.  This event will be held in the Armory/Convocation Center on the Clifton Forge campus.

The public is invited to attend Dr. DeLaney’s presentation at 3 pm and the Alumni Reception at 4:30 pm in the DSLCC Library, located in Scott  Hall.  For details about Dr. DeLaney’s presentation, call 540-863-2828.  For more information about the Alumni Reception, call 540-863-2819 or 540-863-2837.

Dr. Rainone completes training at Harvard

Dr. RainoneDSLCC President Dr. John Rainone recently completed a training institute for new college presidents held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Limited to 50 participants, Rainone was one of only three community college presidents selected for the 2014 session with the others representing four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada, Greece, and Iraq.  “This was an outstanding opportunity”, commented Rainone.  “Sessions were presented by some of the nation’s foremost authorities on higher education administrative issues.  They presented summaries of their research, complemented by stories gleaned from decades of experience in all aspects of higher education. It was extremely helpful to hear them discuss best practices in their respective fields of expertise and explore ways in which to apply some of the concepts to take our institutions to the next level of excellence.”   The Harvard Institute for New Presidents is celebrating its 25th year. As a follow-up to the Institute, Rainone will be offering several sessions on leadership topics over the upcoming academic year to local community leaders who oversee academic, business and governmental operations.  The sessions will address a variety of topics such as financial management, fundraising, governance, and building effective leadership teams.  Details will be made available during the fall. For more information, email Gail Johnson at

Jackson River Governor’s School Orientation Set August 13 at DSLCC

Jackson River Governor’s School will conduct a new student orientation session on Wednesday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 224, Backels Hall, on the campus of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge. The orientation will allow students to meet their classmates, learn more about the Governor’s School, become more familiar with DSLCC, and obtain other information that will support their success. Activities of the day will include a campus tour, a DSLCC Library orientation, a review of the class schedule and locations, completion of necessary forms, lunch with senior students, a review of JRGS procedures, an introduction to the DSLCC electronic communications and learning systems, a scavenger hunt, an introduction to appropriate college staff, and tips for college success.

DSLCC partners with local school divisions and the Virginia Department of Education to operate the Governor’s School. Its purpose is to provide challenging educational experiences for students with advanced interests and abilities in mathematics, science, and technology. High school students can earn approximately forty college credits during their junior and senior years at JRGS and gain a prestigious credential which provides an advantage in the very competitive college application/selection process. Students from Alleghany, Bath County, Covington, James River and Parry McCluer High Schools are enrolled in the Governor’s School.

For additional information about the orientation or the school contact JRGS Director Eddie Graham at or (540)863-2872.