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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.

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.