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EMS Intermediate program okayed for financial aid

image002Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Financial Aid Officer Joy Broyles has announced that the Emergency Medical Services –Intermediate Level program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for financial aid. “This is exciting news”, stated DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone. “Individuals who are interested in this program may now seek financial assistance and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Awards are of tremendous help for our students and their families.”  Applications for 2014-2015 are being accepted now; for more information about the program contact EMS Program Head Jeanette Mann at (540) 863-2832 or email jmann@nulldslcc.edu. This program was established at the College through the generosity of The Alleghany Foundation. Shown are current EMS-Intermediate students Morgan Murray and Cliff Persinger, both of Covington, and Thomas Andrews of Hot Springs practicing loading a patient into the “simbulance”, a simulated ambulance used for the EMS program.

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NCCER Certification Course Scheduled March 22 at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has scheduled a second National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Instructor Certification Course for various industrial craft areas on Saturday, March 22, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm in Room 380, Scott Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. The instructor will be Earl Dodrill, director of the NCCER Initiative for the area.

This one-day course includes an introduction to NCCER training and adult learning, using NCCER standardized curricula and teaching strategies, says Dodrill. “The workshop format will help the instructor understand the NCCER process, program administration, and the documentation associated with it,” he adds. “ Each participant will provide a 10 minute presentation on selected materials from the NCCER ICTP text.” The NCCER Instructor Certification Test will be given within an individual’s craft, verified by experience and practice.

Applicants must provide documentation of experience and practice by resume, earned training certificates in selected field, and/or other documentation prior to the class date.

Adds Dodrill: “We are seeking part time instructors for Millwright, Pipefitting, Carpentry, and related fields. This class may be a good place to gain a better perspective on what is required to teach and gain an industry recognized certification within a craft area.”

Enrollment is limited to ten participants. There is no tuition fee, but participants are asked to register through the DSLCC non-credit program by calling (540) 863-2863 or emailing jclark@nulldslcc.edu. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis; the course number is MANF 1108-M2K. For more information about the class, contact Dodrill at (540) 863-2902 or email edodrill@nulldslcc.edu.

“SUPER FAFSA Thursdays” Scheduled in February at DSLCC

Several departments at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will partner to offer “Super FAFSA Thursdays”, on February 20 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge Campus and on February 27 at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. These events are offered to help students and parents apply for financial aid to assist with the cost of attending college. Each Super Thursday will be held from 3 until 7 pm.

“Staff members from Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services and the Financial Aid Office will be on hand to assist all students with the financial process in filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)”, said Christie Hardbarger, director of Talent Search.  “As part of its mission to serve the community, DSLCC will offer this service to all students, regardless of their college destination. Students who are already college students and need help with a FAFSA renewal will also be eligible to receive assistance.”

Rachael Thompson, executive director of the DSLCC Educational Foundation, announced that any student who attends “Super Thursday” to fill out a FAFSA form and who also completes (or has completed) a DSLCC admissions application is eligible for a drawing which will award two scholarships in the amount of $100.

College personnel from other areas will be on hand to help students fill out college applications or answer questions about programs of study at DSLCC.  “Students will have the opportunity to find out about the various occupational, technical and allied health programs, the transfer programs, and articulation and guaranteed admissions agreements that are in place with DSLCC and many other colleges and universities around the state,” added Matt McGraw, Director of student Services. “This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive individual assistance with completing these college forms.”
Students and families are welcome to attend either session — Thursday, February 20, in McCarthy Hall on the DSLCC Main Campus or Thursday, February 27 at the RRC, located at 35 Vista Links  Drive, Buena Vista.

Students and/or parents may make an appointment for either event by calling the Talent Search office at (540) 863-2874, or they may simply “walk in” the day of the event. Parents desiring to complete the FAFSA should bring completed tax forms and W-2 statements for the parents and student.

DSLCC food pantry donation

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From left: Becca Linkswiler, Debbie West, Ted Wiseman, Greg Woodruff and Ron Dowd

The staff, faculty and students at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College collected almost 295 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items, as well as a monetary donation, and delivered them to the Clifton Forge Food Pantry after a devastating fire last month destroyed much of the pantry’s inventory.

A total of $275 was collected from the DSLCC  Classified Staff Committee, DSLCC Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa and the DSLCC Student Veterans Club. West is the manager of the Food Pantry and Dowd is a Food Pantry volunteer. Linkswiler and Wiseman are both DSLCC employees and Woodruff is a DSLCC student veteran.

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 darylburkho@nullntelos.net. To enroll in the class, contact the DSLCC Non-Credit Coordinator at (540) 863-2863 or email jclark@nulldslcc.edu.

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 agraham@nulldslcc.edu.

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 www.AspenPrize.org. 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 www.aspeninstitute.org.

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)