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DSLCC Named “Military Friendly School”

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has been included on the list of Military Friendly®Schools for 2015 by Victory Media’s G.I. Jobs Magazine,  an honor  placing DSLCC in the top 16% of all school nationwide. Dr. John Rainone, President of the College, noted that this was the sixth consecutive year that DSLCC was named to the list.

Rainone recently stated, “We are honored to have been designated ‘military friendly’ again.  We opened a center on campus earlier this year to more fully serve veterans and families seeking personal assistance with using their education benefits at DSLCC.  As more and more veterans return from active duty and begin to seek employment as civilians, we hope that they will contact us to begin a new career pathway and enroll in one of our programs of study approved for veterans.”

For more information, contact Joy Broyles, Coordinator of Financial Aid, at 540-863-2861.  DSLCC offers several summer sessions and the Fall Semester gets underway on August 24.

DSLCC Expands Program Options for Veterans

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has received approval for two more programs of study for eligible veterans seeking to use their educational benefits at the College. The Sustainable Agriculture and Instrumentation Technology Career Studies Certificates have received approval for veterans through programs that include, but are not limited to, the Post 911 G.I. Bill, Montgomery G.I. Bill, and the Reserve Educational Assistance Program.

Many benefits are available to advance the education and skills of veterans and, in many cases, spouses and family members may also be eligible for education and training assistance.  Veterans may be able to take advantage of more than one benefit while enrolled.  DSLCC staff will work with each veteran to assist them in determining which program or programs are best suited to their specific academic and career goals.

“I am delighted with this announcement for our veterans and their families”, commented Dr. John Rainone, president of DSLCC.  “Serving our veterans is something that we consider a privilege and we welcome them to think of DSLCC first.  Both of these programs are gaining in popularity.  Agriculture is in the news as more and more people become interested in growing and serving locally produced foods.  The Instrumentation program is one that prepares for entry into a technology-driven manufacturing environment. Both programs are great options.”

For more information about using veterans/ educational benefits, contact Joy Broyles, DSLCC Financial Aid Coordinator, at 540/863-2861 or Student Services, 863-2820 in Backels Hall on the Clifton Forge campus to schedule a visit.  Due to the response time that it may take for processing benefits, it is strongly recommended that veterans planning to enroll in the Fall should come in immediately to begin the filing process.

Veterans who want to maximize all of the benefits that they have and get some guidance during the academic year may want to become part of the DSLCC Veterans Services Center on campus.  Once enrolled, students are encouraged to visit the Center, staffed between August 24, 2015 and May 14, 2016 or call 540-863-2856 during the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Veterans and family members who plan to enter a program soon should contact DSLCC immediately to complete the admission process.  Fall semester classes begin the week of August 24 and registration is underway.

Graduates. 2015

48th Annual Commencement Exercises Held at DSLCC

A total of 157 graduates received almost 200 associate degrees, certificates and career studies certificates during the 48th annual Commencement Exercises May 15 at Dabney S Lancaster Community College. The ceremony was held in the Convocation center on the Clifton Forge campus with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone handing out the diplomas. This was the second commencement ceremony for Dr. Rainone since he took office at DSLCC in July 2013.

Guest speaker Delegate Terry Austin, who represents the 19th district in the Virginia General Assembly and was introduced by DSLCC Board Vice Chairman Steve Douty, spoke of his own success in both business and politics. Opportunities arose, he said, when he started his electrical contracting business and when he first accepted an invitation to run for the Botetourt County Planning Commission, and he accepted the challenges. “I allowed those doors to  be opened,” he said. He encouraged the graduates to do the same.
Student speaker Lisa Colwill reflected about how she had decided to go back to school after moving to the area four years ago. The married mother of three said she was full of self-doubt but because of the supportive faculty and staff at DSLCC, and her family, she persevered.

Colwill was also recognized as the winner of the Gary Lee Miller Outstanding Student Award, awarded each year to a student demonstrating academic excellence, leadership and active participation in co-curricular and community activities. The award is named in honor of former student Gary Lee Miller, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who died in combat in Vietnam. In addition to earning an Associate of Arts and Science degree in Business Administration, Colwill is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the DSLCC Student Senate, and was recently honored as a member  “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities”. She plans to transfer to Old Dominion University and earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting, with a minor in finance. Colwill is a resident of Selma; she formerly lived in Manchester, NH.

“I am reminded that education for my parents’ generation was a luxury,” said Dr. Rainone in his closing remarks. “It was an opportunity for my generation, but it is a necessity for this generation.”

“Those with an associate’s degree will earn approximately 33 percent more in earnings over a lifetime than those with just a high school diploma,” said Dr. Rainone. Those who continue to earn a four-year degree can expect lifetime earnings to jump even more dramatically.

Dr. Rainone noted that like most of the graduates, he was the “new guy” on campus two summers ago. “When you were new at being college students, I was new at being a college president. ..I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to bid a fond farewell to you –a class with whom I share a great deal.”

Dr. Rainone provided this profile of the 2015 graduating class:  71 percent received associate degrees; 21 percent started with DSLCC through the high school dual enrolment program; one-third travelled more than 30 miles to come to campus; 27 percent took classes primarily at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista; almost half took summer courses; three-quarters finished in the amount of time anticipated; more than half sought help from faculty at least once a week; 90 percent plan to continue their education (80 percent of those have been accepted to four-year colleges); and 68 percent already are employed.

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Lynn McAllister served as Master of Ceremonies, while Charles Bartocci, Program Head, Advanced Technology Systems, was commencement marshal.  Student marshals were Victoria Dorey, Ryan Lockhart, Bryan Secoy and Mahaley Reyns, who also performed the national anthem. Flag bearers were Lisa Colwill and Anthony Green. James and Nancy Mathias performed the DSLCC alma mater, “Circled by Moutains”.

Graduating members of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society recognizing academic excellence among students in two-year colleges, included: Jenna Marie Rivenbark Barletta, Daniel James Bluntzer, Richard Allen Boguess, Lisa Michelle Colwill, Kristen Lynn Craft, Amanda Jane Ferguson, Jenna Ruth Gabbert, Anthony Charles Green, Carter Fitzgerald Griggs, Stephen Spencer Gordon, Richard Keith Heitzenrater, Justin Paul Hilbert, Kayla Elizabeth Johnson, Christopher Patrick McGuire, April Kuebler Moore, Matthew Ryan Paxton, Mary Anne Sibold, Jannell Theoron Sowers, Anita W. Staton, Kevin James Tremblay, Lealon Matthew Vassar and Katie Buchanan Weese.

In addition to Colwill, other members of Who’s Who are Holly Fagg, Cody Plecker, Anthony Green and Richard Thorman.

The following graduates earned diplomas:

Alderson, WV

Jenna Ruth Gabbert, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Altoona, PA

Cody James Lewis, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement

Bath County, VA

Stacy Diane Sexton, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services

Beckley, WV

Kristin Lynn Craft, Certificate, Practical Nursing

Blue Ridge, VA

Jenna Marie Rivenbark Barletta, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Brooklyn, NY

Kristy Baratta, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Buchanan, VA

Patrick G. Pentecost, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Certificate, Urban Forestry

Buena Vista, VA

Cheyenne Adams, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
Melissa Carter, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management
Dylan Scott Garrett, Certificate, Welding
Tori Paige Gregory, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration
Christy Cheryl Truslow Hamilton, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Joshua Randall Hamilton, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate
Teri Hart Harmon, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Caleb Johnson, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Mary W. Mason, Certificate, Administrative Support Technology
Derek Scott McGrogan, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement
Jacob McGuffin, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Zachary Montgomery, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
April Kuebler Moore, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Brandon Phelps, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies

Burnsville, VA

Audrianna Marie Brown, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies

Canton, OH

Chris Rhoamond, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy

Chantilly, VA

Daniel James Bluntzer, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology

Charlotte Court House, VA

Lealon Matthew Vassar, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Certificate, Urban Forestry

Clifton Forge, VA

Gregory James Bartocci, Career Studies Certificate, Basic Wind Turbine Service Technology
Seth Belcher, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Career Studies Certificate, PC Repair
Brittney Jo Crowder, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Elizabeth M. Gardner, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Andrew Massie Gibson, Certificate, Urban Forestry
Dana Jean Harshbarger, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Benjamin Edward Haynes, Certificate, Welding
Christopher Hickerson, Certificate, Welding
Weston Trey Jones, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Austin James Lekan, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Angel Dawn Lucas, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Christopher Patrick McGuire, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Rebecca S. Persinger, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Franklin D. Ratliff, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Certificate, Microcomputer Operations; Career Studies Certificates, Networking Technologies and PC Repair
Daniel Craig Sorrels, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Hannah Brooke Taylor, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Jared Stephen Wallace, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Jollette Michelle Williams, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate
Kaitlyn Wilson, Certificate, Practical Nursing

Covington, VA

Zachary Wayne Ailstock, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Jordan Levi Allman, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Christopher Ryan Andrews, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice with Specialization in Forensic Science; Certificate, Forensic Science
Tammy G. Arritt, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Nathaniel Raymond Arthur, Certificate, Welding
David Bailey, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Aubrey Batten, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Amy Renee Bennett-Washburn, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Amber Nicole Bess, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management with Specialization in Administrative Support Technology
Sidney Elcan Birchfield, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Richard Allen Boguess, Certificate, Welding
Sabrina Marie Cash, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management
Calvin E. Cooper, III, Certificate, Welding
Lucas William Crawford, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Jackleen Faith Crizer, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education
Samantha Dawson, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Aaron Dilley, Certificate, Wind Turbine Service Technology
Sarah A. Dimaano, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Lisa Michelle Hansford, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration
Ramona Diann Hawk, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate
William Lee Higgins Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Certificate, Urban Forestry
Lisa Marie Horton, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate
Gregory W. Horton, Jr., Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate
Kayla Elizabeth Johnson, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Katie Carter Kegley, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Nneka Tenàe Lewis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Anthony Glen Lipes, Certificate, Welding
Megan Lockhart Mann, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Michael Waylon Maydian, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Certificate, Urban Forestry
Austin McAllister, Certificate, Welding
Anthony W. Meadows, Certificate, Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Kathren Cydnee O’Conner, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Nathan Lewis Olewine, Career Studies Certificate, Welding
Matthew Ryan Paxton, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Career Studies Certificates, Networking Technologies and PC Repair
Barbara Royce Porterfield, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Jessica Perkins Pullin, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
AdriAnne M. Reyns, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
Charles Edward Smith, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Olivia Smith, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Christa Marie Thomas, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
Kevin Tremblay, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Lauren Leighann Webb, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Katie Buchanan Weese, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice  with Specialization in Forensic Science; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Benjamin William Wolfe, Certificate, Welding

Craigsville, VA

Nicole Lynn Strickler, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management

Eagle Rock, VA

Doris Balser, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy

Fairfield, VA

Cassidy Nicole Dixey, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Catherine M.  George, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education
Terry Wayne Hamilton, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Fincastle, VA

Angela Reneé Edwards, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy

Glasgow, VA

Bryan Kaleb Slayton, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration

Harrisonburg, VA

Dymond Kiara Henderson, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management

Hot Springs, VA

Austin Burns, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Samuel Tanner Lacks, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Alexander Dale Lindsay, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Kimberly Dawn Moore, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Brandon Lee Plogger, Certificate, Welding
Megan Faith Taylor, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy

Iron Gate, VA

Anthony Charles Green, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Sally Johnson, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science

Lexington, VA

Amy L. Armentrout, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration
Sidney Blair Baker, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Christen A. Bowman, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Douglas Chase Bryant, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Career Studies Certificates, Networking Technologies and PC Repair
Adam Joseph Carter, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice with Specialization in Forensic Science; Certificate, Forensic Science
Ashby Nelson Clements, Certificate, Welding
Cora Makala Cox, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Taylor McKenzie Crowder, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Rebecca Ivy Culp, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Erika Nicole Cummings, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Pooja Gandhi, Certificate, Business Leadership and Communications; Career Studies Certificate, Business Leadership
Stephen Spencer Gordon, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Jason Shane Everett Hostetter, Certificate, Wind Turbine Service Technology
Dylan Rives Johnson, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Jacob Dylan Deacon Kramer, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Danielle R. Lee, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management with Specialization in Administrative Support Technology
Jarrod N. Lewis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Ryan Colby Lewis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration
Frederic  Sidna McKemy, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology ; Certificate, Microcomputer Operations; Career Studies Certificates, Networking Technologies and PC Repair
Chase Alexander Parker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Audrey Vanessa Poindexter, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Sabra Dee Richards, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management with Specialization in Administrative Support Technology
Chelsea Gena Shea Riordan, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Jackson Rutherfoord Shaner, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Shawn Simmons, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management
Matthew Allen Slagle, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Stylianos N. Tripodianos, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Derek Van DerVeer, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies

Lindside, WV

Jeremy Thomas Erwin, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Madison Heights, VA

Benjamin Lucas Barber, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Certificate, Urban Forestry

Manchester, VA

Lisa Michelle Colwill, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration

Millboro, VA

Harley Crummett, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Tyler Joseph Deeds, Certificate, Welding
Forrest Alexander Fry, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management
Rachel Simmons, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy

Minot, SD

Jazz Smith, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education

Mount Sidney, VA

Anita W. Staton, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management

Natural Bridge Station, VA

Dustin Cleveland Moore, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science

Organ Cave, WV

Michael Tanner Norman, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Certificate, Urban Forestry

Palmyra, VA

Gideon Franklin McMullin, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management; Certificate, Culinary Arts
Powhatan Point, OH
Nicole Lynn Bednarczyk, Certificate, Welding

Raphine, VA

Lyutsiya I. Noskova, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Jessica Nickole Rowe, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Office Management

Reston, VA

Amanda Jane Ferguson, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies

Rockbridge Baths, VA

John Austin Paxton, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies

Rockbridge County, VA

Danielle Marie Bowyer, Associate of Applied Science, Education; Associate of Applied Science, General Studies

Selma, VA

Justin Paul Hilbert, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies

Troutville, VA

Janelle Thearon Sowers, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Union, WV

Mary Anne Sibold, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Warm Springs, VA

Davey Smith, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement
Carey Louise Trimble, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Waynesboro, VA

Richard Keith Heitzenrater, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management

Williamsburg, VA

Carter Fitzgerald Griggs, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Certificate, Urban Forestry

Jackson River Governor’s School Science Fair Winners

JRGS science fair winners_2015_groupSix  Jackson River Governor’s School students were recognized as winners in the annual JRGS Science Fair held at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College held recently. From left: Mikayla Morgan for her project on the effect of helmets on blocking techniques in sports; Maddie Harmon, the effect of gender on paw preference in dogs; Michaela Miller, the effect of weather on the appearance of sunsets; Clay Adkins, the search for a fairer point system for NASCAR; Trevor Stalneker and Nathaniel Craft, the effect of weather on solar energy; and JRGS research instructor Maria Narva. Mikayla, Maddie, Michaela and Clay are all students at Alleghany High School; Trevor and Nathaniel both attend Parry McCluer High School. For more information about the JRGS contact Director Eddie Graham at (540) 863-2872 or email egraham@nulldslcc.edu.

DSLCC Schedules Summer Chemistry Courses

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will offer Organic Chemistry courses this summer, scheduled to begin on May 26 and end on July 31. Eligible students will be able to complete this eight-credit sequence for a total of $1,108 which includes tuition and fees (in-state rates). Lectures and labs will be held on the Clifton Forge campus from 4:00- 8:30 pm, meeting most weeks Monday through Thursday, requiring only one Friday session on May 29. Instructor for the course is Dr. John Dynak.

Organic Chemistry I (CHM 241) and required lab (CHM 242), followed by Organic Chemistry II (CHM 243) with its required lab (CHM 244), introduces the fundamental chemistry of carbon compounds, including structures, physical properties, syntheses, and typical reactions. Those who plan to enroll should have completed College Chemistry first to have the background knowledge necessary to successfully complete this sequence.

Virginia students attending other colleges and universities are welcome to register if they meet prerequisites and domicile requirements. Out-of-state students are also invited to enroll at a rate of $2,644.80 which covers all eight credits. Residents of Monroe, Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia may be eligible for in-state rates under a new agreement and should contact Student Services for more information.

For details on these courses, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 540/863-2841. Registration information is available in Student Services at 540-863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at 540-261-1211. Registration is underway and students are advised to register soon due to limited lab spaces. Placement testing and advising appointments are available.

Delegate Austin to Speak at DSLCC Commencement May 15

Delegate Terry Austin
Delegate Terry Austin

Delegate Terry Austin, Virginia’s 19th District representative in the General Assembly, will deliver the address at the forty-eighth annual commencement exercises for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College on Friday, May 15, in the Convocation Center on the main campus in Clifton Forge. The ceremony begins 7 p.m.
“It is an honor to have Delegate Austin as our commencement speaker,” stated Dr. John J. Rainone,  DSLCC President.  “As an area resident and representative who works toward the improvement of programs, services and infrastructure of this region, Mr. Austin has been an outstanding friend of the College and supporter of our efforts to move the institution forward.  Having attended a community college and established a successful local business, he is keenly aware of the role that Virginia’s community colleges play in the advancement of educational levels and preparation for employment throughout the areas they serve.”
A  lifelong resident of Botetourt County, Austin’s parents instilled in him, his brother and two sisters the importance of hard work, traditional values, strong ethics and giving back to the community.
After graduating from James River High School and attending Virginia Western Community College, Austin started his business, Austin Electrical Construction, Inc.  Over the past 39 years, the business has experienced success by narrowing its focus to specialize in Air Carrier Airports, Military design build projects, and General Aviation Airports.  They have developed a network that spans the East Coast, and maintain navigation instruments for the Virginia Department of Aviation, as well as weather stations at nearly every airport in the Commonwealth.
While Austin’s company grew, he never forgot how important it was to remain involved in the community. After serving a four year term on the Botetourt County Planning Commission, he won a seat on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors in 1997 and was then re-elected three more times. During his time on the Board, he served as Chairman for five years. He also served on the County’s Budget Committee for 15 years, during which the County’s bond rating improved to “AA”, making Botetourt the only county of its size to achieve that rating. The community recognized Austin’s efforts on the Board when readers of the Botetourt View voted him “Best Local Politician” in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Austin is also a member of the Rotary Club of Buchanan and serves on the Bank of Botetourt’s Board of Directors. He and his wife, Kathy, live in the Buchanan section of Botetourt and attend Valley View Baptist Church. They have three grown children, Catie Austin Brown, Natalie Austin and Benjamin Austin and a grown stepson, Josh Boblett. They also have six grandchildren, Jack, Ella, Addie, Birdie, Ruby and Tate.
The public is invited to attend the commencement exercises. A reception will be held in Moomaw Center immediately following the ceremony.

Photography Courses Slated at DSLCC Rockbridge Center

Dabney S Lancaster Community College’s non-credit program has scheduled three photography courses on Wednesday nights this spring at the Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista with professional photographer Chuck Almarez, owner and operator of Fire and Light Gallery in Clifton Forge, as the instructor. All will be held in Room 906 from 6 to 9 pm

“Nuts and Bolts of Digital Photography 2” is scheduled on Wednesdays, April 22 – May 13. This is the second part of a two-part basic photography course. (“Nuts and Bolts 1” is not a prerequisite for “Nuts and Bolts 2”.) This course focuses on how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements software to correct, enhance and manipulate images and effectively make the image they want. Students should be computer literate. The tuition fee is $72.

A free one-night workshop, “Photoshop Lightroom Sneak Peak” will be held on May 20. This lecture serves as an introduction and orientation to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and how it’s used in the image editing workflow. The purpose of the lecture is to demonstrate the uses of the software, show how it fits into the image editing workflow, and to help student decide whether this is a solution that will be helpful in their specific image editing workflow.

Finally, “Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” is scheduled on Wednesdays, May 27-June 24. The tuition fee is $180. Students will learn about the Lightroom concept and get an in-depth look at how the Lightroom “catalog” differs from the traditional file and folder approach to image management. Students will need to bring their own laptop computers to class.

For more information or to register, contact Doug Jones, Programs Coordinator , DSLCC Workforce Solutions & Community Education, at (540) 863-2870 or djones.

Beginning, Advanced Excel Courses Offered by DSLCC

Dabney S Lancaster Community College’s non-credit program is offering a one-night Excel 2013 workshop, and Excel 2013 Level 1 and Level 2 courses this spring in two locations, the DSLCC main campus in Clifton Forge and the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. Ed Mays is the instructor for all of the courses.

The Excel workshop for beginners will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 6 to 9 pm in Room 504, McCarthy Hall, on the Clifton Forge campus and the same workshop is offered again on Wednesday, April 22, in Room 907 at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The tuition fee for each is $35.

The Excel 2013 Level 1 course will be held on Tuesdays, April 28 through May 12, from 6 to 9 pm, also in Room 504, McCarthy Hall. The same course is offered at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center on Wednesdays, April 29 through May 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The tuition fee for each is $85. Excel Level 1 covers key introductory Excel skills, such as entering and editing entries, selecting cells and ranges and creating and modifying basic formulas.

The Excel 2013 Level 2 course will be held on Tuesdays, May 19 through June 2, 6 to 9 pm, Room 504, McCarthy Hall. The same course is offered at the DSLCC Rockbridge Center on Wednesdays, May 20 through June 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The tuition fee is $85. Excel Level 2 covers intermediate topics such as formatting cell contents, working with multiple sheet workbooks, creating advanced functions, and creating tables and outline, among others.

For more information or to register, contact Doug Jones, Programs Coordinator , DSLCC Workforce Solutions & Community Education, at (540) 863-2870 or djones.

Basic Rider Motorcycle Safety Course April 24-26

A “Basic Rider Motorcycle Safety” course is being hosted by Dabney S. Lancaster Community College the weekend of April 24-26. Participants who complete the 3-day course and pass both the written and riding skills tests earn a 30-day Virginia DMV motorcycle license.
The classroom portion of the course is held on Friday night, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm at Lee-Hi Travel Plaza in Lexington. Motorcycles and helmets are provided; in-state tuition for the one-credit course is $138.50. Class size is limited to 12 students.
For more information or to register, contact Doug Jones, Programs Coordinator , DSLCC Workforce Solutions & Community Education, at (540) 863-2870 or djones.

DSLCC, PluggedIn VA Partner in Clinical Medical Assistant Course

Dabney S Lancaster Community College and PluggedIn VA have teamed up to offer a non-credit Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista this spring and summer, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9:30 pm, beginning April 21 and ending August 6.

Financial assistance for tuition, books, and transportation is available for qualified applicants, ages 18 to 21. Stipends for attendance and externships are also available. Applicants must be able to pass a drug screen.

The first few weeks will include training in soft skills, such as communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, and professionalism, among other topics.

The CMA training part of the program will begin on May 5. Students will learn to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare.

Classroom lecture and hands-on labs are included, as well as a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the course, submit to a thorough background check and drug screening and meet other requirements.

Upon successful completion of the CMA course, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

The class will also meet on six Saturdays, from 9 am to 4:30 pm: May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11 and July 25.

For more information or to register, call (540) 532-6399 or email workforce. The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Dr., Buena Vista.

Also supporting the program are Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Valley Workforce, and the Shenandoah Initiative for Adult Education.