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Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges – at DSLCC

Five Dabney S. Lancaster Community College students were recognized recently as members of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for their outstanding academic achievement, participation and leadership within the school and extracurricular activities, future leadership ability or potential and community involvement. Pictured with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone (far right) are, from left: Cody Plecker of Millboro; Richard Thorman of Buena Vista; Holly Fasig of Covington; and Anthony Green of Iron Gate. Not pictured: Lisa Colwill of Manchester, NH.

Practical Nursing Program Adds Pre-Entrance Examination Opportunity

There will be one more opportunity for interested applicants to take the required Practical Nursing Program pre-entrance examination for the nursing class that begins in May.  The session is limited to the first 10 applicants who call the Rockbridge Regional Center at 540-261-1211 and register for the examination.  The fee is $20.00 and is non-refundable.

Applicants should bring the nursing school application, and if appropriate, the application to DSLCC with them the day of the examination.

The test date is Tuesday March 31st at 9:00 am (applicants should be there by 8:30 am).

Master Gardener Course Offered by Virginia Extension Office

The Alleghany/Covington office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College are hosting a Master Gardener course beginning Tuesday, March 31, at 6 pm, in Room 513, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. The course will conclude before July 31.

This is an online course with the majority of classes being field trips and hands-on experiences. The $125 fee for the program will include the Master Gardener Handbook, a one-year membership in the local Master Gardener association, and all program materials.

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer education partnership with VCE dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management. Topics include pruning, landscape design, woody ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, soils, lawns, fertilizers, annuals, perennials, insect and disease identification, pesticides, and many others.

Instructors for the hands-on labs will include VCE educators, specialists from Virginia Tech, local horticulture professionals, and veteran master gardeners.

The deadline to register is March 26. Contact the extension office at (540) 862-0369.

Applications are also available on the VCE web site.

DSLCC Receives Chamber of Commerce Business Award

The Business/Industry of the Year Award was presented to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College at the annual dinner meeting of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV, on March 7. The award was in recognition of DSLCC’s partnership with MeadWestvaco Corporation in framing a program aligned with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credentials to train individuals in multi-crafts, a trend that directly reflects emerging workforce needs. A common goal is the creation of standardized training and credentialing for industry.
From left: Teresa Hammond, Chamber executive director; Gary Keener, DSLCC Vice President for Workforce Solutions; DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone; and Melody Weese, Chamber office manager. DSLCC was one of five nominees for the prestigious award.

For more information about the program at DSLCC contact Keener at (540) 863-2900 or

DSLCC Veterans Center Ribbon-Cutting March 24

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Veterans Center on Tuesday, March 24, from 2 to 4 pm in the Armory/Convocation Center on the Clifton Forge campus.   Words of welcome and a brief ceremony will begin at 2 pm, followed by networking and light refreshments.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Joy Broyles, DSLCC Assistant Director of Student Services and Coordinator of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, submitted a request for funding to the Office of Veterans Affairs and was awarded funding for two part-time student workers to staff the Veterans Center.  One student, Rebecca Hise, has been serving in that role since late last fall and a second student, Bryan Secoy, came on board this month.

Hise summarized her first few months in the Center as hectic, but rewarding. “As the veterans and their families get to know me, they begin to see the value of having someone on site to answer their questions—whether they need help finding answers about their VA educational benefits or registering for college classes,” says Hise.  “It is a pleasure to be able to help them move forward.”

DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone is pleased to have this Center open, adding that not all colleges offer this service.  “DSLCC has received the designation ‘military-friendly’ and while that is important, having someone to talk to right here on campus is truly a benefit for those who have served in the armed forces,” he said. “We want to meet their needs and help them create an educational and career pathway that is reasonable, accessible, and achievable.”

For more information about the ceremony, contact Broyles at (540) 863-2861 or

DSLCC, Goodwill Host Job Fair March 18 on Clifton Forge Campus

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys  will partner to host a Community Job Fair on Wednesday, March 18, from 9 am to 2 pm, in the DSLCC Armory/Convoctation Center on the Clifton Forge campus. The fair, built around the theme “Spring into a New Career”, is free and open to the public.

All those seeking employment are strongly encouraged to attend.  Job seekers are reminded that, for the greatest success in being considered a strong candidate for job openings, they should bring a resume and be dressed appropriately.  There is assistance available at no charge for those who would like help with writing or updating their resume.  Tips on how to dress professionally for the Job Fair are also offered.

DSLCC is also hosting a similar Community Job Fair at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center on Tuesday, March 17, from 9 am to 2 pm. DSLCC is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce serving Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County. The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista.

Employers who have not been part of previous fairs are invited to participate and should contact organizers as soon as possible to reserve a table if spaces are still available.

For more information about either fair, contact Brooke Jarvis at 540-863-2848 or

Surviving Haiti Earthquake Topic of Presentation at DSLCC March 11

A program about the experiences of a group of community college students who chanced to be in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake will be presented on the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Clifton Forge campus on Wednesday, March 11, beginning at noon in Moomaw Center, and broadcast live via compressed video at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista.

“Reflections on Haiti: Surviving the Earthquake in the course of a service project for Blue Ridge Community College Students” is the topic for the presentation by Rebecca Evans, faculty member and advisor to Enactus, a service organization at BRCC, and BRCC alumna Megan Samples, currently a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. Both were with the group in Haiti during the earthquake.  Evans will speak about the service learning projects that BRCC Enactus students have been working on since 2007.  Samples will talk about the history of Haiti, and both will share their experiences during the earthquake.

Evans is an Associate Professor of Accounting and the Adviser to the BRCC Enactus Team. She received her B.S. Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Major and her Master of Science in Business Economics with an Accounting Concentration from Southern Connecticut State University. Evans is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University.  After joining the faculty at BRCC in 2004 she founded the BRCC Enactus Team, which is ranked in the top 20 colleges and universities in the United States and the recipient of many awards recognizing their work in the community and across the globe. Evans started working in Haiti in 2007, bringing students to the island nation to implement service learning projects designed to create economic opportunity. She also has assisted students in developing projects in Ethiopia, Peru, and Kenya.

Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.

Samples graduated from BRCC in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies and is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in International Social Justice Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Samples began working with the BRCC Enactus team in Haiti in the year 2009 and was in the country with Enactus adviser and mentor Rebecca Evans during the January 2010 earthquake. She returned to Haiti with Evans to continue working in earthquake effected communities in 2010, 2011, and again recently in January 2015. She has a strong interest in Caribbean and Latin American history and political affairs and intends on continuing her education through pursuing a law degree in Human Rights and International Law. She continues to work with the BRCC Enactus team with their Haiti projects as a member on their Business Advisory Board.

The presentation is open to the public and those who wish to participate may do so at either location. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact DSLCC Student Services at (540) 863-2828.

CDL Open House Set March 11 at DSLCC

An open house for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) course at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will be held on Wednesday, March 11, in Room 509, McCarthy Hall, on the Clifton Forge campus, beginning at 6 pm.

Representatives from local trucking companies will be on hand to talk about careers and jobs in the trucking industry. Information on sources for tuition assistance will also be available, and CDL instructors will answers questions about the course, which is sponsored by the DSLCC non-credit program.  The next course is scheduled to begin Saturday, March 21.

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

Private Security In-Service Training Scheduled at DSLCC

Two in-service training sessions for private security officers will be conducted at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College’s Clifton Forge campus in April. Both non-credit classes will be held on Saturdays with Gary L. Boyer, Sr., MS, CLET, PI, School Director, as the instructor.

“Private Investigator In-Service (02-I)” will be held on Saturday, April 4, from 8 am to 4 pm in Room 404, Warren Hall. The tuition fee is $90.

“Security Officer Core Subjects (01-I)” is scheduled Saturday, April 18, from 8 am to noon, also in Room 404, Warren Hall; the tuition fee is $45.

Renewal applications will also be available during each session. Each student should bring his / her current DCJS Private Security registration card, containing the registration number, which is required for all renewal documents and training completion forms.

Professor Boyer notes that registered Private Security personnel may complete in-service training within one year of the expiration of current registration. Renewal applications should be mailed to DCJS within 30 days of expiration and training must be completed prior to expiration date, or the registration becomes null and void.

DSLCC is licensed through the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Professor Boyer is a certified DCJS Instructor in all aforementioned areas to conduct this training.

A Firearms Requalification class will be scheduled later this spring.

Interested students should contact Doug Jones, Non-Credit Coordinator, at (540) 863-2870 or email<> to register. Advanced registration is required; participants will be asked to provide their current CDJS private security registration number and expiration date when registering.

Black History Month Event to be held at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, February 25, in Moomaw Center on the Clifton Forge campus. The presentation, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Virginia: Past and Present” will start at noon, is free and open to the public.

Two speakers will share their knowledge of the six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Virginia: Virginia Union, Hampton University, Virginia State University, Virginia Theological Seminary and College, Saint Paul’s College and Norfolk State University. However, the focus will be on Hampton University and Virginia State University.

Antwan Perry, alumnus of Hampton University and lead college success coach at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, will speak about the role of Hampton University at pivotal points during 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Lucious Edwards, alumnus and retired archivist from Virginia State University will speak on the topic of “Virginia State University, Origins in pre-Jim Crow Virginia (1882)”.

Perry is originally from Chesapeake, VA. Though raised by a single mother, and also being a first generation college student, Perry “beat the odds” and became the first in his family to complete a college degree. He is a 2003 graduate of Hampton University with a B.A. degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Race Relations.

After college, Perry taught math and social science in Norfolk, where he realized his calling to work in education. While working full-time for Hampton University, then Regent University, and ultimately the Access College Foundation, Perry completed his M.Ed. Degree in Student Affairs in 2010. Understanding that education had opened numerous doors for him professionally, socially, and personally, he decided to pursue his doctoral degree the same month as he graduated from Regent with his Master’s degree.

Perry has completed his doctoral coursework, was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Higher Education in 2012. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his studies at Regent University. His dissertation topic is, “Black Male Student Success in Higher Education”. He will graduate in 2015. Currently he is the Lead Success Coach at Germanna Community College.

Edwards is a native of Chesterfield County and grew up in Ettrick, Virginia. He attended Virginia State College from 1963 to 1964. In 1972, he resolved not to be a college dropout forever and entered Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in 1974. That fall, he re-entered Virginia State College, where he hoped to study history with the late Edgar A. Toppin, Ph.D.

Edwards earned both the A.B. and the M.A. in History in 1977. Edwards served as archivist at Virginia State College from 1977 until his retirement from Virginia State University in 2013 as Archivist-Historian Emeritus. Edwards has presented papers at numerous History and Archival meetings has written a number of publications.

The presentation will end with reflections on the role of HBCUs today, and the speakers will be available for a question and answer session. College admissions materials and brochures on each institution will be available.

This year marks several historic occasions relevant to black history. Five years ago, in 2010, President Obama designated a week in September as National HBCU Week as part of his White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Fifty years ago, Clifton Forge schools ended segregation in the fall of 1965. A hundred years ago, Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for African American Life and History (ASALH), and 150 years ago, Virginia Union University began its history as the first HBCU in Virginia.

For more information or to reserve a space, please call (540) 863-2828. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

To encourage student participation in this event a revised class schedule will be followed:

Regular Class Schedule Revised Class Schedule
8:00 – 8:50 8:00 – 8:40
9:00 – 9:50 8:45 – 9:25
10:00 – 10:50 9:30 – 10:10
11:00 – 11:50 10:15 – 10:55
12:00 – 12:50 11:00 – 11:40
Black History Presentation 11:45 – 1:35
Complimentary Refreshments
1:00 – 1:50 1:40 – 2:20
2:00 – 2:50 2:25 – 3:05
3:00 – 3:50 3:10 – 3:50
At 4:00 the regular class schedule resumes At 4:00 the regular class schedule resumes