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Preparation Courses Available for 2015 DSLCC Practical Nursing Program Applicants

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College invites individuals who wish to enter the Practical Nursing Program to complete required skills assessments now.  Program Head Penny Fauber encourages applicants to take the assessments and use the upcoming semester to complete any courses that they may need to take in order to be more competitive for the limited number of seats available for the 2015-2016 program.

“By taking the Virginia Placement Test at DSLCC, individuals interested in preparing to become practical nurses can have a current assessment of their strengths and challenges”, stated Fauber.  “For example, if someone is weak in mathematics, they can take a course to gain skills and be ready to apply for the Practical Nursing Program”.  For information about the placement testing, call Student Services on campus at 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at 261-1211.  There is no fee and no time limit when testing.
Fauber went on to explain more about the requirement to take the mathematics test. “Prospective students have to document a specific level of ability in math; it will allow us to select those who have the most likelihood for success in the program, and mathematics is a skill needed in tasks such as calculating dosage for patient medications.  Our team is committed to student success and ensuring a quality program with outstanding graduates ready for the workplace.  This step will assist us in filling spaces with the most qualified individuals to begin classes next June”.

Interested individuals should visit the College’s web site www.dslcc.edu, click the Programs of Study button, and go to Practical Nursing.  There is an Information/Application Packet which should be carefully reviewed before beginning the application process. For information about program requirements, email pfauber@nulldslcc.edu.

New Student Orientation Sessions Set at DSLCC

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has scheduled three New Student Orientation sessions for those enrolling in the Fall Semester.  Every new student must attend one of the sessions to gain valuable information that they will need to have when classes begin.  Two sessions will be held on the  campus in Clifton Forge and one will be offered at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista.

The first session is Tuesday, August 19, from 6-9 pm on the Clifton Forge campus; the second session is on Thursday, August 21, from 6-8:30 pm at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center; and the final session is set for Saturday, August 23 from 9-11:45 am on the Clifton Forge campus.

New students may select the session most convenient for them.  Any returning students who have not attended DSLCC for a considerable amount of time are welcome to attend.  There is no cost to attend any of the sessions.

Matt McGraw, Director of Student Services, stressed that all individuals planning to enroll in DSLCC this fall for the first time should attend, stating, “There is a considerable amount of information that new students should have before beginning classes.  We will be sharing important details about class locations, student schedules, gaining access to final grades, financial aid, and proper procedures to follow for changing, adding or dropping courses.”  Other topics on the agenda include student email addresses, Blackboard usage, campus security and issues such as personal health and safety. Parents of new students are encouraged to attend to learn about the college, various curricula, students’ rights and responsibilities, activities and support services, financial aid eligibility and other programs and services in place to maximize student success.  Students who have not completed the registration process will able to finalize their course schedule that day.  “We want to provide our students with all of the information that they will need in order to have a positive experience at DSLCC,” added McGraw.

Fall Semester classes begin the week of August 25.  For more information about selecting a New Student Orientation session, applying for admission to DSLCC, or registering for fall courses, contact Student Services at 540/863-2820 or email mmcgraw@nulldslcc.edu.  Rockbridge area students may visit the RRC or call 540-261-1211. Visit www.dslcc.edu.  Applications for admission for the 2014-2015 academic year are still being accepted.

TEAS testing dates set

The TEAS Test  – the entrance exam for the Associate’s Degree in Nursing program – dates have been scheduled for Fall 2014.

The test will be offered on the following dates:

September 20 @ 9:30AM
October 25 @ 9:30AM
November 8 @ 9:30AM
December 6 @ 9:30AM

All testing will be held in Warren Hall, Room 409.

Students may register for the test at www.atitesting.com

WVEMS Awards

WVEMS awards

Three Dabney S. Lancaster Community College faculty  members were honored recently as recipients of three of the ten regional awards from the Western Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services at its annual Regional Award Banquet at the Vinton War Memorial. The Regional EMS Award winners are now nominees for the 2014 Governor’s Awards, which will be announced at the OEMS Symposium in Norfolk in November. From left: DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone; Diana Coffey, RN, Carilion Clinic Life-Guard, was awarded the “ Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS” Award; Jeanette Mann, DSLCC EMS Program Director, who was awarded the “Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator” Award; and Dr. Michael Moran, was awarded the “Doctor Cheryl B. Haas Award for Outstanding EMS Physician”. Dr. Moran is the Program Medical Director for the DSLCC EMS program and Coffey is a DSLCC adjunct instructor in the nursing program.

John Jimenez Earns Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

John Jimenez

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected John Jimenez, who attends Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, as a member of the fourth class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program.

Jimenez, 44, was employed in the hospitality industry for many years, locating to the United States when he was 17. When he decided he wanted to continue to give service to his community, as well as further his education, he enrolled in the nursing program at DSLCC. He plans to volunteer at a local hospital as a translator (he is fluent in both Spanish and English), and he also serves as a Boy Scout leader. He and his wife have three children and reside in Buena Vista.

“It means a lot to me and my family” to be chosen for the scholarship award, said Jimenez, originally from Mexico. “It means that my American dream is about to be completed.”

The Valley Proteins Fellows represent the best and most motivated second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges who demonstrate both academic and leadership potential along with an uncompromising commitment to excellence.  Of the 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only ten are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program.

“It is an honor to have a DSLCC student included in this elite group,” commented Dr. John Rainone, president of DSLCC.  “John is a shining example of what can be achieved through community colleges that serve Virginia and how anyone at any stage in life can move forward and reach their goal.  I am sure that he will continue to be an ambassador for DSLCC, help to promote the value of a community college education, and share with others how higher education is critical for taking steps in career pathways leading to success.”

The fellowship has an estimated value of $15,000, which includes full coverage of tuition and fees.

The fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project.

The fellows program is made possible through the generous donation of Valley Proteins, Inc., a longtime supporter of the Virginia Community College mission. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 60 years and currently operates 14 plants in 7 states.

“Congratulations to these students who earned some of our most competitive scholarships,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These scholars are talented, motivated and community-focused. These men and women will be taking the reins of leadership and leaving their mark on the world and we’re delighted to work with them.”

July Fourth Festivities

July 4 Parade group

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College entered this float in the July 4 parade in Clifton Forge, celebrating the country’s 238th birthday. Staff, faculty and students who participated included, from left: Cynthia Boteler, Billy Ould, Dr. John Rainone, Nova Wright and daughter Aysha, Lisa Colwill and daughter, David Shoftstahl, Samantha Hale, Kristy Casstevens, Nancy and James Mathias, Kathie Clarke  and Melissa Unroe. DSLCC volunteers also participated in the July 4 Balloon Rally in Lexington.

Nancy Mathias

Nancy Mathias, Academic Skills Specialist in the Achievement Center at DSLCC, hands out fliers at the parade.

Baking and Pastry Arts + GED = Success!

Are you a resident of Bath County or Rockbridge County, Lexington or Buena Vista who needs to study for the GED exam to earn your Certificate? Take advantage of a great new program this fall at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center. Begin in August and complete the requirements in only 16 weeks by attending three days a week.

Through a partnership with the Rockbridge Regional Adult Education Program and the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board, DSLCC will offer eligible students the chance to enroll in new Baking and Pastry Arts courses while they are studying for the GED exam. Come out of this program with several positive things that will help you get a job! Call Lindsay Brooks at 540-462-7536 for more details on how you may qualify for this program at no cost to you. If you are interested and you live outside of the Bath County/Rockbridge County region, call 540-863-2819. Spaces are very limited so call today!

EMT to Intermediate Program Offered at DSLCC

The Emergency Medical Services program at Dabney S Lancaster Community College will offer an EMT to Intermediate program beginning in July. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 5 pm in Room 422, Warren Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Any current EMT who is interested in advancing to the Intermediate level should attend.

For more information contact EMS Program Head Jeanette Mann at (540) 863-2832 or email jmann@nulldslcc.edu.

DSLCC Holds 47th Commencement Exercises

A total of 162 students received associate degrees, certificates and career studies certificates during the 47th annual commencement exercises at Dabney S Lancaster Community College Tuesday evening on the Clifton Forge campus.

“Community college graduates are a hot commodity in the global marketplace,” said guest speaker Elizabeth Creamer, advisor for Workforce Development in the office of the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “You showed up, you finished, better and bigger jobs are in your future.”

Creamer relayed her own story of finding herself a single mom in her 20s with only 3 years of high school. “I didn’t walk, I crawled, to the community college. There has been nothing as challenging in my life as going back to school and getting that degree.”
She asked the graduates to thank “that faculty member, that coach, that administrator, that family member, who has made a difference in your life.”

This was the first commencement for DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone, who took office last July. He gave the graduates an overview of the class of 2014: Twenty-five percent were dual enrollment students, attending college classes while still in high school; one third traveled more than 30 miles to and from classes; 30 percent attended classes at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista; almost 80 percent finished on time; 95 percent plan to continue their education; 67 percent have been accepted to four-year colleges at 14 different institutions; and 60 percent are already employed.

David Shofstahl of Clifton Forge was named the recipient of the Gary Lee Miller Outstanding Student Award, given to a graduating student who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership and active participation in campus and community activities. It is named after a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who died in combat in Vietnam.

Dr. Rainone recognized Dr. Michael Scott, Vice President for Instruction, Student Services and Research, who is retiring after 42 years of service. Dr. Scott has served as master of ceremonies for commencement for many years.

Student speakers were Emanuel Alfred and Shofstahl.

A gallery of photos from the event are available on the DSLCC Flickr Site.

The following received diplomas:
Alleghany County
Jonathon Matthew Aldridge, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Asbury, West Virginia
Crystal Elaine Cole, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Auto, West Virginia
Jordan Duane Sheets, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Bedford
Dustin T. Boyles, Certificate, Welding
Buchanan
Kristin Ashley Noel Brammer, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Joshua N. Christie, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry; Patrick Pentecost, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Buena Vista
Jonny Lee Ayers, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Tammy Brown, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Rita M. Carter, Certificate, Advanced Health Care; Katie Elizabeth Clark, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Kelsey Bray Cole, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joshua Ryan Cranston, Career Studies Certificate, Welding; Brittany E. Fitzgerald, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Jordan Marie Fitzgerald, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Kirsten Gibbons, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Karla K. Hamilton, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Joshua Jamerson, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Chrystal H. Knick, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Jordan Lewis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Jon Conrad Patterson, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Melinda K. Ramsey, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Christian Lynne Schley, Certificate, Culinary Arts; Certificate, Hospitality Services; Career Studies Certificate, Hospitality Management; Jeffrey Lee Tomlin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Kasey Lin Tomlin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Office User; Milea Webb, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Jacob Marino Wheeler, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Carlisle, PA
Henry M. Fox, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Chantilly, VA
Daniel James Bluntzer, Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry
Chesapeake, VA
James Thomas Ramsay, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Churchville
Victoria Peyton Hevener, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Clifton Forge
Michael Austin, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Wesley Travis Broughfman, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Jordan Isaac Carroll, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Tyler Edward Crance, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Thomas James Deisher, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Monroe Newton Farmer, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Logan Rae Figgers, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Amber Marie Haley, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Benjamin Edward Haynes, Career Studies Certificate, Welding; Heather Nicole Hinebaugh, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Christopher Scott Hoke, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Dustin Jones, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Weston Jones, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Christy Kay Lanahan, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Asheby Lheay Auztin Leach, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services; Tyler Drew Linkenhoker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration; Lisa Marshall, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Chad Algon Nicely, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Tara Katherine O’Conner, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Whitley A. Blayne Oliver, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
David J. Shofstahl, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Associate of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration; Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Amber Jayne Stephens, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Ashby Ray Taylor, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Michael Ryan Underwood, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Ronnie L. Underwood, Jr., Certificate, Culinary Arts; Brent Walker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Tawnya Lee West, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Covington
Thomas W. Andrews, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Trena Maile-Burton Arritt, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Wesley Allen Baker, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Candon R. Bates, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Alissha Angel Bazzrea, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; André Booker, Certificate, Welding; Jonathan A. Brumit, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Business Leadership and Communication; Certificate, Office Management; Career Studies Certificate, Business Leadership; Career Studies Certificate, Small Business Management; Benjamin Lloyd Butler, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joseph Payne Campbell, Certificate, Welding; Megan Marie Colón, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Whitney Caitlynn Crawford, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Jessica Leigh Givens, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Katie May Hepler , Associate of Applied Science, Business Management, with Specialization in Administrative Support; Certificate, Administrative Support Technology; Beverly J. Hodgdon, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Ryan Todd Holley, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management; Tyler Knick, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Richard Camell Knick, III, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Erich Ryan Mann, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Morgan Danielle McCallister, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Cole Andrews Murray, Certificate, Welding; Morgan E. Murray, Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Clara M. Neal, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Cody Ryan Nida, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Bryder C. Osbourne, Jr., Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; Jason Persinger, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Shawn Renee Persinger, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Clifford Brooks Persinger, Jr., Career Studies Certificate, Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Damon A. Reynolds, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Joy Beth Slayton, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Kaitlin Tallman, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice with Specialization in Forensic Science; Certificate, Forensic Science; Jared Adam Thrasher, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management; Vicki Tremblay, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Craig County
Brandon R. Dudding, Certificate, Welding
Eagle Rock
Jacob Hunter Fairburn, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Jordan Alexander Saville, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Terri Ellen Garrison Slusser, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Virginia Lee Wimbish, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Business Leadership and Communication; Certificate, Office Management; Career Studies Certificate, Small Business Management
Hide, Manchester, England
Hilary Bergmann, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management, with Specialization in Administrative Support
Fairfield
Michael W. Coss, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Damien Zachary Carlton Farris, Certificate, Practical Nursing; John H. Posten, Certificate, Welding
Fincastle
Kyle Tyree Bostic, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management
Frankford, WV
Tara Nicole Brammer, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Frenchtown, NJ
Marco Ramirez, Certificate, Wind Turbine Service Technology
Glasgow
Caleb Anthony Brumit, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Cynthia M. Lively, Certificate, Advanced Health Care; Certificate, Practical Nursing
Grottoes
Seth David Stoutamyer, Career Studies Certificate, Welding
Harrisonburg
Belén Martinez, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Holland, MI
Laura Lynn White, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Iron Gate
Jopeph Alexander Stull, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Adam Michael Sweet, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Knoxville, TN
Michael Jay Kosta, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science
Lexington
Jessica Lynn Alt, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Charlene G. Bryant, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy; Adam Carter, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Sierra Love Clark, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Claire Elizabeth Cornwell, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Dian Davis, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Erin Deacon, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Erica Nicholé Fitzgerald, Certificate, Practical Nursing; George N. Gates, Jr., Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Bradley Gardner Goodbar, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Jessica K. Hamm, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Stephanie Nicole Higgins, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Education; Jacob Scott Holstein, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Stephanie Rose Hostetter, Certificate, Practical Nursing; Jacob Dylan Deacon Kramer, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; David Owen Martin, Associate of Arts and Sciences, Science; David Reese McCormick, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; Anthony Leighton Nix, Certificate, Welding; Thomas Oxendine, Certificate, Wind Turbine Service Technology; Dustin Shane Parker, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Ashley Nicole Potter, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing; Megan Wieringa, Associate of Applied Science, Business Management; Certificate, Office Management
Low Moor
Roxana DePriest, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Luray
Travis Gregg, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Marlinton, WV
Kimberly Dawn Moore, Career Studies Certificate, Massage Therapy
Millboro
David R. Dujardin, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology; Jessica D. Frady, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies; John L. Wolfe, III, Certificate, Welding
New Castle
Dylan M. Hurley, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Brianna M. Martin, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Norfolk
Tina Shannon Lowen, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
North Amityville, NY
William Garrett Stowell, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
North Pole, Alaska
Nathaniel Levi Meadows, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Organ Cave, WV
Tiffany Alexis Sansom, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Powhatan
Nicholas Beckley, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology
Queens, NY
Emanuel Alfred, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Raleigh, NC
Ariella Mejia, Associate of Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Redding, CA
Christopher Allan Mailliard, Associate of Applied Science, Information Systems Technology
Rockbridge Baths
Avis Elizabeth Troxell, Associate of Applied Science, Administration of Justice; Certificate, Law Enforcement; Career Studies Certificate, Private Security Services
Second Creek, WV
Tanya Ashlee Boggs, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Selma
Shawn Matthew Wolfe, Certificate, Welding
South Haven, MI
Holly Renee Norman, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Staunton
Christopher Porter, Certificate, Culinary Arts
Stuarts Draft
Lynzey Alane Whitlock, Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts and Management
Swoope
Devyn Nicole Kiser,  Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Virginia Beach
Stephen J. Demma, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Warm Springs
Rebecca Leigh Chaplin, Certificate, Practical Nursing
Waynesboro
Jonathan Dakota Rose, Certificate, Culinary Arts
West Monroe, LA
Lauren Hope Antommaria, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing
Williamsburg
John Paul Ewan, Associate of Applied Science, Forest Management Technology; Career Studies Certificate, Urban Forestry
Winchester
Kathy Michelle Atkins, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

2014 Practical Nursing Program Graduates

practical nursing RRC pinning group_May 2014Ten students graduated and received their pins during the Pinning Ceremony for the Practical Nursing Program at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center on May 7th, 2014. Front row, from left: Rebecca Chaplin of Warm Springs; Karla Hamilton of Buena Vista; Kristen Brammer of Buchanan; Brittany Fitzgerald and Kirsten Gibbons, both of Buena Vista. Back row: Amber Stephens of Millboro; Chrystal Knick, Damien Farris and Stephanie Hostetter, all of Lexington; Cynthia Lively of Glasgow; and Program Head Penny Fauber, RN. Guest speaker was Marlene Cooper, RN, Nurse Manager of ICU and Medical-Surgical at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

Each student also received a Certificate in Practical Nursing during commencement exercises May 13 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus.