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New Massage Therapy Program Graduates

massage-therapy-grads-2014_2Students who successfully completed the Massage Therapy program at the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Rockbridge Regional Center this year were recognized recently during a brief ceremony. From left:  Katie Clark of Buena Vista;  Lance Fujiwara, Director of Virginia Military Institute’s Department of Sports Medicine, where the students performed many clinical hours; Massage Therapy Program Head Gloria Lawrence; Jonny Ayers of Buena Vista; Charlene Byrant of Fairfield; and Blayne Oliver of Clifton Forge. The students each received a Career Studies Certificate in Massage Therapy during commencement exercises on May 13 on the DSLCC Clifton Forge campus. Lawrence is holding DSLCC’s National Certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork certifying that the program has met and exceeded the high standards put forth by the NCBTMB. DSLCC is an ” Approved and Assigned School” until March 15th, 2018. DSLCC was advanced to that status as a result of Lawrence obtaining Board Certification and the NCBTMB visiting and reviewing the curricula.

For more information about the program, contact Lawrence at (540) 261-1211 or email glawrence@nulldslcc.edu.

Maury River Home Care To Offer Pre-Employment Training at DSLCC

Laura Simpson, MRHC Care Coordinator, with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.
Laura Simpson, MRHC Care Coordinator, with DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone.

Maury River Home Care (MRHC), a newly licensed in-home care service established by Valley Program for Aging Services to serve residents of the Rockbridge area, will schedule information and training sessions for those interested in securing employment as in-home caregivers with the agency. Through a partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, MRHC will hold all sessions on evenings and Saturdays at the College’s Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The first set of sessions will begin with two information meetings on January 9, 2014.

Care Coordinator Laura Simpson RN, MSN, stated that she expects the new venture to be very positive. “This is an exciting model that we will launch with DSLCC because it fulfills two important goals,” says Simpson. It helps to build a local workforce of carefully screened and well-trained caregivers, so that our elders can receive the in-home support they deserve. And it is a partnership which allows our agency to support the professional development of those who are dedicated to home health or beginning a career in health care. I look forward to meeting everyone who is interested in learning more about the opportunities offered by MRHC and DSLCC.

Those who are interested in attending the sessions should have a high school diploma or GED and at least one year experience as a caregiver. Certification as a Nurse’s Aide or as a Personal Care Assistant is highly preferred. Successful candidates will receive training on delivering person-centered in-home support. CPR training and additional screening requirements will prepare candidates for successful employment and further education if desired. Cost of attending all sessions is $25, due at the time of registration.

Successful completers of the program will be offered employment with MRHC and after 90 days of successful employment, MRHC will reimburse each employee for the $25 fee.

Interested persons may attend one of the two information sessions on January 9: 5:00 to 6:30 pm or 6:45 to 8:15 pm. The DSLCC Rockbridge Center is located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Laura Simpson at laura@nullvpas.info or call (540) 261-1187.