Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

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Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
1000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422
United States
Type Public, Rural
Established 1962
President Dr. John J. Rainone
Accreditation Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) is one of 23 public community colleges in the Virginia Community College System.[1] It is named after Dr. Dabney S. Lancaster, a prominent Virginia educator who held a number of positions in education and retired in Bath County, one of the areas served by DSLCC.


In March 1962, the Virginia General Assembly established Dabney S. Lancaster Community College as a branch of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and became a part of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in 1967. The College itself was renamed Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, honoring the prominent Virginia educator and long-time resident of the area served by the College.[2]

DSLCC is a comprehensive public community college and a member of the statewide Virginia Community College System.The College is supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the citizens of the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt (northern portion) and Rockbridge, as well as the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington and the town of Clifton Forge, but welcomes students from other areas as well. DSLCC operates under the policies of the State Board for Community Colleges and the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Board. The College is financed, in part, by state funds and supported by contributions from the service area counties and cities, the federal government, businesses, individuals and student tuition.[3]

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree in Arts and Sciences and the associate degree in Applied Sciences.[4]

The College’s service area supports over 1,800 square miles with the DSLCC main campus located one mile west of downtown Clifton Forge and the Rockbridge Regional Center is located at 35 Vista Links Drive in Buena Vista.

The College enrolls over 1,800 students each year in certificate and associate degree programs, providing a wide variety of programs and services in the areas of business, culinary arts and hospitality, advanced manufacturing, forestry, education, criminal justice, welding, massage therapy, information systems, nursing and allied health, wind energy, and emergency medical services.[5]


DSLCC offers a wide variety of credit programs, including those for transfer and selected occupational, technical and allied health fields.[6]

Arts and Sciences (AA&S) Degree: Business Administration; Business Administration - Specialization in Business Foundations; Education; General Studies; Science;

Applied Sciences (AAS) Degree: Administration of Justice (ADJ); ADJ – Specialization in Forensic Science; Business Management; Business Management – Specialization in Administrative Support; Culinary Arts and Management; Electrical and Instrumentation Technology – Technical Studies Degree; Forest Management Technology; Information Systems Technology; Nursing (ADN); Practical Nursing (PN to Registered Nursing (RN) Pathway;

Certificates: Administrative Support Technology; Advanced Health Care; Advanced Manufacturing & Technology; Business Leadership & Communications; Culinary Arts; Forensic Science; General Education; Hospitality Services; Law Enforcement; Microcomputer Operations; Office Management; Practical Nursing; Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture; Welding; Wind Turbine Service Technology;

Career Studies Certificates: Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals; Baking and Pastry Arts; Basic Wind Turbine Service Technology; Business Leadership; Electrical Wiring Fundamentals; Emergency Medical Services – Intermediate; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Fundamentals; Hospitality Management; Instrumentation Technology Fundamentals; Massage Therapy; Networking Technologies; Office User; PC Repair; Private Security Services; Renewable Energy Technology Funbdamentals; Science and Mathematics; Small Business Management; Sustainable Agriculture; Urban Forestry; Web Page Design; Welding;

Non-credit classes, summer camps for youth and special topics seminars are offered throughout the year. The division of Workforce Services and Community Education customizes education and training for the unique needs of current and prospective employers.[7]


The main campus is located in Clifton Forge, Virginia. DSLCC also operates the Rockbridge Regional Center on Vista Links Drive in Buena Vista.[8]


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Coordinates: 37°48′42.2″N 79°51′6.6″W / 37.811722°N 79.851833°W / 37.811722; -79.851833