DSLCC Registering for Spring Semester
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College invites students to register for the Spring 2013 Semester, which begins the week of January 7. Students should contact Student Services on campus at (540) 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista at (540) 261-1211 to make an appointment to select their courses for next semester.
Matt McGraw, DSLCC Director of Student Services, commented that the number of appointments for registration is strong. “We are seeing more and more students who are realizing that enrolling at their local community college is unquestionably the way to go,” stated McGraw. “Whether they want to prepare to seek employment for the improving job market, position themselves for advancement in their current job, or transfer to earn a bachelors degree, they select DSLCC for a quality educational experience at affordable tuition rates—this is a huge factor in reducing or even eliminating the need for large student loans that they would have to repay after graduation.”
A recent story on CBS Moneywatch.com commented on current employer demand and the most sought-after majors, stating that “…areas such as marketing, finance, human resources and advertising (are) expected to boost hiring for new grads by 5 percent in the next year.”
McGraw pointed out one observation made in the article, namely the report that “This year’s survey of nearly 4,300 employers from across the country (saw) strong demand for graduates with two-year, or associate, degrees — that’s up more than 30 percent (and) other research that suggests associate degrees have been outpacing four-year degrees in job growth for the past several months.” McGraw noted that while the author called this a ‘big surprise’, he felt that DSLCC faculty and staff would not find this surprising at all.
More and more students are making a decision to begin at DSLCC. “We even serve those who leave four-year institutions to return home to attend the College, saving tens of thousands of dollars by doing so,” he explained. “They may have found the cost overwhelming or decided to re-evaluate their choice of a major. While attending DSLCC, they often work part-time, complete general education courses at DSLCC, save up money and then return to complete a bachelors degree. Whatever their situation, they are welcome at DSLCC,” concluded McGraw.
McGraw extends a special invitation to new students. “Some people believe that you can only start classes in the fall and this is not true. New applications are being taken now and anyone can begin classes required in their programs of study in January. They should call us immediately to begin the process.”
DSLCC will be closed for a Thanksgiving break beginning noon on November 21. Registration will resume at 8:00 am on Monday, November 26 and will continue until December 21 when the semester break goes into effect. Students should register immediately as some courses have limited seating. Visit www.dslcc.edu.
– Judy Clark, DSLCC Public relations
Public Relations and Non-Credit Coordinator