Mountain Gateway Community College

Mountain Gateway Community College (formerly Dabney S. Lancaster Community College) is a two-year public institution of higher education and one of 23 community colleges in Virginia. The college is supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia; the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt (northern portion) and Rockbridge; the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, and Lexington; and the town of Clifton Forge.

MGCC has partnered with the Roanoke Higher Education Center in order to provide training in the ever-growing field of Massage Therapy – helping to strengthen individuals, families, and communities.

MGCC offers a variety of associate degrees including math & science, business, nursing, education, and general studies.  Career readiness programs include Administration of Justice, Business Management, Culinary, Electrical & Instrumentation.  Career studies certificates include Advanced Manufacturing Fundamentals, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Massage. MGCC also offers workforce and short-term training programs in the fields of Health Care, Skilled Trades, Welding, and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL Class A) and more. For a full listing of all the programs that DSLCC offers, visit

Resources Available to Students Enrolled via RHEC

MGCC students can take full advantage of

Small class sizes that help provide individualized attention
Low tuition costs
Short-term career training programs through associate degree programs
Now offering education and training at three locations - the Main Campus in Clifton Forge, VA; the Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista, VA; and the Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke, VA