Recent News From VGCC

The VGCC Vanguards are seen here posing at center court in the “Dean Dome,” with UNC varsity team jerseys in the rafters behind them, just after they defeated the JV squad on Jan. 18. From left, the group included Coach DeMarcus Oliver, student-athletes Chris Pernell, Kenneth Finley, Jr., Calvin Malik Manley, L. Michael Henderson, TyQuon Reid, Mitch Beck, Jaylen Jones, NiQuan Cousins, Isaiah McCaffity, Antonio Adams, Darius Buford and team manager Mycal Elam.

The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team achieved one of the most stunning upsets in program history on Jan. 18, defeating the University of North Carolina junior varsity team by a score of 106-100 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

This was VGCC’s second trip to Chapel Hill and the team’s first win over the JV Tar Heels, who were undefeated this season before the contest.

Henderson-based radio station WIZS 1450 AM provided live coverage... Read More

VGCC’s TyQuon Reid (5) takes the ball down the court during his team’s first meeting with the UNC JV squad in 2016. Reid scored seven points in the Dean E. Smith Center.

For the second year in a row, the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team will soon travel to the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill to face the University of North Carolina Tar Heels junior varsity team.

The JV game is set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Henderson-based radio station WIZS 1450 AM will once again provide live coverage of the game starting at 7:15 p.m. Even for those outside the range of the radio station, the... Read More

Justice Michael Morgan in robe

Vance-Granville Community College will hold a special program celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. The celebration is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the VGCC Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI) and the Student Government Association.

The guest speaker for the event will be the newest Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the Honorable... Read More

Class picture of BLET cadets

Fourteen cadets graduated on Dec. 13 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Vance-Granville Community College, in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus. After passing the state certification exam, all are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.

Graduates of VGCC’s 103rd BLET class included Heather Jocqueline Cruz of the Franklinton Police Department; Justin Lamar Dailey and Shauna Demetrius Terry, both of the Henderson... Read More

Small Business Center logo

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center will present a free workshop, called “Sales & Use Tax 101,” on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 2-4 p.m. in room F1208 at the college’s Franklin County Campus, located just outside Louisburg.

In this hands-on workshop, Rhonda High of the N.C. Department of Revenue will help small business owners understand the basics of sales and use taxes, including registering for a sales and use tax... Read More

Dr. Stelfanie Williams (left), president of VGCC, presents the Cardinal Award to Jacquelin Heath.

Longtime Vance-Granville Community College faculty member Jacquelin Heath was recently honored with the Cardinal Award from North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory as she prepared to retire. The award was presented to her by the president of VGCC, Dr. Stelfanie Williams, at a holiday social held Dec. 15, at which Heath and other recent retirees were recognized.

A resident of Henderson, Heath is retiring on Dec. 31 with a longer tenure than any retiree in the history of the college: 40 years... Read More

Poster with the words "Hit the Ground Running"

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar, entitled “Hit the Ground Running in 2017,” on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at CenturyLink in Wake Forest.

Mike McConchie of Creedmoor will serve as the instructor. The owner of M&M Consultants, Inc., McConchie is a Certified Business Coach and a Senior Business Consultant. He has over 36 years of retail... Read More

Group picture of the SGA officers in front of the fireplace at Ribeyes in Henderson.

Vance-Granville Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) has installed a group of officers to serve during the 2016-2017 year.

Elected officers include President Colton Hayes of Epsom, a student in the College Transfer program through Franklin County Early College High School; Vice President Jeronee Blackwell of Henderson, a College Transfer/Vance County Early College High School student; Secretary/Treasurer Emory Gant-Hawkins of... Read More

From left, East Carolina University representatives Erica Hoyt and Kathy Bradley talk with VGCC students Francis Scotland of Oxford and Micah Roberts of Stem during "College Day" in Building 6 on VGCC's Main Campus on Dec. 8.

Vance-Granville Community College hosted admissions officers from four-year colleges and universities on Dec. 8 on VGCC’s Main Campus. The event was VGCC’s annual “College Day,” which allows students to obtain important information about transfer requirements, financial aid and scholarships that can help them take the next steps in their educational journeys.

The VGCC Student Learning and Success Center organized the fair in partnership with the Carolinas Association of Collegiate... Read More

Theresa Brown teaches an art class

Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus will offer a new art class, called “Guided Painting,” on Thursday afternoons from 1–4 p.m., Jan. 19 through April 27.

This class will be taught by Theresa Brown of Franklinton, a professional artist and art teacher whose work has been featured in “Our State” magazine, and who has over a thousand portraits displayed in homes and businesses around the globe.

In each class, students will create a work of art... Read More

From left, Oby Onuorah and Debbie Laney of Central Regional Hospital talk with Kimberly Ilupeju of Hillsborough, a student in the LPN to ADN Transition Program at VGCC, during the Health Sciences Career Fair at VGCC's South Campus on Dec. 2, 2016.

Vance-Granville Community College held its second annual Health Sciences Career Fair in December at the college’s South Campus in Granville County. The event was organized by the VGCC Career Services department and Health Sciences division to help students in health-related programs to meet potential employers and explore career options.

Participating health care facilities included Granville Health System, Murdoch Developmental Center, Maria Parham Medical Center, UNC Physicians... Read More

From left, Northern Vance High School teacher Pam Huff talks with VGCC Engineering Technologies program head Wesley Williams about her Rover-Bot.

Vance-Granville Community College and the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance (AMSTA) recently partnered to hold a five-part “Rover-Bot” Workshop for area teachers. The series was held on Thursday evenings in October and November in the electronics lab at VGCC’s South Campus, where the Electronics Engineering Technology program is based.

In the workshop, VGCC Engineering... Read More

Group picture of VGCC Cheerleaders at Aycock Recreation Center

Vance-Granville Community College now has an official student Cheerleading squad. The new “Vanguard Spirit” cheerleaders made their debut at the first VGCC Vanguards men’s basketball game of the 2016-17 season, on Nov. 7. The group, an outgrowth of the “Vanguard Spirit” Pep Squad that performed at VGCC basketball games in 2015 and 2016, is coached by Tina Ragland, who works as the testing administrator at the college.


The cheerleaders include, seated in front, from left... Read More

Flier for Event Planning and Catering Seminars

The Warren County Campus of Vance-Granville Community College will soon host a pair of free Small Business Center seminars.

Event Planning for Small Businesses & Non-profit Organizations” will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, from 1 until 4 p.m. “Taste of Opportunity: How to Start a Catering or Food Business” will follow on that same day, from 6 until 9 p.m. Both are scheduled to meet in Building 4 (Room W4103) of the... Read More

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The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar for local residents whose New Year’s resolutions include starting a small business.

So You Think You Want to Start a Business” is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, from 6 until 9 p.m., in room 7109 (Building 7) on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

The seminar, led by instructor Bob Moore, is designed for individuals who are thinking about starting and... Read More

Badge for Best Value in Business Administration Programs

The Business Administration program at Vance-Granville Community College recently received recognition as one of the top 25 best values in its field across the United States. VGCC came in at number 22 on the list of the nation’s most affordable online business administration associate degrees published by Texas-based

The organization, which also recently recognized the VGCC Criminal Justice and... Read More

Badge for Best Value in Early Childhood Education Programs

The Early Childhood Education program at Vance-Granville Community College recently received recognition as one of the top ten best values in its field across the United States. VGCC came in at number eight on the list of the nation’s most affordable online early childhood degrees published by Texas-based

The organization, which also... Read More

Juan C. Bais (standing) speaks to VGCC students, as Gregory Porterfield (seated) listens.

Students in the Criminal Justice Technology and Paralegal Technology programs at Vance-Granville Community College recently heard from a guest speaker, who spoke about his work in the justice system and about opportunities to jump-start their own careers while they are still students.

The speaker was Juan C. Bais, chief investigator for the Public Defender’s Office in North Carolina Judicial District 10 (Wake County), who has formed a new partnership with VGCC to offer... Read More

From left, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin, Triangle North Healthcare Foundation chairman Roddy Drake, TNHF executive director Val Short, and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams celebrate the creation of the new scholarship.

The Triangle North Healthcare Foundation recently endowed a new scholarship specifically designed to support Vance-Granville Community College Nursing students who are enrolled in a new program to complete bachelor’s degrees.

In awarding the “Triangle North Healthcare Foundation RIBN Academic Achievement Award” scholarship, preference will be given to students in the “Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses” (RIBN) program. RIBN students are... Read More

VGCC Cosmetology student Maria Ordonez (left) won third place in the “Fantasy Hair and Makeup” contest at the North Carolina State Fair. The model (right), transformed into a living doll, is her fellow VGCC student Jordan Reiner.

At this year’s North Carolina State Fair, Cosmetology students from Vance-Granville Community College took home several prizes in the third annual “Fantasy Hair and Makeup” contest sponsored by SkillsUSA. Cosmetology students from high schools and community colleges across the state competed, demonstrating their skill and creativity in that contest, along with another, called “Total Evening Elegance.”

In the Fantasy Hair and Makeup Contest, students were tasked with creating unique... Read More