Recent News From VGCC

VGCC Summer Bridge participant Jeremee Silvers of Henderson (standing at right) addresses his fellow students and guests at a ceremony marking the completion of the program.

A group of 18 incoming first-year Vance-Granville Community College students recently completed the college’s “Summer Bridge” program in preparation for the fall semester.

Summer Bridge is a three-week program designed to enhance students’ transition from high school to college and prepare them to be successful during their freshman year at VGCC. On July 28, the college held a ceremony and reception to recognize students who successfully completed the program, including: David Fabian... Read More

Composite of two group pictures of students in white lab coats

High school students from across the region recently attended “Mini-Medical School” camps organized by the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with Vance-Granville Community College. The camp was held first in June at VGCC’s South Campus, located between Butner and Creedmoor, and in July at the college’s Franklin County Campus, just outside Louisburg. Between the two locations, 44 students completed the program.... Read More

Standing from left, Well Care representatives Mary O’Shea and Kendra Dillingham address VGCC Practical Nursing students.

Vance-Granville Community College Practical Nursing students recently learned more about the home health career field from representatives of Well Care Home Health, who visited the college’s Main Campus in late July.

The company, based in Wilmington, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. “Well Care is a unique company in providing home health,” Clinical Coordinator Mary O’Shea, a registered nurse, told the students. “It is an independent, family-owned business that is not... Read More

Carol Montague sewing

Vance-Granville Community College will soon offer a “Beginning Sewing” class on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. The course, taught by Carol Montague of Oxford (pictured above), is scheduled to be held on Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 11 through Nov. 27, in room 5203 (Building 5).

Sewing has always been a part of Carol Montague’s life. From the time she was very young, she remembers taking naps under her father’s work table. He was a canvas awning maker, cutting and... Read More

Badge that says "Top Colleges" in North Carolina 2017

A national organization has recognized Vance-Granville Community College as one of the top 20 colleges in North Carolina offering online programs. California-based OnlineColleges.com ranked VGCC 19th on a list that included both two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning. Among just the two-year colleges, VGCC ranked tenth-highest.

“Focusing on affordability, student services, and the availability of online programs,... Read More

Group picture of RIBN inductees and VGCC staff in front of a blue and gold NC A&T banner. From left, VGCC Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Levy Brown, Dean of Health Sciences Angela Thomas, RIBN student inductees Nigoria Alston, Jessica Morris, Chiatyra Turner, Rachel Spall, Caliegh Katz, Kati Hand, Henrry Reboccar-Miguel and Alexis Williams, Nursing Department Chair Erica Jastrow and Academic/Career Coach Seletha Pherribo.

GREENSBORO — Eleven Vance-Granville Community College students were formally inducted into the North Carolina Piedmont “Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses” (RIBN) program in a ceremony on Aug. 4 at North Carolina A&T State University’s Union Square Campus in Greensboro. RIBN is a partnership involving the university, VGCC, Davidson County Community College and Guilford Technical Community College.

At the induction ceremony, the... Read More

Poster for The Business accelerator

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a new six-part course, “From Idea to Open: The Business Accelerator,” on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., starting Sept. 9, in Building 7 on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

The instructor for the course will be Chisa Pennix-Brown, CEO of Lady Bizness, based in Greensboro. Pennix-Brown has over 15 years of experience in business coaching, community outreach, and social media insight. She holds a... Read More

Class picture: Graduates honored at the VGCC Practical Nursing pinning ceremony included, first (front) row, from left: Mariana Ascencio, Melissa Liming, Christina Basnight, Frances Beddingfield, Antonea Nowell and Rashida Washington; second row, from left: Victoria Adesina, Kristen Clay, Katlyn Waddell, Amy Bass and Rachael Basham; third row, from left: James Simpson, Christine Atieno, Frank McGhee, Gabrielle Hernandez and Veronicah Nyakego.

Vance-Granville Community College honored 16 students who have completed its one-year Practical Nursing program during a pinning ceremony on Aug. 2 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus. Upon receiving diplomas, graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national exam for licensed practical nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Among the graduates recognized at the ceremony were Victoria Adesina, Christine Atieno and Kristen Clay, all of Durham;... Read More

Class picture: Seated, from left: graduating Medical Assisting students Melissa Barreto, Shantel Blacknall, Kiara Fogg and Courtney Clark; standing, from left: students Mirna Lopez Aguirre, Melissa Bridges, Michelle Beckwith, Dajané Johnson, Stephanie Kearney and instructor Patrice Allen.

Vance-Granville Community College held a pinning ceremony for its 2017 Medical Assisting program graduates on Aug. 4 at the college’s Franklin County Campus in Louisburg, where the program is conducted. As VGCC’s program is nationally accredited, the graduates are now eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ (AAMA) certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.

The ten graduates being honored included Melissa Bridges of Creedmoor; Dajané... Read More

Picture of a person using a computer-aided drafting program pointing at a computer screen.

Vance-Granville Community College has scheduled a “CAD with Solid Edge” course, to be held Monday through Thursday, Aug. 29 through Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. until noon, on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. Grant funding from the NC TechHire program can help eligible area residents pay for this training.

Solid Edge is a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software program, produced by Siemens PLM Software, which is used in a variety of industries, including advanced... Read More

Logo for NC TechHire - outline of the state of North Carolina with the word TechHire and a power button.

Microsoft Office software training courses are set to be offered soon at Vance-Granville Community College, and grant funding from the NC TechHire program can help eligible area residents pay for them. These courses are offered in a “hybrid” format, with some coursework online and some on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County.

The “Microsoft Office Specialist I” course is scheduled to start Aug. 24 and continue through Nov. 2. The on-campus meetings are set for Thursdays... Read More

Recent VGCC Culinary Arts graduate Hayya Wright of Louisburg prepares a dish in the kitchen at the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, where the program is based.

The Vance-Granville Community College Culinary Arts program is changing the way it schedules core courses when the fall semester begins on Aug. 14. Culinary courses will now be taught in eight-week sessions rather than in the traditional 16-week semester format.

“One benefit of the eight-week format is that our students will have more concentrated time in each specific lab,” explained VGCC Culinary Arts Program Head/instructor Chef Teresa Davis.... Read More

Stephen Filarsky of Franklinton paints a watercolor portrait.

Artist Stephen Filarsky of Franklinton will teach a Watercolor class at Vance-Granville Community College’s Main Campus this fall. The class is scheduled for Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., Sept. 5 through Dec. 12, in room 5224 (Building 5).

While Filarksy will be concentrating on watercolor techniques, he will also be instructing students in whatever additional medium in which they would like to work.

Filarsky has painted watercolor portraits and landscapes... Read More

Students graduating from the VGCC Franklin Campus Child Care Center included, seated, from left: Arianna Abbott and Colton Leonard; and standing, from left, Joshua Stallings, Cody Collier and Chase Snelling. Not pictured: Aiden Zalewski. Standing in back is teacher Teresa Gallatin.

Six new graduates of the Child Care Center on Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus were honored in a ceremony on July 12 as they prepared to enter kindergarten. The students were Cody Collier of Henderson; Arianna Abbott, Colton Leonard, Joshua Stallings and Aiden Zalewski, all of Louisburg; and Chase Snelling of Youngsville.

Welcoming remarks were provided by Bobbie Jo May, the dean of the... Read More

From left, VGCC Pharmacy Technology student Tamika Everett of Creedmoor, Kristen Honaker of Henderson, Lesli Miranda of Henderson, Licensing and Adoptions Social Worker LaVerne Smith of Granville County DSS, program head Dr. Erica Fleming, Emily Adcock of Oxford and Ashley Hobgood of Henderson.

Students in the Pharmacy Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College recently helped provide important training to Granville County foster parents.

Under the supervision of Pharmacy Technology Program Head Dr. Erica Fleming, students conducted medication management training, which is a state requirement for family foster home licensing, at the Granville County Department of Social Services (DSS). In such training, foster parents learn about understanding prescription... Read More

Class picture: Seated, from left: EMT-Paramedic graduates Taylor Abbott, Luke O’Briant, Kira Chambers, Danielle Dixon, Ashley Denton, Tina Ayscue, Nikki Henderson, Daniel Null and Justin Preddy; standing, from left: instructor Vivian Loyd, graduates Jonathon Pulley, Annie Wilbourne, Thomas McDuffie, Brent Adcock, Branden Bass, Chris Milton, Andrew McDonald, Dillon Thomas, Justin Chambers and Idabelle Proffitt and EMS coordinator Stephen Barney. Not pictured: graduates Kizer Blackburn and Destanie Fisher.

Vance-Granville Community College honored 21 students who completed the college’s Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program in July.

The graduates included Idabelle Proffitt of Bullock; Annie Wilbourne of Bunn; Kizer Blackburn of Durham; Chris Milton of Epsom; Ashley Denton, Nikki Henderson, Daniel Null, Jonathon Pulley and Dillon Thomas, all of Henderson; Taylor Abbott of Kittrell; Destanie Fisher of Orange County; Brent Adcock, Tina Ayscue and Justin Preddy, all of Oxford;... Read More

Flier for Medical Office Administrative Assistant program with patient being helped at a desk at a doctor's office.

Area residents will have a new opportunity to gain a credential for jobs in medical offices when the fall semester begins at Vance-Granville Community College on Aug. 14.

The college is scheduling courses to allow students to complete the entire 17-credit-hour “Medical Office Administrative Assistant I” certificate in two semesters at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus near Louisburg. This program provides entry-level skills and knowledge for... Read More

Science Camp participant Amarii Blair of Henderson (in foreground) flies a kite in the courtyard on VGCC’s Main Campus, during a session in which campers learned about aerodynamics as they created and tested their own kites.

Enjoying what the head of the Vance-Granville Community College Science Department joked was a “well-rounded” experience, area middle school students traveled “around the world” at the college’s seventh annual Science Camp in June.

“The campers enjoyed activities focused on biology, geology, chemistry, physics, medical science and applied science,” according to VGCC Science Department Chair Steve McGrady. “These sessions were interspersed with games about Earth’s continents and oceans... Read More

North Carolina Ninth District Court Judge Henry Banks, left, who is working part-time after his recent retirement, swears in VGCC Trustee Deborah F. Brown of Henderson for a third four-year term on the board.

A laboratory has been renovated to house the new Histotechnology program on Vance-Granville Community College’s Main Campus, the VGCC Board of Trustees was informed at its Monday, July 17, bi-monthly meeting.

The renovation, which cost $15,230, was part of a project covering miscellaneous repairs and renovations on the college campus between Henderson and Oxford, according to Trustee Donald C. Seifert, Sr., chair of the... Read More

A pharmacy instructor supervises a student in mask and gloves with a syringe.

The Pharmacy Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College was recently recognized as one of the top five programs of its kind in the nation.

VGCC placed fourth in the list of the top 50 pharmacy technician programs published by Seattle-based TheBestColleges.org and was the highest-ranked North Carolina community college. “... Read More

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