Recent News From VGCC

Pictured above with some of the collected items are, from left, VGCC Theatre Arts/speech instructor and Department Chair of Fine Arts and Humanities Betsy Henderson (who directed the play, “Sylvia”), chapter Vice President of Leadership Pamela Campbell of Littleton, chapter President Brenda Ellis of Durham, and chapter advisor and VGCC English instructor Maureen Walters.

The Vance-Granville Community College Alpha Sigma Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently conducted a service project in which they collected goods for home-bound seniors in need in Vance and Warren counties, as well as bagged and canned pet food and treats, to aid those seniors with pets. Donation boxes were placed at all four VGCC campuses. Also, in keeping with the theme of caring for pets, a number of donations were collected in November at performances of a VGCC Drama... Read More

Stovall-Shaw Elementary School Principal Amy Rice and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams are seen here with students at the conclusion of the school’s Black History Month program.

Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of Vance-Granville Community College, was the featured speaker at a Black History Month program on Feb. 26 at Stovall-Shaw Elementary School in Granville County. She addressed the entire student body, as well as teachers and staff, after a musical performance by pre-kindergarten students and the awarding of prizes to students who won African American history trivia contests. As School Principal Amy Rice noted, Williams was recently named “... Read More

Members of the VGCC Cosmetology faculty pose with the “Vanguard Cup.” They include, from left, instructor Wallace Evans, Warren Campus coordinator/instructor Magnolia Terry, program head/instructor Tomeka Moss and Franklin Campus coordinator/instructor Tammy Johnson-Dudding.

The president of Vance-Granville Community College, Dr. Stelfanie Williams, recently recognized a group of faculty members for excellence by awarding the “Vanguard Cup” to the college’s Cosmetology department.

The department became the third recipient of the cup, an honor created by Dr. Williams to recognize “exceptional team performance toward the college mission, vision and strategic plan.”

In this case, the president lauded the Cosmetology faculty for their outstanding work... Read More

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The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is scheduled to hold a free seminar, “Workplace Discrimination Checklist for Small Businesses,” on Wednesday, April 11, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center (4185 US Highway 15 South, Oxford).

It is considered essential for every small business owner to be aware of, and to properly address, discrimination in his or her business. In this seminar, participants will learn the business... Read More

Seated, from left, in the VGCC Library are siblings Betsy H. Stuart of Fayetteville, Harold W. Haun of Raleigh and Erika H. Rosenberger of Raleigh, along with some of their mother’s handmade baskets and a scrapbook of materials their mother kept. Standing, from left, are VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson and Director of Library Services Elaine Stem.

The children of a longtime Vance-Granville Community College instructor who qualifies as one of the “founding mothers” of the institution recently donated historical records and other items to the college library.

The late Frieda Bender Haun of Kittrell, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 95, became well-known in the community in part for the “personal enrichment” classes she taught at VGCC. Her involvement in the school... Read More

From left, VGCC student-athlete Mitch Beck, Men’s Basketball Head Coach DeMarcus Oliver and student-athletes Kenneth “KJ” Finley and Calvin Malik Manley are seen here during a ceremony to recognize the sophomores, right before their last home game at Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson.

Three sophomore student-athletes on the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team were recently honored on the completion of their playing careers at the college.

Just before the start of the Vanguards’ last home game of the season, versus Guilford Tech Community College on Feb. 24, VGCC Head Coach DeMarcus Oliver recognized three departing players -- forward Mitch Beck of Raleigh (a graduate of East Wake High School), point guard Kenneth “KJ” Finley, Jr., of... Read More

Pictured, from left, at the Ardagh plant in Henderson are VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams, Ardagh Operations Manager Todd Concienne, Plant Manager Stephane Jean, Human Resources Manager Todd Glawe, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin and VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson.

Ardagh Group, a global leader in packaging solutions with a facility in Henderson, has established a new scholarship at Vance-Granville Community College. Once fully endowed, the Ardagh Academic Achievement Scholarship will be awarded to a VGCC student each year.

Ardagh Group manufactures packaging for some of the world's biggest brands. The company operates 109 glass and metal manufacturing facilities in 22 countries, employing approximately 23,500 people. Ardagh has won over 100... Read More

From left, Prescient Company Human Resources Manager Deanna B. Yates and Operations Manager Kevin Tucker talk about their company to VGCC Welding Technology students during a presentation on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Students in the Welding Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College recently heard from a pair of employers about the many career opportunities for welders within their companies. The presentations by Prescient of Mebane and Clayton Homes of Oxford were part of a series of visits to the college, called the “TechLink Speaker Series,” featuring employers who hire students in the Mechatronics Engineering Technology and ... Read More

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Vance-Granville Community College, in partnership with The College at Southeastern, will soon hold an information session specifically designed for high school-aged homeschoolers and homeschooling parents. The event, called “Generation Connect,” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 1-3:30 p.m., in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Attendees will learn about the educational opportunities available at both institutions, and the unique partnership that VGCC... Read More

Poster for Dinner Theater production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' with images of kids competing in a spelling bee

Vance-Granville Community College has announced that an upcoming production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy, will be the college’s sixth annual Dinner Theater. The event, once again involving the collaboration of the VGCC Drama and Culinary Arts departments, is scheduled for the evenings of Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. Dinner begins at 6 p.... Read More

Phil Dixon makes a point during the second lecture in his VGCC series.

To deal with change, manage stress and gain insight into making good decisions, it’s best to understand yourself and how your brain works, neuroscience researcher Phil Dixon shared with an audience at Vance-Granville Community College on Feb. 27, for his second of three sessions on “Using Your Brain for a Change.”

“In all of these situations, if you don’t understand yourself, you’re not going to be able to understand others,” Dixon said. A resident of Oxford, N.C., who is originally... Read More

Culinary Students serve customers at the Masonic Home.

The Culinary Arts program at Vance-Granville Community College is inviting the public to enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by students on Thursday, March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The luncheon will be held at the Masonic Home for Children on College Street in Oxford, where the Culinary program is based.

Tickets are $9, plus applicable taxes and Eventbrite fees, and can be purchased online at Read More

VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin (left) and Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson (right) accepted the sponsorship from CertainTeed Plant Manager Mark Heilman (center). All are holding a big symbolic check.

CertainTeed of Oxford recently made a contribution to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund to serve as the morning round sponsor for the upcoming 34th Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament. Pictured above, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin (left) and Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson (right) accepted the sponsorship from CertainTeed Plant Manager Mark Heilman (center). The company is a longtime supporter of the golf tournament and has endowed the CertainTeed Academic... Read More

Poster for SBC Preparing for a Healthy Business series, with image of a businesswoman.

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center, in partnership with Woodforest National Bank and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, is offering a “Lunch Break to Educate” seminar on “Tax Planning & Reporting for a Small Business” on Wednesday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office at 414 South Garnett Street in Henderson.

After completing this seminar, attendees will be able... Read More

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Vance-Granville is hosting a series of events throughout March to celebrate women's historical contributions. You are invited to participate in the following events....

  • Trivia Contest - All Vance-Granville students can test their knowledge of women's history through a 10-question quiz in Moodle. Everyone who earns a perfect score will be entered to win a Student Survival Gift Basket (one winner per campus). The quiz is open from March 1-18... Read More

The Spring 2018 1st 8-week course evaluation process will open on Monday, February 26th at 8:00 am.  Students may evaluate their courses through 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 2.

Pictured, from left, at the MR Williams headquarters in Henderson are VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams, company founder and board chairman Mike Williams, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin and VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson. All are holding a symbolic big check.

A new Vance-Granville Community College scholarship has been endowed by the Henderson-based distribution company, MR Williams. The new scholarship in the company’s name will be presented to a VGCC student each year as a “Presidential Scholar Award,” the college’s largest, most prestigious level of endowed scholarship.

Mike Williams, board chairman and founder of MR Williams, said that his company values education, both for its own sake — to benefit from skilled employees — and for the... Read More

From left, VGCC Human Services Technology Instructor/Club Advisor Sharon O’Geary and HST Club members Angela Powell of Warrenton, Grace Ohlandt of Franklinton, Sonya Barnes of Henderson, Melissa Jackson of Oxford, Pamela Campbell of Littleton, and Feliciana Hernandez of Henderson pose outside around the sign at Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson.

Members of the Vance-Granville Community College Human Services Technology (HST) Club conducted a Valentine’s Day community service project at Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson.

Students in the club handed out valentines and gifts to the residents and staff at the center. “The residents were happy to receive gifts and a short visit from HST Club members,” according to VGCC Human Services Technology Instructor/Club Advisor Sharon O’Geary.

The VGCC... Read More

From left, VGCC Spanish instructor Margaret Chaves-Smith helps guest speaker Valeria Rodríguez demonstrate Venezuelan dance in Chaves-Smith’s classroom at the college.

Students in a Spanish class at Vance-Granville Community College’s Main Campus recently enjoyed a visit from Valeria Rodríguez, a Spanish teacher at Warren County High School. Rodríguez is from Venezuela and is teaching locally through an international exchange program. A native of the capital, Caracas, she said she wanted to enlighten VGCC students about her home country. VGCC Spanish instructor Margaret Chaves-Smith welcomed Rodriguez to her class.

“I want to share some of the... Read More

Get excited! You're invited to the first annual Women's Leadership Conference at VGCC!

On Thursday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC's Main Campus, the 2018 Women's Leadership Conference will explore how you can build your personal brand, create professional opportunities, and own your career path. Students can ask meaningful, provocative questions and hear #realtalk answers. They will be able to explore what success looks like at every stage of a career and how to... Read More