Recent News From VGCC

Fifteen student leaders from Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties will serve Vance-Granville Community College as ambassadors during the 1998-99 school year.

Ambassadors selected to represent the college at special campus and community functions are Michelle Inscoe and Arcacia Gooch, both of Henderson; Jason Cummins, Tammie Elkerson and Spencer Noble, all of Oxford; Copper Rain, Connie Palmer, Shawn Burton and Rita Taylor, all of Warrenton; Mary Wardrick of Louisburg;... Read More


Vance-Granville Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a budget of $19,236,203 for fiscal year 1998-99 at its bi-monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to place a plaque in the classroom building at the new Franklin County Campus to honor Ralph S. Knott for his many contributions to establishment of a satellite campus near Louisburg.

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The N.C. State Board of Community Colleges has selected John Trammell Church Sr., chairman of the Board of Trustees of Vance-Granville Community College, to receive its highest award, the I.E. Ready Award.

Church, of Henderson, was honored at a Day of Recognition on Nov. 19, along with the other 1998 recipient, Dr. Frank Weaver, former assistant director of adult education for the community college system.

The I.E. Ready Award is presented to people who have... Read More
Training students for high-tech jobs got a boost at Vance-Granville Community College Nov. 9 when the pharmaceutical firm Glaxo Wellcome pledged $50,000 to the college.

Robert E. Ingram, Glaxo’s chairman, chief executive officer and president, announced at groundbreaking ceremonies for a new powder inhaler facility in Zebulon that the company is giving $200,000 to four community colleges that are close to the plant. In addition to VGCC, $50,000 pledges were made to Johnston... Read More
The Vance-Granville Community College faculty and staff contributions to the VGCC Endowment Fund have now topped $100,000, thanks to the 1998 drive which resulted in $11,747 in contributions.

The results of the drive were announced Nov. 10 by Button Brady, Diane Finch... Read More
The deaths on July 6, 1998, of Miss Nannie A. Crowder of Henderson and Robert B. “Bob” Butler of Warrenton directed about $2.6 million to Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, to benefit the students the college is training.

Miss Crowder informed VGCC officials in November 1995 that she was placing $800,000 in a trust to be given to the college at her death, but the gift from Butler was a total surprise to VGCC officials. A retired... Read More
Trustees Welcome New Board Member, Mrs. Nancy Henderson


Enrollment at Vance-Granville Community College has gradually increased each new session over the past several years. This Fall Semester, enrollment has leaped ahead.

President Ben F. Currin reported to the college Board of Trustees at their bi-monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 21, that 3,234 students signed up for curriculum classes this... Read More
Previous records all fell by the wayside during Vance-Granville Community College’s 14th annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Civic Center.

Two hundred twelve full-time students received grants worth $132,425 for the 1998-99 school year. For the first time, 200 scholarships worth $300 each were given to part-time students at the college.

Last year, 165 full-time students received scholarships totaling $99,975.

The part-time... Read More
Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 75 students earned Dean’s List honors for the Summer Semester, which ended Aug. 6.

To qualify for summer Dean’s List, a student had to maintain a 3.25 grade-point average and get no grade lower than "B" while carrying at least nine semester hours, said Fred H. Wilson Jr., dean of instruction.

Summer Dean’s List honorees, listed by program areas, are:

Accounting - Leanne Elizabeth Drake of Henderson,... Read More
More than 80 people have requested applications for the presidency of Vance-Granville Community College.

That was the word from Donald Seifert, chairman of the Presidential Search Committee of the college’s Board of Trustees, speaking to the trustees at their bi-monthly meeting Monday, July 20.

The college is looking for a replacement for Dr. Ben F. Currin, who will retire Dec. 31 after almost 18 years at Vance-Granville’s helm and 40 years in education.

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One employee uses the learning center at Glen Raven Mills at Norlina to keep up with her children. Others are working on their G.E.D high school equivalency diplomas. Some are preparing themselves for greater responsibilities and better jobs in the company.

Glen Raven and Vance-Granville Community College have teamed up to develop the learning center, and the textile company even pays its employees to use it. In addition, they encourage employees to bring their children to the... Read More
Achievement was the order of the day Sunday, May 17, as 203 men and women received degrees and diplomas during the first-ever May graduation at Vance-Granville Community College.

The college normally holds one graduation in August. This year, it begins a twice-a-year commencement schedule, with the first in May and a second in August.

Phillip J. Kirk Jr., a long-time North Carolina educator, business leader and political appointee, was the principal speaker.... Read More
Vance-Granville Community College has announced its Spring Semester Dean’s List, and 209 students earned the honor, five more than were on last fall’s list.

To qualify for Dean’s List, a student had to maintain a 3.25 grade-point average and get no grade lower than B will carrying at least 12 semester hours, said Fred H. Wilson Jr., dean of instruction.

The most qualifiers came from technical programs at the college - 135. Forty-three students in vocational programs... Read More
Dr. Ben F. Currin, president of Vance-Granville Community College for nearly 18 years, will retire from that post, effective Dec. 31 of this year. He made the announcement at the regular meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees’ Monday evening, May 18.

"This decision (to retire) has been one of the most difficult ones I have ever had to make," he told the trustees. "To be a... Read More
While Dr. Ben F. Currin’s announcement that he will retire as president on Dec. 31 was the most notable event during the May 18 meeting of the Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees (for story, click here), the trustees also handled many items of college business.

David Brooks, chairman of the Building Committee, gave an update on the status of construction of the new Franklin County Campus in Louisburg (latest construction shown in photo at right). Despite delays... Read More


The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees approved a proposed fiscal year 1998-99 budget of $16,479,973 at its bi-monthly meeting Monday, March 16.

Board members also approved a sewage line right-of-way along college property, learned that progress has picked up on construction of the new Franklin County campus and agreed to send more than $6 million in capital requests to the... Read More

Jerome Johnson Honored As Instructor Of Year


Graduation at Vance-Granville Community College will be twice as nice this year.

The school's Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday evening, Jan. 26, to conduct two graduation ceremonies annually in the future. Dr. Ben F. Currin, president, said Spring Graduation will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, and Summer Graduation will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10... Read More
Cosmetology students at Vance-Granville Community College must have really hit the books during the fall semester as 41 of them, more than any other field of study, were among the 205 students earning Dean's List for the semester which ended in December.

This is the first time a semester Dean's List has been named at the college, which switched over from the fall to semester system beginning last September, said Fred H. Wilson Jr., dean of instruction, who announced the qualifiers... Read More
Approval of requests for extension course offerings to immured groups, an overview of new construction projects, and a review of a national survey directed to community college trustees headed the business agenda when the Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees met on Nov. 17.

John T. Church, Sr., presided over the session in the board room on Main Campus.

The members approved a recommendation from Henrietta Clark, curriculum committee chairperson, to... Read More