Recent News From VGCC

S. Quon Bridges (standing) talks with students at Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus.

Attorney and former N.C. District Court Judge S. Quon Bridges spoke to students, faculty and staff at Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus as part of a speakers’ series sponsored by the college’s Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI), as the spring semester drew to a close. Among those in the audience were Granville Early College High School students.

Bridges recalled his mother, who had recently passed away at the time he spoke to students. She had encouraged her 11... Read More

VGCC Pharmacy Technology program head Dr. Erica Fleming (center) and student Kristen Honaker of Henderson (right) talk with John and Barbara Thorpe of Oxford (left) about health and medication issues at ACIM in Oxford.

Students in the Pharmacy Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College have been participating in a unique “community pharmacy practice” clinical rotation at a Granville County nonprofit organization.

Under the supervision of Pharmacy Technology Program Head Dr. Erica Fleming, students completed part of their clinical rotation at Area Congregations in Ministry (ACIM) in Oxford on Fridays during the spring semester. The... Read More

From left, VGCC Culinary Arts Program Head/instructor Chef Teresa Davis with SkillsUSA student medalists Hayya Wright (3rd place, culinary arts), Marcus Brown (3rd place, commercial baking), Tyneshia Brackett (5th place, culinary arts) and Tonisha Chavis (5th place, nail care); not pictured: Shirley Bennett (2nd place, commercial baking).

Vance-Granville Community College students recently earned several awards at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA North Carolina State Leadership and Skills Conference, which was held in Greensboro. A record 2,600 participants competed in 110 contests at the conference, billed as the largest showcase of career and technical education in the state. 

VGCC Culinary Arts student Shirley Bennett of... Read More

The 2017 graduates of the Vance-Granville Community College Child Care Center included, seated, from left: Alfred Read, Journey Kelly, Kaelynn Collins and Elias Gilbert; and standing, from left: Paisley Wiggins, Benjamin Juntunen, John Abbott, Mace Tate and Michael “Trace” Harris. Standing on the sides are (left) Child Care Center manager Bridget Perry and (right) teacher Deborah Harris.

Nine graduates of the Vance-Granville Community College Child Care Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County were honored in a special ceremony on June 2, as they prepared to enter kindergarten this fall.

The Class of 2017 included Alfred Prentice Read of Bracey, Va.; Journey Morgan Kelly of Franklinton; John Renn Abbott, Kaelynn Marie Collins and Paisley Jane Wiggins, all of Henderson; Benjamin Jon Juntunen of... Read More

From left, instructor Patrice Allen and D. Troy Glover, holding Glover’s certificate as a Registered Medical Assistant in the Medical Assisting program lab on VGCC’s Franklin Campus.

D. Troy Glover of Youngsville recently made history at Vance-Granville Community College, when he became the first person to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam at the college’s Franklin County Campus.

According to VGCC Medical Assisting instructor Patrice Allen, the college has been working for the past several years to become an approved testing site that could administer the certification examination, which was established by... Read More

Supporters of the electric car gathered at VGCC around the unfinished car prior to leaving for Indy.

Teamwork is what got a group from Vance-Granville Community College onto the track at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway — not only the teamwork demonstrated by students and faculty from curriculum programs at the college, but also by a team of sponsors from the community who supported them.

For the first time, VGCC sent a team to compete in an event as part of the GreenpowerUSA racing series supported by Siemens and the... Read More

Golfers warm up before the start of the golf tournament at Henderson Country Club.

Vance-Granville Community College’s 33rd annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, presented by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, hit a new record total by raising $116,675 to help fund scholarships for deserving students and support the mission of the college. That result surpassed the $104,160 generated in 2016, in what was previously the highest-grossing golf tournament in VGCC history.

A total of 161 golfers formed 41 teams to play in either the morning or the... Read More

Class picture of BLET cadets

Eleven cadets graduated on May 16 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 104th BLET class included Jill Nicole McLean of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office; Spencer Reid Warehime of the Granville County Sheriff's Office; Shawn Maurice... Read More

Class picture of VGCC Associate Degree Nursing students

Vance-Granville Community College recognized 41 students who graduated this spring from the Associate Degree Nursing program with a pinning ceremony in the college’s Civic Center on May 10.

Among those honored with distinctive nursing pins at the ceremonies were seven who graduated through the LPN to ADN Transition Program, which helps Licensed Practical Nurses to continue their education and then become Registered Nurses. These graduates were Ashley... Read More

At a podium, N.C. Community College System President Jimmie Williamson delivers the commencement address at Vance-Granville Community College on May 12.

Less than one year into his tenure as president of the North Carolina Community College System, Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson addressed some of his system’s newest graduates as the principal speaker at Vance-Granville Community College’s 48th commencement exercises on May 12. Members of the Class of 2017 were joined by numerous loved ones at the outdoor ceremony in front of the gazebo on the college’s Main Campus.

While saluting the graduates’ accomplishments thus far, Williamson... Read More

Theresa Brown teaches a painting class

Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus will offer a summer art class on Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., June 13 through Aug. 22 (with no class meeting on July 4).

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. Brown recently assumed the duties of teaching this class... Read More

As VGCC Cosmetology students look on, Regis Corporation artistic director Michelle Roderick (right) demonstrates a technique in the VGCC Civic Center.

The Cosmetology program at Vance-Granville Community College recently welcomed the Regis Corporation to conduct a free, one-day training session for students and instructors from all four of the college’s campuses. Regis Corporation, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the beauty industry's global leader in beauty salons and cosmetology education.

“I would like to thank Regis for the free training that they set up, the way they catered to the students, the modern updo styling... Read More

Timothy Tyson, at lectern, addresses VGCC Adult Basic Skills graduates.

Graduates of Vance-Granville Community College’s Adult Basic Skills programs were encouraged to adopt a can-do attitude and keep learning at their commencement exercises on May 4. The honorees were among those students who have completed either the Adult High School Diploma program or the High School Equivalency program in the past year.

The principal commencement speaker... Read More

Class picture of Radiography graduates

Twenty-two new graduates of Vance-Granville Community College’s two-year Radiography program were honored in a May 8 pinning ceremony in the college’s Civic Center.

The Radiography Class of 2017 included Marlene LaShon Bailey and Anna Tilley, both of Creedmoor; Trevor Houston and Brooke Oakley-Storer, both of Durham; Mary Elizabeth Brewer, Kelsey Paige Hight, Kara Siena Shelton Reese and Madalyne Woods, all of Henderson; Kaitlyn Burton Sumner... Read More

From left, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin, Applied Technologies Department Chair J. Keith Shearon, Lynn Hall, Brady Account Services Representative Lina Lindberg, VGCC Welding student Michael Hall, Brady Vice President of Direct Sales Brad Resler, VGCC Welding student Cedric Rodebaugh, Brady Director of Business and Leadership Development Phil Kirk, Tamara Rodebaugh, VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams and VGCC Welding program head Rusty Pace gather on the college’s Main Campus.

Brady, a company that provides energy-efficient HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, recently awarded the annual Mike Bradley Memorial Scholarships to Vance-Granville Community College students Michael Hall of Creedmoor and Cedric Rodebaugh of Franklinton.

Both students, who are studying Welding Technology at VGCC, received a $500 scholarship to help fund their education.... Read More

Flier for Credit Score seminar with image of a computer screen showing "poor" and "good" scores

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar that offers helpful tips on how to obtain a better credit score.

“How to Increase Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points; Prepare for a Bank Business Loan!” is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, from 6 until 9 p.m., in room 7109 (Building 7) on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

According to instructor Bob Moore, “a very good credit score is now considered to be 740 points, with an... Read More

VGCC students tour the campus of UNC-Greensboro.

The Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI) at Vance-Granville Community College recently took a group of 18 students on a tour of sites in Greensboro and Charlotte that allowed them to explore careers, four-year universities and cultural activities.

Anthony Pope and Michael Farmer, co-coordinators of the initiative, accompanied the “mentees” on a trip that included touring five institutions of higher learning, visiting the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, taking a... Read More

VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams, left, and Trustee Board Chair Danny Wright, right, present a plaque to Colton Hayes of Epsom, honoring him for his service as Student Trustee for the Board of Trustees in 2016-2017. Hayes, who is graduating this year, was president of the VGCC Student Government Association.

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees recently approved the addition of a new curriculum program, Supply Chain Management, to replace Global Logistics & Distribution Management Technology. The action came at the Trustees’ bimonthly meeting on the college’s Main Campus on Monday, May 15.

The Supply Chain Management curriculum prepares students for a variety of careers in distribution, transportation,... Read More

Allison Medlin (third from left), administrative assistant for the Bioenergy Research Initiative, talks with VGCC Culinary Arts students, from left, Tyneshia Brackett, Jordan Turner, Marcus Brown and Brittany Bower during the Earth Day celebration at VGCC’s South Campus. Based in Oxford, the Bioenergy Research Initiative supports research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for energy production and agribusiness development.

Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus recently celebrated Earth Day, although rain forced the planned outdoor activities to be moved indoors. That did not stop students, faculty, staff and members of the community from learning about conservation and the natural world through a variety of educational displays.

As part of the celebration, students entered a contest to create Earth Day-themed posters. Taking first place in the contest was Chris Batts of Wake Forest, whose... Read More

S. Quon Bridges (right) talks with students at Warren Early College High School.

Attorney and former N.C. District Court Judge S. Quon Bridges spoke to a group of ninth-grade Warren Early College High School students in April as part of a spring speakers’ series sponsored by the Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI) at Vance-Granville Community College.

Bridges received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and his Juris Doctorate from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. He was appointed by former Governor Mike Easley as a district... Read More

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