Recent News From VGCC

VGCC/Warren Early College High School students and their principal, Tracey Neal (holding shovel), plant a garden as part of the Earth Day celebration. Looking on at left is Gigi Lytton from the Warren County FoodCorps.

Vance-Granville Community College’s Warren County Campus held a celebration of Earth Day on April 21.

As the highlight of the occasion, Warren Early College High School students planted a pollinator garden, along with a garden to grow strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and various herbs, in raised beds between one of the buildings of the college campus and the Early College unit.

Gigi Lytton from the Warren County FoodCorps assisted and guided the students, who were under... Read More

From left, Peter Caroline and Paul Caroline are seen here in the library on VGCC’s Franklin County Campus.

Twin brothers Paul Caroline and Peter Caroline of Louisburg began their higher education at Vance-Granville Community College and will soon continue that education at two of the nation’s top universities.

Both received full QuestBridge scholarships, Paul to the University of Pennsylvania and Peter to Stanford University. According to U.S. News & World Report, Stanford is the country’s most selective university, accepting only five percent of applicants, while Penn has the... Read More

Local firefighters conduct a rescue training exercise on top of a grain bin in the Epsom community.

Vance-Granville Community College recently partnered with the Epsom Fire Department in northern Franklin County to offer a training program designed to prepare local firefighters for specific emergency situations that may occur on farms.

The “Machinery & Agricultural Rescue” course was conducted in March, with instructor David Pease of the R.E.D.S. (Rescue Extrication Delivery Specialists) Team, a group he helped found to provide specialized training. Pease has over 40 years of... Read More

Congressman G. K. Butterfield, seated at left with VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams beside him, listens to VGCC students, from left, Evan O’Geary, Latessa Wilkerson, Camden Jones, Francis Scotland and Jesse Edwards.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who represents North Carolina’s first congressional district, visited the main campus of Vance-Granville Community College on April 17, during a tour of his district while Congress was in recess. At the college, the congressman met with Dr. Stelfanie Williams, VGCC’s president, along with a group of five students: Jesse Edwards, Camden Jones, Evan O’Geary and Latessa Wilkerson, all of Henderson; and Francis Scotland of Oxford. The congressman was accompanied by... Read More

Jordan T. Williamson

Jordan Williamson of Henderson, a student in the College Transfer program at Vance-Granville Community College, was recently the college’s nominee for the North Carolina Community College System’s Dallas Herring Achievement Award.

The award was established by the system in 2010 to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring, the longtime State Board of Education chairman and one of the state's earliest advocates of community colleges. Each year, the award recognizes a current or former... Read More

From left, students Kendall Smith (Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy), Brandon Yarborough (Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy) and Caroline Pruitt (Sanderson High) perform a lab procedure in a biotech lab during the 2016 Mini-Medical School camp at VGCC’s Franklin Campus.

High school students from throughout the region are invited to learn about health sciences and careers in medicine by participating in the 2017 “Mini-Medical School” Summer Camp, conducted by the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with Vance-Granville Community College.

The intensive, week-long day camp is being offered twice: June 12-16, at VGCC’s South Campus, located between Butner and Creedmoor, and July 24-28, at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus, just outside... Read More

Francis Scotland

Francis Scotland, Jr., of Oxford, a student in the College Transfer program at Vance-Granville Community College, was recently the college’s nominee for the North Carolina Community College System’s Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award for 2017.

The award was established in 2004 in honor of Scott, who served as Governor of North Carolina from 1969-1973, and as President of the N.C. Community College System from 1983-1995. Each... Read More

Anthony Pope is shown in the photo holding the Vance County Schools Volunteer of the Year plaque he was presented by Debbie Hite, principal of Early College High, left.

This information was provided by Terri Hedrick of Vance County Schools.

Vance-Granville Community College Academic & Career Coach Anthony Pope, a dedicated volunteer at the Vance County Early College High School, was named the Vance County Schools’ Volunteer of the Year for 2016-2017 at the school system’s annual Volunteer/Business Partner Recognition Reception on April 27.

The event was attended by about 160... Read More

Composite of pictures of Dr. Jimmie Williamson and Colton Hayes

Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, the president of the North Carolina Community College System, will be the principal commencement speaker for Vance-Granville Community College’s graduation exercises on Friday, May 12.

Colton Hayes of Epsom, president of the VGCC Student Government Association, will be the student speaker.

Approximately 490 students are scheduled to be... Read More

Danny Wright, behind podium, addresses 2017 Phi Theta Kappa inductees.

Vance-Granville Community College recognized 75 students who were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, on April 18 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus. VGCC students honored with induction into Phi Theta Kappa must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in associate degree curriculum programs and have completed at least 12 credit hours toward... Read More

Students sitting on the grass in the VGCC main campus courtyard, studying and talking to each other.

Vance-Granville Community College is now accepting applications from incoming first-year students for the “Summer Bridge” program.

Summer Bridge is a three-week program designed to enhance a student’s transition from high school to college and prepare them to be successful during their freshman year at VGCC. The program is scheduled for Monday through Friday, July 10-July 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

The program is completely free of charge, including lunch each... Read More

Chisa Pennix-Brown, holding microphone, makes a presentation during the Small Business Summit held at the Warren County Armory Civic Center in Warrenton on April 6.

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar, “Pinterest Made Easy,” on Thursday, May 11, from 2-4 p.m., in Building 7 on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Leading the seminar will be Chisa Pennix-Brown, CEO of Lady Bizness, based in Greensboro. Pennix-Brown has 15 years of experience in business coaching, community outreach, and social media insight. She recently gave a pair of well-received presentations on using mobile apps and... Read More

Timothy B. Tyson

Vance-Granville Community College will hold commencement exercises dedicated exclusively to new graduates of Adult Basic Skills programs on Thursday, May 4. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Those being honored at the ceremony will include students who have completed either the Adult High School Diploma program or the... Read More

Teachers standing in a Novozymes production facility

Article by Bill Joyner for NC BioNetwork

You’ve heard the saying, “Big things come in small packages.” A new twist on that might be “Big things happen in small places.” And the most recent in a series of Big Things happened Friday, February 10, in Louisburg, NC.

Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin Campus hosted the year’s first IDEA (Industry-Driven Educational Activities) workshop. This teacher-... Read More

Flier for Medical Office Assistant program with a picture of a woman working in an office.

Vance-Granville Community College will soon begin a continuing education program that prepares students for jobs in area medical offices.

The Medical Office Assistant course is scheduled to be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon, between May 15 and June 12, on VGCC’s South Campus, located between Creedmoor and Butner. In addition, students will complete 42 hours of coursework online.

This course is designed to provide training in the skills required for a... Read More

From left, VGCC students Chadstity Copeland and Ben Taylor talk with Shannon Clark about design choices for “The Glass Menagerie.” Clark is seated at a table with a small model of the set that he built.

When audiences enjoy the upcoming Vance-Granville Community College Dinner Theater production of “The Glass Menagerie,” they will see the work of a set designer who has worked on professional productions all along the Eastern seaboard. Shannon Clark is the first official “guest designer” for a VGCC theatrical production.

VGCC’s fifth annual Dinner Theater event, featuring the classic American drama that first launched playwright Tennessee Williams to fame, is scheduled for... Read More

NFL player Carlos Fields, at podium, addresses VGCC student-athletes and their families.

Vance-Granville Community College celebrated Vanguard student-athletes at its annual Athletics Banquet, held on March 31 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus.

VGCC Coordinator of Student Activities & Athletics Jermiel Hargrove started the event by praising the students for their hard work, both on the court and in the classroom. He noted that the VGCC athletics program is growing, with the 2016 addition of the “Vanguard Spirit” cheerleading squad, while the men’s... Read More

Seen here in a parlor at First Presbyterian Church of Henderson are, in front, from left, graduates Kaydee Karns of Stem and Sue Eckard of Creedmoor, instructor B.K. McCloud of Oxford, and graduates Susan Cox of Oxford and Lynn Patiky of Oxford; in back, from left, graduates Kishia Jones of Henderson, Barbara Paro of Butner, Pat Miller of Henderson and Dawn Lemons of Oxford.

Vance-Granville Community College recently celebrated the graduation of students from a class called “Tea and Etiquette.”

The class held its final meeting and graduation ceremony on April 4 with an afternoon tea party planned and carried out by the students at the First Presbyterian Church of Henderson. Several different types of tea, as well as savories, scones and sweets were on the menu. Graduates included Barbara Paro of Butner; Sue Eckard of Creedmoor; Kishia Jones and Pat Miller... Read More

Tammy Crowley-Deloatch, holding microphone, delivers keynote remarks at the Small Business Summit.

Established and budding entrepreneurs, representatives of area businesses and non-profit organizations, and a group of Warren County High School students received inspiration as well as practical advice for using technology in marketing during the Small Business Summit, held at the Warren County Armory Civic Center in Warrenton on April 6.

The summit was the fifth such free event organized by the VGCC Small Business Center... Read More

Earth Day poster

Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus will hold an Earth Day festival on Monday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Weather permitting, activities will be outside in front of the campus, which is located on N.C. 56 between Creedmoor and Butner.

The celebration is designed to educate the college and community about conservation and the natural world in a fun, informative setting.

Special... Read More