Recent News From VGCC

Class picture of NSTI graduates and staff

Nineteen Warren County High School students were recently honored for graduating from the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), hosted by Vance-Granville Community College’s Warren County Campus. This was the second consecutive year that the institute was offered, in addition to a similar Summer Transportation & Trades Academy held on the campus in 2015.

The three-week summer program was conducted by the college in partnership with... Read More

Badges that say "Best Colleges" 2017 and "Best Online Schools" 2017

Vance-Granville Community College was recently recognized by a national organization as one of the top ten community colleges in North Carolina, and by another organization as one of the top 20 two-year colleges in the state for online programs. In addition, three of the college’s degree programs have been spotlighted with high rankings, as well.

VGCC placed seventh on the... Read More

Recent VGCC Mechatronics Engineering Technology graduate Thomas Boyd (third from left, holding microphone) speaks as part of a panel discussion at Franklinton High School. Other panelists included, from left, Ronnie Goswick of Carolina Sunrock, Arlan Peters of Novozymes and Eric Breit of the Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

Educators, local industry representatives, community leaders and a recent Vance-Granville Community College graduate shared ideas at a panel discussion organized on June 21 by the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance (AMSTA), a partnership of VGCC, Granville County Schools, Franklin County Schools, Warren County Schools and Vance County Schools.

The event was part of “AMSTA Summer Cruisers 2017,” a multi-day program that brought teachers from the four counties together to... Read More

From left, Ronnie Goswick, the director of business and economic development for Carolina Sunrock, talks with new VGCC Welding Technology degree program graduates Ethan Bailey of Oxford and Nicholas Keeton of Bullock during the “college-to-career mixer” on the college’s Main Campus.

As the end of the spring semester approached, the staff of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program at Vance-Granville Community College held their first-ever “College-to-Career Mixer” for students to meet with potential employers. Not only were 15 new graduates of the Welding Technology and Mechatronics Engineering Technology programs in attendance, but also five students... Read More

 From left, Tanisha Silver of Warrenton, Brittany Champion of Creedmoor, Erin Woodlief of Franklinton and Courtney Humphries of eastern Granville County are seen here shortly after graduating on VGCC’s Main Campus.

HENDERSON, N.C. — When six students walked across the stage to receive their degrees at Vance-Granville Community College’s May commencement exercises, they quietly made history. They were among the first graduates of the college who had received the “VanGuarantee” scholarship to help eliminate any financial barriers standing between them and their academic goals.

The innovative scholarship program was... Read More

VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams addresses a group at VGCC's South Campus. Photo by Rachael Riley of The Daily Dispatch of Henderson, NC. Used with permission of the newspaper.

By Rachael Riley

The Daily Dispatch, Henderson, NC

June 22, 2017

Vance-Granville Community College is receiving a $31 million in-kind academic grant from Siemens PLM Software, the largest the college has ever received, VGCC President Stelfanie Williams announced Thursday at VGCC’s South Campus.

“This $31 million gift represents the highest-valued single donation in the... Read More

As, seated from left, N.C. Community College System President Dr. James C. "Jimmie" Williamson and Siemens PLM Software representative Ryan Theeck look on, VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams (standing) addresses a group gathered at VGCC's South Campus to hear the announcement of the major strategic partnership between Siemens PLM Software and the college.

CREEDMOOR, N.C. -- Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) today (June 22) announced it received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of $31 million.

The in-kind grant gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery,... Read More

VGCC Radiography students gather around their instructor, Lewis Daughtry, at the North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists conference after Daughtry received the NCSRT Imaging Professionals for Excellence Award.

Second-year students in the Radiography program at Vance-Granville Community College attended the recent annual conference of the North Carolina Society for Radiologic Technologists (NCSRT), Inc., at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord.

While at the conference, VGCC Radiography instructor Lewis Daughtry, Jr., was awarded the NCSRT Imaging Professionals for Excellence Award. At each conference, this award recognizes one professional currently working in North Carolina who has made a... Read More

Celebrating the creation of the new scholarship are, from left, VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson, VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company President Mike Little and VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin.

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, which has a major manufacturing and distribution facility in Oxford, recently established a new scholarship at Vance-Granville Community College.

For the company, headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the scholarship marks an enhancement of its partnership with the community college. The company was the presenting sponsor of VGCC’s 33rd annual Endowment... Read More

Eagle Voyage logo with Eagle in red and Voyage in green

DURHAM, N.C. – The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Department of Human Sciences and Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) have signed an agreement to offer two education-related bachelor’s degree programs on the community college campus in Henderson, N.C.

NCCU will provide the second two years of study at VGCC for students with Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as provide support services and access to NCCU’s resources, such as the Shepard Library on campus.... Read More

Logo that says "Enrollment Day 2017, June 29, 9 am - 7 pm, All Campus Locations!

Vance-Granville Community College will hold “Enrollment Day” on Thursday, June 29, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., at all four of its campuses.

During those extended hours, VGCC admissions, financial aid and advising staff members will be ready to assist anyone who is interested in enrolling at the college for the Fall 2017 semester, which starts on Aug. 14.

Students are encouraged to pre... Read More

Group picture of Male Mentoring PRIDE award recipients

The second annual PRIDE awards were presented as the Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI) at Vance-Granville Community College recently held a ceremony to recognize outstanding students who have excelled in the program.

The ceremony, held May 3 at VGCC’s South Campus, began with welcoming remarks from the dean of that campus, Cecilia Wheeler. “Being involved in this program shows that you are leaders,” Wheeler told the students.

The highlight of the evening was the... Read More

Spence Bailey, seen outside on VGCC's main campus.

Spence Bailey has been named the director of admissions at Vance-Granville Community College. As part of the college’s Enrollment and Outreach division, Bailey (pictured above) will lead a department that develops and maintains a student-centered process of admission, from engaging and recruiting prospective students to welcoming them to VGCC.

Bailey has been a member of the VGCC staff, as College Recruiter, since 2006. A resident of Oxford, he graduated from J.F. Webb High... Read More

Roderick Allison, holding a microphone on a stage, addresses Vance County Early College High School students in the VGCC Civic Center.

Shortly before the recent spring semester ended, attorney Roderick Allison of Creedmoor spoke to Vance County Early College High School students as part of a spring speakers’ series sponsored by the Vance-Granville Community College Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI). VGCC staff member Anthony Pope, co-coordinator of the MMSI, introduced Allison as a “triple threat,” not only an attorney but also a comedian and a musician. Allison has performed comedy and made motivational... Read More

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