Recent News From VGCC

Franklin County Early College High School is hosting a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Thursday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin Campus.

Coordinating the drive is Abril Rosales-Martinez, a Super Senior at FCECHS, who says she’s been a long-time donor for the Red Cross. She’s organizing her first drive, she said, because she has seen how medical conditions affect the lives of those who are in need of blood.

“I have... Read More

The nine cast members of the Sixth Annual Dinner Theater are shown.

Vance-Granville Community College students will be joined by veteran theater actors for the college’s sixth annual Dinner Theater production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy, at the end of April. A collaboration of Vance-Granville’s Drama and Culinary departments, the event is scheduled for the evenings of Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. each evening in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus. Tickets are... Read More

Medical Office Assistant flier

Area residents interested in getting jobs in medical offices will have two opportunities for learning new skills this summer through continuing education programs at Vance-Granville Community College.

The Medical Office Assistant course is scheduled to begin in mid-May on VGCC’s Franklin Campus. Another offering of the course is scheduled for early June at South Campus.

At the Franklin Campus, the course will be offered on Mondays, May 14 through June 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30... Read More

CCP info session flier

Vance-Granville Community College has scheduled a series of sessions offering information for high school students and their parents on the “Career & College Promise” (CCP) program. CCP allows eligible students to earn college credits towards a college degree, diploma or certificate while still in high school, without having to pay college tuition.

Attendees will learn about the requirements of the program and the steps to apply for admission in CCP. This information will help... Read More

Brenda Ellis in green VGCC ambassador jacket

Brenda Ellis of Durham, a student in the Criminal Justice Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College, was recently selected as 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... Read More

Andrew Lynam of Youngsville, seen here in the Welding shop on VGCC’s Main Campus, is the college’s recipient of the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award for 2018.

Vance-Granville Community College has named student Andrew Lynam of Youngsville as its recipient of the North Carolina Community College System’s Academic Excellence Award for 2018. One student from each of the 58 colleges in the state system is honored with the award each year. 

Lynam will be officially recognized at Commencement in May, when he is scheduled to graduate from the college with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Welding... Read More

VGCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter President Brenda Ellis of Durham (left) accepts an award for service on behalf of the chapter from Seth June, the outgoing Carolinas Region vice-president for South Carolina, during the convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Vance-Granville Community College Alpha Sigma Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently brought home several awards from a regional gathering.

Attending the Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Regional Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 9-11, were VGCC chapter President Brenda Ellis of Durham, chapter Vice President of Leadership Pamela Campbell of Littleton and chapter advisor Maureen Walters, who teaches English at the college. The Carolinas Region includes 84 Phi... Read More

Student Maurice Thorpe trains on a motor grader simulator in a classroom on the college’s Warren County Campus during a previous Heavy Equipment Operator course. (VGCC photo)

WARRENTON — Vance-Granville Community College is planning to offer a nine-week course to train Heavy Equipment Operators, beginning Monday, April 16, at the college’s Warren County Campus.

A Short-Term Workforce Training Grant from the N.C. Community College System will be available to cover the cost of tuition and books for qualified students, said Kyle Burwell, VGCC’s director of occupational extension.

“Students will have the opportunity to learn the techniques and safety... Read More

Student holds gift basket

Thanks to all 84 students who participated in the VGCC Women's History Month Trivia Contest! Winners were selected at random from among those who scored highest on the quiz at each VGCC campus. And they are....

  • Main Campus Winner - Madison Hetrick
  • South Campus Winner - Sydney Sakoman
  • Franklin Campus Winner - Trina Leapley
  • Warren Campus Winner - Kirsten Abernathy

Each winner received a "College Student Survival Kit" gift basket... Read More

Robert Dow is seen here in the library on VGCC’s South Campus, where he takes some of his classes.

Robert Dow is one of a number of students at Vance-Granville Community College who are military veterans, but few, if any, have had military careers as long as his. Dow served in the United States Army from 1981 through 2013, when he retired at the rank of Master Sergeant.

For many of those years, he was stationed at Fort Bragg, but his service took him around the world. “During the non-conflict times, I was deployed for worldwide humanitarian services in Africa, Peru, South Korea,... Read More

seal of VGCC

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees approved a proposed total budget request of $3,190,150 for the 2018-2019 fiscal year for Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties at its bimonthly meeting on the college’s Main Campus on Monday, March 19.

In other action, the board also heard updates on the college’s recent grant success, the state’s audit of energy consumption, and the annual financial audit by the state.

VGCC’s budget requests for plant operations... Read More

Culinary student makes crepes

The Culinary Arts program at Vance-Granville Community College is inviting the public to enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by students on Thursday, April 5, 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 Director Eddie Ferguson, South Campus Dean Cecilia Wheeler and Endowment Specialist Kay Currin accepted the sponsorship from Altec Human Resources Manager Jeff Tingen and Patrick Wooten, General Manager for the Creedmoor location. Pictured above, from left, are Ferguson, Wheeler, Tingen, Wooten and Currin.

Altec Industries of Creedmoor recently made a contribution to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund to serve as the afternoon round sponsor for the upcoming 34th Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament. VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson, South Campus Dean Cecilia Wheeler and Endowment Specialist Kay Currin accepted the sponsorship from Altec Human Resources Manager Jeff Tingen and Patrick Wooten, General Manager for the Creedmoor location. Pictured above, from left, are... Read More

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

Small Business Center logo

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