Recent News From VGCC

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

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