Recent News From VGCC

Poster for Dinner Theater production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' with images of kids competing in a spelling bee

Vance-Granville Community College has announced that an upcoming production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy, will be the college’s sixth annual Dinner Theater. The event, once again involving the collaboration of the VGCC Drama and Culinary Arts departments, is scheduled for the evenings of Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. Dinner begins at 6 p.... Read More

Phil Dixon makes a point during the second lecture in his VGCC series.

To deal with change, manage stress and gain insight into making good decisions, it’s best to understand yourself and how your brain works, neuroscience researcher Phil Dixon shared with an audience at Vance-Granville Community College on Feb. 27, for his second of three sessions on “Using Your Brain for a Change.”

“In all of these situations, if you don’t understand yourself, you’re not going to be able to understand others,” Dixon said. A resident of Oxford, N.C., who is originally... Read More

Culinary Students serve customers at the Masonic Home.

The Culinary Arts program at Vance-Granville Community College is inviting the public to enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by students on Thursday, March 15, 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 Specialist Kay Currin (left) and Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson (right) accepted the sponsorship from CertainTeed Plant Manager Mark Heilman (center). All are holding a big symbolic check.

CertainTeed of Oxford recently made a contribution to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund to serve as the morning round sponsor for the upcoming 34th Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament. Pictured above, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin (left) and Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson (right) accepted the sponsorship from CertainTeed Plant Manager Mark Heilman (center). The company is a longtime supporter of the golf tournament and has endowed the CertainTeed Academic... Read More

Poster for SBC Preparing for a Healthy Business series, with image of a businesswoman.

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center, in partnership with Woodforest National Bank and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, is offering a “Lunch Break to Educate” seminar on “Tax Planning & Reporting for a Small Business” on Wednesday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office at 414 South Garnett Street in Henderson.

After completing this seminar, attendees will be able... Read More

Women's history month logo

Vance-Granville is hosting a series of events throughout March to celebrate women's historical contributions. You are invited to participate in the following events....

  • Trivia Contest - All Vance-Granville students can test their knowledge of women's history through a 10-question quiz in Moodle. Everyone who earns a perfect score will be entered to win a Student Survival Gift Basket (one winner per campus). The quiz is open from March 1-18... Read More

The Spring 2018 1st 8-week course evaluation process will open on Monday, February 26th at 8:00 am.  Students may evaluate their courses through 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 2.

Pictured, from left, at the MR Williams headquarters in Henderson are VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams, company founder and board chairman Mike Williams, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin and VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson. All are holding a symbolic big check.

A new Vance-Granville Community College scholarship has been endowed by the Henderson-based distribution company, MR Williams. The new scholarship in the company’s name will be presented to a VGCC student each year as a “Presidential Scholar Award,” the college’s largest, most prestigious level of endowed scholarship.

Mike Williams, board chairman and founder of MR Williams, said that his company values education, both for its own sake — to benefit from skilled employees — and for the... Read More

From left, VGCC Human Services Technology Instructor/Club Advisor Sharon O’Geary and HST Club members Angela Powell of Warrenton, Grace Ohlandt of Franklinton, Sonya Barnes of Henderson, Melissa Jackson of Oxford, Pamela Campbell of Littleton, and Feliciana Hernandez of Henderson pose outside around the sign at Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson.

Members of the Vance-Granville Community College Human Services Technology (HST) Club conducted a Valentine’s Day community service project at Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson.

Students in the club handed out valentines and gifts to the residents and staff at the center. “The residents were happy to receive gifts and a short visit from HST Club members,” according to VGCC Human Services Technology Instructor/Club Advisor Sharon O’Geary.

The VGCC... Read More

From left, VGCC Spanish instructor Margaret Chaves-Smith helps guest speaker Valeria Rodríguez demonstrate Venezuelan dance in Chaves-Smith’s classroom at the college.

Students in a Spanish class at Vance-Granville Community College’s Main Campus recently enjoyed a visit from Valeria Rodríguez, a Spanish teacher at Warren County High School. Rodríguez is from Venezuela and is teaching locally through an international exchange program. A native of the capital, Caracas, she said she wanted to enlighten VGCC students about her home country. VGCC Spanish instructor Margaret Chaves-Smith welcomed Rodriguez to her class.

“I want to share some of the... Read More

Get excited! You're invited to the first annual Women's Leadership Conference at VGCC!

On Thursday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC's Main Campus, the 2018 Women's Leadership Conference will explore how you can build your personal brand, create professional opportunities, and own your career path. Students can ask meaningful, provocative questions and hear #realtalk answers. They will be able to explore what success looks like at every stage of a career and how to... Read More

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A group of students from Vance-Granville Community College recently received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. The scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

The scholarship can be used to assist with tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending... Read More

From left, VGCC students Michelle Harris-Evans of Youngsville and Elizabeth Kenney of Raleigh examine the so-called “Robo-Roach,” a live cockroach that has small electrodes attached to its antenna to provide sensory information to the cockroach from a handheld device and ultimately control its movements. Erin Bingham of BioNetwork holds the roach in the biotech lab on VGCC’s Franklin County Campus.

Students at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus recently enjoyed a fun, investigative activity designed to explore the interactions of electrophysiology, robotics and prosthetic engineering.

Erin Bingham, Director of Programming for the Raleigh-based North Carolina BioNetwork, which is part of the N.C. Community College System, visited the campus to conduct the innovative activity alongside VGCC Biology Instructor... Read More

Paramedics take a patient to a Duke Life Flight helicopter. Photo by Ashley S. Ayscue, The Daily Dispatch.

The Emergency Medical Services program at Vance-Granville Community College is hosting an informative seminar for area health professionals. “Duke Life Flight EMS Night Out” will be held Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. in the small auditorium in Building 2 on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. There is no charge to attend.

“This is an event specifically targeted at the prehospital and emergency medical providers who serve our community every day,” said Stephen Barney, VGCC’s... Read More

From left, VGCC Vice President of Institutional Research & Technology Dr. Ken Lewis, TechHire grant project manager Kenneth Wilson and (at far right) President Dr. Stelfanie Williams accept a symbolic check representing the new grant from Duke Energy District Manager Tanya Evans (third from left).

HENDERSON, N.C. – Vance-Granville Community College today announced a $200,000 investment from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. The funds will be used to connect students with hands-on training and career development opportunities.

The investment, from the Duke Energy Foundation, will support the “Vanguard Apprenticeship Collaborative,” a VGCC initiative designed to cultivate highly skilled workers for partnering companies in a number of industries. Grant funds will provide... Read More

Logo for business technologies & career explo with fireworks

Vance-Granville Community College will hold a “Business Technologies & Career Explo” (short for “Exploration”) on Thursday, March 1, from 3-7 p.m., in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Attendees will be able to explore VGCC’s programs related to business and information technology and the career fields for which those programs provide... Read More

Health Unit Coordinator flier with image of a woman at a computer

Vance-Granville Community College is currently registering students for a Health Unit Coordinator course.

This course will be offered in an online format, except for a one-time on-campus meeting for orientation on Monday, March 5, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., in room 7102 of Building 7 on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. After that, students will complete their work online through the end of the course on May 11. The instructor will be Hollie Garrett, who teaches for VGCC’s Medical Office... Read More

From left, VGCC student Carrie Johnson of Henderson and VGCC Academic & Career Coach Tiffani Polk speak at the “Complete College America” convening in New Orleans.

Carrie Johnson of Henderson, a Welding Technology student at Vance-Granville Community College, and Tiffani M. Polk, an Academic & Career Coach for the college’s TechHire program, recently spoke at a national conference focused on supporting college students.

Johnson and Polk participated in the Complete College America (CCA) organization’s annual convening, called “Access To Their... Read More

Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 114 students earned President’s List academic honors and another 143 earned Dean’s List academic honors for the fall semester that ended in December.

The President’s List recognizes students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) while carrying a “full load” (of at least 12 credit hours) in 100-level or higher curriculum courses. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student had to earn a GPA that was at least 3.5 but less... Read More

Among the most recent VGCC retirees honored in December 2017 were, seated, from left, Iris Richardson of Warrenton and Deborah Harris of Oxford; and standing, from left, Dennis Hodge of Henderson, Chuck Tulloch of Creedmoor, Jack Puckett of Oxford and John Allen of Oxford. Not pictured: Jean Blaine, Dr. Gail Ruby and Deborah Sullivan.

Vance-Granville Community College celebrated employees who had retired from the college -- and particularly those nine who retired in 2017 -- during a holiday social for faculty and staff, held in December in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus.

Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of VGCC, thanked all employees, past and present, for their dedicated service to students and the community. “Our employees make VGCC such a special place,” Dr. Williams said, adding that this... Read More