Recent News From VGCC

Group of faculty posing with the Vanguard Cup.

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 English department.

The department became just the second 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 English department was particularly noted for developing a... Read More

From left, VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson, VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams, George Watkins of Henderson and VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin meet to mark the creation of a new scholarship named in memory of Watkins’ uncle, Edward T. Watkins.

The Watkins Family Foundation, created by the estate of Vance County native Edward Tarry Watkins, has donated $25,000 to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund to endow a scholarship to help underprivileged women.

The donation to VGCC is actually the first made by the newly-established, Houston, Texas-based foundation, according to Meghan Watkins Thompson, a granddaughter of Watkins.

“I recall that my grandfather would always tell me, ‘you educate the woman, you... Read More

Diners enjoy lunch served by VGCC Culinary students at the Vanguard Cafe.

The Culinary Arts program at Vance-Granville Community College is holding a luncheon to raise funds to help send students to competitions through the SkillsUSA organization. The Valentine’s-themed luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Masonic Home for Children on College Street in Oxford, where the Culinary program is based.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Read More

VGCC President’s Leadership Award recipient Rusty Pace with his award plaque.

Rusty Pace, program head for Welding Technology at Vance-Granville Community College, was recently honored with the President’s Leadership Award from Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of the college.

Pace’s honor is one of three Glen Raven Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Awards presented to VGCC employees during each academic year. The others, the Faculty Member of the Year and Staff Member of the Year awards, are presented in the fall... Read More

Flier for "How to Start a Home-Based Business" with picture of a businesswoman at a table with a laptop computer.

For any aspiring entrepreneur who has contemplated working from home, Vance-Granville Community College’s Small Business Center will present a free seminar on Tuesday, March 14. The seminar, “How to Start a Home-Based Business,” will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Richard H. Thornton Library, located at 210 Main Street in Oxford.

Leading the seminar will be S. Briles Johnson, executive director of the Women's Business Center of North Carolina. The center is a partnership between the N.C... Read More

Among the most recent VGCC retirees honored, were, seated from left, Susan Boos of Creedmoor, Jacquelin Heath of Henderson and Keith Tunstall of Warrenton; and standing, from left, Anne Whitehead of Oxford, Lori Forsythe of Oxford, Carol Piper of Henderson and Vickie Watkins of Oxford.

Vance-Granville Community College celebrated employees who had retired from the college — and particularly those 10 who retired in 2016 — during a holiday social for faculty and staff, held on Dec. 15 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. “I have the very best team of employees that anyone could ever ask for,” she said. Williams... Read More

Flier for Business Plan Basics

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar, entitled “Business Plan Basics,” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Creedmoor Business Center, which is partnering with the college to host the event. Creedmoor Business Center is located at 109 S. Elm Street in Creedmoor.

In this seminar, instructor Melissa Terrell from the Women's Business Center of North Carolina will help participants learn the key elements of developing a business... Read More

VGCC Vanguards basketball poster

Ten days after defeating the University of North Carolina junior varsity team in Chapel Hill, the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team picked up another road victory, this time in Hampton, Va., over Thomas Nelson Community College, 94-83, on Jan. 28.

Sophomore sensation TyQuon Reid had a standout performance for the Vanguards, with 36 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. Reid was ranked in the top five nationwide in points per game, free... Read More

Chris Blue speaks behind a lectern during a VGCC male mentoring awards ceremony.

Christopher Blue of Henderson is an outstanding representative of the purpose of the Vance-Granville Community College Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI), which seeks to guide and support male students to graduate or transfer to a four-year university. This year, Blue is set to do both: he is on track to graduate from the college with two degrees in May 2017, at around the same time as he graduates from... Read More

Flier for NC REAL Professional Craft Artists Entrepreneurship, with depictions of handmade arts and crafts

Vance-Granville Community College is offering a course designed specifically to help creative local residents with skills in arts and crafts to succeed as entrepreneurs.

The “NC REAL Professional Craft Artists Entrepreneurship” program will be conducted at the college’s Franklin County Campus near Louisburg on Tuesdays from 6 until 9 p.m., March 7 through April 18.

“If you are considering starting your own business selling your handmade items, then the NC REAL... Read More

Small Business Center logo

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has scheduled a pair of free seminars for Thursday, Feb. 16, at the college’s Franklin County Campus, located just outside Louisburg.

Leadership Development for Small Business Owners” will be held from 1 until 4 p.m. that day. “How to Write a Business Plan: The Most Important Part of Starting a Business” will follow from 6 until 9 p.m. The location... Read More

N.C. Supreme Court Justice Mike Morgan delivers remarks during the VGCC Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday program. Seated at right, listening, is VGCC Male Mentoring Success Initiative co-coordinator Anthony Pope.

Inspirational speakers and music highlighted Vance-Granville Community College’s annual celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday on Jan. 18, in the college’s Civic Center.

The newest associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the Honorable Michael R. “Mike” Morgan, served as the keynote speaker.

“Martin Luther King, Jr., stood for equality, for fairness and for justice,”... Read More

Seal of VGCC

Vance-Granville Community College’s Grants Office has now surpassed $6 million in funding to support students, the VGCC Board of Trustees was informed on Monday night, Jan. 23, at its regular bimonthly meeting on Main Campus.

In its brief four-year history, the Grants Office has secured 37 grants totaling $6,053,883, according to Dr. Ken Lewis, Vance-Granville’s vice president of institutional research and technology.... Read More

VG logo with the words Vance-Granville Community College

Although the Spring 2017 semester at Vance-Granville Community College is underway, there are still opportunities to register for a variety of classes offered during “mini-terms.” These sections start later during the semester, but end on May 8, at the same time as the full 16-week courses, and they include just as many hours of instruction as under the traditional schedule.

The Spring 12-Week Mini-Term begins on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The complete list of courses is available by visiting... 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 training program is scheduled to be held on Mondays from 6 until 8 p.m. between March 6 and April 10, plus two Saturdays (March 11 and March 25) from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on VGCC’s Franklin County Campus near Louisburg. In addition, students will complete 42... Read More

The VGCC Vanguards are seen here posing at center court in the “Dean Dome,” with UNC varsity team jerseys in the rafters behind them, just after they defeated the JV squad on Jan. 18. From left, the group included Coach DeMarcus Oliver, student-athletes Chris Pernell, Kenneth Finley, Jr., Calvin Malik Manley, L. Michael Henderson, TyQuon Reid, Mitch Beck, Jaylen Jones, NiQuan Cousins, Isaiah McCaffity, Antonio Adams, Darius Buford and team manager Mycal Elam.

The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team achieved one of the most stunning upsets in program history on Jan. 18, defeating the University of North Carolina junior varsity team by a score of 106-100 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

This was VGCC’s second trip to Chapel Hill and the team’s first win over the JV Tar Heels, who were undefeated this season before the contest.

Henderson-based radio station WIZS 1450 AM provided live coverage of... Read More

VGCC’s TyQuon Reid (5) takes the ball down the court during his team’s first meeting with the UNC JV squad in 2016. Reid scored seven points in the Dean E. Smith Center.

For the second year in a row, the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team will soon travel to the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill to face the University of North Carolina Tar Heels junior varsity team.

The JV game is set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Henderson-based radio station WIZS 1450 AM will once again provide live coverage of the game starting at 7:15 p.m. Even for those outside the range of the radio station, the... Read More

Justice Michael Morgan in robe

Vance-Granville Community College will hold a special program celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. The celebration is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the VGCC Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI) and the Student Government Association.

The guest speaker for the event will be the newest Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the Honorable... Read More

Class picture of BLET cadets

Fourteen cadets graduated on Dec. 13 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 103rd BLET class included Heather Jocqueline Cruz of the Franklinton Police Department; Justin Lamar Dailey and Shauna Demetrius Terry, both of the Henderson Police... Read More

Small Business Center logo

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center will present a free workshop, called “Sales & Use Tax 101,” on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 2-4 p.m. in room F1208 at the college’s Franklin County Campus, located just outside Louisburg.

In this hands-on workshop, Rhonda High of the N.C. Department of Revenue will help small business owners understand the basics of sales and use taxes, including registering for a sales and use tax... Read More