Recent News From VGCC

Cover of ARCHES publication with smiling graduates

Area residents have until Jan. 4, 2018, to complete the process of registering for the spring 2018 semester at Vance-Granville Community College, but college officials urge prospective students to register before the holidays.

The semester begins on Jan. 8, with classes offered on schedules of 16, 12 and 8 weeks. Course schedules are available online at

For new students, the process of enrollment begins with completing... Read More

We are looking at options for updating our website and we need your help! Students are our most important web users and we want your input on the current site and what you would like to see moving forward. Let me know your thoughts on everything like the things you like/dislike about the current site, a wishlist of things you would like to see on a new site, and everything in-between. I want to hear it all so we can work to make your online experiences with VGCC the best they... Read More

“INTERVIEWS: READY, SET, GO” seminar on Thursday, November 30th, from 12:00-1:00 in the Building 8 Conference Room on Main Campus. All students are invited.

VGCC Director of Admissions Spence Bailey (standing) addresses high school representatives.

Administrators and guidance counselors from area high schools recently met at Vance-Granville Community College to learn more about what the college offers, including new opportunities for students. Representatives of schools in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties were invited to attend the update meeting, held on Oct. 26 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus.

In welcoming remarks, VGCC Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Levy Brown thanked the... Read More

Portrait of VGCC president Dr. Stelfanie Williams

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of Vance-Granville Community College, to the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound, Basic Education. The Commission, which the governor created through an Executive Order, will focus on the critical importance of North Carolina meeting its duties under the state constitution as underscored by the landmark court rulings in Leandro v. North Carolina and Hoke County Board of Education v. North... Read More

From left, VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams and Dr. Ben Currin, the college’s former president, holding a plaque honoring him for his service to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund.

Dr. Ben F. Currin recently retired from the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Board of Directors. That marked the culmination of Currin’s formal association with VGCC, which lasted for a total of 36 years — 18 as president of the college and 18 more on the endowment board after his retirement as president.

Currin, who now lives in Raleigh, became the third president of VGCC in 1981. Under Currin’s leadership, VGCC... Read More

From left, Shelley Carter and George Premkumar, both representing Duke Health, talk with VGCC Radiography student Johnathan Williamson of Oxford during the Health Sciences Career Fair.

Vance-Granville Community College held its third annual Health Sciences Career Fair on Nov. 7 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. The event was organized by VGCC’s Career Services department and Health Sciences division to help students in health-related programs to meet potential employers and explore career options.

Participating health care facilities included Granville Health System, Duke Health, Well Care Home Health, Central Regional Hospital,... Read More

VGCC Board of Trustees Chair Danny W. Wright (left) celebrates the announcement of $21,036 raised in the Faculty-Staff Drive for the VGCC Endowment Fund this fall. Co-chairs of the campaign were Andrew Beal, public information officer for the college; Willie Mae Foster-Hill, receptionist at Main Campus; and Jeremy Lambert, assistant director of financial aid. Kay Currin (right), VGCC Endowment specialist, made the presentation to the trustees at their Nov. 20 meeting.

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees celebrated news from President Dr. Stelfanie Williams that the college’s VanGuarantee scholarship continues to gain national attention. The announcement was made on Nov. 20 at the board’s bi-monthly meeting on the Main Campus.

The trustees also welcomed two new board members and heard the results of a campus-wide campaign to raise money for the VGCC Endowment Fund.

In her report to the Board of Trustees, Dr. Williams said... Read More

From left, Small Business Summit keynote speakers Kristen Baughman and Stacey Price Sprenz talk with VGCC Small Business Center Director Tanya Weary at the beginning of their presentation.

Both new and experienced entrepreneurs from throughout the region met at the Lake Gaston Lions Club in Henrico for a Small Business Summit on Oct. 24. The summit, presented by CenturyLink, was the sixth such free event organized by the VGCC Small Business Center, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Warren County, the Warren County Economic Development Commission and the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.

This time, the event’s theme was “Making... Read More

Portrait of VGCC president Dr. Stelfanie Williams

Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of Vance-Granville Community College, has been appointed to serve on the “My Future NC” Commission, a new statewide group focused on educational attainment.

My Future NC was recently created by the leaders of the North Carolina public education systems, including the president of the University of North Carolina, Margaret Spellings; the acting president of the North Carolina Community College System,... Read More

Human Services advisory committee members meet in a semi-circle in a classroom.

Citizens from Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties came together at the Main Campus of Vance-Granville Community College on Oct. 24 as the college’s advisory committees held their annual meetings.

VGCC’s 36 advisory committees are made up of people from the communities served by the college who have worked in the fields for which the college offers training or who can provide certain insights or expertise. Committees advise not only... Read More

Brian Miller conducts the Vance-Granville Community Band during its 2016 holiday concert.

The Vance-Granville Community Band will perform its tenth annual winter holiday concert on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center, located at 201 Breckenridge Street in downtown Henderson. Admission is free of charge. 

Included in the concert will be a host of holiday favorites, including "Silver Bells,” "White Christmas,” "The First Noel,” "A French Noel... Read More

Sam Royster, seated, is honored for his contributions to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund at an Endowment Board meeting. Standing behind him, from left, are VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson, board members Opie Frazier and James Crawford, VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams and board members Danny Wright and Donald Seifert.

T.S. “Sam” Royster, Jr., of Oxford recently retired from the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Board of Directors.

Royster has served on the board since 1998. Among his numerous contributions to the Endowment Fund, he and his law partners established the Royster, Cross & Hensley, LLP, Academic Achievement Scholarship in 2007. He helped to arrange for another scholarship, the Harold & Helen Sherman Presidential Scholar Award. Royster is also a longtime... Read More

Composite of pictures of Mike Little (left) and Michael Gokee (right) individually speaking at the scholarship awards dinner.

Vance-Granville Community College honored 306 students receiving scholarships, as well as the donors and partnering organizations who established those scholarships, at a dinner on Oct. 12 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus. This was the second annual event of its kind at VGCC and allowed many students to meet and have dinner with community leaders and supporters of the college’s Endowment Fund.

In her remarks at... Read More

Panelists at VGCC’s Franklin Campus included, seated from left, attorney Daniel Lehrer, VGCC Paralegal Technology graduate Shana Nunn, attorney Jamie Rudd, North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification assistant director Joy Belk, Assistant District Attorney Michael Putney, Jr., and VGCC graduate Leslie Hargrove.

The Vance-Granville Community College Paralegal Technology program hosted a panel discussion on careers in the paralegal field on Oct. 11 on the college’s Franklin County Campus, where the program is based. VGCC Paralegal instructor Marque Debnam moderated the discussion, which was attended by current students in the program, prospective students and educators.

The panel featured Leslie Hargrove of Henderson and Shana Nunn of Wake Forest, both... Read More

VGCC Vanguards logo

The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team is scheduled to play at least 28 games during the 2017-2018 season, including 11 home games. This is the program’s second season under the leadership of head coach DeMarcus Oliver.

The Vanguards compete in Region X of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II, which includes 11 two-year colleges in North Carolina and Virginia.

For VGCC, the regular season starts with a visit on Nov... Read More

Kyle Burwell

Vance-Granville Community College recently named Kyle F. Burwell of Oxford as the college’s new director of Occupational Extension and Human Resources Development (HRD). Burwell (pictured above) has been a member of the VGCC staff since 2006, as coordinator of HRD. She has also served as coordinator for a number of grants to the college, including grants from the USDA, the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, and the American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 initiative.... Read More

From left, VGCC student-athlete Stormi Abernathy, Volleyball Coach Jessica Smith and student-athlete Hannah Arneth with a display in honor of the two sophomores at Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson.

Two sophomore standouts on the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards women’s volleyball team were recently recognized with honors by coaches in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X, at an awards banquet held in conjunction with the conference tournament. Stormi Abernathy of Leasburg was named to the All-Region Second Team, while Hannah Arneth of Oxford received an Honorable Mention for the All-Region team.

Earlier, the VGCC volleyball program itself paid... Read More

VGCC/Granville Early College High School student Jessica Burney presents a poem, “I Got Flowers Today,” during the Domestic Violence Awareness Month event on the college’s South Campus.

Vance-Granville Community College held educational programs for students on all four of its campuses in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The series of events kicked off on Oct. 16 at the college’s Warren County Campus. Special guests included Warren County Commissioner Tare Davis, who is also a state trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol; Warren County native Dentis Shaw, founder of and an anti-violence... Read More

VGCC SAMA officers include, from left, Secretary Brittney Hawkins, Treasurer Ebony Terry, Co-Historian Erica Tunstall, President Morgan Edwards, Co-Historian Patricia Judkins and Vice President Jessica Ruffin. They are pictured in front of the bulletin board that students created to celebrate “Medical Assistants Recognition Week” (Oct. 16-20) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Vance-Granville Community College Student Association of Medical Assistants (SAMA) recently elected officers for the 2017-18 academic year. The association is made of up students in the Medical Assisting program, based at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus. This year’s officers include President Morgan Edwards of Creedmoor, Vice President Jessica Ruffin of Franklinton, Secretary Brittney Hawkins of Henderson, Treasurer Ebony Terry of Franklinton, and Co-Historians Erica Tunstall of Warrenton... Read More