Recent News From VGCC

Recent VGCC Culinary Arts graduate Hayya Wright of Louisburg prepares a dish in the kitchen at the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, where the program is based.

The Vance-Granville Community College Culinary Arts program is changing the way it schedules core courses when the fall semester begins on Aug. 14. Culinary courses will now be taught in eight-week sessions rather than in the traditional 16-week semester format.

“One benefit of the eight-week format is that our students will have more concentrated time in each specific lab,” explained VGCC Culinary Arts Program Head/instructor Chef Teresa Davis.... Read More

Stephen Filarsky of Franklinton paints a watercolor portrait.

Artist Stephen Filarsky of Franklinton will teach a Watercolor class at Vance-Granville Community College’s Main Campus this fall. The class is scheduled for Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., Sept. 5 through Dec. 12, in room 5224 (Building 5).

While Filarksy will be concentrating on watercolor techniques, he will also be instructing students in whatever additional medium in which they would like to work.

Filarsky has painted watercolor portraits and landscapes... Read More

Students graduating from the VGCC Franklin Campus Child Care Center included, seated, from left: Arianna Abbott and Colton Leonard; and standing, from left, Joshua Stallings, Cody Collier and Chase Snelling. Not pictured: Aiden Zalewski. Standing in back is teacher Teresa Gallatin.

Six new graduates of the Child Care Center on Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus were honored in a ceremony on July 12 as they prepared to enter kindergarten. The students were Cody Collier of Henderson; Arianna Abbott, Colton Leonard, Joshua Stallings and Aiden Zalewski, all of Louisburg; and Chase Snelling of Youngsville.

Welcoming remarks were provided by Bobbie Jo May, the dean of the... Read More

From left, VGCC Pharmacy Technology student Tamika Everett of Creedmoor, Kristen Honaker of Henderson, Lesli Miranda of Henderson, Licensing and Adoptions Social Worker LaVerne Smith of Granville County DSS, program head Dr. Erica Fleming, Emily Adcock of Oxford and Ashley Hobgood of Henderson.

Students in the Pharmacy Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College recently helped provide important training to Granville County foster parents.

Under the supervision of Pharmacy Technology Program Head Dr. Erica Fleming, students conducted medication management training, which is a state requirement for family foster home licensing, at the Granville County Department of Social Services (DSS). In such training, foster parents learn about understanding prescription... Read More

Class picture: Seated, from left: EMT-Paramedic graduates Taylor Abbott, Luke O’Briant, Kira Chambers, Danielle Dixon, Ashley Denton, Tina Ayscue, Nikki Henderson, Daniel Null and Justin Preddy; standing, from left: instructor Vivian Loyd, graduates Jonathon Pulley, Annie Wilbourne, Thomas McDuffie, Brent Adcock, Branden Bass, Chris Milton, Andrew McDonald, Dillon Thomas, Justin Chambers and Idabelle Proffitt and EMS coordinator Stephen Barney. Not pictured: graduates Kizer Blackburn and Destanie Fisher.

Vance-Granville Community College honored 21 students who completed the college’s Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program in July.

The graduates included Idabelle Proffitt of Bullock; Annie Wilbourne of Bunn; Kizer Blackburn of Durham; Chris Milton of Epsom; Ashley Denton, Nikki Henderson, Daniel Null, Jonathon Pulley and Dillon Thomas, all of Henderson; Taylor Abbott of Kittrell; Destanie Fisher of Orange County; Brent Adcock, Tina Ayscue and Justin Preddy, all of Oxford;... Read More

Flier for Medical Office Administrative Assistant program with patient being helped at a desk at a doctor's office.

Area residents will have a new opportunity to gain a credential for jobs in medical offices when the fall semester begins at Vance-Granville Community College on Aug. 14.

The college is scheduling courses to allow students to complete the entire 17-credit-hour “Medical Office Administrative Assistant I” certificate in two semesters at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus near Louisburg. This program provides entry-level skills and knowledge for... Read More

Science Camp participant Amarii Blair of Henderson (in foreground) flies a kite in the courtyard on VGCC’s Main Campus, during a session in which campers learned about aerodynamics as they created and tested their own kites.

Enjoying what the head of the Vance-Granville Community College Science Department joked was a “well-rounded” experience, area middle school students traveled “around the world” at the college’s seventh annual Science Camp in June.

“The campers enjoyed activities focused on biology, geology, chemistry, physics, medical science and applied science,” according to VGCC Science Department Chair Steve McGrady. “These sessions were interspersed with games about Earth’s continents and oceans... Read More

North Carolina Ninth District Court Judge Henry Banks, left, who is working part-time after his recent retirement, swears in VGCC Trustee Deborah F. Brown of Henderson for a third four-year term on the board.

A laboratory has been renovated to house the new Histotechnology program on Vance-Granville Community College’s Main Campus, the VGCC Board of Trustees was informed at its Monday, July 17, bi-monthly meeting.

The renovation, which cost $15,230, was part of a project covering miscellaneous repairs and renovations on the college campus between Henderson and Oxford, according to Trustee Donald C. Seifert, Sr., chair of the... Read More

A pharmacy instructor supervises a student in mask and gloves with a syringe.

The Pharmacy Technology program at Vance-Granville Community College was recently recognized as one of the top five programs of its kind in the nation.

VGCC placed fourth in the list of the top 50 pharmacy technician programs published by Seattle-based and was the highest-ranked North Carolina community college. “... Read More

Lt. Justin Bailey of Granville Health System (left) performs a needle decompression as part of his training to become an instructor for the new PHTLS program, as VGCC Emergency Medical Services Coordinator/instructor Steve Barney supervises. Bailey is also a graduate of the EMT-Paramedic program at VGCC.

Vance-Granville Community College will soon expand its Emergency Medical Services training options to include the internationally-recognized Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) program.

Developed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma, PHTLS is the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The stated mission of PHTLS is “to promote excellence in trauma... Read More

VGCC Endowment Fund logo

There is now a new, convenient way to support Vance-Granville Community College by making a contribution to the college’s Endowment Fund online. A secure webpage is now available to give to the VGCC Endowment Fund at

Donors can choose to give either by credit card or direct debit from a bank account. They can also choose to set up a recurring gift in a certain amount that... Read More

Celebrating the creation of the new scholarship are, from left, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin, Nathan Fleming, Joann Thomas and VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson.

Joann Thomas and Nathan Fleming, both of Williamsboro, recently established a new Vance-Granville Community College scholarship, which they named in memory of the daughter they lost at the age of three.

The new academic achievement scholarship honors the memory of Joy Nicole Fleming, who passed away in 1975 due to complications from a brain tumor. Thomas recalled that her daughter, befitting her first name, was “smart and talkative and never found anybody she didn't like.” She also... Read More

Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 115 students earned President’s List and another 119 earned Dean’s List academic honors for the spring semester that ended in May.

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 than 4.0, and have... Read More

Badge that says Best associate programs - 2017

The Accounting program at Vance-Granville Community College recently received recognition as one of ten best associate degree programs in its field across the United States. VGCC came in at number nine on the list of the nation’s top associate degrees published by New York-based Only one other college in North Carolina, Charlotte-based Central Piedmont Community College, made the list.

The website ranked two-year... Read More

Class picture of NSTI graduates and staff

Nineteen Warren County High School students were recently honored for graduating from the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), hosted by Vance-Granville Community College’s Warren County Campus. This was the second consecutive year that the institute was offered, in addition to a similar Summer Transportation & Trades Academy held on the campus in 2015.

The three-week summer program was conducted by the college in partnership with... Read More

Badges that say "Best Colleges" 2017 and "Best Online Schools" 2017

Vance-Granville Community College was recently recognized by a national organization as one of the top ten community colleges in North Carolina, and by another organization as one of the top 20 two-year colleges in the state for online programs. In addition, three of the college’s degree programs have been spotlighted with high rankings, as well.

VGCC placed seventh on the... Read More

Recent VGCC Mechatronics Engineering Technology graduate Thomas Boyd (third from left, holding microphone) speaks as part of a panel discussion at Franklinton High School. Other panelists included, from left, Ronnie Goswick of Carolina Sunrock, Arlan Peters of Novozymes and Eric Breit of the Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

Educators, local industry representatives, community leaders and a recent Vance-Granville Community College graduate shared ideas at a panel discussion organized on June 21 by the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance (AMSTA), a partnership of VGCC, Granville County Schools, Franklin County Schools, Warren County Schools and Vance County Schools.

The event was part of “AMSTA Summer Cruisers 2017,” a multi-day program that brought teachers from the four counties together to... Read More

From left, Ronnie Goswick, the director of business and economic development for Carolina Sunrock, talks with new VGCC Welding Technology degree program graduates Ethan Bailey of Oxford and Nicholas Keeton of Bullock during the “college-to-career mixer” on the college’s Main Campus.

As the end of the spring semester approached, the staff of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program at Vance-Granville Community College held their first-ever “College-to-Career Mixer” for students to meet with potential employers. Not only were 15 new graduates of the Welding Technology and Mechatronics Engineering Technology programs in attendance, but also five students... Read More

 From left, Tanisha Silver of Warrenton, Brittany Champion of Creedmoor, Erin Woodlief of Franklinton and Courtney Humphries of eastern Granville County are seen here shortly after graduating on VGCC’s Main Campus.

HENDERSON, N.C. — When six students walked across the stage to receive their degrees at Vance-Granville Community College’s May commencement exercises, they quietly made history. They were among the first graduates of the college who had received the “VanGuarantee” scholarship to help eliminate any financial barriers standing between them and their academic goals.

The innovative scholarship program was... Read More

VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams addresses a group at VGCC's South Campus. Photo by Rachael Riley of The Daily Dispatch of Henderson, NC. Used with permission of the newspaper.

By Rachael Riley

The Daily Dispatch, Henderson, NC

June 22, 2017

Vance-Granville Community College is receiving a $31 million in-kind academic grant from Siemens PLM Software, the largest the college has ever received, VGCC President Stelfanie Williams announced Thursday at VGCC’s South Campus.

“This $31 million gift represents the highest-valued single donation in the... Read More