Recent News From VGCC

Dr. Stelfanie Williams (left), president of VGCC, presents the Cardinal Award to Jacquelin Heath.

Longtime Vance-Granville Community College faculty member Jacquelin Heath was recently honored with the Cardinal Award from North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory as she prepared to retire. The award was presented to her by the president of VGCC, Dr. Stelfanie Williams, at a holiday social held Dec. 15, at which Heath and other recent retirees were recognized.

A resident of Henderson, Heath is retiring on Dec. 31 with a longer tenure than any retiree in the history of the college: 40 years... Read More

Poster with the words "Hit the Ground Running"

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar, entitled “Hit the Ground Running in 2017,” on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at CenturyLink in Wake Forest.

Mike McConchie of Creedmoor will serve as the instructor. The owner of M&M Consultants, Inc., McConchie is a Certified Business Coach and a Senior Business Consultant. He has over 36 years of retail... Read More

Group picture of the SGA officers in front of the fireplace at Ribeyes in Henderson.

Vance-Granville Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) has installed a group of officers to serve during the 2016-2017 year.

Elected officers include President Colton Hayes of Epsom, a student in the College Transfer program through Franklin County Early College High School; Vice President Jeronee Blackwell of Henderson, a College Transfer/Vance County Early College High School student; Secretary/Treasurer Emory Gant-Hawkins of... Read More

From left, East Carolina University representatives Erica Hoyt and Kathy Bradley talk with VGCC students Francis Scotland of Oxford and Micah Roberts of Stem during "College Day" in Building 6 on VGCC's Main Campus on Dec. 8.

Vance-Granville Community College hosted admissions officers from four-year colleges and universities on Dec. 8 on VGCC’s Main Campus. The event was VGCC’s annual “College Day,” which allows students to obtain important information about transfer requirements, financial aid and scholarships that can help them take the next steps in their educational journeys.

The VGCC Student Learning and Success Center organized the fair in partnership with the Carolinas Association of Collegiate... Read More

Theresa Brown teaches an art class

Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus will offer a new art class, called “Guided Painting,” on Thursday afternoons from 1–4 p.m., Jan. 19 through April 27.

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.

In each class, students will create a work of art using... Read More

From left, Oby Onuorah and Debbie Laney of Central Regional Hospital talk with Kimberly Ilupeju of Hillsborough, a student in the LPN to ADN Transition Program at VGCC, during the Health Sciences Career Fair at VGCC's South Campus on Dec. 2, 2016.

Vance-Granville Community College held its second annual Health Sciences Career Fair in December at the college’s South Campus in Granville County. The event was organized by the VGCC 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, Murdoch Developmental Center, Maria Parham Medical Center, UNC Physicians... Read More

From left, Northern Vance High School teacher Pam Huff talks with VGCC Engineering Technologies program head Wesley Williams about her Rover-Bot.

Vance-Granville Community College and the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance (AMSTA) recently partnered to hold a five-part “Rover-Bot” Workshop for area teachers. The series was held on Thursday evenings in October and November in the electronics lab at VGCC’s South Campus, where the Electronics Engineering Technology program is based.

In the workshop, VGCC Engineering... Read More

Group picture of VGCC Cheerleaders at Aycock Recreation Center

Vance-Granville Community College now has an official student Cheerleading squad. The new “Vanguard Spirit” cheerleaders made their debut at the first VGCC Vanguards men’s basketball game of the 2016-17 season, on Nov. 7. The group, an outgrowth of the “Vanguard Spirit” Pep Squad that performed at VGCC basketball games in 2015 and 2016, is coached by Tina Ragland, who works as the testing administrator at the college.


The cheerleaders include, seated in front, from left... Read More

Flier for Event Planning and Catering Seminars

The Warren County Campus of Vance-Granville Community College will soon host a pair of free Small Business Center seminars.

Event Planning for Small Businesses & Non-profit Organizations” will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, from 1 until 4 p.m. “Taste of Opportunity: How to Start a Catering or Food Business” will follow on that same day, from 6 until 9 p.m. Both are scheduled to meet in Building 4 (Room W4103) of the... Read More

Small Business Center logo

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar for local residents whose New Year’s resolutions include starting a small business.

So You Think You Want to Start a Business” is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, from 6 until 9 p.m., in room 7109 (Building 7) on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

The seminar, led by instructor Bob Moore, is designed for individuals who are thinking about starting and operating... Read More

Badge for Best Value in Business Administration Programs

The Business Administration program at Vance-Granville Community College recently received recognition as one of the top 25 best values in its field across the United States. VGCC came in at number 22 on the list of the nation’s most affordable online business administration associate degrees published by Texas-based

The organization, which also recently recognized the VGCC Criminal Justice and... Read More

Badge for Best Value in Early Childhood Education Programs

The Early Childhood Education program at Vance-Granville Community College recently received recognition as one of the top ten best values in its field across the United States. VGCC came in at number eight on the list of the nation’s most affordable online early childhood degrees published by Texas-based

The organization, which also... Read More

Juan C. Bais (standing) speaks to VGCC students, as Gregory Porterfield (seated) listens.

Students in the Criminal Justice Technology and Paralegal Technology programs at Vance-Granville Community College recently heard from a guest speaker, who spoke about his work in the justice system and about opportunities to jump-start their own careers while they are still students.

The speaker was Juan C. Bais, chief investigator for the Public Defender’s Office in North Carolina Judicial District 10 (Wake County), who has formed a new partnership with VGCC to offer... Read More

From left, VGCC Endowment Specialist Kay Currin, Triangle North Healthcare Foundation chairman Roddy Drake, TNHF executive director Val Short, and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams celebrate the creation of the new scholarship.

The Triangle North Healthcare Foundation recently endowed a new scholarship specifically designed to support Vance-Granville Community College Nursing students who are enrolled in a new program to complete bachelor’s degrees.

In awarding the “Triangle North Healthcare Foundation RIBN Academic Achievement Award” scholarship, preference will be given to students in the “Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses” (RIBN) program. RIBN students are... Read More

VGCC Cosmetology student Maria Ordonez (left) won third place in the “Fantasy Hair and Makeup” contest at the North Carolina State Fair. The model (right), transformed into a living doll, is her fellow VGCC student Jordan Reiner.

At this year’s North Carolina State Fair, Cosmetology students from Vance-Granville Community College took home several prizes in the third annual “Fantasy Hair and Makeup” contest sponsored by SkillsUSA. Cosmetology students from high schools and community colleges across the state competed, demonstrating their skill and creativity in that contest, along with another, called “Total Evening Elegance.”

In the Fantasy Hair and Makeup Contest, students were tasked with creating unique... Read More

VGCC Board of Trustees chair Danny W. Wright, left, and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams, far right, accept a symbolic check for $20,079 from the leaders of the VGCC Endowment Fund Faculty and Staff Drive at the Nov. 21 board meeting. The drive co-chairs were, starting second from left, Kristi Salmons-Ellenberg, department chair and instructor for Social Sciences; Willie Mae Foster-Hill, Main Campus receptionist; and Steven Sievert, instructor for Computer Education.

Vance-Granville Community College’s Board of Trustees approved the offering of an Associate in Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts beginning in the fall of 2017 as the trustees met for their bi-monthly meeting on the Main Campus on Nov. 21.

The board also welcomed Jennifer P. “Jenny” Hester of Henderson as a newly appointed trustee, received preliminary plans for capital improvements on four campuses, and celebrated the results of the latest faculty and staff campaign to support the VGCC... Read More

Two pictures, one of student Jonathan Carlock speaking to the crowd and the other of Glen Raven representative Malvin Hargrove speaking to the crowd at the dinner.

Vance-Granville Community College honored 301 students receiving scholarships, as well as the donors and partnering organizations who established those scholarships, at a dinner on Oct. 13 in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus. This was the inaugural 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, Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of VGCC, noted that the... Read More

Brian Miller conducts the Vance-Granville Community Band during its 2015 Christmas concert.

The Vance-Granville Community Band will perform traditional Christmas fare as well as light classical and contemporary favorites during its ninth annual holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson.

This will be the first time that the Community Band has held a concert at the 1,000-seat venue, which opened earlier this year and is located at 201 Breckenridge Street in... Read More

VGCC students and faculty gather with Henderson Police Department representatives, just before the students presented 47 cases of water to the police officers to be delivered to hurricane victims.

Criminal Justice Technology students at Vance-Granville Community College recently conducted a bottled water drive through the college chapter of SkillsUSA. The service project was designed to assist fellow North Carolinians who suffered shortages of clean water as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

VGCC students worked in partnership with the Henderson Police Department, which was collecting bottled water along with several other local law enforcement agencies throughout the state. HPD... Read More

Four badges for accolades received by VGCC programs

Three national organizations recently recognized Vance-Granville Community College with high rankings for high-quality, affordable education, offered online or on-campus.

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information, recently released its national rankings for the 2016-2017 school year. The organization ranked VGCC as having the nation’s... Read More