Recent News From VGCC

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

Kids sitting on front of a fire truck

Young students at the Child Care Center on Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus recently celebrated Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-13). Special guests at the five-star child day care during the week included the “Fire Pup,” “Smokey the Bear,” and Capt. Ramey Seal from the Louisburg Fire Department. Seal brought a fire truck for the children to see and showed them his turnout gear while also teaching them about fire safety rules. Pictured, seated on the front of the truck... Read More

From left, VGCC students Brittney Patterson of Henderson, Jordan Bunting of Rocky Mount and (lying on the ground, as Sylvia, the dog) Samantha Hines of Henderson rehearse a scene from “Sylvia.”

Vance-Granville Community College Drama students will soon entertain audiences with a modern romantic comedy about a marriage — and a dog. “Sylvia” will be staged on VGCC’s Main Campus in Henderson, Nov. 16-19. Performances begin on Thursday, Nov 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. All performances are in the small auditorium in Building 2.

Sylvia, by the late American... Read More

From left, Ken Wilson, TechHire grant project manager from VGCC, shakes hands with Cory Thornton, CEO of Frigi-Temp, at the company’s Youngsville location.

Youngsville-based Frigi-Temp recently agreed to join forces with Vance-Granville Community College on an apprenticeship initiative. Frigi-Temp is a commercial HVAC and refrigeration service provider and licensed mechanical contractor that has been serving central North Carolina since 2001.

Company CEO Cory Thornton said that he sought to partner with the college to help recruit new technicians to keep up with demand. “Over the next few years, it’s estimated that there will be a... Read More

Second-year VGCC Radiography students, joined by Clinical Coordinator/instructor Stacey Soles (at far left) and Dorian Edwards, campus coordinator for Project Life (in back, at far right), welcomed fellow students, faculty and staff to join the bone marrow donor registry in the student lounge on VGCC’s Main Campus.

Vance-Granville Community College, in partnership with the Project Life Movement, held a three-day, three-campus bone marrow registration drive in October. The service project was led by students and faculty in the VGCC Radiography program. The result was that 40 people joined the national registry of potential bone marrow donors.

Students, faculty and staff signed up and swabbed their cheeks to provide DNA samples at the events, held on Oct.... Read More

Students talk with, seated from left, Revlon representatives Bonnie Garrett and Wendy Grissom at Manufacturing Day in the VGCC Civic Center.

Vance-Granville Community College held a “Manufacturing Day” celebration on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County. Nearly 200 high school students from Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties attended, along with VGCC students, educators and other members of the community. They learned about how manufacturing has changed, local career possibilities in the field and options for education and training related to careers in the industry.

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Group photo of new employees

Full-time employees who have joined Vance-Granville Community College in recent months attended the New Employee Orientation on Oct. 9. New employees had a chance to meet with VGCC vice presidents and various department chairs. They had informative sessions discussing topics such as VGCC’s Mission and Vision, Branding, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Title IX and mental health, campus safety, the Clery Act, VGCC’s Endowment Fund and human resources policies. New employees’ knowledge of... Read More

Poster that says "Register Now for Spring Forward"

Students can “spring forward” before spring 2018 at Vance-Granville Community College, thanks to a four-week curriculum course format being offered for the second consecutive year.

The four-week mini-term starts on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, and ends on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in a so-called “intersession,” as it takes place mostly between the regular fall and spring semesters.

The courses on this schedule include Success & Study Skills (ACA 115), ... Read More

QEP logo advising in 3D

VGCC Spring Semester Registration is now open! Please see an advisor now to register for classes. If you're a currently enrolled student and you register for your Spring Semester classes between Oct. 23 and Friday, Nov. 3, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize: a JBL Wireless Speaker, a $50 Gift Card to Chick-fil-A, or a $25 gift card to Bojangles. This is part of a celebration of “Advising in 3D.” Don't delay! Register now, so you can get your first choice of... Read More