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Personal Enrichment

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The purpose of the Personal Enrichment Program is to provide lifelong learning to meet individual needs and interests, and contribute to the community’s overall cultural, civic, and intellectual growth.

We offer a number of affordable, non-credit classes that allow students to explore their personal interests. Classes are held in a non-competitive environment allowing students to choose as many classes as they would like.

NOTICE ABOUT DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSES

*In-person classes for Alive @ 25 and Adult Defensive Driving will resume in March of 2021. Classes will be limited to 9 students. All Students must wear a face mask while attending class, have your temperature checked when you arrive at the campus and complete a Health Screening Questionnaire. Schedules are listed at the bottom of the page.

*Due to COVID-19 the Defensive Driving Online course will still remain an option to attend, since we have to limit the number of students for the in-person classes. Please check with your local District Attorney to be sure they will allow the Online course to be accepted in your case. See below for Defensive Driving Online course information. Schedules are listed at the bottom of the page.

These online classes have been approved by the District Attorney’s office for Vance, Granville, Franklin & Warren County’s for a limited time during this crisis.

If your court case is in another county or out of state, please check with that County to see if the classes will be accepted for your case.

What you need to know about the online defensive driving class:

  • NO REFUNDS ONCE YOU HAVE PAID FOR THE CLASS
  • NO REFUNDS IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING IN THE SPECIFIED TIME! (YOU HAVE 14 DAYS ONCE YOU ARE GIVEN THE ACCESS CODE and YOU LOG IN TO COURSE)
  • You may start and stop as often as you like, but it will still require either 4 hours total to complete the class.
  • There are knowledge checkpoints through out the training and you must complete those to move forward.
  • You must complete all sections assigned to you.
  • This training is designed to use on a laptop or computer, NOT a phone.
  • Cost is $65.00 for 4 hour course.
  • Payment by debit or credit card only
  • Once students have registered and paid, they will be sent an email with access code and instructions of how to access the course through the Safety and Health Council of NC

Please contact Denise Miller, Personal Enrichment Coordinator – millerD@vgcc.edu or Cherrelle Lawrence, Dean – lawrencec@vgcc.edu if you have any questions.
To Register scroll to the bottom of the page.

Our Class List:

To be eligible you must be under the age of 25, recommended by one of the Assistant District Attorneys or your attorney; and must complete the class by the second court date. This program may allow you to receive a reduction from the charged infraction to a lesser charge. Alive at 25 (a nationally accredited program) is a 4 hour training class. It speaks directly to drivers about the dangers they face, without pulling any punches. Participants are actively involved in discussions about peer pressure, attitudes, substance abuse, rules of the road and taking responsibility. Topics include: speeding, following distance, sharing the road with large trucks and other vehicles, cell phone use, and safety belts. All students will receive a 28 page class guide and certificate upon completion.
To be eligible you must be over the age of 25, recommended by one of the Assistant District Attorneys or your attorney; and must complete the class by the second court date. This program may allow you to receive a reduction to a lesser charge. It is targeted to adults and is a nationally accredited 4 hour training class. Topics include: speeding, following distance, sharing the road with large trucks and other vehicles, cell phone use, and safety belts. All students will receive a class guide and certificate upon completion.
This workshop will be offered Feb. 5, 2018. Please send an email to ped@vgcc.edu if you are interested.

A series of courses specifically for entrepreneurs who want to compete in the growing food truck industry. This workshop serves as an introduction to the program and covers the fundamentals of owning and operating a mobile food unit.

Grab life by the bars! This class was created for students with little or no experience, but even seasoned riders have found this class to be beneficial. Riders of all levels are welcome. We provide motorcycles for training. Helmets will be provided if necessary. Students need to wear: long pants, a long-sleeve shirt / jacket, boots that cover the ankles, full-fingered gloves, and eye protection such as sunglasses or a face shield on a helmet.

This class is physically demanding. You must be able to ride a bicycle and handle a 300lb motorcycle on the range for 6 hours each day. We rarely cancel due to weather, so please factor that into the decision.

You will be required to take a 4 hour online class and provide the certificate on Saturday morning. The cost is included in the class.
Refunds are not given after the class has started.

Creative Design – This course is for all levels. Learn new techniques or define your personal style for original paintings using watercolors, oils, or acrylics.

Portrait Painting – Learn techniques and methods to create your very own portrait painting. (All levels welcomed.)

Exploring Mixed Media & Acrylic – Create a multi media project in this course. Add dimension to your work.

Watercolor – This course will focus on watercolor techniques (Fall 2017 – Tuesday am)

Experience the joy of creating a doll masterpiece.

Use a mold to design a unique piece.

Or, explore other techniques.

Hand Stitch – Traditional methods for creating your quilt

Machine Stitch

Beginning Sewing

This 10 week class will cover several basic sewing projects. It will be held on Monday nights from 6-9pm in the Textile Room in Building 5 – 5203. Sewing machines will be provided. Students need to provide their own materials.

Projects:

A large tote bag, Apron or Placemats, Pillow Cover & Basic use of commercial pattern for 2 simple clothing items.

Student supplied materials:

Supplies needed for 1st project:

Materials: 1 yard woven cotton, 1 yard coordinating woven cotton for lining, 1 yard craft batting or fusible batting or 1 5/8 yard heavier fusible interfacing, all-purpose thread to match fabric, large button for decoration.

Tools: Tape Measure, Seam Gauge, Pins with plastic or glass heads (quilting length), Pin Cushion or magnetic pin holder, Seam Ripper, Needles for Hand Sewing, Thimble, Small Scissors for snipping threads, Dressmaker Shears (used for cutting fabric only), Soap Slivers for marking on fabric, Water Soluble Marking Pen, small basket or container to put supplies.

Book: $18. Instructor will have on hand for purchase

Sewing – Intermediate / Advanced

Students will get the opportunity to work on more advanced projects with the instructor’s guidance.

Tools : Tape Measure, Seam Gauge, Pins with plastic or glass heads (quilting length), Pin Cushion or magnetic pin holder, Seam Ripper, Needles for Hand Sewing, Thimble, Small Scissors for snipping threads, Dressmaker Shears (used for cutting fabric only), Soap Slivers for marking on fabric, Water Soluble Marking Pen, small basket or container to put supplies.

Learn the history, the different types of teas and their usage. And, how to attend or host your very own English Tea party with class and style. “Let’s have a tea party”

For more information, please call us at (252) 738-3631 or email millerd@vgcc.edu

Office Hours: 9am – 4pm (M-TH) & 9am – 3pm (F)
Anything received after-hours will be processed the next business day.

Our classes will automatically close 2 business days prior to the course beginning. Some courses may close sooner if we reach the maximum number of students. To be included on the official course roster, you must register and pay for the course before the deadline.

Refund Policy: For Self-Supporting (Personal Enrichment) Classes – There will be no refunds given after the class has started. Refunds will only be given if the course is cancelled by the college.