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VGCC Leader to Present Pathway Insights to a National Audience

Continuing Education, News

Vance-Granville Community College has been hard at work as part of the Non-Credit and Credit Alignment Lab (NCAL), a two-year initiative from the Association of Community College Trustees and Education Strategy Group to support community colleges systems nationwide in developing new or improved pathways between non-credit and credit programs—in other words, giving students a more consistent and flexible experience across related Curriculum (CU) and Continuing Education (CE) programs.

Over the course of the initiative, more than a dozen representatives from VGCC’s faculty, staff, and leadership have met regularly, bringing a range of perspectives and expertise together to strategize and work toward this common goal. While the initiative specifically focused on Vance-Granville’s BioWork-Bioprocess and Industrial Maintenance-Mechatronics programs, its findings offer insights that can improve students’ experiences college-wide going forward.

As Vance-Granville’s time in the initiative is coming to a close, the College is ready to share what it learned with other institutions with similar goals. On July 31, VGCC’s Antoinette Dickens will be a headlining speaker for the ACCT/ESG webinar “A More Unified Community College: Lessons from the Non-Credit and Credit Alignment Lab,” discussing the findings and best practices that have emerged from NCAL. Ms. Dickens is currently the Department Chair of Public Service, Paralegal Technology Instructor, and Curriculum Work-Based Learning Coordinator, as well as a leader for Vance-Granville’s NCAL team.

To sign up the Zoom webinar or learn more about the Non-Credit and Credit Alignment Lab, visit

VGCC Department Chair Antoinette Dickens