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VGCC Advisory Committees Meet

Citizens from Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties came together at the Main Campus of Vance-Granville Community College on Oct. 30 as the college’s advisory committees held their annual meetings.


VGCC’s 37 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. Committees are also established to advise the VGCC campuses in Granville , Franklin and Warren counties, as well as the Small Business Center and other departments. Many committee members are VGCC alumni. Each fall, these committees meet on campus with the heads of the programs they advise.


At the Oct. 30 meetings, VGCC faculty and staff communicated with advisory committee members about new developments in the academic programs , about how to tailor classes and training to meet employment needs, and about changes in the workplace. Committee members made suggestions on what the college should be doing to enhance or adapt instruction. This year, one committee held its first-ever meeting. The new Student Learning & Success Center Advisory Committee includes leaders from local businesses, government agencies and schools who will provide input on VGCC’s academic advising, counseling, mentoring, tutoring and career services. Donna Rivera, a business teacher from Warren New Tech High School, was elected the first chair of the advisory committee.


Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of VGCC, thanked the advisory committee members for serving and supporting the college. “By engaging with our faculty and staff, advisory committee members provide vital connections between VGCC and the community,” said President Williams. “Their expertise helps our students to succeed in the classroom and in their careers.”


Students in VGCC’s Culinary Arts program prepared hors d’oeuvres and desserts for a reception in the Civic Center, preceding the meetings. The menu featured Cheese Tortellini with Sauce Bolognese, Stuffed Pork Loin with Apricot and Herbs, Thai Chili Shrimp Stir Fry with Vegetable Fried Rice, lemon meringue, chocolate raspberry and spiced pumpkin gourmet cupcakes and a variety of chocolate confections.


Above: VGCC advisory committee members receive their name tags as they enter the college’s Civic Center for a reception preceding their annual meetings on Oct. 30. (VGCC photo)