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VGCC celebrates International Education Week

In celebration of International Education Week (Nov. 14-18), the Vance-Granville Community College Global Awareness Committee has set up a web page that offers stories from three of the many VGCC students who are natives of a country other than the United States. Read more at:



“Our student population is incredibly diverse in many ways, and country of origin is one of those ways,” according to VGCC Dean of Business and Applied Technologies Bobby Van Brunt, who chairs the Global Awareness Committee. “More than 75 students enrolled in curriculum programs during the Fall 2011 semester are originally from another country. And when you consider that a recent poll of VGCC faculty and staff revealed that 109 employees have made a total of 653 trips to 97 different countries, you get an idea of how truly international Vance-Granville has become. This is extremely important as we strive to make our graduates competitive in what has become a very flat world of opportunity.”


International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. The week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.