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NISOD Returns to VGCC for Communication Workshop


Regional higher education instructors, this one’s for you! VGCC will host the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) this fall as part of their nationwide professional development series. NISOD’s regional workshops are designed specifically for community and technical college educators, bringing together regional educators to network, be inspired, and learn best practices from one another.

Dr. Nicole Rankine will lead attendees through the topic “Everyone Communicates, But Few Connect: Effectively Engaging Today’s Learner.” NISOD provides the following synopsis:

Communication can either build a school community up or tear it down….To be an effective instructor, you must learn how to connect with your students and understand the benefits of effective communication to support stakeholder relationships, build school culture, and provide different channels to keep all informed. While it may seem like some people are just born with the skills to connect with others, anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection.

This event will take place at Vance-Granville Community College on Friday, November 1. To learn more or to register, please visit

Vance-Granville previously hosted NISOD for an “active learning” workshop in late 2019.


NISOD provides budget-friendly, high-quality, and faculty-focused programs and resources for community and technical colleges that want to make the most of their professional development dollars. For decades, NISOD’s customer-focused approach has helped align a wide array of benefits with the needs of its members. The American Association of Community Colleges named NISOD, “The country’s leading provider of professional development for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.”

Professional headshot of Dr. Nicole Rankine