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VGCC Demonstrates Technical Capability for NASA and Congressional Representatives




On Wednesday, August 30, Vance-Granville Community College proudly welcomed Federal Representatives Don Davis and Valerie Foushee and NASA Deputy Administrator Pamela Melroy to its South Campus in Creedmoor. This was the second time Rep. Foushee had visited VGCC and a first-time visit for Rep. Davis and Deputy Administrator Melroy.

After a welcome from President Dr. Rachel Desmarais, Vice President Dr. Jerry Edmonds, and Dean Kyle Burwell, the three delegations traveled to the Engineering Technologies lab, where they witnessed firsthand how technological innovation is impacting the future of rural communities and workforces. Surrounded by students and robotics equipment, the Representatives sat rapt with attention as they learned about VGCC’s Mechatronics and Biotech programs. Unsurprisingly, Melroy, a retired astronaut and Space Shuttle pilot, gave particular interest to the College’s efforts in recruiting and supporting women in STEM careers.

Following a tour of the Small Business Center and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the group had the opportunity to view VGCC’s drone fleet up close. Despite the threat of Tropical Storm Idalia looming overhead, weather conditions permitted a hands-on drone demonstration on the campus grounds. David Bullock, Vance-Granville’s Department Chair for Applied Tech and Program Head for Mechatronics Engineering, gave the three esteemed visitors an overview of drone flight before handing over the controls. The guests of honor wore fascination and delight plainly on their faces—and they spontaneously decided to extend their time at Vance-Granville beyond their original schedule!

Vance-Granville Community College thanks Rep. Davis, Rep. Foushee, and Deputy Administrator Melroy for their continued interest and support. Thanks also to the many VGCC faculty, staff, and students who worked diligently to prepare for this successful visit and make the College shine.

VGCC Applied Tech Department Chair, NASA's Deputy Administrator, and two US Representatives enjoy a hands-on drone demonstration at VGCC’s South Campus.