The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held its regular bimonthly meeting on Monday, November 16 at the college’s Henderson campus.
At that meeting, Carl Hann, Jason Snelling and Linda Fletcher, all co-chairs of the annual VGCC Endowment Fund Faculty and Staff Drive, presented a check to the Board for $25,142. The money was donated by VGCC faculty and staff to fund scholarships for VGCC students. Donald C. Seifert, chairman of the VGCC Board of Trustees, thanked the faculty and staff for their generosity and continuing support of the Endowment Program. Jo Anna Finch Jones, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of the Endowment Program, also expressed her gratitude to the faculty and staff. In 2008-2009, 446 VGCC students received scholarships, totaling $220,825.
Also during the meeting, Vice-President of Instruction Dr. Angela Ballentine reported that the Early College Programs are doing very well. Vance County Early College High School now has 122 students enrolled in the program. Warren Early College High School has 95 students enrolled and Granville Early College High School, which started in August, has 50 students enrolled. The schools, operated as a partnership between VGCC and the county school systems, are designed so that low-income youth, first-generation college goers, minorities, and other young people under represented in higher education can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or up to two years of college credit. Tuition is waived for college courses.
President Randy Parker reported to the Board that the state’s JobsNOW "12 in 6" training program is underway at the College. Through community colleges across North Carolina, this initiative provides training that can be completed in six months or less in a dozen high-demand occupations. At VGCC, students can choose from three JobsNOW opportunities, all focusing on jobs in the health care field: Nursing Assistant (CNA), Phlebotomy and Medical Billing & Coding. Classes began on October 26.
JobsNOW at VGCC is supported by $250,000 in federal recovery funds, administered through the North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina Department of Commerce. VGCC also received a $50,000 "Partnership in Progress" Golden LEAF Opportunities for Work (GLOW) grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to support JobsNOW. The grant will help students in the JobsNOW program defray some of the costs of their tuition, fees, materials, uniforms and needed supplies.
In other business, President Parker presented the college’s annual report to the Board. Parker noted that from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009, the college taught 4,229 courses in 146 locations serving 19,779 students. Parker also noted the large positive economic impact that the College has on the community. With a budget of $34,677,690.49 during the 2008 - 2009 period, the College employed 880 individuals, paid $18,376,542.08 in salaries, and awarded over $10,000,000 in financial aid to a total of 4,945 students.
The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the board room on Main Campus.
Above: The Board of Trustees received a check for $25,142 from VGCC faculty and staff at the November Board meeting. The money was raised to fund scholarships for deserving students at VGCC. Pictured from left: Donald C. Seifert, chairman of the VGCC Board of Trustees; Carl Hann, Jason Snelling and Linda Fletcher, co-chairs of the annual VGCC Endowment Fund Faculty and Staff Drive; and Randy Parker, VGCC President. (VGCC photo)