VGCC Board Presented Check For $46,000

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held its regular bimonthly meeting on Monday, September 21 at the college’s Henderson campus.

At that meeting, NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Board Member Pete Burgess of Henderson presented the college with a check for $46,000 to help fund the Project Skill-UP program at the College. The Project Skill-UP grant was developed by the Trust Fund Commission and is a collaborative effort with the North Carolina Community College System to help individuals in rural counties of North Carolina that were specifically affected by lost jobs, wages, or income due to the decline in the tobacco industry. Skill-UP funds can be used to help students pay for tuition, books, fees, supplies and travel to attend classes at any of VGCC’s four campuses. The College has received funding from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission for Project Skill-UP each year since 2006.

Also at that meeting, the Board recognized D. Bernard Alston of Henderson with a plaque for his years of service to the college. The Vance County Board of Commissioners appointed Alston to the Board in July 1997. Alston served on the Board through June 2009.

In other business, the Board voted to approve the 2009-2010 college budget as presented. The total projected budget for the college is $39,998,409.

President Randy Parker reported to the Board that enrollment is slightly up at the College. Parker also reported that approximately 37,060 individuals in the community had used the Civic Center, Gazebo and meeting rooms at the Henderson campus for public and private events within the community from June 2008 through June 2009.

The President also invited Board members to the College’s 40th Anniversary Ball, a dinner and dance to be held in the Civic Center on October 3, and to the Festival for the 40th, an outdoor festival for the community to celebrate the College’s anniversary to be held at Main Campus on October 10.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in the board room on Main Campus.

Above, left: NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Board Member Pete Burgess, center, presents the College with a check for $46,000 to help fund the Project Skill-UP program at the College. Accepting on behalf of the College are Donald C. Seifert, Sr., Chairman of the VGCC Board of Trustees, left, and VGCC President Randy Parker, right.

Above, right: The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees recognized D. Bernard Alston of Henderson, right, with a plaque for his years of service to the college at the Board meeting on September 21. Board Chairman Donald C. Seifert, Sr., left, presented the award.