Area high school students will continue to be able to take courses through Vance-Granville Community College that will provide them high school electives as well as college credit as a result of action taken by the VGCC Board of Trustees.
The board approved at its bi-monthly meeting May 16 cooperative program agreements for 2005-2006 with the Boards of Education of Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties to extend curriculum courses to high school students.
The courses range from accounting to welding and include computer courses, cosmetology, automotive systems, early childhood education and others. Vance and Warren counties requested 10 courses, Granville asked for 11, and Franklin requested 12.
Also at the meeting, the trustees voted to increase Day Care Center fees beginning July 1. The fees cover the cost of operation of the Day Care Centers at the main campus in Vance County and the Franklin County Campus, both of which have 5-Star Ratings, the highest awarded by the state.
Fees will increase to $455 per month from $440 for toddlers and to $425 per month from $410 for 2-5 year-olds.
Children of students enrolled at Vance-Granville have first priority in the centers, followed by children of faculty and staff, and the public.
Building Committee Chair David Brooks reported that the planned two-story, 20,000 square-foot expansion of the South Campus between Butner and Creedmoor should be ready to be put out for construction bids by mid-June. This is the final project to be funded from $17.1 million received from the Higher Education Facilities Bonds approved by state voters in 2000.
Work on the South Campus construction should start in July, and the project is scheduled for completion in 14 months after beginning, the report said.
Brooks also reported that the structure is up and the roof is nearing completion on the 17,000 square-foot classroom building at the Franklin County Campus. Brick work and window installation should start soon, and the building is on track for completion by the end of this year.
President Randy Parker reported that a master plan is being developed for a Public Safety Training complex to train firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers. The college provides training for all municipal and volunteer agencies in the Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties, and last year there were 3,100 students enrolled in these classes.
A bill has been introduced in the N.C. House of Representatives to provide funding for the complex. A suitable site is being sought for its location.
NEW TRUSTEE - District Court Judge Dan Finch, left, administers the oath of office to Dr. G. Thomas Houlihan as the newest member of the Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees. Dr. Houlihan was appointed by Gov. Mike Easley to replace John K. Nelms of Oxford, who resigned after serving on the board more than 30 years.