Vance-Granville Community College was founded by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1969. It was then known as the Vance County Technical Institute. In 1976, the technical institute was christened Vance-Granville Community College. Popularly referred to as VGCC, the college offers a number of certificates, diplomas, and degree programs. Students can choose from more than 40 study programs that prepare them for entry-level jobs or further education. At VGCC, students also have the option of enrolling for evening or day classes either on a full-time or part-time basis.
The college offers study programs through three main academic divisions:
- Arts and Sciences Division
- Business and Applied Technologies Division
- Health Sciences Division
VGCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The college belongs to the North Carolina Community College System.
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VGCC accepts admission applications from high school graduates. Students are placed in various programs after careful selection following individual counseling and career guidance. VGCC also conducts an aptitude test that helps students decide which course to opt for. Based on the results of this test, students are assigned to a particular program of study. In cases of students who have completed their high school through online or correspondence courses, documents proving the national accreditation of the high school, and its recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education, need to be submitted.
The admission application form can be completed and submitted either online or in person at the college campus. All official transcripts including GED certification and other credentials must be submitted along with the application. Some students may be required to take a placement test. Those in possession of an associate’s degree from an accredited institution need not submit their high school transcripts.
VGCC provides different types of financial aid to students. The Federal and state aids are generally disbursed to students who have a financial need. Scholarships are given out on the basis of meritorious academic performance.
A Financial Aid Counseling session is held every year before students begin to apply for financial assistance. A large number of scholarships, grants, work study programs, government programs, veterans’ assistance, childcare assistance, and loans are available at VGCC. Deserving candidates are given the Academic Achievement Award, Teacher Assistant Scholarship Fund, Presidential Merit Award, and Nurse Scholarship Loan.
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VGCC has a diverse student population in each of its campuses in Vance, Granville, Warren, and Franklin counties. The main campus at Vance features a bookstore that houses all the curriculum books and study material. The VGCC Civic Center is the liveliest facility on the campus. It hosts a variety of community and college events including exhibitions, conventions, receptions and banquets.
A variety of events and activities arranged by and for the students are held regularly at VGCC. Live concerts by the Gazebo, exhibitions, community and social festivals, and many other entertainment programs are organized at the college. VGCC has more than a dozen student-run clubs and organizations. Among them are the Student Government Association, Applied Technologies Club, Cultural Diversity Student Organization, a Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Student Association of Medical Assistants, and Cosmetology Club.
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VGCC enjoys membership in the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region X. The college has a vibrant athletics program that includes varsity sports such as women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and golf. The sports teams are nicknamed the Vanguards.