Vance Granville Community College
Vanceï¿½Granville Community College is a community college in North Carolina serving Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties. It was established in 1969 by the North Carolina General Assembly as Vance County Technical Institute.
After Vance County was unsuccessful in persuading the state of North Carolina to support a community college in Vance, community leaders managed to obtain a "technical institute" in 1968. The General Assembly officially established the new school on July 1, 1969. Local educator William D. Payne was named acting president until a permanent leader, Donald Mohorn, could be hired. VCTI moved into its first permanent home in January 1970: a renovated hospital building in downtown Henderson. From those humble beginnings, Vance-Granville has become a key player in economic development in the four counties its serves. Throughout its brief 30-year-plus history, the college has sought to provide better opportunities for citizens to learn and to train for meaningful employment. The college began by offering technical, vocational and continuing education courses to residents of Vance County. In 1972, Vance and Granville counties pooled their resources to support a $2 million bond referendum for a larger, more permanent facility (to be called Vance-Granville Technical Institute) to educate residents of both counties. The ultimate result, combined with the legislature's approving the addition of a college-transfer program, was the construction and subsequent opening of the new Vanceï¿½Granville Community College campus in 1976 on an 83-acre (340,000 m2) tract in Vance County, midway between Henderson and Oxford, off Interstate 85. With this location still serving as the college's main campus, Vance-Granville has experienced significant progress over the years. In fact, phenomenal growth in its physical facilities and student enrollment necessitated a move in 1978 to expand its offerings to include the populace of Franklin and Warren counties. Today, the main campus, picturesque with a lake and attractive landscaping, has nine permanent buildings that include a student services complex, civic center and daycare unit. Along with administrative and faculty offices, auditorium, student lounge and learning resources center, these facilities provide 36 classrooms, 10 shops and 20 labs in which students may train in 35-plus curriculum programs, as well as extension, economic development, continuing education, and small business classes. Its total value is approximately $33 million. In 2000, voters approved a Higher Education Facilities bond, from which VGCC received $17.1 million over the next six years. These funds have led to construction on all four campuses.
The mission of Vance-Granville Community College is to enhance the intellectual, economic, social and cultural development of students and the community through excellent educational and training programs.