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VGCC spring enrollment grows by 8%

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HENDERSON — Vance-Granville Community College says its enrollment and course completion numbers have been growing over the last year.

The fall 2019 semester that recently ended brought growth in enrollment, along with an 11% increase in course hours completed in both credit (curriculum) and non-credit programs.

The 2020 spring semester, which just began, saw an 8% increase in credit program enrollment over the same time last year. As of the beginning of the spring semester, VGCC had 2,939 students enrolled in curriculum programs, compared to 2,719 at the beginning of the spring 2019 semester.

A significant source of the increase was enrollment by high school students in the Career & College Promise program. There were 4.6% more of those students enrolled than there were at the beginning of spring 2019.

“We are excited about the increasing number of students who have chosen VGCC to pursue their higher education and prepare for a successful career,” said Dr. Levy Brown, the college’s vice president of learning, student engagement and success. “Student access, retention and career preparation are embedded in our daily work, and it is showing.”

The college has four campuses — one each in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties — and offers online programs. Its new “Vanguard Flex” program offers flexible, hybrid schedules in the evenings and weekends on the Franklin Campus in Louisburg to accommodate schedules for adult learners.

“We attribute this growth to a lot of collaboration among our talented faculty and staff across our four campuses,” said Kali Brown, VGCC’s dean of student access and support. “This is a collective effort, and we are glad to see outstanding things happening at VGCC under the leadership of President Desmarais. The college will continue to collaborate internally and externally to provide a top-notch educational experience.”