Trustees approve amendments to 2013-14 budget

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

The Vance-Granville Community College board of trustees approved $19,249,602 in mid-year amendments to the college’s total 2013-2014 budget.

Budget amendments to the state revenue fund totaled $1,516,178, raising the state revenue fund budget from $23,174,769 to $24,690,947.

The county revenue fund balance was unchanged at $2,168,622 and the institutional revenue fund balance increased $15,761, bringing the total 2013-2014 operating budget to $40,807,279.

The capital improvement revenue fund gained $122,535 in advanced planning funds.

Two of the eight educational grants VGCC has received during 2013 were added as budget amendments to the state current fund revenue balance, including the N.C. Back-to-Work grant and the Minority Male Mentoring Grant.

N.C. Community College System’s Minority Male Mentoring Program awarded VGCC the Minority Male Mentoring grant worth $20,500 in December. The goals of the program are to keep participating students in school, to increase their graduation rate and to increase their rate of transferring to four-year colleges and universities.

In October, VGCC received $120,000 through the North Carolina Back-to-Work program, which was established in 2012 by the N.C. General Assembly.

VGCC was among 49 of the state’s 58 community colleges receiving a total of $5,874,104 in such grants, with amounts ranging from $52,600 to $173,870.

At VGCC, the funding will be used to provide about 72 participants with training based on the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) curriculum and take the WorkKeys assessments leading to a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).

Students who complete the program will earn a “Certified Production Technician” credential.

Other business:

• The board voted unanimously to approve a new Associate in Applied Science degree program in Dental Hygiene.

• The board voted unanimously to demolish the college-owned property on 214 Ridgeway Street in Warrenton that will cost roughly $20,000. At the November trustees meeting, building committee chairman John Foster said the committee also considered renovating the property for college use or selling it. Foster has said renovations would cost about $95,000.

• The VGCC trustees will meet jointly with the Granville County Board of Commissioners on March 17 at the Masonic Home for Children. The trustees met with the Franklin County commissioners in November, and have plans to meet with the Vance commissioners in fall 2014 and Warren commissioners in spring 2015.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.