Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission | PO Box 2017 | Henderson, North Carolina 27536 | Dennis Jarvis II – Director | 252-492-2094
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Higher Education


A rich tradition of local and regional excellence in colleges and universities.


Vance County’s STEM-educational foundation continues through to Vance-Granville Community College, which offers an impressive number of technology-based certificates and degrees. Beyond that, Henderson and Vance County are 45 miles north of one of the greatest concentrations of research universities in the United States. From kindergarten through college, this is an exceptional region for education.


Vance-Granville Community College opened its doors in 1969 as Henderson Technical Institute. Today, the 83-acre main campus in Vance County has its own lake and landscaping, while serving 5,000+ students with over 40 degree programs and career pathways. The college has provided more than 7,000 scholarships with donations from businesses and organization in the community. The college received its largest-ever grant in 2013, awarded to provide an engineering, technology and science program designed to enhance the regional workforce. 

Vance-Granville Community College operates a Training Center and maintains a heavy emphasis on technology in its curriculum. The College offers certificates and degree programs in automotive systems technology; bioprocessing technology; computer information technology; CT/MRI technology; electrical technology; electronics engineering technology; global logistics technology; industrial systems technology; information systems technology; networking technology; web technology; and welding technology.


Vance County is less than a one-hour drive from one of the highest concentrations of leading research universities in the nation. The world-famous “Triangle” is bordered by Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. As part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), Henderson and Vance County receive important benefits from this proximity. One of the biggest is healthcare affiliation with Duke LifePoint and Duke Health – where Duke University Hospital is ranked as the #1 hospital in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham region for the 17th consecutive year (U.S. News & World Report, 2017-18).

In addition to three major universities in the greater Raleigh area, there is an impressive number of other colleges and universities. Meredith College is a women’s liberal arts college in Raleigh that traces its roots to 1891 as Baptist Female University. North Carolina Central University in Durham, Shaw University and St. Augustine University in Raleigh are traditionally black institutions with a strong sense of history – St. Augustine was founded in 1869 for the education of freed slaves. William Peace University in Raleigh is a liberal arts school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Contemporary education is well represented with Strayer University, which offers a combination of online courses and on-campus classes along with a personal success coach.


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Dennis Jarvis II

Dennis Jarvis II – Director
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(252) 492-2094

Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission
PO Box 2017
Henderson, North Carolina 27536

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