It’s always fulfilling to see one of our Centura College students graduate and find employment in their chosen field of study. Today’s spotlight features just that: Centura Richmond graduate, Sten Harris.
Centura Richmond grad Sten Harris
Initially, Sten went to school in North Carolina with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian assistant. Eventually, he decided to switch gears, and wound up enrolling in the Medical Assistant program at the Centura College campus in Richmond.
During his time at Centura, Sten was a model student and demonstrated signs of being a leader. He arrived to school every day ready for class and prepared to help others through times of struggle.
Tragedy struck the Richmond campus during Sten’s time at Centura, with the passing of a fellow student (and classmate of Harris). At the commencement ceremony, Harris was one of the students that volunteered to speak to his fellow graduates about the impact the loss of his classmate had on him.
Following graduation, Harris returned to North Carolina, where he was hired as a medical assistant as a part of the Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit. Early Phase works with pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, government agencies, foundations, technology companies, investigators, and academic centers to conduct a broad range of studies in its 34-bed research unit. This state-of-the-art site enables Early Phase to execute high-intensity, continuous monitoring, and procedure-heavy studies.
A big congratulations goes out to Sten for fulfilling his career goals!
Centura College is broadening their horizons as they add Construction Electrician to the programs offered at its Norfolk campus. The campus has transformed classrooms into a multi-disciplined learning environment for the prospective electrician to explore the various aspects of the trade.
The Construction Electrician program is the brainchild of Campus Executive Director Theresa Tuttle and Dennis Thornton. This new 12-month diploma program is designed to provide hands-on training in the various aspects of the trade. Students will acquire a thorough understanding of the National Electrical Code. Utilizing NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) publications and testing will allow each graduate the ability to acquire nationally recognized certifications of achievement. Additional certifications for the course include OSHA 10 training, powder actuated tool licensure and basic CPR.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be equipped for a variety of Construction Electrician entry-level positions. Examples include smart home installation, deck electrician, marine electrician, commercial electrician, and service electrician assistant.
Coordinator Brian Stanley will be overseeing the Construction Electrician program. Stanley brings over 35 years of hands-on experience in the electrical field and 8 years in the classroom. Stanley will be working closely with Donald Farrell, an accomplished technician himself. Farrell offers a broad range of experience acquired over a 50-year career. Considering the booming construction industry, demand for electricians is destined to remain extremely high.
A small team of local filmmakers have completed work on a documentary of an Army veteran, Toby Yarbrough, and his service dogs Duke and Sasha. The film gets its origin from the novel The Quiet Healing, which was authored by Yarbrough and published in 2017. The film premiered at a special screening at Regent University on Saturday, January 19th.
A Story of Perseverance and Healing
The film tells the story of Yarbrough, the traumatic injury
he suffered during his time in the Army, his struggles with PTSD upon the end
of his service, and how his service dogs saved his life in more ways than
“The most important thing people should take away from this
film is that this is just one man’s story, but so many others suffer from
similar situations that Toby does,” says Andrew Lauto, director of the film.
“It’s a story about struggles, hurt, pain, perseverance, love, and
companionship. If you like dogs, support the military, or just want to listen
to a feel-good story, this film is for you.”
From the Classroom to the Big Screen
The Quiet Healing project was partially funded by a collaboration of a trio of local educational institutions, Centura College, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Tidewater Tech. Yarbrough is a graduate of Centura College’s Chesapeake campus.
“We are so proud to be able to support a student who has
given so much to serve his country. Toby was a tremendous student and a true
inspiration to everyone around our campus,” says Ashley Oden, Campus Executive
Director at Centura College Chesapeake. “When he told us he was writing a book
and that it was going to be made into a film, we knew we wanted to be a part of
helping him tell his story.”
All proceeds from ticket sales for the premiere were to be donated to Heal the Warriors and prior to the showing, a check for $5,400 was presented to Heal the Warriors. Heal the Warriors provides access to much-needed services to our veterans and first responders who suffer from traumatic service-related brain injuries.
Also as part of the premiere ceremony, Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Centura College, announced the creation of a scholarship program called the Yarbrough Scholarship for Disabled Veterans. This scholarship will be awarded to one disabled veteran each year.