No matter the day or reason, everyone can use a hug! On November 18, following the Paris attacks and other events across the world, our Centura Norfolk campus decided to spread some much needed love and give out some hugs of encouragement . A campus-wide group hug was held in the front parking lot not only to spread lots of smiles, but also to show the community that we stand together as a school. And as the sadness faded away, our spirits rose and everyone chanted, “Let us hug, not hate. Love, not judge. We are the world, we are Centura College.”
In times of turmoil, it is everyone’s job to lift the world up! Centura Norfolk just wanted to do their part in doing so.
Veterans Day was no small affair at Centura College. Across all of our campuses were festivities, celebrations and moments of recognition for the amazing men & women that have protected this country in the past, are currently serving and the families that stand beside these heroes.
Centura Columbia held a ceremony of appreciation for veteran students. Each student received a special certificate of recognition thanking them for their service to our country as part of the event and campus executive director, Mr. Weiberg, gave a speech at the beginning expressing our great gratitude. The AC Flora High School color guard presented the colors and attendees stood with pride as the “Star Spangled Banner” played. Following the ceremony students chowed down on a delicious spread of comfort food favorites.
The Centura Chesapeake’s Student Veterans Association started the day off by decorating the hallways. American flag banners proudly hung at both entrances and each branch of the United States military decorated a hallway with their unique flag as well. Veterans also enjoy an escape into relaxation with complimentary massages. Then Campus Director, Ms. West, handed out red carnations and special pins for veterans, their families and spouses as a thank you for their service.
Centura Virginia Beach celebrated in a big way as well! They started their Veterans Day celebration with students and staff meeting in front of the school to post red, white and blue ribbons and flags. Veterans were asked to wear their military uniforms or symbols of service to create a greater awareness of their branch of the military. They were welcomed into an appreciation breakfast and luncheon on campus and stayed for a showing of the movie, “San Andrea,” popcorn included! Probably the most pivotal moment of the day’s festivities was when veteran student, Mia, of our Business Management program, was presented with a shadow-box in recognition of her 20 years of service to the United States Navy. Veteran students later gathered in Centura Virginia Beach’s new Veterans Center to reminisce about their “war” stories and various experiences.
Looking back on all of our celebrations this Veterans Day, it seemed as though our United States Flag was flying just a little bit higher, brighter and stronger, not only for those who serve our Country all over the nation, but especially for our students veterans at our Centura College Campuses. Overall, It was a day of pride and utter gratitude. Thank you to our veterans and all veterans for your strength, your bravery and your service!
Centura College is giving locals and students another reason to give thanks this November—new career opportunities! The career fair kicks off Thursday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in business attire with résumés in hand.
“With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to get folks working! More than 20 employers will be looking for staff through the busy holiday season, as well as after. This is what we’re all about at Centura College—connecting communities and careers,” said school director, Dale Weiberg.
Featured employers include Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Home Depot, Kelly Services, Right at Home, Rescare, South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Cumulus Radio Corp., Lexington Work Force and more.
Other activities will include campus tours and meet and greets with admissions representatives and financial aid officers. They will also be accepting donations for the local community still affected by recent flooding, such as toiletries, dry goods and anything else that can assist them in their recovery.
Centura College’s Columbia campus is located at 7500 Two Notch Road. For more information about the career fair, call the campus at 803-754-7544.