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Centura College to Showcase Home Maintenance Programs at Open House

Posted by on Feb 3, 2018 in Building Maintenance & Repair, Campus Connections, Career Change, Centura College, Centura Columbia, Community Connections, HVAC, Press Release

Event will feature hands-on demonstrations of home renovation projects in various stages of completion. Local realtor will also be holding discussions on investment properties and the value of having working knowledge of home maintenance.

By Brian Stauss

Centura College will be holding a home repair-themed event on Thursday, February 15, at its campus located at 131 Berkshire Drive, Columbia, SC. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until 7 p.m.

This “Fix This House” open house will feature a variety of do-it-yourself home repair and remodeling demonstrations, highlighting the campus’s Building Maintenance & Repair and HVAC training programs. Topics covered will include plumbing, flooring, roofing, duct work, vents, lighting, and more.

The event will also feature a local realtor, who will be discussing investment properties and the importance of having a working knowledge of home maintenance skills.

“Centura College always strives to connect communities and careers,” says Joann Parker, Director of Admissions at Centura College’s Columbia campus. “Opening up our campus to individuals interested in learning more about a trades career, or simply aspiring do-it-yourselfers, is another example of our commitment to that goal.”

Attendees are also invited to take a tour of the campus’s training facilities and to meet with admissions staff about the benefits of career-focused training and the various program options available at Centura College Columbia.

Centura’s “Fix This House” is free and open to the public.  For more information regarding Centura College’s “Fix This House” event, contact the Columbia campus at (803) 754-7544.

About Centura College

Centura College has been part of an organization dedicated to helping men and women develop careers since 1969. By training working adults in healthcare, technology, business, and skilled trades, they connect communities with some of the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). To learn more, visit www.CenturaCollege.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.

Norfolk First Responders Team with Centura College to Train Recruits

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Centura College, Centura Norfolk, Lifestyle, Press Release, Spotlight Feature

Norfolk First Responders Team with Centura College to Train Recruits

The Norfolk campus of Centura College will be teaming with the City of Norfolk’s Fire-Rescue Department to provide preparatory training as recruits begin their Academy program. The program will provide fundamental math, writing, medical terminology, and other key skills to prep new recruits for their Academy training.

By Brian Stauss

The Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department is teaming with Centura College to include essential academic preparatory training in the beginning of the Fire-Rescue Academy program, as an effort to increase the confidence and success rate of recruits within the program.

Fire-Rescue Chief Jeffrey Wise acknowledged that the average Fire-Rescue recruit has usually not been in an academic classroom for several years. Recruits can struggle with recalling basic math, writing skills, and the academic preparedness needed to complete the rigors of the Academy and this has led to some recruits being unsuccessful with the academic portions of the program.  This customized academic preparation program, positioned within the first few weeks of the Academy, is developed to provide fundamental math, writing, communication, medical terminology, and study skills training, to better-equip new recruits for the rigors of the Fire-Rescue Academy.

“We are thrilled to offer these aspiring first responders fundamental academic coaching, both in formal classroom instruction at the beginning of their training program, and through individualized tutoring throughout the Academy,” said Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations for Centura College.  “These are the women and men who will keep our community safe for decades to come, and increasing their likelihood to succeed academically is an honor and privilege for our faculty.”

Between Jan. 16-22, 2018, two dozen Norfolk Fire-Rescue recruits will report for classes at Centura College’s Norfolk campus at 7020 North Military Highway for training.  The coursework has been custom-designed between the academic leadership at Centura College and the Norfolk Fire-Rescue team to efficiently prepare recruits with the knowledge they need to succeed.

The program will begin with individualized academic assessments of each recruit, and will consist of four courses per day, taught by Centura College faculty.  The program includes further assessment of each recruits’ progress through the Academy program, and Centura College will offer additional tutoring for students as needed throughout the Academy curriculum.

“We are pleased to offer this pilot program at no charge to Norfolk Fire-Rescue, to the city, or to the students,” said Dr. English.  “We hope to eliminate academic challenges as a barrier to these public servants completing their Academy program, so that they can go on to protect our homes and businesses in Norfolk.”

For more information regarding Centura College’s partnership with the Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department, contact the campus at (757) 853-2121.

About Centura College

Centura College has been part of an organization dedicated to helping men and women develop careers since 1969. By training working adults in healthcare, technology, business, and trades, they connect communities with some of the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). To learn more, visit www.CenturaCollege.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.

Sensory Friendly Santa Spreads Christmas Cheer to all at Centura College

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Lifestyle, Spotlight Feature

Ashley West and son, Andrew.

By Jul DeGeus and Esperanza Popquiz

 

The holidays can be a challenging time for anyone. In an effort to help those who might need a little extra assistance, Centura College Chesapeake campus held a sensory friendly meet and greet with the one and only, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

We sat down with Campus Executive Director, Ashley West, to learn how the campus worked together to create a magical winter wonderland, for all those to enjoy:

 

What was the inspiration to hold a sensory-friendly event? 

Ashley West: Anyone who knows me knows that there are three things in life that I get exceptionally excited about: My five year old son Andrew, who is autistic, my job, and CHRISTMAS! Personally knowing that the holiday season can be a real challenge for special needs families, we wanted to offer an event that allowed families of all different types to experience the magic of the holidays.

What steps did you take to prepare for the event? 

AW: We began preparations and meetings in early October. Our committee was made up of volunteers. Anyone who was a part of it, was doing so on their own personal time. I truly appreciate the effort and dedication these wonderful people put in to make this a relaxed environment for special needs families. Countless hours went into decorating the wonderland, which included: three decked out Christmas trees, dozens and dozens of presents, inflatable characters and wrapping paper that covered every inch of the walls! We also spent a lot of time researching what kinds of activities and spaces would be most enjoyable to children on the autism spectrum and with other special needs. This resulted in us creating a quiet room; a room with low lighting, minimal sounds and a space to lay down or read a book. If any member of the family wanted to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our Santa’s Workshop, we made sure that they had that opportunity. In addition, each member of the committee attended a training session conducted by an autism support professional.  We wanted to be sure that everyone was comfortable and prepared to best support these children and their families. From this training, we developed holiday activities, like sensory boxes (tubs with things like tinsel, slime and macaroni for the kids to feel textures) and cotton ball-snowman crafts. Obviously, we had to include Santa’s favorite cuisine, so there was plenty of milk and cookies for everyone to enjoy!

How did your staff react when learning about how to interact with children at the event?

AW: It was such a cool thing to watch the staff learn about some of the intricacies of working with special needs families. Many of them had not had any previous experience with the families, yet they all asked the exact questions that needed to be asked. I think lots of people try to promote awareness, but I’ve always said that awareness isn’t enough; what we’re really working toward is acceptance. The training we brought in helped the staff of Centura College Chesapeake campus to understand and accommodate the needs of every family that walked through our door. This made such a huge impact for our guests, moving us one step closer to our goal of acceptance.

Why is it important for Centura College to hold events like this for the community? 

AW: We’re not just a tagline of “Connecting Communities and Careers.” We mean it!  We want to serve all members of the community. As an autism mom, I can tell you that there’s a huge need for quality services and events for people who may need some additional considerations. We wanted to help be a part of the solution, so we’re also exploring program offerings to help train in a career supporting families with special needs. While special needs families are near and dear to my heart, I know that everyone has a specific cause that they cheer for. In 2018, we are hoping to highlight and showcase events that bring awareness, acceptance and actions of the causes we hold dear in our heart.

If you want to find out how you can help spread awareness and acceptance, or want to learn more about Centura College, Chesapeake campus, call 757.549.2121 or visit centuracollege.edu.

Centura College to Hold Sensory Friendly Holiday Event

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Press Release

The Chesapeake campus of Centura College will be holding a sensory friendly holiday celebration on December 15th. Attendees will be able to take advantage of free photo opportunities with Santa, along with enjoying seasonal activities and refreshments, all in a sensory friendly environment.

By Brian Stauss

Centura College will be holding a special sensory friendly holiday celebration on Friday, December 15 at its Chesapeake campus located at 932 Ventures Way, Chesapeake, VA. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. and will continue until 6 p.m.

During this family-friendly event, attendees will be able to get free pictures taken with Santa. Santa will arrive at 2:30pm for photo opportunities. The campus will be providing milk and cookies, along with other holiday-themed snacks.  Additionally, there will be sensory friendly activities available for children. Additional information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/529383557421968/.

“The holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year. My five year old son is on the autism spectrum, so I intimately understand the challenges that the holidays can bring to special needs families,” says Ashley West, Campus Executive Director at Centura College’s Chesapeake campus. “We wanted to host an event where every families in our community could have the opportunity to enjoy some holiday cheer in an environment that is both warm and inclusive.”

This event is free and open to the public. The campus will also be accepting reservations for personalized time with Santa, for families that believe their children would do better in a less crowded setting.

“We understand that some kids may appreciate a little more privacy with their Santa experience, so we are offering a limited number of appointments to meet those needs,” continues West.  “We truly want to provide the best experience for everyone!”

For more information regarding Centura College’s sensory friendly holiday event and to schedule an appointment with Santa, contact the Chesapeake campus at (757) 549-2121.

About Centura College

Centura College has been part of an organization dedicated to helping men and women develop careers since 1969. By training working adults in healthcare, technology, business, and trades, they connect communities with some of the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). To learn more, visit www.CenturaCollege.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.

Bachelor Degree Program: Hospitality Management

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Adult Education, Bachelor Degree Completion Program, Business Management, Campus Connections, Centura College

Hospitality is a broad category of the service industry. Hospitality facilities may offer leisure, entertainment, business, and accommodation to local, national- and international visitors including: hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), theme parks and cruise ships, just to name a few.

The Role of Hospitality Managers

In these establishments, it’s important that guests are taken care of, especially in terms of getting what they need and have paid for. This task is accomplished by hospitality managers who oversee operations in hotels, resorts and similar facilities. While ensuring guests are comfortable and happy, managers also have to ensure that operations are smooth and profitable for those who own the facilities.

Hospitality Careers

  • Resorts & Hotels
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Airline Attendants
  • Cruise Ships
  • Theme Parks
  • Convention Centers
  • Corporate Travel
  • Travel Guides
  • Restaurants
  • And so many others

Facilities that offer accommodation are typically open round the clock and on holidays. For this reason, hospitality managers will typically work in shifts and may be on call to resolve any situations that arise.

Qualifying for the Job

Facilities are typically ranked on a five star basis. Those at the higher end are luxury facilities with international level amenities and services.

Qualifications for working in the different establishments are determined by their ranking. Generally speaking, smaller establishments with lower rankings, like bed and breakfast inns, motels, and cafeterias, usually hire staff who can learn on the job. In larger establishments like resorts and hotels, the staff is required to have additional training for the job. For managers, this is usually a bachelor’s degree. More and more establishments are looking for those with the specific education in the areas taught at the Bachelor level.

The Job Outlook for Hospitality Managers

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of hospitality managers will grow by eight percent between 2014 and 2024. This rate is generally as fast as the rate of growth for other occupations. Those with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or hotel management will have a competitive advantage which will give them the best job opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also established that the mean annual wage for hospitality managers is $59,410. It is expected that job opportunities and the average annual wage for hospitality will keep growing as the US and other economies grow.

Training for the Job

One of the most commonly sought academic credentials for hospitality management is a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality. Centura College offers flexibility with their Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Hospitality. This is a degree completion program made for those who have finished an associate degree in business or another professional degree but have not earned a bachelor’s degree. The concentration in management emphasizes areas like finance, software and project management. For those interested in hospitality, the focus is on hospitality management.

To find out more about this and other Completion Degree programs Centura college offers, click here.

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