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Centura College Graduate Spotlight – Tracy Peloquin

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Adult Education, Bachelor Degree Completion Program, Centura Virginia Beach, Spotlight Feature

 

By Cheryl Landreth, CVAB

After working in the financial services industry for many years, Tracy Peloquin found herself suddenly out of a job and relocated to a state that didn’t offer the types of financial career options she had in her previous home state.  Tracy had often worked in food service and as a temporary employee in the past and once again found herself back into those types of jobs.

“When I reached my 50th birthday, I took a look at where I was in my life, what I had started and what I had not accomplished,” Peloquin stated. “Each day on my way to yet another temporary job, I passed by Centura College. I saw students outside and often wished I was one of them.”

 

In 2016 Tracy found herself laid off again and decided enough was enough. She went to Opportunity Inc. to see what options would be available to a middle-aged woman who had been displaced from her previous career.  To her surprise and joy, there was a grant available to help with the cost of college.  Her next stop was Centura College.

 

For the next year and a half, Tracy worked full time and attended school full time. Reflecting on that time, Tracy stated, “I really wanted to do my best at both.  Whenever you would see me, I would either have a book in my hand or I would be working on homework.”  Many late nights later, Tracy graduated summa cum laude with a 3.85 grade point average and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a Concentration in Management degree.  Tracy exclaimed, “I felt so accomplished!”

 

Tracy knows this is only the first important step in achieving her dream to someday run her own business of helping low-income seniors with housing. She is currently working at Canon and advancing in her career.  Her next step is to enroll in a Master’s program pursuing additional business and human resource training.

 

Moving forward on her journey, Tracy states “Had I never made that stop to Centura College, where I felt a peace as soon as I walked through the door, I would not have a plan for my future.  I know where I am heading with my life and I am so thankful for the opportunity to attend Centura College.  The instructors were great and offered additional assistance whenever I needed it.  They taught me so much more than just the book material.  I was able to gain practical application experience which helped me to fully understand the purpose of what was being taught.”

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Centura Richmond Campus Donates School Supplies to Children’s Hospital

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Career Services, Centura College, Centura Richmond, Community Connections, Spotlight Feature

Centura Richmond Campus Executive Director, Rob Jones and Sarah Irby. 

 

Centura College Richmond is passionate about the work at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Children’s Hospital. VCU Children’s Hospital is Central Virginia’s only comprehensive, full-service hospital devoted to the care of children. It’s ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospital by U.S. News and World Report and is Virginia’s only Level 1 pediatric trauma center.

Last year, the Richmond campus collected over 75 children’s books for the many kids undergoing care at the facility. This year we decided give back to the young patients again, by collecting everyday school supplies. Our students and faculty rose to the challenge presented and we outdid our donations from the previous year!

Student Services Representative Kelvin Lee and Sarah Irby.

With so many school supply drives, the children are unfortunately unable to attend those types of events due to the efforts concentrated on their recovery. Student Services Representative Kelvin Lee and Campus Executive Director Rob Jones decided to visit the Children’s Hospital to present Ms. Sarah Irby (Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator) our donations. With the incredible job this hospital performs on a daily basis we truly look forward to partnering together with Ms. Irby for future events. This was a great way to kick off the new school year by providing much needed school supplies to the hospital’s young patients.

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.

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Centura College Norfolk Medical Assisting Students Connecting with Their Community

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura Norfolk, Lifestyle, Medical Assisting, Spotlight Feature

By Otis Grate BS, MBA, CCMA

Centura College’s Norfolk campus continues to build strong, productive, and meaningful relationships with our surrounding communities. It is not out of the ordinary for the Norfolk campus to direct its attention towards providing citizens of the community with various types of services. Often, these services will vary, but proven to be valuable for many community members. With active teaching a priority throughout the campus, Centura Norfolk utilizes opportunities such as regularly scheduled visits to the Salvation Army’s KROC Center to build student’s confidence and knowledge base.

For the last year, students from Centura Norfolk’s medical assisting program have been venturing out to the Salvation Army’s KROC Center to provide their senior community patrons with an opportunity to receive basic health screenings. These screenings readily include: blood pressure readings, temperature and pulse, respiration, and glucose readings. Although these assessments are often viewed as basic, the interaction with patrons provides students the opportunity to utilize their skill sets in the real world, while providing the seniors in the community a great service; a service that many of these seniors may not be able to afford on their own.

Mrs. Kim Foulkes leads the charge with this event, equipping her students with the tools they need to be efficient and effective. Ensuring each student maintains courtesy and professionalism while providing the highest level of quality care for each patron they assess. The Salvation Army has been truly appreciative as well as resourceful in regards to assisting Centura Norfolk with building stronger bonds with our communities. Centura Norfolk is proud to be a part of this effort and will continue to find ways to “Connect Communities and Careers”.

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.

 

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Chesapeake Campus Brings Families Together at Children Literacy Day Event

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Adult Education

Chesapeake Campus Brings Families Together at Children Literacy Day Event

Typically, the halls and classrooms at Centura College Chesapeake are filled with sights and sounds of our adult students, dedicated to learning the skills needed to move forward in their search for careers. On Friday, June 1st, the campus grounds were bustling with a slightly younger crowd, as Centura Chesapeake held its Children’s Literacy Day.

More than 100 children and their families gathered at the campus for a day full of activities.  Children were treated to story time with some of their favorite cartoon characters like Belle and Spiderman.  Each child was offered free pizza and ice cream, along with face painting, and bounce houses.  The local fire department stopped by (not to put out any fires) and the children were able to get up close and personal to a fire engine.

“We really enjoyed the friendly staff, the characters who fully dove into their roles, all of the inclusive activities,” stated Amber Launstein, one of the event’s attendees and mother of two.

Children’s Literacy Day was a big hit, with each child leaving with smiles on their faces and a gift bag filled with items to celebrate reading. This event was just another example of how Centura strives to interact with our surrounding communities and help promote education to both current and future generations of students.

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Dental Assistant Graduate Success Story: Danielle Young

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Centura Richmond, Community Connections, Dental Assistant, Dental Assisting, Press Release, Spotlight Feature

By Kelvin Lee, Student Services Coordinator, Centura College Richmond 

A quiet, shy, and very soft-spoken individual, Ms. Danielle Young enrolled in the Dental Assistant program at the North Chesterfield campus in March 2017.  As a child, Danielle set her sights on pursuing a career in the dental field.  Her grandfather was a practicing dentist for many years, so she wanted nothing less than to live up to his legacy.

While enrolled in the program, Danielle flourished.  With a firm grasp on the curriculum and the hands-on training, she applied her knowledge in both the classrooms and in the labs.  Danielle was on the North Chesterfield campus’s Director’s List for academic achievement and was nominated (and chosen) for the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society, all while maintaining a 3.92 grade point average.

Before our annual commencement ceremony in June, we held auditions to determine which students would serve as speakers at the ceremony.  Students were encouraged to write a motivating and uplifting speech about their success at Centura College.   I was quite surprised and excited when I realized that Danielle might be one of our speakers.  This modest graduate would later deliver a soul-stirring speech about humility, encouragement, and what hard work can accomplish.

Incidentally, Danielle was a referral from one of our medical assistant students who later went on to graduate and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  There is an old saying by an unknown author that suggests that if you believe in yourself, others will follow.

I’m proud to say that Danielle has been accepted into the School of Dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she plans to continue her education.  She decided not to include this great news in her graduation speech, and while I was on stage, I wondered why she left it out.  It just goes to show the type of person that Danielle is.  As a student and as a graduate of the Dental Assistant program, she wanted to highlight the support that she received from the administrators and the advisers that she met while at Centura College rather than her own achievements.

Congratulations Ms. Young. We all wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits!

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Virginia Beach Campus’s First International Student Shining Bright

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Adult Education, Centura Virginia Beach

Mayowa Afolabi’s story as Centura College’s first international student began in the country of Nigeria. She had just finished her National Diploma in Mass Communication at The Polytechnic Ibadan, preparing to continue her education towards a Higher National Diploma. Her father told her he wanted a better future for her and for her to experience life in another country. To Mayowa’s surprise, she was enrolled in Centura College and was facing life on the other side of the globe on her own.

Mayowa’s journey began in April 2016, and she has never looked back. She stated her biggest fear, next to flying to America on an airplane, was speaking in front of a group of people. With the help of her instructors, who coached her through presentations and weekly speeches, she quickly overcame her fear of public speaking.  Mayowa credits her instructors for who she is now and states, “No matter the situation in which I find myself, I always stand up to face the challenges.”

As a student, Mayowa was very involved with the Student Government Association and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), serving as secretary for both organizations. On many occasions, she was the “voice” telling others about the organizations and encouraging her fellow students to participate.

Mayowa graduated summa cum laude in June 2017 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business with a Concentration in Management and is currently employed with Centura College. Mayowa states, “No matter where you find yourself, if you have the focus, if you work hard and if you put God first, you are going to make it in life.”

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