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.
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!
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.”
Written by Drew Schnaath, Jul DeGeus and Esperanza Poquiz
Faculty and staff from The Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech met with colleagues and industry specialists to enrich themselves, their campuses, and become better community leaders and more effective educators. On March 14th, leadership and instructors converged in Falls Church, VA to attend the annual Education Conference.
Left to right: Vice President Joel English, Damon Cook, Vice President Mike Busjahn and Nate Wade.
“This year’s theme centered around the intersection of education and community, how our schools work together with their respective communities,” said Dr. Mary Urbanski. “We believe in cultivating our school families, the greater communities surrounding our schools, and our faculty.” These relationships foster collaboration, integrity, and innovation, which benefits students, employers and the communities involved:
Centura Columbia hosted a three part Rock that Interview series of events, leading up to their Career Fair. The sessions educated those who attended on the following subjects: Writing your cover letter, creating your resume, collecting references and building your portfolio.
AIM Atlanta, AIM Chesapeake and AIM Manassas ‘drifted’ from aviation maintenance to automotive, as each campus hosted a Car Show & Open House. Automotive enthusiast learned a thing or two touring the hangars, while Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) admired the maintenance and upgrades of the vehicles that cruised onto the campus.
In September, members of the Hampton Roads campus branches partook in the organization and volunteering of the Safe House Half Marathon and 5k. 100% of the proceeds of this race went towards building a “safe house”- a haven for orphans that are at risk of being sold into sex slavery.
Centura Norfolk partnered with the City of Norfolk’s Fire-Rescue Department to develop an academic preparation training program for new recruits of the Fire-Rescue Academy. This free of charge program aims to help refresh the basic knowledge a participant will need to be successful in the Fire-Rescue Academy, as well as provides additional tutoring to ensure each recruit has the tools they need to succeed.
Tidewater Tech connected with the community’s strong military presence by holding a car wash and yard sale to benefit the crew members of the USS Eisenhower. Chief Petty Officer selectees from the vessel worked alongside Tidewater Teach staff members to make sure that every car that came for a wash was in ship shape!
For Christmas, AIM Indianapolis decked the halls with charity organizations, Bearded Villains and Bad Apple Offroad, to collect gifts for Toys for Tots. The holiday event gave families the chance to come to the campus and enjoy food, music and fun, while raising donations for a great cause!
Conference attendees heard from several well-known speakers, including Dr. Michael E. Wooten from the Department of Education, Cindy Bridges Milford, Enterprise Digital Specialist at Cengage and Dale Dworak, a 25-year industry veteran in business technology solutions. Campus educators were also able to learn from text book publishers such as Cengage, McGraw Hill Education, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Pearson and F.A. Davis Company. Each speaker offered valuable insight into their experiences in education, business, leadership, management, and even the technology that powers these institutions and ideas.
In addition to the veritable wealth of information, our faculty had the chance to meet and network with colleagues from our other brands and campuses. Jon Cason explained “Our goal is to foster community, both inside and outside our organization. Collaboration is important for our schools as they continue to grow.”
Centura College will be holding a career fair for its students, graduates, and individuals in the community who are seeking employment.
By Brian Stauss
Centura College will be holding a career fair on Saturday, April 21 at its campus located at 7914 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235. The fair begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m.
The event will feature companies from a variety of industries. Employers attending will lend guidance regarding the application process for their companies, and may even hold on-site interviews for qualified applicants. Guests are expected to attend the career fair professionally dressed, with copies of their resumes and prepared to network. A list of participating employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/587435664966929.
“Centura College strives to connect communities and careers, so we are encouraging both our students, and the public to attend,” says Steve Worrell, Campus Executive Director at Centura College’s Richmond campus. “We will have many employers on-site, hiring for a variety of entry-level positions.”
Career fair attendees are also invited to take a tour of the campus’s training facilities and to meet with admissions staff to discuss the benefits of career-focused training and the various program options available at Centura College.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding Centura College’s career fair, contact the Richmond campus at (804) 330-0111.
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.
By Max Murphy
Everyone knows that attending college comes with the expectation of putting in a lot of hard work and dedication. Here are seven habits you can apply to your school life to help make the journey through college a little bit easier:
- Organize with Color
- Create a Study Area
- Find a Study Group
- Prepare yourself for Test / Lab days
- Communicate with your Teacher
- Have a Positive Mindset
“PREsearch”- Research Subjects before You Learn Them in Class
Most instructors hand out a course syllabus or outline at the beginning of the grading period. Instead of tossing it into your notebook and never giving it a second thought, try highlighting some of the course material you are not familiar with and do some pre-research for yourself. Give yourself some extra homework or reading material to make learning easier. If you don’t know any of the terms being used, look up some videos on the subject!
Organize with Color
Create a color coding system for all of your classes to keep your assignments and thoughts easy to manage. Mark text books or reading material in different colors for parts you don’t understand, need to memorize or maybe just material you find interesting. Every hue of the rainbow is at your expense, so go color crazy to keep organized.
Create a Study Area
When preparing for school, find a quiet ‘study space’ that you can go to. Some great places are at home, in a library or coffee shop, a quiet park bench, or even your car. It can be hard to find somewhere quiet where we can slow down for a minute with all of our responsibilities in life, but for school work, it is a must. Pro tip: Make sure the area is well-lit so you can take notes and read any course material
Find a Study Group
Working in groups can help fellow students share information and notes while studying course material. If you’re not understanding something, there might be someone in your group who does and can explain it to you. If there isn’t a study group already available at your Centura campus, then maybe you could create one.
Prepare for Test Days
Have you ever shown-up for an important test only for the room to be freezing cold? It’s pretty distracting and you don’t want it to affect your test taking skills after you’ve invested so much time studying the curriculum. Don’t forget to think about the “little things” that might have a big impact: Are you in a classroom or lab? Did you get enough sleep the night before? Do you have a nutritious meal planned? Don’t let the little surprises throw off your A-game.
Communicate with your Teacher
If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask questions about it, especially if it makes you understand the course material better! And, a lot of times one person asks a question that the entire class is wondering. If you are uncomfortable asking questions in front of people, wait until class ends and ask the teacher afterwards. Teachers are there to help you succeed, and if you show them you’re really trying, they’ll work with you to get you the information you need
Have a Positive Mindset
Be positive about your situation, create goals of where you want to be, and aim to achieve them. It can be hard to take on life and school at one time, but if you think about how you can conquer it in small bits and pieces, juggling school with all of our other responsibilities becomes a whole lot easier. By breaking down school into a series of small goals, it can make things a lot less overwhelming. Do what it takes to inspire yourself to succeed, because you’re working hard for a career.
What are some habits you practice to make your school life easier? Leave a comment below.
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