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Suit Up: Centura Style

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Adult Education

Centura College Virginia Beach Fashion Show

Dressing for the Interview:

Centura College’s Virginia Beach Campus held a “Get ‘Suited’ for the Right Career Fashion Show” on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. The event provided all students with a first-look at professional attire to wear to interviews within various industries. Participants modeled acceptable and unacceptable attire to wear to job interviews, externships, work, and college.

 

Before each job interview, hopeful candidates must decide what to wear. This is a big decision as one wants to make a positive, lasting impression within the first 30 seconds of meeting a potential future employer. The fashion show was a fun, unique way for Centura students to bring to life the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of what to wear for an interview through role-play.

 

And where does Centura Virginia Beach find all of these stylish tips and tricks, one might ask? Fashionista and Career Services Coordinator, Damika Howard-Wayne. In addition to acting as the campus’s professional work attire stylist, Ms. Howard-Wayne coaches our students and graduates through mock interviews and assists with resume and cover letter writing.

 

The event was a success that created an awareness of how to dress appropriate for interviews within Centura’s different fields of study: Business, management, information technology and medical assisting, just to name a few. The fashion show concluded with Ms. Howard-Wayne providing feedback to the group as to why outfits were and weren’t acceptable interview outfits.

 

Thank you to the staff and students who attended the fashion show and especially those students who participated. From the Information Technology Specialist Program, those students included:  Marcus Barrett, Melissa Warden, Santana Crump, Lakeasha Hill, Caitlin Loughner, and Rachqel Ricks. The students of the Business Program consisted of Mayowa Afolabi, Emily Griffin, Tamara Harvey, Alexander-Ireland, Kerry Kavula, Lena Pagan-Mohr, and William Prince. From the Medical Assisting Programs, the students included:  Debra Brackett, Jewel Hall, Paulette Perkins, and Allison Wells.

 

Pictured (Left-to-Right):  Kerry Kavula; Debra Brackett; Allison Wells, Ms. Damika Howard-Wayne, Career Services Coordinator; Tamara Harvey, Paulette Perkins, and Jewel Hall.

Centura Virginia Beach Prepares Students for Job Interviews

Written by Jeff Barbour, Edited by Jul DeGeus

 

Newport News Celebrates First Phlebotomy Graduates

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Adult Education, Centura College, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy

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On December 7th, 2015, the Peninsula campus launched their first phlebotomy course. A six week course fast paced, with a load of information. Everyone was excited. The phlebotomy students endured the rigorous course, persevered, and finally completed the main objective, which was to pass their certification. When test time came, everyone was nervous and anxious. They closed their eyes while the computer tallied their scores, and upon opening their eyes to view their scores, everyone was filled with delight, as they all had passed. They rejoiced as if they had won the Super Bowl! It may not have been the Super Bowl but this was a memorable time that made them all feel like winners. They can all proudly say, “I am a Certified Phlebotomist Technician”. Here at CPEN, we are all proud of their accomplishment.

You might be asking,

So what does a Phlebotomy graduate do?

Few people probably know the term phlebotomist, but it’s the health care professional who draws blood and ensures the proper amount is taken and that all blood is properly labeled and stored. Whether you have been a patient or a blood donor, you have seen a phlebotomist. Anyone who chooses this field has to be comfortable with blood, needles, databases, test tubes and blood vials. You will draw blood, verify the patient’s or blood donor’s identity, label the blood and enter patient information into a database. You’ll assemble and maintain equipment as well to prevent infections or other complications. Phlebotomists also tend to reassure nervous patients who don’t like needles, and some of them will explain what they are doing for patients who are interested.

Phlebotomy technicians are becoming very high in demand, and that oppertunity is increasingly steadily. This is partly because of locations (such as hospitals which are open 24 hours) require three shifts of phlebotomists on staff. That means that if you are flexible about the hours you work, you will probably find even more opportunity in this field.

 

Click here to start your Career in Phlebotomy today!

 

Tips to Protect Your Computer and Identity Online

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Adult Education, Computer Networking, Online

In the ever-expanding online and digitally connected world, privacy and security are gaining increasing attention. While the average American is beginning to recognize and understand the true value of their personal information, people also continue to express concerns about their privacy online. And that is especially true during the holiday season. And with tax time just around the corner, we all need to be especially vigilant.
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Centura College Encourages Locals to Explore New Career Opportunities During Their November Community Career Fair

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Adult Education, Career Change, Career Fair, Centura College

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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.

Centura Campuses Salute Our Veterans

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Adult Education, Career Change, Military Friendly School, Veterans

CNOR Opens New Vets Center

Centura College Norfolk is pleased to announce the opening of our new Veteran Center. It is our goal to be the most veteran friendly and empowering campus in our region by providing excellent service to our students. Our focus is to provide a variety of services that ease the transition from military service to campus life, develop and foster a community culture of past, present and future veterans, and continue to drive awareness of veterans issues, service and benefits. Here at Centura College Norfolk, we take pride in our veterans and will continue to offer them quality service and support through graduation and into rewarding careers.
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Personal Data Privacy and You

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Adult Education, Centura College, Computer Network Management


In the expanding online and digitally connected world, privacy is gaining increasing attention. While the average American is beginning to recognize and understand the true value of their personal information, people also continue to express concerns about their privacy online.

Lately, a slew of research has been released about how the public perceives the digital economy’s impact on their privacy. According to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, 91% of Americans believe they’ve lost control over how their personal information is collected and used by companies, and 64% believe the government needs to do more to regulate the way advertisers use our personal information. In light of the recent Sony and Anthem hacks, the latter affecting upwards of 80 million Americans, personal information security should be a concern for us all. Just ask those folks who had their credit card information stolen after shopping at Target…

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