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Family-Friendly Fall Festival to be Held at Centura College’s Newport News Campus

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura College, Centura Newport News, Press Release, Spotlight Feature

The Newport News campus of Centura College will be hosting its 5th annual Fall Festival on the 21st of October. Event will feature a variety of seasonal activities for the whole family, including a trunk or treat.

By Brian Stauss

Centura College will be holding its 5th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21, at its campus located at 616 Denbigh Blvd., Newport News, VA. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m.

This family-friendly event will feature music, refreshments, games for all ages, seasonal arts and crafts, a haunted house, as well as a trunk or treat for children.  Complementary chair massages and medical vital checks will also be available for attendees.

“The local community is the lifeblood of Centura College,” says Greg Daniel, Campus Executive Director at Centura College’s Newport News campus. “Our Fall Festival is an opportunity for us to open our doors to the community and have folks come see what Centura has to offer, all in a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly atmosphere.”

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Centura College’s Newport News campus at (757) 874-2121 or go to the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/120668051926682.

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, legal studies 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.

Business Etiquette 101: The Basics of Professionalism

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Career Fair, Career Services, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Columbia, Centura Newport News, Centura Norfolk, Centura Richmond, Centura Virginia Beach, Human Resources, Lifestyle, Spotlight Feature, Tips & Tricks

By Jul DeGeus

The job search process can be excruciatingly overwhelming. It’s easy to find yourself stressing out over things like creating a flawless resume and preparing the perfect answers to interview questions.

But for most job hunters, one career prep subject seems to fly under the radar: business etiquette. There’s actually a week, June 5-11th, just to try to draw attention to those who are unaware.

Knowing and practicing proper business etiquette could be a determining factor in the hiring process. It might be hard for a company to choose between two candidates that have similar qualifications. Unless, of course, one of the contenders has displayed the mastery of the art of business etiquette. So, grasshopper, here are some skill sets to set you apart from the rest:

Make the Introduction

Sheryl Stevens giving tips and tricks to Centura Chesapeake students.

Career Services Coordinator at our Centura Chesapeake campus, Sheryl Stevens, knows the importance of first impressions in the business world. Stevens, who holds regular workshops to prepare Centura College students for their future career, firmly believes in the 7/11 theory:

Within the first seven seconds that someone meets you, they make 11 decisions about you. How was your hand shake? Are you maintaining eye contact? This tells employers about your confidence. Are you smiling? Are you dressed well? This lets people know if you are approachable and presentable. Every person’s 11 decisions are different, but you want to make sure that you are presenting your best to ensure that employers’ decisions about you are positive.

To have a successful introduction and obtain a positive first impression in seven seconds, come up with and rehearse a simple introduction. After a salutation, include your first and last name, smile while making eye contact and shake hands. A professional handshake should be firm, leaving no space between the webs of the shaker’s thumbs. When leaving, don’t be afraid to mention your full name one more time to remind the employer of who you are.

A slice of advice: When you are established in the workplace and there is a new person in the office or are with a friend and someone approaches you, always make an introduction. It is better to introduce people who have already met before than to hold a conversation with one person and ignore the other.

 

Mind Your TechNOlogy

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The technological advances we have made over the past 20 years are astounding. The ease of accessing important information simply by using a smart phone has quicken the pace of the world. But when it comes to using technology in a business setting, it is important to remember that there are some restrictions.

When entering a meeting or interview, turn off or leave unnecessary electronics elsewhere. Be careful about using tablets, smart watches and laptops in appointments, as they can give off the perception that you are not paying attention. Once employed, read up on the rules and regulations regarding personal devices to makes sure you adhering to company policies.

Keep Communication Flowing

Maybe you’ve got really exciting news. Or maybe the person you are talking to has sparked a brilliant, life-changing idea. Perhaps the information that you are hearing is incorrect. Regardless of what the reason is, resist the urge to butt in when someone is speaking. Simply wait for them to finish, then add your input to the conversation. If, for urgent reasons, you have to interrupt, politely interject with “excuse me.”

Likewise, if there is a meeting or Q & A session at work, make sure that you are not talking so much that others cannot get a word in. Also try to talk about or ask things that everyone in the meeting will benefit from. Specific questions that deal directly with you or only a small section of the group meeting should be asked individually or if there is extra time.

PROOF READ, PROOF READ, PROOF READ

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There’s nothing worse than putting “atention to detail” on a resume, sending it out and never hearing back from employers. What went wrong? You are so qualified! Well, having a tiny mistake, such as misspelling “attention”, could cost you a callback. Avoid these errors by having multiple people look over your resumes, cover letters, emails, etc. before sending them out. It’s always nice to have a fresh sets of eyes!

Watch Your Language

Some people are able to adjust their vocabulary based upon their environment. This is an extremely important skill to have, especially when entering a new work place. To be safe, avoid any topics or language that could be dubbed as controversial.

And just like your parents taught you, don’t forget your “please” and “thank you’s.” A little gratitude goes a long way in the work place. These simple statements of appreciation can build respect and admiration from your peers and leaders.

 

So there you have it, Grasshopper; the stealthy skills to make you a business etiquette master.

Want a lesson in business etiquette? Centura Chesapeake will be hosting two workshops, Wednesday, June 7th, at 11:00 AM and 6:15 PM. Centura Chesapeake is located at 932 Ventures Way, Chesapeake, VA, 23320. For more information, call 757.549.2121.

 

The Book Keeper: Centura Celebrates Librarians

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Campus Connections, Centura College, Community Connections, Spotlight Feature

By: Jul DeGeus

Nothing makes those long days and nights of studying better than the sight of the reassuring, friendly face of a helpful librarian. Always there to find the book that is hiding on the top shelf or suggest the resource you need, school librarians are an imperative cog in the tinkerings of schools. In honor of National School Librarians Day on April 4th, we wanted to extend our gratitude to some of our very favorite librarians:

Centura Chesapeake

John Smith

“John Smith has been an employee at Centura Chesapeake since May of 1998. Mr. Smith is not only our Library Assistant but also one of our Accounting and Business teachers.  Found in either the classroom or library, he enjoys teaching students how to use the Library and Network Information Resources Network (LNIRN) and helping them find materials they need for research papers and presentations. With a flair for fun, Mr. Smith enjoys a good Library Scavenger Hunt. For one hunt, he even dressed up like the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz.  Thank you, Mr. Smith, for all the things you do, both big and small!”

-Centura Chesapeake Staff

Centura Columbia

Nicole Bryant

“Ms. Nicole Bryant is the librarian and the Penn Foster Facilitator at Centura Columbia. She is great at helping the students in the Learning Resource Center find all the materials that they need to aid them in their studies. We appreciate all that Ms. Bryant does for students and staff alike. Thank you!”

-Centura Columbia Staff

Centura Newport News

Ms. Ruffin

“Ms. Ruffin has been with Centura Newport News for quite some time!  She attended the campus as a student after she retired early as a cashier at Fort Eustis.  Ms. Ruffin graduated in July of 1995 from the Computer Administrative Specialist Program, and then began working for us in September of 1995.  She is a favorite around campus and loves her students who seek her out for her knowledge and assistance in both the library and in life!”

-Centura Newport News Staff

Centura Richmond

Towana Hatcher

“Towana Hatcher is Centura Richmond’s Learning Resource Center manager.  Mrs. Hatcher, formerly Ms. Kelly, has been working at Centura College for more than 19 years.  In addition to running the LRC, Mrs. Hatcher provides orientation and training for students and faculty.  She also works as the Practical Nursing Administrative Assistant. Thank you for all the hard work that you put into your job daily.”

-Centura Richmond Staff

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