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Too Late for a Health Care Career? Why Health Information Technology is the Career for You

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Adult Education, Career Change, Centura College, Centura Norfolk, Health Information Technology

Written by Simone Francis

Have you been contemplating following your dream of working in the medical field? However, your age, the cost of medical school, the years it will take to complete the degree, along with residency and training causes you to reconsider? Luckily, the healthcare industry is one that career changers can pursue easily. This is possible due to the wide range of careers within this industry.

 

Many people consider going back to school as a way to develop specific knowledge that they will use to pursue a new career.  Others want to gain skills that will result in them making more money. According to the National Center for Education, “more and more adults are returning to school. It seems like once parents send their children off to school, they start investigating what going back to school may mean for them as well.”

One career taking the healthcare Industry by storm is Health Information Technology (HIT). Health Information Technicians are also knows as medical coders or medical billers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations”.

 

Health Information Technology (HIT) is a great way for someone, at any point of their career, to enter the health care field because it typically does not require more than a two-year degree. As a Health Information Technician, you will work with computer software systems to analyze patient information to determine various ways of improving patient care or controlling costs for both the patient and facility.

Instructor Afyia Richards at Centura College Virginia Beach states, “This is the perfect career for all ages interested in working in the healthcare industry on the informational and technological side of the field.”  Within this career, individuals will not work directly with patients in the way a doctor or nurse would do, but rather they play a vital role in keeping hospitals and clinics running. Ms. Richards states, “We play a great role in saving lives”.

Ms. Richards held a variety of positions in the healthcare field over the last 10 years, including auditor and medical coder. Working in this industry did not limit her to just working in hospital settings; she has worked in many organizations that use health information, such as insurance firms, pharmaceutical companies and law offices. Ms. Richards explained this is a great career opportunity for individuals looking to work from home. Health Information Technicians also have the ability to determine their own salary.

Centura College in Virginia Beach strives to assist individuals in starting careers instead of jobs. With the buzz around this career field, Centura College decided to offer the HIT program. Once students have completed this program, they will take the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certification, which allows them to become more marketable in the field. Centura College is the only college in Hampton Roads that offers the certification included in the tuition, as well as AHIMA curriculum.

Mrs. Richards states, “I am definitely glad I made the decision to purse this career. The field has grown by leaps and bounds and it won’t be slowing down any time soon. This is my retirement plan.” So don’t let your dreams fade away, still thinking about going back to school, then Health information Technology may be right for you.

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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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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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Centura College Welcomes Richmond Job Seekers to Career Fair

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Career Fair, Centura College, Centura Richmond, Community Connections, Press Release

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.

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Centura College, Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks

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:

 

  1. PREsearch
  2. Organize with Color
  3. Create a Study Area
  4. Find a Study Group
  5. Prepare yourself for Test / Lab days
  6. Communicate with your Teacher
  7. 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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Student Services: Helping You Through Your College Journey

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Career Services, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Columbia, Centura Newport News, Centura Norfolk, Centura Richmond, Centura Virginia Beach, Financial Aid, GI Bill Benefits for College, Lifestyle, Military Friendly School, Spotlight Feature

By: Esperanza Poquiz

The faculty that forms the Student Services Department plays a key role in helping you through your college journey. Student Services includes different branches of a campus to aid you in addressing specific needs.  Below you can find information on the departments that help maintain order on campus:

  • Career Services – If you are a graduate, or you are about to graduate, Career Services can provide assistance when it comes to searching for jobs. They help with writing resumes and will coach you on proper interview attire and etiquette. They will even performing mock interviews in preparation for the real thing. Career Services arranges opportunities for employers to come to the campus to encourage you to meet with them face to face.
  • Bursar – The Bursar Department assists with billing, monitoring your account balances and collecting balances due.
  • Financial Aid – The Financial Aid Department breaks down the specifics on your financial aid options. They will also provide information on grant or scholarship opportunities.
  • Librarian/Learning Resource Center Assistant – A Librarian, or Learning Resource Center Assistant, provides tools, books and other reference materials that can help you with studying or assignments.
  • Registrar – The Registrar Department maintains order when it comes to things like: attendance and student records, grades, transfer/transcript information, and class enrollments.
  • Student Services – A Student Services Coordinator establishes relationships with the community as resources for you. Using their connections, they will help you in finding housing information, transportation and daycare options, as well as, part time jobs options to have while attending school.
  • Veteran Services– Veterans Services equip veteran students with information on what educational benefits are offered to them. They accommodate veterans to help create a smooth transition from military life to civilian life.

Equipped with the proper knowledge of what each Student Services Department does, you now know which department to turn to for the proper guidance.

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