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Centura Richmond Grad Finds Position with Duke Clinical Research Institute

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Adult Education, Centura College, Centura Richmond, Medical Assisting

It’s always fulfilling to see one of our Centura College students graduate and find employment in their chosen field of study.  Today’s spotlight features just that: Centura Richmond graduate, Sten Harris.

Centura Richmond grad Sten Harris

Centura Richmond grad Sten Harris

Initially, Sten went to school in North Carolina with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian assistant.  Eventually, he decided to switch gears, and wound up enrolling in the Medical Assistant program at the Centura College campus in Richmond.

During his time at Centura, Sten was a model student and demonstrated signs of being a leader.  He arrived to school every day ready for class and prepared to help others through times of struggle.

Tragedy struck the Richmond campus during Sten’s time at Centura, with the passing of a fellow student (and classmate of Harris).  At the commencement ceremony, Harris was one of the students that volunteered to speak to his fellow graduates about the impact the loss of his classmate had on him.

Following graduation, Harris returned to North Carolina, where he was hired as a medical assistant as a part of the Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit. Early Phase works with pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, government agencies, foundations, technology companies, investigators, and academic centers to conduct a broad range of studies in its 34-bed research unit. This state-of-the-art site enables Early Phase to execute high-intensity, continuous monitoring, and procedure-heavy studies.

A big congratulations goes out to Sten for fulfilling his career goals!

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Construction Electrician Program Now Offered at Centura Norfolk Campus

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Adult Education, Career Change, Centura College, Centura Norfolk, Construction Electrician, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers

Centura College is broadening their horizons as they add Construction Electrician to the programs offered at its Norfolk campus. The campus has transformed classrooms into a multi-disciplined learning environment for the prospective electrician to explore the various aspects of the trade.

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Construction electrician training set-up at Centura College Norfolk.

The Construction Electrician program is the brainchild of Campus Executive Director Theresa Tuttle and Dennis Thornton. This new 12-month diploma program is designed to provide hands-on training in the various aspects of the trade. Students will acquire a thorough understanding of the National Electrical Code. Utilizing NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) publications and testing will allow each graduate the ability to acquire nationally recognized certifications of achievement. Additional certifications for the course include OSHA 10 training, powder actuated tool licensure and basic CPR.

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More training set-ups for the Construction Electrician program at Centura College Norfolk

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be equipped for a variety of Construction Electrician entry-level positions. Examples include smart home installation, deck electrician, marine electrician, commercial electrician, and service electrician assistant.

Coordinator Brian Stanley will be overseeing the Construction Electrician program. Stanley brings over 35 years of hands-on experience in the electrical field and 8 years in the classroom. Stanley will be working closely with Donald Farrell, an accomplished technician himself. Farrell offers a broad range of experience acquired over a 50-year career. Considering the booming construction industry, demand for electricians is destined to remain extremely high.

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Film on Centura College Grad and His Service Dogs Premieres at Regent University

Posted by on Jan 26, 2019 in Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Lifestyle, Military Friendly School, Press Release, Scholarships, Spotlight Feature, Veterans

A small team of local filmmakers have completed work on a documentary of an Army veteran, Toby Yarbrough, and his service dogs Duke and Sasha. The film gets its origin from the novel The Quiet Healing, which was authored by Yarbrough and published in 2017. The film premiered at a special screening at Regent University on Saturday, January 19th.

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Toby Yarbrough (second from right) and his service dog Sasha pose for a photo with the filmmakers of The Quiet Healing at the premier event held at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

A Story of Perseverance and Healing

The film tells the story of Yarbrough, the traumatic injury he suffered during his time in the Army, his struggles with PTSD upon the end of his service, and how his service dogs saved his life in more ways than one. 

“The most important thing people should take away from this film is that this is just one man’s story, but so many others suffer from similar situations that Toby does,” says Andrew Lauto, director of the film. “It’s a story about struggles, hurt, pain, perseverance, love, and companionship. If you like dogs, support the military, or just want to listen to a feel-good story, this film is for you.”

From the Classroom to the Big Screen

The Quiet Healing project was partially funded by a collaboration of a trio of local educational institutions, Centura College, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Tidewater Tech. Yarbrough is a graduate of Centura College’s Chesapeake campus.

“We are so proud to be able to support a student who has given so much to serve his country. Toby was a tremendous student and a true inspiration to everyone around our campus,” says Ashley Oden, Campus Executive Director at Centura College Chesapeake. “When he told us he was writing a book and that it was going to be made into a film, we knew we wanted to be a part of helping him tell his story.”

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Proceeds from ticket sales to the premiere, totaling $5,400, were donated to Heal The Warriors.

All proceeds from ticket sales for the premiere were to be donated to Heal the Warriors and prior to the showing, a check for $5,400 was presented to Heal the Warriors.  Heal the Warriors provides access to much-needed services to our veterans and first responders who suffer from traumatic service-related brain injuries.

Also as part of the premiere ceremony, Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Centura College, announced the creation of a scholarship program called the Yarbrough Scholarship for Disabled Veterans. This scholarship will be awarded to one disabled veteran each year.

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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 College Graduate Spotlight: Mary Majette

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Centura College, Centura Newport News, Health Information Technology, Spotlight Feature

Centura College Newport News graduate Mary Majette

Centura College Newport News graduate Mary Majette.

Prior to her time at Centura College, Mary Majette had over 20 years of experience in the Human Services field. In 2010, Mary decided to move to the Hampton Roads area.  Upon continuing her career path in Human Services, Majette quickly realized that she needed to go back to school if she was to improve her career prospects and earning potential.

With that realization in mind, Mary began to look into potential educational options. She chose Centura College because she could obtain her diploma in Health Information Technology in less than a year. On top of that, the Newport News campus was conveniently located near her home.

Mary completed her program in eight months. During her time at Centura College, she became a Centurian Ambassador and participated in several community volunteer opportunities. Majette maintained and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She is now a member of Centura College’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC).

Centura College grad Mary Majette poses for photo op infront of Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.

Centura College grad Mary Majette poses for photo op infront of Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.

We are proud to announce that Mary is currently working full-time in her field at the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute. Way to go Mary!

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 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 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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