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Norfolk First Responders Team with Centura College to Train Recruits

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Centura College, Centura Norfolk, Lifestyle, Press Release, Spotlight Feature

Norfolk First Responders Team with Centura College to Train Recruits

The Norfolk campus of Centura College will be teaming with the City of Norfolk’s Fire-Rescue Department to provide preparatory training as recruits begin their Academy program. The program will provide fundamental math, writing, medical terminology, and other key skills to prep new recruits for their Academy training.

By Brian Stauss

The Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department is teaming with Centura College to include essential academic preparatory training in the beginning of the Fire-Rescue Academy program, as an effort to increase the confidence and success rate of recruits within the program.

Fire-Rescue Chief Jeffrey Wise acknowledged that the average Fire-Rescue recruit has usually not been in an academic classroom for several years. Recruits can struggle with recalling basic math, writing skills, and the academic preparedness needed to complete the rigors of the Academy and this has led to some recruits being unsuccessful with the academic portions of the program.  This customized academic preparation program, positioned within the first few weeks of the Academy, is developed to provide fundamental math, writing, communication, medical terminology, and study skills training, to better-equip new recruits for the rigors of the Fire-Rescue Academy.

“We are thrilled to offer these aspiring first responders fundamental academic coaching, both in formal classroom instruction at the beginning of their training program, and through individualized tutoring throughout the Academy,” said Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations for Centura College.  “These are the women and men who will keep our community safe for decades to come, and increasing their likelihood to succeed academically is an honor and privilege for our faculty.”

Between Jan. 16-22, 2018, two dozen Norfolk Fire-Rescue recruits will report for classes at Centura College’s Norfolk campus at 7020 North Military Highway for training.  The coursework has been custom-designed between the academic leadership at Centura College and the Norfolk Fire-Rescue team to efficiently prepare recruits with the knowledge they need to succeed.

The program will begin with individualized academic assessments of each recruit, and will consist of four courses per day, taught by Centura College faculty.  The program includes further assessment of each recruits’ progress through the Academy program, and Centura College will offer additional tutoring for students as needed throughout the Academy curriculum.

“We are pleased to offer this pilot program at no charge to Norfolk Fire-Rescue, to the city, or to the students,” said Dr. English.  “We hope to eliminate academic challenges as a barrier to these public servants completing their Academy program, so that they can go on to protect our homes and businesses in Norfolk.”

For more information regarding Centura College’s partnership with the Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department, contact the campus at (757) 853-2121.

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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Sensory Friendly Santa Spreads Christmas Cheer to all at Centura College

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 in Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Lifestyle, Spotlight Feature

Ashley West and son, Andrew.

By Jul DeGeus and Esperanza Popquiz

 

The holidays can be a challenging time for anyone. In an effort to help those who might need a little extra assistance, Centura College Chesapeake campus held a sensory friendly meet and greet with the one and only, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

We sat down with Campus Executive Director, Ashley West, to learn how the campus worked together to create a magical winter wonderland, for all those to enjoy:

 

What was the inspiration to hold a sensory-friendly event? 

Ashley West: Anyone who knows me knows that there are three things in life that I get exceptionally excited about: My five year old son Andrew, who is autistic, my job, and CHRISTMAS! Personally knowing that the holiday season can be a real challenge for special needs families, we wanted to offer an event that allowed families of all different types to experience the magic of the holidays.

What steps did you take to prepare for the event? 

AW: We began preparations and meetings in early October. Our committee was made up of volunteers. Anyone who was a part of it, was doing so on their own personal time. I truly appreciate the effort and dedication these wonderful people put in to make this a relaxed environment for special needs families. Countless hours went into decorating the wonderland, which included: three decked out Christmas trees, dozens and dozens of presents, inflatable characters and wrapping paper that covered every inch of the walls! We also spent a lot of time researching what kinds of activities and spaces would be most enjoyable to children on the autism spectrum and with other special needs. This resulted in us creating a quiet room; a room with low lighting, minimal sounds and a space to lay down or read a book. If any member of the family wanted to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our Santa’s Workshop, we made sure that they had that opportunity. In addition, each member of the committee attended a training session conducted by an autism support professional.  We wanted to be sure that everyone was comfortable and prepared to best support these children and their families. From this training, we developed holiday activities, like sensory boxes (tubs with things like tinsel, slime and macaroni for the kids to feel textures) and cotton ball-snowman crafts. Obviously, we had to include Santa’s favorite cuisine, so there was plenty of milk and cookies for everyone to enjoy!

How did your staff react when learning about how to interact with children at the event?

AW: It was such a cool thing to watch the staff learn about some of the intricacies of working with special needs families. Many of them had not had any previous experience with the families, yet they all asked the exact questions that needed to be asked. I think lots of people try to promote awareness, but I’ve always said that awareness isn’t enough; what we’re really working toward is acceptance. The training we brought in helped the staff of Centura College Chesapeake campus to understand and accommodate the needs of every family that walked through our door. This made such a huge impact for our guests, moving us one step closer to our goal of acceptance.

Why is it important for Centura College to hold events like this for the community? 

AW: We’re not just a tagline of “Connecting Communities and Careers.” We mean it!  We want to serve all members of the community. As an autism mom, I can tell you that there’s a huge need for quality services and events for people who may need some additional considerations. We wanted to help be a part of the solution, so we’re also exploring program offerings to help train in a career supporting families with special needs. While special needs families are near and dear to my heart, I know that everyone has a specific cause that they cheer for. In 2018, we are hoping to highlight and showcase events that bring awareness, acceptance and actions of the causes we hold dear in our heart.

If you want to find out how you can help spread awareness and acceptance, or want to learn more about Centura College, Chesapeake campus, call 757.549.2121 or visit centuracollege.edu.

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Centura College to Hold Sensory Friendly Holiday Event

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Press Release

The Chesapeake campus of Centura College will be holding a sensory friendly holiday celebration on December 15th. Attendees will be able to take advantage of free photo opportunities with Santa, along with enjoying seasonal activities and refreshments, all in a sensory friendly environment.

By Brian Stauss

Centura College will be holding a special sensory friendly holiday celebration on Friday, December 15 at its Chesapeake campus located at 932 Ventures Way, Chesapeake, VA. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. and will continue until 6 p.m.

During this family-friendly event, attendees will be able to get free pictures taken with Santa. Santa will arrive at 2:30pm for photo opportunities. The campus will be providing milk and cookies, along with other holiday-themed snacks.  Additionally, there will be sensory friendly activities available for children. Additional information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/529383557421968/.

“The holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year. My five year old son is on the autism spectrum, so I intimately understand the challenges that the holidays can bring to special needs families,” says Ashley West, Campus Executive Director at Centura College’s Chesapeake campus. “We wanted to host an event where every families in our community could have the opportunity to enjoy some holiday cheer in an environment that is both warm and inclusive.”

This event is free and open to the public. The campus will also be accepting reservations for personalized time with Santa, for families that believe their children would do better in a less crowded setting.

“We understand that some kids may appreciate a little more privacy with their Santa experience, so we are offering a limited number of appointments to meet those needs,” continues West.  “We truly want to provide the best experience for everyone!”

For more information regarding Centura College’s sensory friendly holiday event and to schedule an appointment with Santa, contact the Chesapeake campus at (757) 549-2121.

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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Bachelor Degree Program: Hospitality Management

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Adult Education, Bachelor Degree Completion Program, Business Management, Campus Connections, Centura College

Hospitality is a broad category of the service industry. Hospitality facilities may offer leisure, entertainment, business, and accommodation to local, national- and international visitors including: hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), theme parks and cruise ships, just to name a few.

The Role of Hospitality Managers

In these establishments, it’s important that guests are taken care of, especially in terms of getting what they need and have paid for. This task is accomplished by hospitality managers who oversee operations in hotels, resorts and similar facilities. While ensuring guests are comfortable and happy, managers also have to ensure that operations are smooth and profitable for those who own the facilities.

Hospitality Careers

  • Resorts & Hotels
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Airline Attendants
  • Cruise Ships
  • Theme Parks
  • Convention Centers
  • Corporate Travel
  • Travel Guides
  • Restaurants
  • And so many others

Facilities that offer accommodation are typically open round the clock and on holidays. For this reason, hospitality managers will typically work in shifts and may be on call to resolve any situations that arise.

Qualifying for the Job

Facilities are typically ranked on a five star basis. Those at the higher end are luxury facilities with international level amenities and services.

Qualifications for working in the different establishments are determined by their ranking. Generally speaking, smaller establishments with lower rankings, like bed and breakfast inns, motels, and cafeterias, usually hire staff who can learn on the job. In larger establishments like resorts and hotels, the staff is required to have additional training for the job. For managers, this is usually a bachelor’s degree. More and more establishments are looking for those with the specific education in the areas taught at the Bachelor level.

The Job Outlook for Hospitality Managers

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of hospitality managers will grow by eight percent between 2014 and 2024. This rate is generally as fast as the rate of growth for other occupations. Those with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or hotel management will have a competitive advantage which will give them the best job opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also established that the mean annual wage for hospitality managers is $59,410. It is expected that job opportunities and the average annual wage for hospitality will keep growing as the US and other economies grow.

Training for the Job

One of the most commonly sought academic credentials for hospitality management is a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality. Centura College offers flexibility with their Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Hospitality. This is a degree completion program made for those who have finished an associate degree in business or another professional degree but have not earned a bachelor’s degree. The concentration in management emphasizes areas like finance, software and project management. For those interested in hospitality, the focus is on hospitality management.

To find out more about this and other Completion Degree programs Centura college offers, click here.

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Continuing Your Education: Upgrading Your Degree

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Adult Education, Bachelor Degree Completion Program, Centura College

By Esperanza Popquiz

When it comes to continuing education, most people are discouraged to do so because of issues like juggling work, family and school or the financial stress of an extra expense. But, a bachelor’s degree may set you apart in a competitive workforce. Here are a couple of reasons why continuing your education to get your bachelor’s degree is important:

Expand Your Opportunities

Although there are many positions in the workforce that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, earning one can open your career to additional promising opportunities. The degree allows you to apply to positions that require a bachelor’s degree and you can have confidence knowing you meet the needs of the employer. Plus, your continued education will set you apart from other candidates who have not had additional education.

Careers

A bachelor’s degree focuses on specific concentrations and prepares you to work in that field, whereas an associate’s degree completes the general understanding of a subject. With the additional skills you acquire during your education in concentrations such as accounting, hospitality, marketing and others, you can move forward in your business career with the focused knowledge that is expected of you.

Financial Benefits

A bachelor’s degree can not only give you more options of where to work, but it can increase your value as an employee. You’re more likely to receive higher pay with a completion degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Those with bachelor’s degrees make approximately $264 more per week than those with an associate degree, and $363 more per week than those with only a high school diploma.” (1)

Job Security

While landing a job with high pay is ideal, making sure that you have job security is just as important. The unemployment rate is lower for college graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degree: 3.6% of unemployed persons held an associate’s degree while 2.7% had a bachelor’s degree. (1)

These are just a few of many benefits that come with come with pursuing your bachelor’s degree. If you are interested in furthering your education, check out Centura College’s Completion Degree programs for more information.

 

Sources

  1. “Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 31 July 2017.
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What is the Difference Between Web Development and Information Technology?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Adult Education, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Newport News, Centura Virginia Beach, Computer Network Management, Computer Networking

The world of digital technology can be confusing. Many organizations fail to understand the clear distinction between various platforms within the digital technology. Do you need an IT specialist, a web developer, or a website designer? And who does what exactly? Digital service providers have a different set of skills and areas of expertise.

This is how it works: you don’t take your car to a collision shop when you want it detailed, or to a tire store when you want the oil changed. The same thing applies to information technology and web development. We are going to dissect the distinction between web development and information technology to help clear confusion and help you better communicate about the different roles.

What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT) has to do with the implementation and maintenance of your organization’s computer network. An IT specialist is the person handles the company’s software, hardware, email systems and security systems.

In the Web Industry scope, IT encompasses storage, transfer, reception and manipulation of data using computer networks. It may not be clear at a first glance, but IT represents the technology behind the standardization and coordination of the organization’s information.

What is Web Development?

Web development refers to the creation and development of websites and hosting them on the internet or intranet. This should never be confused with web design, which typically focuses on the aesthetics of websites. To draw a clear distinction, web designers create designs for a website before it comes alive, while a web developer will utilize the design to carry out the actual coding of the website, bringing the ideas to life.

Web developers work on anything as simple as plain text pages, to more complex social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook. During the development, the web developer engages the web designer and the client through critical thinking, planning, and discussion.

If you look at it from the technical perspective, a web developer builds the functionalities of the website, or simply making the website to perform the tasks you want it to perform. An experienced web developer will integrate various coding languages like CSS, HTML, jQuery, JavaScript, and any other digital technologies to bring out the desired outcome.

The Comparison Between IT Administrator and Web Developer

You can now see that these two fields are totally different, but the case may not be immediately clear when you first walk into a web company’s office. Here’s an analysis of the job description for an IT Administrator and a Web Developer:

IT Administrator

An IT Administrator’s roles and duties include:

  • Configuring computer networks in the organization for easy communication among the coworkers.
  • Setting up and managing existing network infrastructures in the organization and ensuring a seamless flow of data and consistent internet connection.
  • Managing all software and hardware used by the organization and keeping all the software licenses up to date.
  • Managing software and hardware purchasing.
  • Proper keeping of organizations data and information with backups.
  • Troubleshooting any computer hardware failures of the organization.

Web Developer

The Web Developer’s duties and responsibilities include:

  • Developing websites using the most prominent coding languages and technologies.
  • Fixing bugs on the existing websites.
  • Interacting with clients to clearly understand their goals and needs.
  • Maintaining websites.
  • Collaborating with web designers to bring their concepts into reality.
  • Handling domain names and hosting configurations.
  • Creating technical documentations that accompany websites.

It’s pretty clear now that the two jobs have very little similarities. Training in each area is needed to be successful in either role and being able to explain the difference to companies will make sure you exceed employer expectations in a more defined success plan.

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