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Newport News Celebrates First Phlebotomy Graduates

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


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.


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Chesapeake Teen Summer Job Expo Just a Week Away

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Centura College


On Tuesday, March 29, Centura College’s Chesapeake campus encourages teens of Hampton Roads to join them on campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a free Teen Summer Job Expo. The event features an interview workshop at 9 a.m., followed by the job fair beginning at 10 a.m. Attending employers include Food Lion, Ocean Breeze Water Park and many more.

“We are all about connecting communities and careers at Centura College,” said Campus Director Ashley West. “We wanted to give local high schoolers the tools to ace the interview process and then put them in front of employers looking to hire right now. Let’s get hired this spring break!”

Expected employers include Wendy’s, Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Ocean Breeze Water Park, Lowe’s Home Improvement, YMCA, Auto Bell and AAA Pools. Attendees are encouraged to dress for success.

Centura College’s Chesapeake campus is located at 932 Ventures Way. For more information about the Teen Summer Job Expo, call 757-549-2121, or visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/764157023685897/.

To the Three Centurians that Took the HVAC World by Storm—Congratulations!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Centura College

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation awarded three of our incredible Centura College HVAC students with scholarship funds to assist them in reaching their future career goals. Robert Morey, Milton Mercury, both from Centura Institute in Orlando, and Nicholas Smith, from Centura College Columbia, were chosen based on their competency and excellence.

The goal behind the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship foundation has always been to help make a better future for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry. They believe that by supporting some of the brightest students enrolled in HVACR training programs at institutionally accredited schools, they will keep the integrity and competency of the field at a constant and growing high.

Our overwhelming excitement for these three dedicated students was too much to contain. Congratulations to Robert, Milton and Nicholas on your success. We are so proud to call you part of our Centura College family!

Robert Morey, from Centura Institute

Robert Morey, from Centura Institute

HVAC_Mercury Milton

Milton Mercury, from Centura Institute

Nicholas Smith, from Centura College Columbia

Nicholas Smith from Centura College Columbia