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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 – Tracy Peloquin

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Adult Education, Bachelor Degree Completion Program, Centura Virginia Beach, Spotlight Feature

 

By Cheryl Landreth, CVAB

After working in the financial services industry for many years, Tracy Peloquin found herself suddenly out of a job and relocated to a state that didn’t offer the types of financial career options she had in her previous home state.  Tracy had often worked in food service and as a temporary employee in the past and once again found herself back into those types of jobs.

“When I reached my 50th birthday, I took a look at where I was in my life, what I had started and what I had not accomplished,” Peloquin stated. “Each day on my way to yet another temporary job, I passed by Centura College. I saw students outside and often wished I was one of them.”

 

In 2016 Tracy found herself laid off again and decided enough was enough. She went to Opportunity Inc. to see what options would be available to a middle-aged woman who had been displaced from her previous career.  To her surprise and joy, there was a grant available to help with the cost of college.  Her next stop was Centura College.

 

For the next year and a half, Tracy worked full time and attended school full time. Reflecting on that time, Tracy stated, “I really wanted to do my best at both.  Whenever you would see me, I would either have a book in my hand or I would be working on homework.”  Many late nights later, Tracy graduated summa cum laude with a 3.85 grade point average and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a Concentration in Management degree.  Tracy exclaimed, “I felt so accomplished!”

 

Tracy knows this is only the first important step in achieving her dream to someday run her own business of helping low-income seniors with housing. She is currently working at Canon and advancing in her career.  Her next step is to enroll in a Master’s program pursuing additional business and human resource training.

 

Moving forward on her journey, Tracy states “Had I never made that stop to Centura College, where I felt a peace as soon as I walked through the door, I would not have a plan for my future.  I know where I am heading with my life and I am so thankful for the opportunity to attend Centura College.  The instructors were great and offered additional assistance whenever I needed it.  They taught me so much more than just the book material.  I was able to gain practical application experience which helped me to fully understand the purpose of what was being taught.”

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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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Centura College Norfolk Medical Assisting Students Connecting with Their Community

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura Norfolk, Lifestyle, Medical Assisting, Spotlight Feature

By Otis Grate BS, MBA, CCMA

Centura College’s Norfolk campus continues to build strong, productive, and meaningful relationships with our surrounding communities. It is not out of the ordinary for the Norfolk campus to direct its attention towards providing citizens of the community with various types of services. Often, these services will vary, but proven to be valuable for many community members. With active teaching a priority throughout the campus, Centura Norfolk utilizes opportunities such as regularly scheduled visits to the Salvation Army’s KROC Center to build student’s confidence and knowledge base.

For the last year, students from Centura Norfolk’s medical assisting program have been venturing out to the Salvation Army’s KROC Center to provide their senior community patrons with an opportunity to receive basic health screenings. These screenings readily include: blood pressure readings, temperature and pulse, respiration, and glucose readings. Although these assessments are often viewed as basic, the interaction with patrons provides students the opportunity to utilize their skill sets in the real world, while providing the seniors in the community a great service; a service that many of these seniors may not be able to afford on their own.

Mrs. Kim Foulkes leads the charge with this event, equipping her students with the tools they need to be efficient and effective. Ensuring each student maintains courtesy and professionalism while providing the highest level of quality care for each patron they assess. The Salvation Army has been truly appreciative as well as resourceful in regards to assisting Centura Norfolk with building stronger bonds with our communities. Centura Norfolk is proud to be a part of this effort and will continue to find ways to “Connect Communities and Careers”.

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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