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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.

Family-Friendly Fall Festival to be Held at Centura College’s Newport News Campus

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura College, Centura Newport News, Press Release, Spotlight Feature

The Newport News campus of Centura College will be hosting its 5th annual Fall Festival on the 21st of October. Event will feature a variety of seasonal activities for the whole family, including a trunk or treat.

By Brian Stauss

Centura College will be holding its 5th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21, at its campus located at 616 Denbigh Blvd., Newport News, VA. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m.

This family-friendly event will feature music, refreshments, games for all ages, seasonal arts and crafts, a haunted house, as well as a trunk or treat for children.  Complementary chair massages and medical vital checks will also be available for attendees.

“The local community is the lifeblood of Centura College,” says Greg Daniel, Campus Executive Director at Centura College’s Newport News campus. “Our Fall Festival is an opportunity for us to open our doors to the community and have folks come see what Centura has to offer, all in a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly atmosphere.”

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Centura College’s Newport News campus at (757) 874-2121 or go to the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/120668051926682.

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, legal studies 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.

Centura Showcase: Massage Therapy

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Adult Education, Centura Chesapeake, Health, Massage Therapy, Press Release

The Chesapeake campus of Centura College will be showcasing its massage therapy program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the health and wellness field. The event will offer interactive demonstrations of a variety of massage techniques.

By Brian Stauss

Centura College will be showcasing its massage therapy program on Wednesday, October 11, at its campus located at 932 Ventures Way, Chesapeake, VA. The demo begins at 6 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m.

The event will feature hands-on demonstrations of reflexology, chair massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy. This interactive event is designed to provide participants with a real-world view of what it would be like to work in the massage therapy career field.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals considering a career in the health and wellness field,” says Shawnte Peterson, Massage Therapy Program Coordinator at Centura College’s Chesapeake campus. “I can’t think of a better way to see if a career is right for you than by getting a hands-on preview into your field of interest.”

Participants are also invited to take a tour of the campus’s training facilities and to meet with admissions staff about the benefits of career-focused training provided at Centura College.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, 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, legal studies 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.

On the Record: A Look at a Career in Health Information Technology

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Adult Education, Centura Chesapeake, Health Information Technology, Spotlight Feature

By Jul DeGeus

“Let me check your records.” A phrase many of us hear when visiting the doctor’s office. But who manages these records? Who makes sure that our medical information is up to date and accurate?

That is part of the job of a Health Information Technician. We sat down with Amanda Carter, Centura College’s Health Information Technology Coordinator for the Chesapeake campus, to find out a little bit more about what it means to be a Health Information Technician:

What made you decide to become a Health Information Technician?

I decided to become a Health Information Technician after I worked in the medical field as a medical assistant for about two years. The job market was constantly changing, so I decided to branch out. It made sense for me to do it because the health care industry was growing larger. Gaining more experience opened up additional opportunities for me to advance my career and to educate people about the ever changing costs of health care.

What advice would you give those considering a career in Health Information Technology?

The advice that I would give those considering a career in Health Information Technology is that even though you don’t have a lot of ‘facetime’ with patients, you are truly making a positive difference in their lives. Health care costs and expenses can be one of the most stressful triggers for patients and their families. As a Health Information Technician you get the chance to help alleviate that stress.

What study aids did you use during your education?

It’s cliché, but my training reinforced that practice makes perfect. I constantly coded scenarios and corrected error reports just to try and trick myself. It helped me to be confident and also taught me to fix interesting and dynamic health care scenarios. It reassured me and gave me positive outlook for my career in the health care field.

What is your proudest moment as a Health Information Technician?

My proudest moment as a Health Information Technician was when I helped an elderly lady with her husband’s seemingly never-ending health care expenses. She was constantly confused and overwhelmed by her billing statements. I knew she needed help understanding them and I offered to explain them to her in a way that made sense. After I took the time to go over them with her, you could hear the excitement in her voice; she finally fully knew what was going on with her bills and was ecstatic. Just hearing her excitement over the phone gave me so much joy. As if that wasn’t enough, she even made it a point visit the office just to thank me in person with homemade chocolate chip cookies.  It was the BEST DAY EVER!

Helpful Training to Strengthen Your Next Interview

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Career Change, Career Services, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Columbia, Centura Newport News, Centura Norfolk, Centura Richmond, Centura Virginia Beach, Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks

Helpful Training to Strengthen Your Next Interview

By Esperanza Poquiz

Some of us find interviews a little nerve-racking while others may be cool, calm and collected. Preparing for the interview process can ease stress. Whether you are a pro or amateur, keep these tips in the forefront of your mind when going to your next interview.

First Impressions

We’ve all heard that making a great first impression is important. A survey showed that 66 out of 2,000 hiring managers knew in 90 seconds if they would hire the job candidate. Ensure that your appearance gives the hiring manager a great first impression by:

  • Smiling
  • Having a firm handshake and great posture
  • Wearing more neutral colors like: black, gray, navy blue and white
  • Communicating with proper vocabulary and grammar

Confidence

Having confidence in yourself definitely shows in an interview. Emitting confidence lets the hiring manager see that you know what you want and you take initiative. Radiate confidence through:

  • Voice projection; don’t mumble
  • Eye contact
  • Body language: don’t fidget, play with your hair, touch your face or cross your hands over your chest
  • Hand gestures, but keep them to a minimum
  • Enthusiasm; Let your personality shine and show warmth

Know Who You Applied For

Before going in your interview be sure to do the following:

  • Research the company and get general information
  • Have a specific position in mind and learn the requirements of the position you seek
  • Come prepared with questions based on the company
  • Know the company’s mission statement and what is important to them

Final Suggestions

  • Have a generic answer about why you lost or left your last job
  • Don’t put down previous positions, employers or peers
  • Don’t focus on pay, schedule or benefits in the initial interview
  • Ask relevant questions

Be sure to keep these suggestions in mind for you next interview. You can also ask family and friends for help through mock interviews. Good luck!

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