Richmond, VA Metro College Campus

Richmond, VA Campus

Campus History

Centura College first began offering career placement services in 1969, and in 1983 opened its first school, Electronic Institute of Technology in Norfolk, Virginia. Over the years, it continued to expand its training options and campus locations. Our parent company, Employment Services, Inc., opened its first school in the Greater Richmond area. Called Beta Tech, this campus was located in Petersburg. Three years later, it was relocated to the Arboretum building in Richmond, it moved again to an expanded facility in North Chesterfield, on Midlothian Turnpike, where it is today. In 2008, the school's name was changed to Centura College.

Programs Available

Building Maintenance and Repair

The Building Maintenance and Repair training offers unlimited entry-level career opportunities in the residential, apartment, and hotel industry for maintenance and repair professionals. These maintenance facility positions are in high demand with skills related to structural, mechanical and electrical applications. Individuals will develop hands-on skills in air-conditioning, heating systems, and electrical theory along with troubleshooting skills. Studies also include tiling, flooring, general building repairs, plumbing applications including state and international plumbing, electrical and building codes to include commercial equipment and repair.

Students will have the opportunity to study and receive the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refrigerant transition certification prior to graduation from the program. This certification is mandated for technicians to maintain or repair air-conditioning systems.

Combination Welding Certificate

The Combination Welding program provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in metal fabrication and repair. This program incorporates shop safety throughout the program to ensure safe practices, while completing required competencies. Topics include blueprint reading, measurement, cylinder safety, and plasma and oxy-fuel cutting. Students set up amperage adjustment and voltage polarity prior to welding mild steel. Students engage in in-depth study and practice of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux core arc welding (FCAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW).

Graduates will have the opportunity to complete the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Safety Certification.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Diploma

The HVAC certificate program offers hands-on instruction on installation and maintenance of residential and light commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration units. Both day and night classes are offered, and full-time students can graduate in 45 weeks.

Medical Assistant Diploma

This focused certificate program provides theoretical knowledge and laboratory scenarios of the necessary medical skills, as well as an introduction to basic front office procedures. Both day and night classes are offered, and full-time students can graduate in as little as a year.

Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Medical Assisting

The medical assisting AOS degree offers you two concentrations to choose from: clinical support or management. Regardless which concentration you choose, you will gain the skills needed to meet the demands of the current and emerging health care system. Both day and night classes are offered, and full-time students can graduate in 15 months.

Dental Assistant Diploma

The dental assistant diploma program is designed to provide the basic skills to take your place working alongside dentists and dental hygienists. Both day and night classes are offered, and full-time students can graduate in as little as nine months.

Accreditations, Approvals and Memberships:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Certified by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in Federal Title IV programs
  • State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Virginia Board of Nursing
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Opportunity Inc. – Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • National Association for Health Professionals