Dressing for the Interview:
Centura College’s Virginia Beach Campus held a “Get ‘Suited’ for the Right Career Fashion Show” on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. The event provided all students with a first-look at professional attire to wear to interviews within various industries. Participants modeled acceptable and unacceptable attire to wear to job interviews, externships, work, and college.
Before each job interview, hopeful candidates must decide what to wear. This is a big decision as one wants to make a positive, lasting impression within the first 30 seconds of meeting a potential future employer. The fashion show was a fun, unique way for Centura students to bring to life the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of what to wear for an interview through role-play.
And where does Centura Virginia Beach find all of these stylish tips and tricks, one might ask? Fashionista and Career Services Coordinator, Damika Howard-Wayne. In addition to acting as the campus’s professional work attire stylist, Ms. Howard-Wayne coaches our students and graduates through mock interviews and assists with resume and cover letter writing.
The event was a success that created an awareness of how to dress appropriate for interviews within Centura’s different fields of study: Business, management, information technology and medical assisting, just to name a few. The fashion show concluded with Ms. Howard-Wayne providing feedback to the group as to why outfits were and weren’t acceptable interview outfits.
Thank you to the staff and students who attended the fashion show and especially those students who participated. From the Information Technology Specialist Program, those students included: Marcus Barrett, Melissa Warden, Santana Crump, Lakeasha Hill, Caitlin Loughner, and Rachqel Ricks. The students of the Business Program consisted of Mayowa Afolabi, Emily Griffin, Tamara Harvey, Alexander-Ireland, Kerry Kavula, Lena Pagan-Mohr, and William Prince. From the Medical Assisting Programs, the students included: Debra Brackett, Jewel Hall, Paulette Perkins, and Allison Wells.
Pictured (Left-to-Right): Kerry Kavula; Debra Brackett; Allison Wells, Ms. Damika Howard-Wayne, Career Services Coordinator; Tamara Harvey, Paulette Perkins, and Jewel Hall.
Centura Virginia Beach Prepares Students for Job Interviews
Written by Jeff Barbour, Edited by Jul DeGeus
Centura College Brings In-Demand HVAC Training to Richmond
Centura College’s North Chesterfield campus now offers training in heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Centura College launches their Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Certificate program to help meet the nation-wide need for HVAC Technicians.
RICHMOND, Va. (August 31, 2016) – Centura College’s Richmond campus announces a new beginning with their Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Certificate program. Through training, students will work hands-on with air conditioning and heating systems, residential and commercial refrigeration, heat pumps, hydronics and more. Students can enroll now for a September 26th class start.
“The demand for quality HVAC technicians is extremely high right now. The residential and commercial industries are severely undermanned with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasting a 14 percent employment growth in the field of HVAC from 2014 to 2024,” said Centura College’s Corporate Director of Industrial Trades, Dennis Brakeville. “One critical reason is that seasoned technicians are reaching retirement age. This gives entry-level technicians the opportunity to fill these positions in a short period of time with competitive pay and benefits.”
The program is designed to take 12 months to complete and prepares students for entry-level positions within the HVAC industry. Graduates of the program will have acquired the knowledge to prepare for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification exam, which is a requirement for everyone entering the industry. Students will also be equipped to test for additional certifications, such as the Industry Competency Examination (ICE) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour Safety Certification. Career opportunities following graduation include positions with HVAC companies, builders and contractors, hotels and other specialty companies.
Centura College’s Richmond campus is located at 7914 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield, Va. For more information, call 804-330-0111.
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. Currently, Centura College’s Richmond campus is now enrolling students to train for careers in; medical assisting, massage therapy, dental assisting, nurse aide, phlebotomy, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and building maintenance and repair. 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.
In the ever-expanding online and digitally connected world, privacy and security are gaining increasing attention. While the average American is beginning to recognize and understand the true value of their personal information, people also continue to express concerns about their privacy online. And that is especially true during the holiday season. And with tax time just around the corner, we all need to be especially vigilant.
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Centura College is giving locals and students another reason to give thanks this November—new career opportunities! The career fair kicks off Thursday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in business attire with résumés in hand.
“With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to get folks working! More than 20 employers will be looking for staff through the busy holiday season, as well as after. This is what we’re all about at Centura College—connecting communities and careers,” said school director, Dale Weiberg.
Featured employers include Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Home Depot, Kelly Services, Right at Home, Rescare, South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Cumulus Radio Corp., Lexington Work Force and more.
Other activities will include campus tours and meet and greets with admissions representatives and financial aid officers. They will also be accepting donations for the local community still affected by recent flooding, such as toiletries, dry goods and anything else that can assist them in their recovery.
Centura College’s Columbia campus is located at 7500 Two Notch Road. For more information about the career fair, call the campus at 803-754-7544.
Centura College Norfolk is pleased to announce the opening of our new Veteran Center. It is our goal to be the most veteran friendly and empowering campus in our region by providing excellent service to our students. Our focus is to provide a variety of services that ease the transition from military service to campus life, develop and foster a community culture of past, present and future veterans, and continue to drive awareness of veterans issues, service and benefits. Here at Centura College Norfolk, we take pride in our veterans and will continue to offer them quality service and support through graduation and into rewarding careers.
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