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Centura College Offers Essential Allied Health and Trades Career Training

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Adult Education, Career Change, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Newport News, Centura Norfolk, Centura Richmond, Centura Virginia Beach, Medical Assisting, Press Release, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers

Centura College continues to provide training in allied health and skilled trades fields, so graduates have the opportunity for employment in essential careers.

Written by Jul DeGeus

The United States has experienced the suspending of “non-essential” career markets in order to decelerate the circulation of COVID-19. With this deferral, select occupations have been declared essential workers, or those who perform services that are essential to continue vital foundation operations in communities, cities, and states. Some of  Virginia’s essential businesses have included allied health and trades focused industries such as health care or medical services, automotive repair and home improvement facilities. Centura College training programs provides individuals with education that leads to an essential career path. Below are some of the essential workers training offered at Centura College:

Centura College’s CDL course provides students the opportunity to learn and apply appropriate knowledge to successfully secure a Class “A” operating license and relevant endorsement through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The student will know and understand the efforts made by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration to help professional drivers remain safe and be aware of penalties for major violations of CDL guidelines. Students will study vehicle systems, control systems and practice behind the wheel in preparation of the DMV written and practical examination for a class “A” license.

A Medical Assisting career can open the doors to working alongside doctors and nurses in many healthcare settings. Some people focus their training on the clinical side of the business so they can have a more direct hands-on approach with patients. Others focus on the office management side of the business, where management, administration, and technological skills allow them to excel. Before graduating, learners take the American Medical Tech (AMT) Exam. Once passed, students earn the RMA Credential and are a Registered Medical Assistant.

Individuals who enjoy working with their hands, machines, and metals should consider the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program. This training provides students with the technical skills necessary for entry-level employment in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. This program explains typical HVAC systems followed by practical hands-on competencies for the three areas of HVAC: mechanical, electrical, and airflow systems, including extensive troubleshooting of each area. Students will have the opportunity to complete HVAC certifications, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Safety Certification and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Refrigerant Transition Certification.

The Wind Turbine Technician program provides students with the technical skills to install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. Students are introduced with the fundamentals of generating electrical power from wind energy. Areas of study include wind turbine safety, climbing wind towers, electrical theory, electrical circuits, electrical test equipment, alternating current and three-phase systems, circuits breakers and fuses, switching devices, wind turbine power distribution systems, fasteners and torquing, bearings, lubrication, and hydraulic systems associated with wind turbines. The program provides students the knowledge and skills to qualify for entry-level employment as a Wind Turbine Technician working in the manufacturing, construction, maintenance, and operation aspects of the wind industry. The program provides the opportunity to complete Maritime based certification(s), the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Introduction to Power Industry and Wind Turbine Maintenance Level I certification(s), and CPR/Basic Life Support.

For more information on Centura College’s programs, call 877.523.9528 or visit www.CenturaCollege.edu.

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 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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The Path to Financial Literacy

Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Adult Education, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Columbia, Centura Newport News, Centura Norfolk, Centura Richmond, Centura Virginia Beach, Financial Aid, Lifestyle

Written by Mike Vaughn

You may have found yourself asking, “what exactly does financial literacy mean?” Understanding the topic of money sounds simple enough, but its complexity depends on our goals. For everyday life, we only need enough to pay our bills and not be overdrawn by payday, but we may be able to do better than that by paying more attention to the ongoing struggle between our wallets and our bank accounts.

The odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350, according to Mega Millions. Upon discovering this, most of us must find a different path to financial independence. The saying “spend less, save more” is a good start, but there’s so much more that we can do. We’re not going to go into the stock market here, but we’ll cover some easy things you can start doing today, tomorrow or next week.

Why is Financial Literacy Important

A basic understanding of your finances can help you set financial goals, manage your credit and even determine which bank you should be using. Obviously, the sooner you figure out your finances, the better. We can ruin our credit in a matter of months, but it takes years to rebuild. 

Credit Scores and Credit Utilization Ratios

You never know how important your credit score is until you’re making a major purchase.  Your credit score determines whether or not you qualify for that loan or financing; it also determines the interest rate you’ll be paying. 

It’s a good idea to keep your credit use below 30% of your total available credit.  That is your credit utilization ratio, and it is calculated by dividing the total amount on all your credit cards by your total available credit. For instance, if you’ve got a $1000 credit card, you’d want to keep your balance below $300. If your credit utilization ratio is above 30%, this can hurt your credit score, as this is the second biggest factor affecting your score next to payment history.

Setting a Budget

It’s also important to keep an eye on your accounts and track your spending because it’s easy to find your account overdrawn if you’re not careful. The best thing to do is create a budget. It doesn’t have to be too complex, but some way for you to see how much money you’ve got coming in and how much money you’ve got going out, and when. With this information, you’ll be able to plan how to use your money more efficiently. Once you see where your money is going, it’ll be easier to fine-tune your spending and set financial goals. 

There are a lot of resources online for information and tools you can use. With these financial management tools, you will easily be able to manage your money, manage your debt, and manage your credit.

A good method to follow is the 50/30/20 budget rule. That is 50% for essentials, 30% for personal spending, and 20% for savings and other financial goals.

Financial Literacy for Saving

Be sure to make savings a part of your monthly budget, no matter how small the amount. It’s important to keep your savings out of your checking account. Also, don’t confuse your wants with your needs.

An emergency fund is another good idea, but only dip into it in case of emergency, such as job-loss, medical emergencies, emergency home repairs, vehicle repairs and things of that nature.

It really is never too early to start saving for retirement, so try to get into a 401(k) program as soon as you can. Ask your employer or your bank about getting started, and they will walk you through your options. It’s also recommended that when you get a raise, increase your retirement savings, too.

Other Things to Know

Be aware of interest rates for credit cards, loans, and even savings accounts, as some are better than others. 

A good method for tackling debt is to pay off smaller bills first and getting them out of the way. Follow that up by attacking your higher interest credit cards or loans. 

It might also be a good idea to adopt a cash-only diet. This curbs spending and makes your money a lot easier to track. 

On a final note, it can’t be stressed enough that the more you learn about financial literacy, the closer you will be to reaching your goals.

For more information on Centura College, visit www.centuracollege.edu

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 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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Application Fee Waived at Centura’s Digital Decision Day

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Centura College

In an effort to provide college seekers with support during the application process, Centura College hosts Digital Decision Day at their campuses.

Students at Centura College's Digital Decision Day

Written by Jul DeGeus

Applying to college can be stressful for prospective students. Whether it is applying to college for the first time or deciding to go back to school, Centura College invites all college applicants to virtually attend Digital Decision Day on Saturday, April 18. Decision Day guides prospective students in deciding on the right program choice for them, along with the waiving of Centura’s standard application fee on event date only. Program guidance will be provided by admissions, financial aid, and career services teams who will be online for the virtual event.

Centura College offers training for careers in allied health and skilled trades. For a full list of programs and the campus they are offered at, visit Centura’s website. Centura has 5 campus locations in the following metro areas:

  • Chesapeake – 757.549.2121, 932 Ventures Way Chesapeake, VA 23320
  • Newport News – 757.874.2121, 616 Denbigh Blvd, Newport News, VA 23608
  • Norfolk – 757.853.2121, 7020 N Military Hwy Norfolk, VA 23518
  • Richmond – 804.330.0111, 7914 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
  • Virginia Beach – 757.340.2121, 2697 Dean Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

During the Digital Decision Day, the standard application fee will be waived for one-day-only and Financial Aid Officers will provide fiscal resources and information. Admissions Representatives will host virtual Career Planning Sessions to provide attendees with insight into industry demand, based off of the prospective student’s program selection.

For more information regarding Centura College Digital Decision Day, visit https://www.centuracollege.edu/DecisionDay/index.html.

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 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 Sends PPE to Healthcare Workers

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Press Release, Spotlight Feature

Centura Chesapeake staff members collect PPE and food to donate to healthcare workers, children and less fortunate individuals within the community.

Centura College Staff members making masks for healthcare workers

Written by Jul DeGeus

Wednesday, April 1st, Centura College’s Chesapeake campus collected food and beverage donations and assembled nearly 100 facial masks for healthcare workers within our community, all while practicing social distancing. This event was held so that the campus staff members could collect materials and food for individuals within the community who need extra supplies and support.

“We at Centura College Chesapeake wanted to provide support as communities struggle throughout our nation,” said Centura College Chesapeake’s Campus Executive Director Michael Bragg. “We made the decision to collect PPE and food to help make sure that basic needs for healthcare workers, who are on the front lines of this pandemic, and children, whom represent our future, can be met.”

The food and beverages were donated to Buffalow Family and Friends Community Days (BFFCD), which is a family-oriented organization that offers support, food and clothing to the Chesapeake community in Chesapeake, Virginia. Currently, BFFCD is together daily lunches for thousands of children since the schools were closed for the remainder of the year.

The facial masks will be donated to the The Chesapeake Taskforce on Aging which is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing quality of life for seniors within the community. The masks will go to home healthcare workers who are performing their duties within assisted living facilities and homes right here in Chesapeake.

For more information regarding Centura College’s Chesapeake campus, call (757) 549-2121 or visit www.CenturaCollege.edu.

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 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 Supports the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Arthur Ashe Books for Kids Program

Posted by on Nov 26, 2019 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura College, Centura Richmond, Community Connections, Health

Community Outreach Representative, Robert Youngblood with Sue Patow and Peter Weismuller.

Written by Robert Youngblood and Meagan Chappell

Centura College is challenging the Richmond area to donate new books to the community!

Our Centura Richmond Metro team had the pleasure of meeting with volunteers of the Arthur Ashe Books 4 Kids Program, an organization supported by VCU Medical Center Auxiliary that works with children to select age and reading level appropriate books. Volunteers Sue Patow and Peter Weismuller are book buddies who encourage parents to read with their children while waiting in the clinic or at home. Located on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Children’s Hospital are mobile book carts, stocked with books for all ages and reading levels. Eighty-five percent of the books given to families to take home are interactive touch-and-feel book for early readers.

Book Donation Requirements

Since its origin in 1997, the program has received over 91,000 books and is projected to receive 15,000 books by the end of 2019. Throughout the remainder of 2019, Centura College is encouraging the community to support the organization through the donation of new books. All books being donated should be brand new and should fall within the following parameters:

  • Board books for early-level readers
  • Multi-cultural books
  • Bi-lingual books (board books and early-level readers)
  • Graphic novels (comic books)
  • Biographies and autobiographies
  • Sports
  • Science/animals
  • No religious books
  • No political books
  • Generic (non-religious) Holiday books
  • Middle School level books (chapter books, adventure series books)
  • High School level books (social issues and peer relationships)

Drop Off Instructions

Centura Richmond Metro campus will be the primary drop off location. Books can be brought to our campus, located 7914 Midlothian Turnpike, N. Chesterfield, VA between 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Our goal is to donate 10,000 books by December 31, 2019. By participating, you will directly support the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and the Arthur Ashe Books 4 Kids Program. You’ll also help provide children of all ages with appropriate books and promote childhood literacy and encourage parents to get involved in early literacy.

For details on how you can donate to the Arthur Ashe Books 4 Kids Program, contact the campus at (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, 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.

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Centura College’s ‘Scope’ of Programs Expands

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Adult Education, Career Change, Centura College, Centura Virginia Beach, Health, Medical Assisting, Press Release

Limited-scope radiologic technology training is now an option with the existing Medical Assisting program at Centura Virginia Beach.

Male instructor teaching Centura college Female student in the a Medical Assistant with Limited-Scope Radiologic Technology program

Written by Jul DeGeus

Centura College’s Virginia Beach campus is now offering a Medical Assistant with Limited-Scope Radiologic Technology program. This program will be offered alongside the campus’s existing training: Medical Assisting, Massage Therapy, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Business Management Associates Degree, Operations Management Degree and Allied Health Management Degree.

The Medical Assistant with Limited-Scope Radiologic Technology program provides the student with the knowledge and skills to become employed as a medical assistant with limited radiography for work in physician offices, hospitals, urgent care centers, and other health care facilities. Positions of employment related to this program consist of: medical assistant, laboratory assistant, limited-scope x-ray technician, phlebotomy technician and EKG technician.

Students will learn the fundamentals of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and medical laboratory and exam room procedures. Hands-on learning will teach pupils to measure vital signs, perform EKG’s, urinalysis and phlebotomy procedures. Students will gain an understanding of insurance billing, radiologic equipment operation and radiation safety measures.

The healthcare industry desires the professional and medical skills of our graduates along with the interpersonal skills that we teach within the program. The program concludes with two capstone courses, which guides the student in preparing for a medical assistant industry certification exam and prepares the student for the limited scope radiologic exam. Upon successful course completion, students will be prepared to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) Radiography certification exam.

For more information regarding Centura College’s Medical Assistant with Limited-Scope Radiologic Technology program, contact the campus at (757) 340-2121.

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, 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.

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