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HVAC Grand Opening at Centura College Chesapeake

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Adult Education, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, HVAC, Press Release, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers

After months of renovation, the community and prospective students are invited to the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

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Centura College’s Chesapeake campus, located at 932 Ventures Way, Chesapeake, VA 23320, invites all members of the Hampton Roads community for the launch of their new Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program. The celebration is on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, and starts at 12:00 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by refreshments, campus tours and demonstrations.

“The new HVAC Program will help fill an employment need in the community. The need for HVAC technicians is expected to grow more than 15 percent by 2026, so it’s a trade that needs skilled workers to keep up with the demand. We’re happy to have the space, equipment, and training available to fill the need,” says Ashley Oden, Campus Executive Director at Centura College’s Chesapeake campus.

More than 2,500 square feet has been renovated to include new classrooms for the new Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Program. The training lab features a variety of equipment, tools and specialized training aids to help students gain the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to enter the HVAC industry. This 12-month program is designed to train students in air conditioning fundamentals, electrical theory, refrigerants, heat pumps, heating systems, icemakers and ice cream machines, refrigeration equipment, specialty tools, commercial water-cooled air condition systems, brazing and soldering techniques, and psychometrics. Students will also complete the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Safety Certification and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Refrigerant Transition Certification.

The event is free and open to the public. No HVAC experience is required to attend. For more information regarding the event, contact Centura College’s 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, 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 Graduate Spotlight: Rachel Handley

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Centura College, Centura Virginia Beach, Health, Lifestyle, Massage Therapy, Spotlight Feature

Written by Olivia Jordan, Career Services Coordinator

Rachel Handley is a graduate from the Massage Therapy program at Centura College’s Virginia Beach campus. Although Rachel faced an array of obstacles while completing her training, she was determined to persevere and finish, despite her circumstances.

Rachel expressed that during her time at Centura she learned the lesson of listening to her needs. “My time at Centura College taught me a lot,” Handley stated. “However, the most important lesson I learned was to simply slow down, listen, enjoy, and be patient. Slow down and listen to my body, listen to my mind, listen to my emotions, and listen to my spirit. Slow down and enjoy the moment, enjoy my family, and enjoy my food. Slow down and be patient for the right moment to come and let what I desire to be drawn to me.”

Rachel has now successfully completed her massage therapy program and launched her own business, Knots Untwisted. With her experiences at Centura College to guide her, she is now capable of withstanding the unexpected difficulties one can have in owning their own business. “I am living my dream right now and enjoying every second of it,” stated Handley.

We are so proud of Rachel’s success and wish her all the best in her massage therapy career!

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Centura Chesapeake has Vision for the Future

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Lifestyle

Written by: Zakkiyya Anderson

A fitting event for March 4th, the Centura College Chesapeake campus welcomed guests to their March Into Your Vision, Vision Board Workshop for an evening of networking, goal setting and fun!

The workshop started off with visitors grabbing snacks and getting to know their neighbors before the fun started. Then, the night kicked off with a Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament that got everyone energized and ready.

The event brought out a diverse group of individuals from, entrepreneurs to career coaches to realtors. While working on their vision boards, guests were guided through ten steps to success that included tips and tricks on how to effectively network, proper interviewing techniques, and how to master your career search. Guests even learned a quick way to always be prepared for the often dreaded, elevator speech.

As the night went on the guests shared their goals for 2019 and beyond, but took it a step further by talking about how they were going to achieve those goals. Stories were shared about how some of the guests had to overcome obstacles on their path to success, and everyone in the room encouraged them to keep pushing!

Everyone who came left with more than just a poster board full of cutouts; they all took away useful tools to push them further toward their goals — and even a few new friends!

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 Richmond Grad Finds Position with Duke Clinical Research Institute

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Adult Education, Centura College, Centura Richmond, Medical Assisting

It’s always fulfilling to see one of our Centura College students graduate and find employment in their chosen field of study.  Today’s spotlight features just that: Centura Richmond graduate, Sten Harris.

Centura Richmond grad Sten Harris

Centura Richmond grad Sten Harris

Initially, Sten went to school in North Carolina with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian assistant.  Eventually, he decided to switch gears, and wound up enrolling in the Medical Assistant program at the Centura College campus in Richmond.

During his time at Centura, Sten was a model student and demonstrated signs of being a leader.  He arrived to school every day ready for class and prepared to help others through times of struggle.

Tragedy struck the Richmond campus during Sten’s time at Centura, with the passing of a fellow student (and classmate of Harris).  At the commencement ceremony, Harris was one of the students that volunteered to speak to his fellow graduates about the impact the loss of his classmate had on him.

Following graduation, Harris returned to North Carolina, where he was hired as a medical assistant as a part of the Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit. Early Phase works with pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, government agencies, foundations, technology companies, investigators, and academic centers to conduct a broad range of studies in its 34-bed research unit. This state-of-the-art site enables Early Phase to execute high-intensity, continuous monitoring, and procedure-heavy studies.

A big congratulations goes out to Sten for fulfilling his career goals!

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Construction Electrician Program Now Offered at Centura Norfolk Campus

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Adult Education, Career Change, Centura College, Centura Norfolk, Construction Electrician, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers

Centura College is broadening their horizons as they add Construction Electrician to the programs offered at its Norfolk campus. The campus has transformed classrooms into a multi-disciplined learning environment for the prospective electrician to explore the various aspects of the trade.

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Construction electrician training set-up at Centura College Norfolk.

The Construction Electrician program is the brainchild of Campus Executive Director Theresa Tuttle and Dennis Thornton. This new 12-month diploma program is designed to provide hands-on training in the various aspects of the trade. Students will acquire a thorough understanding of the National Electrical Code. Utilizing NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) publications and testing will allow each graduate the ability to acquire nationally recognized certifications of achievement. Additional certifications for the course include OSHA 10 training, powder actuated tool licensure and basic CPR.

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More training set-ups for the Construction Electrician program at Centura College Norfolk

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be equipped for a variety of Construction Electrician entry-level positions. Examples include smart home installation, deck electrician, marine electrician, commercial electrician, and service electrician assistant.

Coordinator Brian Stanley will be overseeing the Construction Electrician program. Stanley brings over 35 years of hands-on experience in the electrical field and 8 years in the classroom. Stanley will be working closely with Donald Farrell, an accomplished technician himself. Farrell offers a broad range of experience acquired over a 50-year career. Considering the booming construction industry, demand for electricians is destined to remain extremely high.

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Film on Centura College Grad and His Service Dogs Premieres at Regent University

Posted by on Jan 26, 2019 in Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Lifestyle, Military Friendly School, Press Release, Scholarships, Spotlight Feature, Veterans

A small team of local filmmakers have completed work on a documentary of an Army veteran, Toby Yarbrough, and his service dogs Duke and Sasha. The film gets its origin from the novel The Quiet Healing, which was authored by Yarbrough and published in 2017. The film premiered at a special screening at Regent University on Saturday, January 19th.

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Toby Yarbrough (second from right) and his service dog Sasha pose for a photo with the filmmakers of The Quiet Healing at the premier event held at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

A Story of Perseverance and Healing

The film tells the story of Yarbrough, the traumatic injury he suffered during his time in the Army, his struggles with PTSD upon the end of his service, and how his service dogs saved his life in more ways than one. 

“The most important thing people should take away from this film is that this is just one man’s story, but so many others suffer from similar situations that Toby does,” says Andrew Lauto, director of the film. “It’s a story about struggles, hurt, pain, perseverance, love, and companionship. If you like dogs, support the military, or just want to listen to a feel-good story, this film is for you.”

From the Classroom to the Big Screen

The Quiet Healing project was partially funded by a collaboration of a trio of local educational institutions, Centura College, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Tidewater Tech. Yarbrough is a graduate of Centura College’s Chesapeake campus.

“We are so proud to be able to support a student who has given so much to serve his country. Toby was a tremendous student and a true inspiration to everyone around our campus,” says Ashley Oden, Campus Executive Director at Centura College Chesapeake. “When he told us he was writing a book and that it was going to be made into a film, we knew we wanted to be a part of helping him tell his story.”

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Proceeds from ticket sales to the premiere, totaling $5,400, were donated to Heal The Warriors.

All proceeds from ticket sales for the premiere were to be donated to Heal the Warriors and prior to the showing, a check for $5,400 was presented to Heal the Warriors.  Heal the Warriors provides access to much-needed services to our veterans and first responders who suffer from traumatic service-related brain injuries.

Also as part of the premiere ceremony, Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Centura College, announced the creation of a scholarship program called the Yarbrough Scholarship for Disabled Veterans. This scholarship will be awarded to one disabled veteran each year.

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