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Centura College Donates Laptops to Schools in Uganda and Norfolk

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in Campus Connections, Community Connections, Press Release, Spotlight Feature

Written by Nicole Gleaton

Centura College donates these 30 boxes of laptops

Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech have teamed together to donate 60 laptop computers to Kiwoko Citizen’s Private School in Uganda and Azalea Gardens Middle School in Norfolk.  By working together with the headmaster and principal of the two schools, the colleges have worked to provide hardware, software, and instructional projects that will unite school children around the world in studying cultural research, writing, business technology, and communication.

Centura College Employee Donates laptops

The project launched with the Executive Vice President of the institutions, Dr. Joel English, worked alongside his brother, Dr. James English, who is a professor of Biology, to support international learning within the developing country of Uganda.  James was conducting research in Uganda’s remote villages, studying how pathogens passed from livestock to people through cattle parasites.  He came across a 12-year old orphan named Sharon, who spent her days tending to cattle in a small homestead.  She was unable to attend school without family to fund her education.  James decided he wanted to help Sharon and support the school, in whatever way he could.  As James got to know Sharon, he realized that, ”sometimes our limits are not a shortage of resources, ideas, or goodwill, but rather an understanding of how we can help others:  we often just don’t know how we can help or what role we can play to support others.”

Centura College donates these 30 boxes of laptopsAfter helping Sharon with the costs associated with enrolling into the Kiwoko Citizen’s Private School, James got to know the school’s Headmaster.  He inquired about the school’s needs, and the Headmaster stated that the school had a lack of teaching technologies, and that they were in dire need of laptop computers.  James turned to his brother, Joel, who heads the group of career colleges in the United States.  Joel’s solution was to not only provide a 30-laptop computer lab to Kiwoko Citizen’s Private School, but to also provide a computer lab to Azalea Gardens Middle School, a local public school near the institution’s home office in Southeastern Virginia.  Joel worked with the Board Chair of Norfolk Public Schools and the Azalea Gardens Middle School principal to identify faculty to not only accept the computer donation but to work with faculty at Kiwoko Citizen’s Private School to develop classroom projects and collaborative research assignments between the students who live worlds apart.  Joel stated, “We hope the classrooms in Uganda and Virginia will interact, write to each other, and study each other’s cultures using the same technologies, to broaden the context and meaning of what both groups of students learn.  We are deeply committed to supporting the communities we serve.  These days, though, ‘community’ has taken on a global meaning.  We’re thrilled to be able to support the Kiwoko Citizen’s Private School in Uganda and the young scholars here at home.”

Centura College donates these 30 boxes of laptopsAIM, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech shipped the laptops at the end of May, and they have arrived in Uganda.  They will reach Kiwoko on June 27th, when the school reopens.  Ben Clark, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, handled the final push and says, “I am elated to share that DHL finally picked up the 15 boxes of laptops. Each box contains 2 laptops, and they are now making their way to the Kiwoko Citizen’s Private School, located outside of Kampala, Uganda.  We are so excited and humbled to connect students from two different continents.  We will make the local donation when it’s safe to do so.”  The colleges will hand deliver 30 laptops to Azalea Gardens Middle School over the summer months, and collaborative projects between the two student groups will commence in the Fall of 2020.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando, and Norfolk. Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a FAA Approved A&P School and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Not all programs available at all locations. For consumer, and additional information, visit AviationMaintenance.edu or call (888) FIX-JETS. Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AIM.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 www.facebook.com/centura.edu.

About Tidewater Tech

Tidewater Tech is a career training school that specializes in trade vocations including Auto Technician, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Building Maintenance and Repair and Welding. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance, and is accredited by the Commission of the Council of Occupational Education (COE). Tidewater Tech is certified to Operate by SCHEV. Learn more at www.TidewaterTechTrades.edu or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TidewaterTech.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 Hosts Career Fair to Support Job Seekers

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Career Fair, Centura College, Community Connections, Press Release, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers

Centura College’s Richmond Metro campus hosts a Career Fair on October 16 for job seekers in the community.

Male Welder from Centura College

Written by Jul DeGeus

Centura College’s Richmond Metro Area campus is holding a career fair on Wednesday, October 16th, from 12:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Located at 7914 Midlothian Turnpike North Chesterfield, Va., this event is free and open to the public, you can RSVP here.

Jobs seekers will have the opportunity to connect directly with recruiters from a variety of industries. Hiring managers will be present and are looking to fill positions within their respective organizations. These representatives will be accepting resumes as well as providing information regarding available job opportunities. On-the-spot interviews will be conducted at the discretion of the employer.

“Centura College of Richmond Metro continues to strive to be responsive to the needs of area businesses, industries, and the government,” stated Robert Jones III, Campus Executive Director. “We assist adult students to gain the skills and attitudes necessary for a meaningful entry-level career position. We look forward to having the community come out for this event.”

Career fair goers should come dressed in business attire and bring multiple copies of their resume. For more information regarding Centura College’s Career Fair, 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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Hot Dogs for Heroes: Community Event

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Military Friendly School, Spotlight Feature

Centura College Chesapeake honors military and first responders at Hot Dogs for Heroes, a community cookout with games and prizes.

Centura College female Staff members with male police officers at hot dogs for heroes.

Written by Zakkiyya Anderson and Esperanza Poquiz

Last month, Centura College Chesapeake celebrated Independence Day by honoring Hampton Roads military personnel and first responders with Hot Dogs for Heroes, a cookout complete with music, games and raffle prizes!

Students, faculty and spectators enjoyed hot dogs, chips and desserts that were prepared by the staff in a blind bake-off. Music was handled by Wendell Bond, one of the campus’s massage therapy students. Bond kept the beats jamming throughout the entire event. No summer gathering is complete without corn hole, volleyball and jumbo Jenga, all of which were at the celebration. Students and staff both got in on the competitive fun, knocking over Jenga towers and sinking beanbags into corn hole boards.

Local vendors, like AT&T, First Command, STOP Inc. and Red Bull, were in attendance sharing resources with staff, students and the community.  Raffle prizes included Norfolk Tides tickets and a Bluetooth speaker. All recipients of the raffle prizes either served in the military or were military spouses. Centura Chesapeake looks forward to continuing show appreciation for all the heroes who sacrifice so much for the community and country.

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 skilled 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 Chesapeake has got Your Back When You’re in Knead

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Community Connections, Massage Therapy, Press Release

The grand opening of the new clinic is open to the public. The facility provides students with hands-on experience and the community with access to affordable massages.

Written by Jul DeGeus

Centura College’s Chesapeake campus  invites the community to attend the grand opening of their Massage Therapy Clinic and Spa on Thursday, August 15th, from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. The event will take place at 932 Ventures Way in Chesapeake and is free and open to the public.

At the grand opening, visitors can take campus tours, enjoy a luncheon and receive free massages. Active students, alumni and bodyworkers from the Chesapeake community will have the opportunity to network face to face with employers who have immediate openings. Prospective students can view demonstrations and talk with employers about occupational possibilities within the industry, to include: clinics, spas, physician offices, hotels, fitness centers, cruise ships and personal businesses. Prizes will be raffled out to attendees, while supplies last.

“We are looking to grow our Massage Therapy program, because employers are calling us every day looking for our graduates! Massage Therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the health care and wellness industry and we’re looking to do our part by training the next generation of massage therapists,” reported Ashley Oden, Campus Executive Director of Centura College, Chesapeake. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for massage therapists is expected to grow by 26% by the year 2026.

At Centura College’s Massage Therapy Clinic and Spa, clients can expect a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere while receiving their massage services by a student at comparable rate. “At Centura, the clinic simulation is an integral part of the curriculum as students prepare for employment in the massage therapy field,” states Oden. The Massage Therapy Clinic and Spa provides an opportunity for students to practice, refine and display the skills they have developed throughout their program. Students receive training based on sound evidence, ancient principles, ethical guidelines and professional integrity.

For more information regarding Centura College’s Massage Therapy program, contact the 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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Nailed It: Carpentry Now Offered at Centura Norfolk

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in Centura College, Centura Norfolk, Community Connections, Press Release, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers

As skilled trades employers continue to face issues finding qualified technicians to fill open positions, Centura College is answering the call for help.

African American woman carpenter working in the workshop

Written by Jul DeGeus

Centura College’s Norfolk campus is now offering a Carpentry training program. This joins the campus’s existing programs offered, including Dental Assisting, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting and Constriction Electrician.

The Carpentry program provides students with the technical skills to build, install and/or repair residential, commercial, and industrial structures such as floors, walls, roofing, windows, and doors as well as interior and exterior building structures. Students who graduate from this program will have learned how to construct, repair and install building framework and structures made from wood and other building materials.

Students will learn how to safely use the tools of the trade to assist with cutting and shaping wood, plastic, fiberglass or drywall. Hands-on, and troubleshooting applications in a classroom and lab setting are also presented to include various angle cuts, assembling and aligning walls, building roof systems, blueprint reading, and the safe usage of various hand and power tools needed for this trade.

Areas of study include construction drawings, framing, floor systems, roofing, ceilings, moisture protection, rigging practices, drywall, cabinetry, concrete forms, interior and exterior finishes, site preparation, and crew leadership. Additionally, students will learn mathematical calculations necessary to plan and build structures, and soft skills to include communication skills, team work and professionalism.

Students will have the opportunity to complete the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour safety certification including the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Levels I, II, III and CPR/ Basic Life Support.

For more information regarding Centura College’s Carpentry program, contact the campus at (757) 853-2121.

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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