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Centura College’s Try a Trade Event

Posted by on Mar 4, 2020 in Adult Education, Centura Norfolk, Construction Electrician, Dental Assistant, Dental Assisting, Health, Health Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers

Written by Meagan Chappell

Centura College’s Norfolk campus hosted their first Try a Trade Open House on Friday, January 10.

The Try a Trade campus event welcomed the public to try a trade for a day. The event mimicked a typical college shadow day, but with a twist. All attendees had the opportunity to explore a skilled trade of choice and received hands on training. Whether they selected the carpentry trade or construction electrician trade, attendees worked hands-on with professional assistance by experienced trade instructors.

The attendees learned how to safely use tools of the trade to assist with cutting, shaping, installing and much more, allowing them to gain experience immediately. Several instructors were on hand to talk about why they’re passionate about what they do and the opportunities that stem from hands-on learning. The attendees thoroughly enjoyed test-driving the actual equipment that will be available to them and were able to leave with hand crafted pieces of their work.

Centura College believes providing hands-on learning is the way to take what you’re learning in the classroom and apply it to real experiences.

Trade Programs

The Carpentry program at Centura Norfolk 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.

The Construction Electrician program at Centura Norfolk provides students with the technical skills to setup, install, repair and maintain electrical systems that provide heating, cooling, lighting, communications, and power distribution for residential, commercial and industrial structures.

Centura College’s Norfolk campus offers training in the following career fields:


Construction Electrician

Dental Assisting

Health Information Technology

Medical Assisting

For more information regarding Centura College’s Norfolk campus program offerings, 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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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.

Construction Electrician Centura Norfolk
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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