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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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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 College Graduate Spotlight – Carissa Chalsma

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Centura Newport News, Health, Massage Therapy, Spotlight Feature

Centura College Graduate Spotlight – Carissa Chalsma

By Lisa Pinson, Massage Therapy Coordinator, Centura College Newport News

Carissa Chalsma began her Massage Therapy career at Centura College in Newport News on October 17, 2017 and c ompleted her coursework on June 18, 2018.  She was a diligent and engaged student, which resulted in her achieving a 4.0 grade in her coursework.

 

Currently, she is employed with Williamsburg Neck and Back Chiropractic in Williamsburg, Virginia as a Massage Therapist.  Through her work there she uses a variety of trigger point, orthopedic, myofascial, and stretching techniques that are designed to treat injuries, ease muscle tension, reduce muscle spasm and pain.  Her favorite work focuses on sports/trigger point and neuromuscular massage techniques that enable clients to regain and maintain healthy well-moving bodies.

 

Carissa has a passion for helping people through hands on healing.  She intends to pair her Massage Therapy diploma with a degree in Physical Therapy that she is currently pursuing at Old Dominion University.

 

In her free time, Carissa spends most of her time furthering her education in the healing arts.  She is dedicated to her craft and excels at it.  She also enjoys her family, friends, and boyfriend and loves to travel when she has time.

 

Even as busy as she is, Carissa still comes back here to Centura to assist other students who are about to graduate.  She serves as a Licensed Massage Therapist during clinicals and gives constructive feedback.  She is a true mentor.

 

Carissa is one of our best and brightest.  She is a true success story!

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Centura Showcase: Massage Therapy

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Adult Education, Centura Chesapeake, Health, Massage Therapy, Press Release

The Chesapeake campus of Centura College will be showcasing its massage therapy program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the health and wellness field. The event will offer interactive demonstrations of a variety of massage techniques.

By Brian Stauss

Centura College will be showcasing its massage therapy program on Wednesday, October 11, at its campus located at 932 Ventures Way, Chesapeake, VA. The demo begins at 6 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m.

The event will feature hands-on demonstrations of reflexology, chair massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy. This interactive event is designed to provide participants with a real-world view of what it would be like to work in the massage therapy career field.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals considering a career in the health and wellness field,” says Shawnte Peterson, Massage Therapy Program Coordinator at Centura College’s Chesapeake campus. “I can’t think of a better way to see if a career is right for you than by getting a hands-on preview into your field of interest.”

Participants are also invited to take a tour of the campus’s training facilities and to meet with admissions staff about the benefits of career-focused training provided at Centura College.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the 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, legal studies 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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Self-Care for Massage Therapists

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Adult Education, Career Change, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Health, Lifestyle, Massage Therapy, Spotlight Feature, Tips & Tricks

Self-Care for Massage Therapists

By Shawnte’ Peterson, Massage Therapist Coordinator at Centura College’s Chesapeake Campus

Edited by Jul DeGeus & Esperanza Poquiz

A massage therapist’s work often involves lifting clients’ body parts, repetitive postures and forceful pressure that could lead to injury or ailments. To help prevent damage, massage therapists should remember to care for their body, as it is the main tool of their trade. Here at Centura College, we encourage our students and staff to care for themselves and listen to the advice we give clientele. This self-care means nurturing your body by fueling it with nutrients to keep it energized and carefully listening to our body when it establishes its limits.

The American Massage Therapy Association describes self-care as, “an indication that you recognize the importance of balance in your life. Placing a priority on self-care helps you center yourself and reduce stress.”  Practicing self-care can extend the longevity of a massage therapist’s career. By learning techniques to keep hands and wrists healthy, a massage therapist benefits by working smarter and not harder through body awareness. Massage therapist can find tips, such as the ones listed below, useful in everyday life and at work as a means to avoid burning-out and injury:

Centura College Chesapeake Campus’ Massage Therapy students practicing yoga.

Stretching– A massage therapist should know better than anyone that “warming up” before putting your body through intense activity helps prevent strains. Massage therapists can develop the best stretch routine by consulting with their doctor.

Massages– Whether it’s a self-massage or a massage from a coworker, massage therapists should get them often, especially since therapist have a great understanding of massage benefits including stress relief, pain management and improving sleep cycles.

Proper Diet and Nutrition- Regardless of profession, everyone should have a diet tailored to the improvement or balance of their health. By visiting a dietitian or doctor, massage therapist can create a meal plan full of the nutrients they need.

Body Detoxes– Preforming a body detox  can boost a healthy mindset. Massage therapists that detox can experience sharpened thoughts, improved breathing and a surge in energy.

Exercising– To preform optimally, massage therapists should exercise regularly. Exercising strengthens therapists’ body, from the hands to the core.

Yoga and Meditation- With similar positive body strengthening effects to exercising and stretching, yoga also includes the revitalizing element of meditation to put the mind in a positive state. Starting the day with a positive energy will allow for therapists to transmit this energy to the people they interact with.

Because massage therapist’s jobs are labor intensive, they need to move to keep their muscles and joints healthy. Keeping this in mind, massage therapist will have a long positive career, which will ensuring the happiness of their clientele and themselves.

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