Centura College Student Assists in Vaccine Effort

Centura College Richmond Metro student Catherine Walker begins administering COVID-19 vaccines after hands-on training from Centura College and virtual training from Walgreens.

Written by Ashleen Brydum

Catherine Walker administers vaccines to clients in a Walgreens Clinic
Catherine administers a Covid-19 vaccine to Medical Assisting Coordinator, Dr. Kandeh

As the President of the United States has pledged to get 200 million vaccines in arms by his first 100 days in office, people around the country are stepping up to help vaccinate America. One of those individuals is Centura College Richmond Metro Medical Assisting Student Catherine Walker.

Catherine came to Centura as a pharmacy technician working under the supervision of a pharmacist at Walgreens. With her interest in working in healthcare facilities, Catherine enrolled at Centura College to expand her medical career. In January 2021, Catherine completed Centura College’s Administering Medications (MA 1235) course and attended virtual training through Walgreens. This allowed her the opportunity to volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Dinwiddie County. Catherine recalls that her greatest honor was administering a vaccine to a 99-year-old woman who was waiting with her caregiver in a van.

Robert Jones III, Campus Executive Director of Centura College Richmond Metro states that he is, “extremely proud of Catherine.” Medical Assisting Program Coordinator Abigail Kandeh, MBBS, adds, “our students are making great strides on the frontlines of various communities to help end the pandemic.”

Catherine starts her clinical externship next week a Doctor’s office in Chester, VA and already has an opportunity to work at the Virginia Physician’s Center for Women in Prince George County.  Catherine, we are proud to have you among our ranks, and we cannot wait to see what else you do!

With the Virginia Department of Health’s urgent need for volunteers for the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, the allied health skills learned through a Centura College education are essential now more than ever. We are proud of all our students who use their knowledge to give back to their communities. Catherine is a shining example of how the allied health trades can prepare you to meet the immediate needs of our ever-changing world.


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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