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Governor Northam Announces Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance to Build Wind Energy Workforce in Virginia

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020 in Adult Education, Centura College, Centura Norfolk, Community Connections, Press Release, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers, Spotlight Feature

New College Institute, Centura College, and Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy will join forces to position Virginia as leader in offshore wind industry training

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the formation of Virginia’s first offshore and onshore wind workforce training collaborative, the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance. The program will offer industry required certifications that are critical to the operations and long-term maintenance of wind projects. The Governor made the announcement addressing the 2020 Offshore WINDPOWER Virtual Summit hosted by the American Wind Energy Association.

The New College Institute, which will serve as the host institution, is joining forces with Centura College and the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy to create the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance (the Alliance). This partnership will bring courses certified by the Global Wind Organization and National Center for Construction, Education, and Research wind technician training to onshore and offshore wind projects to Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Building a strong wind energy workforce will give the Commonwealth a significant competitive advantage in attracting onshore and offshore wind projects,” said Governor Northam. “There is currently massive potential for offshore wind up and down the East Coast, and we look forward to working with our partners across Virginia and in neighboring states to grow this industry and reap the tremendous economic benefits for our communities, especially those that have been historically disadvantaged.”

The Alliance represents an important first step in what will be a much larger workforce development effort to support the renewable energy industries in Virginia. Course offerings will span a wide variety of wind energy related disciplines and provide students with a customizable portfolio of training options. Programs will range from specific certifications to a year-long wind turbine technician program that bundles several industry-recognized certifications and prepares students to serve as certified installation technicians, inspectors, and maintenance technicians. The Alliance plans to start offering programs in early 2021.

“Virginia is actively working to welcome new and expanding business in the offshore and onshore wind sector,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “These companies require a skilled workforce to reach their highest potential, and fortunately, because of our deep maritime roots, that workforce is here.”

The wind industry in the United States continues to experience exponential growth, supporting 120,000 American jobs in 2019, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The AWEA also estimates that the wind industry has invested more than $208 billion in wind projects across the country with the capacity to produce at least 109 gigawatts of power to date. Dominion Energy and Avangrid Renewables have nearly 400 offshore wind turbines under development off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina.

“Clean energy jobs in construction and operations will serve as a catalyst for delivering clean, renewable energy to the Commonwealth,” said Josh Bennett, Vice President of Offshore Wind for Dominion Energy. “The formation of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance is a critical step to developing a talented offshore wind workforce here in Virginia.”

“As Avangrid Renewables builds the future of clean energy offshore, establishing the workforce that will maintain and operate these projects for decades will be critical,” said Eric Thumma, Interim Vice President of Offshore Wind for Avangrid Renewables. “The Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance will facilitate the development of that workforce and the success of the offshore wind industry.”

“Virginia is taking important steps forward in harnessing the significant economic and job opportunities of American wind power,” said Tom Kiernan, American Wind Energy Association CEO. “Wind turbine technicians are America’s fastest growing career and today’s foresighted move to train additional workers in this field shows that the Commonwealth continues to lead our nation toward a cleaner and more prosperous energy future.”

Located in Martinsville, the New College Institute is a Commonwealth Higher Education Center that partners with industry and academia to provide post-secondary education, industry relevant workforce development and training opportunities in cutting-edge industries.

Centura College has seven education centers across eastern Virginia, including Tidewater Tech, which is home to the largest welding training center in the Commonwealth, with 100 welding booths. Centura is also parent to Aviation Institute of Maintenance, which has 13 aviation technician training centers nationwide and focuses on the repair and maintenance of aircraft including engineering fiberglass and composites.

Located in Norfolk, the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) is the largest training center for United States Coast Guard (USCG) certifications on the East Coast. MAMA is certified by the USCG to teach 90 deck and engineering courses that are critical to the safe operation of the United States commercial fleet.

For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance, please visit vaoffshorewind.org/workforce.

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Centura College Offers Essential Allied Health and Trades Career Training

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Adult Education, Career Change, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Newport News, Centura Norfolk, Centura Richmond, Centura Virginia Beach, Medical Assisting, Press Release, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers

Centura College continues to provide training in allied health and skilled trades fields, so graduates have the opportunity for employment in essential careers.

Written by Jul DeGeus

The United States has experienced the suspending of “non-essential” career markets in order to decelerate the circulation of COVID-19. With this deferral, select occupations have been declared essential workers, or those who perform services that are essential to continue vital foundation operations in communities, cities, and states. Some of  Virginia’s essential businesses have included allied health and trades focused industries such as health care or medical services, automotive repair and home improvement facilities. Centura College training programs provides individuals with education that leads to an essential career path. Below are some of the essential workers training offered at Centura College:

Centura College’s CDL course provides students the opportunity to learn and apply appropriate knowledge to successfully secure a Class “A” operating license and relevant endorsement through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The student will know and understand the efforts made by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration to help professional drivers remain safe and be aware of penalties for major violations of CDL guidelines. Students will study vehicle systems, control systems and practice behind the wheel in preparation of the DMV written and practical examination for a class “A” license.

A Medical Assisting career can open the doors to working alongside doctors and nurses in many healthcare settings. Some people focus their training on the clinical side of the business so they can have a more direct hands-on approach with patients. Others focus on the office management side of the business, where management, administration, and technological skills allow them to excel. Before graduating, learners take the American Medical Tech (AMT) Exam. Once passed, students earn the RMA Credential and are a Registered Medical Assistant.

Individuals who enjoy working with their hands, machines, and metals should consider the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program. This training provides students with the technical skills necessary for entry-level employment in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. This program explains typical HVAC systems followed by practical hands-on competencies for the three areas of HVAC: mechanical, electrical, and airflow systems, including extensive troubleshooting of each area. Students will have the opportunity to complete HVAC certifications, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Safety Certification and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Refrigerant Transition Certification.

The Wind Turbine Technician program provides students with the technical skills to install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. Students are introduced with the fundamentals of generating electrical power from wind energy. Areas of study include wind turbine safety, climbing wind towers, electrical theory, electrical circuits, electrical test equipment, alternating current and three-phase systems, circuits breakers and fuses, switching devices, wind turbine power distribution systems, fasteners and torquing, bearings, lubrication, and hydraulic systems associated with wind turbines. The program provides students the knowledge and skills to qualify for entry-level employment as a Wind Turbine Technician working in the manufacturing, construction, maintenance, and operation aspects of the wind industry. The program provides the opportunity to complete Maritime based certification(s), the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Introduction to Power Industry and Wind Turbine Maintenance Level I certification(s), and CPR/Basic Life Support.

For more information on Centura College’s programs, call 877.523.9528 or visit www.CenturaCollege.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 https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.

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Wind Turbine Technician Training Program Now Offered at Centura Norfolk

Posted by on Aug 19, 2020 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Centura Norfolk, Press Release

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

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Written by Jul DeGeus

Centura College’s Norfolk campus is officially offering a Wind Turbine Technician training program. This joins the campus’s existing programs offered, including: Carpentry, Dental Assisting, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Construction Electrician and Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Medical Assisting with a Clinical Concentration.

The Wind Turbine Technician program provides students with the technical skills to install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. The program provides students the knowledge and skills to qualify for entry-level employment as a Wind Turbine Technician working in the manufacturing, construction, maintenance, and operation aspects of the wind industry that is making a presence in The Hampton Roads Area.

“Centura College answered the call! We are proud to be the premier trainer for Wind Turbine Technicians to service what will be over 100 Wind Turbines off the coast of Norfolk. In partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy, our accredited program will train students in everything from basic and high voltage electricity, to hydraulics, climbing and rigging. I couldn’t be more excited about the future of this program and the impact of wind energy on our community,” said Aisha Newsome, Campus Executive Director.

Students are introduced with the fundamentals of generating electrical power from wind energy. Areas of study include wind turbine safety, climbing wind towers, electrical theory, electrical circuits and electrical test equipment. Education continues with courses focusing on alternating current and three-phase systems, circuits breakers and fuses, switching devices, wind turbine power distribution systems, fasteners and torquing, bearings, lubrication, and hydraulic systems associated with wind turbines.

“Centura College is very excited to be the first college in the area to have an accredited and state recognized Wind Turbine Technician program,” states Dr. Michael Lanouette, Centura College Regional Director. “We are also thrilled to be partnering with the Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy to allow graduates the maximum ability to be placed in the field.”

The program provides the opportunity to complete Maritime based certification(s), the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Introduction to Power Industry and Wind Turbine Maintenance Level I certification(s), and CPR/Basic Life Support. Additional certifications include: Level II Wind Turbine Technician, Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), Advanced Rescue Training (ACT), High Voltage Safety and Basic Technical Safety Training.

For more information regarding Centura College’s Wind Turbine Technician Diploma 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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Centura College to Hold Free Skilled Trades STEM Camp

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Adult Education, Campus Connections, Career Change, Centura Chesapeake, Centura Norfolk, Community Connections, Press Release, Skilled Trades, Skilled Trades Careers, Spotlight Feature

STEM Camp goers can test out skilled training programs in allied health or trades fields.

Centura College the Choice STEM camp male and female goers.

Written by Jul DeGeus

Centura College will be offering a glimpse into the world of allied health and skilled trades through its The Choice STEM Camp.

Camp participants will spend time in Centura’s classrooms, and labs, learning about the basics of the program of their choosing. This is the perfect opportunity for individuals who are interested in working with their hands. Allied Health professions campers have the opportunity to learn about dental assisting, medical assisting and health information technology. Skilled Trades training includes carpentry and construction electrician. Not all programs are offered at all locations.

The Choice STEM Camp dates and locations are as follows:

Norfolk – August 4-8; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (medical assisting, carpentry, health information technology and construction electrician)

Norfolk – August 4-8; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (dental assisting)

Centura College’s The Choice STEM Camp is free and open to the public. Individuals interested in enrolling into the camp should contact the appropriate campus.

Norfolk – (757) 835-2121 or admdircnor@centura.edu, 7020 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23518

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 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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