MORGANTOWN, WV – Morgantown native Jim Morley, the West Virginia Junior College’s Coordinator of Online Learning and Technology, once sat in the seats of the students he now instructs.
“Success at the WVJC takes hard work, showing up for class, getting into different activities and projects and becoming involved with the school,” Jim said.
Jim graduated from WVJC in December 2007 with an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology. Following graduation, he worked at Premier Computer Services and Digital Connection before returning to WVJC as a part-time instructor. In December 2011, Jim finished his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems at West Virginia University.
Now a full-time employee with the WVJC, Jim manages the development of online courses; updates and maintains the websites for all five of the WVJC campuses; completes software integration for the admissions department; and provides technical support for Vandalia Consulting.
Jim is also currently teaching Introduction to Computers.
Jim encourages students who want to become information technology professionals to always stay ahead of the technology and to always be learning.
“If you stop learning, you become dated, which is a bad word in the IT field. You never want to be referred to as ‘dated.’” Jim said.
Jim recommended that students and new IT professionals take the time to learn any new technology. When Windows 8 was introduced, Jim downloaded and installed the program. He became familiar with the software so that he could answer any future questions. Jim added that he also takes advantage of any trials or beta software.
“Be involved in anything that they can be involved in,” Jim said. “Always try new things. Always try to learn new things, even if we’re not teaching it in the classrooms. Use new technologies and software whenever you can. Don’t be afraid to try new things.”
Jim said showing up for class and paying attention is a big part of being successful as a student.
“Do research, and try new things on your own,” Jim said. “The student who goes home and tries to replicate what they did in class does better than the student who only does work in class – at least it’s that way in my classes.”
Jim added that WVJC’s hands-on training and the strong relationships students build with their instructors is what makes the college a place where a student can grow into a successful professional.
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