If you have the desire to succeed and put in the work, anything is possible! West Virginia Junior College Medical Assisting graduate, Whitney Breckenridge, knows this first hand. She has achieved her goal of becoming a healthcare professional.
Whitney chose to attend WVJC because she wanted to provide a better life for her children, as well as herself. When choosing a major she knew her true calling was medical assisting. Whitney had watched her grandfather suffer with pancreatic cancer and was inspired by the hospital staff who cared for him and consoled her family during that difficult time.
“I really appreciated every act of kindness that they blessed us with and I developed a passion for helping people in similar situations. What better way to pay tribute to my Granddad than by being a blessing to someone else when they need it the most?”
During her time at the college, Whitney maintained a 4.0 GPA, was a student ambassador, rarely ever missed class and completed a 120 hour externship with the David Lee Cancer Center. While this in itself is commendable, Whitney also accomplished this while being a mother of three young children and working a fulltime job. She says she is thankful she was surrounded by uplifting and motivational people who aided in her success.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for giving me the strength and motivation to work and go to school all while being a full time mother. I would also like to thank my family for helping me with the kids when I needed a break to study, Ms. Campbell for believing I could pass my certification test when I thought I wasn’t able, Marla for teaching me to overcome my shyness and own an interview, Ms. Keeney for being an awesome teacher, and Kathy for being so inviting and supportive of me and my decision to attend school. I love all of the WVJC staff and students, everyone was so polite and really made a huge impact on my life,” says Breckenridge.
Shortly after graduating, Whitney accepted a position as a Certified Medical Assistant in Electrophysiology with WVU Physicians of Charleston. There, she triages patients, updates patients’ medications, takes patients’ health histories and performs EKGs, among other duties.
She leaves some advice for new or current medical students. “Have faith in yourself. Try to attend class every day. You will learn a lot just by listening to your teachers speak and by listening to the staff when they give you advice. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to ask questions and never forget that the sky is the limit.”
Napoleon Hill once said, “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” If you have the desire to provide a better life for yourself and your family, a career can provide the lifestyle and security you may be seeking. Call today to explore the programs offered at West Virginia Junior College Charleston. 304.345.2820