BRIDGEPORT, WV – West Virginia Junior College graduate Debbie Shrock considers losing her old job as a “blessing in disguise.”
Debbie worked in the security department for Western Union at Aegis Communications in Elkins, W.Va., but Western Union outsourced its business to India, she said.
“Because our jobs were sent out of the country, we were given the choice to go to school,” Debbie said.
Debbie then decided to study Business Management at the Bridgeport campus of WVJC.
“Starting college at the ripe old age of 48 can be very scary and challenging,” she said. “The courses offered help me brush up on my 3R’s and helped me get over my fear of technology. I am able to work with computer programs and do things I never dreamed possible with confidence.”
During her time studying Business Management, Debbie’s favorite part of school was being challenged to do better and to make a difference.
Along with attending classes, Debbie was also involved with Phi Beta Lambda as a founding member and treasurer. The group held bake sales to send the members to a conference in Flatwoods, W.Va., as well as holding a clothing drive to benefit the Clarksburg Mission.
Many staff and faculty members stood out to Debbie while she was a student.
“Regina and Fran in financial aid were very knowledgeable in helping me get the aid I needed to help with expenses,” she said. “Mrs. Carr was very good at pushing us to do better and be organized.
Mrs. Riggs was very easy to talk to about anything, very positive and always encouraging. Mrs. Buchanan helped us with the FBLA, teaching us how to write correctly, and helped us with any accounting dilemmas without making us feel stupid. Mr. Jones was very passionate about our government and how things work. He was able to make a boring class fun and interesting.”
Debbie would recommend WVJC to others because “the classes are small and you can get the individual help you need,” she said.
Some advice she would give to students is to attend class, ask lots of questions, ask for help needed, and treat the externship as if it was a paying job.
“It might just be your audition for a great career with that company,” Debbie said.
WVJC changed Debbie’s life by giving her the tools she needed to find a job doing something she loves.
Since she graduated September 26, 2011, Debbie has worked as the business administration assistant at Harry Green Chevy-Nissan, where she takes calls, sets appointments, writes up new vehicles, sorts paperwork, assists customers and fills in where ever she’s needed.
“I am with a company now I can retire from,” she said. “I am learning more and more everyday and not tied down to just one job day in and day out. I work in different departments as needed, I have the opportunity for advancement, and a great benefit package.”
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/bridgeport-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.