Charleston, WV– Choosing to go to college is a big step in students’ lives. It means balancing life obligations, work, and studies to obtain a career – not just a job. For double major, Atalie Cook, West Virginia Junior College not only has provided her educational support but also inspired her in an additional career path.
Atalie began her journey at WVJC in May 2015 as a Medical Office Management student and she has thrived. She was a standout in classes and a student everyone could depend on, so when a student work-study position became available she applied. In July, Atalie became the Administrative Assistant work-study. She assists in the office with filing, greeting anyone who comes in the building, assisting with interview coordination and with other various tasks.
“I started out in Medical Office because I enjoy the office side of things but since becoming a student worker here, my interest in the business sector has grown. I see how processes work, what employers are seeking in applicants and inner workings of business offices. I really enjoy that,” stated Cook.
In August, Atalie became a Business Management and Medical Office Management double major. She is focusing on completing the business program first and then will complete additional coursework to obtain another Specialized Associate Degree in Medical Office Management.
She is a 4.0 student who enjoys staying active on campus. She is a student ambassador in both the business and medical programs and has also recently helped kick-start the new Business/Legal club. She advises new students and potential students to do the same.
“Enjoy college and be involved. The more roots you plant the more dedicated you’ll be and the better you’ll do. I’ve seen this from many of my classmates. By making those connections you’re not just being active but boosting your resume, and the more success in classes you’ll have. We’re a support system,” encouraged Atalie.
Being a student and work-study makes for long days but Atalie says she takes classes more serious this way. “It’s not like I can ‘just not show up for classes’ because that is missing work too!”
Atalie begins classes at 8am and works at the campus from 3:30pm – 7:00pm. She says she enjoys it and it has really given her a different outlook on her professional goals.
“Ms. Miles [the WVJC Charleston Campus President] has encouraged me from day one and mentored me in many different ways. She gives me advice and tips and for that I am extremely thankful. Not only her, but the whole staff have been nothing but supportive and encouraging. They are just amazing.”
This is just one of many successful students at WVJC. If you are interested in discovering a program to benefit your future career plans, call WVJC Charleston at 304.345.2820. The admissions team is more than willing to meet with you and get to know how WVJC programs can help change your life.