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Staff Highlight – Rreze Zejnullahi

RrezeBusiness Program Coordinator Rreze Zejnullahi teaches her students about more than accounting and marketing.

She teaches them about life.

Rreze originally came to the United States in 1999, during a war in her home country of Kosovo – a war many of her students are too young to recall.  For 10 years she traveled back and forth between the United States and Kosovo before making a permanent move in 2009.

“There were better opportunities here,” Rreze said. “I wanted to be more practical and learn my field in a more practical way.”

Rreze attended American University in Kosova, which is a branch of the Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, N.Y. She majored in management with a minor in public policy.

She calls herself a people person but credits her education in helping her to develop her business skills.  She worked for a year at Veneta Traveling Agency as a sales agent before moving to the United States to begin her post-graduate studies at Eastern Michigan University.

After one semester, Rreze was appointed as a graduate assistant. She was mentored by two instructors and referred to as “amazing”, one of whom was in macroeconomics and one in microeconomics. She assisted in grading, tutoring and helping instructors with their research.

During grad school, Rreze studies monetary and fiscal policy, different types of interest rates and how math and statistics are applied in economics.

Before joining the WVJC, Rreze worked for a small company as a business development analyst, followed by working as a sales team manager at BELK.

In September 2013, she began teaching business courses at the West Virginia Junior College, Morgantown Campus, including: management concepts, intro to business, accounting, math, business law, marketing, sales, business math, taxes, logic and critical thinking, excel and introduction to computers. She has also taught online courses for the WVJC’s online classes.

Management promoted Rreze to business program coordinator in May 2014.

Students are Rreze’s favorite part of her position at the WVJC.

“I love that I see my students develop in front of my eyes,” she said. “They go from one point to another, and they get there through my knowledge. “

Outside of the classroom, Rreze loves to cook, particularly Italian food and pasta.

“I love cheese,” she said. “I put cheese on everything.”

Her favorite dish is lasagna. She also likes to read romantic comedies and watch reality TV, her favorite being “What would You Do?”

For more information about the WVJC’s business program, visit WVJC.edu.