MORGANTOWN, WV – Robbie Sigley, a 20-year-old from Preston County, decided to attend West Virginia Junior College directly after high school.
Nearly 18 months later, he is six weeks away from obtaining his Medical Office Administration degree. Robbie chose Medical Office Administration because he enjoys the office environment and the diversity of the patients who visit a hospital or doctor’s office.
“I love surrounding myself with new people,” he said.
Robbie, with a constant smile and a big heart, is a WVJC Student Ambassador. Ambassadors are selected based on their academic and attendance records, along with their personalities. They organize events and help the faculty and staff.
“I get a lot of one-on-one attention (at the WVJC),” Robbie said. “When I feel like I’m having trouble with something, I talk to Jessica Ewing.”
Jessica, now a Regional Director of Admissions, was Robbie’s admissions representative in 2011.
“She wants to push me and drive me to do my very best. That’s what I really admire about her,” Robbie said.
Robbie added that both the faculty and staff are welcoming, but it’s not just their responsibility to help students learn.
“It’s also yours,” Robbie said. “It’s not going to be effective if you don’t pay attention.”
Robbie’s favorite moment at the WVJC was the mock disaster. The student created a mock accident scenario and treated the patients in the school. The Medical Office Administration students were responsible for registering the victims, and the Medical Assistant students diagnosed what was wrong with them.
“What made it memorable was that it introduced a real-life scenario,” Robbie said. “We could get flooded (by victims) in an office or hospital – this thing really could happen. We had to make sure it was done correctly.”
As graduation nears, Robbie said he feels prepared to enter the workforce.
“The instructors took their time, and it was all worth it,” he said. “I think I’m very prepared.”
Robbie will begin his Medical Office Administration externship at a local healthcare facility early in 2013, followed by graduation in February.
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/morgantown-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.