Harry Fisher – Student Highlight

Harry attended a local university a few years ago. Being in the military, he had to cut his time short to redeploy to Iraq. Now, back home and settled, Harry chose to attend WVJC Online while working for a local laborer’s union. “I needed an online program because I still needed to be able to keep my full-time job to provide for my family. I had heard good things about WVJC, so I decided to take a chance and give it a try.”

Harry chose the Business Administration/Accounting program because he eventually would like to own his own business. “I believe this path would be highly beneficial in helping me to accomplish that goal.” His favorite part of attending WVJC Online is the people! “Everyone has been very friendly and I don’t feel too overwhelmed.” His favorite class so far is Math. He finds it exciting because he loves working with numbers and it challenges him.

Harry would like to get into the accounting field after graduation so he can gain experience before venturing out into small business ownership. “I would like to open up a bicycle shop. It’s been a dream of mine for many years. I believe with my degree and experience this would allow me to have my own successful business.

Harry says he has nothing but good things to say about WVJC and would recommend this school to everyone!

If you have an interest in WVJC Online’s Business Administration/Accounting program, check us out at wvjc.edu for more information.

Mountaineer Technology Consultants, LLC – Externship Highlight

Mountaineer Technology Consultants, LLC was formed in 2016 by Booker T. Walton of Morgantown, WV. MTC provides full service IT solutions for individuals, small businesses, and companies throughout the state of West Virginia. MTC offers services in consulting, hardware, networking, software, and digital marketing. MTC also offers student services such as PC diagnostics, formatting hard drives, and standard cleanup of a PC.

West Virginia Junior College began their relationship with Mountaineer Technology Consultants in 2017. MTC has attended WVJC career fairs, done mock interviews for students, hired graduates, and accepted numerous WVJC Networking Administration/Security and Information Technology students to complete their externship hours. Students completing their externship are able to experience a wide array of in field knowledge while working with businesses in the community.

Mountaineer Technology Consultants is currently hosting a Network Administration/Security student from WVJC who is completing their 90 hour externship. MTC also just brought on board a WVJC graduate for full-time employment. WVJC is honored to work with a company that cares deeply about the community and state. Students and graduates are not only able to develop their skills with hands-on training at MTC, but are also able to get a sense of pride helping those around them.

To learn more about WVJC’s exciting externship program, request information here!

Registered Nursing Program – Bridgeport Campus

WVJC Bridgeport is set to complete our second six-week term of WVJC’s Nursing program! It’s been an exciting time for our campus as we’ve added an RN training program that prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses’ (NCLEX-RN)* exam to WVJC Bridgeport’s list of available course options.  WVJC Bridgeport started its first cohort of 40 nursing students on June 29th, 2020. Not only do we love to see people who are passionate about learning to care for those around them, but WVJC’s nursing program also helps fill a void in our community.

Currently, there are approximately 3 million registered nurses in the US with more than 5,000 employment vacancies. The Board of Labor and Statistics estimates more than 500,000 RNs will be needed by 2030 to cover the medical needs of the country and vacancies caused by RNs retiring. In WV alone, more than 2,000 new RNs will be needed by 2025 to meet the state’s health care needs.

WVJC Bridgeport’s Nursing program lasts 18 months, with classes starting each June. Classes are Monday through Friday with scheduling to assist students who are actively working. Those who have completed Practical Nursing programs** have the opportunity to test out of several classes and can potentially achieve their nursing degree in as little as one year.  If you have a desire to become a Registered Nurse, request information here!

*Passing the NCLEX – RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.
**See catalog for detailed eligibility criteria.
Credits may not be transferable. Individual results may vary. Information on this slide was current at the time of publishing.

How to Enroll at WVJC Charleston In COVID-19 Era

At West Virginia Junior College, we understand the challenges that COVID-19 has created. Many of us have been faced with uncertainty, concerns of financial security, economic strains, and of course, our health and the genuine concerns for our loved ones, our neighbors, and our communities.  Even though we are living through difficult times, West Virginia Junior College is here for you. Now is a great time to think about your future and take the next steps to further your education in one of our career-focused programs.

The West Virginia Junior College Charleston campus offers many fast track, academic programs to assist you with your academic growth and to present you with opportunities in many different career fields, all of which can provide financial stability for you and your family.

Programs that are offered at the WVJC Charleston campus include:

Our purpose at WVJC is to empower change by creating opportunity. Our staff and faculty are eager to help you begin your journey in obtaining your college education in a fast-track program.  If you are interested in enrolling in fall classes, please request information here. Our admissions advisors are available to conduct a one on one college visit to identify your career goals and help you develop a plan on how to reach those goals. We look forward to hearing from you and are excited to help you take the plunge in finding that right career path for you! Request information HERE and learn more today!

Summer Hudnall – Student Highlight

Summer Hudnall graduated from South Charleston High School in 2019. Summer knew she wanted to work in the medical field, but because the medical field is so broad, she was not sure which area would be the best fit for her. She wanted to gain a wide range of knowledge so she decided to pursue an education at WVJC for medical assisting. Summer said, “I love the atmosphere at WVJC and all of the hands-on activities.”

Summer said her favorite part about attending WVJC is the schedule. She said, “Having two classes every 6 weeks allows me to focus on what I am learning.” Summer is excelling at WVJC, has maintained a 4.0-grade point average, and is President’s List recipient. She also has nearly perfect attendance.

When we asked Summer who her favorite teacher is she said, “Medical Program Director, Chelsea Abbott and medical instructor, Dr. Aaron Settle. They both are caring and make learning fun!” Summer’s favorite classes are her medical lab classes. During lab classes, students learn and practice hands-on skills such as emergency procedures, phlebotomy, vital signs, specimen collection, examinations, completion of medical records, and much more!

Summer’s ideal job after graduation is to work in a pediatrician’s office. In five years, Summer sees herself married, working in the medical field, having a nice home, and maybe a child. We are excited to see all that Summer accomplishes after graduating from WVJC! If you would like to know more about the fast-track Clinical Medical Assistant program or other programs at WVJC, please visit wvjc.edu for more information and apply today!

Emery Dean – Student Highlight

Emery Dean graduated from Braxton County High school in May 2020. He enrolled in the Network Administrator/Security program at West Virginia Junior College, immediately following his high school graduation.  He chose this program due to his love and passion for computers. He has been intrigued since he was little about “how a computer really works.”

Emery is excited that this program will prepare him for computer troubleshooting and network structuring, as well as system security maintenance. Emery says that he is very happy that he chose WVJC Bridgeport over the other larger colleges around, because of the small class sizes. Emery is enjoying class so far. Emery said he is looking forward to building a computer of his own to take home with him!

Emery’s instructors enjoy having him in class and are confident in his success. He is dedicated to his work and studying. If there is a concept he doesn’t fully grasp, he will surely ask questions, but he leads with the eagerness to learn. Emery is a great student and is always attempting to explore explanations before solutions are given. He says that “WVJC helps make this possible with the small classes and one on one attention from each instructor.”  He mentioned that he feels more comfortable asking questions in smaller classes when there is something he struggles with understanding.  Emery says, “communication is seamless between emails with the instructors all the way to communicating any issue with the Campus President.”

Emery grew up playing around with computers and has always been computer savvy. He is hopeful that his future career will include building computers and troubleshooting them with a reputable company within the area. He looks forward to completing his degree and joining the workforce.

To learn more about WVJC’s exciting technology programs, request information here!

Rachael Salvucci – Academic Dean

Hi everyone! My name is Rachael Salvucci, your new academic dean. However, this is not my first time being part of the WVJC family. I’ve actually been teaching at WVJC since 2013 as an online adjunct instructor. Some of you have probably had me for English Comp or Research and Writing.  I am very excited to be here with all of you and I look forward to getting to meet and know everyone.

I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in English education in 2005, and then went on to receive my Masters of Education from The University of Pittsburgh in curriculum and instruction and earned my administration certificate in 2011. Teaching and leading is my passion. I’ve been a high school English teacher in Pennsylvania for the past 15 years, and l spent one year as an assistant principal. My favorite part of teaching high school was my students.  Every year I became more surprised and proud of who they are and who they became, and I was blessed to have been a part of that.  While I loved teaching, I knew I wanted to move out of public education and into the postsecondary world.  So now I am here at WVJC full time and ready to help everyone succeed.

As the academic dean, my priority is my students. I want to see all of you succeed, so I am here when you need me. My goal is to maintain and elevate the high standards and welcoming environment at WVJC. Please feel free to stop by and say hello or send me an email and introduce yourself.

I was introduced to WVJC through Brittany Nuzzo Callen, and I fell in love with online teaching with my first class. Once I taught my first class at WVJC I knew I wanted to stay and teach more. That connection, thankfully, has led me to this position, and I couldn’t be happier. My favorite part of working at WVJC is most definitely the people. Everyone I’ve met and worked with at WVJC has been amazing, helpful, and enthusiastic, so I can’t imagine a better place to work. I also am looking forward to establishing many more wonderful relationships with the current and upcoming faculty and students.

I am mainly motivated by my 4.5-year-old twin boys, AJ and Nino. I want to provide them with a great life, but I also want to be the best for them. I want them to see that it’s possible to find an enjoyable and satisfying career without compromising their values. I want to be a strong role model for them while also teaching them to be good people, and the way that I treat the people I work with will hopefully portray that.  I want to encourage them to follow their dreams and support them in the process. Being their mom is one of the best and most important things to ever happen to me. I am so proud of them. They surprise me each and every day and I can’t believe that they are mine. They are amazing humans and most days outsmart me.

Something interesting people might not know about me is that I love to travel. My husband and I plan to go to as many countries as we can. So far we’ve been to 9, but that number will change each year. We also have a plan to travel to every state with our boys, so we are excited to plan our next destination and start our next road trip.

Again, I am so excited to be here with all of you and help support you in any way that I can.  I wish everyone a strong and healthy start!

Trent Stewart – Graduate Highlight

Recent West Virginia Junior College graduate Trent Stewart recalls weighing his options and searching diligently for the right college after graduating from high school. He had the opportunity to take some basic coding and graphic design classes during high school at a vocational facility and decided he wanted to pursue a program that he thought was “the right start for getting into the IT field.”

Trent revealed, “I never thought a traditional 4-year college degree program was right for me.”  He decided, instead, to attend WVJC where he was excited to pursue many employer recommended certifications and could earn a degree in just 18 months. He chose the Network Administration/Security program because he was impressed by its versatility. “I could learn not only about networking, but computer hardware, software, and databases as well!”

During his time at WVJC, Trent enjoyed his networking classes the most! He said that he received real-life experience and training by learning the inner workings of the Morgantown campus, focusing on the internal part of the network, commands, and troubleshooting. He credits IT/NAS Program Director Robin Addis and instructor Bobby Viands for being knowledgeable, accessible, and helpful guides with any issues he encountered with classroom projects.

Trent is a true WVJC success story! After earning his degree, he secured a position as an IT Support Technician for a local internet service provider company. He claims that, right now, it is “the ideal job with opportunities to grow and continue learning.” In the future, Trent hopes to advance his IT career by earning security clearance and he looks forward to becoming a homeowner.

“I would definitely refer WVJC to a friend,” Trent said. “The small classes allow more dedicated time to each individual student and it creates a family atmosphere! I think those are two really good reasons to recommend it!”

To learn more about WVJC’s hands-on IT programs, request information here!

Clinical Medical Assistant Program

The Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College prepares students for careers in the medical field in a short term, 18-month program.  Successful medical assistants are dependable, have strong communication skills, demonstrate initiative, and are compassionate while providing patient care. WVJC medical assisting students receive hands-on training that includes taking patients’ vital signs, drawing blood, giving injections, performing and reading EKGs, assisting with medical examinations, and more!

In addition to the hands-on training students receive in the classroom, students complete a 160-hour externship. During the externship, students have the opportunity to observe and apply the skill sets they have gained in the program, in a real work setting.  Clinical Medical Assistant Program Director, Chelsea Abbott states, “Externship is an excellent opportunity for students to network with area professionals and practices the skills they’ve learned in the program.” WVJC Career Management Director, Selena Ramey states, “When students excel during the externship, it can often lead to employment opportunities.”

Graduates from the Clinical Medical Assistant program earn an associate degree and have the opportunity to sit for certification examinations through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).  Students receive training at such a high level that they are eligible to sit for the following certifications through NHA: Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, and EKG Technician. Certifications provide employers third party proof that graduates have the knowledge to be successful in their medical careers.

If you are interested in becoming an essential employee in the healthcare field and learning more about the fast track, career-based programs at WVJC, request information here!

Congrats Pam!

WVJC Bridgeport is proud to congratulate Nursing Director Pam Wilson, MSN on the completion of her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Western Governors University.

Pam has been employed at the Bridgeport campus since 2014 when she began teaching in the Clinical Medical Assistant Program. She then assisted in the development of the Practical Nursing Program that began in 2015. In 2017, Pam assumed the role of Medical Director and has maintained a 100% NCLEX pass rate for the Practical Nursing Program for the 2015-2019 graduating classes. Pam states that during the program she was able to learn many new teaching methodologies that she plans to implement into the Nursing and Practical Nursing Programs at WVJC Bridgeport.

Pam has a passion for teaching students the skills of nursing, but even more importantly the bedside care and compassion needed to be an amazing nurse. Pam has worked with local long term care facilities and hospitals to establish professional relationships that allow her students to experience hands-on educational rotations, so that upon graduation they are well rounded and highly sought after by local employers.

In her free time away from WVJC, Pam is a mother of 5 children and enjoys traveling to Colorado to visit her grandson, Elias. She is a proud military mom, whose son serves in the US Army with the Special Forces Unit. She loves to volunteer and help out local charities as well.

Pam is especially grateful to God, her parents, husband, kids, Jenica Greynolds, and Jenn Leer for all their support, encouragement, and guidance during this long journey!