Medical Office Management Student Highlight – Teirra Harris

BRIDGEPORT, WV – West Virginia Junior College student Teirra Harris decided to attend the school because it’s close to home and she liked that she could complete a program in 18 months instead of two to four years.

Teirra’s favorite part about attending WVJC is having only two or three classes every six weeks.

Teirra Harris

She chose to major in medical office administration.

“I chose this major because I love to do paper work and file papers and with the degree, I have so many opportunities,” Teirra said.

After she graduates, her goal is to “get a decent job” to start off her career.

Teirra has several people who have supported her endeavor.

“I would like to thank my best friends, Brandi and Kaisey, for never giving up on me,” Teirra said. “They always pushed me and supported me with everything. I would also like to thank my mother and grandmother; they both are my role models and my main supporters.”

Bridgeport
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.

Medical Assistant Graduate Highlight – Larissa Sauvageot

CHARLESTON, WV – Larissa Sauvageot decided to attend West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus by consulting with a fellow student.

“I chose to go to WVJC after I had my daughter,” Larissa said. “I had checked into it a few times with my friend, Lauren. I figured it would work out great since I stayed home through the day with the baby and I could attend classes at night.”

Larissa chose the medical program for a couple reasons.

“I chose the medical field because, more than likely, I will never have issues finding a job,” she said. “I also wanted to help make my family more financially comfortable.”

Out of all of her classes, Larissa enjoyed being in lab the most. WVJC’s medical lab classes help all students learn crucial skills with hands-on experience. Being able to adapt these skills quickly is a great part of what the program offers.

While classes were very important, Larissa gained more than just knowledge from her time at WVJC.

“My favorite part of being a student at WVJC was all the lifelong friends I made. We made class fun.”

Graduation Pinning September 2012 - Larissa
West Virginia Junior College graduate, Larissa, at her graduation pinning in September 2012.

After completing her classes and passing the Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant exam, Larissa found a full-time position with Charleston Area Medical Center.

“I am a NA/HUC at CAMC in Teays Valley and enjoy it so far,” she said. “I work night shifts, which help out on daycare expenses. The people I work with are awesome and crazy people. We make working fun.”

In the future, Larissa would love to work in pediatrics. She also plans on joining the nursing program through Charleston Area Medical Center to become a registered nurse.

Congratulations to Larissa on all her successful endeavors!

Charleston
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/charleston-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Medical Assistant Graduate Highlight – Julie Bernet

BRIDGEPORT, WV – Julie Bernet, a medical assistant graduate who now works at Whitehall Medical, chose to attend West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport because she said she believed she could get good training in a reasonable amount of time.

“I heard good things about the MA program and always wanted to be in the medical field,” Julie said.

Julie Bernet

Her favorite part of the medical program was the hand-on training, which she said prepared her for her career.

The faculty’s willingness to always help and the supportive environment stood out during her time at WVJC Bridgeport. The program coordinator and lab instructors were always available when she needed them, she said.

Now working as medical assistant, Julie is able to help people, and loves the people she works with, as well as the environment.

“(It) has given me a great sense of pride in myself and my career, and knowing that I am making a difference in others lives as well,” Julie said.

After her experience, Julie would recommend the college and medical assisting program to anyone.

“Being a single parent was difficult and the support and encouragement from everyone helped me succeed,” Julie said.

Bridgeport
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.

Staff Highlight: Career Management – Kristy Cunningham

BRIDGEPORT, WV – Kristy Cunningham is the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College’s Bridgeport campus. As the Career Management Director, she assists students in finding a job upon graduation, as well as teaching Career Prep.

Kristy is also a liaison between local businesses and the school. She said she strives “to maintain a lifelong relationship with our graduates and assist them anyway that I can with their careers.”

Kristy Cunningham

“My favorite part of being a CMD is the phone call from my graduates when they get their first job and are starting their careers and they see that all their hard work has paid off,” Kristy said.

When Kristy is not as work, she loves spending time with her family and dogs, traveling, and watching Kevin Smith movies and West Virginia University football games.

Bridgeport
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.

Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Kaitlyn Persinger

Kaitlyn PersingerCHARLESTON, WV – Kaitlyn Persinger decided to attend West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus because the staff helped her decide on a specific career path within the medical field.

“I definitely knew I wanted to be in the medical field, I just wasn’t sure what position. When I learned about Medical Assisting at WVJC, I knew it was the right choice for me,” she explained.

The clinical laboratory courses were Kaitlyn’s favorite part of the program.

“Many of the procedures you learn in the MA program are hands-on and this really helped me learn the skills and grasp them quickly and easily,” she said. “My clinical instructor, Cindy Campbell, made the skills exciting and the students were always excited to learn new things.”

WVJC’s small class atmosphere gave Kaitlyn the individualized attention she needed to succeed and she said that this was her favorite part of attending school at WVJC.

“My favorite part about WVJC was the perfect class setting. It wasn’t a huge college and it’s great for students who learn better in a smaller atmosphere, not a lecture hall with 80 other students,” she said.

Kaitlyn had a few individuals at WVJC who helped her along her journey as she obtained her Specialized Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

“I would like to thank Mrs. Campbell because she always pushed me to put my all into what I was doing,” she said. “She made sure I had the right skills and knowledge for my future career. Also, I would like to thank Mrs. Cindy Tawney because she was always on top of things from making sure I was on time for class to making sure I was working to my full potential and making good grades.”

Kaitlyn has already secured a position at Charleston Area Medical Center in the Orthopedic Trauma Group as a Certified Medical Assistant!

“I wouldn’t have been able to land such a great job without the skills I learned in my program and all of the interview skills I learned in my Career Preparation course at WVJC!”

Congratulations to Kaityn on her graduation, passing her Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant Exam and landing her perfect career!

Charleston
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/charleston-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Legal Assistant Spotlight – Christina Johnson

MORGANTOWN, WV – For Christina Johnson, the Legal Assistant (LOA) program at the West Virginia Junior College is a family affair.

It began when her sister, Laura Johnson, began the program at the Charleston Campus.

“I’d talk to my sister, and she’d be so excited about the program that I would think, ‘I want to do this,'” Christina said. “It sounded fantastic.”

Christina contacted the WVJC-Morgantown admissions department to learn more about the LOA program. When she told her cousin, Jessica Hall, her cousin said, “If you do it, I’m going to do it, too.”

So, the cousins began the LOA program. A few months later, Christina’s sister Laura transferred from Charleston Campus to the Morgantown Campus.

“As I began my classes, everything clicked so easily for me that I knew I picked the right program,” Christina said. “Although it was easy for me to understand, it was still enough to keep me interested.”

Christina works in the healthcare industry and was looking for a change when she decided to attend school.

“I’ve loved it,” Christina said. “It’s been an eye opener.”

Legal Office Assistants need to be extremely detail-oriented people, said WVJC- Morgantown Assistant Campus Director Leanne Cardoso, Esq.

Christina, who said she may pay too much attention to details at times, agrees.

“Driven, detail-oriented people need to be in this program,” she said. “There are tough spots, and you get frustrated easily. You have to really want it.”

For Christina, who is the mother of 21-month-old Izaiah, going to school meant changing her priorities.

“Make sure that you set time away from everything else to focus on your studies, read, look over your notes and plan what you want to do,” she said. “You have to give up something – sometimes it’s sleep – to go to school.”

Christina said she appreciates her instructors, their gentle pushing and their ability to help students become much more comfortable with the new field.  She said she always loves being taught by lawyers, who teach the majority of the Legal Assistant classes.

“I love being taught by someone who has already been in the field and has already been successful,” Christina said.

For more information about the WVJC-Morgantown LOA program, call 304-296-8282.

Morgantown
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.

Current Nursing Student Highlight – Lindsay Bible

MORGANTOWN, WV – With over a decade of healthcare experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant, it was a West Virginia Junior College (WVJC) Nursing Program radio ad that finally convinced Lindsay Bible to take her first steps in becoming a Registered Nurse(RN).

She said she applied for the nursing program the day she heard the commercial and took the Nursing TEAS Test a month later. The TEAS Test evaluates a potential student’s essential academic skills.

“It was tough, because I had not been in school for awhile,” Lindsay said. “I definitely recommend preparing, purchasing the study book and doing the practice examples. That helped me a lot.”

With her family’s support, particularly her grandmother’s, Lindsay was accepted into the WVJC Nursing Program where in two years from her September 2011 start date, she will have earned her Associate’s Degree in Nursing and will have been prepared to take the RN Licensing Exam.

At the WVJC, learning begins in a classroom setting where students learn the necessary skills. Those skills are then applied in a lab where students practice on METI-Man a human-patient simulator that gives students a chance to practice their newly-acquired skills in a realistic setting. The lab is followed by clinical where nursing students visit local hospitals for eight hours on Saturday or Sunday.

While Lindsay thought she wanted to work in oncology, watching a live birth during a clinical changed the nursing student’s mind.

“I cried when I saw the first baby being born,” Lindsay said. “For the (patient) to let me experience that was really amazing to me. And the baby was really cute.”

Lindsay said she knew then that she wanted to work in a maternity ward.

“Once we did our maternity clinical, I was hooked,” she added.

Lindsay, a Pittsburgh native who moved to Morgantown five years ago, said the full-time work schedule, plus school and the weekend clinical have created a hectic schedule.

“It’s hard to balance friends, a relationship, school and work,” Lindsay said. “But everyone understands. I try to think positively, because in one year, I’ll be finished.”

She added that the WVJC’s instructors are, “amazing, really supportive and really helpful.”

Even though she spends nearly 12 hours a day in the medical setting, Lindsay still finds time to spend Thursday night watching ABC’s hospital drama “Grey’s Anatomy. “She said her favorite character is Christina, although Lindsay said the character nothing like her.

For more information about the WVJC Morgantown’s Nursing Program, visit wvjc.edu or call 304-296-8282.

Morgantown
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.

 

WVJC Bridgeport Alumni Highlight – Elizabeth Blake

Elizabeth Blake

BRIDGEPORT, WV – After attending Fairmont State University for two years studying for a major she didn’t enjoy, Elizabeth Blake decided to transfer to West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport for the dental program.

“I chose the dental program because I have always been very interested in everything the dental field has to offer,” Blake said.

Her favorite part of the program was all the hands-on learning that took place in each lab.

“Some of the things we learned were how to take impressions, make bleaching trays and how to take x-rays on our fellow students,” Blake said.

Blake’s favorite thing about being a student at WVJC Bridgeport was that she got lots of one-on-one time with her instructors.

“I loved the individual attention I received in my classes and that the faculty and staff were all very friendly and helpful throughout my time at WVJC,” she said. “I would like to thank Mrs. Zorick, Ms. Santos, and Dr. Wilfong for everything they did to help prepare me for my board exam and my career as a dental assistant. Also, Ms. Cunningham for answering any and all questions I had the closer I came to graduation.”

Since completing the program, Blake has really loved working in the dental field and is considering continuing her education to become a dental hygienist.

Bridgeport
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.

WVJC Bridgeport Graduate Highlight – Pharmacy Technician Sarah Hribar

Sarah Hribar completed the Pharmacy Tech Associate Degree Program in February at the West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus and is currently enjoying a career as a Pharmacy Technician in the area.

Sarah’s current job holds many responsibilities including entering, labeling and filling prescriptions in a very fast-paced environment.
“Jenica Frye, Pharmacy Technician Coordinator at WVJC Bridgeport, did a great job preparing us for our careers as Pharmacy Technicians,” Sarah explained.

Before enrolling at WVJC Bridgeport, Sarah was enrolled in High School and chose to come to WVJC because it was a good career option with training in a short amount of time.

Her favorite part of being a student at WVJC was the great instructing and guidance she received from Jenica Frye. Sarah served as a member of the Pharmacy Technician Club which gave her the opportunity to be involved in numerous activities to promote the program.

“The staff and instructors were all very helpful and understanding throughout my enrollment,” explained Sarah. “Jenica and Kristy were especially helpful in helping my find my career.”

“I had such a good experience at WVJC and I know I received more attention and training there than I would have at a larger school. They equipped me with the tools to succeed in my field and I was recently able to purchase my first car all by myself…without a co-signer,” explained Sarah.

Sarah would recommend WVJC to others because of the individual attention students receive and the flexible scheduling during the week. “The schedule allows you plenty of time to work while you are in school so you can continue to have your own income,” she said.

Sarah’s advice to new students is not to get overwhelmed. She remarked, “No matter how big a problem might seem to you now, in a short while you will look back and realize it wasn’t as big of a deal as it seemed at the time. Just relax, go with the flow, try your best and you’ll be just fine.”

Bridgeport
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.

Now That you’ve Graduated – Professional Steps for your Contact Information

Now that you have completed your program and graduated in a professional field of study, take a few minutes to make sure your contact information is updated from a ‘student’ to a ‘professional’. Here are a couple of ideas for contact information you need to update when you finish school.

Your Email

While you were enrolled in school, you probably had an email address that ended with your school’s name or initials and had an edu on the end. Make sure you have taken the time to create a new email address that is professional and includes your name in some way. A great rule of thumb for creating an email address: If you can write your email address down on a piece of paper without your name written on it and they can guess that it is yours – you should be good to go. Limit numbers end excess underlines or characters and make it as professional as possible.

Make an effort to check your email regularly. If you are applying for positions online, maybe companies may make a first attempt to contact you by sending an extended application or request for an interview via email. You certainly don’t want to miss out on a great career opportunity by not keeping up with popular forms of communication.

Your Voicemail

You may have been able to get away with a funny voicemail or one that isn’t 100% professional so far, but now is the time to change that. If you can’t make it to your phone and an employer leaves you a voicemail, this is essentially their first impression of you. Make sure you clearly state your name and use correct grammar. Do not include any songs, slang or profanity.  Also, make sure you regularly check your voicemail. You never know who called while you were away!

Your Address

Are you moving now that you have graduated college? Or, do you live in a lengthy address or have a PO Box address? It is perfectly acceptable on a resume in today’s job searching trends to list only a city and state, separated by a comma, on your resume. An employer does not need to know the exact location of your residence, so it is fine to only list the minimum.

All of this contact information should be updated on your resume to make sure you are putting forth your best professional image to potential employers as you search for your perfect career!