“West Virginia Junior College was a smaller environment for me to learn more quickly and effectively. I tried the big college setting and there was a lot of pressure,” stated Clutter.
The Business Management graduate says the individualized attention she received at WVJC helped her realize her dream of earning a college degree. Looking back on her college experience, Tammylinn says the thing she most enjoyed was knowing that she was doing something to better herself.
“College is not required in life. However, it is an essential part of obtaining a great career or a position in the field you like. I enjoyed doing something better for myself” she said.
Tammylinn graduated in February 2015 with a 4.0 GPA in the Business Management program. This accomplishment allowed her to be employed soon after graduation. Today, she is the Administrative Assistant at Delwood Equipment Company where she uses skills gained at WVJC to perform her daily duties.
“I set this company up on Quickbooks online. I set up payroll, help produce estimates and invoices, and assist in selling parts to coal mines in West Virginia and surrounding areas,” said Clutter.
Tammylinn enjoys her new career and plans to grow with this company for years to come.
Aside from the support she received at WVJC, Tammylinn attributes her success to God. “He gave me the strength and patience I needed. He provided me with the opportunity to go back to school. He gave me the privilege of going to school while my children were in school and He provided me with a great support system. Seeing my children and wanting to provide for them and seeing the accomplishments of my fiancé also offered some motivation.”
Clearly this graduate accomplished her goals and has a brighter future ahead. Tammylinn encourages current students to keep their goals in mind and know they have support.
“Don’t give up, even when the days are long and you just feel like you can’t do it, remind yourself that you can. There is a ton of support at WVJC and looking back, it’s the biggest accomplishment of my life. My degree is a symbol of what I have accomplished all on my own.”
Inspiring words from an accomplished graduate. Tammylinn’s experience is not an isolated one. Many students find learning most effective when in smaller classes because they allow students to be more than just a face in a crowd and allow students to have personal connections with their teachers.