“I wanted a position where I would be able to help and impact individuals while also supporting the community. My position at WVJC has allowed me to do both!” – Samantha Esposito
As the Director of Career Management at West Virginia Junior College, Samantha Esposito assists WVJC students and graduates with employment opportunities upon graduation. This is a responsibility that she takes very seriously. “Working in Career Management, I knew that I would be able to impact student’s lives, while also supporting the employment needs of our community.” For Sam, it is all about making an impact on her student’s lives. When asked what motivates her, she had this to say. “I don’t have one specific what or who, but many whos… the graduates. Their hunger to change their lives is what motivates me to do the best job possible.”
Samantha is motivated by the results of her students and her service to her community. Prior to working at WVJC, she worked in student housing in the Morgantown area and the Ronald McDonald house prior to that. This path lead her to WVJC as a means to work in an environment that would allow her to use elements from both experiences to assist our students as they progress to the next step in their lives. While at WVJC, she has continued to work within our community through service organizations such as the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mon.
Student success is a cornerstone for us here at WVJC. The same can be said of how Samantha views her role her at the school. “We are constantly enhancing the career management process and creating opportunities for our students and graduates.” When asked what her favorite part about working at WVJC was, she said it is summed up by a “bunch of little moments.” These moments, as you can imagine, center around the success of her students. “These little moments (are the) texts, emails, and even social media messages from students and graduates letting me know that have been hired, and how excited they are to start their journey into employment. These messages reinforce that we are doing good things for our students, graduates, and community.”