Cody Joe – Student Highlight

Cody Joe has been in the medical field since the age of 19, working as a paramedic. While working as an EMS, he was able to help patients in some very significant ways and make a positive impact on their lives. During that time, Cody realized he wanted to make even more of an impact with patients, and he believes that by becoming a nurse, he will be able to spend more time with each patient catering to their specific needs.

Cody attends WVJC full time and works full time as a paramedic, but he doesn’t stop there. He caught the entrepreneurial bug, running his own business as a personal-body transformation coach, training clients using his nutrition certification, and working with manufacturers to produce his supplemental line creating his unique brand. He has been hard at work with his business since November 2020 and is pouring every bit of profit right back into it, striving for excellence, as he believes this will be his nest egg for retirement. Cody has offered his training and nutritional services to his current classmates at WVJC, and several students have already taken him up on this offer. Cody put together a plan with a healthier diet and achievable goals to get each of them into better physical shape and to help them create healthier lifestyles overall.

He plans to enroll in Chamberlain University to further his education and obtain his BSN degree after graduating from the Nursing program at WVJC. When he graduates from WVJC in December 2022, he plans to work alongside his wife in the ER. Cody would also like to continue his education by getting his Master’s Degree and then become a Nurse Practitioner while also working full time.

Cody has tremendous support from his wife, family, and friends as he embarks on this new adventure to learn new skills to make a real difference in patients’ lives. Cody chose WVJC because he heard good things from recent graduates about WVJC’s Nursing program. However, he says the most significant selling point is an accelerated program that offers a degree in just 18 months. WVJC is excited to have students like Cody, who are patient-oriented nurses making sure their needs are met.

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

Information Technology – Program Highlight

The fast-track Information Technology (IT) Associate Degree Program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston is an 18-month program that prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the technology field.  The IT Program begins with courses in PC repair and troubleshooting, operating systems, peripherals, and mobile devices. Students then progress into an in-depth course sequence focusing on networking skills and technologies, such as routing and switching.  The IT Program also focuses on security and server management, and administration. During the last 12 weeks of the program, students complete an externship to apply the IT skills learned in the classroom in the workplace.

Professional certifications are important in the technology field. In addition to earning an associate degree, WVJC students in the IT program prepare for three leading industry certifications from CompTIA. These include the A+ certification, which focuses on PC troubleshooting and repair, the Network+ certification, which focuses on networking skills and technologies, and the Security+ certification, which is optional and focuses on information security.

The Information Technology program is now enrolling for evening classes.  If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, such as Information Technology, request information here!

Business Administration/Human Resources – Program Highlight

The Business Administration/Human Resource associate degree program from West Virginia Junior College is an 18-month program that prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level administrative support positions requiring a human resources background. While human resources and employment law is emphasized, the general education and business courses prepare graduates to work in a wide variety of office settings. Opportunities may exist in business and industry, federal, state, local government, non-profit agencies, and other organizational settings. Some career paths may require additional training and/or experience. The completion of this program could also be used as an opportunity to maintain existing employment or advance in a career.

While students will take a variety of courses, the program’s core group of classes centers around preparing students to sit for the aPHR certification offered through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).  At the end of the program, students will have an opportunity to sit for the certification.  In addition, students will take courses in business law, employment law, and three in-depth courses in human resources, which cover topics from recruitment and selection to discipline and termination. They will also complete a 90-hour externship with a focus on human resources. This degree path is perfect for anyone who desires the HR field or for anyone currently in the HR field seeking to get certified.

To learn more about this exciting program from WVJC, request information here!

Cybersecurity – Online Program Highlight

Technology is a huge part of everyday life, and is on the top of the list of frustrations when it is not working properly.  If you are an individual that loves to solve technical issues and are looking for a new career, you might be drawn towards information technology. At WVJC Online, we have developed a robust and fast-track Cybersecurity associate degree program. Our Cybersecurity program gives students the tools they need to become successful IT professionals and learn skills that will help protect businesses against cyber threats and attacks.

Within this program, students learn a variety of skills including, but not limited to: risk assessment, forensics, ethical hacking, intrusion detection, and security architecture. Since having a hands-on approach is so important when learning about new technology, students get to branch out from regular online classroom learning and have the opportunity to experience virtual simulations from the comfort of their own home, and then complete an externship where they will work alongside industry professionals for 12 weeks. At the end of the 18-month program, students will earn an associate degree and will have had the opportunity to sit for three industry certifications – Network+, Security+, and Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+) certification. All three of these certifications are offered through CompTIA, a globally recognized certifying body for technology certifications.

Once a potential student decides that cybersecurity is the right path for them and they have taken that important step of requesting information, one of our online admissions advisors will be in touch! They will lead you on a personalized virtual college tour and provide details about the cybersecurity program, as well as everything else WVJC has to offer – career services, academic support team, and financial aid (to those who qualify). Potential students will then meet virtually with an instructor from our cybersecurity program, and they will work together to determine acceptance.

If you are interested in fast-tracking your career in cybersecurity, contact WVJC Online today!

Latasha Hedrick – Student Highlight

Latasha Hedrick is a mother of three and looking forward to her new career as a dental assistant.   Latasha is not new to the West Virginia Junior College family. She graduated the first time from WVJC in 2019 with an associate degree in Medical Office Administration. After graduating from that program, she began working at Mountain State Medical Specialties in Clarksburg. She enjoyed her work and the facility but wanted something more hands-on.

As a mom of three and the youngest only being seven months old, Latasha decided to continue her education one more time. She thought about what her interests were and wanted something that was not only hands-on, but also fast-paced, so she decided on the Dental Assisting program. Picking the program was harder for her than picking the college. Latasha knew she wanted to go back to WVJC!  “WVJC was a great fit for me the first time. The 18-month program, reasonable schedule, and small class size fit my availability with being a mom of three.”

Latasha enjoys being a mom and chasing after her kids, as most parents do. However, she is looking forward to obtaining employment as a dental assistant. Latasha has a lot to offer to any dental facility. Her degrees in medical office and dental will serve her well as an employee. Her ability to assist the dentist as well as the front office will be greatly beneficial and look great on her resume. “I look forward to this career path and can’t wait to start working.” Latasha is confident that her skills, education, and work ethic will serve her well in this field of study.

To learn more about WVJC’s Dental Assisting program, 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!

Kim Morrison – Graduate Highlight

Kim Morrison was born and raised in a little town in Texas. She came to West Virginia in 1993 to go to school but life had a different plan. She has been married for 17 years to her one and only love, David. Kim is also a loving and wonderful mother to her two children, Zoe and Elijah.  Life has taught her many things, but her family holds the key to her success.

Kim had plans to go to school but chose to stay home to care for her children instead. Once Kim’s children reached an age of independence, she began to wonder what to do with herself. After some thought, Kim took advantage of a free class to earn her certification as a CNA, which led her to begin working at United Hospital Center, in Bridgeport as a Patient Care Assistant. “I fell in love with the work. I feel like working in the medical field was what I was born to do.”

As Kim worked and continued to love the medical field, another worker told her about West Virginia Junior College. At that moment she knew she wanted to learn more. “I needed to learn more about the school and the hands-on 18-month program they had to offer.” Kim quickly made the choice that WVJC was her path and was going to be the college that helped her to succeed in her next adventure.

For Kim, picking the program she was most interested in was easy. “I chose medical assisting so that I could take my time and learn the basics of nursing from the ground up.” She enjoyed her opportunity to spread her wings in a school that she could trust. “It was a great opportunity to learn with only a small number of students, yet large enough in knowledge.” This was all very exciting for Kim and she described it as “finding a diamond in the rough.”

Kim said she enjoyed all the courses and instructors at WVJC and she can’t pick a favorite. “Each class had its learning curves and without the teachers that were teaching it, I don’t know if I would have excelled as I did.”

After graduating from WVJC, Kim was offered a job at Health Access Inc. Health Access is a free and charitable clinic for those under-insured or who have no insurance at all. Kim proudly said, “We here at Health Access have the ability to help those that cannot get help otherwise. All walks of life enter the clinic and yet they are all treated with kindness, patience, and caring, that at times they may not see. I do more than assist in the medical area of the clinic, I have learned to work the business side as well, and thanks to WVJC I know what to expect. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t count my blessings for my path leading to Health Access.”

Kim offered some advice for those that are thinking about WVJC or for those that are in one of the programs now. “Show up. Be on time. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to learn and to keep your parachute of a mind open.  It will be a challenging experience with huge rewards at the end.”

Kim would like to leave you with “wonderful advice” of Dr. Seuss “You have the brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

To learn more about WVJC’s fast track Clinical Medical Assistant program, request information here!

 

Steps to Apply for Admission to the Nursing Program at WVJC Charleston Campus

West Virginia Junior College (WVJC) Charleston Campus is excited to offer an 18-month nursing program. This program focuses on competitive skills in a patient focused, critical care discipline, that is in high demand. Our nursing program is a direct admission program, which means you won’t waste time and money taking classes, only to find out later that you are not accepted into the program.

Interested applicants should apply now for upcoming enrollment in September 2020. Consideration for admission to the Nursing Program is based on the following:

  • All Applicants

o Nursing Program Application and Related Components Completed

o Entrance Exam Results

o Interview with the College Representative

  • Applicants Having a High School Diploma Only

o 3.0 CGPA

OR

o TEAS Requirements Met

  • Applicants Having a High School Equivalency (TASC/GED, etc.) Only

o TEAS Requirements Met

  • Applicants Having 12 Credits or More of College Education

o 2.50 CGPA or Higher

o TEAS Requirements Met

Individuals interested in the nursing program should follow these procedures:

(1) Attend the institution’s nursing information session

(2) Take the nursing entrance exam

(3) Apply to the nursing program

(4) Interview with a campus representative

(5) Receive notification of admission decision

(6) Complete enrollment paperwork, financial planning, and submit seat fee

(7) Complete required screening, immunizations, background checks, and acquire supplies

Please Note:

  • No Guarantee of Admission – Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive. Submission and completion of the minimum admission requirements does NOT guarantee admittance to the program.
  • Licensure Eligibility – Requirements to become a registered nurse are evolving as the practice of nursing evolves. Generally, the requirements are becoming more stringent. Before starting classes, you should go to your state nursing board website (WVBON website address is: http://wvrnboard.wv.gov) to review and confirm that you can meet the eligibility requirements to become a registered nurse.

If being a nurse sounds like a career that interests you, stop by our campus or visit our website for more information. Put your caring skills to work and start your journey to becoming a nurse today!

Cierra Weaver – Student Highlight


Cierra Weaver is not only a full-time student but also a full-time mother. She attends West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport where she is earning her associate degree in Clinical Medical Assisting. Cierra began her journey at WVJC in September of 2017, at the age of 21. She had never attended college before and was concerned about the balance of attending school while taking care of her son. Once she started, she knew she has no reason to worry. “It’s convenient for my son and me. The 18 month programs are short and will help me get into my field quicker”, she says. Cierra is motivated by her son and looks forward to giving them both a better life. Before she began her medical assisting classes at WVJC, she worked part-time at a local newspaper company.

Cierra had previously obtained her CNA, but she felt like there was something more for her out there. She says, “I just wanted to step up and be something more.” Her favorite part of attending WVJC is “being able to go to school, do homework, still find time to work, and be with family.” It is important to Cierra that she is able to spend quality time with her son. She is torn between two of her favorite instructors, Nicole Holyfield and David Cutright. “All of their classes are fun and enjoyable, no matter the subject.”

Cierra’s idea of a perfect day is “feeling fully rested, a coffee in my hand, homework turned in on time, learning from my teachers, and being able to go home and enjoy my day.” Cierra is busy planning her future and setting goals. After graduation, she wants to be working as a medical assistant in a small doctor’s office. She wants her personal life to thrive as well. “I want to be married, have a house, and just provide my son with happiness.”