Michele Crespo – Student Highlight

Becoming a student is a major event in one’s life, regardless of what stage of life that person may be in. Whether a person is a first-time college student or a seasoned higher education veteran, starting a new school has the possibility to be an exhilarating experience. Many students experience negative events during their first attempt at higher education, which may steer them away from pursuing college ever again. Some students take this adversity and use it to fuel their drive for success. Michele Crespo is one fantastic example of the latter type of student.

Michele graduated high school in 2007, where she, much like many high school students, had a big decision to make about the rest of her life. “Right after I graduated high school in 2007, I was made to choose some type of schooling for myself. Because my grades in high school were never very good, my parents strongly encouraged me to attend a trade school instead of any type of campus atmosphere school. After ending up choosing to go to a cosmetology program, I was not truly passionate about the field of study that I had chosen.”

Facing a new life and planning for the future with her growing family in mind, Michele set out to restart her college career. A new concern that Michele had not expected to encounter was also making headlines across the world – the COVID-19 pandemic. Michele was not sure where to begin the process, especially with the pandemic raging. “After the pandemic started and my son’s school closed down, I had to make a decision.” Michele details that WVJC stood out to her in a sea of many colleges. “…the one that really stood out to me was WJVC, just for the fact that when I was doing all of my research for any information, it was right there and answered all the questions I had. When I requested more information, I was contacted by some of the kindest and most encouraging people I had ever met in my life.  Even though I was terrified to take this next step in my life and my biggest obstacle was getting out of my own head and just taking the leap, it was when I spoke to Dasia with her kind and encouraging attitude and words that made me know this was the school I wanted to attend.”

Michele is now enrolled in WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program. During her admissions process, Michele maintained how she wanted to help others. “I chose my program because I very much dislike going to the doctors, just like most do. My favorite part of attending this school is the access to help anytime I need it. Being 32 and back in school is difficult enough, but with the advances with computers since I have been in school, you now have to learn that, as well. The amazing tech support center and teachers are available as often as I need them. This helps me to know I can get my work done and make sure it is done correctly.”

After graduation, Michele has a goal to become that bright positivity that one feels when they walk into a medical visit. “My ideal job after graduation is to work at a pediatrician’s office so that I can make the children that come into that office look forward to coming back and not dread it. Being a mom, I know what it is like when your child has a bad experience at a doctor’s office, so I want to hopefully make sure that won’t happen wherever I work. I would like to be working in a doctor’s office of some type, with benefits, and hopefully have some kind of retirement set up for myself and my husband.”

We are overjoyed to see Michele’s progression, as well as her growth as she moves toward her goals in life! If your story sounds similar to Michele’s or you would like to know more about WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program, request information here!

Sheena Pack – High School Admissions Advisor

Sheena Pack is a high school admissions advisor at WVJC Charleston. She understands the importance of education and is passionate about helping students. She said, “I love meeting with students and learning about their lives. I also know how important it is to develop a trusting relationship to help them reach their career goals.”

Sheena graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Marshall University. After graduation, she worked as an Executive Director Assistant at Cross Roads Pregnancy Center. In this position, Sheena was able to help mothers with parenting skills and provide resources after their child was born. She taught nutrition classes, life skills classes, and finance and budgeting classes.

Sheena loves humanitarian work. She said, “I enjoy working with the local community to improve the lives in it.” Sheena’s greatest accomplishments are her children and her education. Education was something that was always stressed to be of the utmost importance while growing up. The passing of her mother inspired her inner drive and passion to receive a college education.

In her free time, Sheena enjoys spending time with her children and watching them grow and find their own identity. One of her passions is singing, which she has been interested in since a young age. Sheena has served as a worship leader for over 4 years. She said, “Serving on the worship team is such a rewarding experience.” She is also a health coach, works closely with her clients, and enjoys helping them achieve their health goals.

Sheena’s long-term goal is to continue to work in education and learn the different facets that make WVJC successful. Sheena said, “I love working at WVJC because all of the staff and faculty care about students, and we all want to see them be successful.”

If you are interested in learning more about the programs offered at WVJC, request information here!