Yolanda Bass – Student Highlight

WVJC graduate, Yolanda Bass, enrolled in college at WVJC in 2013 because of the fast-track programs, location of the school, and friendliness of the staff and faculty. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 2014. After receiving her business training, she worked as an administrative assistant.

Yolanda always had an interest in the medical field, and in 2019, she decided she wanted to further her education at WVJC. Yolanda applied, and was accepted, into the fall 2019 Associate Degree in Nursing program at WVJC Charleston. She said, “I attended WVJC previously and I loved the smaller classes where people know you by name, instead of just a number.”

The staff and faculty at WVJC follow “WE CARE” values and strive to help empower change by creating opportunity for students. Yolanda said her favorite part of attending WVJC is the friendliness of the staff and the sense of community. She said, “I have built friendships that have become great for networking.” We asked Yolanda who her favorite teacher is and she said, “I love Kishia, she is always happy and her personality is contagious.” She further stated, “Kishia inspires us to do our best and is always available to offer help or answer questions.”

After graduation, Yolanda would like to work at Charleston Area Medical Center as a registered nurse. Yolanda is looking forward to financial stability and a flexible schedule as a registered nurse so she can spend more time with her daughter. If you would like to know more about the fast track medical programs or other programs at WVJC, request information here!

Business Administration Graduate Highlight – Denise Spitznogle

Denise Spitznogle earned her associate degree in Business Administration through WVJC Online. A degree in Business Administration from WVJC Online is a versatile degree that offers a foundation in a variety of fields. For many students, this degree provides them the groundwork to progress and further their desires in the professional world. For Denise, her progression into the field of business started early. She moved from Baltimore, Maryland to beautiful Davis, West Virginia in 2012 to help her grandmother run The Alpine Lodge & Sawmill Restaurant. After graduating from Tucker County High School, Denise was looking for a school that could provide her flexibility, which would allow her to continue helping with the family business while she pursued her education. WVJC Online’s associate degree in Business Administration fit the bill for Denise and her goals.

One of the most important elements Denise was looking for was a friendly, caring environment. Although she was an online student, she did not feel that she missed having a campus experience at WVJC Online. She found her classmates, instructors, and the WVJC staff to be accepting, helpful and friendly. She enjoyed the supportive network of her peers and instructors. Throughout her time as a WVJC Online student, she also had the support of her mom, dad, little brother, and her co-workers at The Alpine Lodge & Sawmill Restaurant who were always encouraging her to do her best.

After earning her Associate Degree in Business Administration from WVJC online in February of this year, Denise continues her career at the family hotel and restaurant in order to gain more business and industry experience while working toward her ultimate goal of opening up her own small bakery. Denise has some great advice for new WVJC students. She says “when you struggle, stay focused on the goal.”  When she was struggling in the last stretch of her program, she was able to lean not only, on her family, but also, on the WVJC staff, who really helped encourage her to dig in and see her goal through to the end.