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!
Angela Sharp earned her Associate Degree in Medical Assisting from WVJC Charleston in 2017. Angela decided to attend WVJC after she graduated from high school. She chose WVJC because of the convenience of being close to home and the small college environment. The flexible schedule allowed her to work while earning her degree. Angela said, “The staff is always friendly and the instructors actually care if we succeed.”
In 2019, Angela was accepted into the Specialized Associate Degree in Nursing program at WVJC. She said, “I always wanted to be a Registered Nurse and the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting at WVJC was a great stepping stone to helping me achieve my goal.” We asked Angela what her favorite part is about attending WVJC and she said, “I love how small the classes are because I get to know everyone on a personal level. Even when we are stressed, the instructors and staff always make me feel better and encourage me.”
One of her best memories while enrolled in the Clinical Medical Assistant program at WVJC were group lunches in the student lounge. In addition to learning, WVJC encourages students to get involved with clubs. Student club members often host lunches in the lounge to raise money for non-profit organizations and student events. This extracurricular activity is a great way to meet other students, be involved with WVJC, and receive volunteer hours.
Angela’s ideal job after graduation is to work as a Registered Nurse in a hospital. She is interested in specializing in cardiology or becoming a travel nurse. If you are interested in taking the next steps to get into a medical career, request information here!
Jeffrey Byrd is a recent graduate from the Network Administration/Security Associate Degree program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston. Jeffrey decided to explore his options at WVJC due to the short length of the program, friendliness of the staff and faculty, hands-on training, and convenience of the location. Jeffrey conducted a lot of research on the job market before selecting a program. He chose Network Administration/Security due to the growing demand for information technology professionals.
Jeffrey had nearly perfect attendance and maintained a 4.0 GPA during his time at WVJC. His dedication to his education allowed him the opportunity to be a Federal Work Study. He was a huge asset to students, staff, and faculty and was always available to assist with technology needs. This position allowed him the opportunity to apply IT skills outside of the classroom.
Before attending WVJC, Jeffrey attended traditional colleges. Jeffrey remembers taking classes that did not pertain to his major. He described his experience at the prior colleges as less personable and he felt more like a number than a person. Jeff said, “At WVJC the faculty and staff really care about my success.” Toward the end of the Network Administration/Security program, Jeffrey completed his externship at a large communications provider, Citynet. He said, “My externship provided me valuable real-world experience with people who wanted to help me learn”. When asked if Jeffrey would refer a friend to WVJC, he said, “Absolutely, I loved my experience at WVJC and the opportunity to be a Federal Work Study.”
Nicole Jones is enrolled in the Clinical Medical Assistant program at WVJC Charleston. She decided to come here when she learned about the 18-month Associate Degree program. She said, “It was so close to my home and Kellie really sold me on the school. I just love her. She’s so sweet!” Nicole chose her program because she loved the clinical aspect of the medical field.
“My favorite part about attending WVJC is meeting new people, getting an education, and doing something that’s for me, not for everyone else.” She said it would be hard to pick a favorite teacher because she has liked all of her classes.
Nicole said her ideal job after graduation is to be a Medical Assistant at an OBGYN office and hopefully someday, be an office manager.
Cynthia McQuintson is the first official graduate of our WVJC Online Campus!
When asked why she decided to attend WVJC’s Online Campus Cynthia said, “I originally attended school at WVJC in 1986 after graduating from Buckhannon-Upshur High School. I completed the Legal Assisting program and had a great experience with the school so I decided to come back to further my education.”
Throughout the years, Cynthia kept in contact with Campus President Patty Callen, waiting for the day the campus would start offering online classes.
Cynthia’s favorite part of attending WVJC is the Business Management associate degree program is perfectly aligned with her present job as a Finance and Administrative Manager for a publicly-traded company. “All of my work experience has been helpful in completing the business program and in turn the program has improved my skillset in many valuable areas,” says Cynthia.
Cynthia’s support system has always been her husband John and her son Andrew. “You never know what challenges you will encounter in life, but I am very close to realizing my dream thanks to all of their support (and willingness to eat pizza regularly),” she said.
“Family is always first and led me to be a stay-at-home mom for five years. My son Andrew is 17 and my daughter Kaitlyn is 20. When they were small and I was a stay-at-home mom, I started my own folk-art business that I still dabble in as time permits. I re-entered the work force and managed a five-site medical practice and an accounting firm before taking on my current role. For the past 7 years I have been the Finance and Admin Manager for a national home builder. My hobbies include martial arts and working with a bulldog rescue as a transport coordinator and rescue mom to Harley and Bruce.”
Cynthia wants to give a huge thanks to Patty Callen and the instructors at WVJC for making this program possible. Her experience has been great and she feels so fortunate to say “I am a college graduate!”
Cynthia’s advice for new students is go for it, but be prepared to trim out unnecessary activities in your life. When you set a goal to give up some television and some social time to reach this milestone—it will be worth it. When you graduate, regardless of your age, decide to be a continuous learner. So many people I see look at graduation as the end of the learning period in their lives. Those who have a thirst to learn more are adaptable, confident and successful.
Cynthia has been a part of the WVJC family for many years and we are so proud to have her as our first official graduate!