Donna Hendrickson – Graduate Highlight

Donna Hendrickson, CCMA, is a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus. She originally heard of WVJC from a radio ad and decided to look into the campus. After she visited the campus, she decided to enroll in the program. Donna was always dedicated to her work, grades, and attendance record while a student, and because of that, Donna graduated in August of 2020 with her associate degree and obtained her National Healthcareer Association, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification.

After graduation, she went on to work at the Clarksburg Health Department, where she was working alongside the staff in the fight against COVID-19. While working, Donna decided that she wanted to go back to school for nursing, so she contacted WVJC Bridgeport to further her education. In January of 2021, Donna utilized the bridge program between the Clinical Medical Assistant program and Practical Nursing program to further her career from CMA to Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)*.

Donna says, “I cannot express how much the CMA program changed my life. I would not be accomplishing all that I am in the LPN program without that foundational knowledge.”

Donna’s favorite parts of WVJC are the instructors, the small campus, and how supportive everyone is to each other. She says, “Even after you leave, the instructors like to hear of your news and adventures in your new career.” The instructors that made the biggest impact in her life during her studies as a CMA student were Mrs. Syrews and Ms. Holyfield. In her current studies as a practical nursing student, Ms. Prusa, and Mrs. Foster.

In five years, Donna would like to be in a job that she enjoys, where she is helping patients and making their experience in a medical setting the best it can be, whether it’s working as a school nurse or an LPN in an outpatient setting.

When asked if Donna would recommend WVJC to a friend, Donna smiled and said, “I would definitely recommend WVJC to a friend. There is great support, encouragement, and career guidance if you are willing to commit to studying and attending classes.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, request information here!

 

*Passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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!

How To Start Your Career
in Cybersecurity Webinar

Are you dreaming of a new career in a modern and exciting field? Do you want to help companies protect their systems and data from hackers and intruders?

If you answered yes to these questions, a career in cybersecurity might be the perfect choice for you!

Attend our webinar to learn all about starting your career in cybersecurity. Hear from a cybersecurity industry professional, discover what it’s like to work in cybersecurity, and find out why it’s one of the top career choices for 2021!

Webinar: How To Start Your Career in Cybersecurity
When: Thursday, February 18 at 2pm

 

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Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting and defending against unauthorized access of networks, devices, programs, and data. With the constant changes in technology, companies need trained cybersecurity professionals to accomplish this goal.

Small businesses, large corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions all need qualified employees to help them defend against attacks.

The need for trained cybersecurity professionals is projected to increase well into the future as technology continues to change and the world gets more digital. Choosing a career in cybersecurity can set you up for success now and in the future as you advance your career in this growing field.

Now is your chance to get information about a cybersecurity career that could change your life! This could be a perfect career choice for veterans, women, career changers, and beginners with no computer experience.

Join us for this exciting cybersecurity webinar and find out:

  • What is cybersecurity
  • Why you should choose a career in cybersecurity
  • What cybersecurity career opportunities are available
  • What employers need in cybersecurity candidates
  • What cybersecurity certifications are valuable
  • WVJC Online Cybersecurity Associate Degree

You will discover what cybersecurity jobs employers are hiring for and what skills, education, experience, and certifications they need in candidates. Learn all about WVJC’s Cybersecurity Associate Degree and how we support our students every step of the way.

Space is limited for this exciting webinar, so register now to reserve your seat and find out how to start your cybersecurity career today!

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Kaitlyn Pack – Student Highlight

Kaitlyn Pack graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 2019. During her senior year, Kaitlyn was trying to decide where she wanted to go to college. She met with High School Admissions Advisor, Stephanie Duncan, while she was still in high school. “Stephanie is the reason I am here at WVJC! She told me WVJC is a lot of fun, and we are like a big family, and I am now part of the WVJC family!” Kaitlyn knew she wanted to be close to home, and after exploring her options, she decided WVJC was the best fit for her!

It was an easy decision for Kaitlyn to pursue an education for an Associate Degree in Clinical Medical Assistant because she has always loved the medical field! Kaitlyn said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is the teachers! Everyone is like a big family! We all communicate, and everyone is there if you need them, no matter the situation.”

She continued, “My favorite person at WVJC is Mrs. Kellie! She is always in a good mood, and when I see her, it makes me happy because she is always happy!”  We asked Kaitlyn what her favorite medical assisting class was, and she said, “Clinical Laboratory Procedures is my favorite class because we got to take blood, and I loved it!” It seems like just yesterday that Kaitlyn started college at WVJC!  Now she is preparing for her externship and is looking forward to applying her medical skills in a hands-on medical office.

After graduation, Kaitlyn hopes to get a job as a medical assistant at a hospital. She would like to relocate to North Carolina or South Carolina.  In 5 years, Kaitlyn would like to be working as a medical assistant, have her own house, and driving a nice car. Kaitlyn said, “I would refer a friend to WVJC because it is a friendly place. The staff and students are all friendly, and if you want close to home, this WVJC is the place to go!” If you would like to know more about the fast-track medical assisting training program or other programs at 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!

Stacie Street – Graduate Highlight

The experience that a student has in college is often one that can never be forgotten. However, when that feeling is unexpectedly good, it is even better. Stacie Street is a graduate of WVJC Morgantown’s Clinical Medical Assistant Program. Like many students at WVJC, this was not her first attempt at college.  “I attended two other colleges before WVJC. The classes were too big, and the staff didn’t really take the time to help. I had one professor that seemed to really care (about me).”  Stacie came to us with a background in phlebotomy and experience as an EMT, but wanted to be more well-rounded. The reason for this is that she had a dream job and this job needed her to have a broader skillset.

Stacie stated that she came to WVJC because the classes were small and there was more individual time with instructors. She also liked the short term (18 month) associate degree. However, she realized something else once she became a student. She enjoyed being a member of student government.  “I never thought I’d say this but being the Vice-President of student government (was my favorite part of attending WVJC).” Stacie surprised herself by getting involved. She stated that had it not been for caring faculty, she may never have had the experience that means so much to her now. “I really can’t get over how much the staff seems to care about each and every student. I felt more at ease at WVJC than I did at the other colleges. It just felt right being there.”

Not only did Stacie have an unexpected experience, but she found herself with a different dream as well. “I’m hoping in 5 years that I will be working in OB or surgery. I already have 2 wonderful boys, so really the only thing I could hope for in 5 years is a happy family and successful career. “

If Stacie’s experience sounds like something you would like to experience for yourself request information here!

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!

Angela Sharp – Student Highlight

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!

The Value of Short Term Degrees

The last two generations of college students were taught a similar idea as a high school student. This idea was to go to college and get a degree, any degree, and that would lead you to the “promise land” in the job market. College meant getting a traditional degree from a traditional college setting.  While that environment still fulfills a needs in certain areas of higher education, their training typically falls short when it comes to learning specific skills. This is a problem for employers as they need employees who are trained in these specific skills.  As a result, the large traditional college or university is still an option, but not the only one.  However, what exactly do these short term degrees entail? This blog post is designed to help you navigate that very subject.

How do you get this specialized training? Enter the Short term degree. This is a degree in a short period of time with a specific outcome.  For WVJC, it’s an associate degree in 18 months (as long as the student does their part). It is career specific training and certifications that may lead to employment options that are in demand. It is placement assistance as you are preparing to graduate. It is hands-on, skill-based training that reflects what you will be doing in your career.

Why has this become important in today’s work environment?  There are a lot of reasons, but most importantly is that employers need employees who are already trained with specific skills. An employer no longer wants to find an individual that they need to train to take care of a patient properly.  What they want, instead, is a person with a degree and certification that already knows how to take vitals, perform phlebotomy and capillary puncture, and work in a lab environment. They are looking for individuals with specific skills who can perform specific functions and this is what WVJC has to offer.

Looking for more information on WVJC’s short term degree options? Request information here!