Jennifer Bird – Staff Highlight

When you walk through the doors at West Virginia Junior College in Cross Lanes, you can always expect a welcoming greeting from the administrative assistant, Jennifer Bird. In 1998, Jennifer graduated from WVJC and earned a diploma in Clerical Word Processing. Jennifer loved her caring instructors and hands-on educational experience. Shortly after graduation, she was contacted about an employment opportunity at WVJC, and she knew it would be a great fit!

Jennifer heard about college classes at WVJC in 1998 from her grandma. She said, “I remember my grandma finding an advertisement in the newspaper for classes at West Virginia Junior College. I made a phone call and completed the admissions process and started classes the next month.”

Jennifer wears many hats as WVJC’s Administrative Assistant. She offers support to students, graduates, staff, and faculty. She said, “I believe in the mission of WVJC and the best part is seeing students graduate and fulfill their dreams.” Jennifer is currently enrolled in the Business Administration degree program through WVJC Online. “I am enjoying my Introduction to Business course and my favorite part is learning how to start a business,” she says.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time, working on her farm with her many animals, and horseback riding. A fun fact about Jennifer is she has 10 children, 20 dogs, 25 cows, 3 horses, 8 chickens, and 2 cats and she still greets everyone with a smile when they enter WVJC.

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Jonathan Eads – Student Highlight

Before enrolling at WVJC, Business Administration student, Jonathan Eads, worked as a general laborer. He was enrolled at a community college a few hours away from home, but decided last minute not to attend because his dorm living was restricted due to COVID-19. Jonathan decided to contact WVJC due to the proximity to his home. He said, “I chose WVJC because it is a small college environment, and it’s in a convenient location. All of the staff was very friendly and helpful for me in deciding what I wanted to do.”

Jonathan chose the Business Administration program because he is interested in opening his own business. Jonathan’s favorite part about attending WVJC is the small classes. He said, “I like smaller classes because it gives you more opportunity for one on one time with your instructors.” His favorite instructor is Academic Dean, Katie Harvey. He said, “Mrs. Harvey is so helpful and cares about her students. My favorite class so far is marketing.

When Jonathan is not attending classes, his idea of a perfect day is sunny, 75-degree weather fishing on the lake. Jonathan is looking forward to gaining knowledge and experience in the business field to operate his own business one day.  His 5-year goal is to own a home and be a successful business owner.

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Faith Medley – Student Highlight

Faith Medley graduated from high school and was unsure of her next step in life should be. She knew moving forward, she wanted to push herself and be involved in a supportive community but was not exactly sure where she would find that. In late 2019, her mother started attending WVJC Charleston and was happy with her experience, so in January of 2020, Faith decided to enroll in the Business Administration program.

Faith said, “WVJC Charleston is my first experience with college. I chose the Business Administration program because of the fast-paced nature, and it was located close to where I live.” When asked what her favorite part of attending WVJC, she responded, “I love the staff, students, and sense of community.” Business seemed like an excellent fit because she felt that the skill sets learned in the program were transferrable to many aspects of life, with many career path options.

Faith is very creative, and in her free time, she loves performing on stage. She has been involved in several productions at the Alban Arts Center. She says so far; her favorite course has been her Marketing 101 course because she could express her creativity in her final project, which was a detailed marketing plan for a local business. After graduation, Faith would love to open a daycare, as she loves children and is very interested in the childcare business. When asked about where she sees her life in five years, she responded, “I honestly don’t know where I will be in 5 years, but I hope wherever I am, I am happy.”

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Bullock Properties, LLC – Externship Highlight

West Virginia Junior College Business Administration program is grateful for the relationship established with Bullock Properties, LLC. The owner of Bullock Properties, LLC, Mr. Tighe Bullock, serves as a great resource to WVJC students. Bullock Properties is a real estate development company specializing in historic preservation and small business development. Bullock Properties works with prospective tenants to select and redevelop historic properties in the Elk City Historic District of Charleston’s West Side.

The company’s climate has shifted slightly since the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has expanded its product offerings and now contracts out work for specialty historic preservation projects, in addition to providing specialty hardwood slabs, light fixtures, and other unique offerings. Bullock Properties hopes to expand its service and product offering beyond Charleston to other historic properties and neighborhoods in West Virginia. As the company grows and expands geographically, it also hopes to expand its offerings through vertical integration.

The WVJC Business Administration student externs at Bullock Properties are provided an opportunity to learn about real estate acquisitions, property taxes and tax maps, contract drafting and execution, human resources management, legal compliance, finance, and banking relationships, among other skills. Mr. Bullock stated, “Bullock Properties is afforded a great opportunity through the externship program to meet young emerging professionals and hear new approaches to old problems. The externs are sharp, caring people who add a new element to the regular office workday. The externs also allow other employees to interact and get to know the students.”

Mr. Bullock has several pieces of advice for WVJC students entering college in 2020/2021:

  • “Take this opportunity to grow yourself and your work habits.
  • Double the amount of studying you did in high school. You get what you put into your work.
  • Make friends and stay in touch with them. You will thank yourself later in life.
  • Learn to appreciate helping others. We find intrinsic meaning by giving ourselves to our fellow human beings.
  • Be professional, but have fun.”

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Jim Tuell – Student Highlight

Jim Tuell is a student in the Business Administration program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston. Jim has always had an interest in the business field.  He grew up helping his family operate a small business and has always been passionate about learning new strategies to help the business be successful.

Before attending WVJC, Jim took some courses at other colleges. He felt a slight disconnect with the classes he attended at the other schools. Jim wanted a fast track, career-ready school that cares about students’ success. Jim is the first generation in his family to attend college and he appreciates the opportunity to stay close to home while taking courses. The flexible class schedule at WVJC allows Jim to have more quality time with his family and friends.

When asked what life experiences influenced his decision to attend college, Jim said, “My first week at work I was stung by nine yellow jackets and finally decided that I should go to college.” In his spare time, Jim writes jokes and does stand-up comedy.  He enjoys the student life at WVJC and says it is a great way to make friends and be more engaged in the community. What has been his favorite experience so far? Jim said “I’ve made friends so fast here with like minds that only want to see me succeed. I didn’t get that anywhere else!”

During WVJC’s annual career fair, Jim had the opportunity to interact with local business leaders, which lead him to his externship. The curriculum at WVJC incorporates an externship opportunity to allow students real-world experiences in their field of study. Jim said, “I believe the career courses combined with the externship experience will provide me with all of the tools I need to be successful.”

One of Jim’s favorite classes in the Business Administration program is Sales and Customer Service. Jim said, “I learned so much in that class and I use it every day!” Our instructors also provide guidance and career advice, working closely with students to understand their individual goals.

When asked what advice he would share with others considering WVJC, Jim said, “Do it! It’s worth it. If I had to do it all over again, I would have gone to WVJC first because they got me closer to where I wanted to be in life more than anywhere else has before.”

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Jenny Verbonitz – Graduate Highlight


Jenny Verbonitz, who graduated from West Virginia Junior College in 2017, has always been interested in the business field. In fact, she started her business career managing the Sabraton Station.  It is her love of business that lead Jenny to expanding her education. She first attended Pierpont in 2013, which she found to be a bigger school that made her feel like a number… not a name. This style of education wasn’t for her, so she withdrew and put her education on hold. That is, until Jenny was accepted into WVJC’s Business Administration Program in 2016 after she came in for an interview with our campus representative, Matt Hahn. She said she had no intention of going to school, but Matt was really fun and she liked everything she heard, so she decided to enroll. She was accepted into our Business Administration Program and then had the opportunity to convert into a dual degree taking courses in the Legal Office Assistant Program as well. It was through her hard work and dedication that Jenny graduated from both programs, earning  associate degrees in Business Administration and Legal Office Assisting.

Jenny enjoyed her experiences at WVJC and the hours were flexible enough to fit around her schedule. She especially loved having Fridays off. During her time attending WVJC, Jenny had many different business classes and instructors, but a few instructors stuck out to her. She loved getting to be in class with Bryce Adkins. He took their legal class on tours to the WVU law school, which allowed her to see the legal process and put things into perspective for her.  “It was really neat to see that kind of environment”, she says. Another teacher who stuck out for Jenny was Rick Frank, who taught her business classes. Both instructors communicated with the students on a personal level.

After graduation, Jenny was hired at an insurance agency and is now prepping to take her accident and health licensure exam. She now gets to apply the skills she learned in her business and legal classes by working in sales with home and auto insurance.  The experience Jenny received with the LexisNexis certification training during her Legal Office Assisting program allows her to perform her job duties at a more proficient level. Her Business Administration training prepared her with the necessary skills to effectively manage her new business.

Jenny can see herself working her way up at her new job and the first step is to become a licensed agent. She is still learning the ropes and has a long way to go but is super excited for her opportunity and to continue to advance in her career. Because of the positive experiences Jenny has had with WVJC, she has recommended WVJC to several people and always refers family and friends.

Business Management Graduate – Tammylinn Clutter

Tammylinn ClutterDuring her time at West Virginia Junior College Charleston, graduate Tammylinn Clutter found that the smaller classes and one-on-one instruction was the key to her academic success.

“West Virginia Junior College was a smaller environment for me to learn more quickly and effectively. I tried the big college setting and there was a lot of pressure,” stated Clutter.

The Business Management graduate says the individualized attention she received at WVJC helped her realize her dream of earning a college degree. Looking back on her college experience, Tammylinn says the thing she most enjoyed was knowing that she was doing something to better herself.

“College is not required in life. However, it is an essential part of obtaining a great career or a position in the field you like. I enjoyed doing something better for myself” she said.

Tammylinn graduated in February 2015 with a 4.0 GPA in the Business Management program. This accomplishment allowed her to be employed soon after graduation. Today, she is the Administrative Assistant at Delwood Equipment Company where she uses skills gained at WVJC to perform her daily duties.

“I set this company up on Quickbooks online. I set up payroll, help produce estimates and invoices, and assist in selling parts to coal mines in West Virginia and surrounding areas,” said Clutter.

Tammylinn enjoys her new career and plans to grow with this company for years to come.

Aside from the support she received at WVJC, Tammylinn attributes her success to God. “He gave me the strength and patience I needed. He provided me with the opportunity to go back to school. He gave me the privilege of going to school while my children were in school and He provided me with a great support system. Seeing my children and wanting to provide for them and seeing the accomplishments of my fiancé also offered some motivation.”

Clearly this graduate accomplished her goals and has a brighter future ahead. Tammylinn encourages current students to keep their goals in mind and know they have support.

“Don’t give up, even when the days are long and you just feel like you can’t do it, remind yourself that you can. There is a ton of support at WVJC and looking back, it’s the biggest accomplishment of my life. My degree is a symbol of what I have accomplished all on my own.”

Inspiring words from an accomplished graduate. Tammylinn’s experience is not an isolated one. Many students find learning most effective when in smaller classes because they allow students to be more than just a face in a crowd and allow students to have personal connections with their teachers.

Graduate Highlight – Anna Cantrell

Anna CantrellBusiness Management graduate Anna Cantrell loves her new career in Human Resources.

Cantrell, a November 2014 graduate found her niche in the Business Management program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston.

During her time at the college, Cantrell was involved with campus life. She spent her hours on campus serving as a student ambassador and working as an administrative assistant. Outside of WVJC, Cantrell worked as an office manager at a local organization.

Busy does not begin to describe her daily routine. Anna maintained a 4.0 GPA and had an excellent attendance record while working two jobs and raising a daughter.

When asked how she accomplished so much while juggling the demands of life, she credits her success to her young daughter.

Well… I wasn’t sure about returning to school with so much on my plate. However, I knew that my daughter depended on me. So I made the decision that school had to be moved to the top of my priority list,” Cantrell said.

Anna says West Virginia Junior College was the perfect fit for her especially being a “non-traditional” student.

The staff was very helpful and understanding when my schedule would get hectic. It is a perfect school for a nontraditional student like myself who made the decision to further her secondary education nearly seven years after graduating from high school.”

Aside from the understanding WVJC faculty and staff, Cantrell also says the fast pace curriculum made the transition from student to business professional nearly seamless.

“If it wasn’t for the amount of work I had to do within a six week period, I wouldn’t have been nearly prepared. In my current job, I have to process payroll, company taxes and process the daily invoices for three store locations. Myself and the other office manager have a lot on our plates, but having two or three classes every six weeks prepared me for a heavier work load in the office,” stated Cantrell.

Anna gives one simple tip to current Business Management students or those looking into beginning their educational journey. “My advice for future Business Management students is treat all of your classes like you are getting paid, because in the end it will pay off.”

Today, Anna works in Human Resources at a local business with many store locations. She enjoys her career and has succeeded in her goal of becoming a business administration professional.