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.”

To learn more about WVJC’s Business Administration program, request information here!

Business Administration/Human Resources – Program Highlight

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!

Triquetra – Externship Highlight

Triquetra is a full service branding, marketing, and promotions agency with the ability to plan, initiate, and monitor marketing, advertising, and promotional needs. Triquetra specializes in marketing technology (MarTech) and marketing communication (MarComm). Their services include website design, social media marketing, AdWords, search engine optimization, affiliate marketing, brochures, and other printed materials including banners and signs, graphic design, media buying, product integrations, SaaS recommendations and implementation, and so much more.

WVJC Online began its relationship with Triquetra in 2018. Triquetra accepts business students to complete their 90-hour externship in a remote capacity. With the capability for students to complete their externship in a remote capacity, students are able to focus on school and work, while having a meaningful externship experience. Triquetra provides the students with market research to complete, along with projects to develop their marketing and branding skills.

With the increasing need for remote work experience, Triquetra is providing students with the skills and confidence to apply for such types of positions. WVJC Online is proud to work with a company that is able to provide the knowledge and structure to students in the business field.

Thankful For Our Students in 2020

At WVJC Morgantown/Online, what we are most thankful for are our students. We are here because of them, and all the work we do is for them. The faculty and staff at WVJC Online and WVJC Morgantown want our students to be successful and believe that they can be. We are so grateful that our online students rise above the challenges they face and aspire to learn more.

Keep reading for messages from WVJC faculty and staff.

Bryce Adkins, Legal Office Assisting Program Director, says, “I am so thankful for my students and for being able to interact with each of you, particularly via video interactions and discussions.”

Kacey Eagle, Allied Health Programs Director, says, “I am thankful for my students who want to take the step and make a difference in their life.” She also shares advice from Beverly Sills who said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Jamie McGuire, Pharmacy Technician Program Director, says, “I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication each of my pharmacy technician students have shown this module. Our program is packed full of specialized medical, clinical, technical and administrative knowledge that takes great commitment to master and each of you have accepted this challenge with enthusiasm. Keep up the hard work! You make me proud!”

Shane Welter, Business Programs Director, says, “I’m thankful for the students because it gives me the opportunity to work with students and professionals in different communities.”

Robin Addis, NAS, IT, and Cybersecurity Program Director says, “I am thankful for the students’ willingness to move outside of their comfort zone and learn new tasks.”

To close, here is a message from your Academic Dean, Rachael Salvucci. “Your dedication to improving your life through education makes all of us here at WVJC work harder to help you reach your goals.  We wish you well as 2020 comes to an end and hope for nothing but a prosperous future.”

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WVJC!

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.”

To learn more about WVJC’s exciting externship program, request information here!

Harry Fisher – Student Highlight

Harry attended a local university a few years ago. Being in the military, he had to cut his time short to redeploy to Iraq. Now, back home and settled, Harry chose to attend WVJC Online while working for a local laborer’s union. “I needed an online program because I still needed to be able to keep my full-time job to provide for my family. I had heard good things about WVJC, so I decided to take a chance and give it a try.”

Harry chose the Business Administration/Accounting program because he eventually would like to own his own business. “I believe this path would be highly beneficial in helping me to accomplish that goal.” His favorite part of attending WVJC Online is the people! “Everyone has been very friendly and I don’t feel too overwhelmed.” His favorite class so far is Math. He finds it exciting because he loves working with numbers and it challenges him.

Harry would like to get into the accounting field after graduation so he can gain experience before venturing out into small business ownership. “I would like to open up a bicycle shop. It’s been a dream of mine for many years. I believe with my degree and experience this would allow me to have my own successful business.

Harry says he has nothing but good things to say about WVJC and would recommend this school to everyone!

If you have an interest in WVJC Online’s Business Administration/Accounting program, check us out at wvjc.edu for more information.

Ansleigh Fisher – Student Highlight

Ansleigh Fisher is attending WVJC Online to pursue her Business Administration degree. She chose WVJC specifically because it offers the flexibility to complete her degree 100% online. She says, “Being a stay at home mother, I needed to be able to access all of my classes online.” She previously attended College of Central Florida, but now lives in West Virginia.

Ansleigh chose her program, Business Administration, because her goal at the end of her program is to own her own business and knew that the only way to reach her goal was to obtain a degree so she would have the knowledge to do so. “My favorite part about attending WVJC Online is that if I have an issue, I can email my professor and they email me back in a timely manner. The staff members that I have talked to since my journey began at WVJC have been professional and helpful,” says Ansleigh.

Shane Welter, Business Administration Program Director, and Dustin Blankenship, professor, stand out to her as being dedicated to making sure assignments are fully understood. They both want to see their students succeed in their classes. She says, “I would definitely refer a friend to attend WVJC because the staff and college are overall amazing. Classes are easily accessible because of Canvas, as well as professors are professional and ready to help you succeed in class to graduate.” Ansleigh says she would definitely refer a friend to WVJC Online because the staff is amazing!

To learn more about WVJC’s online business classes, request information here!

Ryan Langley – Staff Highlight

By: Jessica Mannering

Ryan Langley, Director of Instructional Design and Technology at West Virginia Junior College (WVJC) in Morgantown, West Virginia has been with the school for nine years now. He began his journey teaching business courses at Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology (PIHT) in 2010.

Prior to going into the workforce, Ryan obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the California University of Pennsylvania. In addition to obtaining a college degree, Ryan is also a certified Microsoft Office Specialist, has several years’ experience in instructional design, and is proficient in numerous coding languages.

During a typical work day, Ryan oversees the IDT department, manages all areas of Canvas, produces engaging content, builds Canvas efficiency tools, generates training documentation, video tutorials, and more!

Ryan’s favorite part about working at WVJC is the family environment.  “I have been working with everyone here for several years and I love coming into work every day.  They’re all great people.  I also have an excellent team that works with me and it’s a lot of fun to watch our department grow,” said Langley.

He is proudest of the fact that he has a job that he loves, which allows him to learn something new every day and permits him to utilize his creativity. Ryan notes that he chose to work at WVJC because he wanted to help others and provide a positive learning environment for students that needed it. His passion for helping others streams from his motivation to be the best person he can be for his daughter.

As for long-term career goals, Ryan would like to develop a consulting company that creates Canvas applications and provides guidance and training for small community colleges.

On top of being an integral part of the WVJC family, Ryan is also a wedding musician, in which he plays the ukulele during wedding ceremonies.

 

Jim Tuell – Student Highlight

Jim Tuell
Jim Tuell is a student in the Business Administration program at West Virginia Junior College. Before attending WVJC, Jim attended a different college and worked in the landscaping business. After a while, he decided that between school and traveling for work, the particular school he was attending was not the best fit for him. He chose to come to WVJC because he wanted to find a school that was closer and  that had better program options for him. He said that traditional college was taking way to long.

When asked why he chose the business program, he said “I’ve always liked small local business and I knew going into business administration could potentially help me run my own business someday!” He said his favorite part of WVJC are the students and staff. “The students and staff are much friendlier and more helpful that anywhere else I have ever been. Also, everything is clearly planned out so I can understand it. Human Resource Management is my favorite class because I am able to use workplace skills I already have and apply them to my studies.”

Jim’s idea of the perfect day is made up of coffee, pancakes, watching the office, napping and watching the Red Sox, in whatever order!

After graduation, Jim would like to be working in HR or working in sales. He is also interested in working with a nonprofit organization of some kind.

Business Administration Graduate Highlight – Shana McCormick

Shana McCormickShana McCormick is a Business Administration diploma graduate of WVJC Online. When Shana was looking into online schools, she wanted to find a good fit for herself and her family. She stated “I really wanted to be able to better support my family and get this for myself.” Shana chose WVJC Online because “I heard from a friend how wonderful it was, along with how well the school works with a hectic schedule.” Shana is married with 3 children and needed flexibility to be able to maintain her home life while achieving her educational goals. After choosing WVJC, Shana chose the Business Administration program because she is very organized, has a take charge attitude, and has the ability to get things accomplished. Shana said the skills she learned within the Business Administration program can be applied in all aspects of her career. Shana’s favorite part, if she had to pick one, about WVJC Online was “the one on one help that you can acquire just by simply reaching out to an instructor. They will walk you through what you need and make sure you are learning the skills you are going to need in the work place.”

Like Shana, not everyone knows what they want to do straight out of high school. They may not even know in their 30s, but that should never stop someone from trying. If Shana could give new students one piece of advice, it would be, “Go into your program with an open mind and ready to learn. Do not rush through. Listen to your lectures and don’t wait until the due date to do all your work! Make a weekly plan with all your assignments and do them accordingly. You get what you put in with an online degree. Find someone that has your back. Find your “village.” These are going to be the people who are cheering you on when you want to quit. They make you want to be better. Do not listen to people who think it is too much for you.”

As Shana neared the end of her school journey, she encountered a few hardships. She wanted to personally thank Brittany Nuzzo, WVJC Online’s Academic Dean. “Thank you Brittany for everything that you did for me during a very hard time in my family’s life. When you go to school, you become family!” Shana couldn’t have put it any better. We at WVJC are family.

Shana also has her husband to thank from top to bottom. Shana’s husband had several health problems during the time she was attending school, but he was always cheering her on. She said, “There were times life got tough and I wanted to quit. It’s human nature. He always built me up when I was crumbling down, even days he didn’t feel like smiling.”

In the beginning, prior to first starting school, Shana said that family life was calm, except chasing around two toddlers. Though, about two months in she learned she was going to have another baby. “College was a dream, but we were told months before we wouldn’t have any more children, so this was a dream too. I had several health issues with my pregnancy, but persevered. I remember hours after I had my son, I was in the hospital, doing schoolwork on my laptop. There is absolutely nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it.”

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