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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.”
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!
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!
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.