Lindsey Price – Graduate Highlight

“I chose WVJC because they offer great, detailed programs to assist with giving you a kick start to your career! I also loved the flexibility of the online programs, because I was able to take care of my son, while also working towards my degree and working full time.”

Lindsey was a graduate of WVJC’s Business Administration-Accounting program. Lindsey knew she wanted to increase her knowledge of the business field, with a specific focus on not only the administrative side, but the accounting side as well.

The business field was not Lindsey’s first vision when thinking about her future. She started her college career with Penn State in 2006, after graduating high school. Lindsey was an English major at Penn State, but found it difficult to juggle the responsibilities of figuring out the adult world while also trying to earn her degree. She decided to take a step back from school to focus on establishing a stable job.

Lindsey was able to earn a full-time job with Mylan Pharmaceuticals and, after gaining more work experience, decided she was ready to go back to school. Lindsey put English to the side this time around and decided to continue her education in the business field.

Lindsey chose WVJC because it allowed her to continue working full-time and take care of her son through the flexibility of our online programs. She had support through her instructors who were able to help make her experience a great one.

Career Prep, a class offered here at WVJC, was Lindsey’s favorite course throughout her time. She knew the course would be very beneficial to her long-term career success, as she was able to learn how to properly make a cover letter, resume, and reference list to help with her career search.

After graduating, Lindsey was able to apply the skills she learned in Career Prep, and has now found her ideal job, assisting students with their career placement right here at WVJC as a Career Management Director!

Her career goals for the next five years include still working at WVJC and being able to excel and grow within the company. Lindsey would love to continue her education by getting more certifications, such as a Human Resources certification.

As far as her personal goals, Lindsey hopes to be married and hopefully adopt a child in the future.

Lindsey refers WVJC to anyone thinking of going to school, because of the positive experience she had.

For more information on our online Business Administration-Accounting program, as well as other programs offered at WVJC – click here!

Samantha Esposito – Staff Highlight

“I wanted a position where I would be able to help and impact individuals while also supporting the community.  My position at WVJC has allowed me to do both!” – Samantha Esposito

As the Director of Career Management at West Virginia Junior College, Samantha Esposito assists WVJC students and graduates with employment opportunities upon graduation.  This is a responsibility that she takes very seriously.  “Working in Career Management, I knew that I would be able to impact student’s lives, while also supporting the employment needs of our community.”  For Sam, it is all about making an impact on her student’s lives.  When asked what motivates her, she had this to say.  “I don’t have one specific what or who, but many whos… the graduates. Their hunger to change their lives is what motivates me to do the best job possible.”

Samantha is motivated by the results of her students and her service to her community.  Prior to working at WVJC, she worked in student housing in the Morgantown area and the Ronald McDonald house prior to that. This path lead her to WVJC as a means to work in an environment that would allow her to use elements from both experiences to assist our students as they progress to the next step in their lives.  While at WVJC, she has continued to work within our community through service organizations such as the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mon.

Student success is a cornerstone for us here at WVJC. The same can be said of how Samantha views her role her at the school.  “We are constantly enhancing the career management process and creating opportunities for our students and graduates.”  When asked what her favorite part about working at WVJC was, she said it is summed up by a “bunch of little moments.” These moments, as you can imagine, center around the success of her students.  “These little moments (are the) texts, emails, and even social media messages from students and graduates letting me know that have been hired, and how excited they are to start their journey into employment.  These messages reinforce that we are doing good things for our students, graduates, and community.”

Please visit wvjc.edu for more information on our Career Management services, our programs, or for more information on any other topic.  You can also call the school directly at 304-296-8282.

Staff Highlight: Career Management – Kristy Cunningham

BRIDGEPORT, WV – Kristy Cunningham is the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College’s Bridgeport campus. As the Career Management Director, she assists students in finding a job upon graduation, as well as teaching Career Prep.

Kristy is also a liaison between local businesses and the school. She said she strives “to maintain a lifelong relationship with our graduates and assist them anyway that I can with their careers.”

Kristy Cunningham

“My favorite part of being a CMD is the phone call from my graduates when they get their first job and are starting their careers and they see that all their hard work has paid off,” Kristy said.

When Kristy is not as work, she loves spending time with her family and dogs, traveling, and watching Kevin Smith movies and West Virginia University football games.

Bridgeport
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/bridgeport-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.