Anna Butcher – Staff Highlight

“I wanted to work in this position because I enjoy working with people and helping them with the goal of creating the life they want. One of the goals I have set for myself is to be available to West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online students and to guide them throughout their careers while strengthening my presence in the community to allow for new partnerships that can be beneficial to all parties involved. This position allows me to teach and offer assistance to a wide variety of people and make a positive impact on their lives.”- Anna Butcher.

As the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online, Anna Butcher assists students and alumni with preparation for their future careers and employment. Anna teaches a Career Preparation course that prepares students to create documents needed to obtain employment, such as; cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and references. In this course, students also complete a mock interview to assist them in proper interview techniques.

Anna says, “My main motivation is being part of the positive change happening in students’ and alumni’s lives. I enjoy being there to assist them and make the employment process a bit easier. I also enjoy helping employers find quality employees in our students and being a career matchmaker! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your students were able to find their dream career.”

Previously, Anna worked as a case manager and counselor at a local non-profit. She offered therapy, life skills, goal setting, and utilized behavioral therapy techniques, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to help her clients better deal with their trauma. After budget cuts due to Covid-19, Anna found her way to WVJC, where she wanted to remain in a position of helping others create a better life for themselves and their families. Anna previously was a Graduate Assistant at a university and loved the idea of combining her two passions of teaching and helping others. Anna has experience with community outreach and enjoys partnering with local businesses to offer employment opportunities to students and alumni. She feels strongly this is where she was meant to be and is happy to have the opportunity to be in a fulfilling career doing what she loves!

If you wish to learn more about career services for students and graduates at WVJC, please request information here!

Explore Your Options for
College Classes This Fall

Are you ready to make the move and start working toward a new career? Are you looking for a small-school atmosphere with supportive instructors who are committed to your success? If so, then WVJC may be the perfect choice for you!

Attend our webinar to find out your options for college classes this fall. Register now to hear directly from the WVJC administration and discover how we can help you prepare for the career of your dreams!

Webinar: Explore Your Options for College Classes This Fall

When: Thursday, July 15 at 2 pm

 

Register Now!

Going to college and earning your degree is an important life decision that can improve the lives of you and your family now and in the future. Choosing the right school can get you ahead by earning your degree and graduating quicker, which means you can start your career sooner.


At WVJC, we are committed to empowering you to reach your full potential by providing the training, skills, and experience to start a successful and rewarding career.

We offer accelerated degree programs in nursing, medical assisting, medical billing and coding, business administration, information technology, and cybersecurity.

While enrolled in our career-focused degree programs, you will also prepare to earn professional certifications* that are specific to your career field, giving you an advantage when you begin applying for jobs.

If you want to start an exciting, new career in only 18 months, this is the webinar for you. Learn all about our fast-track degree programs and supportive educational experience.

Join us for this webinar and find out:

  • About WVJC’s easy 5-step process.
  • How you can be career-ready in 18 months.
  • How fast-track training works.
  • How to enroll in our nursing or healthcare programs.
  • How to enroll in our professional or technology programs.
  • Which career services you will receive.

Learn how we support our students every step of the way. Your success team will guide you from the time you contact us, through graduation, and beyond!

Space is limited in this exciting webinar, so register now to reserve your seat and find out how to jump-start your way to a great career!

Register Now!

*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

Learn About Career Services At WVJC Online

Do you know what career management services at WVJC Online has to offer you? If not, you will not want to miss this video as the Director of Career Management, Brittany Remington informs you about three of the several benefits that career management has to offer. Career Management is available to assist students throughout their journey here at WVJC Online. This means from the moment that students enroll, during the duration of their time at WVJC Online, and after students graduate, the career management team can answer any question, assist with job searches, as well as provide continual refresher services for interviewing skills and updating your resume.

Students will be assigned to their career management director at the beginning phases of their program. They will continue to develop that relationship with their career management director throughout their program, so by the time graduation comes, the student has a career plan. If you are in need of career assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brittany Remington, as she will direct you to your assigned career management director.

To learn more about career services or WVJC you can request info HERE!

 

 

Brittany Remington – Staff Highlight

“I took this position because I come from a background of encouraging people to reach their full potential. One of my personal goals is to help others overcome challenges. In the position of Director of Career Management, I am able to help students succeed and reach their goals.” – Brittany Remington

As the Director of Career Management at West Virginia Junior College, Brittany Remington assists WVJC students and graduates with employment opportunities. Her role is to develop long-lasting partnerships in our local community while still serving WVJC students. Brittany instructs a Career Preparation course at the end of each student’s program where she assists them in resume building, interview skills, submitting job applications, and continuing to work on their professional communication skills.

When asked what motivates her, she had this to say. “What motivates me is going through the journey with my students and seeing them reach their goal of obtaining their dream careers.”

Prior to working at WVJC, Brittany worked in mental health as a Team Lead Therapist for a school-based partial hospitalization program. She worked closely with high school students to improve their social skills and develop their personal relationships. This path led her to WVJC as a means to work in an environment that would allow her to assist students and graduates in higher education to develop professional relationships. Brittany enjoys the element of career management that allows her to work with local employers and be a liaison between student or graduate and employer.

When asked what her favorite part about working at WVJC is, Brittany said, “Every day is different here! I love the ability to work with such a broad and diverse group of students, graduates, and employers. I like the fact that I am given the opportunity to wear many different hats in my position. On any given day, I can be found working with students, graduates, employers, and leaders in the community. When I am not working with the aforementioned groups of people, you can find me working with faculty and staff developing strategies to provide high-level services for our students and graduates.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the career services that WVJC offers students and graduates, request information here!

New Year, New Career at the Morgantown And Online Campus

As we enter a new year, we have many things on our agendas. One of the items listed needs to be focused on our careers. Whether you want to start your career, or are currently working in an environment that is not driven by your goals and lifelong career plans, WVJC offers services geared toward assisting you in achieving your ultimate goal!

The Career Services department at WVJC has an objective to assist each one of our students and graduates with any obstacles, by providing career search assistance, resume revisions, and interview practice to help drive you towards this goal! Landing that dream job can be a very stressful process.  Using our resources can help to lighten your load. Use these steps to guide you to your great new career in the new year!

Determination

To successfully find your new career, you must be determined.  Determination is the motive behind our actions. This, along with motivation, is what keeps you on a successful path, even when times get hectic or stressful.
To help keep you on this path of success, you should know exactly what it is that is motivating you and keeping you determined. Make a list. Maybe purchasing your first home, or starting a family is something that you are determined to achieve. Remain determined to meet those goals!

Skills

You may have an ultimate goal relative to a specific job field but may not have the qualifications to obtain that employment. Let WVJC be your guide to a great career, by assisting you with obtaining skills in your dream career! We offer hands-on opportunities that include real-world externships and clinicals.

Resume


Your resume is the first thing that an employer will notice about you. Your ability to complete a professional resume is needed. Ensuring that you use an appropriate format, with a clean and professional look, will help you catch a hiring manager’s attention.

Choosing to enroll in a career-driven degree program will be a great addition to your resume. Employers will look at your education and see that you are driven to excel. Be sure to include your dates of attendance so they can verify whether you are currently enrolled or graduated from your program!

In completing your resume, be sure to utilize keywords. Keywords will help a recruiter quickly add you to a qualified candidate list, increasing your odds of employment. Include pertinent information, including contact information, education, experience, certifications, skills, and any networking platforms that are beneficial. Lastly, try to keep it minimal and check it over for grammatical and spelling errors.

Employment

Once your resume is properly completed, you should optimize your job search! Many perceive the thought of looking for employment while attending school to be too early, but it is in fact the best time to start! Research your preferred employers. Locate available positions and hiring processes for each employer. Within this research, you will know answers to many questions such as how their hiring process works, requirements of available positions, and often, at times, the salary and benefit information for the positions you are seeking.  Also, remember that you can reach out to employers to learn more about their processes.

Jump Start your Career

WVJC offers several different program opportunities to fit anyone’s needs! Let us be the team that assists you in your career goals!  Our goal is to encourage and support you in your career development and growth from our Admissions team to Program Directors and Instructors.

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!

WVJC Morgantown is proud to announce the new Career Closet!

WVJC takes the success of its graduates very seriously.  From our Career Management assistance to our Career Preparation class, we truly want our graduates to have the guidance they need as they leave college and transition into the workforce.  With this in mind, we have established the Career Closet!

The purpose of this closet is to give students access to professional clothing options when they need it.  There will be dress clothes for women and men in various sizes. While we are still in the process of building the wardrobe, there have been several students take advantage of this terrific new resource already.

Whether you are getting ready to go on a job interview, or need a nice outfit for your first day of externship, feel free to stop up on the third floor and browse. If you need any assistance, please contact Alannah Bohon in Career Management.

If you would like to donate gently used items to WVJC’s Career Closet, give Alannah Bohon a call at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown at 304-296-8282.

How to Prepare for an Interview

Interviews are one of the most nerve-wracking situations an adult can go through. However, if you do your research, you will be prepared to take on any question and also come up with a few of your own to ask. When first researching a company, you want to visit their main website, as well as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor. If you know someone who is working for the company, try to get a realistic view of the day to day operations. It is also important to research the field you are going to be working in, as well as competing companies to best answer more specific questions and provide insight into how you can best serve that position.

Resumes should be tailored to the specific job you are applying for. If the job is more customer service based, for example, be sure to emphasize the jobs you had working with customers. If it is a medical position, make sure to include any and all certifications and training you’ve had that is applicable to the job. One of the most important things a graduate of WVJC can have on their resume is their externship. This, for some, is the only experience they’ve had directly in the field before they graduate. As always, make sure to list your name, address, phone number, and email. All of your jobs should be listed in descending chronological order.

You want to exude professionalism and confidence, while still maintaining your authenticity. One way you can go about this is making sure to dress appropriately. To have an interview ready wardrobe, you will want to invest in the following: dress pants (black, grey, or navy blue), dress shirts/dress blouses, a solid colored blazer/suit jacket, and a nice pair of flats/dress shoes. Once you have your outfit picked out, make sure it is clean and ironed. Before you leave the house for the interview, make sure you have at least three copies of your resume/references, a pen and paper, and questions to ask the interviewer.

“Tell me about yourself.” This is one of the most difficult questions for most people. When a potential employer asks you to tell them about yourself, they’re not actually asking to know all about your life. What they want is a concise rundown of your professional and educational experiences beginning with the most recent one. The best way to prepare for tough interview questions is to practice with friends or family. WVJC also offers mock interviews with our Career Services department.

Lastly, you always want to stand out among other potential candidates. Always ask for a business card at the end of every interview and send a thank you card immediately following the interview. This shows a level of respect for their time, and will surely make you stand out from other applicants. Even if the interview didn’t go as well as you hoped, sending the card could be the touch of class that tips the scales in your favor. If you have waited a week or more and haven’t heard any news on the position, feel free to email the interviewer and reiterate thanking them for their time and how you look forward to hearing back about the position. It’s a gentle nudge while still maintaining respectful and professional boundaries.

For questions regarding more interview tips or to schedule a mock interview, please contact Samantha Esposito or Alannah Bohon in Career Management!

Professional Dress Tips & Tricks

It is important to be dressed professionally, especially if you are going to an interview or professional function. How you are dressed will be one of the first things employers and professionals notice about you! Here are some tips and tricks for dressing professionally.

Women should wear dress pants or a skirt passed the knee, paired with a neutral color top or blouse. You could even add a jacket! Men should wear dress pants with a neutral color shirt with a tie. You should always dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.

Always make sure you are well groomed, shower before your interview, make sure your facial hair is nicely groomed, and brush your teeth. Be sure to not wear too much makeup or offensive perfume that may be distracting.

One thing you can do, to make dressing professionally a little easier is to purchase a few things at a time. It does take time to build your wardrobe. Buy things when they are on sale, or a couple neutral pieces that can pair with many things

Career Services Going Above & Beyond For Students

At WVJC Morgantown, the Career Management Team is hard at work for you! WVJC Career Management offers one on one resume building, mock interview preparation, and just recently, a new career closet has been implemented so students can be interview ready.

WVJC’s career management team is constantly working to improve the resources we offer to our students. We recently created a community resource and a housing binder by canvasing the local area to gather information and resources on anything that may burden our students. Career Management has also created and strengthened networking bonds in the community to provide students with the most up to date information on part-time and full-time positions.

In WVJC’s Career Preparation course, we have added budgeting modules to help prepare students for their financial futures once they start their careers! WVJC has always felt that it is important to show students the value of planning ahead and being responsible.