Donna Hendrickson – Graduate Highlight

Donna Hendrickson, CCMA, is a graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus. She originally heard of WVJC from a radio ad and decided to look into the campus. After she visited the campus, she decided to enroll in the program. Donna was always dedicated to her work, grades, and attendance record while a student, and because of that, Donna graduated in August of 2020 with her associate degree and obtained her National Healthcareer Association, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification.

After graduation, she went on to work at the Clarksburg Health Department, where she was working alongside the staff in the fight against COVID-19. While working, Donna decided that she wanted to go back to school for nursing, so she contacted WVJC Bridgeport to further her education. In January of 2021, Donna utilized the bridge program between the Clinical Medical Assistant program and Practical Nursing program to further her career from CMA to Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)*.

Donna says, “I cannot express how much the CMA program changed my life. I would not be accomplishing all that I am in the LPN program without that foundational knowledge.”

Donna’s favorite parts of WVJC are the instructors, the small campus, and how supportive everyone is to each other. She says, “Even after you leave, the instructors like to hear of your news and adventures in your new career.” The instructors that made the biggest impact in her life during her studies as a CMA student were Mrs. Syrews and Ms. Holyfield. In her current studies as a practical nursing student, Ms. Prusa, and Mrs. Foster.

In five years, Donna would like to be in a job that she enjoys, where she is helping patients and making their experience in a medical setting the best it can be, whether it’s working as a school nurse or an LPN in an outpatient setting.

When asked if Donna would recommend WVJC to a friend, Donna smiled and said, “I would definitely recommend WVJC to a friend. There is great support, encouragement, and career guidance if you are willing to commit to studying and attending classes.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, request information here!

 

*Passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Jenna Miller – Student Highlight

West Virginia Junior College is Jenna Miller’s first college experience. Currently working as a CNA, Jenna chose the Legal Office Assisting program “to take a different career path.” When Jenna reflected on why she chose WVJC, she stated, “it works with my schedule, and I still have time for my personal life while getting an education.”

WVJC prepares their students for success in and out of the classroom, so much that Jenna said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is having all the resources I need even while being an online student.” Our wonderful instructors actively and consistently do their best to support our students in every way possible. Jenna had this to say about her favorite instructor “Mr. Bryce Adkins (Legal Office Assisting Program Director) is my favorite because he is there when I need something explained or extra help; he’s there no matter the time.”

Jenna began her courses here at WVJC in February 2021. Jenna’s journey won’t stop at WVJC though; she is planning to go back to school to further her education, as well. Despite her high aspirations for the future, Jenna is very excited about the rest of her journey here at WVJC, stating, “the staff members are great, and you can make a schedule that works for you.” Upon graduating from WVJC, Jenna aspires to be “working as a legal assistant for a criminal defense lawyer.”

If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track programs and student-centered learning experience offered by WVJC Online, request information here!

Taylor Miller – Student Highlight

Taylor Miller is getting ready to graduate from the Medical Office Administration program. Prior to finding her passion in the medical field, Taylor worked as a cosmetologist. She worked in the field until she decided that it was time to make the permanent move from Florida to West Virginia. During that time, she let her cosmetology license expire. In 2018 Taylor decided to refresh her skills and attend a hairstyling program. However, due to hand injuries, she was unable to make hairstyling her full-time career. Taylor was determined to find a new career path that would be good for herself and her children as well.

Taylor chose WVJC because of the flexibility that it allowed her. She could still manage to be the mom that she needed to be while obtaining her degree. Taylor chose the Medical Office Administration program because she wanted to get her foot in the door of the medical field. After putting her newly found knowledge to work at a physician’s office, she quickly realized that she wanted to do more. Taylor wants to be more involved within a physician’s office. For that reason, upon completion of her Medical Office Administration program, Taylor plans on continuing her education here at WVJC and obtaining her Clinical Medical Assistant degree. Taylors ideal job after graduation would be to work in an OB/GYN office. As a woman who has found herself in different situations, it would be great to interact with other women who may be going through something that she has gone through so they know that they aren’t alone. “I also know what becoming a mom for the first time (or the fourth time) is like. I would love to be able to help new and existing moms!”

Taylor said, “Other than learning about a new career, I’d have to say the staff is my favorite part of WVJC. From the admissions advisors, instructors, program directors, to the academic dean. Every single one of them are there for you and your future, and it shows through the passion they have for their students. I would absolutely refer a friend to WVJC. I have learned so much from my time here, and the staff is incredible! They will work with you through anything. And I mean, anything. They care about your education, and they also care about you as a person. You aren’t just a number at WVJC. You’re a real human being to them.”

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!

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!

Shayla Bolyard – Student Highlight

Shayla Bolyard is a practical nursing student at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. She is a 2019 graduate of South Harrison High School. Her initial plans after high school were to pursue a teaching career, aspiring to be a kindergarten teacher. However, after starting her college career, majoring in education, she decided to change her career path based on job security.

Shayla still had a strong drive to help children, so she began searching for another career that would fulfill her dream. She decided she wanted to be a pediatric nurse and started looking at different nursing programs in the area. Shayla chose WVJC Bridgeport for many reasons. Being a Lost Creek native, the campus is almost in her backyard. She loved the idea of being so close to her college. She also wanted something that was fast-paced to keep her engaged. Since classes have started, she says the best thing about the Practical Nursing program is the people in the program. She also says she feels the instructors are very invested and truly care about the students.

When Shayla is not in class she keeps herself very active. She works a couple of days a week as a waitress in a local restaurant. Her parents recently adopted a new baby, so she enjoys being at home, loving on the little one. If you can’t find her working or spending time with her new sibling, she is probably with her long-time boyfriend of five years. After graduation, Shayla wants to work in pediatrics, but she has also recently become interested in emergency medicine.

To learn more about WVJC’s Practical Nursing program, request information here!

Cheslea Brown – Student Highlight

Clinical Medical Assistant student Cheslea Brown began taking classes at WVJC in September 2020.  Before starting classes at WVJC, Cheslea was a stay-at-home mom to her three children. She had never attended college before, but she knew it was time to further her education.  She decided to come to WVJC because of the small classroom environment and the welcoming staff. Cheslea’s motivation is to provide her family with a better future.

Cheslea said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is how everyone wants to see you succeed, and they are there to help you.” Cheslea has enjoyed all of the instructors at WVJC. She said, “They are very kind and treat you respectfully.” Cheslea is looking forward to taking her medical assisting lab classes the most. During lab classes, students learn how to take vital signs, perform EKGs, phlebotomy, obtain specimens, assist with minor office procedures, and so much more!  She said, “The lab classes will help me better understand how things work, and I will gain the hands-on experience to prepare me for my career.”

In Cheslea’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, listening to music, and singing.  After Cheslea graduates from the Clinical Medical Assistant Program, she would like to further her education in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at WVJC. In the next five years, she sees herself as a licensed Registered Nurse.  She said, “I want to fulfill my passion for caring for others and having job stability.”

Cheslea said, “I would recommend WVJC to anyone I know because it is a great atmosphere, the staff is friendly, and they truly want to see you succeed.” If you are interested in learning more about the fast track, career-focused programs at WVJC, request information here!

How To Start Your Career
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If you answered yes to these questions, a career in cybersecurity might be the perfect choice for you!

Attend our webinar to learn all about starting your career in cybersecurity. Hear from a cybersecurity industry professional, discover what it’s like to work in cybersecurity, and find out why it’s one of the top career choices for 2021!

Webinar: How To Start Your Career in Cybersecurity
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Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting and defending against unauthorized access of networks, devices, programs, and data. With the constant changes in technology, companies need trained cybersecurity professionals to accomplish this goal.

Small businesses, large corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions all need qualified employees to help them defend against attacks.

The need for trained cybersecurity professionals is projected to increase well into the future as technology continues to change and the world gets more digital. Choosing a career in cybersecurity can set you up for success now and in the future as you advance your career in this growing field.

Now is your chance to get information about a cybersecurity career that could change your life! This could be a perfect career choice for veterans, women, career changers, and beginners with no computer experience.

Join us for this exciting cybersecurity webinar and find out:

  • What is cybersecurity
  • Why you should choose a career in cybersecurity
  • What cybersecurity career opportunities are available
  • What employers need in cybersecurity candidates
  • What cybersecurity certifications are valuable
  • WVJC Online Cybersecurity Associate Degree

You will discover what cybersecurity jobs employers are hiring for and what skills, education, experience, and certifications they need in candidates. Learn all about WVJC’s Cybersecurity Associate Degree and how we support our students every step of the way.

Space is limited for this exciting webinar, so register now to reserve your seat and find out how to start your cybersecurity career today!

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The Importance Of An Externship at WVJC

West Virginia Junior College offers many great experiences to help you start your career. From the instruction specific to your program, to the exceptionally dedicated staff and faculty, our staff does everything they can to help our students be successful. Additionally, all enrolled students participate in an externship that is specific to their program. Whether you are a residential or online student, an externship will be completed. These externships provide hands-on experience for our students in the field they will be working in.

The dedicated range of hours necessary to complete your externship is 90 or 160 hours. These hours are completed in a 12-week time span. WVJC has developed many relationships with reputable businesses in and around our student’s location of residency to assist with making their externship term go as smoothly as possible.

Being given the opportunity to work with a location site for your externship hours is beneficial in more than one way. This opportunity should be added to a professional resume, giving employers the opportunity to see hands-on experiences gained to partner with your education. Many WVJC students are offered employment opportunities from the locations at which they complete their externship.

WVJC strives for student success and promotes the valuable experiences that students are able to achieve within their externships.

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

Cybersecurity Program Highlight Part 2

WVJC is thrilled to highlight the Cybersecurity program. The demand for cybersecurity positions continues to expand nationwide. According to Cyberseek, there were 166,000 openings for Information Security Analysts in the United States from October 2019 – September 2020, but only 125,570 workers were currently employed in those positions, leaving a shortfall of 40,430 workers. There are also 355,600 additional openings that request cybersecurity related skills, and employers are struggling to find workers who possess them (Cyberseek). As a result of this demand, WVJC recognizes the relevance of cybersecurity professionals in today’s business world, so we set out to develop our own Cybersecurity program.

WVJC’s Cybersecurity program prepares graduates for a variety of entry-level technician/analyst opportunities in information security with an emphasis on cybersecurity offense/defense strategies, network security administration, system hardening and configurations, and reducing exposures to cyber risks. Our students use theory, research, and hands-on activities to develop the skills to ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard network infrastructures, digital files, and personal identifiable information (PII) in order to respond to security attacks and breaches. In this program, we seek to help develop students into knowledgeable employees and help develop them personally and professionally through our general education component, which will enable our graduates to succeed in their careers. Core curriculum includes courses such as systems diagnostics and analysis, networking fundamentals, and cybersecurity defense, to name a few. The completion of this program could also be used as an opportunity to maintain existing employment or advance in a career.

At the conclusion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the following certifications:  the CompTIA Network+, the CompTIA Security+, and the CompTIA CySA+. William Zink, a student in our Cybersecurity program, said, “I think it’s a very good program. I worked previously as an electrical engineer, and I’m learning a lot of networking details that I didn’t know before.  I’ve had great interactions with the teachers and with the online experience.”

If you are interested in learning more about WVJC’s Cybersecurity program, request information here!

References

Cyberseek. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cyberseek.org/