Jenna Ramirez is currently a student in the Information Technology Degree program! Before enrolling at West Virginia Junior College, Jenna attended West Virginia University majoring in Nutrition. After a year at WVU Jenna realized her needs weren’t quite met; after searching for schools online, she found that WVJC was just what she was looking for. Jenna stated “I feel like WVJC provides a better learning environment because it’s a smaller college. The instructors and really all the faculty are invested in the student’s college, career, and care about the student’s success from day one and even years down the road.”
Jenna feels strongly that she will develop great relationships and the skills she needs to succeed in the IT field due to the smaller class size! In such a short time Jenna has already begun to create those relationships saying “If I could choose a TA as my favorite teacher, it would definitely be Misti.” Jenna is enjoying the smaller class sizes and the environment that brings, saying “small classes give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates and that the staff makes you feel at home!”
When Jenna looks to the future, she currently sees herself potentially working with the FBI and sees the IT field as a great step into that career path! No matter what Jenna decides to do, she knows that she will have the WVJC family there to support her every step of the way!
Medical Coding student Christy Richards has been attending WVJC since January 2021. Before attending WVJC, she attended Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. She says she feels much more at home at WVJC due to the welcoming environment and the support she has from all of the faculty! She loves getting the help she needs and is not looked at as just a number. Christy is also working full-time while going to school! She is a sales representative who works very odd hours. She said, “I work full time, and WVJC fits my schedule so well.”
When Christy was looking for a school to further her education, she did a lot of research for a few months to find a school that would fit her needs and wants. She explained that she felt so welcomed from the beginning, and that feeling has continued throughout her studies. She said, “My only problem now is knowing I’ll have to leave one day and graduate!” Christy chose medical coding because she has always had an interest in the medical field and will still utilize the skills she already has. She was also able to research the certifications and felt that it would allow her to continue learning constantly.
Although she has taken something away from every instructor she has had, she did say that if she had to choose a favorite, it would be her professor Jamie McGuire! Christy has loved all of the assignments from the multiple classes with Jamie, so she knows she will not be bored.
While thinking about future career paths, Christy said she would really like to work as a medical coder at the University of Virginia Hospital or Martha Jefferson Hospital. Christy feels that her education will give her the ability to grow in her career! To continue with her future plans, she is really hoping to be a homeowner and is already working toward this goal! She would also like to work toward a management role and have the ability to sit for more certifications.*
Overall, Christy said that she has been very pleased with her experience at WVJC. She has gained more confidence in herself and her abilities. She is very excited to see where the future will take her and which opportunities will open up. She has shared her experience with her peers and recommends that if they are looking to further education, they should look into WVJC! “You get help the whole way through. Tons of guidance and even assistance with finding that right career/ job placement. It’s a wonderful experience!”
To learn more about WVJC, request information here!
*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.
“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 CollegeMorgantown/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!
West Virginia Junior CollegeMedical Coding student Cortney Warner began her classes in February of 2021. In the fourth module of her program, Cortney has come a long way toward achieving her dreams! Cortney has worked in the medical field since 2010, previously a Pharmacy Technician and a Scrub Technician. When asked what inspired her to decide to switch her career focus to medical coding, Cortney shared, “I chose medical coding and billing because I love being in the healthcare setting. I feel I can contribute to a hospital or insurance company in the future. It is such an important job that most overlook. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it!”
Cortney has been thinking about her future and how she would like to see life play out as she completes her Medical Coding program. “My ideal job after graduation is to be employed by a company I can work from home for. I have a step-daughter and a baby girl; after losing my son to an accident, I don’t want to be away from them.” Cortney noted that, though she has encountered some tough times in the recent past, she only wants to move onward and upward toward her dreams. “It would be a dream come true to be able to be close to my girls, but do something I love.”
In the almost five months since she has been a WVJC Online student, Cortney has enjoyed her experience! She has felt very welcomed and encouraged from the beginning, starting with her first admissions phone call. She would be happy for those close to her to have the same positive experience if they ever decide to further their education, stating, “I would most definitely recommend WVJC Online to my friends and family! Not only have my teachers been very accommodating, but each and every person I have spoken with actually cares about you and your future. They are there to help at any given time. It’s like having a friend available to lend you a hand. You are not just a student at WVJC…you are family!”
Here at WVJC Online, our core values are WE CARE, and we do care! We are so happy to have Cortney as part of the WVJC family! If the fast-track Medical Coding program sounds interesting to you, and you’d like to get more information, request information here!
Medical Assisting student, Chantel Garrett, decided to contact WVJC to learn more about our fast-track healthcare programs. Chantel attended a local community college before attending WVJC, but it was not the right fit. When she entered the doors at WVJC, she knew she selected the right college to further her education! She said, “I decided to attend WVJC because of the atmosphere and support from every person I interacted with.”
Chantel has always been interested in the medical field. She said, “I love to take care of people and help others.” Before attending WVJC, Chantel was working as a caregiver. She enjoyed her job, but she felt stuck. Chantel understands the importance of education and is excited about her career opportunities once she earns her diploma.
The classes at WVJC are designed for students to get hands-on training, so graduates are ready for careers upon graduation. Chantel‘s Medical Assisting Diploma program is flying by. She has already completed her clinical lab classes, so she now has the skills to complete vital signs, phlebotomy, EKG, assist with minor office surgeries, and so much more!
We asked Chantel about her favorite part about attending WVJC, and she said, “The open-door policy is my favorite. I know someone is always available to listen to me.”
If you are ready for a change and looking for a career, request information here!
Before attending WVJC, Bobby Dick received two associate degrees, one in visual communication and another in professional piloting. Bobby chose to further his education and pursue WVJC’s Nursing program because he felt that it would help him enhance his previously learned life skills and place him in the position to help people in their time of need. Bobby chose WVJC because it was the only school that offered an evening program, which allows him to continue working. He also mentioned that “the fact that the school is one of the top-rated nursing schools in the state, made it an easy decision.”
Bobby’s favorite part of WVJC so far has been “All of it! The staff has been very helpful and awesome from the start. The diversity of my classmates and their ability to share their knowledge while working together as a team has been a great asset,” he said. Bobby mentioned that there had not been a teacher or class that he has not liked. “Everybody has been very knowledgeable and personable, which helps with the intensity of the coursework.” If he had to pick a teacher that has been his favorite, it would have to be Kim Pratt, his online TEAS prep course instructor. “She has been very inspiring, supportive, and helpful,” Bobby says.
After graduation, Bobby hopes to find a career that combines his strengths as well as his goals. He also wants a career that puts him in a position where he can help as many people as he can while at the same time fulfilling his own emotional and financial needs. In five years, Bobby would like to have stability with his career and the satisfaction of knowing that he made a difference. He has plans to continue his education to teach and pass on the knowledge that he has learned to enable others to make a difference effectively.
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
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!
*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding industry certification exam.
Legal Office Assisting student Summer Parsons has been attending WVJC since May 2020. Prior to starting college and after high school, Summer took a year off. She said she was feeling “stuck” in Morgantown and was beginning work as a server. She decided that it was time for her to make a change and followed her heart to begin her career in the legal field!
When deciding where she would attend college, Summer knew that she was not ready to begin a 4-year degree. She wanted something a little faster that would still allow her to obtain a good career. At the time, she was not completely sure what she wanted to do in the legal field, and she also did not want to spend all of the money that a 4-year college costs if she was not sure of her path. With this being said, she knew she was interested in the legal field because she was always involved in politics and wanted to advocate for others. Summer wants to make a difference, and she knows this program will allow her to do so!
During Summer’s time at WVJC, she has made some amazing connections with her instructors. In particular, she said, “Bryce (Adkins) and Dustin (Blankenship) would have to be my favorites. They have helped me with so much.” She said that they both helped her academically and with personal issues, going above and beyond what she expected.
After graduation, Summer plans to go on and get her bachelor’s degree in public policy. She hopes this will allow her more opportunities to work in either criminal defense law or family law. This decision is based on her desire to help others and be their voice when they do not have one. The passion Summer has for the legal field is shown through her work and her goals! She is also hoping to pursue higher education somewhere warmer. Her family is from Florida, so that may be the place calling her name! In conclusion, Summer emphasized multiple times how she loves going to WVJC and tells all of her friends that are struggling with finding what they want to do or who need a good support system to come to WVJC!
“Pharmacy technicians are in demand within many versatile settings,” Jamie tells us. These settings include hospital and clinic pharmacies, community and retail pharmacies, veterinary pharmacies, and pharmacies in primary care organizations. It is also no surprise to find pharmacy technicians in education and training settings, prisons, the military, and pharmaceutical production or sales in the pharmaceutical industry. In WVJC’s program, we assist our students with obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a position in any of these pharmaceutical areas.
Through the WVJC Online Pharmacy Technician Program, students can expect to learn how to compound medications, assemble medication for prescriptions, fill and label prescriptions, and verify the accuracy of those orders. Students also learn how to provide patients and other healthcare professionals with relevant information regarding medications. Within their roles as pharmacy technicians, these foundational skills are the gateway for advancement. WVJC’s program also gives students an understanding of medication therapy management, insurance and billing, and specialized medications such as chemotherapy. Our pharmacy technician students not only learn these skills, but also get to bring these learning concepts to life as they participate in hands-on training through weekend clinical activities, externship experiences, and WVJC’s new customized pharmacy technician simulation training. Alongside the simulation training, WVJC Online students will receive a home kit completed with the tools they need to get hands-on training right in their home, so they feel confident on their first day of externship and as they start to merge into their career.
When asked which characteristics students need to succeed in this career, Jamie replied, “someone that is ready to go on an adventure! Most individuals think that it is academics or ‘book smarts’ that will make them succeed in this field. However, it is not just academics. Many mistakes happen during the learning process, and they have to be able to learn from those mistakes and let them go. Students that are willing to work hard and willing to push forward are the ones that succeed.”
Not only is the academic experience an adventure for WVJC Online students, but the career progression for pharmacy technicians looks promising for a fulfilled career journey. As pharmacists continue to evolve to provide more direct patient care, you can expect to see an evolution in the role of pharmacy technicians as well. We are already witnessing the first steps into the future of pharmacy technicians due to COVID-19, as pharmacy technicians are currently administering vaccinations to patients on the frontlines. As the demand for pharmacy technicians continues to increase, you will see more advanced certifications coming into play for pharmacy technicians to continue to grow in their field.
“Being a pharmacy technician is one of healthcare’s best kept secrets, because there is so much opportunity, demand, and growth happening in the industry. It is a surprisingly rewarding industry to dive into and is more than what meets the eye!” Jamie exclaims.
To learn more about WVJC Online’s exciting Pharmacy Technician program, request information here!
Randy is a thirty‑one-year-old working toward obtaining an associate degree in information technology. His favorite class so far has been Networking 103. When asked why that class was his favorite said, “that’s the class where you finally put your knowledge and hard work to use. You’ve spent all this time creating your ‘baby,’ and now you can start working with it.”
Randy comes from a labor background, has an 18-month old son, and even though he is older than the traditional student, he is highly driven to succeed in his academic goals to give his family a better future. Randy decided to start a career in the IT field because he feels it would give him a career doing something interesting and new. Randy also stated that a career where you can sit while you work sounds pretty appealing after so many years of labor.
Randy feels that many WVJC faculty and staff have helped him along his academic journey, but most of all, he is grateful for Mr. Powell and Ms. Middleton. Randy stated that Ms. Middleton worked with him and understood the financial struggles that college brings. She was patient, helpful, and did whatever she could to make sure he was able to attend WVJC. Mr. Powell is understanding and accommodating. If it wasn’t for him, Randy feels he would not fully understand the content in the difficult IT courses. Randy states that Mr. Powell is a phenomenal instructor who goes above and beyond for his students.
Randy enjoys the challenges that college-level learning brings. One tool he said that has been an asset to him in his college career is the “inability to lose.” Randy is very competitive, and luckily some of his classes allow him to use that as motivation.
When asked what his favorite part of WVJC was, Randy stated, “The class structure and small class sizes are extremely beneficial. Knowing your instructors have your back and truly want you to succeed is incredible. The entire staff has a fantastic, helpful attitude. Honestly, WVJC as a whole is my favorite thing.”
Randy’s advice to other students would be to put in as much work and as many hours as your instructors do. Do not lose your motivation. Remember your reason for being there. You have to have accountability. Most importantly, you have to be driven to succeed. Your instructors can only do so much. You’re taught 90%, and the other 10% has to come from you.