Encompass Health – Externship Highlight

Sue Bolyard, the Program Manager of Hospital Education, gave WVJC Online a peek at what our WVJC Online Clinical Medical Assistant students will experience during their externship at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Morgantown.

“Your WVJC students will receive training about our rehabilitation patients. We provide medical care and also functional care. Your students will learn glucose monitoring, bladder scanning, transfers, activities of daily living techniques, and how to treat the patient with CPR; Comfort, Professionalism, and Respect,” Sue tells us.

Encompass Health is a national leader in integrated healthcare services that offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. The organization is known nationally as it includes 139 hospitals, 241 home health locations, and 82 hospice locations in 39 states and Puerto Rico and has been ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for. Sue confirms this as she shared with us that there are many benefits and opportunities for their patients, family, and staff.

Speaking of career opportunities, Sue says that the company has benefitted from having WVJC externs, as several WVJC students that have gone through their facility have become employed after training with them. Sue and her team enjoy providing the training and feel accomplished when they watch students gain the experience they will need in their future careers.

Sue shares that there is growth happening within their business. You can expect to see Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Morgantown to be Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Certified along with their current certification from the Joint Commission as a Stroke Center of Excellence. “With the population aging, we are seeing more patients with chronic illnesses and problems that go along with them. Our goal is to improve the quality of their life!” says Sue.

Going into the medical field, you have to be determined but also have care in your heart for your patients. So when entering school, Sue advises students to “study hard, get a degree, be a contributing adult to our society, and take some time to enjoy life with friends and family!”

To learn more about WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program, request information here!

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.

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!

Amanda Fernandez – Student Highlight

Amanda Fernandez is currently enrolled in WVJC’s online Clinical Medical Assistant program and will earn her degree in 2020. Like so many others before her, she started her college journey fresh out of high school at a traditional four-year college, but found that the field she was studying was not the path for her and she did not take her education seriously. After spending a semester there, Amanda and her husband found out that they were expecting their first-born, and so she decided to fully devote her time to working and saving money for her growing family. A few years passed and her children were in school before Amanda decided that it was time for her to go back to school and earn her degree. “After having my children I wanted to show them the importance of school, and how important it was for them to continue their education to help achieve their dreams,” Amanda says.

Amanda was not always interested in the medical field. This interest only emerged after giving birth to her two children. “My team of doctors was incredible along with every nurse at staff change, and staff members. They helped me when I needed it. I was at the most vulnerable state in my life. I could not even get up to walk. The nurses and staff were by my side whenever I needed them. It was at that point I knew that is what I wanted to do. I wanted to be that person who could be there for someone at their most vulnerable state and help them to the best of my ability. I wanted to be able to treat my patients the way I was treated with respect, care, love, and most of all, a listening ear.”

Before enrolling, Amanda was not a stranger to WVJC. She had friends who attended the school and were also enrolled in her program of interest. “Seeing my two best friends start their journey with WVJC (and now almost finishing) only pushed me further to begin to the enrollment process. Without my friend’s support and showing me they could do it, I honestly do not think I would be where I am today.” So far, her favorite parts of attending WVJC have been the one-on-one attention she receives from her admissions representative and her instructors, and the on-site clinicals that help her prepare for her career. “Sure, I am an online student and have learned so much from it, because you are basically teaching yourself, but actually being able to go to campus and have hands-on training is key. All of my clinical instructors have been absolutely amazing and have actually spent time after the clinical was over to spend more time training those who did not understand a procedure completely. The clinical instructors truly went above and beyond to make sure we all had a proper understanding of procedures we could possibly be performing in our future jobs.”

After Amanda graduates, she plans on jumping right back into school at WVJC and applying for our Nursing program. “In five years, I would like to have completed my nursing degree and potentially furthering my education to becoming a Nurse Practitioner.  I truly feel like the medical industry is my calling and WVJC is making my dream come true one class at a time.  Recently, I completed my certification for my CCMA exam, so I know I am on the right track and have chosen the correct school to help me achieve this goal!”

Following in her friends’ footsteps, Amanda will keep the trend of recommending WVJC going. “I would absolutely refer a friend to WVJC!  All of the instructors have been absolutely amazing and have given me the constructive criticism I needed in order to move forward with my education. They have all been willing to take my phone calls with questions, responded to e-mails promptly, and even texted with me. The staff is also wonderful. They have always taken their time with me to make sure I have all of the documentation I need and have answered any possible questions I can think of. This is truly the best school I have attended!  I can say with absolute certainty this is the highest GPA I have ever received and have also maintained the President’s List throughout my entire academic career with WVJC.”

To learn more about WVJC Online, request information here!

Amie Starliper – Student Highlight

Amie Starliper is a WVJC Online student. She chose to enroll in the Medical Coding program for a new career path. Prior to being a student at WVJC, Amie had attended other post-secondary schools. Her experiences, at both institutions, were quite different. At her first post-secondary schools, she didn’t feel challenged enough and that was one of the main reasons she was not successful. Amie says, “My heart just wasn’t in it.” She decided that her real passion was in cosmetology.  Amie, then, went on to school to become licensed for this.

She did have a knack for this, but after fifteen years in the cosmetology business, Amie decided it was time for a career change. She ultimately chose to attend WVJC Online because she could continue to work and pursue an education. She can also make her own schedule, which was one of the biggest advantages in her mind. Outside of the class schedule, Amie was also looking for easy access, and structure. West Virginia Junior College fulfilled all of her needs. Her overall experience has been a positive one and she feels challenged every day. It’s hard for her to pick a favorite teacher because she likes them all! She enjoys the close-knit relationships and the true care the instructors demonstrate, like sending her cards on her birthday.

Amie chose Medical Coding because she wanted a good career in the healthcare field. She wanted something she would enjoy and that would be challenging for her. In her estimation, she has found all of those things at WVJC. Amie’s goal is to graduate from the online Medical Coding program and take the skills, certification, and career training she’s earned at WVJC and apply to a coding job at a hospital. Long term, she hopes to relocate and establish herself in a new area, and have a career as a medical coder, remotely.

Amie was able to go back to school because WVJC Online makes it more convenient. It’s awesome to have online programs available to achieve an education and a degree later in life. Life is so busy, but they really help you! The support has been unreal and Amie says she has never felt this kind of support before. She is learning so much in her program and said it’s been great, all of their programs are great, so she would definitely refer a friend to West Virginia Junior College!

To learn more about WVJC’s online programs, request information here!