Tonya Williams is a medical assisting student at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport.Tonya began her higher education journey in 1999 at Fairmont State College and by the end of 2000, she found that it wasn’t quite the right fit for her. Tonya took some time off and became a pharmacy technician at a local CVS. As she moved through her time there, she caught herself wanting to know more and understand the medication she was handling every day. After some research, Tonya found West Virginia Junior College.
During her tour of the campus, Tonya noticed how nice the size of the classes were compared to her last college experience. She really could see that the students were able to have one on one time with their instructors and that mattered most to her, in addition to a quality education. After her tour, she decided that the Clinical Medical Assistant program was a good fit for her. Tonya tells us her favorite part of attending WVJC is “the helpful instructors and class sizes.” Her favorite class is Clinical Laboratory Procedures because she gets to draw blood!
After graduation, Tonya wants to be working as a certified medical assistant helping veterans. In 5 years, she wants to be living comfortably with a full or part-time job with minimum debt. Until then, she will take a relaxing day at camp.
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“The staff and faculty are always so positive, even when I feel like I can’t do it. I love the atmosphere at WVJC Bridgeport,” said Denise.
Denise has dreamed of attending college since she was two years old. She worked at her previous job for 22 ½ years and when circumstances changed, she knew she could jump on the opportunity to obtain an education.
“I was so excited to make the Dean’s List last quarter,” she said. “ It was definitely motivation for me to show that I can do it.”
There are several people that Denise would like to thank for her success in her program so far:
“I would love to thank, Mrs. Frye, because she has been such a motivation for me and given me such great support and if I was feeling blue and ready to give up, she was there for me. Thank you to Mrs. White, for being such a great teacher! I have learned so much from her and we both have a love for animals!! She has been quite the inspiration for me also!! Very soft spoken, and has such insight, not to mention she is one of the teachers older than me, haha. Had to throw that in, but a great, kind-hearted person! Then, Mr. Morgan – He was my glue in the beginning and would never would let me quit! I never went to college and he and I shared a special bond of him being my mentor! He once even texted me from the ER to tell me that quitting was not in my vocabulary. “
CHARLESTON, WV – When Colleen Phillips finished her last day of school on June 20, she was confident she would be prepared for a great career. She had been studying to become a certified medical assistant at West Virginia Junior College – Charleston and is ready to put her skill set to good use.
Colleen decided to attend West Virginia Junior College for a few reasons. First, it was easily accessible to her busy schedule as a wife and mother. She also said the price was right. “I had spent a lot of time being unhappy at a previous job, and I wanted to do something about it” Colleen stated. After meeting with an admissions representative, she knew she was making a good choice.
Colleen pursued a degree in Medical Assisting for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest factors was past health problems she had suffered herself. She also found the subject to be extremely interesting and was looking forward to being able to help others.
When asked what her favorite part of WVJC was, she immediately responded “the teachers”. “Everyone around the school is so great and will bend over backwards to make sure you succeed as a student. They are willing to work one-on-one with you and ensure that classes are passed.”
The most exciting part of graduating for Colleen is finally being able to get a job in the medical field. She is looking forward to getting to work and helping others. Colleen would like to specially thank her husband for his support while she continued her education.