Sheena Pack – Financial Aid Representative

Sheena Pack is the Financial Aid Representative at WVJC Charleston. She graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  She took this position because she had an interest in working in higher education and felt that she would be able to successfully help the students through the financial aid process. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her two sons and husband.

Some fun facts about Sheena!

-Her favorite food is taco salad.

-She has two Labrador retrievers at home.

-She owns her own candle company.

-She is terrified of snakes.

-She loves to sing on the praise and worship team.

-Her least favorite food is tomatoes.

Stephanie Kapp – Student Highlight


Stephanie Kapp graduated from Riverside High School in 2018. She learned about WVJC when Stephanie the high school admissions rep, visited Riverside to set up a lunch table and share information about the school. After learning about the school, Stephanie thought it would be a perfect fit. She would be able to remain close to her family, gets to graduate with a degree in 18 months, and liked the small atmosphere.

Stephanie is enrolled in the Clinical Medical Assistant program and loves every minute of it. “I have always helped the elderly and I want to continue to do so in my career as a Medical Assistant!” Her favorite teacher is Mrs. B. “She is an inspiration because she graduated from WVJC and has worked as a medical assistant. I feel like we can learn so much from her. My favorite part about attending here is the teachers. They really do care about your success in the classroom and are willing to go above and beyond to help you with anything you need help with.”

In 5 years, Stephanie sees herself working in geriatrics, either in a hospital or doctor’s office. She would like to have her own house and have a couple of kids.

Clinical Medical Assistant Program Highlight

group of medical students with instructor in lab

The Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College is an 18-month associate degree program. In those 18 months, students learn how to take patient vital signs, draw blood, give injections, perform and read EKGs, assist with medical examinations and more! As a part of the Clinical Medical Assistant program, each student completes an externship. During these externships, students have an opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in a professional setting. After completing all coursework, the students take the CCMA- Medical Assistant Certification through the National Healthcareer Association.

Employee Highlight-Leonard Browning

Leonard BrowningAfter working in the coal mines for 13 years, Mr. Leonard “Leo” Browning decided it was time to further his education.  Having been interested in IT work since High School, he had pursued and received several different IT Certifications on his own. Working with computers came naturally to him, so when considering careers, the Information Technology field was an easy choice.

Mr. Browning had a friend who was attending the West Virginia Junior College Charleston campus. After speaking to him, he made an appointment to meet with an Admissions Representative. That single meeting was all it took. Leo quickly signed up for classes and began pursuing his Degree in Information Technology. By March of 2015, he graduated from West Virginia Junior College and began a job as a System Administrator for several local Medical Clinics.

After working in the field for a little over one year, Leo heard about a job opening at his former College. The position was for an Information Technology Instructor. He knew his current job had a flexible schedule which would permit him working both places. So, Mr. Browning wasted no time applying, and was quickly hired on as a Lead Instructor for the IT programs. When asked why he chose to come back and work at WVJC Leo replied, “I chose to work here because I know what the students are going through. There was nothing better than having an Instructor/Professor who wanted to see me succeed with a new career. So I told myself that I would do the same for EVERY ONE of my students.”

Mr. Browning’s favorite part of working for West Virginia Junior College is the interaction he has with the students. “Being a former graduate enables me to bond with every student who walks through my door.” He knows the struggles of being a college student while trying to provide for a family. He knows about the hours spent studying for exams, and the late night homework sessions. But, he also knows the reward of earning a degree and securing a career which you enjoy. He quotes a phrase that his grandmother often says, “It is never too late, and it is never too long.” These words certainly rang true in his mind as he was a student working towards his degree.

Although he does certainly love working with computers, Mr. Browning also enjoys fishing, reading, and spending time with his daughter. He says with a chuckle, “People take a look at me and probably wouldn’t imagine that I’ve read a TON of books!” In actuality, Leo is a huge horror fanatic and one of his favorite authors is Dean Koontz. He says the best mystery/thriller he has ever read is a Koontz novel called “Your Heart Belongs to Me”.

As for his long term goals, Mr. Leo Browning definitely wants to further his education. He is currently pursuing a degree in Internet Working Forensics, all the while balancing two jobs and a teenager! If you want to talk about time management, you should definitely get some pointers from Leo! He says another personal goal would be to open a restaurant/pub, but has no plans for that until he retires from teaching.

We are so glad that Leo Browning decided to join our team here at the West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus. He is an excellent Instructor who is loved by staff and students alike. He has a great sense of humor and is always quick with a smile.

If you are interested in the Information Technology program, you should come meet Mr. Browning yourself! He would love to speak with you about his program, and could give you some real-world insight about the field. If you have any questions please contact us at 304-345-2820. We would love to help you reach your personal goals and get you into a career field that you love!

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Dental Assisting Student Highlight – Kelsey Casto

Kelsey CastoWhen choosing to attend college and obtain a degree there are many aspects to consider. Does the college offer the program I am passionate about? Do the instructors offer individualized support? Will my schedule be flexible? These are just a few vital questions to ask when exploring your options.

Dental Assisting student, Kelsey Casto says she chose to transfer to West Virginia Junior College for two main reasons.

“I chose WVJC because I wanted to be a dental assistant and I knew a lot of people there have children so the staff would work with schedules well.”

Kelsey began her journey at the Charleston campus in February of 2015. Since enrolling she has served as a model student to her classmates and thrived in academics.

Originally, Kelsey was interested in pursuing a career in pediatric dentistry but through her courses and labs she has discovered she is most interested in family dentistry or orthodontics.

Upon graduating in August 2016, she hopes to begin her career in dentistry close to her hometown of Ripley, WV.

“I love my dental classes! I love how hands-on the courses are,” says Casto.

While balancing classwork and family life is not always easy, Kelsey says her son is her main motivation to succeed.

“My son, Ace, keeps me motivated to complete my education and obtain my degree.”

Outside the classroom you can catch Kelsey outside playing with Ace, at hometown baseball games or most recently, at their fishing pond. Kelsey says her son loves to fish and with flexible class schedules and every Friday off, there is plenty of time for memory making with her son, family and friends!

The Charleston Campus is proud to announce the Dental Program Chair, Mrs. Rebecca Shamblin, received the “Instructor of the Year” award for the second year running. It makes a huge difference in students’ education when their instructors are passionate and student focused. If becoming a Dental Assistant is a journey you would like to explore, call the campus today at 304-345-2820 and schedule your personal tour!

Classes are now enrolling for summer!

WVJC Charleston Graduate Highlight: Roxie Dillard, Medical Assistant

Charleston Medical Assistant | WVJC Medical Assistant | Charleston Medical AssistingCHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia Junior College Charleston Medical Assisting graduate, Roxie Dillard, decided to attend WVJC Charleston due to convenience. “The hours and school schedule were convenient for my situation at the time” she stated. While in school, Roxie appreciated the small size of the campus. “It made one-on-one teaching a lot easier.”

Roxie chose the medical assistant program as a starting place for a medical career. “I have always wanted to be in the medical field and this was a good foot in the door for me” she said. Since completing her program, Roxie has been hired as a Medical Assistant at South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.

There are few people Roxie would like to thank for supporting her through school. “First, I would like to thank all the staff at WVJC. Everyone was great and they truly do care about every one of us. I would also like to thank my husband and kids. If it wasn’t for my husband supporting me every step of the way I would have never made it. My daughters kept me motivated to have a great career to provide a better future for them.”

Finally, Roxie had one piece of advice for future students. “Stay focused, determined, and keep your eye on the prize. Perfect attendance is the way to go.”

Congratulations Roxie and best of luck in the future!

Dental Assisting Student Highlight – Katherine Ireland-Taylor

CHARLESTON, WV – Dental Assisting student Katherine Ireland-Taylor decided to attend West Virginia Junior College to better her future with a career she would enjoy. The school offered a program she was interested in and she knew she could get a degree in a reasonable amount of time.

“Before I came to school I was working as a security officer for a coal mine during their hoot owl shift,” Katie said. “When I came [to school] my financial aid from my previous school was behind. I had to quit work and uproot my life.”

While this challenge proved difficult, Katie has beaten her challenges.

“With the support of my family and wonderful husband, I adjusted and overcame,” she said.

Katie will graduate in February and be ready to start her career in the dental field.

“Once I graduate, I am looking for a great and long-term career in a field I enjoy while continuing to further my knowledge,” Katie said. “I would like to thank my grandmother, my husband, and my friend Matt. They always had faith in me that I could make it.”

Congratulations to Katie and best of luck with her future success!

Charleston
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/charleston-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Medical Assistant Graduate Highlight – Larissa Sauvageot

CHARLESTON, WV – Larissa Sauvageot decided to attend West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus by consulting with a fellow student.

“I chose to go to WVJC after I had my daughter,” Larissa said. “I had checked into it a few times with my friend, Lauren. I figured it would work out great since I stayed home through the day with the baby and I could attend classes at night.”

Larissa chose the medical program for a couple reasons.

“I chose the medical field because, more than likely, I will never have issues finding a job,” she said. “I also wanted to help make my family more financially comfortable.”

Out of all of her classes, Larissa enjoyed being in lab the most. WVJC’s medical lab classes help all students learn crucial skills with hands-on experience. Being able to adapt these skills quickly is a great part of what the program offers.

While classes were very important, Larissa gained more than just knowledge from her time at WVJC.

“My favorite part of being a student at WVJC was all the lifelong friends I made. We made class fun.”

Graduation Pinning September 2012 - Larissa
West Virginia Junior College graduate, Larissa, at her graduation pinning in September 2012.

After completing her classes and passing the Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant exam, Larissa found a full-time position with Charleston Area Medical Center.

“I am a NA/HUC at CAMC in Teays Valley and enjoy it so far,” she said. “I work night shifts, which help out on daycare expenses. The people I work with are awesome and crazy people. We make working fun.”

In the future, Larissa would love to work in pediatrics. She also plans on joining the nursing program through Charleston Area Medical Center to become a registered nurse.

Congratulations to Larissa on all her successful endeavors!

Charleston
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/charleston-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Kaitlyn Persinger

Kaitlyn PersingerCHARLESTON, WV – Kaitlyn Persinger decided to attend West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus because the staff helped her decide on a specific career path within the medical field.

“I definitely knew I wanted to be in the medical field, I just wasn’t sure what position. When I learned about Medical Assisting at WVJC, I knew it was the right choice for me,” she explained.

The clinical laboratory courses were Kaitlyn’s favorite part of the program.

“Many of the procedures you learn in the MA program are hands-on and this really helped me learn the skills and grasp them quickly and easily,” she said. “My clinical instructor, Cindy Campbell, made the skills exciting and the students were always excited to learn new things.”

WVJC’s small class atmosphere gave Kaitlyn the individualized attention she needed to succeed and she said that this was her favorite part of attending school at WVJC.

“My favorite part about WVJC was the perfect class setting. It wasn’t a huge college and it’s great for students who learn better in a smaller atmosphere, not a lecture hall with 80 other students,” she said.

Kaitlyn had a few individuals at WVJC who helped her along her journey as she obtained her Specialized Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

“I would like to thank Mrs. Campbell because she always pushed me to put my all into what I was doing,” she said. “She made sure I had the right skills and knowledge for my future career. Also, I would like to thank Mrs. Cindy Tawney because she was always on top of things from making sure I was on time for class to making sure I was working to my full potential and making good grades.”

Kaitlyn has already secured a position at Charleston Area Medical Center in the Orthopedic Trauma Group as a Certified Medical Assistant!

“I wouldn’t have been able to land such a great job without the skills I learned in my program and all of the interview skills I learned in my Career Preparation course at WVJC!”

Congratulations to Kaityn on her graduation, passing her Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant Exam and landing her perfect career!

Charleston
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/charleston-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

WVJC Charleston Alumni Highlight – Donnie Ingram

Program: Computer Information Technology / Technical Emphasis Specialized Associate Degree
Graduation: 2010

Donnie Ingram
Donnie Ingram

CHARLESTON, WV – When Donnie Ingram was asked why he chose to attend West Virginia Junior College, his answer was blunt and honest.

He said, “I woke up one day and realized I was nearly 30,  had no career and that I was going nowhere in the job I was in. I wanted a career, not just another J.O.B (Just Over Broke).  Unfortunately, I had no degree or certifications, so my options were limited.”

Before enrolling at WVJC, he was working as a Phone Support Technician for a company in his area.

Donnie enrolled in the Computer Information Technology program at West Virginia Junior College and certainly made his time matter while in school. He served as the President of the Computer Club and worked as a Federal Work Study with the IT Department at the school. The instructors and staff at WVJC saw him as a leader to other students.

Career Management Director, Stephanie Duncan said, “Donnie always had a positive attitude and he was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. The other students looked up to him and our staff very much enjoyed it when he worked with us.”

School can be hard, but Donnie’s decision to attend WVJC certainly was the right one. He said, “The staff and faculty at WVJC go above and beyond what their job titles include in order to help students better their lives and achieve their career goals.”

Donnie graduated from WVJC with honors and is now a Desktop Support Technician at one of the largest corporations in West Virginia. He is responsible for the technological needs of 300 local employees and thousands of employees at remote branches and warehouses. He installs hardware and software and provides troubleshooting assistance to technological issues.

He never would have been able to land this job if it wasn’t for his degree from WVJC. He said, “Before getting my degree at WVJC, I was stuck in the unending cycle of one dead-end job after another with no future in sight. WVJC opened the door to a better future with exciting career opportunities by broadening my knowledge of technology, sharpening my research skills and teaching me the ability to stay current in my field.”

“Now, I am more financially stable. I am able to pay off my car, support my daughter, pay my bills every month and feel better about myself and my life in general.”

Charleston
For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/charleston-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.