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.”

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

Danielle Collins – Student Highlight

Danielle Collins is a Clinical Medical Assistant student at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. Before attending WVJC, Danielle attended Fairmont State University and was majoring in the education program. The classes were far larger than what she was used to in high school, building professional relationships with her professors was hard, and it wasn’t her “cup of tea,” she stated. Looking back, Danielle realized that education was not the career she wanted to pursue, and that is why she started to explore different options. During Danielle’s search, she found WVJC and requested more information, and began the enrollment process for the Clinical Medical Assistant program.

What finalized Danielle’s decision to enroll was the relatively small classes, which made her feel more comfortable. Danielle, who is very goal-oriented, has thought about other educational opportunities in the future. This is why she thought the CMA program was the right choice for her. Danielle sees herself enrolling and attending the new Nursing program at WVJC Bridgeport and working as a registered nurse in 5 years.

When Danielle was asked what her favorite part of attending WVJC was, she replied, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is definitely the professional relationships I have formed over the months with all of my instructors. Although I do not see each of them every term, I know that they will be willing to help me at any time.” The two instructors that stand out the most to her are Ms. Holyfield and Mrs. Syrews. Danielle says, “It’s hard to pick just one, but I will never forget them. They are always willing to do whatever they can to help me succeed and are two of the best instructors I have ever had; they will always be included in some of my favorite memories at WVJC.”

After graduation, Danielle wants to work as a Certified Medical Assistant in a hospital setting to experience and see different things every day. Danielle is due to graduate in December of 2020, and from all of her experiences, she says, “I would 100% recommend WVJC to a friend. I am so glad I found this school because it has given me so many opportunities. I have had so many positive experiences with the classes and instructors that there would not be a reason for them to not want to enroll!”

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Emma Harvey – Student Highlight

The transition from high school to college can be a difficult one.  As a senior in high school, you start to feel the crunch of what happens after graduation pretty early on. Emma Harvey knows this feeling well.  As a senior in high school, Emma was looking for a place that might be a good fit for her to pursue her post-secondary education. She knew she wanted to be in the medical field, but finding the right place to head down that career path was important. Emma said, “Once I came to the school (WVJC) and sat down with Jess (Jessica Lowe), I immediately knew and felt like I was home where I was meant to be.”  WVJC prides itself on an intimate, family-like atmosphere, so we love to hear when our students feel that when they go through our admissions process and begin classes.

Upon graduating from high school, Emma set her sights on her next step, and before she knew it, was in classes on WVJC’s campus. “My favorite part of attending WVJC would have to be the people within it.  Everyone is so kind and down to earth.  Everyone gets along, the communication is outstanding, and you can build a really close bond with so many people.”

Emma is in the Clinical Medical Assistant Program at WVJC.  She knew in high school she wanted to be in the medical field. “I have grown up in a family (where) healthcare (is a common profession). There are doctors, nurses, EMT’s, and medical assistants in my family.”  With that kind of background, it is no wonder that she chose to start in the medical profession! “I have always loved the human body, being around and caring for others, making people feel better, so I worked really hard to get myself here and I plan on completing my journey and reaching what I have dreamt about for so long.”

Emma’s commitment to the healthcare profession is evident. When asked what she hoped to do with her associate degree when she graduated college, she said, “I want to start off working as a CMA in the Gynecology department of UHC in Clarksburg.”  The great thing about a student already having a focused goal like this is that WVJC’s Career Management department can begin working with her early-on to help her reach that goal!

The other striking thing about Emma is her vision for the future. She already knows the path she wants to be on and where she wants it to take her. “In five years, I hope to be going through nursing school at WVJC to become a Registered Nurse.”

“I would recommend WVJC in a heartbeat!  It’s a fantastic school that so many people would and do enjoy. I would whole heartedly recommend WVJC to a friend!”, Emma says of the school.

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