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.

Carlie Wagner – Graduate Highlight

Before deciding to attend WVJC, Carlie Wagner was a senior at Buffalo High School. Carlie understands the importance of a college education and she knew from a young age that she wanted to earn her degree.  When she started looking at colleges, she knew she wanted a fast track program that would lead her into a career. Carlie also knew that she did not want to spend years taking classes that were not related to her field of study and the burden of unnecessary student loan debt.

Carlie was interested in the medical field starting at a young age. She chose the Clinical Medical Assistant Degree Program at WVJC because her goal is to be a Registered Nurse. Carlie said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC was meeting new friends and learning new information.”  Carlie enjoyed her Anatomy and Physiology classes with Dr. Settle. She said, “In high school, I hated Anatomy, but in college I thoroughly enjoyed it! Dr. Settle and Chelsea Abbott made learning fun.”

During the last 6 weeks of her program at WVJC, Carlie completed 160 hours of externship at Charleston Area Medical Center Urology.  She loved her externship experience at CAMC! She even had the opportunity to work with her mom during that time. Carlie described her externship as an easy transition into the medical field. She said, “I received training for a week and then I was able to chart and triage patients by myself.”

In December 2020, Carlie accepted a position as a Certified Medical Assistant at Marshall Pediatrics. She said, “I am looking forward to learning new things and working with babies and little kids.” After getting some experience as a medical assistant, Carlie’s goal is to further her education to become a Registered Nurse.

Carlie said, “I would totally recommend WVJC to any friend I know who doesn’t want a big debt and is looking for a quick program to get them out in the world and love what they are doing.”

If you would like to know more about the fast track medical programs or other programs at WVJC, request information here!

Kaitlyn Pack – Student Highlight

Kaitlyn Pack graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 2019. During her senior year, Kaitlyn was trying to decide where she wanted to go to college. She met with High School Admissions Advisor, Stephanie Duncan, while she was still in high school. “Stephanie is the reason I am here at WVJC! She told me WVJC is a lot of fun, and we are like a big family, and I am now part of the WVJC family!” Kaitlyn knew she wanted to be close to home, and after exploring her options, she decided WVJC was the best fit for her!

It was an easy decision for Kaitlyn to pursue an education for an Associate Degree in Clinical Medical Assistant because she has always loved the medical field! Kaitlyn said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is the teachers! Everyone is like a big family! We all communicate, and everyone is there if you need them, no matter the situation.”

She continued, “My favorite person at WVJC is Mrs. Kellie! She is always in a good mood, and when I see her, it makes me happy because she is always happy!”  We asked Kaitlyn what her favorite medical assisting class was, and she said, “Clinical Laboratory Procedures is my favorite class because we got to take blood, and I loved it!” It seems like just yesterday that Kaitlyn started college at WVJC!  Now she is preparing for her externship and is looking forward to applying her medical skills in a hands-on medical office.

After graduation, Kaitlyn hopes to get a job as a medical assistant at a hospital. She would like to relocate to North Carolina or South Carolina.  In 5 years, Kaitlyn would like to be working as a medical assistant, have her own house, and driving a nice car. Kaitlyn said, “I would refer a friend to WVJC because it is a friendly place. The staff and students are all friendly, and if you want close to home, this WVJC is the place to go!” If you would like to know more about the fast-track medical assisting training program or other programs at WVJC, request information here!

Stacie Street – Graduate Highlight

The experience that a student has in college is often one that can never be forgotten. However, when that feeling is unexpectedly good, it is even better. Stacie Street is a graduate of WVJC Morgantown’s Clinical Medical Assistant Program. Like many students at WVJC, this was not her first attempt at college.  “I attended two other colleges before WVJC. The classes were too big, and the staff didn’t really take the time to help. I had one professor that seemed to really care (about me).”  Stacie came to us with a background in phlebotomy and experience as an EMT, but wanted to be more well-rounded. The reason for this is that she had a dream job and this job needed her to have a broader skillset.

Stacie stated that she came to WVJC because the classes were small and there was more individual time with instructors. She also liked the short term (18 month) associate degree. However, she realized something else once she became a student. She enjoyed being a member of student government.  “I never thought I’d say this but being the Vice-President of student government (was my favorite part of attending WVJC).” Stacie surprised herself by getting involved. She stated that had it not been for caring faculty, she may never have had the experience that means so much to her now. “I really can’t get over how much the staff seems to care about each and every student. I felt more at ease at WVJC than I did at the other colleges. It just felt right being there.”

Not only did Stacie have an unexpected experience, but she found herself with a different dream as well. “I’m hoping in 5 years that I will be working in OB or surgery. I already have 2 wonderful boys, so really the only thing I could hope for in 5 years is a happy family and successful career. “

If Stacie’s experience sounds like something you would like to experience for yourself request information here!

Brittany Brown – Graduate Highlight

Before deciding to attend WVJC Charleston, Brittany Brown worked as a cashier at a local Doughnut Connection, earning a little over minimum wage.  She was a loyal employee and worked there for nearly 10 years. Brittany decided she was ready for a change and contacted WVJC. Brittany said, “I chose WVJC because an intelligent person that I know was enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program. She recommended WVJC because the staff is caring and down to earth, but still academically stern.”

During Brittany’s college visit, she knew she had chosen the right school for her career goals. She said, “The staff is remarkable! I decided to enroll that day and began my miraculous journey.”  Brittany chose the Clinical Medical Assistant Program because, at a young age, she was very interested in expanding her knowledge in the medical field. She said, “My favorite instructor is Dr. Settle because his teaching methods are straightforward and he goes into great depth to ensure students have the information they need for their medical careers.”

It seems like yesterday that Brittany walked through the doors of WVJC to start earning her fast track Associate Degree in Clinical Medical Assistant. Brittany completed her externship at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to Brittany’s work ethic, dedication, and willingness to learn, she was offered a full-time position at KCHD. Now Brittany is an essential employee and she is working diligently to combat COVID-19.  A typical day as a medical assistant for Brittany is screening patients and taking temperatures, registering patients for testing, conducting blood draws, urine collections, and immunizations, updating necessary paperwork, and communicating with staff. Brittany said, “The faith and encouragement I receive at KCHD is astounding. Every day, I grow and mature into a better medical professional.”

Brittany said, “My favorite part of attending WVJC is the staff. They work around the clock to help students be successful. The support the staff at WVJC has provided is life-changing.” If you would like to know more about the fast track medical programs or other programs at 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!

Danielle Mills – Student Highlight

With a vision to succeed, Danielle Mills needed the right program that aligned with her passion and career goals. Danielle made the decision to enroll in the Clinical Medical Assistant program at WVJC Charleston. Danielle said, “Choosing a career path came down to visiting WVJC. The staff helps students from the very beginning to ensure they are on the right track to reach their career goals.” When asked why she chose medical assisting, Danielle explained, “After working in home health, I wanted to further my education to continue to help people. Choosing this major gives me a solid foundation to advance in my medical career.”

Danielle, like many others, experienced multiple job transitions that were leading her nowhere.  She realized she needed a fast-track education that would lead to a career and stop the cycle of dead end jobs. Danielle said, “WVJC has provided an exceptional education and a caring staff to help in any situation. I feel confident that WVJC will help me reach my goals by providing a good education in a supportive environment.”  Many students comment on how the staff and faculty feel like family. Speaking of staff, Danielle said that Michelle Miles, WVJC Charleston Campus President is one of her favorites. “I chose Michelle because she has an open-door policy and her first priority is students. She has supported me through everything with the medical club and my education.”

Danielle said, “Anyone considering furthering their education should set up a meeting with the staff at WVJC. One simple conversation can turn a dream into a career.” If you would like to know more about the fast track medical programs or other programs at WVJC, please visit wvjc.edu for more information and apply today!

Kali Moats – Student Highlight

Life often presents twists and turns on our path to a career. With every decision, our path is bumped slightly in a new direction. Kali Moats’s, CMA student at WVJC Morgantown and Student Government Association member, path to WVJC fits this mold. Kali attended a college prior to attending WVJC.  She felt she was “just a number” in that environment and ultimately did not continue.

The decision to leave school lead her down a path that landed her where she is today. It was not always an easy one. Before attending WVJC, Kali found herself working at a state park and helping to take care of her father. While working at that state park, a coworker told her about WVJC. She decided to check it out. “I liked (that) they offered a smaller room setting, and the atmosphere was welcoming.”

Kali chose the Clinical Medical Assistant program. She wanted to further her career in the medical field, and felt that this was the best way to do it. As a student, she loves her classes, but says her favorite part is the faculty and staff. “If I need help with anything from homework to just having a bad day, they are there and ready to help or be an ear and shoulder to lean on.”

When asked who her favorite instructor was, Kali had a hard time narrowing it down.  “I cannot pick just one.”  While she has enjoyed all of her instructors, there were two that stood out to her.  “Jessica Musgrove and Dustin Blankenship are ready to help (at any time). They make class fun to be in, (and are) a joy to around.”

Kali said that her ideal job would be to work as a civilian with the US Army as a CMA or a phlebotomist. Her goals in the long term are to move to Virginia, become a parent, and “come (back) to visit the staff and faculty to show them how I am doing.  They are like my family.”

If this experience sounds like something that you would like to see for yourself, head to wvjc.edu and take a look at our Clinical Medical Assistant program, or any of our offered programs.  You can also call the campus directly at 304-296-8282 or request info HERE.

Jasmine Martin – Student Highlight

Jasmine Martin is an online Clinical Medical Assistant student at WVJC. Before attending WVJC, she attended a local community college and had a great experience. However, it did not offer a medical assisting program, which is what Jasmine really wanted to do.

Before Jasmine enrolled at WVJC Online, she worked full time as a stay-at-home mother. While she loved being a stay-at-home mom, she also always dreamed of working in the medical field. She wanted to be in a profession that would allow her to help others and have a career that would help her feel good about what she does. Jasmine chose WVJC because she wanted to be able to achieve the career goals she set for herself, but also wanted to continue to stay home with her child while going to school. The online program at WVJC has helped her make great strides in accomplishing both of these goals.

Jasmine loves the instructors at WVJC because they are kind, caring, and fully dedicated to helping her achieve her goals and excel in her career. Vicki and Chelsea, Jasmine’s clinical instructors were her favorites in the program. They made sure to give her all the information and constructive criticism she needed to succeed, and they also fostered a fun learning environment. Jasmine has enjoyed her WVJC experience so much that she has even recommended it to friends in hopes that they will also get the great experience she had and the opportunity to accomplish their goals as well.

In the future, Jasmine would like to come back to WVJC to attend the Nursing program and become a Registered Nurse. She hopes to fulfill this goal and become an RN within the next five years.

If you would like to learn more about WVJC, check out our website at www.wvjc.edu.

Nicole Jones – Externship Highlight

So you’ve gotten in to college and now you’ve gotten through a few courses and find yourself thinking about entering the work force. With a few more courses and graduation in sight, you find yourself applying for one of the most exciting parts of the Clinical Medical Assistant program, the externship!

Please meet WVJC-Charleston  Clinical Medical Assistant student, Nicole Jones. Nicole wanted to extend her medical career into medical assisting because of her experience in coding. Nicole’s training increased her marketable skills to not just working the front and back of the medical office, but also to providing patient care. Nicole has her sights set on furthering her career in a medical office and working her way up to office manager. Nicole is scheduled to graduate this winter and is very excited!

Nicole has always been fascinated by the medical field. When asked what her favorite course was, she said “I loved all of my lab classes. Getting to be hands on was fun and I learned a lot more because I’m a really hands on learner”. Hands-on learning is one of the fundamental strengths of the Clinical Medical Assistant program at WVJC. Instructors encourage students to not onl

y participate in class and labs, but also stress the importance of externships to gain even more in-field training and experience.

There are many externship sites that partner with WVJC and often, students can tour sites to decide which externship would be best for them. Nicole decided to apply for a medical office that she recently the opportunity to learn it presented. After making this decision, Nicole spoke with the onsite manager and told him she was very interested in gaining experience at that location. After a few phone calls and assistance from the Medical Director at WVJC – Charleston, Ms. Chelsea Abbott, Nicole had an interview!

Nicole spent a few months working at her externship site and really enjoyed it! She will start orientation this October for full time employment. Nicole said that if students are looking for externships, she has a few tips. Nicole stressed that students need to “show up and be dependable.” She continued, saying “You should treat you externship like you are interviewing for a job. Do things to help even when you are not asked. Lastly, actually take the time to show interest and ask questions.”

Nicole is very grateful for all the staff and instructors who have been amazing to her and she said she had learned so much. “I will miss them all!” she said. At 31, Nicole is a mother to three kids. She wanted to provide a better life for her children and to show them to never give up on their dreams.

Do you have a dream like Nicole? Do  you have career goals like she did and want to continue education to learn valuable skills that will be more marketable to employers, AND provide a better life for yourself and your family? If you value education like Nicole and are hardworking, then come see us at WVJC to learn how we can help you find a career!