Randy Holcomb – Student Highlight

Randy is a thirty‑one-year-old working toward obtaining an associate degree in information technology.  His favorite class so far has been Networking 103.  When asked why that class was his favorite said, “that’s the class where you finally put your knowledge and hard work to use.  You’ve spent all this time creating your ‘baby,’ and now you can start working with it.”

Randy comes from a labor background, has an 18-month old son, and even though he is older than the traditional student, he is highly driven to succeed in his academic goals to give his family a better future. Randy decided to start a career in the IT field because he feels it would give him a career doing something interesting and new. Randy also stated that a career where you can sit while you work sounds pretty appealing after so many years of labor.

Randy feels that many WVJC faculty and staff have helped him along his academic journey, but most of all, he is grateful for Mr. Powell and Ms. Middleton. Randy stated that Ms.  Middleton worked with him and understood the financial struggles that college brings. She was patient, helpful, and did whatever she could to make sure he was able to attend WVJC. Mr.  Powell is understanding and accommodating. If it wasn’t for him, Randy feels he would not fully understand the content in the difficult IT courses. Randy states that Mr. Powell is a phenomenal instructor who goes above and beyond for his students.

Randy enjoys the challenges that college-level learning brings.  One tool he said that has been an asset to him in his college career is the “inability to lose.”  Randy is very competitive, and luckily some of his classes allow him to use that as motivation.

When asked what his favorite part of WVJC was, Randy stated, “The class structure and small class sizes are extremely beneficial.  Knowing your instructors have your back and truly want you to succeed is incredible.  The entire staff has a fantastic, helpful attitude.  Honestly, WVJC as a whole is my favorite thing.”

Randy’s advice to other students would be to put in as much work and as many hours as your instructors do.  Do not lose your motivation.  Remember your reason for being there.  You have to have accountability.  Most importantly, you have to be driven to succeed.  Your instructors can only do so much.  You’re taught 90%, and the other 10% has to come from you.

To learn more about WVJC’s Information Technology program, request information here!

Michele Crespo – Student Highlight

Becoming a student is a major event in one’s life, regardless of what stage of life that person may be in. Whether a person is a first-time college student or a seasoned higher education veteran, starting a new school has the possibility to be an exhilarating experience. Many students experience negative events during their first attempt at higher education, which may steer them away from pursuing college ever again. Some students take this adversity and use it to fuel their drive for success. Michele Crespo is one fantastic example of the latter type of student.

Michele graduated high school in 2007, where she, much like many high school students, had a big decision to make about the rest of her life. “Right after I graduated high school in 2007, I was made to choose some type of schooling for myself. Because my grades in high school were never very good, my parents strongly encouraged me to attend a trade school instead of any type of campus atmosphere school. After ending up choosing to go to a cosmetology program, I was not truly passionate about the field of study that I had chosen.”

Facing a new life and planning for the future with her growing family in mind, Michele set out to restart her college career. A new concern that Michele had not expected to encounter was also making headlines across the world – the COVID-19 pandemic. Michele was not sure where to begin the process, especially with the pandemic raging. “After the pandemic started and my son’s school closed down, I had to make a decision.” Michele details that WVJC stood out to her in a sea of many colleges. “…the one that really stood out to me was WJVC, just for the fact that when I was doing all of my research for any information, it was right there and answered all the questions I had. When I requested more information, I was contacted by some of the kindest and most encouraging people I had ever met in my life.  Even though I was terrified to take this next step in my life and my biggest obstacle was getting out of my own head and just taking the leap, it was when I spoke to Dasia with her kind and encouraging attitude and words that made me know this was the school I wanted to attend.”

Michele is now enrolled in WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program. During her admissions process, Michele maintained how she wanted to help others. “I chose my program because I very much dislike going to the doctors, just like most do. My favorite part of attending this school is the access to help anytime I need it. Being 32 and back in school is difficult enough, but with the advances with computers since I have been in school, you now have to learn that, as well. The amazing tech support center and teachers are available as often as I need them. This helps me to know I can get my work done and make sure it is done correctly.”

After graduation, Michele has a goal to become that bright positivity that one feels when they walk into a medical visit. “My ideal job after graduation is to work at a pediatrician’s office so that I can make the children that come into that office look forward to coming back and not dread it. Being a mom, I know what it is like when your child has a bad experience at a doctor’s office, so I want to hopefully make sure that won’t happen wherever I work. I would like to be working in a doctor’s office of some type, with benefits, and hopefully have some kind of retirement set up for myself and my husband.”

We are overjoyed to see Michele’s progression, as well as her growth as she moves toward her goals in life! If your story sounds similar to Michele’s or you would like to know more about WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program, request information here!