Josie Cooper – Graduate Highlight

Josie Cooper knew she had to change careers after her employment as store manager unfortunately ended. Before deciding on attending WVJC, Josie had always been on the fence about returning to college. “With always working before, I felt I never had the time to follow that dream. It was a dream of mine to go back and complete what I had started.” Josie wanted a better and brighter future for her family. “That future started with me, and I knew I had to go back.”

Josie chose WVJC after researching local colleges in her area. “WVJC seemed to have everything I needed to succeed. The staff was accommodating along the way, and admissions made sure to put me in a program that best suited my interest.” Josie also noted that the new student orientation made the worries of being a new student fade away. “I was through the first term before I knew it!”

Josie knew she always wanted to be in the medical field but didn’t know where to start. What she did know was that she wanted to complete her education, earn her degree, and enter a promising career field. That is the reason she chose WVJC Online’s Medical Coding program. Her favorite part about attending WVJC was the flexibility it offered. “I was able to enjoy my personal time with my family and continue working full-time while furthering my education.” Her favorite teacher was Dr. Kacey Eagle. “She made sure all her students had the resources needed to succeed and was always there when she was needed.”Now that Josie has graduated, she is happy to say she is working in her career field. After obtaining her CPC certification for medical coding, Josie is now a Coding Assistant Analyst! With her experience, she says she would absolutely refer any friend to WVJC. “I would encourage anyone to go back to continue their education, and if carrying a full-time job was a worry, I would let them know it was possible at WVJC. I am an example of just that.”

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Student Highlight-Christina Ward

Christina WardSome people go to college right after high school, and some take a different path.  Christina Ward is an Army wife and loving mother of two.  As an army wife, and mother of two she quickly adjusted to being a devoted and supportive wife and mother while learning to navigate the ups and downs of military life.

Moving became a frequent part of their life, and she found that starting the life of her dreams seemed like an impossibility. Though she had everything she wanted as a wife and a mother, she struggled with a quiet desire to pursue personal goals, and expand her horizons professionally.

Christina and her family moved to WV in January 2016.  With her children rapidly approaching the dreaded school age she found her days seemed monotonous, and she wanted more for herself.  Her day in and day out routine became just that—a routine. Christina said, “ One day I was folding laundry (that never seemed to end) and I saw a WVJC commercial.  At that moment I knew what I needed to do next- “make the call.”  She called WVJC and spoke with our Admissions Representative Chasity Duarte.  I asked Christina-Why did you choose WVJC and she said “Because of Chasity!”  I had always wanted someone to just really talk to me and walk me through the whole process and make me feel comfortable.  She guided me through all of my questions and encouraged me to take the chance on myself.”   Christina, deciding it was time to do something for herself, and enrolled in school in the Medical Office Administration program.

Christina chose the Medical Office field because she knew she wanted to work in a VA hospital, but also knew that she wasn’t cut out for the blood of the Medical Assisting program.  Christina’s passion for the military, and the dedication it takes, still runs close to her heart. She wants to give back and do what she can in a Veterans Hospital.   Christina also recognizes that moving again is not out of the question for her and her family, so Medical Office Administration jobs are available anywhere life takes her.

I asked Christina what her favorite part about WVJC is, and she quickly responded with “The teachers! I wouldn’t be able to get through this without the guidance and support of so many WVJC faculty members.”  Ms. Holyfield, Ms. Wagel and Ms. Keturah Frye are three that she has relied on in many situations. She also likes the fundraisers.  “I enjoy being a part of something larger than me, and giving back to the community.  We may not always raise the most money, but we help in ways that we can.  I enjoy helping and watching other WVJC students and staff giving back.”

Christina’s idea of a perfect day is having a clean house, spending time with her family, the kids not having homework, and snacking on tacos and maybe some Peanut Butter Oreos.   Christina is quickly approaching graduation, and is eager to start a career in a Veterans hospital.   Every day she becomes more and more proud of herself as she gets closer to the end of her education at WVJC.  She has faced many obstacles in her life, but she can proudly say that at the end of the day “I took the chance and did something for myself that I desired to do.  And on top of that I continued to be a wife and a loving mother to my children.  They are my world but I set an example that I only dream they inspire to be like.”

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Business Management Graduate – Tammylinn Clutter

Tammylinn ClutterDuring her time at West Virginia Junior College Charleston, graduate Tammylinn Clutter found that the smaller classes and one-on-one instruction was the key to her academic success.

“West Virginia Junior College was a smaller environment for me to learn more quickly and effectively. I tried the big college setting and there was a lot of pressure,” stated Clutter.

The Business Management graduate says the individualized attention she received at WVJC helped her realize her dream of earning a college degree. Looking back on her college experience, Tammylinn says the thing she most enjoyed was knowing that she was doing something to better herself.

“College is not required in life. However, it is an essential part of obtaining a great career or a position in the field you like. I enjoyed doing something better for myself” she said.

Tammylinn graduated in February 2015 with a 4.0 GPA in the Business Management program. This accomplishment allowed her to be employed soon after graduation. Today, she is the Administrative Assistant at Delwood Equipment Company where she uses skills gained at WVJC to perform her daily duties.

“I set this company up on Quickbooks online. I set up payroll, help produce estimates and invoices, and assist in selling parts to coal mines in West Virginia and surrounding areas,” said Clutter.

Tammylinn enjoys her new career and plans to grow with this company for years to come.

Aside from the support she received at WVJC, Tammylinn attributes her success to God. “He gave me the strength and patience I needed. He provided me with the opportunity to go back to school. He gave me the privilege of going to school while my children were in school and He provided me with a great support system. Seeing my children and wanting to provide for them and seeing the accomplishments of my fiancé also offered some motivation.”

Clearly this graduate accomplished her goals and has a brighter future ahead. Tammylinn encourages current students to keep their goals in mind and know they have support.

“Don’t give up, even when the days are long and you just feel like you can’t do it, remind yourself that you can. There is a ton of support at WVJC and looking back, it’s the biggest accomplishment of my life. My degree is a symbol of what I have accomplished all on my own.”

Inspiring words from an accomplished graduate. Tammylinn’s experience is not an isolated one. Many students find learning most effective when in smaller classes because they allow students to be more than just a face in a crowd and allow students to have personal connections with their teachers.