Katie Eaton – Student Highlight

As teenagers, many of us had time in the chair at the dentist or orthodontist office. Often, this isn’t such a great experience, but in the long run it makes for a better smile! Meet Katie Eaton, a current dental assisting student at WVJC Charleston. Katie became interested in dental assisting when she had braces as a teenager. Katie also serves as the President and is actively involved in WVJC’s Dental Club. She says that it has been a phenomenal experience and loves being involved. Katie is also an avid reader and is always listening to music.

Being a young mother, Katie says that she is motivated by her family to pursue a meaningful career. “I have a passion for learning and trying new things, so dental assisting is just a step in my journey. I am excited to further my career.” Once she graduates from the Dental Assisting program, Katie plans on pursuing something in the field of psychology. She wants to continue to learn and strive to be an example of success for her family.

Katie said, “I chose WVJC because they offer an associate degree after only 18 months of hands-on learning in my desired program”. She wants to get out soon and begin working so she can support her family. When asked how WVJC helps her, Katie said, “The instructors ensure that I’m meeting all requirements needed to pass my classes. They genuinely care for each student. This really helps in reaching my goals.”

Katie hasn’t just enjoyed her classes and extracurriculars while at WVJC. She also enjoys the student services WVJC offers to help students gain employment after they are finished with their degree. “Meeting new people and networking with different employers has been a wonderful opportunity. It’s very refreshing to know that even while enrolled we can still get our names out there.” WVJC Charleston held their annual career fair on August 23rd, 2019, where about 30 employers met and spoke with students.

Medical Terminology has been one of Katie’s favorite classes so far. She loves to learn and is excited about the variety of courses WVJC offers. Katie said the Dental Program Director, Renee Rollins, always goes above and beyond to teach students what they need to know and provide an outstanding environment.

Katie lights up when asked about giving advice to other students who are attending school and may experience some struggles along the way. Katie says to “power through the fear and just get started. Also, stay focused and worry about your school work first.”

Katie urges anyone interested in WVJC to come and learn for themselves. “You will not regret your decision to attend, just make school a priority. Putting your schooling first will secure your degree and will be well worth the time spent earning it.” For more information, visit wvjc.edu!

Kali McGuire – Student Highlight

Kali is enrolled in the Dental Assisting program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston.  She decided Dental Assisting was the best fit for her because she has always been interested in teeth and oral surgeries. She also likes that dental offices typically have family-friendly hours.

“I chose WVJC because I was able to get on a fast track to an Associate Degree in Dental Assisting. This was a degree I can use and be able to spend time with my family. My favorite part of going to school here is the friendliness of literally everyone, especially Kellie.”

Kali says her idea of the perfect day would be organizing! “I enjoy organizing, so my perfect day would be totally organizing. I would also hang out with my daughter, Paisley, go to the park, read a little and eat some good food.”

Her goals are to be working with a Dental surgeon and growing her fami