Cleah Slack – Student Highlight

Cleah Slack graduated from Lincoln County High School in 2019. During her senior year, an admissions advisor visited her class to discuss the specialized associate degree programs at WVJC. After the presentation, Cleah knew she wanted to apply for college at WVJC. She was looking for a short-term program that would help prepare her for a career. Cleah said, “It was important to me to be able to get a great education and earn an Associate Degree in Dental Assisting in a short 18 months.”

When asked about her long term goals, she said she would like to further her education and become a dental hygienist. She said, “I have always been very detail-oriented and really wanted to make sure the dental field was the right path for me and that is why I decided dental assisting was the best first step.” Cleah loves her dental assisting classes because of the hands-on activities and Mrs. Rollins style of teaching. Cleah noted, “Mrs. Rollins is such a great teacher. She makes sure everyone in class understands the material. Our dental classes are small and very hands-on, so everyone gets a feel for what we are doing.” Cleah has enjoyed her time at West Virginia Junior College because of the caring atmosphere and fast-track program. She said, “I love the wonderful instructors and I’ve also made lifelong friends.”

Cleah is flying through her Dental Assisting program at WVJC! She is an excellent student with nearly perfect attendance and a President’s List recipient. In addition to her excellent academic achievement, Cleah also volunteers as a Student Ambassador for the dental assisting program. She assists with new student orientation, school events, and offers tutoring services for students. We cannot wait to see all that Cleah accomplishes after graduating from WVJC! If you would like to know more about the fast track dental program or other programs at WVJC, please visit wvjc.edu for more information and apply today!

Beth Ramsey – Student Highlight


Beth Ramsey is a student in West Virginia Junior College’s Dental Assisting program, where she is striving to earn her associate degree in Dental Assisting. She hopes to be able to call herself a Nationally Registered Dental Assistant.

Beth began her dental assisting classes at WVJC in June of 2018, right after graduating from high school. She is a Dean’s List student and is always looking to improve her grades and test scores.

Beth chose to study dental assisting because she has always liked going to the dentist and is interested in learning about proper dental procedures and instruments, and working with teeth in general. Beth is an active member of the Dental Assisting Club at WVJC. She attends meetings regularly and is always willing to give a helping hand when needed for club functions.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her friends and family around the fire in the fall. She also likes to spend time with her dog, running her in the evenings when she isn’t working. Beth plans to be working at a general dentist’s office after graduating with her dental assisting degree. Within the next five years, Beth hopes to get a job in the dental field, get married, and have kids.

Presley Jordan – Student Highlight

Presley Jordan

Presley Jordan
Presley Jordan was getting ready to begin her senior year at Buckhannon Upshur High School, working part-time, and enjoying her summer vacation by relaxing and doing things outdoors with her friends and family, when she job shadowed at her dentist’s office. In her time there, she found that she really enjoyed helping people and would love a career in the dental field. She decided to explore the Dental Assisting program at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. Presley called High School Admissions Representative, Kristin Kirk, and set up a tour. She realized WVJC was a great fit for her.  Presley recalls, “Everyone was very hospitable and I loved the fact I could get my degree in just 18 months.”

Presley started her dental assisting classes in June 2018, just a few weeks after graduating high school. “I really enjoy the small classes and the friendly environment.,” says Jordan, “It makes the transition really easy.”  Morgan Baker, the coordinator for the Dental Assisting program, is her favorite instructor. “She genuinely cares and thoroughly teaches us the information we need to know to be successful.”

Presley is scheduled to graduate college in December of 2019 at just 19 years old.  She looks forward to her dream career as a Dental Assistant in a small scale dental office.  When asked how she would like her life to be in 5 years, she replied “In five years I will be 23, so I would like to be working as a Dental Assistant and coming home to my own living space.”  She also said she would like to be engaged to her boyfriend whom she has been with for 3 years. We at WVJC believe Presley will reach all of her goals and are happy to help her in her Dental Assisting career.

Dental Assisting Student Highlight – Kelsey Casto

Kelsey CastoWhen choosing to attend college and obtain a degree there are many aspects to consider. Does the college offer the program I am passionate about? Do the instructors offer individualized support? Will my schedule be flexible? These are just a few vital questions to ask when exploring your options.

Dental Assisting student, Kelsey Casto says she chose to transfer to West Virginia Junior College for two main reasons.

“I chose WVJC because I wanted to be a dental assistant and I knew a lot of people there have children so the staff would work with schedules well.”

Kelsey began her journey at the Charleston campus in February of 2015. Since enrolling she has served as a model student to her classmates and thrived in academics.

Originally, Kelsey was interested in pursuing a career in pediatric dentistry but through her courses and labs she has discovered she is most interested in family dentistry or orthodontics.

Upon graduating in August 2016, she hopes to begin her career in dentistry close to her hometown of Ripley, WV.

“I love my dental classes! I love how hands-on the courses are,” says Casto.

While balancing classwork and family life is not always easy, Kelsey says her son is her main motivation to succeed.

“My son, Ace, keeps me motivated to complete my education and obtain my degree.”

Outside the classroom you can catch Kelsey outside playing with Ace, at hometown baseball games or most recently, at their fishing pond. Kelsey says her son loves to fish and with flexible class schedules and every Friday off, there is plenty of time for memory making with her son, family and friends!

The Charleston Campus is proud to announce the Dental Program Chair, Mrs. Rebecca Shamblin, received the “Instructor of the Year” award for the second year running. It makes a huge difference in students’ education when their instructors are passionate and student focused. If becoming a Dental Assistant is a journey you would like to explore, call the campus today at 304-345-2820 and schedule your personal tour!

Classes are now enrolling for summer!