Dental Assisting Student – Ciara Watson

Ciara Watson

Ciara Watson is a student at WVJC-Charleston, enrolled in the Dental Assisting program. She previously attended West Virginia State University and studied education, but soon after she started, she realized that was not her passion. At that point, she decided to step away from school until she found what she really wanted to do.

Ciara did some research and noticed that West Virginia Junior College had great reviews and decided to call in for some information. “When I called, Kellie was so sweet and informative. After visiting with her on campus, I knew this is where I needed to be. I wanted to be in a career that would leave room for me to grow. Something I could see myself wanting to do and still learning about years down the road. I found that in the dental field.”

Her favorite part about attending WVJC is the staff. “They have inspired me so much and helped me in any area I needed help. I am so thankful for them all. My favorite teachers … It’s a tie between Mr. Batman and Mrs. Rebecca! They are absolutely brilliant, respectful, and all around beautiful people. I will always take what they’ve taught me here and apply it in life and the work environment.”

Ciara said her idea of a perfect day would be the day she gets to walk across that stage! One of her goals is to have a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and work toward becoming a dentist.

WVJC Bridgeport’s Atmosphere Makes the Difference for Graduate Shelaina Jones

Shelaina Jones Oct. Grad. HighlightShelaina Jones is a recent graduate of West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Medical Office Management program.  She chose this program because of its solid future career outlook.

Shelaina tried other colleges before coming to West Virginia Junior College and explained that the atmosphere is what helped her make her decision.

She said, “At the other college I attended, I didn’t enjoy it because the campus is too big, the classes are too big and it was really hard to get to know others. It was different at WVJC. I made so many friends and between fellow students, the staff and faculty, you are never seen as just another face in the crowd.”

Now a graduate of the MOA program, Shelaina has a career working in her field of study in Bridgeport, WV.

Her advice to new students is, “Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be,” quoted by Rick Warren.

She says that choosing a person that supported her most is a hard decision. She explained, “I feel like everyone at WVJC is in your corner. I don’t know what I would have done without Nancy Gilbert – she was always there for me and helped me succeed!”

WVJC Bridgeport offers a wide variety of programs in healthcare, pharmacy, dental, technology and business. If you are interested in more information, visit or call today!