Katherine Hinchman – Graduate Highlight

Katherine Hinchman was new to the college world when she decided to explore WVJC Online back in 2018. At the beginning of her college search, Katherine worked in Elkins at Davis Medical Center as the lead patient access representative for their specialty service clinics. She ended up choosing WVJC Online because “they were extremely helpful and supportive to help me get started in the program that best fit me to improve in my career.” Since this was Katherine’s first college experience, she had “no clue” how to enroll, and her online admissions advisor, Emma, helped walk her through the process step-by-step. Emma was able to assist Katherine in her application, took her on a virtual college tour, got her set up for a financial aid consultation, and helped her through enrollment and her first term as a student.

Katherine chose the online Medical Office Administration program for a few reasons. She wanted to improve her education, earn her degree, and be a good example of the lead patient access representative at Davis Medical Center. Katherine enjoys her career in the medical field, and she has currently been working in the field for 12 years.

While Katherine has now graduated, she can still look fondly back on her time at WVJC Online. “I have enjoyed many of the courses, but one of my favorite parts would be the discussion board. I enjoyed the interaction with the other classmates.” Another favorite memory of her time enrolled in her program is her interactions with her instructors. “All the teachers in my opinion are great! They were all extremely helpful and supportive. If I must choose one it would be Ms. (Kacey) Eagle, because when I was going through a tough time this past winter when my mom was ill and in the hospital, I was extremely exhausted and stressed. Ms. Eagle was quick to respond to my text and supported me through this difficult time when I could have given up on my college courses.”

After graduating, Katherine has continued to work in the medical field and has stayed employed at Davis Medical Center. She now works in the Central Scheduling department, scheduling ancillary tests. She said that she would “absolutely” recommend WVJC to a friend or family member. “They have a great program, and the online courses were perfect for my busy work schedule. I would encourage anyone that is concerned if they can go to college and continue to hold a full-time job that this can be done while attending WVJC. I am an example, along with many others.” Everyone at West Virginia Junior College Online is so proud of Katherine, her work ethic, and her determination to succeed!

To learn more about WVJC’s Medical Office Administration program, request information here!

Sheena Pack – High School Admissions Advisor

Sheena Pack is a high school admissions advisor at WVJC Charleston. She understands the importance of education and is passionate about helping students. She said, “I love meeting with students and learning about their lives. I also know how important it is to develop a trusting relationship to help them reach their career goals.”

Sheena graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Marshall University. After graduation, she worked as an Executive Director Assistant at Cross Roads Pregnancy Center. In this position, Sheena was able to help mothers with parenting skills and provide resources after their child was born. She taught nutrition classes, life skills classes, and finance and budgeting classes.

Sheena loves humanitarian work. She said, “I enjoy working with the local community to improve the lives in it.” Sheena’s greatest accomplishments are her children and her education. Education was something that was always stressed to be of the utmost importance while growing up. The passing of her mother inspired her inner drive and passion to receive a college education.

In her free time, Sheena enjoys spending time with her children and watching them grow and find their own identity. One of her passions is singing, which she has been interested in since a young age. Sheena has served as a worship leader for over 4 years. She said, “Serving on the worship team is such a rewarding experience.” She is also a health coach, works closely with her clients, and enjoys helping them achieve their health goals.

Sheena’s long-term goal is to continue to work in education and learn the different facets that make WVJC successful. Sheena said, “I love working at WVJC because all of the staff and faculty care about students, and we all want to see them be successful.”

If you are interested in learning more about the programs offered at WVJC, request information here!

Danielle Collins – Student Highlight

Danielle Collins is a Clinical Medical Assistant student at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. Before attending WVJC, Danielle attended Fairmont State University and was majoring in the education program. The classes were far larger than what she was used to in high school, building professional relationships with her professors was hard, and it wasn’t her “cup of tea,” she stated. Looking back, Danielle realized that education was not the career she wanted to pursue, and that is why she started to explore different options. During Danielle’s search, she found WVJC and requested more information, and began the enrollment process for the Clinical Medical Assistant program.

What finalized Danielle’s decision to enroll was the relatively small classes, which made her feel more comfortable. Danielle, who is very goal-oriented, has thought about other educational opportunities in the future. This is why she thought the CMA program was the right choice for her. Danielle sees herself enrolling and attending the new Nursing program at WVJC Bridgeport and working as a registered nurse in 5 years.

When Danielle was asked what her favorite part of attending WVJC was, she replied, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is definitely the professional relationships I have formed over the months with all of my instructors. Although I do not see each of them every term, I know that they will be willing to help me at any time.” The two instructors that stand out the most to her are Ms. Holyfield and Mrs. Syrews. Danielle says, “It’s hard to pick just one, but I will never forget them. They are always willing to do whatever they can to help me succeed and are two of the best instructors I have ever had; they will always be included in some of my favorite memories at WVJC.”

After graduation, Danielle wants to work as a Certified Medical Assistant in a hospital setting to experience and see different things every day. Danielle is due to graduate in December of 2020, and from all of her experiences, she says, “I would 100% recommend WVJC to a friend. I am so glad I found this school because it has given me so many opportunities. I have had so many positive experiences with the classes and instructors that there would not be a reason for them to not want to enroll!”

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Kendall Craig – Staff Highlight

Kendall is the high school admissions advisor at WVJC Morgantown. She chose to work at WVJC because she genuinely believes that higher education can change lives for the better. Her favorite part of working at WVJC is helping students realize their full potential, especially by helping them enroll in college. Kendall says, “It is an amazing feeling to know that you have helped a student realize that they can go to college and be able to achieve their goals.”

Kendall graduated with her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Education from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2013. Since then, she has worked in the aquaculture industry on an abalone farm, has been the Sustainability Coordinator at Santa Barbara City College, and has been an Environmental Educator for the non-profit Explore Ecology. Kendall also has her California real estate license.

Throughout her life, Kendall’s mother has motivated her to be resilient, even during hard times. Kendall says, “I have been fortunate to have an amazing champion in my life who always pushes me to be a better person.” That motivation and guidance was important to Kendall.  She says that, for her, graduating from college is one of her proudest accomplishments. “There are no words to describe the feeling one gets from years of hard work coming to fruition.”

Long term, Kendall would like to continue to work in the field of education. She would love to be able to teach at the collegiate level someday.

One thing about Kendall that many may not know, is that she did not grow up in West Virginia. Kendall grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, and has always loved the ocean. She enjoys free diving and snorkeling in the underwater world. One of Kendall’s passions is to travel. Internationally she has been to the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Italy, and Mexico. She has traveled in the United States to Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and of course, West Virginia.

The Value of Short Term Degrees Online

In today’s market, the need for specific skills is becoming extremely important and very necessary in many fields. The question is….How and where do you get the specific skills? Enter WVJC’s short term degrees. At WVJC, we focus on career specific training and certifications that may lead to employment opportunities in in-demand fields. At WVJC, we pride ourselves on working around your schedule and offering support services from day one.  We specialize in hands-on, simulative, and externship based training that prepares you for real-world careers.

Why has short term training become important in today’s environment?  There are many reasons, but mainly because employers need employees with specific skill sets.  As an example, an employer no longer wants to hire somebody with general knowledge of a field that they need to train on specific skill sets. What they want, instead, is a person with a degree and certification in medical coding who already knows how to navigate the complex bridge between healthcare and healthcare insurance.  They are looking for individuals with specific skills who can perform specific functions.

If you are looking at going to college, knowing what type of employment outcome you desire is important. This will help determine the types of education that are available for you and if short term training is the best option for you.

Looking for more information on WVJC’s short term degree options?  Visit us at wvjc.edu or call the campus at 877-25ONLINE.

Marrissa Merill – Student Highlight

Marrissa Merill is attending West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport where she will soon obtain her associate degree in Dental Assisting. In December, Marrissa will be sitting for the National Registered Dental Assisting certification exam. She is anxiously awaiting her test date. However, she feels confident that her education has prepared her for success. Marrissa began her career at WVJC shortly after graduating from Lincoln High School. She spent several years being a waitress and realized she wanted a career instead.

Marrissa has always had a passion for the dental field but wasn’t sold on the idea “completely”, until entering the Dental Terminology course at WVJC.  At this point, she realized how passionate she was about teeth and the importance of oral hygiene. The Dental Terminology class was her favorite for many reasons. It helped her realize she was in the right field and she enjoyed learning all the proper terms and the order of teeth.

During her time at WVJC, Marrissa has had many great instructors, but two in particular have inspired her the most, Mr. Cutright and Mrs. Holyfield. “These two instructors are passionate about teaching and making sure their students succeed. They inspired me to strive for greatness.” During her education, Marrissa is required to complete 160 hours of externship. She has already completed 60 hours at Mountaineer Orthodontics. During this time she has gained the hands-on experience that is needed to further her education and career. “I have learned so much and love being a part of their team.”  Marrissa is looking forward to completing the remaining 100 hours in General Dentistry.

Marrissa has already been offered a full-time Dental Assisting position upon graduation in December.  She is excited to graduate and begin her career in a reputable dental facility. We enjoyed having Marrissa at our Bridgeport campus and are confident she will achieve greatness in her career.  She offers a quote to anyone that is undecided about their future, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” (Walt Disney).

Faculty Highlight-Aaron Jones

Aaron JonesAaron Jones is known as WVJC – Bridgeport’s jack-of-all-trades. Aaron has an associate degree in Information Technology, Business Management and Executive Office Technology.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. He has a great deal of previous work experience that pertains to his love for technology. Aaron has worked as a Dell, Sony, IBM and Lenovo Technician for Worldwide Tech Services. Some of you may have even heard him on the radio at WV Radio Corporation where he worked an IT position in the engineering department.

Today, Aaron is WVJC’s IT Program Director. He is responsible for the delivery and development of the Information Technology program and maintaining all the school technology.  We all have days where nothing seems to go right with our computers, and lucky for us, Aaron is just down the hall.  He made the choice to work at WVJC because he is very passionate about the IT field. He wanted to not only share his knowledge, but also, help others reach their career goals. When discussing his career at WVJC, he says “My favorite part about working at WVJC is getting to help individuals be successful in their field and passing along everything that I have learned to a future generation.”

Aaron finds his motivation from his family and from the success of his graduates. Every day he strives to do his very best and looks forward to continually helping the students of WVJC.  Aaron’s idea of a perfect day is being at home with his wife and little boy, but as his coworker, I know he also enjoys dressing up for comic-con. He said, “Being able to raise and support my beautiful family, and using the gifts I have been blessed with to provide knowledge and wisdom to future generations of the IT field is an incredible feeling.” Aaron hopes to continue to stay up to date with advancements in technology and hopes to always deliver the best and latest education to future generations.

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Nicole Holyfield – Faculty Highlight

Nicole HolyfieldNicole Holyfield is a West Virginia Junior College favorite. She is known by many of our students as the “cool teacher that makes us work hard but keeps things interesting.” Nicole is not only a valuable asset on our staff, but she is also highly educated.  She has a degree in psychology from Waynesburg University and in early education from Fairmont State. She has a Master’s in Education from Fairmont State University. Nicole strives to continually better herself and encourages her students to do so, as well.

Before beginning her career at WVJC, she was a preschool teacher, an adjunct professor at Pierpont Technical College, and an early childhood teacher. She eventually found her way to WVJC and is teaching general education courses.  Nicole chose to work at WVJC because she “wanted to work in a small college setting that allowed one on one time with students.  I think smaller classes make a bigger impact.”  Her favorite part of working here is interacting with the students and watching them grow throughout their education.  Nicole quickly gains the trust of her students and, as a result, they respect her and respond well to her teaching methods. We at WVJC can definitely see the passion Nicole has for teaching!

In addition to her successful career, Nicole enjoys her home life with her 8-year-old daughter. Her daughter inspires her to work harder because she knows she looks up to her.  A lesson she tries to teach her is, “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching.”  A perfect day for Nicole is spending the day at the beach with her daughter or a rainy day in bed watching movies or reading a good book. She is, of course, proud of her education and career, but is most proud of her daughter. “Family comes before anything,” she says.

For now, Nicole’s focus is WVJC students and continuing to watch them grow and become successful. She wants to leave them with the quote she lives her life by… “Every day may not be a good one but there is something good in every day.”