Employee Highlight – Kellie Moore

Kellie MooreIf you have ever requested information about one of our programs, chances are, you have spoken with Kellie Moore. As our Senior Admissions Representative and Training Manager, Kellie is your first contact with the school. When a request for information is made, Kellie is the one who calls, texts, or emails you. She is also responsible for scheduling interviews with prospective students where she explains our programs, talks about available benefits, and gives personalized tours of the campus.

Kellie Moore attended WV State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. While there, she was a news anchor for the WVSU news channel and also Vice President of the WV State University Public Relations Student Society. After graduation, Kellie found herself working for a local college. She never expected to be in that type of career, but found she really enjoyed working with students. Her love for people kept her on that career path and eventually led her here — to West Virginia Junior College!

When asked why she chose to work at WVJC Kellie responded, “I have always enjoyed working with students and helping them transition from being a student, to finding a career. When I interviewed with West Virginia Junior College, I could clearly sense the dedication they have to seeing each of their students succeed. That dedication, combined with the friendliness of the staff, convinced me this was definitely the right place for me!” Kellie has been part of the WVJC Charleston team for two years now. She says she gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing students she has enrolled now working in her local community. “I love to walk into a business and see one of my students! It truly thrills me to watch them thrive in a new career where they are happy and fulfilled. I’m just so glad I could play a small part in that.”

In addition to her love for people, Kellie also has a soft spot for animals. She has always been an ardent dog lover and has two adopted dogs of her own. Trooper and Willow are her “fur babies” who she dotes on every day. If her husband would let her, she would have a whole house full of puppies! She is also a huge advocate of rescuing animals from shelters. “Adopt, don’t shop!” has always been her motto. “There are so many animals out there who need adopted, I just think it’s a shame to look anywhere else.”

As for what she would like to do in the future, Kellie says she would love to travel the world with her husband. “There are so many amazing places I would like to see!” Every year they travel to a different Sandals resort to celebrate their wedding anniversary. This year marked their eighth visit to a Sandals location. “I just can’t help it! I love the Caribbean! Since we were married in Jamaica, the area holds extra special memories for us.”

We at West Virginia Junior College Charleston love Mrs. Kellie Moore dearly. Her ever-present smile, bubbly laugh and cheerful attitude are sure to brighten even the gloomiest day! If you ever need a quick pick-me-up, her office is the one to visit!

If you are considering coming back to school, or possibly enrolling for the first time, Kellie would love the chance to talk with you. She is passionate about helping students find their perfect career and can help you overcome any obstacles that might be standing in your way. Don’t waste another day working a job you dislike, give her a call today at 304-345-2820 and take those first steps towards a better future!

Employee Highlight-Alice Middleton

Alice MiddletonAlice Middleton is West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport most valuable asset. She takes little credit but keeps the institution running.  Alice graduated from WVJC with an Associate’s Degree from the Medical Assisting program.  She then attended Fairmont State to earn a Business Degree.  That was still not enough for Alice, and she is currently completing her Master’s in Education through Fairmont State University while still working as the Front Office Manager at WVJC.  Alice lives by the words of Helen Keller “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Previously Alice was a Financial Comptroller and business owner at Candlesticks Seven Stars Inc.  However, Alice has worked for WVJC for eight years now. Everyday, she strives to work hard and make everyone that walks through the WVJC door feel right at home.

I asked Alice why she chose to work at WVJC.  She responded, “I was offered a wonderful opportunity to become a financial officer after graduating from one of WVJC programs. I felt it was an exciting opportunity and would be a great way to start the next chapter in my life.  When the opportunity arrived I knew it was the right fit for me.” Her favorite part of working here (besides being everyone’s work mom) is the relationship she has with her colleagues and students.  She refers to everyone at WVJC as her family. All of Alice’s co-workers, say her warm heart and compassion toward everyone brings a sense of community to WVJC.  Alice says “It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work, friends and family.”  She is motivated every day to enjoy her life to the fullest.

Alice’s idea of a perfect day is “waking up to a beautiful morning full of sunshine and having breakfast with my son.  Enjoying playing with my two Pitbull’s named Apollo and Mia and then ending the day with shopping and a nice evening dinner with my family.”  Alice is most proud of her family and completing her education.  She ends everyday thankful for life, and looks forward to the next day’s adventures.  Alice’s long term goals include advancing further in her career here at WVJC.  In the future during her retirement, she would like to write a book and open a restaurant where families can enjoy a home cooked meal and have some fun family activities. Leave it to Alice to want to spend her retirement making others happy and giving back.

Employee Highlight- Robert Lynch

Robert LynchSuccess.  How do you define it?  When do you reach a point in your life where you can say you are “Successful”? Is it something that you own that makes you successful, like that new 2017 Jeep Wrangler?  Or maybe it’s being able to pay all of your bills without worry; perhaps it’s going to a job that you love, or maybe it’s all of those things combined. This concept of success is defined different by everyone.  It is not something that somebody else tells you, it’s something that you tell yourself.   The journey to find your own version of success is often varied and winding, and let’s be honest, we usually get really good stories out of the learning process. This is the story of WVJC-Morgantown Information Technology graduate, current Technical Support Analyst, Robert Lynch.

Robert started his educational journey like many students out of high school; he attended a four year institution, where he felt more like a number than a person.  He made it two years before the appeal of work outweighed going to class.  Robert stated that “the curriculum never challenged me, which made me feel like I wasn’t learning anything”.  That is a fair and valid point that all college students should ask themselves!  What am I getting out of this?! When Robert asked himself that question, the answer was not positive. Like Many students, he chose to work a few years and see what that was like… well, he didn’t like the dead-end jobs.  So back to school he went…

He finished up an Associate degree in applied sciences and started looking for those “big-boy” jobs; you know, the ones that people call you successful in. Even though Robert looked, he didn’t find one that made him personally feel successful “Most of the places I worked were unrewarding and I just felt like I could do better”.

Robert wanted to do better for himself. He wanted a position where he could enjoy going to work and feel personally rewarded for what he accomplished. He had always had a passion for Information Technology and wanted to pursue it.  This started the process to explore different colleges.  By this point in Roberts’s journey, he knew what he wanted to stay away from in a college and knew that he should be picky in order to find a school that fit him and his goals.  He looked at WVJC-Morgantown’s Information Technology program. WVJC-Morgantown gave him the option to be a hands on student in the field of Information Technology without feeling like a number.  The IT program gave him what he was looking for in a school and future job, an intense amount of hands on training.  After having the experience of going to three different colleges, Robert had this to say about WVJC-Morgantown’s Information Technology program. “Everything about the program was geared towards real world skills and all of the instructors really cared about the success of their students.”

There’s that word again, success.  Robert made choices on his journey towards success.  He chose to not settle for a school that he didn’t enjoy or jobs that were not fulfilling to him.  Because of that, he found his path here at WVJC-Morgantown in our Information Technology program.  This path has lead Robert to be successful.  When he finished his degree at WVJC-Morgantown he started looking for those “big-boy” jobs… and boy did he find them.  He had multiple job offers that he had to wade through to pick one that suited him.  Robert currently works at WVJC-online as a Technical Support Analyst. To Robert, he has achieved success in graduating from WVJC-Morgantown’s Information Technology program.  Robert knows that it is up to him to continue to make decisions that will lead him towards personal success on a daily basis.  We here at WVJC-Morgantown, are proud to be part of his current success, and eagerly look forward to his future successes.

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Employee Highlight-Leonard Browning

Leonard BrowningAfter working in the coal mines for 13 years, Mr. Leonard “Leo” Browning decided it was time to further his education.  Having been interested in IT work since High School, he had pursued and received several different IT Certifications on his own. Working with computers came naturally to him, so when considering careers, the Information Technology field was an easy choice.

Mr. Browning had a friend who was attending the West Virginia Junior College Charleston campus. After speaking to him, he made an appointment to meet with an Admissions Representative. That single meeting was all it took. Leo quickly signed up for classes and began pursuing his Degree in Information Technology. By March of 2015, he graduated from West Virginia Junior College and began a job as a System Administrator for several local Medical Clinics.

After working in the field for a little over one year, Leo heard about a job opening at his former College. The position was for an Information Technology Instructor. He knew his current job had a flexible schedule which would permit him working both places. So, Mr. Browning wasted no time applying, and was quickly hired on as a Lead Instructor for the IT programs. When asked why he chose to come back and work at WVJC Leo replied, “I chose to work here because I know what the students are going through. There was nothing better than having an Instructor/Professor who wanted to see me succeed with a new career. So I told myself that I would do the same for EVERY ONE of my students.”

Mr. Browning’s favorite part of working for West Virginia Junior College is the interaction he has with the students. “Being a former graduate enables me to bond with every student who walks through my door.” He knows the struggles of being a college student while trying to provide for a family. He knows about the hours spent studying for exams, and the late night homework sessions. But, he also knows the reward of earning a degree and securing a career which you enjoy. He quotes a phrase that his grandmother often says, “It is never too late, and it is never too long.” These words certainly rang true in his mind as he was a student working towards his degree.

Although he does certainly love working with computers, Mr. Browning also enjoys fishing, reading, and spending time with his daughter. He says with a chuckle, “People take a look at me and probably wouldn’t imagine that I’ve read a TON of books!” In actuality, Leo is a huge horror fanatic and one of his favorite authors is Dean Koontz. He says the best mystery/thriller he has ever read is a Koontz novel called “Your Heart Belongs to Me”.

As for his long term goals, Mr. Leo Browning definitely wants to further his education. He is currently pursuing a degree in Internet Working Forensics, all the while balancing two jobs and a teenager! If you want to talk about time management, you should definitely get some pointers from Leo! He says another personal goal would be to open a restaurant/pub, but has no plans for that until he retires from teaching.

We are so glad that Leo Browning decided to join our team here at the West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus. He is an excellent Instructor who is loved by staff and students alike. He has a great sense of humor and is always quick with a smile.

If you are interested in the Information Technology program, you should come meet Mr. Browning yourself! He would love to speak with you about his program, and could give you some real-world insight about the field. If you have any questions please contact us at 304-345-2820. We would love to help you reach your personal goals and get you into a career field that you love!

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Employee Highlight-Lindsay Mancuso

Lindsay MancusoSix weeks come and go quickly, according to Pharmacy Technician Coordinator Lindsay Mancuso. Even though the six weeks fly by as an educator, the knowledge that is gained and positive work environment drives the students and Lindsay to continued success.

Lindsay graduated from Grafton High School in 2008. After high school Lindsay did not hesitate—knowing the direction she wanted to take her education. Her love for pharmacy inspired her to gain her Certified Pharmacy Technician Certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. After gaining her certification she began her career at Kroger Pharmacy in 2009. This was her first “real- big girl job.” This job taught her to apply her knowledge and skills in the pharmacy world, but also the joy of customer service. Being able to communicate to her customers and help them to understand their medication was a challenge that she hadn’t considered. However, she quickly became the ‘sweet lady’ that enjoyed helping others and giving back to the community.

Lindsay had a desire not only to learn, but also to give back and share her knowledge with others. While scrolling through jobs one day she came across the Pharmacy Technician teaching job here at WVJC. She was excited, knowing that her dream was to teach what she knows about the Pharmacy world to the minds of younger people who need direction. Lindsay wanted to continue her love for Pharmacy, but also be able to share her knowledge and experiences with the students. She began working at WVJC in April 2013 and she quickly became a well-respected teacher, wonderful leader, and inspiration to many WVJC students.

After teaching for a short time, Lindsay made the decision to continue to better herself. She is currently enrolled at Fairmont State University perusing a Bachelor’s of Science. She is expected to graduate in May of 2018. It is safe to say that Lindsay is motivated, hardworking and very self-driven. Lindsay’s favorite quote is “climb mountains so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” Her favorite part about working at WVJC is getting to know the students and watching them change their lives by pursuing their dreams.

A perfect day for Lindsay is spending time with the ones she cares about and, of course, her Cat- Doughnut (after all she is known around WVJC as the “crazy cat lady”). In order to relax, she finds herself doing puzzles (we hope not of cats) and working out. Lindsay says that both puzzles and working out help her to relax and shut the world out for a small amount of time. She enjoys the healthy lifestyle of the gym to keep her energy up.

Looking back, Lindsay is, overall, proud of the person she has grown to be. “I have grown so much as a person and that makes me proud. Even though I am proud of who I am, I hope to one day go even further in my career and in the education world. I want to continue to inspire students every day and continue to motivate the students, even when times are hard. I hope that I have made a difference in some of their lives because I know that many have inspired me to be better, work harder and appreciate the blessings that have come my way.”

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