Jennifer Bird – Staff Highlight

When you walk through the doors at West Virginia Junior College in Cross Lanes, you can always expect a welcoming greeting from the administrative assistant, Jennifer Bird. In 1998, Jennifer graduated from WVJC and earned a diploma in Clerical Word Processing. Jennifer loved her caring instructors and hands-on educational experience. Shortly after graduation, she was contacted about an employment opportunity at WVJC, and she knew it would be a great fit!

Jennifer heard about college classes at WVJC in 1998 from her grandma. She said, “I remember my grandma finding an advertisement in the newspaper for classes at West Virginia Junior College. I made a phone call and completed the admissions process and started classes the next month.”

Jennifer wears many hats as WVJC’s Administrative Assistant. She offers support to students, graduates, staff, and faculty. She said, “I believe in the mission of WVJC and the best part is seeing students graduate and fulfill their dreams.” Jennifer is currently enrolled in the Business Administration degree program through WVJC Online. “I am enjoying my Introduction to Business course and my favorite part is learning how to start a business,” she says.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time, working on her farm with her many animals, and horseback riding. A fun fact about Jennifer is she has 10 children, 20 dogs, 25 cows, 3 horses, 8 chickens, and 2 cats and she still greets everyone with a smile when they enter WVJC.

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Jess Lowe – Admissions Advisor Highlight

Hi!  My name is Jess Lowe and I am the High School Admissions Advisor for WVJC Morgantown and Online! I’ve been a part of the WVJC family for about a year and a half, and my favorite part of working here, aside from all the amazing students and families that I get to help, is working alongside such dedicated and caring faculty and staff.

I am the proud mom of 3 amazing kids and I have a strong belief that each new day provides the opportunity to do better than the day before, which usually means I’m in pursuit of some goal! Those goals vary, but are often related to exercise, eating healthy, reading a new book, or watching a documentary. I spend a lot of time with my family, enjoy music of any kind (except new country), and love to hike/ camp, read, bake, garden, and crochet. I’m super competitive and play a lot of card and board games with my family.

I absolutely love to explore and someday hope to spend my retirement traveling the continent in my Food Truck. This will allow me to fulfill my lifelong dream of living completely untethered to any particular place and meeting as many people and experiencing as many different cultures as possible.  My first stop is going to be Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver, Colorado. Stop by and let me know which other areas I should put on my bucket list.

If you are a high school senior, there is a good chance that you will meet with me on your journey toward college. If you have any questions about WVJC, would like to tour our campus, or need to know the next scholarship deadline, feel free to reach out to me at lowe.jessica@wvjc.edu. I look forward to meeting you!

Q&A With Medical Instructor Tammy Kaylor

What is your educational background? I have a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Duquesne University and am a registered pharmacist in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. I am also CPR certified.
Tammy Kaylor

What are some of your prior work experiences? Upon graduating college, I worked as both a retail and hospital pharmacist. Also, previous to working at WVJC, I taught numerous different science and medical courses at both the University and Community College level.

What is your current role at WVJC? Currently, I am a course developer and medical instructor for WVJC Online.

Why did you choose to work at WVJC? I chose to work at WVJC because, similar to our students, I enjoy the flexibility of being able to work from home and at times of the day that are convenient for me. This has become very important now that my husband and I have two young children and our Shih Tzu, Mr. Pickles, to care for!

What is your favorite part of working for WVJC? My favorite part of working for WVJC is getting to interact with so many different students and being able to be a part of their journey toward earning a degree that will allow them to achieve their dream job in the medical field.

What, or who motivates you and why? I’d have to say that my two sons are my biggest motivation as I always try to do my best to ensure that they are happy and have something to look forward to day-to-day. As I tell my 3-year-old every morning when he wakes up,“Every day is a new adventure!”

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of the fact that I get to use my degree in a way that really helps a lot of people achieve their goals. I have always enjoyed helping others which, ultimately, led me to a career in the medical field. Now, I get to play a part in educating future healthcare workers which has been so rewarding!

What are your long-term career goals? I plan to continue working for WVJC and to develop additional classes, as well as teach them, so that I can educate as many students as possible about different aspects of the medical profession.

What is something interesting about yourself that not many people know? I can play both the flute and piano and enjoy painting and making flower arrangements. My favorite vacation destination is the beach and I have a severe weakness for ice cream!