How to Triage a Patient

Check out our VLOG on why WVJC students decided to further their education. Our students learn hands-on skills to become ready for their careers in healthcare, business, and information technology! In this video medical assisting students demonstrate how to properly triage a patient.  To learn more about WVJC fast-track programs, visit wvjc.edu today!

Jenna Miller – Student Highlight

West Virginia Junior College is Jenna Miller’s first college experience. Currently working as a CNA, Jenna chose the Legal Office Assisting program “to take a different career path.” When Jenna reflected on why she chose WVJC, she stated, “it works with my schedule, and I still have time for my personal life while getting an education.”

WVJC prepares their students for success in and out of the classroom, so much that Jenna said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is having all the resources I need even while being an online student.” Our wonderful instructors actively and consistently do their best to support our students in every way possible. Jenna had this to say about her favorite instructor “Mr. Bryce Adkins (Legal Office Assisting Program Director) is my favorite because he is there when I need something explained or extra help; he’s there no matter the time.”

Jenna began her courses here at WVJC in February 2021. Jenna’s journey won’t stop at WVJC though; she is planning to go back to school to further her education, as well. Despite her high aspirations for the future, Jenna is very excited about the rest of her journey here at WVJC, stating, “the staff members are great, and you can make a schedule that works for you.” Upon graduating from WVJC, Jenna aspires to be “working as a legal assistant for a criminal defense lawyer.”

If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track programs and student-centered learning experience offered by WVJC Online, request information here!

Emily Rock – Student Highlight

Emily Rock is a Business Administration/Accounting student at WVJC Online. Previously a WVU student in their Dental Hygiene program, Emily realized that she did not feel like she was on the path that she wanted her life to go down. She really wanted to find a place where she could be happy, with a supportive community around her. When thinking about how her life has changed, Emily said, “Thankfully, WVJC has been the perfect fit for me and has helped me open up, become more excited to learn, and find a career path that suits my skill set.”

Her transfer was certainly a noticeable and welcome change in her life. “My favorite part of attending WVJC is being able to experience a proper school setting while still being online. Despite never seeing my teachers or classmates face to face, I have felt incredibly close and welcomed by all. I am able to form great connections with everyone to create an environment stronger than an in-person setting, which was so much more than I could ask for. When I first applied to this school, I was not expecting to receive as much support as I did, but I am so fortunate that I have had the opportunity to feel accepted in such a way thanks to WVJC.”

Emily began taking her courses in November 2020 and has gained some favorite instructors during her time with WVJC Online. “Lisa Frank and Dustin Blankenship are both very wonderful teachers that I have been honored to learn from so far in my time with this school.” Though she solely interacts with her instructors online for her program, she still feels just as connected to them. Their support is tangible! “I always was able to have wonderful conversations through email with them and have never been disappointed with any help I have been given. They are both very supportive and motivating teachers. I am fortunate to be able to learn from both of them, as each teacher has left a wonderful impact on me. At the moment, both of my classes are taught by Dustin, which I am thankful for, and I look forward to the next time I am able to interact with Lisa again.”

If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track programs and student-centered learning experience offered by WVJC Online, request information here!

How to Enroll at WVJC Charleston In COVID-19 Era

At West Virginia Junior College, we understand the challenges that COVID-19 has created. Many of us have been faced with uncertainty, concerns of financial security, economic strains, and of course, our health and the genuine concerns for our loved ones, our neighbors, and our communities.  Even though we are living through difficult times, West Virginia Junior College is here for you. Now is a great time to think about your future and take the next steps to further your education in one of our career-focused programs.

The West Virginia Junior College Charleston campus offers many fast track, academic programs to assist you with your academic growth and to present you with opportunities in many different career fields, all of which can provide financial stability for you and your family.

Programs that are offered at the WVJC Charleston campus include:

Our purpose at WVJC is to empower change by creating opportunity. Our staff and faculty are eager to help you begin your journey in obtaining your college education in a fast-track program.  If you are interested in enrolling in fall classes, please request information here. Our admissions advisors are available to conduct a one on one college visit to identify your career goals and help you develop a plan on how to reach those goals. We look forward to hearing from you and are excited to help you take the plunge in finding that right career path for you! Request information HERE and learn more today!

Yolanda Bass – Student Highlight

WVJC graduate, Yolanda Bass, enrolled in college at WVJC in 2013 because of the fast-track programs, location of the school, and friendliness of the staff and faculty. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 2014. After receiving her business training, she worked as an administrative assistant.

Yolanda always had an interest in the medical field, and in 2019, she decided she wanted to further her education at WVJC. Yolanda applied, and was accepted, into the fall 2019 Associate Degree in Nursing program at WVJC Charleston. She said, “I attended WVJC previously and I loved the smaller classes where people know you by name, instead of just a number.”

The staff and faculty at WVJC follow “WE CARE” values and strive to help empower change by creating opportunity for students. Yolanda said her favorite part of attending WVJC is the friendliness of the staff and the sense of community. She said, “I have built friendships that have become great for networking.” We asked Yolanda who her favorite teacher is and she said, “I love Kishia, she is always happy and her personality is contagious.” She further stated, “Kishia inspires us to do our best and is always available to offer help or answer questions.”

After graduation, Yolanda would like to work at Charleston Area Medical Center as a registered nurse. Yolanda is looking forward to financial stability and a flexible schedule as a registered nurse so she can spend more time with her daughter. If you would like to know more about the fast track medical programs or other programs at WVJC, request information here!

The Growing Medical Industry In Kanawha County

The medical industry continues to grow across the United States and in Kanawha County. Healthcare employers are continuously looking for qualified medical professionals to provide patient care. To help with this employment demand, WVJC Charleston offers a variety of fast track, in-demand healthcare programs including Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Dental Assisting.
The Nursing program at WVJC is a direct admittance program. Therefore, students are not required to take pre-requisite courses. The Nursing program curriculum prepares graduates to function as a member of a healthcare team within the scope and practice of a nurse. Students learn nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of persons, families, and communities in a diversity of health care environments.

The Clinical Medical Assistant and Medical Office Administration programs prepare graduates for a wide variety of entry-level, primarily medical related positions, both clinical and office/administrative. Students learn clinical skills that can be applied in a variety of healthcare settings including, but not limited to, doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinical, urgent care centers, nursing homes, home health services, wellness centers, private care, and a wide variety of health care facilities.

The Dental Assisting program prepares graduates for entry-level positions as a dental assistant and related clinical and clinical administration careers. Students learn to assist the dentist with patient procedures, expose and develop radiographs, prepare instruments, perform lab procedures, and manage dental records.

WVJC works closely with local healthcare employers to provide well-trained medical professionals to the Kanawha County area. Students receive hands-on, fast-track training in a supportive environment. Students also gain real-world experience by completing externships at local doctors’ offices, labs, clinics, and hospitals.

Selena Ramey, WVJC’s Career Management Director says, “Now is the time to get started in the medical field.”  If you are interested in a career in the healthcare industry, contact us today to get started in classes!

Money Management 101

Budgeting and saving money is a critical tool in your everyday life.  It is important to be aware of how much income you have after paying for necessities. Proper money management provides peace of mind and allows you to plan for expected and unexpected expenses. West Virginia Junior College Charleston would like to offer some tips on managing your finances. Below are some useful tips to help you stay on track.

  1. Utilize money apps or your bank app to keep your expenses at your fingertips.
  2. Ask about using your student ID to get you a discount at stores and restaurants.
  3. If you can use a credit card responsibly, pay attention to interest rates and look for credit cards that give you cash back.
  4. Create an emergency fund for those inevitable moments in life where you need extra cash.
  5. Use coupons and reward points for stores and restaurants. It may not sound glamorous, but coupons add up.
  6. Meal plan each week instead of overspending at the grocery store and eating out.
  7. Reevaluate your daily habits. Do you purchase specialty coffee drinks? Do you purchase cigarettes? All of those unnecessary purchases add up quickly!
  8. Look for free events around your town for entertainment.
  9. Live beneath your means. Even if you can afford some luxuries, you would be even better off saving the money instead.
  10. Educate yourself on common financial terms such as APR, annual fee, transaction, ledger, capital, interests, balance, lien, expenses, liabilities, FICO, etc.
  11. Be cautious signing up for services and contracts.
  12. Before lending money or co-signing for vehicles, consider how you will pay for them.
  13. Consider carpooling to save on gas or take public transportation.
  14. You might have cash in your closet! Selling unwanted or forgotten items may be a quick way to help build up a cushion for emergencies or purchase needed items.

Now that you have some tools to help you manage your finances and stay on track, you are ready to invest in your future! At WVJC, you can earn your associate degree and be career ready in months! Visit www.wvjc.edu to learn more about our fast track programs or request information HERE!