Anna Butcher – Staff Highlight

“I wanted to work in this position because I enjoy working with people and helping them with the goal of creating the life they want. One of the goals I have set for myself is to be available to West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online students and to guide them throughout their careers while strengthening my presence in the community to allow for new partnerships that can be beneficial to all parties involved. This position allows me to teach and offer assistance to a wide variety of people and make a positive impact on their lives.”- Anna Butcher.

As the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online, Anna Butcher assists students and alumni with preparation for their future careers and employment. Anna teaches a Career Preparation course that prepares students to create documents needed to obtain employment, such as; cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and references. In this course, students also complete a mock interview to assist them in proper interview techniques.

Anna says, “My main motivation is being part of the positive change happening in students’ and alumni’s lives. I enjoy being there to assist them and make the employment process a bit easier. I also enjoy helping employers find quality employees in our students and being a career matchmaker! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your students were able to find their dream career.”

Previously, Anna worked as a case manager and counselor at a local non-profit. She offered therapy, life skills, goal setting, and utilized behavioral therapy techniques, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to help her clients better deal with their trauma. After budget cuts due to Covid-19, Anna found her way to WVJC, where she wanted to remain in a position of helping others create a better life for themselves and their families. Anna previously was a Graduate Assistant at a university and loved the idea of combining her two passions of teaching and helping others. Anna has experience with community outreach and enjoys partnering with local businesses to offer employment opportunities to students and alumni. She feels strongly this is where she was meant to be and is happy to have the opportunity to be in a fulfilling career doing what she loves!

If you wish to learn more about career services for students and graduates at WVJC, please request information here!

Chantel Garrett – Student Highlight

Medical Assisting student, Chantel Garrett, decided to contact WVJC to learn more about our fast-track healthcare programs. Chantel attended a local community college before attending WVJC, but it was not the right fit. When she entered the doors at WVJC, she knew she selected the right college to further her education! She said, “I decided to attend WVJC because of the atmosphere and support from every person I interacted with.”

Chantel has always been interested in the medical field. She said, “I love to take care of people and help others.” Before attending WVJC, Chantel was working as a caregiver. She enjoyed her job, but she felt stuck. Chantel understands the importance of education and is excited about her career opportunities once she earns her diploma.

The classes at WVJC are designed for students to get hands-on training, so graduates are ready for careers upon graduation. Chantel‘s Medical Assisting Diploma program is flying by. She has already completed her clinical lab classes, so she now has the skills to complete vital signs, phlebotomy, EKG, assist with minor office surgeries, and so much more!

We asked Chantel about her favorite part about attending WVJC, and she said, “The open-door policy is my favorite. I know someone is always available to listen to me.”

If you are ready for a change and looking for a career, request information here!

Morgantown Nursing Program Highlight

We had the pleasure of speaking with the Dean of Nursing, Dr. Lisa Onega, and the nursing department at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown to gain insight into what our nursing students can expect from the Nursing program.

West Virginia Junior College Morgantown takes great pride in preparing our nursing students to provide quality care to our local communities.
To ensure they are prepared, Lisa says, “Nursing students use the nursing process to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities. Their studies include foundational arts and science classes as well as nursing classes. Many nursing courses have laboratory and clinical experiences that enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to foster health, healing, and hope. Nursing students also learn to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to advance individual and societal health.” In addition to nursing studies and laboratory and clinical experiences, faculty prepare their nursing students throughout the program to take the NCLEX-RN~ after graduation. Lisa confirms that the NCLEX-RN is a test that measures graduates’ abilities to provide safe nursing care. Upon successful completion of NCLEX-RN, a state grants graduates a license, and they become registered nurses.

Once becoming a registered nurse, graduates can be prepared for a rewarding career and an array of opportunities and paths. Nurses can be found in numerous settings such as hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and more. Lisa concurs that one of the exceptional things about nursing is the range of career options and that nurses may work with individuals, groups, or populations. Nurses may work in in-patient, outpatient, or community settings. She continues to say, “Regardless of the specialty or setting, everyday nurses improve health and lives of other people, and that is what we want to bring to West Virginia and our surrounding states.”

Lisa frequently answers the questions “how does one become a successful nurse?” and “can I do this?” She tells them that to be a successful nurse; one must first be a successful nursing student. She tells her students, “Nursing is a challenging and demanding discipline. Therefore, you need to put in the effort and be self-disciplined throughout your learning experience. Here at the West Virginia Junior College’s Morgantown campus, you can expect to receive the training and guidance needed to become a successful registered nurse as it is our goal to educate, mentor, and guide each nursing student to achieve his or her potential.”

However, it does take a unique individual to be a nurse. We asked our nursing department what characteristics a student needs to be a successful nursing student and later a successful nurse. They believe that successful students and nurses possess the characteristics of honesty, integrity, accountability, confidentiality, professionalism, time management skills, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and organizational skills. In addition, nursing students have to be flexible and willing to learn as nursing is continually changing and always strives to be up to date on the newest technology. Lisa adds, “And most importantly, nurses have to be self-reflective, empathic, compassionate, and kind. You want to show true care for your patients.”

To learn more about WVJC’s Nursing program, request information here!

~Passing the NCLEX-RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.

New Year, New Career at the Morgantown And Online Campus

As we enter a new year, we have many things on our agendas. One of the items listed needs to be focused on our careers. Whether you want to start your career, or are currently working in an environment that is not driven by your goals and lifelong career plans, WVJC offers services geared toward assisting you in achieving your ultimate goal!

The Career Services department at WVJC has an objective to assist each one of our students and graduates with any obstacles, by providing career search assistance, resume revisions, and interview practice to help drive you towards this goal! Landing that dream job can be a very stressful process.  Using our resources can help to lighten your load. Use these steps to guide you to your great new career in the new year!

Determination

To successfully find your new career, you must be determined.  Determination is the motive behind our actions. This, along with motivation, is what keeps you on a successful path, even when times get hectic or stressful.
To help keep you on this path of success, you should know exactly what it is that is motivating you and keeping you determined. Make a list. Maybe purchasing your first home, or starting a family is something that you are determined to achieve. Remain determined to meet those goals!

Skills

You may have an ultimate goal relative to a specific job field but may not have the qualifications to obtain that employment. Let WVJC be your guide to a great career, by assisting you with obtaining skills in your dream career! We offer hands-on opportunities that include real-world externships and clinicals.

Resume


Your resume is the first thing that an employer will notice about you. Your ability to complete a professional resume is needed. Ensuring that you use an appropriate format, with a clean and professional look, will help you catch a hiring manager’s attention.

Choosing to enroll in a career-driven degree program will be a great addition to your resume. Employers will look at your education and see that you are driven to excel. Be sure to include your dates of attendance so they can verify whether you are currently enrolled or graduated from your program!

In completing your resume, be sure to utilize keywords. Keywords will help a recruiter quickly add you to a qualified candidate list, increasing your odds of employment. Include pertinent information, including contact information, education, experience, certifications, skills, and any networking platforms that are beneficial. Lastly, try to keep it minimal and check it over for grammatical and spelling errors.

Employment

Once your resume is properly completed, you should optimize your job search! Many perceive the thought of looking for employment while attending school to be too early, but it is in fact the best time to start! Research your preferred employers. Locate available positions and hiring processes for each employer. Within this research, you will know answers to many questions such as how their hiring process works, requirements of available positions, and often, at times, the salary and benefit information for the positions you are seeking.  Also, remember that you can reach out to employers to learn more about their processes.

Jump Start your Career

WVJC offers several different program opportunities to fit anyone’s needs! Let us be the team that assists you in your career goals!  Our goal is to encourage and support you in your career development and growth from our Admissions team to Program Directors and Instructors.

Samantha Esposito – Staff Highlight

“I wanted a position where I would be able to help and impact individuals while also supporting the community.  My position at WVJC has allowed me to do both!” – Samantha Esposito

As the Director of Career Management at West Virginia Junior College, Samantha Esposito assists WVJC students and graduates with employment opportunities upon graduation.  This is a responsibility that she takes very seriously.  “Working in Career Management, I knew that I would be able to impact student’s lives, while also supporting the employment needs of our community.”  For Sam, it is all about making an impact on her student’s lives.  When asked what motivates her, she had this to say.  “I don’t have one specific what or who, but many whos… the graduates. Their hunger to change their lives is what motivates me to do the best job possible.”

Samantha is motivated by the results of her students and her service to her community.  Prior to working at WVJC, she worked in student housing in the Morgantown area and the Ronald McDonald house prior to that. This path lead her to WVJC as a means to work in an environment that would allow her to use elements from both experiences to assist our students as they progress to the next step in their lives.  While at WVJC, she has continued to work within our community through service organizations such as the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mon.

Student success is a cornerstone for us here at WVJC. The same can be said of how Samantha views her role her at the school.  “We are constantly enhancing the career management process and creating opportunities for our students and graduates.”  When asked what her favorite part about working at WVJC was, she said it is summed up by a “bunch of little moments.” These moments, as you can imagine, center around the success of her students.  “These little moments (are the) texts, emails, and even social media messages from students and graduates letting me know that have been hired, and how excited they are to start their journey into employment.  These messages reinforce that we are doing good things for our students, graduates, and community.”

Please visit wvjc.edu for more information on our Career Management services, our programs, or for more information on any other topic.  You can also call the school directly at 304-296-8282.

Health Access – Externship Highlight

Health Access in the heart of Clarksburg, WV has been an externship site used by West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport for more than 10 years. Josh Brown, Office Manager, and Trella Reed, MA, are always willing to help our students complete their 165 or 90 hours for their externship. Reed, a graduate of  WVJC herself, takes pride in teaching and letting our students help her through her busy workday. Josh enjoys teaching our students billing procedures. When students arrive at Health Access, they are given opportunities to learn clinical and front office skills. This helps our students obtain a passing score on their Clinical Medical Assistant and Billing and Coding Specialist certifications.

Crystal Bennett, a graduate of our medical assisting program, completed her 165-hour externship at Health Access. While she was completing her externship and maintaining great grades, she was able to balance her home life as well. The skills she was taught as a student, she has now carried over into her career at, Sunbelt Staffing.  Crystal not only passed her Certified Medical Assisting Certification but her Phlebotomy Tech certification as well.

Crystal gives a great deal of credit to WVJC and Health Access.  Health Access was able to give her more hands-on, in the field, career experience that helped mold her into the employee she is today.  Crystal is forever thankful for the experience and is confident that many more WVJC students will benefit from this exceptional externship site.

WVJC Morgantown Nursing Graduation 2019


A few weeks ago, WVJC-Morgantown held our annual graduation for the April 2019 registered nursing class!  As with so many other things in this class, their graduation represented their strong personalities and their defining characteristics.  There were many tears shed, many joyous smiles, and above all, an amazing sense of accomplishment at having completed an accelerated Registered Nursing program in 18 months. One might think that in order to be successful in this fast-paced, intense program that you would need previous medical experience.  While it can make the program a bit more manageable, it is not a pre-requisite. In fact, WVJC’s graduating class was comprised of many different personalities and backgrounds. To give you an idea, here are a few of their stories.

We had a student who joined us from the coal fields. He was used to hard labor and long days. When he met with his admissions representative, he told her that he needed a career that could offer more stability for his family as he didn’t know how long the coal field would be there.  His years spent working long hours transitioned easily to WVJC’s accelerated nursing program.  It provided him the foundation he needed to be successful.

Another student came to WVJC as a 29-year-old who worked at a bank. Although she was successful in her field, she was feeling unfilled.  When she made the decision to follow her passion and change career paths, it was a challenging 18 months. She persevered and made the decision to make the decade of her 30’s the best ever.

Our students are a diverse group, ranging from LPN’s, to military veterans, to Starbuck’s Baristas. Although their backgrounds differ drastically, they all showed perseverance and dedication to their education.  We are proud to welcome our April 2019 Registered Nursing class into the medical field. We have high hopes and wish them the best of luck.