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.