Summer Parsons – Student Highlight

Legal Office Assisting student Summer Parsons has been attending WVJC since May 2020. Prior to starting college and after high school, Summer took a year off. She said she was feeling “stuck” in Morgantown and was beginning work as a server. She decided that it was time for her to make a change and followed her heart to begin her career in the legal field!

When deciding where she would attend college, Summer knew that she was not ready to begin a 4-year degree. She wanted something a little faster that would still allow her to obtain a good career. At the time, she was not completely sure what she wanted to do in the legal field, and she also did not want to spend all of the money that a 4-year college costs if she was not sure of her path. With this being said, she knew she was interested in the legal field because she was always involved in politics and wanted to advocate for others. Summer wants to make a difference, and she knows this program will allow her to do so!

During Summer’s time at WVJC, she has made some amazing connections with her instructors. In particular, she said, “Bryce (Adkins) and Dustin (Blankenship) would have to be my favorites. They have helped me with so much.” She said that they both helped her academically and with personal issues, going above and beyond what she expected.

After graduation, Summer plans to go on and get her bachelor’s degree in public policy. She hopes this will allow her more opportunities to work in either criminal defense law or family law. This decision is based on her desire to help others and be their voice when they do not have one. The passion Summer has for the legal field is shown through her work and her goals! She is also hoping to pursue higher education somewhere warmer. Her family is from Florida, so that may be the place calling her name! In conclusion, Summer emphasized multiple times how she loves going to WVJC and tells all of her friends that are struggling with finding what they want to do or who need a good support system to come to WVJC!

To learn more about WVJC’s short-term programs, request information here!

Hydiah White – Graduate Highlight

West Virginia Junior College graduate, Hydiah White decided to enroll in the Clinical Medical Assistant program when she was a senior in high school.  Hydiah was working at Dollar General and understood the importance of earning a fast-track degree and getting into the professional workforce quickly.

As a senior in high school, Hydiah was not sure what she wanted to do as a career. However, she did know she did not want to spend years working on a degree and she wanted a smaller college. Hydiah visited WVJC during a college visit and after she met the staff and faculty, she knew WVJC was the perfect fit.

As a student at WVJC, Hydiah was a President List and Dean’s List recipient. The flexible class schedule allowed her the opportunity to work while she was earning her degree. Hydiah said, “My favorite part of attending WVJC was the environment within the school. The teachers were always available when you needed them and the rest of the staff is always so welcoming and friendly. I also appreciated how accommodating everyone was when I was trying to balance, school, work, and my externship all at once.”

Hydiah’s favorite teacher at WVJC is Medical Program Director, Chelsea Abbott. Hydiah said, “Chelsea made all of our clinical lab classes fun. She is very knowledgeable of the material and has a lot of experience as a medical assistant and phlebotomist. She is a great teacher and provided us a lot of hands-on experience.”

While in college at WVJC, Hydiah was hired at CAMC Memorial. After graduation, she moved into a full-time night position as a medical assistant. The skills she learned in the Clinical Medical Assistant program were phlebotomy, EKG, obtaining vital signs, wrapping limbs and sutures for a wound, diagnostic procedures, electronic health care records, and so much more!

We asked Hydiah if she would recommend WVJC to a friend and she said, “Absolutely if you take your studies seriously and show up every day, the benefits, in the end, are very rewarding. On top of that, you will have an amazing support system the entire way and receive help with finding a job in your field after graduation.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Clinical Medical Assistant program or another program at WVJC, request information here!

The Value of Short Term Degrees

The last two generations of college students were taught a similar idea as a high school student. This idea was to go to college and get a degree, any degree, and that would lead you to the “promise land” in the job market. College meant getting a traditional degree from a traditional college setting.  While that environment still fulfills a needs in certain areas of higher education, their training typically falls short when it comes to learning specific skills. This is a problem for employers as they need employees who are trained in these specific skills.  As a result, the large traditional college or university is still an option, but not the only one.  However, what exactly do these short term degrees entail? This blog post is designed to help you navigate that very subject.

How do you get this specialized training? Enter the Short term degree. This is a degree in a short period of time with a specific outcome.  For WVJC, it’s an associate degree in 18 months (as long as the student does their part). It is career specific training and certifications that may lead to employment options that are in demand. It is placement assistance as you are preparing to graduate. It is hands-on, skill-based training that reflects what you will be doing in your career.

Why has this become important in today’s work environment?  There are a lot of reasons, but most importantly is that employers need employees who are already trained with specific skills. An employer no longer wants to find an individual that they need to train to take care of a patient properly.  What they want, instead, is a person with a degree and certification that already knows how to take vitals, perform phlebotomy and capillary puncture, and work in a lab environment. They are looking for individuals with specific skills who can perform specific functions and this is what WVJC has to offer.

Looking for more information on WVJC’s short term degree options? Request information here!

Travis Gyorko – Student Highlight

Post-secondary education is generally a big change for a student that recently graduated from high school. Depending upon choice of program, maturity, comfort in new environments, and a host of other factors, new post-secondary students can find it difficult to transition from the high school environment to college.  Travis Gyorko, WVJC Business Administration student and Student Government Association President, found himself in just this situation after high school. “It [traditional college] was a very different experience for me and I wasn’t able to fully adjust to it. “ His transition was so difficult that Travis was not successful in his first attempt at college.  Like so many others, he found himself at a crossroads. “I bounced around from odd job to odd job not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life.”

As time passed, Travis began a hobby that would change his life.  He began craft-brewing ale.  At first, it was a hobby to do after work.  Over time, Travis found that it might be more than just a hobby.  It has been said that when you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life and this is exactly what Travis began to feel.  His concern was that he did not know how to take this skill and turn it into a business.  Not feeling comfortable going into something like this blind, Travis began searching for education options that would work for him and his new found passion.  “I heard about being able to get a degree in 18 months [at WVJC] and that they had a business program.”

Travis decided to enroll at WVJC Morgantown. “I chose WVJC…to turn my hobby…into a full-time career.” Travis had a very different experience at WVJC than he did at his first college. “I love the hands-on approach my professors have given me and each one has taken the time to get to know me.  I never would’ve had an experience like this [in his first college attempt] and that really has appealed to me since joining the junior college.”

Travis has excelled as a student at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown and is even the SGA President. “My favorite class has been Fundamentals of Taxation. It was a lot of work but I appreciate being able to have the knowledge of how to do my own taxes.” He also added, “The professors are really passionate about helping their students succeed and the college offers a very student friendly environment.”

If you have any questions about the Business Administration program at WVJC or would like additional information, please contact West Virginia Junior College at 304-296-8282 or wvjc.edu.

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!

WVJC Scholarships

Are you interested in gaining a quality education in just a few months without having to worry about breaking the bank? At WVJC, we offer 10 different scholarships for our students to help give them the peace of mind they need to focus on getting their degree!

Keep on reading to learn about all of our scholarships and discover which one is best for you and your needs!

We not only offer general scholarships for all of our students to take advantage of, but we also offer specific ones based on the program you decide on!

Note, our scholarships vary by campus, so some scholarships may not be available at the campus of your choice. Check the catalog of your campus of interest for information.

General Scholarships

No matter if you are a young adult looking to gain more skills for your career, or are a parent looking to get started on your next exciting journey, our general scholarships are for everyone!

  • Academic Success Scholarship
    Based on academic achievement and the credential level of each student.
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship
    If you have a family member who is an alumnus of WVJC, you are eligible.
  • Career Enhancement Scholarship
    Are you an employee of a local business? We would love to help enhance your skills and boost your value to the workplace!
  • Friends of Coal Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to past and present coal company employees and their families.

Scholarships for Our Nursing Program Students

WVJC offers both registered nursing and practical nursing at select campuses.

  • Nurses Touch Lives Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to qualified nursing students who demonstrate great potential to succeed in a career in nursing.
  • Nursing Pathway Scholarship
    You can have the ability to receive this scholarship if you are a graduate of WVJC’s allied health programs and plan on pursuing a career in nursing.

Scholarships for Students Out of High School

If you are a high school senior or have just graduated, these scholarships are for you.

  • Community Awareness Scholarship
    If you have had an active role in helping make your community better, you are eligible to receive this scholarship.
  • Early Admission Scholarship
    This scholarship is available to high school students who apply to WVJC before November 15th for early admission.
  • Imagine America Scholarship
    Seniors who have been recommended by their guidance counselors can be awarded this scholarship.
  • Stephen A. Callen Memorial Scholarship
    Created in honor of WVJC founder Stephen Callen, this scholarship realizes his vision of promoting quality and affordable education to West Virginia residents.

Learn More About WVJC

We have three campus locations throughout West Virginia, as well as the option for online education in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania! Learn more about each campus, their associate degree and diploma program offerings, and more in the links below:

Be sure to check out other great articles, student features, and more on our WVJC blog!

 Ready to Start Your Future with WVJC?

Apply for a scholarship today to get started on your rewarding career. Be sure to reach out to our team if you have any questions about our programs, campuses, or anything else!