Business Administration/Human Resources – Program Highlight

The Business Administration/Human Resource associate degree program from West Virginia Junior College is an 18-month program that prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level administrative support positions requiring a human resources background. While human resources and employment law is emphasized, the general education and business courses prepare graduates to work in a wide variety of office settings. Opportunities may exist in business and industry, federal, state, local government, non-profit agencies, and other organizational settings. Some career paths may require additional training and/or experience. The completion of this program could also be used as an opportunity to maintain existing employment or advance in a career.

While students will take a variety of courses, the program’s core group of classes centers around preparing students to sit for the aPHR certification offered through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).  At the end of the program, students will have an opportunity to sit for the certification.  In addition, students will take courses in business law, employment law, and three in-depth courses in human resources, which cover topics from recruitment and selection to discipline and termination. They will also complete a 90-hour externship with a focus on human resources. This degree path is perfect for anyone who desires the HR field or for anyone currently in the HR field seeking to get certified.

To learn more about this exciting program from WVJC, request information here!

Lori Polen – Student Highight

Lori attended college the first time at the age of 19.  As life often goes, she was faced with challenges that took her away from that experience. “As I look back now, I realize how beneficial online learning would have been for me. I wouldn’t have had to drop out had online classes been offered.”

Lori is currently working in management in the retail industry. Having been in that industry for a while, she decided that she wanted to create a plan that would allow her to stop working retail and find something less stressful. Having management experience under her belt, she decided to go into WVJC’s Business Administration/Human Resources program. This is the first step in her plan to exit the big box retail setting and achieve her goal. “I chose my program because it has a broad job field that gives me a wide variety of options in the job market.” Lori says she would love to see herself helping others or marketing products for a company.

Lori chose WVJC Online because of the flexibility of the schedule, having a campus close to home, and the friendly staff. Her favorite thing about being a student at WVJC Online would be the instructors. “They don’t nitpick about everything and the timeline for assignments is very fair.” So far, her favorite class has been marketing. “Marketing really gives you a chance to use your creative side and the course makes you feel like you are doing real job-related work in the field.”

Lori’s ideal job after graduation is working in the Human Resources department for the state of West Virginia. She enjoys helping employees develop their skills and finding the best path. Her five-year plan is to be settled down and in a position with little to no stress.  Lori feels that when you love what you do, you career is much less stressful.

While she would recommend WVJC Online to friends, she does want to make it clear that online classes are not easy. “You have to have lots of willpower and self-discipline to get the work done by the deadlines. The work is simple so long as you follow the steps outlined in each syllabus and have a goal set. The staff is always ready to help, so when you combine people who want to see you succeed and your own willingness to see it through, then WVJC Online will be your easiest route for online learning.”

If you have an interest in WVJC Online’s Business Administration/Human Resources program, request information here!

 

 

 

Lindsey Price – Graduate Highlight

“I chose WVJC because they offer great, detailed programs to assist with giving you a kick start to your career! I also loved the flexibility of the online programs, because I was able to take care of my son, while also working towards my degree and working full time.”

Lindsey was a graduate of WVJC’s Business Administration-Accounting program. Lindsey knew she wanted to increase her knowledge of the business field, with a specific focus on not only the administrative side, but the accounting side as well.

The business field was not Lindsey’s first vision when thinking about her future. She started her college career with Penn State in 2006, after graduating high school. Lindsey was an English major at Penn State, but found it difficult to juggle the responsibilities of figuring out the adult world while also trying to earn her degree. She decided to take a step back from school to focus on establishing a stable job.

Lindsey was able to earn a full-time job with Mylan Pharmaceuticals and, after gaining more work experience, decided she was ready to go back to school. Lindsey put English to the side this time around and decided to continue her education in the business field.

Lindsey chose WVJC because it allowed her to continue working full-time and take care of her son through the flexibility of our online programs. She had support through her instructors who were able to help make her experience a great one.

Career Prep, a class offered here at WVJC, was Lindsey’s favorite course throughout her time. She knew the course would be very beneficial to her long-term career success, as she was able to learn how to properly make a cover letter, resume, and reference list to help with her career search.

After graduating, Lindsey was able to apply the skills she learned in Career Prep, and has now found her ideal job, assisting students with their career placement right here at WVJC as a Career Management Director!

Her career goals for the next five years include still working at WVJC and being able to excel and grow within the company. Lindsey would love to continue her education by getting more certifications, such as a Human Resources certification.

As far as her personal goals, Lindsey hopes to be married and hopefully adopt a child in the future.

Lindsey refers WVJC to anyone thinking of going to school, because of the positive experience she had.

For more information on our online Business Administration-Accounting program, as well as other programs offered at WVJC – click here!