Jenna Ramirez is currently a student in the Information Technology Degree program! Before enrolling at West Virginia Junior College, Jenna attended West Virginia University majoring in Nutrition. After a year at WVU Jenna realized her needs weren’t quite met; after searching for schools online, she found that WVJC was just what she was looking for. Jenna stated “I feel like WVJC provides a better learning environment because it’s a smaller college. The instructors and really all the faculty are invested in the student’s college, career, and care about the student’s success from day one and even years down the road.”
Jenna feels strongly that she will develop great relationships and the skills she needs to succeed in the IT field due to the smaller class size! In such a short time Jenna has already begun to create those relationships saying “If I could choose a TA as my favorite teacher, it would definitely be Misti.” Jenna is enjoying the smaller class sizes and the environment that brings, saying “small classes give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates and that the staff makes you feel at home!”
When Jenna looks to the future, she currently sees herself potentially working with the FBI and sees the IT field as a great step into that career path! No matter what Jenna decides to do, she knows that she will have the WVJC family there to support her every step of the way!
Clinical Medical Assistant student Dayna Ferrari started attending WVJC in August 2020 after graduating from Capital High School. Dayna said, “My decision to attend WVJC was an easy one.” Dayna has always had an interest in the medical field. She said, “WVJC Clinical Medical Assistant program is fast-track, has smaller classes, and offers a flexible schedule which gave me the confidence to start my college education.”
The Clinical Medical Assistant program at WVJC offers various courses that provide students hands-on training in clinical skills for entry-level positions working in any setting in healthcare. Dayna said, “My favorite class so far is Anatomy and Physiology with Dr. Settle. I have always been enthralled by the inner workings of the body and how it functions.” Another favorite class of Dayna’s is her medical assisting lab class taught by Program Director Chelsea Abbott. She said, “I find the lab work very interesting and hands-on, which helps me focus and retain the information I have learned.”
Dayna has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for two years. She enjoys helping people but is looking forward to expanding her scope of practice as a Certified Medical Assistant. After graduation, Dayna wants to work as a medical assistant in a pediatric setting. Her long-term goal is to become a Registered Nurse in the pediatric wing of a hospital, married, and have her own home and start a family. In her free time, Dayna enjoys binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix and researching medical issues taking place around the globe.
We asked Dayna if she has any advice for a new student, she said, “My advice to new students would be to make sure you start on a strong foot, don’t be afraid to talk to your instructors, they understand everything that is going on, big or small. Get involved in the school; it will help you to succeed more.”
Dayna said, “I would absolutely recommend WVJC to friends and family! Growing up, I always needed one-on-one communication with my teacher; not only did I get that at WVJC, but it also offered an environment where I could focus and buckle down. The staff is also very understanding in regards to your life outside of school, and the flexible schedule makes it easier to keep my job and focus on my studies without becoming overwhelmed.”
To learn more about WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program, request information here!
After graduation, she went on to work at the Clarksburg Health Department, where she was working alongside the staff in the fight against COVID-19. While working, Donna decided that she wanted to go back to school for nursing, so she contacted WVJC Bridgeport to further her education. In January of 2021, Donna utilized the bridge program between the Clinical Medical Assistant program and Practical Nursing program to further her career from CMA to Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)*.
Donna says, “I cannot express how much the CMA program changed my life. I would not be accomplishing all that I am in the LPN program without that foundational knowledge.”
Donna’s favorite parts of WVJC are the instructors, the small campus, and how supportive everyone is to each other. She says, “Even after you leave, the instructors like to hear of your news and adventures in your new career.” The instructors that made the biggest impact in her life during her studies as a CMA student were Mrs. Syrews and Ms. Holyfield. In her current studies as a practical nursing student, Ms. Prusa, and Mrs. Foster.
In five years, Donna would like to be in a job that she enjoys, where she is helping patients and making their experience in a medical setting the best it can be, whether it’s working as a school nurse or an LPN in an outpatient setting.
When asked if Donna would recommend WVJC to a friend, Donna smiled and said, “I would definitely recommend WVJC to a friend. There is great support, encouragement, and career guidance if you are willing to commit to studying and attending classes.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, request information here!
*Passing the NCLEX-PN exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
“I was three years into a teaching degree and decided I wanted to be a nurse. I moved to Morgantown and started applying to programs.”- Tierra Justice
The path to college and a career can have its twist and turns. Sometimes a student can enter into one field of study and find a more appealing path along the way. Tierra Justice certainly found herself along that path prior to coming to WVJC. Not only did she seek a path to the nursing field, but she also moved from the southern part of WV to Morgantown in the process.
Once she started looking into WVJC’s Nursing program, Tierra knew it was for her. “Unlike most nursing programs, our program is set up into 6-week terms instead of full semesters. It allows us to focus more on the individual classes and graduate quicker,” she said. Tierra also noted that the admissions process was really simple along the way.
As a student in WVJC’s Nursing program, Tierra has really found a home. She says that Joanne Kozich was her favorite instructor. “She is always ready to go to bat for us when we have concerns. She goes out of her way to make sure we understand the material and makes herself available for questions. I’m the president of my cohort and she has been the biggest help with fundraising and pinning planning as well.” In addition to classroom instruction, Tierra says that her clinical instructors have really made a mark on her education as well. “The factors that stand out most are the small class sizes, instructors, and clinical experiences.”