The fast-track Information Technology (IT) Associate Degree Program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston is an 18-month program that prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the technology field. The IT Program begins with courses in PC repair and troubleshooting, operating systems, peripherals, and mobile devices. Students then progress into an in-depth course sequence focusing on networking skills and technologies, such as routing and switching. The IT Program also focuses on security and server management, and administration. During the last 12 weeks of the program, students complete an externship to apply the IT skills learned in the classroom in the workplace.
Professional certifications are important in the technology field. In addition to earning an associate degree, WVJC students in the IT program prepare for three leading industry certifications from CompTIA. These include the A+ certification, which focuses on PC troubleshooting and repair, the Network+ certification, which focuses on networking skills and technologies, and the Security+ certification, which is optional and focuses on information security.
The Information Technology program is now enrolling for evening classes. If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, such as Information Technology, request information here!
Recent West Virginia Junior College graduate Trent Stewart recalls weighing his options and searching diligently for the right college after graduating from high school. He had the opportunity to take some basic coding and graphic design classes during high school at a vocational facility and decided he wanted to pursue a program that he thought was “the right start for getting into the IT field.”
Trent revealed, “I never thought a traditional 4-year college degree program was right for me.” He decided, instead, to attend WVJC where he was excited to pursue many employer recommended certifications and could earn a degree in just 18 months. He chose the Network Administration/Security program because he was impressed by its versatility. “I could learn not only about networking, but computer hardware, software, and databases as well!”
During his time at WVJC, Trent enjoyed his networking classes the most! He said that he received real-life experience and training by learning the inner workings of the Morgantown campus, focusing on the internal part of the network, commands, and troubleshooting. He credits IT/NAS Program Director Robin Addis and instructor Bobby Viands for being knowledgeable, accessible, and helpful guides with any issues he encountered with classroom projects.
Trent is a true WVJC success story! After earning his degree, he secured a position as an IT Support Technician for a local internet service provider company. He claims that, right now, it is “the ideal job with opportunities to grow and continue learning.” In the future, Trent hopes to advance his IT career by earning security clearance and he looks forward to becoming a homeowner.
“I would definitely refer WVJC to a friend,” Trent said. “The small classes allow more dedicated time to each individual student and it creates a family atmosphere! I think those are two really good reasons to recommend it!”
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Maurice Faulkner is a student in the Network Administration/Security program at WVJC Charleston. Maurice picked WVJC because it was local and easily accessible. Maurice was interested in a career that is in high demand and included his love of technology and computers. Having heard the commercials for WVJC, he decided to schedule an appointment to see if this was the right college for him. Right away he noticed the friendly environment. “It just felt like it was the right choice.” He learned that he could start on the path toward a career he was interested in and the environment was positive and encouraging.
Maurice’s interests include video games and working on computers. “I enjoy taking apart things and putting them back together while learning how they work,” Maurice said. His curiosity has fueled his career choice. Maurice said, “Technology jobs are moving into the future of day to day lifestyle.” He couldn’t be more on point with the high demands of IT professionals and the increasing developments in technology. Our IT department offers an enriched experience that will prepare students for various IT positions and establish a mindset for growth.
Maurice speaks highly of his experience at WVJC and he enjoys the environment. Like other students, Maurice feels that the WVJC faculty and staff really do care about student success, as evident in WVJC’s core values. WVJC’s core values include: work ethic, exemplary, caring, accountability, relationships and excellence (WE CARE). Maurice emphasized that he enjoyed this approach and other learning aspects WVJC promotes. Maurice wanted to recognize Instructor Bill Sigler and IT Director, Tom Pinkerton. “They have taught me a bunch. Whether it be computers or networking. I think they go beyond to help the students to succeed.”
Maurice says “if anyone was wanting to better their life and start a great future on the path to success, then they should pick WVJC because it’s a friendly college and the staff members are nice and professional. The teachers teach you many things at this college and if you pay attention, you will succeed.” Maurice is gearing up to complete his degree next year.
To other potential students, Maurice says to “Keep your head up and pay attention to what the instructors and directors have to say. Show up and get involved during the study groups. If your program has a club, help in the club. It’s a good experience if you put your mind to it because the college is there to help anyone who is willing to learn.” After graduation, Maurice wants to find a position in networking or computer repairs and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Maurice has found the perfect way to integrate his past experiences and a passion for technology and computers. Maurice served as a firefighter for four years. Firefighters are equipped with problem-solving skills to tackle an emergency effectively and safely. Networking Administration/Security shares the same mindset as fighting fires. Maurice needs to see the smaller inner workings of the big picture to plan his approach. This is another example of a student focused on a career that incorporates his previous experience and interests.
Have you thought about a career that will not feel like a job? Have you had other adventures that can apply in finding your career? Find your next adventure with interest at www.wvjc.edu today!
The day started out like any other typical work day. Little did Brandon know, the appointment he had scheduled for later that afternoon would change his life forever. That appointment was for a personalized Campus Tour of West Virginia Junior College!
Information Technology student, Brandon Cage, was working at TGI Fridays when he decided he wanted more for his life. He has always had a passion for computers and electronics, and the Information Technology program seemed like a perfect fit. From the moment he set foot inside the doors of the Charleston Campus, Brandon felt right at home. He loved the warm, caring environment and says, “The feeling I had on that first day let me know I had made the right choice. The Teachers, including the Dean, treat you as if you are one of their own.”
Brandon’s favorite class so far has been Introduction to Networking. When asked why that is his favorite he replied, “Because I learned so much in that class and I can apply it to my everyday scenarios.” He also loves having Tom Pinkerton as his teacher. Mr. Pinkerton is the Information Technology Program Coordinator at the Charleston Campus; he holds two degrees in Information Technology as well as several related certificates and licenses.
Brandon Cage is an active member of the IT Club and is quick to participate in other student activities here at West Virginia Junior College. Playing such a vital role in the student body has given him renewed self-esteem and a feeling of importance. He absolutely loves when people come to ask him for advice!
If you, like Brandon, are looking for a way to better your life, please contact us at 304-345-2820. We would love to schedule you for your very own personal tour, and get you one step closer to your dream future!
Jonathan Sine is an I.T. Student at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus. He chose the school because he did not like the 4-year college class environment. “The smaller classes at WVJC are better and give more interaction with the teachers,” he explained.
Sine has experience with computers, but wanted to expand his knowledge. He decided to do this by obtaining his Associate Degree. He also said it was a good choice for future employment options.
“My favorite part of WVJC Bridgeport is the hands-on e.xperience in classes. Also, I have a great group of classmates that I enjoy working with.”
Sine says his wife is his biggest supporter. “She gives me the words of encouragement I need to strive and do the best I can,” he explained.
Sine would also like to thank the WVJC Bridgeport Staff & Faculty for allowing him to attend the campus and Mr. Jones for giving him the chance to be a Work Study for the IT Program.
If you are interested in an exciting career in I.T, visit www.wvjc.edu today!