Mountaineer Technology Consultants, LLC – Externship Highlight

Mountaineer Technology Consultants, LLC was formed in 2016 by Booker T. Walton of Morgantown, WV. MTC provides full service IT solutions for individuals, small businesses, and companies throughout the state of West Virginia. MTC offers services in consulting, hardware, networking, software, and digital marketing. MTC also offers student services such as PC diagnostics, formatting hard drives, and standard cleanup of a PC.

West Virginia Junior College began their relationship with Mountaineer Technology Consultants in 2017. MTC has attended WVJC career fairs, done mock interviews for students, hired graduates, and accepted numerous WVJC Networking Administration/Security and Information Technology students to complete their externship hours. Students completing their externship are able to experience a wide array of in field knowledge while working with businesses in the community.

Mountaineer Technology Consultants is currently hosting a Network Administration/Security student from WVJC who is completing their 90 hour externship. MTC also just brought on board a WVJC graduate for full-time employment. WVJC is honored to work with a company that cares deeply about the community and state. Students and graduates are not only able to develop their skills with hands-on training at MTC, but are also able to get a sense of pride helping those around them.

To learn more about WVJC’s exciting externship program, request information here!

University of Charleston – Externship Highlight

With an externship you can work with experts in your field of study as you learn! This isn’t your typical hands-on learning activity in the lab or classroom. You are immersed in a real-world working environment. WVJC has opportunities for students in different program tracks to participate in externships. An externship is a learning opportunity where students work with professionals in their field of study, side-by-side. Externships are offered in the medical, dental, business and IT programs. Externships are not paid, but the experience is priceless!

For several years, the University of Charleston has teamed up with WVJC to offer an excelled learning opportunity for IT students as an externship. This externship allows IT students to work directly with IT professionals on a college campus that is highly demanding and continues to expand. From administrative offices, instructors, IT access for students and security measures, there many ways colleges depend on IT.

Justin Daggs, a WVJC graduate, assists with facilitating IT externs through the UC Department of IT. He, with other members of his team, work with IT students on daily tasks and management operations. The staff gets to know the students and teams up with them on different projects and tasks. This collaboration shares WVJC core values of work ethic, integrity, caring, accountability, relationships, and excellence.

Chris Johnson, a seasoned member of Justin’s team at UC, says that “a daily schedule or workload for extern students may consist of troubleshooting network issues, pulling cables, setting up wireless access points, computer set up for instructors, network maintenance, equipment regulation, and unique projects.” One project he said that is “pretty exciting” for students to be a part of was a special classroom designed for only a network security course.  Students assist in building the technology in the classroom according to the specialized course needs, to facilitate an optimal learning environment.

Chris said that some of the benefits for the students participating in the IT externship was seeing projects from start to finish, doing real-time troubleshooting, and also planning for expansion with maintaining other projects. “It’s a lot to juggle but learning the inner workings and planning phases helps with overall success!” Chris has been with UC’s IT department for over nine years and said that “Every IT student we have worked with from WVJC has been highly motivated, has a positive attitude and is ready to jump in on any project we ask them to do.”

WVJC offers a wide variety of ways to learn outside the classroom. If you are interested in IT or another program offered at WVJC, please see www.wvjc.edu to learn more about opportunities for learning beyond the classroom!

IT Student Highlight – Brandon Cage

Brandon CageThe 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!

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Program Highlight – Information Technology

Two IT students in hallwayStudents at West Virginia Junior College – Charleston Campus know that their success is the faculty, staff and administration’s main priority. This is visible in the halls every day, but the lengths the Information Technology department takes to ensure students’ success might surprise people.

As with every program offered at WVJC, sitting for certification exams is essential. The IT students have been diligently studying and preparing for their certifications.

IT students prepare for the A+ certification and also the CISCO CCENT certification. Over the past few months students have been working with their on-site instructor, Tom Pinkerton, as well as the IT instructor at the Morgantown campus, Robin Addis. The students’ success rate has skyrocketed over the last few months. Two students, Justin Goff and Taylor Swanson have earned their CISCO CCENT certifications with extremely high scores- both in the high 900’s out of 1000.

“I am very proud of my students’ success and their progress in the program. These students will make excellent IT professionals,” says IT Coordinator Tom Pinkerton.

IT Program 2Not only are students in the IT program thriving with their certification exams, but they are also taking their classroom learning to new levels. Students are working on final productions and utilizing technology to take classes virtually if needed. Charleston IT student, Nina Higginbotham, attends Ms. Robin Addis’ course in Morgantown via Google Hangout.

The IT program is expanding and our students love the program! With passion, support and an education, success is possible. At WVJC Charleston we take our students’ goals seriously and work with students to help make their goals become a reality.