Katherine Hinchman – Graduate Highlight

Katherine Hinchman was new to the college world when she decided to explore WVJC Online back in 2018. At the beginning of her college search, Katherine worked in Elkins at Davis Medical Center as the lead patient access representative for their specialty service clinics. She ended up choosing WVJC Online because “they were extremely helpful and supportive to help me get started in the program that best fit me to improve in my career.” Since this was Katherine’s first college experience, she had “no clue” how to enroll, and her online admissions advisor, Emma, helped walk her through the process step-by-step. Emma was able to assist Katherine in her application, took her on a virtual college tour, got her set up for a financial aid consultation, and helped her through enrollment and her first term as a student.

Katherine chose the online Medical Office Administration program for a few reasons. She wanted to improve her education, earn her degree, and be a good example of the lead patient access representative at Davis Medical Center. Katherine enjoys her career in the medical field, and she has currently been working in the field for 12 years.

While Katherine has now graduated, she can still look fondly back on her time at WVJC Online. “I have enjoyed many of the courses, but one of my favorite parts would be the discussion board. I enjoyed the interaction with the other classmates.” Another favorite memory of her time enrolled in her program is her interactions with her instructors. “All the teachers in my opinion are great! They were all extremely helpful and supportive. If I must choose one it would be Ms. (Kacey) Eagle, because when I was going through a tough time this past winter when my mom was ill and in the hospital, I was extremely exhausted and stressed. Ms. Eagle was quick to respond to my text and supported me through this difficult time when I could have given up on my college courses.”

After graduating, Katherine has continued to work in the medical field and has stayed employed at Davis Medical Center. She now works in the Central Scheduling department, scheduling ancillary tests. She said that she would “absolutely” recommend WVJC to a friend or family member. “They have a great program, and the online courses were perfect for my busy work schedule. I would encourage anyone that is concerned if they can go to college and continue to hold a full-time job that this can be done while attending WVJC. I am an example, along with many others.” Everyone at West Virginia Junior College Online is so proud of Katherine, her work ethic, and her determination to succeed!

To learn more about WVJC’s Medical Office Administration program, request information here!

Thankful For Our Students in 2020

At WVJC Morgantown/Online, what we are most thankful for are our students. We are here because of them, and all the work we do is for them. The faculty and staff at WVJC Online and WVJC Morgantown want our students to be successful and believe that they can be. We are so grateful that our online students rise above the challenges they face and aspire to learn more.

Keep reading for messages from WVJC faculty and staff.

Bryce Adkins, Legal Office Assisting Program Director, says, “I am so thankful for my students and for being able to interact with each of you, particularly via video interactions and discussions.”

Kacey Eagle, Allied Health Programs Director, says, “I am thankful for my students who want to take the step and make a difference in their life.” She also shares advice from Beverly Sills who said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Jamie McGuire, Pharmacy Technician Program Director, says, “I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication each of my pharmacy technician students have shown this module. Our program is packed full of specialized medical, clinical, technical and administrative knowledge that takes great commitment to master and each of you have accepted this challenge with enthusiasm. Keep up the hard work! You make me proud!”

Shane Welter, Business Programs Director, says, “I’m thankful for the students because it gives me the opportunity to work with students and professionals in different communities.”

Robin Addis, NAS, IT, and Cybersecurity Program Director says, “I am thankful for the students’ willingness to move outside of their comfort zone and learn new tasks.”

To close, here is a message from your Academic Dean, Rachael Salvucci. “Your dedication to improving your life through education makes all of us here at WVJC work harder to help you reach your goals.  We wish you well as 2020 comes to an end and hope for nothing but a prosperous future.”

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WVJC!

Kylee Wood – Graduate Highlight

WVJC Online’s Medical Office Administration program has many advantages. One of the greatest is the flexibility that exists to work within your own schedule and timeframe. This flexibility is what attracted Kylee Wood to the program when she started. For Kylee, being a mom and going to school had to work together. “WVJC offered me a way to get my degree without having to stop being with my children,” Kylee says. Another advantage that WVJC Online offers is a small class environment with hands-on learning opportunities. This was important to Kylee based on her past experience in a university setting.

Kylee knew that she wanted a career in the medical field. She had worked in the field and the opportunities for success were plentiful with the right training and certifications. Kylee worked with WVJC’s Admissions and Financial Aid departments to work out the details and began working her way through the 18 month associate degree program. Kylee’s favorite part about WVJC was the people. “The professors were so understanding and I enjoyed being able to learn in the comfort of my own home.  Kacey Eagle was my favorite professor. She was always helpful and very sweet.” Kacey is the Allied Health Program Director at WVJC.

Before Kylee knew it, her 18 months were over and she was graduating. WVJC’s Career Management Department assisted Kylee through the job search process where she ended up working at a pediatrics office close to home. “They are a great group of people to work for and I am proud to be a part of their team.” Kylee has a host of responsibilities, which include checking in patients, working in the front office, and determining insurance eligibility.

If you would like more information on WVJC, are near one of our conveniently located campuses, or desire to earn your degree online,  give WVJC a call at 877-25ONLINE or visit wvjc.edu.

Clinical Medical Assistant Graduate – Rachael Farruggia

Rachael Farruggia is a recent medical assisting graduate from WVJC Morgantown. Before WVJC, Rachael attended New River Community College, Concord University, and Fairmont State University. “I enjoyed my time at Concord, but they did not have the major I wanted there so I transferred. New River was pretty nice as well, but I moved to Morgantown.” Rachael FarruggiaAfter moving, Rachel transferred to Fairmont and enjoyed her time there too, but it was just too far of a commute, particularly since she was balancing her responsibilities as a student with being a stay at home mom. This prompted Rachael to look into WVJC.

Rachael credits small class sizes, plenty of one-on-one time with professors, and the right program for her decision to enroll at WVJC. “I was not ready just yet to go to nursing, so the Medical Assisting program stood out to me. It was the first step to starting a career and getting my foot in the medical field because I eventually plan on going back to nursing school.” While the correct program helped Rachael make her decision, she credits staff and faculty for helping her succeed. “I love the staff and how they are always willing to help you out if you don’t understand something. I am a better person because I attended WVJC. I also got the job of my dreams with amazing people. I’m working with kids like I always wanted.”

Rachael says that many people at WVJC helped her, starting with the admissions process, moving through classes and finally, landing her externship. She specifically mentioned Rayan Matthews, Samantha Esposito, and Kacey Eagle for their important contributions to her career and life in general. “They were all great teachers who love what they do! Rayan Matthews has affected my life the most because she took her time out to make each and every one of her students feel important and help them in any way possible. I also really enjoyed Samantha Esposito. She has texted and called to check on me a couple times since graduating. Her class was very helpful in teaching us how to deal with the real world.”

Rachael is currently employed at a job she loves! In five years, she wants to complete nursing school to become a Registered Nurse and work in pediatrics so that she can continue fulfilling her dream of working with children every day.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the Clinical Medical Assistant program CLICK HERE

Medical Assisting Graduate Highlight – Michele Davidson

Michele DavidsonMichele Davidson is a Medical Assisting graduate from WVJC Morgantown. She worked as a Paralegal for 10 years before she started the Clinical Medical Assistant program. “I chose WVJC because they seemed to be my best option. They were very nice, credible, and convenient for me. I had originally chosen the phlebotomy program. I liked that program, the instructors, and the program director so well that I decided to further my career with the Clinical Medical Assistant program.”

Her favorite part about attending WVJC was the convenience of the school and the willingness of the instructors to help out when you don’t understand something.  “Every instructor I had was willing and always had the time to help out. The classes were not so overwhelming that you couldn’t keep up with the courses.” Michele also appreciates what her education has done for her future and the opportunities it will continue to provide. “Attending WVJC has helped me in such a huge way. I never thought that at my age I would be able to do it, but with the convenience and time that WVJC has to offer, I was able to do it!”

Many people helped Michelle reach her goals at WVJC. “I would say that Rayan Matthews and Kacey Eagle have affected my life the most at WVJC. Having known what they have gone through and seeing them at the school every day to help others succeed gives me the will and passion to want to do the same.” Michelle also credits Samantha Esposito, Bryce Adkins, and Matt Hahn for helping her along the way. Looking forward, Michelle plans to use her education in many exciting ways. “I would like to see myself as possibly already being a nurse and maybe even being an instructor, in five years as well helping others learn and teaching them how to have the career they want to have, as I once did.”

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the Clinical Medical Assistant program CLICK HERE