Summer Parsons – Student Highlight

Legal Office Assisting student Summer Parsons has been attending WVJC since May 2020. Prior to starting college and after high school, Summer took a year off. She said she was feeling “stuck” in Morgantown and was beginning work as a server. She decided that it was time for her to make a change and followed her heart to begin her career in the legal field!

When deciding where she would attend college, Summer knew that she was not ready to begin a 4-year degree. She wanted something a little faster that would still allow her to obtain a good career. At the time, she was not completely sure what she wanted to do in the legal field, and she also did not want to spend all of the money that a 4-year college costs if she was not sure of her path. With this being said, she knew she was interested in the legal field because she was always involved in politics and wanted to advocate for others. Summer wants to make a difference, and she knows this program will allow her to do so!

During Summer’s time at WVJC, she has made some amazing connections with her instructors. In particular, she said, “Bryce (Adkins) and Dustin (Blankenship) would have to be my favorites. They have helped me with so much.” She said that they both helped her academically and with personal issues, going above and beyond what she expected.

After graduation, Summer plans to go on and get her bachelor’s degree in public policy. She hopes this will allow her more opportunities to work in either criminal defense law or family law. This decision is based on her desire to help others and be their voice when they do not have one. The passion Summer has for the legal field is shown through her work and her goals! She is also hoping to pursue higher education somewhere warmer. Her family is from Florida, so that may be the place calling her name! In conclusion, Summer emphasized multiple times how she loves going to WVJC and tells all of her friends that are struggling with finding what they want to do or who need a good support system to come to WVJC!

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Ashly Ash – Student Highlight

Ashly Ash is a student in WVJC Online’s Legal Office Assisting program. Like so many others, Ashly opted to attend a college that was not so close to home. After spending some time there she decided that it was not the best fit for her at that time in her life. She then found herself enrolled at a local college here in West Virginia. However, due to some medical issues, she had to put her education aside and focus on her health. While Ashly had completely different experiences at each school that she had attended and felt as if she had learned a great amount, she was not able to fulfill her goal of earning her degree…until now.

Ashly chose to attend WVJC Online for several reasons. “One of the main reasons was because of the way that the staff at WVJC made me feel welcome and encouraged me. They made me feel that this was something that I could accomplish and that I would have their support the entire time.” Ashly also mentioned that the fast track approach to receiving her degree was something that was important to her. “Being a single mom, time is something that I barely have enough of, let alone time for myself.” Ashly says that the way WVJC Online structures their curriculum was exactly what she was looking for in a school.

Working in the legal field was something that Ashly felt that she was meant to do, but she was not exactly sure how to pursue that career until she came across this program. “It was exactly what I was looking for!” Ashly’s favorite class so far has been Criminal Law. She has always enjoyed anything that has to do with crime such as TV shows and documentaries, but learning the ins and outs of it all has truly spiked her interest. “This course had made me excited to continue learning. I have enjoyed all of my classes so far which means that I have found the right path for me.” In five years, Ashly is hoping to have a successful career with her beautiful family by her side supporting her. She hopes to find a place to work that she looks forward to going to every day. She wants something that is going to challenge her and allow her to grow, both professionally and personally.

“I will refer anyone to go to WVJC because of the amazing experience I have had so far. Not only do you get an amazing education, but you also get a whole team behind you to support and guide you every step of the way, which for me, is so important.” –Ashly Ash