Tammy Chewning – Student Highlight

Tammy Chewning is a Legal Office Assisting student at WVJC Morgantown and a member of the Student Government Association.  Like most students at WVJC, this is not her first attempt at college, but she has found a college that fits her needs and goals. “I love the staff and faculty. The experience they bring to the classroom is exemplary and if you need anything, they are right there to help, both personally and professionally.”

Tammy came to WVJC looking to continue her medical career. However, upon a closer look at the program offerings, decided that the Legal Office Assisting program would be a better fit.  “(Before WVJC) I worked as an EMT.  I started off in a medical program, but with the guidance of my instructors, I changed my program of interest to Legal Office Assisting.”  She credits two faculty members with this guidance.  Bryce Adkins and Dustin Blankenship have been instrumental in Tammy’s success at WVJC.  “Bryce and Dustin are always there as a sounding board for me. (They) listen when I need it and are always there when I have questions.”

Tammy has been greatly impacted by the faculty at the WVJC campus.  She had attended online school in the past, but having face-to-face communication with faculty, and instant feedback when she needs it has been vital to her success.  Tammy wants to work in a law firm upon graduation and looks forward to a career that affords her the ability to vacation occasionally.  When asked where she wants to be in five years, she said “On a beach somewhere.”

Tammy has enjoyed her experience at WVJC so much, that she recommended WVJC to a friend who is also now a student.

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Legal Assistant Graduate Highlight – Jessica Hall

MORGANTOWN, WV – Four months into the Legal Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, Jessica Hall found out that she would be a mother.

Previously a Certified Nursing Assistant, Jessica decided that she no longer wanted to be in the medical field. But she didn’t want to attend a four-year school, either. Plus, for Jessica, the WVJC’s 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. class schedule was easier to accommodate with a full-time position.

As her due date grew closer, Jessica began to have doubts.

“I was worried,” Jessica said. “My instructors knew I was nervous. I already knew that something was wrong with my pregnancy. I was miserable.”

One year into the legal program, Jessica was in the hospital about to have an emergency C-Section six weeks prior to her due date. As she was prepared for her C-Section, Jessica contacted the academic dean to let her know that she may not be returning for the beginning of the next six-week session.

Morgantown - Jessica Hall

Jessica’s determination to continue working toward her degree pulled her through.

“I got out of the hospital on Monday. I came in on Tuesday, and I got all of my work,” Jessica said. “The instructors worked with me to accommodate my sudden situation.”

Recovering from a C-section as a full-time student and new mother was difficult.

“It was overwhelming, and at times, I felt like giving up,” Jessica said.

But she didn’t.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen. I dealt with it the best that I could,” Jessica said. “Determination was a big part of it. There (my son) was. He was there. I knew I had to finish.”

Jessica said the biggest step in becoming successful at WVJC is to show up every day for class, which Jessica continued to do.

Now her 18 months of dedication have paid off.

On Monday, January 14, Jessica became the newest employee of Spilman Thomas and Battle, a law firm that specializes in corporate law. She will be a legal secretary.

“I am so relieved to know that I have something concrete and reliable to count on,” Jessica said. “I hope that I can advance with the law firm and become a valuable asset.”

For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/morgantown-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.