Legal Office Assisting Program Director, Bryce Adkins talks about what WVJC students can expect to learn throughout the course of the Legal Office Assisting program at WVJC Online. Follow along as we explore the various skills and training our students will develop in this comprehensive online program.
West Virginia Junior College is Jenna Miller’s first college experience. Currently working as a CNA, Jenna chose the Legal Office Assisting program “to take a different career path.” When Jenna reflected on why she chose WVJC, she stated, “it works with my schedule, and I still have time for my personal life while getting an education.”
WVJC prepares their students for success in and out of the classroom, so much that Jenna said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is having all the resources I need even while being an online student.” Our wonderful instructors actively and consistently do their best to support our students in every way possible. Jenna had this to say about her favorite instructor “Mr. Bryce Adkins (Legal Office Assisting Program Director) is my favorite because he is there when I need something explained or extra help; he’s there no matter the time.”
Jenna began her courses here at WVJC in February 2021. Jenna’s journey won’t stop at WVJC though; she is planning to go back to school to further her education, as well. Despite her high aspirations for the future, Jenna is very excited about the rest of her journey here at WVJC, stating, “the staff members are great, and you can make a schedule that works for you.” Upon graduating from WVJC, Jenna aspires to be “working as a legal assistant for a criminal defense lawyer.”
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.
West Virginia Junior College strives to create relationships with our students and community. It is so important, that we consider it to be a core value within our school. Rachel McAllister felt this very early on in her program with us. Rachael came to WVJC after attempting post-secondary education at other institutions. Like many of our students, she did not find an environment that helped her be successful. We asked her why she chose WVJC and she said, “The culture seems a lot more conducive to my personality, and I love the ‘family’ feel among the staff and students.” She went on to highlight the fact that our short-term, career-focused programs would allow her to get into a career more quickly. “I won’t spend a bunch of time completing unrelated courses, as I have done at other institutions I have attended.”
Rachael is in WVJC’s Legal Office Assisting program and is a member of the Student Government Association. “I have always had an interest in law and the legal system,” McAllister said, “but I didn’t think law school was the right fit for me.” Rachael said that after doing her research, WVJC’s Legal Office Assisting program would provide opportunities in the legal field that were a “perfect fit” for her.
The welcoming environment has been her favorite part about WVJC. “I’ve been able to connect with other students and my teachers in ways I just hadn’t been able to anywhere else. I feel like I’m really making friends and I matter to my instructors.”
Rachael has found herself in a learning environment that suits her, and has allowed her to excel. She has been an integral part of WVJC’s Student Government Association and is a great student in her program. If Rachael’s story sounds familiar to you, and you would like to learn more about WVJC’s Legal Office Assisting program, visit wvjc.edu or call 304-296-8282 today!
Jenny Verbonitz, who graduated from West Virginia Junior College in 2017, has always been interested in the business field. In fact, she started her business career managing the Sabraton Station. It is her love of business that lead Jenny to expanding her education. She first attended Pierpont in 2013, which she found to be a bigger school that made her feel like a number… not a name. This style of education wasn’t for her, so she withdrew and put her education on hold. That is, until Jenny was accepted into WVJC’s Business Administration Program in 2016 after she came in for an interview with our campus representative, Matt Hahn. She said she had no intention of going to school, but Matt was really fun and she liked everything she heard, so she decided to enroll. She was accepted into our Business Administration Program and then had the opportunity to convert into a dual degree taking courses in the Legal Office Assistant Program as well. It was through her hard work and dedication that Jenny graduated from both programs, earning associate degrees in Business Administration and Legal Office Assisting.
Jenny enjoyed her experiences at WVJC and the hours were flexible enough to fit around her schedule. She especially loved having Fridays off. During her time attending WVJC, Jenny had many different business classes and instructors, but a few instructors stuck out to her. She loved getting to be in class with Bryce Adkins. He took their legal class on tours to the WVU law school, which allowed her to see the legal process and put things into perspective for her. “It was really neat to see that kind of environment”, she says. Another teacher who stuck out for Jenny was Rick Frank, who taught her business classes. Both instructors communicated with the students on a personal level.
After graduation, Jenny was hired at an insurance agency and is now prepping to take her accident and health licensure exam. She now gets to apply the skills she learned in her business and legal classes by working in sales with home and auto insurance. The experience Jenny received with the LexisNexis certification training during her Legal Office Assisting program allows her to perform her job duties at a more proficient level. Her Business Administration training prepared her with the necessary skills to effectively manage her new business.
Jenny can see herself working her way up at her new job and the first step is to become a licensed agent. She is still learning the ropes and has a long way to go but is super excited for her opportunity and to continue to advance in her career. Because of the positive experiences Jenny has had with WVJC, she has recommended WVJC to several people and always refers family and friends.