Prior to enrolling at WVJC, Maddie Owens was trying to figure out the right career path for herself. She was enrolled at another institution after graduating high school, but found it wasn’t the best fit. After talking with a few of her friends who were attending WVJC and hearing about their great experience, she decided to look into it for herself. She had always known she wanted to find a career that would allow her to help others and give back to the community, and WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program felt like a great fit for her.
Maddie’s favorite part of WVJC so far has been the teacher-student relationships. “My professors have been so helpful and kind. I am comfortable enough to text, email, or call them at any time.” Her favorite class is her English Composition course taught by Rachel Salvucci. She also loves when Dustin Blankenship helps to teach the class. “He is so approachable and made the learning experience fun.”
Maddie most recently accepted a position as a clinical associate at a local hospital and is excited to become a part of the medical field and continue to grow by furthering her education. Maddie hopes to be working as a medical assistant or a phlebotomist in a hospital or doctor’s office setting after graduating. Her long-term goals include becoming an RN in the next five years.
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WVJC is eager to introduce you to one of our 2020 Nursing graduates, Sarah Jackson! Sarah started working toward her goal of working in the medical field by completing the Clinical Medical Assistant program. Upon completing and obtaining employment as a medical assistant at the Pediatric Clinic through WVU Medicine, Sarah realized that she loved the healthcare field. It made her want to further her education to “learn how to help people in more ways!”
When determining where to go to college, Sarah said, “I chose WVJC because they were invested in my success. When I chose to go to nursing school, I wanted that same feeling. That kind of tight-knit feeling is why I would recommend WVJC. The small class sizes make it very personal and having a degree in 18 months was appealing. My instructors were caring and dedicated to making us the best nurses we could be. I also made great friends along the way. My favorite instructor was Joanne! She was so special to all of us and was always there to talk when we were having a tough time.”
A required part of the licensing process in WV is the NCLEX. Sarah expressed how she “felt confident that the program gave me all the information I needed to pass the boards.” The school utilizes classroom instruction, ATI curriculum and HURST review to help students to prepare for the NCLEX. Though ATI was not Sarah’s favorite thing, she said it “really did help me with my critical thinking skills.” When asked if Sarah felt prepared for the NCLEX she exclaimed, “As prepared as anyone can be for the scariest test of their life! I knew if I kept studying I would pass, though.”
Sarah now works on a Trauma floor. “It’s a fantastic place to learn how to be a nurse in the real world and prepare me for any future career changes.” Sarah shared this picture with us after she survived her first night on the trauma floor. Her ideal job is working in an emergency department. Long-term, she hopes to find herself living in Oregon working in an ED (Emergency Department) and “loving my life as a nurse!”
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Before deciding to attend WVJC, Carlie Wagner was a senior at Buffalo High School. Carlie understands the importance of a college education and she knew from a young age that she wanted to earn her degree. When she started looking at colleges, she knew she wanted a fast track program that would lead her into a career. Carlie also knew that she did not want to spend years taking classes that were not related to her field of study and the burden of unnecessary student loan debt.
Carlie was interested in the medical field starting at a young age. She chose the Clinical Medical Assistant Degree Program at WVJC because her goal is to be a Registered Nurse. Carlie said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC was meeting new friends and learning new information.” Carlie enjoyed her Anatomy and Physiology classes with Dr. Settle. She said, “In high school, I hated Anatomy, but in college I thoroughly enjoyed it! Dr. Settle and Chelsea Abbott made learning fun.”
During the last 6 weeks of her program at WVJC, Carlie completed 160 hours of externship at Charleston Area Medical Center Urology. She loved her externship experience at CAMC! She even had the opportunity to work with her mom during that time. Carlie described her externship as an easy transition into the medical field. She said, “I received training for a week and then I was able to chart and triage patients by myself.”
In December 2020, Carlie accepted a position as a Certified Medical Assistant at Marshall Pediatrics. She said, “I am looking forward to learning new things and working with babies and little kids.” After getting some experience as a medical assistant, Carlie’s goal is to further her education to become a Registered Nurse.
Carlie said, “I would totally recommend WVJC to any friend I know who doesn’t want a big debt and is looking for a quick program to get them out in the world and love what they are doing.”
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The experience that a student has in college is often one that can never be forgotten. However, when that feeling is unexpectedly good, it is even better. Stacie Street is a graduate of WVJC Morgantown’sClinical Medical Assistant Program. Like many students at WVJC, this was not her first attempt at college. “I attended two other colleges before WVJC. The classes were too big, and the staff didn’t really take the time to help. I had one professor that seemed to really care (about me).” Stacie came to us with a background in phlebotomy and experience as an EMT, but wanted to be more well-rounded. The reason for this is that she had a dream job and this job needed her to have a broader skillset.
Stacie stated that she came to WVJC because the classes were small and there was more individual time with instructors. She also liked the short term (18 month) associate degree. However, she realized something else once she became a student. She enjoyed being a member of student government. “I never thought I’d say this but being the Vice-President of student government (was my favorite part of attending WVJC).” Stacie surprised herself by getting involved. She stated that had it not been for caring faculty, she may never have had the experience that means so much to her now. “I really can’t get over how much the staff seems to care about each and every student. I felt more at ease at WVJC than I did at the other colleges. It just felt right being there.”
Not only did Stacie have an unexpected experience, but she found herself with a different dream as well. “I’m hoping in 5 years that I will be working in OB or surgery. I already have 2 wonderful boys, so really the only thing I could hope for in 5 years is a happy family and successful career. “
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The Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College prepares students for careers in the medical field in a short term, 18-month program. Successful medical assistants are dependable, have strong communication skills, demonstrate initiative, and are compassionate while providing patient care. WVJC medical assisting students receive hands-on training that includes taking patients’ vital signs, drawing blood, giving injections, performing and reading EKGs, assisting with medical examinations, and more!
In addition to the hands-on training students receive in the classroom, students complete a 160-hour externship. During the externship, students have the opportunity to observe and apply the skill sets they have gained in the program, in a real work setting. Clinical Medical Assistant Program Director, Chelsea Abbott states, “Externship is an excellent opportunity for students to network with area professionals and practices the skills they’ve learned in the program.” WVJC Career Management Director, Selena Ramey states, “When students excel during the externship, it can often lead to employment opportunities.”
Molly Connell is a returning graduate from West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. She began her journey at WVJC in 2015 to pursue her Medical Assisting degree. At that time, Molly knew the medical field was her passion. She checked into WVJC and quickly discovered it was the place for her. Once enrolled and into the classes, she was happy to call this school her home. The small class size and the family-like atmosphere was what she was looking for. Molly said, “It was nice to be a part of a school that everyone in the building cared about your success.”
Molly is a hard-working young lady that is dedicated to many things. She is not only furthering her education for herself, but also setting an example for her two small children. Molly began working as a medical assistant at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, in Weston, shortly after graduating in November 2016. After working as a medical assistant for some time she applied to a phlebotomy position at United Hospital Center, where she is currently still employed.
As much as she loves her journey and passion for the medical field, Molly knew she had the dedication to go even further. Once WVJC Bridgeport started their Nursing program, she knew that was the path for her. She quickly got in contact with the admissions advisor and began the enrollment process. Molly was accepted into the program. It was easy for the nursing staff to see her dedication and drive. She began classes in June 2020 and has enjoyed the process so far.
When talking to Molly about her day to day responsibilities, it became clear that she is a very organized and goal-driven young lady. Molly is a wife, mother of two children, a phlebotomist at UHC, and a WVJC nursing student. Many people would agree that is a lot. However, she is determined and continues to see the reward and the light at the end of the tunnel.
Molly looks forward to seeing how proud her family is of her when she finishes the Nursing program. In her spare time, she loves playing outside with her kids. She also looks forward to obtaining employment in the ER at UHC once she graduates. She said there are times she gets overwhelmed, but continues to stay focused and refer back to her favorite quote, “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”
Kim Morrison was born and raised in a little town in Texas. She came to West Virginia in 1993 to go to school but life had a different plan. She has been married for 17 years to her one and only love, David. Kim is also a loving and wonderful mother to her two children, Zoe and Elijah. Life has taught her many things, but her family holds the key to her success.
Kim had plans to go to school but chose to stay home to care for her children instead. Once Kim’s children reached an age of independence, she began to wonder what to do with herself. After some thought, Kim took advantage of a free class to earn her certification as a CNA, which led her to begin working at United Hospital Center, in Bridgeport as a Patient Care Assistant. “I fell in love with the work. I feel like working in the medical field was what I was born to do.”
As Kim worked and continued to love the medical field, another worker told her about West Virginia Junior College. At that moment she knew she wanted to learn more. “I needed to learn more about the school and the hands-on 18-month program they had to offer.” Kim quickly made the choice that WVJC was her path and was going to be the college that helped her to succeed in her next adventure.
For Kim, picking the program she was most interested in was easy. “I chose medical assisting so that I could take my time and learn the basics of nursing from the ground up.” She enjoyed her opportunity to spread her wings in a school that she could trust. “It was a great opportunity to learn with only a small number of students, yet large enough in knowledge.” This was all very exciting for Kim and she described it as “finding a diamond in the rough.”
Kim said she enjoyed all the courses and instructors at WVJC and she can’t pick a favorite. “Each class had its learning curves and without the teachers that were teaching it, I don’t know if I would have excelled as I did.”
After graduating from WVJC, Kim was offered a job at Health Access Inc. Health Access is a free and charitable clinic for those under-insured or who have no insurance at all. Kim proudly said, “We here at Health Access have the ability to help those that cannot get help otherwise. All walks of life enter the clinic and yet they are all treated with kindness, patience, and caring, that at times they may not see. I do more than assist in the medical area of the clinic, I have learned to work the business side as well, and thanks to WVJC I know what to expect. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t count my blessings for my path leading to Health Access.”
Kim offered some advice for those that are thinking about WVJC or for those that are in one of the programs now. “Show up. Be on time. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to learn and to keep your parachute of a mind open. It will be a challenging experience with huge rewards at the end.”
Kim would like to leave you with “wonderful advice” of Dr. Seuss “You have the brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
Before deciding to attend WVJC Charleston, Brittany Brown worked as a cashier at a local Doughnut Connection, earning a little over minimum wage. She was a loyal employee and worked there for nearly 10 years. Brittany decided she was ready for a change and contacted WVJC. Brittany said, “I chose WVJC because an intelligent person that I know was enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program. She recommended WVJC because the staff is caring and down to earth, but still academically stern.”
During Brittany’s college visit, she knew she had chosen the right school for her career goals. She said, “The staff is remarkable! I decided to enroll that day and began my miraculous journey.” Brittany chose the Clinical Medical Assistant Program because, at a young age, she was very interested in expanding her knowledge in the medical field. She said, “My favorite instructor is Dr. Settle because his teaching methods are straightforward and he goes into great depth to ensure students have the information they need for their medical careers.”
It seems like yesterday that Brittany walked through the doors of WVJC to start earning her fast track Associate Degree in Clinical Medical Assistant. Brittany completed her externship at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to Brittany’s work ethic, dedication, and willingness to learn, she was offered a full-time position at KCHD. Now Brittany is an essential employee and she is working diligently to combat COVID-19. A typical day as a medical assistant for Brittany is screening patients and taking temperatures, registering patients for testing, conducting blood draws, urine collections, and immunizations, updating necessary paperwork, and communicating with staff. Brittany said, “The faith and encouragement I receive at KCHD is astounding. Every day, I grow and mature into a better medical professional.”
Brittany said, “My favorite part of attending WVJC is the staff. They work around the clock to help students be successful. The support the staff at WVJC has provided is life-changing.” If you would like to know more about the fast track medical programs or other programs at WVJC, request information here!
Have you ever felt lost? Have you ever felt like you needed a change in career paths, but just don’t know where to start? This is how Dalerae felt before she decided to contact WVJC Online. When her admissions advisor first called her, Dalerae recalls, “She actually listened to me and knew how to make my hope a reality!” From that day forward, Dalerae has been working diligently toward her goal of becoming a Medical Assistant. Her goal is to help people. She is currently a Social Worker. However, there is not much positive change in that role. The daily, positive change, no matter how small, is what she craves.
This is a feeling she has had before. In fact, Dalerae has tried numerous times to complete her education without success. “My first college was OU, and the classes were much too large to get the one on one that I needed. My second college was the University of Rio Grande. The classes were small, but they didn’t have the ability to work around my work schedule. My third was Indiana Wesleyan. It was also online, but lacked the communication I needed.” Then she found WVJC Online. The online program that WVJC offered fit all of her needs, so she took the leap.
Almost a year into her time at WVJC Online, Dalerae is doing great in the Clinical Medical Assistant Program. She is supported by the faculty and staff and is able to openly communication even the smallest of questions. Dalerae’s favorite part of her online program at WVJC is the ability to get in touch with faculty at any point, which encourages her to ask more questions, which translates into more success. The ability to find assistance quickly and easily from instructors has made the classes that much easier to understand. She also enjoys the flexibility that the online courses at WVJC offer. Everything has a due date, but you are able to easily complete the assignments around your work and family schedule.
After graduation, Dalerae would ideally like to work as a Medical Assistant in a Pediatric office. She plans on continuing her education in the future while working with children.
A few tips from Dalerae are: Log into your online campus daily at the same time to avoid procrastination. Also, stick to your schedule. These two things can help tremendously when dealing with daily life while completing an online program.
Stephanie Kapp graduated from Riverside High School in 2018. She learned about WVJC when Stephanie the high school admissions rep, visited Riverside to set up a lunch table and share information about the school. After learning about the school, Stephanie thought it would be a perfect fit. She would be able to remain close to her family, gets to graduate with a degree in 18 months, and liked the small atmosphere.
Stephanie is enrolled in the Clinical Medical Assistant program and loves every minute of it. “I have always helped the elderly and I want to continue to do so in my career as a Medical Assistant!” Her favorite teacher is Mrs. B. “She is an inspiration because she graduated from WVJC and has worked as a medical assistant. I feel like we can learn so much from her. My favorite part about attending here is the teachers. They really do care about your success in the classroom and are willing to go above and beyond to help you with anything you need help with.”
In 5 years, Stephanie sees herself working in geriatrics, either in a hospital or doctor’s office. She would like to have her own house and have a couple of kids.