Josie Cooper – Graduate Highlight

Josie Cooper knew she had to change careers after her employment as store manager unfortunately ended. Before deciding on attending WVJC, Josie had always been on the fence about returning to college. “With always working before, I felt I never had the time to follow that dream. It was a dream of mine to go back and complete what I had started.” Josie wanted a better and brighter future for her family. “That future started with me, and I knew I had to go back.”

Josie chose WVJC after researching local colleges in her area. “WVJC seemed to have everything I needed to succeed. The staff was accommodating along the way, and admissions made sure to put me in a program that best suited my interest.” Josie also noted that the new student orientation made the worries of being a new student fade away. “I was through the first term before I knew it!”

Josie knew she always wanted to be in the medical field but didn’t know where to start. What she did know was that she wanted to complete her education, earn her degree, and enter a promising career field. That is the reason she chose WVJC Online’s Medical Coding program. Her favorite part about attending WVJC was the flexibility it offered. “I was able to enjoy my personal time with my family and continue working full-time while furthering my education.” Her favorite teacher was Dr. Kacey Eagle. “She made sure all her students had the resources needed to succeed and was always there when she was needed.”Now that Josie has graduated, she is happy to say she is working in her career field. After obtaining her CPC certification for medical coding, Josie is now a Coding Assistant Analyst! With her experience, she says she would absolutely refer any friend to WVJC. “I would encourage anyone to go back to continue their education, and if carrying a full-time job was a worry, I would let them know it was possible at WVJC. I am an example of just that.”

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Amie Starliper – Student Highlight

Amie Starliper is a WVJC Online student. She chose to enroll in the Medical Coding program for a new career path. Prior to being a student at WVJC, Amie had attended other post-secondary schools. Her experiences, at both institutions, were quite different. At her first post-secondary schools, she didn’t feel challenged enough and that was one of the main reasons she was not successful. Amie says, “My heart just wasn’t in it.” She decided that her real passion was in cosmetology.  Amie, then, went on to school to become licensed for this.

She did have a knack for this, but after fifteen years in the cosmetology business, Amie decided it was time for a career change. She ultimately chose to attend WVJC Online because she could continue to work and pursue an education. She can also make her own schedule, which was one of the biggest advantages in her mind. Outside of the class schedule, Amie was also looking for easy access, and structure. West Virginia Junior College fulfilled all of her needs. Her overall experience has been a positive one and she feels challenged every day. It’s hard for her to pick a favorite teacher because she likes them all! She enjoys the close-knit relationships and the true care the instructors demonstrate, like sending her cards on her birthday.

Amie chose Medical Coding because she wanted a good career in the healthcare field. She wanted something she would enjoy and that would be challenging for her. In her estimation, she has found all of those things at WVJC. Amie’s goal is to graduate from the online Medical Coding program and take the skills, certification, and career training she’s earned at WVJC and apply to a coding job at a hospital. Long term, she hopes to relocate and establish herself in a new area, and have a career as a medical coder, remotely.

Amie was able to go back to school because WVJC Online makes it more convenient. It’s awesome to have online programs available to achieve an education and a degree later in life. Life is so busy, but they really help you! The support has been unreal and Amie says she has never felt this kind of support before. She is learning so much in her program and said it’s been great, all of their programs are great, so she would definitely refer a friend to West Virginia Junior College!

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Katie Malone – Student Highlight

Deciding on a college can be an intimidating process for some. For Katie Malone, this process was rather easy…. the second time around. Like many of the students at West Virginia Junior College, Katie attended a different college prior to enrolling at WVJC. She enrolled at Westmoreland Community College, where she studied English. After two years at Westmoreland, she decided to call it quits. “They didn’t care about their students. Outside of class I never talked to my professors.”

Katie Malone

Katie decided to take a few years off, where she worked odd jobs, one of them being a receptionist job. After having a conversation with her mom who is a Registered Nurse, she decided she wanted to go back to school to study for a career in the medical field. When looking at schools this time around, Katie decided she wanted something more personalized. She found that at WVJC. “I was uncertain about going back at first. I didn’t want something like my previous college, but everyone [at WVJC] was so welcoming. It’s very personal and I knew after visiting just once that this was where I wanted to go.”

Katie started out in WVJC’s Medical Coding program. After talking with the Medical Coding program director Kacey Eagle, she decided she wanted to change lanes a bit and complete the Medical Office Administration program first, and then transition into the Medical Coding program. When asked what her favorite part of attending WVJC was, Katie said, “Well, I have a few favorite things. I love learning and so far I have learned many new interesting things. Most importantly, I love the interactions I have with my teachers and my classmates.”

When asked who her favorite teacher is, she laughed and said:

“Well, I want to give credit to a few particular ones. First would be Kacey Eagle. She changed my life. Kacey went out of her way, and actually got me my current job at the library. Second would be Lisa Frank. Lisa taught my english classes, and she believed in me when I doubted myself.”

Katie is very thankful for WVJC. “If you would have told me a year ago I would be this happy, I would not have believed you.”