Christy Richards – Student Highlight

Medical Coding student Christy Richards has been attending WVJC since January 2021. Before attending WVJC, she attended Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. She says she feels much more at home at WVJC due to the welcoming environment and the support she has from all of the faculty! She loves getting the help she needs and is not looked at as just a number. Christy is also working full-time while going to school! She is a sales representative who works very odd hours. She said, “I work full time, and WVJC fits my schedule so well.”

When Christy was looking for a school to further her education, she did a lot of research for a few months to find a school that would fit her needs and wants. She explained that she felt so welcomed from the beginning, and that feeling has continued throughout her studies. She said, “My only problem now is knowing I’ll have to leave one day and graduate!” Christy chose medical coding because she has always had an interest in the medical field and will still utilize the skills she already has. She was also able to research the certifications and felt that it would allow her to continue learning constantly.

Although she has taken something away from every instructor she has had, she did say that if she had to choose a favorite, it would be her professor Jamie McGuire! Christy has loved all of the assignments from the multiple classes with Jamie, so she knows she will not be bored.

While thinking about future career paths, Christy said she would really like to work as a medical coder at the University of Virginia Hospital or Martha Jefferson Hospital. Christy feels that her education will give her the ability to grow in her career! To continue with her future plans, she is really hoping to be a homeowner and is already working toward this goal! She would also like to work toward a management role and have the ability to sit for more certifications.*

Overall, Christy said that she has been very pleased with her experience at WVJC. She has gained more confidence in herself and her abilities. She is very excited to see where the future will take her and which opportunities will open up. She has shared her experience with her peers and recommends that if they are looking to further education, they should look into WVJC! “You get help the whole way through. Tons of guidance and even assistance with finding that right career/ job placement. It’s a wonderful experience!”

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*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

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.”