WVJC is Carlita’s first official experience attending college. Prior to starting with us, she took all the necessary steps to further her education, but wasn’t able to get the support she needed at the time.
Before starting her program, Carlita was a stay-at-home mom to her son, Ezra. She wasn’t initially looking to start school, but when her fiancé came home after hearing a commercial on the radio, they felt it was time to start making their dreams happen.
Carlita chose the Medical Office Administration program because she wants to continue furthering her education to become a medical coder one day. She felt this program would allow her to get her foot in the door within the healthcare field and allow her to get experience under her belt.
Carlita’s favorite part of attending WVJC is the flexibility it allows her. She was worried when starting the program that it would be difficult to balance her schedule, but she has found that she still has the freedom to maintain her normal schedule with her son while getting all of her coursework completed throughout the week.
Although Carlita has only completed a few courses so far, her favorite has been Student Success Strategies. She was able to gain useful skills that will help her both in and out of class. Having this as one of her first courses was able to give her the confidence boost she needed.
Carlita has just the right idea of what a great day would look like for her. “My perfect day would have to be waking up to a clean house, getting my and my son’s school work done, and then spending the rest of the day on an adventure as a little family,” she says.
In the next five years, Carlita would like to see herself owning her own property (with her own goats and bumblebees), being married to her fiancé, and living debt-free. Her dream job would be working in a multi-specialist doctor’s office or a larger hospital. She is excited to see what her degree has to offer her in the future.
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Taylor Miller is getting ready to graduate from the Medical Office Administration program. Prior to finding her passion in the medical field, Taylor worked as a cosmetologist. She worked in the field until she decided that it was time to make the permanent move from Florida to West Virginia. During that time, she let her cosmetology license expire. In 2018 Taylor decided to refresh her skills and attend a hairstyling program. However, due to hand injuries, she was unable to make hairstyling her full-time career. Taylor was determined to find a new career path that would be good for herself and her children as well.
Taylor chose WVJC because of the flexibility that it allowed her. She could still manage to be the mom that she needed to be while obtaining her degree. Taylor chose the Medical Office Administration program because she wanted to get her foot in the door of the medical field. After putting her newly found knowledge to work at a physician’s office, she quickly realized that she wanted to do more. Taylor wants to be more involved within a physician’s office. For that reason, upon completion of her Medical Office Administration program, Taylor plans on continuing her education here at WVJC and obtaining her Clinical Medical Assistant degree. Taylors ideal job after graduation would be to work in an OB/GYN office. As a woman who has found herself in different situations, it would be great to interact with other women who may be going through something that she has gone through so they know that they aren’t alone. “I also know what becoming a mom for the first time (or the fourth time) is like. I would love to be able to help new and existing moms!”
Taylor said, “Other than learning about a new career, I’d have to say the staff is my favorite part of WVJC. From the admissions advisors, instructors, program directors, to the academic dean. Every single one of them are there for you and your future, and it shows through the passion they have for their students. I would absolutely refer a friend to WVJC. I have learned so much from my time here, and the staff is incredible! They will work with you through anything. And I mean, anything. They care about your education, and they also care about you as a person. You aren’t just a number at WVJC. You’re a real human being to them.”
Katherine Hinchman was new to the college world when she decided to explore WVJC Online back in 2018. At the beginning of her college search, Katherine worked in Elkins at Davis Medical Center as the lead patient access representative for their specialty service clinics. She ended up choosing WVJC Online because “they were extremely helpful and supportive to help me get started in the program that best fit me to improve in my career.” Since this was Katherine’s first college experience, she had “no clue” how to enroll, and her online admissions advisor, Emma, helped walk her through the process step-by-step. Emma was able to assist Katherine in her application, took her on a virtual college tour, got her set up for a financial aid consultation, and helped her through enrollment and her first term as a student.
Katherine chose the online Medical Office Administration program for a few reasons. She wanted to improve her education, earn her degree, and be a good example of the lead patient access representative at Davis Medical Center. Katherine enjoys her career in the medical field, and she has currently been working in the field for 12 years.
While Katherine has now graduated, she can still look fondly back on her time at WVJC Online. “I have enjoyed many of the courses, but one of my favorite parts would be the discussion board. I enjoyed the interaction with the other classmates.” Another favorite memory of her time enrolled in her program is her interactions with her instructors. “All the teachers in my opinion are great! They were all extremely helpful and supportive. If I must choose one it would be Ms. (Kacey) Eagle, because when I was going through a tough time this past winter when my mom was ill and in the hospital, I was extremely exhausted and stressed. Ms. Eagle was quick to respond to my text and supported me through this difficult time when I could have given up on my college courses.”
After graduating, Katherine has continued to work in the medical field and has stayed employed at Davis Medical Center. She now works in the Central Scheduling department, scheduling ancillary tests. She said that she would “absolutely” recommend WVJC to a friend or family member. “They have a great program, and the online courses were perfect for my busy work schedule. I would encourage anyone that is concerned if they can go to college and continue to hold a full-time job that this can be done while attending WVJC. I am an example, along with many others.” Everyone at West Virginia Junior College Online is so proud of Katherine, her work ethic, and her determination to succeed!
The medical industry continues to grow across the United States and in Kanawha County. Healthcare employers are continuously looking for qualified medical professionals to provide patient care. To help with this employment demand, WVJC Charleston offers a variety of fast track, in-demand healthcare programs including Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Dental Assisting.
The Nursing program at WVJC is a direct admittance program. Therefore, students are not required to take pre-requisite courses. The Nursing program curriculum prepares graduates to function as a member of a healthcare team within the scope and practice of a nurse. Students learn nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of persons, families, and communities in a diversity of health care environments.
The Clinical Medical Assistant and Medical Office Administration programs prepare graduates for a wide variety of entry-level, primarily medical related positions, both clinical and office/administrative. Students learn clinical skills that can be applied in a variety of healthcare settings including, but not limited to, doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinical, urgent care centers, nursing homes, home health services, wellness centers, private care, and a wide variety of health care facilities.
The Dental Assisting program prepares graduates for entry-level positions as a dental assistant and related clinical and clinical administration careers. Students learn to assist the dentist with patient procedures, expose and develop radiographs, prepare instruments, perform lab procedures, and manage dental records.
WVJC works closely with local healthcare employers to provide well-trained medical professionals to the Kanawha County area. Students receive hands-on, fast-track training in a supportive environment. Students also gain real-world experience by completing externships at local doctors’ offices, labs, clinics, and hospitals.
Slena Skeens had been working as a shift manager for a local Dairy Queen for three years. The long hours were tough and meant she did not get to spend much time with her five small children. After hearing her children say that they wanted to work at Dairy Queen like Mommy when they grew up, she immediately tried to dissuade them. She talked to them about the importance of school and making good grades, but they said they did not need an education because they wanted to be just like her. Well, that was all it took for Slena to make up her mind about going back to college!
Of course going back to college brought with it a new set of questions. Where will I go? Will I be able to afford it? What kind of school schedule will I have? Can I really do it this time? All of these things were going through Slena’s head, but she was determined to be a better role model for her children. She had attended Southern WV Community and Technical College for a while and had also done some online classwork through Virginia College. Neither of these options had seemed a good fit for her, so she knew that she wanted to go somewhere entirely different this time.
Having an interest in the medical field, but suffering from a fear of needles, Slena though that an administrative position in a medical office would be ideal. So, she typed Medical Office Administration into Google and hit Enter. The very first listing to pop up was for West Virginia Junior College! After looking at our website she decided to request some more information on our programs. At this point, Slena had no idea how searching for those three little words would change her life forever!
WVJC’s Adult Admissions Representative, Mrs. Kellie Moore, called Slena the very next day to speak with her about our school. While speaking with Kellie on the phone Slena burst into tears. She was just so scared and nervous! Kellie took the time to comfort Slena and let her know that while feeling this way is normal, she really had nothing to be scared of. Going to college is a lot of work, but it could also be a fun, exciting time for her. She invited Slena to come in and take a look around the campus, then they could talk more about the Medical Office Administration program to see if it would be a good fit for her.
After coming in and touring the West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus, Slena knew this was where she wanted to go to college. The program sounded amazing and she actually felt excited to be starting school again! “The atmosphere felt like I was home with my family; like this was where I was supposed to be.”
Slena began our Medical Office Administration program in August and has never once regretted it. She says, “I have enjoyed all of my classes so far. The Instructors really try to make things fun and interesting.” She also really likes the interaction between students and staff. “Everyone is just so open and friendly. You can talk to them and know they truly care.”
Slena has excelled academically at WVJC and has been on the President’s List for having straight A’s in every session! She says, “All of my President’s List Certificates are hung up on the wall for my kids to see. I want them to know that education is important and that hard work pays off.” Not only has Slena excelled in her academics, but she is also participating in our Work Study Program and is an active member of Read Aloud West Virginia where she reads to children at Flinn Elementary School. As for what Slena’s children think about education now — they are super proud of their Mommy and are striving to make straight A’s themselves!
If you, like Slena, want to set a better example for your children, please contact us here at the West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus. We would love to take you on a tour of our facilities and get you started in one of our exciting programs! Please call us at 304-345-2820 to learn more. Remember, it is NEVER too late to further your education!
Some people go to college right after high school, and some take a different path. Christina Ward is an Army wife and loving mother of two. As an army wife, and mother of two she quickly adjusted to being a devoted and supportive wife and mother while learning to navigate the ups and downs of military life.
Moving became a frequent part of their life, and she found that starting the life of her dreams seemed like an impossibility. Though she had everything she wanted as a wife and a mother, she struggled with a quiet desire to pursue personal goals, and expand her horizons professionally.
Christina and her family moved to WV in January 2016. With her children rapidly approaching the dreaded school age she found her days seemed monotonous, and she wanted more for herself. Her day in and day out routine became just that—a routine. Christina said, “ One day I was folding laundry (that never seemed to end) and I saw a WVJC commercial. At that moment I knew what I needed to do next- “make the call.” She called WVJC and spoke with our Admissions Representative Chasity Duarte. I asked Christina-Why did you choose WVJC and she said “Because of Chasity!” I had always wanted someone to just really talk to me and walk me through the whole process and make me feel comfortable. She guided me through all of my questions and encouraged me to take the chance on myself.” Christina, deciding it was time to do something for herself, and enrolled in school in the Medical Office Administration program.
Christina chose the Medical Office field because she knew she wanted to work in a VA hospital, but also knew that she wasn’t cut out for the blood of the Medical Assisting program. Christina’s passion for the military, and the dedication it takes, still runs close to her heart. She wants to give back and do what she can in a Veterans Hospital. Christina also recognizes that moving again is not out of the question for her and her family, so Medical Office Administration jobs are available anywhere life takes her.
I asked Christina what her favorite part about WVJC is, and she quickly responded with “The teachers! I wouldn’t be able to get through this without the guidance and support of so many WVJC faculty members.” Ms. Holyfield, Ms. Wagel and Ms. Keturah Frye are three that she has relied on in many situations. She also likes the fundraisers. “I enjoy being a part of something larger than me, and giving back to the community. We may not always raise the most money, but we help in ways that we can. I enjoy helping and watching other WVJC students and staff giving back.”
Christina’s idea of a perfect day is having a clean house, spending time with her family, the kids not having homework, and snacking on tacos and maybe some Peanut Butter Oreos. Christina is quickly approaching graduation, and is eager to start a career in a Veterans hospital. Every day she becomes more and more proud of herself as she gets closer to the end of her education at WVJC. She has faced many obstacles in her life, but she can proudly say that at the end of the day “I took the chance and did something for myself that I desired to do. And on top of that I continued to be a wife and a loving mother to my children. They are my world but I set an example that I only dream they inspire to be like.”