Carlita Olvera – Student Highlight

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.

To learn more about the flexibility that WVJC Online has to offer, request information here!

Taylor Miller – Student Highlight

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.”

Wheeling Health Right – Externship Highlight

West Virginia Junior College is honored to have collaborated with Wheeling Health Right to provide hands-on learning opportunities for our Medical Office Administration and Clinical Medical Assistant students.

Wheeling Health Right’s journey and commitment to their patients is undeniably admirable. Beginning as a soup kitchen in the 1980s to today, where they have been able to provide free medical services to those that are uninsured and underinsured in the Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler Counties in West Virginia and Belmont County, Ohio.

Our medical office students get hands-on experience in providing client care, upholding office organization, maintaining medical records, and performing basic billing and coding through our collaboration with Wheeling Health Right. Our medical assisting students get to experience direct patient interactions, where they are able to assist physicians with patient examinations, perform patient care techniques such as obtaining vitals, and gain a deeper knowledge of skills in basic clinical laboratory methods.

As Wheeling Health Right continues to grow its comprehensive medical care, preventative care, and pharmaceutical services, West Virginia Junior College is thrilled to see more opportunities open up for its students. West Virginia Junior College finds this externship opportunity to be incredibly beneficial for their allied health students because of Wheeling Health Right’s passion, commitment, and knowledge in providing exceptional patient care to vulnerable populations.

To learn more about WVJC’s exciting externship program, request information here!

Katherine Hinchman – Graduate Highlight

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!

To learn more about WVJC’s Medical Office Administration program, request information here!

Latasha Hedrick – Student Highlight

Latasha Hedrick is a mother of three and looking forward to her new career as a dental assistant.   Latasha is not new to the West Virginia Junior College family. She graduated the first time from WVJC in 2019 with an associate degree in Medical Office Administration. After graduating from that program, she began working at Mountain State Medical Specialties in Clarksburg. She enjoyed her work and the facility but wanted something more hands-on.

As a mom of three and the youngest only being seven months old, Latasha decided to continue her education one more time. She thought about what her interests were and wanted something that was not only hands-on, but also fast-paced, so she decided on the Dental Assisting program. Picking the program was harder for her than picking the college. Latasha knew she wanted to go back to WVJC!  “WVJC was a great fit for me the first time. The 18-month program, reasonable schedule, and small class size fit my availability with being a mom of three.”

Latasha enjoys being a mom and chasing after her kids, as most parents do. However, she is looking forward to obtaining employment as a dental assistant. Latasha has a lot to offer to any dental facility. Her degrees in medical office and dental will serve her well as an employee. Her ability to assist the dentist as well as the front office will be greatly beneficial and look great on her resume. “I look forward to this career path and can’t wait to start working.” Latasha is confident that her skills, education, and work ethic will serve her well in this field of study.

To learn more about WVJC’s Dental Assisting program, request information here!

How to Enroll at WVJC Charleston In COVID-19 Era

At West Virginia Junior College, we understand the challenges that COVID-19 has created. Many of us have been faced with uncertainty, concerns of financial security, economic strains, and of course, our health and the genuine concerns for our loved ones, our neighbors, and our communities.  Even though we are living through difficult times, West Virginia Junior College is here for you. Now is a great time to think about your future and take the next steps to further your education in one of our career-focused programs.

The West Virginia Junior College Charleston campus offers many fast track, academic programs to assist you with your academic growth and to present you with opportunities in many different career fields, all of which can provide financial stability for you and your family.

Programs that are offered at the WVJC Charleston campus include:

Our purpose at WVJC is to empower change by creating opportunity. Our staff and faculty are eager to help you begin your journey in obtaining your college education in a fast-track program.  If you are interested in enrolling in fall classes, please request information here. Our admissions advisors are available to conduct a one on one college visit to identify your career goals and help you develop a plan on how to reach those goals. We look forward to hearing from you and are excited to help you take the plunge in finding that right career path for you! Request information HERE and learn more today!

Health Access – Online Externship Partner

West Virginia Junior College and Health Access have had an externship partnership since 2018. Health Access has a philanthropic mission and devotion to serving the underserved, which has made for a perfect match with WVJC students interested in the medical field.

Health Access helps serve the community by providing access to comprehensive medical care spanning across several services such as primary care, cancer screenings, prescription fulfillment, dental care, vision screening, behavioral medicine, harm reduction, and women’s healthcare. Their mission to serve those who may otherwise lack access or be unable to afford care has helped the uninsured seek care when needed the most. The services they provide come at no cost for the most vulnerable residents of Harrison and Doddridge counties.

Josh Brown, Medical Practice Manager of Health Access, has always welcomed WVJC students to the facility to work alongside his staff and gain real-world knowledge in the medical field. Several students in the Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administration, and Medical Coding programs have completed their externship hours at the facility and have obtained crucial patient interaction experience.

West Virginia Junior College is proud to have an affiliation with such a critical organization for North Central West Virginia residents. WVJC hopes to continue this partnership for years to come.

To learn more about WVJC’s externship program, request information here!

Megan King – Student Highlight

Megan King has spent much of her life taking care of people. She has been a caregiver for over fifteen years. She has always had a passion for helping people and always known she wanted to be in the medical field. Her mom holds a very special place in her heart and she always told Megan she was capable of so much more. She knew her mom wanted her to go to school and she herself wanted something more.

Megan had attended Strayer University for one year directly after high school, working toward a degree in Criminal Justice. She started out taking general education credits. She had so much going on and her teachers weren’t involved, so she felt a lack of support. Megan didn’t continue and went into the workforce. She later decided she was going to pursue her education again and starting looking into her options. She checked online reviews and had known several people who attended West Virginia Junior College and they all had great things to say. They liked how the teachers and staff get really involved and are there to support you. So far Megan’s favorite class at WVJC Online has been her medical terminology course. She has always been drawn to learning about healthcare and the study of it, so she really enjoyed that class. Her favorite part is how she can work at her own pace and own time. Megan says, “I would recommend this school to anyone. I love it!”

Megan knew she wanted to continue her career in the medical field, and with a degree in Medical Office Administration, and the medical career training she’ll be receiving, her plans are to work in a local physician’s office just like her mom. She wants to be settled somewhere with a new, more stable career and a place to call home. After getting through her medical office courses and earning her certifications, she will be better prepared to begin her new career. Megan also plans on coming back and taking her CPT and ICD coding certification.

To learn more about WVJC Online’s healthcare programs, click here!

Chelsea Abbott – Faculty Highlight

Chelsea Abbott is the Medical Program Director at WVJC Charleston. She graduated from WVJC Morgantown in August 2016 with a specialized associate degree in medical assisting. Chelsea is also a certified phlebotomy technician and certified medical assistant through the National Healthcareer Association. Before attending WVJC, Chelsea attempted other universities. She said, “I am so glad I chose WVJC for my education because it has helped me accomplish my career goals.”

After graduating from WVJC, Chelsea accepted a job at MedExpress as a medical assistant. She enjoys providing patient care in an urgent care setting. Chelsea is a great example of strong work ethic. In addition to working as a medical assistant, she is the Program Director for the Clinical Medical Assistant and Medical Office Administration programs at WVJC.  Chelsea said, “I chose to work at WVJC because when I was in school it was like a home to me.”

When we asked Chelsea what she enjoys the most about working at WVJC, she said, “I love the people I work with. Our staff is one of a kind. We help each other and the atmosphere is always positive.” Chelsea is an excellent mentor for students and is a great problem solver. Students are comfortable approaching Chelsea for academic and personal support.  Chelsea said, “I am most passionate about watching students learn and bettering their future. I love being a part of their success.”

If you would like to know more about the medical programs or other programs at WVJC, please visit wvjc.edu for more information and apply today!

Centerville Clinics of Pennsylvania – Externship Highlight

West Virginia Junior College and Centerville Clinics of Pennsylvania have created a strong business relationship over the last several years. Centerville Clinics largely accepts students from the Clinical Medical Assistant program as well as the Medical Office Administration program and students who were placed at Centerville for their externship often receive job offers upon completion of their programs.

Centerville Clinics serve the tri-county area of Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. The organization encompasses twelve medical, five dental, and ten behavioral health sites throughout that territory. It was originally designed to alleviate the patient load in local emergency departments. It is a non-profit organization committed to serving all clients regardless of their ability to pay for treatment. They provide comprehensive primary medical and dental care to the underserved, underinsured, and uninsured community members who need it most.

Students completing their externship with the facility are immersed in a hands-on learning environment that builds on the hard and soft skills they will experience in the field. Centerville Clinics provide students with the opportunity to stay aware of local epidemics and health trends in order to best serve the communities where physicians aren’t as easily accessible to the population.

The future of this partnership is promising as Centerville Clinics continue to grow and expand across Southwestern Pennsylvania. In the medical field the patient always comes first, and removing the financial barriers to treatment allows Centerville and the students that work with them to give back to the community, and provide quality healthcare and education to those who may not seek it otherwise.

To learn more about externships at WVJC request information here!