Student Highlight-Slena Skeens

Slena SkeensSlena 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!

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WVJC Bridgeport’s Atmosphere Makes the Difference for Graduate Shelaina Jones

Shelaina Jones Oct. Grad. HighlightShelaina Jones is a recent graduate of West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Medical Office Management program.  She chose this program because of its solid future career outlook.

Shelaina tried other colleges before coming to West Virginia Junior College and explained that the atmosphere is what helped her make her decision.

She said, “At the other college I attended, I didn’t enjoy it because the campus is too big, the classes are too big and it was really hard to get to know others. It was different at WVJC. I made so many friends and between fellow students, the staff and faculty, you are never seen as just another face in the crowd.”

Now a graduate of the MOA program, Shelaina has a career working in her field of study in Bridgeport, WV.

Her advice to new students is, “Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be,” quoted by Rick Warren.

She says that choosing a person that supported her most is a hard decision. She explained, “I feel like everyone at WVJC is in your corner. I don’t know what I would have done without Nancy Gilbert – she was always there for me and helped me succeed!”

WVJC Bridgeport offers a wide variety of programs in healthcare, pharmacy, dental, technology and business. If you are interested in more information, visit or call today!

Medical Office Management Student Highlight – Keturah Frye

BRIDGEPORT, WV – Since she first called to ask questions about the school, West Virginia Junior College has just “felt right” to Medical Office Management student Keturah Frye.

“I could tell, right away, that this was the school for me,” she said.

Keturah said WVJC is approved by the Veteran’s Administration, so she was able to use her husband’s benefits to earn her degree, which she has been anticipating for “many years.”

Before enrolling into classes, Keturah was the evening shift trainer at a local telemarketing company, and now many of her former employees are classmates.

Family is Keturah’s first priority. Her husband is a disable United States Army veteran, she has four children (one of which is still in high school), three grandchildren and she helps to care for her mother.

“My family is very supportive and is happy to help around the house,” she said. “When I need to do homework, go to school early or stay late, they are ‘on board’ to do their share. I use the time management and organization skills I learned in my job to make everything happen when it needs to and I drink a LOT of coffee.”

Bridgeport Keturah Frye

School is a very close second priority. Keturah is active with the Medical Office Management Club, where she serves as vice president and liaison to incoming high school seniors, while she still maintains a 4.0 GPA.

Keturah’s goal is to be able to work from home so that she can care for her husband and mother as their needs increase, as well as spending time with her grandchildren. However, she said she is happy to consider working in a doctor’s office or hospital near her home.

Her family has also played a huge role in supporting Keturah’s choice to continue her education.

“My wonderful husband, he is always supportive and encourages me to do my very best,” she said. “My children for being enthusiastic about my education, and my parents for giving me a life-long love of learning. I think my daddy would be very proud of me.”

Along with her family’s support, Keturah has had a very positive experience with the WVJC staff.

“I could not have asked for a more positive learning environment or more encouraging faculty, staff and administration,” she said.

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Medical Office Management Student Highlight – Teirra Harris

BRIDGEPORT, WV – West Virginia Junior College student Teirra Harris decided to attend the school because it’s close to home and she liked that she could complete a program in 18 months instead of two to four years.

Teirra’s favorite part about attending WVJC is having only two or three classes every six weeks.

Teirra Harris

She chose to major in medical office administration.

“I chose this major because I love to do paper work and file papers and with the degree, I have so many opportunities,” Teirra said.

After she graduates, her goal is to “get a decent job” to start off her career.

Teirra has several people who have supported her endeavor.

“I would like to thank my best friends, Brandi and Kaisey, for never giving up on me,” Teirra said. “They always pushed me and supported me with everything. I would also like to thank my mother and grandmother; they both are my role models and my main supporters.”

For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.