Mapleshire is a skilled nursing center located in Morgantown, WV. It serves patients in Monongalia County and its surrounding areas. West Virginia Junior College and Mapleshire have created a relatively new partnership that has continued to grow over the last two years. Mapleshire accepts students from the Business Administration, Medical Office Administration, and Clinical Medical Assistant programs and is moving towards accepting Legal Office Assisting and Medical Coding students as they continue to expand. Their management consulting teaches the students about administrative services that support healthcare firms so they are best able to provide senior care across the region. With 17 skilled nursing facilities across West Virginia and 9 home health and hospice facilities in West Virginia and Ohio, they expect to expand even more in 2020.
When a student completes their externship with Mapleshire, they learn how to assist with the administrative process and case management which includes authorizations from insurance. This provides a wide range of knowledge to the student from the business side of healthcare.
As the case management aspect of Mapleshire continues to expand, students may start to see more full-time opportunities arise from their externship, which will lead to a great foundation for their career. Jessica Davis, a graduate of West Virginia Junior College, is now an administrative assistant and has a few words of advice for future graduates. “Keep an open mind and you never know where your career may lead you.”
The WVJCLegal Office Assisting Program hosted the entire Monongalia County delegation of the WV House of Delegates on July 15th, 2019, including Delegates Barbara Evans Fleischauer, Evan Hansen, Rodney Pyles, Danielle Walker, and John Williams.
The purpose of this visit was for the LOA students to present their research and proposed legislation concerning their Lead Paint Abatement and Tax Incentive program. The students have worked diligently over the last several weeks preparing for this opportunity which showed during their presentation and subsequent meetings with the delegates. The delegates unanimously expressed their support of the students’ proposed bill, including their willingness to continue working with the students and ultimately to sponsor the bill in the next regular Legislative session which will convene in January 2020.
In conjunction with that sponsorship, and most exciting for the WVJC family as a whole, was the idea of the delegates to host a “WVJC Day at the Legislature” to coincide with the introduction of the bill. This initiative would permit students from WVJC Charleston, Bridgeport, Morgantown, and Online to attend and witness the events from the gallery of the House of Delegates, including meeting with and engaging in functions with the legislators during this special day.
Also during their visit, the delegates had an opportunity to tour the WVJC Morgantown campus, to obtain hands-on experience with our academic programs, including the nursing program, and to participate in a student government meeting.
The delegates were extremely impressed with the quality of our programs, our students, and the work product presented during today’s meetings. We hope that this relationship will continue to grow and foster new awareness and opportunities for our students who certainly proved today their dedication to their program and to the people of the great state of West Virginia with this important public health initiative.