As another year passes by, now is the time to take the next step in finding your career! At WVJC Charleston, our goal is to empower change by creating opportunity. We love to welcome students to the WVJC family and watch students succeed! WVJC is offering these suggestions for making this New Year the best one yet!
Choose a Specific Goal
Establishing a specific goal will help you stay on track to fulling your New Year’s resolution. When setting your goal, make sure it is realistic to accomplish.
Once you have established your goal, commit to yourself, and take steps to make it happen! Write your goal down and post it on your refrigerator or carry it in your wallet. This constant reminder will help you stay committed.
Establish a Solid Support System
Having a solid support system can help you stay motivated to accomplish your goals. If you have a friend or family member who wants to take steps to improve their life, set a goal together! If you have negative wizards in your life, leave them behind and surround yourself with people who support and encourage you to accomplish your goals.
Set up a personal reward system to encourage yourself. These rewards can be small such as buying yourself a special treat or a trip to the movies.
This Thanksgiving, our staff and faculty would like to share what we are most thankful for at WVJC, our students!
Michelle Miles, WVJC Campus President said, “I am so grateful for our students. I have the pleasure of interacting with students daily and I love witnessing their growth and seeing their accomplishments. Students, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives!”
Katie Harvey, WVJC Academic Dean said, “As an educator, I am thankful that our students allow us to become part of their extended families. We can experience their joys and offer support when they experience sorrows. I am thankful I can watch the growth of the student from the time they first step foot in the building to seeing them walk across the graduation stage. There is nothing like witnessing a former WVJC student find success in their career field as well as life itself!”
Selena Ramey, WVJC Career Management Director said, “I am thankful for students who apply themselves and overcome obstacles to be successful in their careers.”
Stephanie Duncan, WVJC High School Admissions Advisor said, “I am thankful for our students because they allow us to see real growth every day. Every student is different, but watching them during their journey from WVJC student to graduate is something I will always hold near and dear to my heart.”
Kellie Moore, WVJC Admissions Manager said, “I’m thankful for our students because they bring me so much joy and happiness! I love seeing them accomplish their goals and transition into careers!”
Sheena Pack, WVJC High School Admissions Advisor said, “I am thankful for the relationships I have with our students. I love witnessing their success and look forward to seeing them when I come to work.”
Christina Hayslett, WVJC Financial Aid Representative said, “I am thankful for our students because they remind us every day is a new opportunity to start, to grow, and to succeed.”
Chelsea Abbott, WVJC Medical Director said, “I am so thankful for my students. I am passionate about teaching them the skills they need for the medical field and watching them apply those skills in their careers.”
Renee Rollins, WVJC Dental Assisting Program Director said, “I am thankful for my students who make me laugh in class and bring joy to not just me, but their fellow students.”
Aaron Settle, WVJC Adjunct Instructor said, “Interactions with my students allow me to learn from them daily, just as I hope they are learning from me!”
Kisha James, WVJC Nursing Instructor said, “I am thankful for our students because they remind me that we still have a striving generation in our future. All programs offered at WVJC are to better not only those coming out of high school but also adults in higher education. All of our students have a drive and determination and every day they make me feel like a proud momma.”
Jonathan Lucas-Neel, WVJC Nursing Instructor said, “Teaching nursing at WVJC over the past year has brought me so many joys. I am thankful for the excitement that comes when students get to practice a new skill for the first time, to be present when they make a difference in the life of a patient, or even to see the satisfaction when they do well on an exam that I know they struggled to master. Working with nursing students has taught me to be a better nurse. It has made me evaluate the ‘why’ of the care we provide. I am enthusiastic to start our second cohort here at WVJC and thankful to have the opportunity to help train the next generation of nurses to care for our community.”
Jennifer Bird, WVJC Administrative Assistant said, “This year has been so hard on everyone and I wanted to share some of the reasons why I am thankful for our students. I am thankful every day I get to see our students walk in the door, even with their masks on, I can see that they are smiling and happy to be coming in for class. I am thankful to be able to watch our students achieve their goals to graduate and provide a better life for themselves and their families. It is simply amazing to see them overcome obstacles to graduate; one of my favorite quotes is “So often you find that the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you.”
Holly Mitchell, WVJC Adjunct Instructor said, “I am thankful for our students for overcoming a myriad of challenges and remaining relentless on their pursuit to succeed! They are truly inspiring and I’m blessed to be a part of their journey at WVJC!”
Kelly Pauley, WVJC Nursing Director said, “I am thankful for my nursing students because they are so eager to learn, so driven to accomplish their dreams, and so compassionate. They teach me every day why I love what I do.”
Mark Light, WVJC Adjunct Instructor said, “I’m thankful for my students because they challenge me. When I started at WVJC, I was worried that I would not be able to relate to my students’. One of the things we had in common was that we all spoke Appalachian American. (If you need to know what that is just ask one of my students). I was able to present the information to them in a way that was easy for them to understand and there is nothing more rewarding as an instructor than to see the lights go on in their students eyes that let you know they understand and comprehend what you are teaching them.”
Hydiah White, WVJC Adjunct Instructor said, “I am thankful for our students because they are always helping me to become a better teacher. Everyone has a different learning style and I enjoy finding creative ways to explain the material. It can be challenging, but it is worth it!”
If you are ready to earn your education in a fast track, hands-on, career-focused program at a college with staff and faculty that cares about your success, request information here!
Mountaineer Technology Consultants, LLC was formed in 2016 by Booker T. Walton of Morgantown, WV. MTC provides full service IT solutions for individuals, small businesses, and companies throughout the state of West Virginia. MTC offers services in consulting, hardware, networking, software, and digital marketing. MTC also offers student services such as PC diagnostics, formatting hard drives, and standard cleanup of a PC.
West Virginia Junior College began their relationship with Mountaineer Technology Consultants in 2017. MTC has attended WVJC career fairs, done mock interviews for students, hired graduates, and accepted numerous WVJC Networking Administration/Security and Information Technology students to complete their externship hours. Students completing their externship are able to experience a wide array of in field knowledge while working with businesses in the community.
Mountaineer Technology Consultants is currently hosting a Network Administration/Security student from WVJC who is completing their 90 hour externship. MTC also just brought on board a WVJC graduate for full-time employment. WVJC is honored to work with a company that cares deeply about the community and state. Students and graduates are not only able to develop their skills with hands-on training at MTC, but are also able to get a sense of pride helping those around them.
To learn more about WVJC’s exciting externship program, request information here!
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!
Emery Dean graduated from Braxton County High school in May 2020. He enrolled in the Network Administrator/Security program at West Virginia Junior College, immediately following his high school graduation. He chose this program due to his love and passion for computers. He has been intrigued since he was little about “how a computer really works.”
Emery is excited that this program will prepare him for computer troubleshooting and network structuring, as well as system security maintenance. Emery says that he is very happy that he chose WVJC Bridgeport over the other larger colleges around, because of the small class sizes. Emery is enjoying class so far. Emery said he is looking forward to building a computer of his own to take home with him!
Emery’s instructors enjoy having him in class and are confident in his success. He is dedicated to his work and studying. If there is a concept he doesn’t fully grasp, he will surely ask questions, but he leads with the eagerness to learn. Emery is a great student and is always attempting to explore explanations before solutions are given. He says that “WVJC helps make this possible with the small classes and one on one attention from each instructor.” He mentioned that he feels more comfortable asking questions in smaller classes when there is something he struggles with understanding. Emery says, “communication is seamless between emails with the instructors all the way to communicating any issue with the Campus President.”
Emery grew up playing around with computers and has always been computer savvy. He is hopeful that his future career will include building computers and troubleshooting them with a reputable company within the area. He looks forward to completing his degree and joining the workforce.
To learn more about WVJC’s exciting technology programs, request information here!
Recent West Virginia Junior College graduate Trent Stewart recalls weighing his options and searching diligently for the right college after graduating from high school. He had the opportunity to take some basic coding and graphic design classes during high school at a vocational facility and decided he wanted to pursue a program that he thought was “the right start for getting into the IT field.”
Trent revealed, “I never thought a traditional 4-year college degree program was right for me.” He decided, instead, to attend WVJC where he was excited to pursue many employer recommended certifications and could earn a degree in just 18 months. He chose the Network Administration/Security program because he was impressed by its versatility. “I could learn not only about networking, but computer hardware, software, and databases as well!”
During his time at WVJC, Trent enjoyed his networking classes the most! He said that he received real-life experience and training by learning the inner workings of the Morgantown campus, focusing on the internal part of the network, commands, and troubleshooting. He credits IT/NAS Program Director Robin Addis and instructor Bobby Viands for being knowledgeable, accessible, and helpful guides with any issues he encountered with classroom projects.
Trent is a true WVJC success story! After earning his degree, he secured a position as an IT Support Technician for a local internet service provider company. He claims that, right now, it is “the ideal job with opportunities to grow and continue learning.” In the future, Trent hopes to advance his IT career by earning security clearance and he looks forward to becoming a homeowner.
“I would definitely refer WVJC to a friend,” Trent said. “The small classes allow more dedicated time to each individual student and it creates a family atmosphere! I think those are two really good reasons to recommend it!”
To learn more about WVJC’s hands-on IT programs, request information here!
Nathaniel Tichinel graduated from Doddridge County High School in May 2019. He was the recipient of the prestigious Stephen A. Callen Scholarship in the amount of $10,000. He enrolled in the Network Administration/Security degree program in June 2019. Nathaniel says he is very happy with his decision to pursue his degree with WVJC Bridgeport because of the small class sizes that allow for more communication between the teachers and the students, which creates a feeling of belonging.
Nathaniel grew up working with and on computers. He was always very confident that his future career would involve computer technology in some way. The Network Administration/Security program at WVJC is preparing him for computer troubleshooting and network structuring, as well as system security maintenance. Nathaniel enjoys his classes so far and has even been able to build his own computer. One of his favorite things to do is relax in the library during his free time where he can study or even chat with his classmates.
One of Nathaniel’s favorite teachers is Mr. Cutright, who teaches many general education classes at WVJC. Nathaniel says that Mr. Cutright has a teaching style that keeps his attention and makes it easier for him to retain the more complex content from his classes. The teaching style of Mr. Cutright has also helped Nathaniel in his other classes because he has learned how to study more effectively and retain information.
Nathaniel’s teachers all enjoy having him in classes and say that he is one of the most responsible and diligent students they have ever had. His ability to work with others and independently on projects allows him to succeed in any situation.
Nathaniel is not sure where his “dream job” after graduation will be yet. He won’t graduate until December 2020, but he does know that he is learning the skills that will open the doors to many opportunities when that time comes. Five years from now, Nathaniel would like to be able to own his own home and thinks he might like to explore options of living in a different state to spread his wings a bit.
Nathaniel highly recommends others his age attend WVJC because he feels they are able to earn a great education in a shorter time than other colleges, which saves money in tuition costs. He is grateful for his scholarship and knows that helped make his educational goals even more affordable.
To learn more about WVJC’s Network Administration/Security classes, request info here!
Jeffrey Byrd is a recent graduate from the Network Administration/Security Associate Degree program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston. Jeffrey decided to explore his options at WVJC due to the short length of the program, friendliness of the staff and faculty, hands-on training, and convenience of the location. Jeffrey conducted a lot of research on the job market before selecting a program. He chose Network Administration/Security due to the growing demand for information technology professionals.
Jeffrey had nearly perfect attendance and maintained a 4.0 GPA during his time at WVJC. His dedication to his education allowed him the opportunity to be a Federal Work Study. He was a huge asset to students, staff, and faculty and was always available to assist with technology needs. This position allowed him the opportunity to apply IT skills outside of the classroom.
Before attending WVJC, Jeffrey attended traditional colleges. Jeffrey remembers taking classes that did not pertain to his major. He described his experience at the prior colleges as less personable and he felt more like a number than a person. Jeff said, “At WVJC the faculty and staff really care about my success.” Toward the end of the Network Administration/Security program, Jeffrey completed his externship at a large communications provider, Citynet. He said, “My externship provided me valuable real-world experience with people who wanted to help me learn”. When asked if Jeffrey would refer a friend to WVJC, he said, “Absolutely, I loved my experience at WVJC and the opportunity to be a Federal Work Study.”
Maurice Faulkner is a student in the Network Administration/Security program at WVJC Charleston. Maurice picked WVJC because it was local and easily accessible. Maurice was interested in a career that is in high demand and included his love of technology and computers. Having heard the commercials for WVJC, he decided to schedule an appointment to see if this was the right college for him. Right away he noticed the friendly environment. “It just felt like it was the right choice.” He learned that he could start on the path toward a career he was interested in and the environment was positive and encouraging.
Maurice’s interests include video games and working on computers. “I enjoy taking apart things and putting them back together while learning how they work,” Maurice said. His curiosity has fueled his career choice. Maurice said, “Technology jobs are moving into the future of day to day lifestyle.” He couldn’t be more on point with the high demands of IT professionals and the increasing developments in technology. Our IT department offers an enriched experience that will prepare students for various IT positions and establish a mindset for growth.
Maurice speaks highly of his experience at WVJC and he enjoys the environment. Like other students, Maurice feels that the WVJC faculty and staff really do care about student success, as evident in WVJC’s core values. WVJC’s core values include: work ethic, exemplary, caring, accountability, relationships and excellence (WE CARE). Maurice emphasized that he enjoyed this approach and other learning aspects WVJC promotes. Maurice wanted to recognize Instructor Bill Sigler and IT Director, Tom Pinkerton. “They have taught me a bunch. Whether it be computers or networking. I think they go beyond to help the students to succeed.”
Maurice says “if anyone was wanting to better their life and start a great future on the path to success, then they should pick WVJC because it’s a friendly college and the staff members are nice and professional. The teachers teach you many things at this college and if you pay attention, you will succeed.” Maurice is gearing up to complete his degree next year.
To other potential students, Maurice says to “Keep your head up and pay attention to what the instructors and directors have to say. Show up and get involved during the study groups. If your program has a club, help in the club. It’s a good experience if you put your mind to it because the college is there to help anyone who is willing to learn.” After graduation, Maurice wants to find a position in networking or computer repairs and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Maurice has found the perfect way to integrate his past experiences and a passion for technology and computers. Maurice served as a firefighter for four years. Firefighters are equipped with problem-solving skills to tackle an emergency effectively and safely. Networking Administration/Security shares the same mindset as fighting fires. Maurice needs to see the smaller inner workings of the big picture to plan his approach. This is another example of a student focused on a career that incorporates his previous experience and interests.
Have you thought about a career that will not feel like a job? Have you had other adventures that can apply in finding your career? Find your next adventure with interest at www.wvjc.edu today!
Externships allow students to experience real-life skills in their field of study, in order to gain valuable experience and knowledge from the experts in the field. At WVJC, all students have the opportunity to participate in an externship where they get to interact in their field of study.
One of WVJC Bridgeport’s incredible externship partners, who we have worked with for years, is United Hospital Center. One of the programs UHC offers an externship program for is Information Technology. With this externship program, IT students work with the men and women in the IT field, experiencing everything from server management to network management.
Brian Williams works closely with the IT externs through the UHC Department of IT. He, along with other members of his team, work with information technology students on projects ranging from routine IT maintenance to new project installation. WVJC students get to work with industry professionals either one on one or in large groups to perform these various tasks and gain valuable experience.
Brian stated that the benefits of externships include the ability to see large infrastructure in action, ongoing project management, and viewing customer support in person. Brian recently moved into his role and is excited to see what the future will hold as WVJC and UHC’s partnership continues to grow.
WVJC Bridgeport encourages students and graduates to learn from many different sources to better facilitate their education and experience in their field of study. If you are interested in gaining hands-on experience in your chosen career field while still in school, don’t hesitate to reach out at wvjc.edu!