Brandon Hardman started attending West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport in the IT (Information Technology) program in June of 2018. Before attending WVJC, he worked at the Dollar General store in Mount Clare, WV. A few of his favorite things include helping his family, playing video games, spending time at the beach, and he definitely has a sweet tooth. He loves Snickers, Paydays and Reese’s but there is nothing better than any chocolate candy filled with caramel. “It’s the greatest thing on the planet”. On a perfect day he would like to wake up to the smell of the ocean and spend the whole day swimming in it. He says he is definitely a beach bum at heart.
Brandon heard about WVJC from a friend, Jeffrey Lipscomb, who is also attending the college in the IT program. Having West Virginia Junior College located so near his home, he felt it would be a good fit. On his initial visit he felt very welcome. Brandon said “The environment at the school makes attending here more amazing. I love the instructors here and how professional the setting is. It truly makes learning easier.”
One of Brandon’s favorite classes at WVJC is English Composition with Ms. Nicole Holyfield because they always have interesting discussions in class. “In five years I would like to have a solid career and be able to afford the things I need without financial worry. Being able to focus on career in a specialized field will help me achieve this goal here at WVJC.”
Nicole Holyfield is a West Virginia Junior College favorite. She is known by many of our students as the “cool teacher that makes us work hard but keeps things interesting.” Nicole is not only a valuable asset on our staff, but she is also highly educated. She has a degree in psychology from Waynesburg University and in early education from Fairmont State. She has a Master’s in Education from Fairmont State University. Nicole strives to continually better herself and encourages her students to do so, as well.
Before beginning her career at WVJC, she was a preschool teacher, an adjunct professor at Pierpont Technical College, and an early childhood teacher. She eventually found her way to WVJC and is teaching general education courses. Nicole chose to work at WVJC because she “wanted to work in a small college setting that allowed one on one time with students. I think smaller classes make a bigger impact.” Her favorite part of working here is interacting with the students and watching them grow throughout their education. Nicole quickly gains the trust of her students and, as a result, they respect her and respond well to her teaching methods. We at WVJC can definitely see the passion Nicole has for teaching!
In addition to her successful career, Nicole enjoys her home life with her 8-year-old daughter. Her daughter inspires her to work harder because she knows she looks up to her. A lesson she tries to teach her is, “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching.” A perfect day for Nicole is spending the day at the beach with her daughter or a rainy day in bed watching movies or reading a good book. She is, of course, proud of her education and career, but is most proud of her daughter. “Family comes before anything,” she says.
For now, Nicole’s focus is WVJC students and continuing to watch them grow and become successful. She wants to leave them with the quote she lives her life by… “Every day may not be a good one but there is something good in every day.”