Paige Maul – Staff Highlight

Paige Maul MA, RPT, is a new instructor at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport, beginning her career in September 2021.
Paige started as an adjunct instructor in the Medical Billing/Administration and Clinical Medical Assistant programs. She has proven her knowledge and experience to be an asset to the WVJC Bridgeport campus. She has recently accepted an offer to take over as the Traditional Medical Program Director in November. She is incredibly proud to take over this position and is overly excited about the opportunity.  Paige, hopes are to bring new ideas to the table and continue offering the one-on-one attention students at WVJC Bridgeport need and deserve.

Paige graduated from Fairmont State University in 2018 with her degree in Health Science, with minors in Phlebotomy, Electrocardiogram & Lab Assisting. Her passion is in phlebotomy and the challenge that comes with every patient. Before working at WVJC, she worked for Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital & WVU Medicine. She attributes her professional ethics to Angela Cedeno at SJMH & Vanessa Richter at WVU Medicine.

Ms. Maul enjoys site seeing/traveling with her boyfriend, Eric Bowles, painting, photography, and writing poetry in her free time. Some of her favorite artists/writers are Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Amanda Gorman, and Robert Frost. She is an advocate for mental health in the medical field. She states she can never stress enough to her students how important it truly is. She has overcome mental health issues herself and wants her students to understand it is possible to overcome these challenges because, at the end of the day, that is all they are, challenges, which can always be beat. One of her favorite quotes from Amanda Gorman and her book “The Hill We Climb” is,

“There is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Ms. Maul states she loves WVJC’s programs because of their flexibility and versatility.  College clicks for most people when you realize the best parts and can branch into things that ultimately interest you in your future career. Being able to find these interests are very achievable here at WVJC.

If you are interested in learning more about our programs at WVJC, request information here!

Practical Nursing Graduation – 2019

Graduation, the day we long for from the day we begin any educational journey. It is a time to celebrate; celebrate your accomplishments not only for yourself,  but with friends and family. The day where reality sets in and you start into another part of your life journey.

The dictionary defines graduation as “the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma.”  Many of us look at graduation as a day of accomplishment and success, which you should.  Some question, “Am I told old to walk at graduation?” The answer is no.  Accomplishments should be celebrated at all ages and at all times in our lives.

In December 2019, West Virginia Junior College celebrated the success of eleven practical nurses as they walked across the stage at Via Veneto’s in Bridgeport. On this special day, we celebrated not only their accomplishments but also looked back upon the journey to get them where they are today. The laughter, hard work, dedication, many sleepless nights, and countless study sessions finally became a reality, that they were overwhelmingly proud of.  Family, friends, and instructors glowed in happiness in the success of not only the completion,  but also the level of professionalism from this group of ladies.

After graduation, they continued to accomplish many more achievements. Every December 2019 practical nursing graduate passed their NCLEX exam, which officially gave them the title of “Licensed Practical Nurse.”  Not only were they proud of themselves but also of each other. Together as a team, they continue to grow and prosper.  Each graduate also quickly obtained employment after graduation and are happy to be in the healthcare field, a dream they all had since they were little. “Every nurse is drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.”  – Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN.

At WVJC Bridgeport, you become a part of a small family. The small classes and the one on one attention you receive, are like no other.  We offer many different programs within our WVJC family and we always celebrate everyone’s accomplishments during graduation.

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

Amanda Fernandez – Student Highlight

Amanda Fernandez is currently enrolled in WVJC’s online Clinical Medical Assistant program and will earn her degree in 2020. Like so many others before her, she started her college journey fresh out of high school at a traditional four-year college, but found that the field she was studying was not the path for her and she did not take her education seriously. After spending a semester there, Amanda and her husband found out that they were expecting their first-born, and so she decided to fully devote her time to working and saving money for her growing family. A few years passed and her children were in school before Amanda decided that it was time for her to go back to school and earn her degree. “After having my children I wanted to show them the importance of school, and how important it was for them to continue their education to help achieve their dreams,” Amanda says.

Amanda was not always interested in the medical field. This interest only emerged after giving birth to her two children. “My team of doctors was incredible along with every nurse at staff change, and staff members. They helped me when I needed it. I was at the most vulnerable state in my life. I could not even get up to walk. The nurses and staff were by my side whenever I needed them. It was at that point I knew that is what I wanted to do. I wanted to be that person who could be there for someone at their most vulnerable state and help them to the best of my ability. I wanted to be able to treat my patients the way I was treated with respect, care, love, and most of all, a listening ear.”

Before enrolling, Amanda was not a stranger to WVJC. She had friends who attended the school and were also enrolled in her program of interest. “Seeing my two best friends start their journey with WVJC (and now almost finishing) only pushed me further to begin to the enrollment process. Without my friend’s support and showing me they could do it, I honestly do not think I would be where I am today.” So far, her favorite parts of attending WVJC have been the one-on-one attention she receives from her admissions representative and her instructors, and the on-site clinicals that help her prepare for her career. “Sure, I am an online student and have learned so much from it, because you are basically teaching yourself, but actually being able to go to campus and have hands-on training is key. All of my clinical instructors have been absolutely amazing and have actually spent time after the clinical was over to spend more time training those who did not understand a procedure completely. The clinical instructors truly went above and beyond to make sure we all had a proper understanding of procedures we could possibly be performing in our future jobs.”

After Amanda graduates, she plans on jumping right back into school at WVJC and applying for our Nursing program. “In five years, I would like to have completed my nursing degree and potentially furthering my education to becoming a Nurse Practitioner.  I truly feel like the medical industry is my calling and WVJC is making my dream come true one class at a time.  Recently, I completed my certification for my CCMA exam, so I know I am on the right track and have chosen the correct school to help me achieve this goal!”

Following in her friends’ footsteps, Amanda will keep the trend of recommending WVJC going. “I would absolutely refer a friend to WVJC!  All of the instructors have been absolutely amazing and have given me the constructive criticism I needed in order to move forward with my education. They have all been willing to take my phone calls with questions, responded to e-mails promptly, and even texted with me. The staff is also wonderful. They have always taken their time with me to make sure I have all of the documentation I need and have answered any possible questions I can think of. This is truly the best school I have attended!  I can say with absolute certainty this is the highest GPA I have ever received and have also maintained the President’s List throughout my entire academic career with WVJC.”

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