At WVJC Morgantown/Online, what we are most thankful for are our students. We are here because of them, and all the work we do is for them. The faculty and staff at WVJC Online and WVJC Morgantown want our students to be successful and believe that they can be. We are so grateful that our online students rise above the challenges they face and aspire to learn more.
Keep reading for messages from WVJC faculty and staff.
Bryce Adkins, Legal Office Assisting Program Director, says, “I am so thankful for my students and for being able to interact with each of you, particularly via video interactions and discussions.”
Kacey Eagle, Allied Health Programs Director, says, “I am thankful for my students who want to take the step and make a difference in their life.” She also shares advice from Beverly Sills who said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
Jamie McGuire, Pharmacy Technician Program Director, says, “I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication each of my pharmacy technician students have shown this module. Our program is packed full of specialized medical, clinical, technical and administrative knowledge that takes great commitment to master and each of you have accepted this challenge with enthusiasm. Keep up the hard work! You make me proud!”
Shane Welter, Business Programs Director, says, “I’m thankful for the students because it gives me the opportunity to work with students and professionals in different communities.”
Robin Addis, NAS, IT, and Cybersecurity Program Director says, “I am thankful for the students’ willingness to move outside of their comfort zone and learn new tasks.”
To close, here is a message from your Academic Dean, Rachael Salvucci. “Your dedication to improving your life through education makes all of us here at WVJC work harder to help you reach your goals. We wish you well as 2020 comes to an end and hope for nothing but a prosperous future.”
Cynthia McQuintson is the first official graduate of our WVJC Online Campus!
When asked why she decided to attend WVJC’s Online Campus Cynthia said, “I originally attended school at WVJC in 1986 after graduating from Buckhannon-Upshur High School. I completed the Legal Assisting program and had a great experience with the school so I decided to come back to further my education.”
Throughout the years, Cynthia kept in contact with Campus President Patty Callen, waiting for the day the campus would start offering online classes.
Cynthia’s favorite part of attending WVJC is the Business Management associate degree program is perfectly aligned with her present job as a Finance and Administrative Manager for a publicly-traded company. “All of my work experience has been helpful in completing the business program and in turn the program has improved my skillset in many valuable areas,” says Cynthia.
Cynthia’s support system has always been her husband John and her son Andrew. “You never know what challenges you will encounter in life, but I am very close to realizing my dream thanks to all of their support (and willingness to eat pizza regularly),” she said.
“Family is always first and led me to be a stay-at-home mom for five years. My son Andrew is 17 and my daughter Kaitlyn is 20. When they were small and I was a stay-at-home mom, I started my own folk-art business that I still dabble in as time permits. I re-entered the work force and managed a five-site medical practice and an accounting firm before taking on my current role. For the past 7 years I have been the Finance and Admin Manager for a national home builder. My hobbies include martial arts and working with a bulldog rescue as a transport coordinator and rescue mom to Harley and Bruce.”
Cynthia wants to give a huge thanks to Patty Callen and the instructors at WVJC for making this program possible. Her experience has been great and she feels so fortunate to say “I am a college graduate!”
Cynthia’s advice for new students is go for it, but be prepared to trim out unnecessary activities in your life. When you set a goal to give up some television and some social time to reach this milestone—it will be worth it. When you graduate, regardless of your age, decide to be a continuous learner. So many people I see look at graduation as the end of the learning period in their lives. Those who have a thirst to learn more are adaptable, confident and successful.
Cynthia has been a part of the WVJC family for many years and we are so proud to have her as our first official graduate!