Harry Fisher – Student Highlight

Harry attended a local university a few years ago. Being in the military, he had to cut his time short to redeploy to Iraq. Now, back home and settled, Harry chose to attend WVJC Online while working for a local laborer’s union. “I needed an online program because I still needed to be able to keep my full-time job to provide for my family. I had heard good things about WVJC, so I decided to take a chance and give it a try.”

Harry chose the Business Administration/Accounting program because he eventually would like to own his own business. “I believe this path would be highly beneficial in helping me to accomplish that goal.” His favorite part of attending WVJC Online is the people! “Everyone has been very friendly and I don’t feel too overwhelmed.” His favorite class so far is Math. He finds it exciting because he loves working with numbers and it challenges him.

Harry would like to get into the accounting field after graduation so he can gain experience before venturing out into small business ownership. “I would like to open up a bicycle shop. It’s been a dream of mine for many years. I believe with my degree and experience this would allow me to have my own successful business.

Harry says he has nothing but good things to say about WVJC and would recommend this school to everyone!

If you have an interest in WVJC Online’s Business Administration/Accounting program, check us out at wvjc.edu for more information.

Jasmine Martin – Student Highlight

Jasmine Martin is an online Clinical Medical Assistant student at WVJC. Before attending WVJC, she attended a local community college and had a great experience. However, it did not offer a medical assisting program, which is what Jasmine really wanted to do.

Before Jasmine enrolled at WVJC Online, she worked full time as a stay-at-home mother. While she loved being a stay-at-home mom, she also always dreamed of working in the medical field. She wanted to be in a profession that would allow her to help others and have a career that would help her feel good about what she does. Jasmine chose WVJC because she wanted to be able to achieve the career goals she set for herself, but also wanted to continue to stay home with her child while going to school. The online program at WVJC has helped her make great strides in accomplishing both of these goals.

Jasmine loves the instructors at WVJC because they are kind, caring, and fully dedicated to helping her achieve her goals and excel in her career. Vicki and Chelsea, Jasmine’s clinical instructors were her favorites in the program. They made sure to give her all the information and constructive criticism she needed to succeed, and they also fostered a fun learning environment. Jasmine has enjoyed her WVJC experience so much that she has even recommended it to friends in hopes that they will also get the great experience she had and the opportunity to accomplish their goals as well.

In the future, Jasmine would like to come back to WVJC to attend the Nursing program and become a Registered Nurse. She hopes to fulfill this goal and become an RN within the next five years.

If you would like to learn more about WVJC, check out our website at www.wvjc.edu.

Warren Preece – Student Highlight

One of the great things about West Virginia Junior College Online is the humanization that occurs in the online environment.  Now, if you are reading this and have never experienced an online course somewhere along the way; that statement might sound a little odd. How is it possible to humanize a virtual environment?  To explain that, I want to introduce you to Warren Preece.

Warren has a story similar to so many students in our school. He went to college right out of high school, ended up making the mistakes that so many make by not attending classes, letting immaturity get the best of him, etc. Warren was in college for a year, and ultimately ended up leaving school and going to work.

Warren went to work at various retail store locations, and was working for a large grocery store chain when he decided that there had to be something more for himself and his family. So, he took a look at WVJC. After working with admissions, he determined that taking classes online was his best chance at something more, because he could continue working and supporting his family, while attending school on his own time. While he expected to have the flexibility he needed, he quickly found that his other favorite part about attending WVJC was the faculty. “I also love the faculty and how helpful and understanding they have been.” – Preece

The reason, Preece says, that this became his other favorite part about attending WVJC was that he met a much greater challenge while attending school this time than he did in his first attempt at college. You see, Warren found himself diagnosed with a very serious illness, one that would stop most people in their tracks in all phases of their life, but it wouldn’t stop Warren. “I wasn’t sure I was going to continue (due to the illness).  I was getting behind on my work. My teachers (were) so understanding and supportive. I cannot thank them  enough for everything they have done.”  Warren and the faculty that he worked with were able to communicate and work through his struggles to make sure he could continue in school during this very difficult time and the faculty was as happy as anyone when his health status improved.

Now, with a positive outlook on his health, Warren looks to his future. Ultimately, he wants to make sure that in five years he is with his family, healthy, and happy. However, happy includes fulfilling his dream of owning his own business, which he feels he will be vastly prepared for upon completing his program.

Warren was able to experience the human element of WVJC’s online program, which is something that we pride ourselves on. Whether it is through video based discussions, faculty that are quick to respond and seek relationships with students that lead to success, or the interaction with peers from class to class, these are services that WVJC Online strives to provide to every student.

If this sounds like the type of online education that would make you successful, check out our website at wvjc.edu or give us a call today at 877-25ONLINE!

Healthcare Administration – Program Highlight

Within the next five to ten years, we are expected to see a rise in medical technology in the area of telehealth and telemedicine. With that in mind, West Virginia Junior College Online has begun offering a Healthcare Administration program. In this program, students are able to earn an associate degree in as little as 18 months.

The Healthcare Administration program teaches students to use computers and medical software programs to perform data entry, basic and advanced coding, work with and maintain medical records, understand health quality management, interpret/verify insurance information, complete insurance claims, obtain precertification/preauthorization documentation, obtain accurate patient billing, and understand and apply medical law and ethics. Students also become skilled in medical terminology, understanding HIPAA policies, effective communication, and basic bookkeeping.

Externships are critical in fine-tuning the student’s technical and soft skills. In essence, students in this program will get a taste of what it will be like working in the healthcare field.

This program is great for any student looking for an administrative role in the healthcare field or for any student who wants to further their degree in the medical industry.

Upon finishing the program, students have the option to transition to the Bachelors of Health Administration Degree program at the University of Phoenix. However, if students are more interested in going directly into the workforce, they also have the opportunity to start in an office position in a physician’s office or hospital.

Dalerae Stocker – Student Highlight


Have you ever felt lost?  Have you ever felt like you needed a change in career paths, but just don’t know where to start?  This is how Dalerae felt before she decided to contact WVJC Online.  When her admissions advisor first called her, Dalerae recalls, “She actually listened to me and knew how to make my hope a reality!”  From that day forward, Dalerae has been working diligently toward her goal of becoming a Medical Assistant.  Her goal is to help people.   She is currently a Social Worker. However, there is not much positive change in that role.  The daily, positive change, no matter how small, is what she craves.

This is a feeling she has had before.  In fact, Dalerae has tried numerous times to complete her education without success.  “My first college was OU, and the classes were much too large to get the one on one that I needed. My second college was the University of Rio Grande. The classes were small, but they didn’t have the ability to work around my work schedule. My third was Indiana Wesleyan. It was also online, but lacked the communication I needed.”  Then she found WVJC Online.  The online program that WVJC offered fit all of her needs, so she took the leap.

Almost a year into her time at WVJC Online, Dalerae is doing great in the Clinical Medical Assistant Program.   She is supported by the faculty and staff and is able to openly communication even the smallest of questions.  Dalerae’s favorite part of her online program at WVJC is the ability to get in touch with faculty at any point, which encourages her to ask more questions, which translates into more success.  The ability to find assistance quickly and easily from instructors has made the classes that much easier to understand. She also enjoys the flexibility that the online courses at WVJC offer.  Everything has a due date, but you are able to easily complete the assignments around your work and family schedule.

After graduation, Dalerae would ideally like to work as a Medical Assistant in a Pediatric office. She plans on continuing her education in the future while working with children.

A few tips from Dalerae are: Log into your online campus daily at the same time to avoid procrastination.  Also, stick to your schedule.  These two things can help tremendously when dealing with daily life while completing an online program.

WVJC-Online Campus

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Online degrees are one of the best advantages to a technological society.  These degrees can offer you the advantage of flexibility and the ability to keep working while earning your degree.  But not all online degrees are the same, and not everyone is a good fit for an online program. I know what you’re thinking… How could you say that? Well, I know that I am, perhaps, proposing an unpopular thought, but hear me out; we need to talk about some of the basic areas that can affect you in an online degree.

Having the opportunity to continue your education online has open many new avenues for countless people.  But what makes the difference between being successful in an online degree and not? Good question. Let’s look at some of the main factors that you should ask yourself to help decide if online education is the right path for you.

I have broken it down into five areas that we at WVJC-Online have found to be the biggest influences: obligation/responsibilities, dedication, persistence, great communication skills, and your personal learning style. 

First, we need to look at your current obligations and responsibilities.  Are you a single parents who works full time and has three kids under the age of 10?  If that’s the case, it’s hard to go to the bathroom by yourself, let alone dedicate all of the hours needed to be successful in school.  However, what if you plan for your kids to spend every Wednesday night and Saturday at their grandparents? Well, that can free up time to invest in schoolwork.  What if you have a job that has crazy hours; one day its 7am-3pm the next its 4pm-11pm.  It can be difficult to go to class when you need the hours at work, but the schedule does not provide the consistency needed to be successful for an on-ground degree. In this case, being the night owl that you are… you do your best work at 3am… WVJC-Online can accommodate.

Ok, so you have evaluated your obligation and responsibilities in life, have developed a plan to add school, and life is still manageable. Good!  Next we will look at areas 2-5, because we, at WVJC-Online, have found that they always go together.

Dedication: You are the one who decided to better your life by going to school, but you need to realize that things do not happen overnight. The Great Wall of China took 2,000 years to build, we are asking that you give yourself, and us at WVJC online, 18-solid months.

Persistence: You need this when things don’t follow the plan… is it just me or does this happen often?  Your kids get sick, you get sick, and your car breaks down… things happen in life.  The important thing is that you don’t give up! Yes it’s going to be hard, yes it’s going to take effort, but is it worth it? Yes it’s worth it! This is you building your future, instead of someone else dictating it for you.

Communication skills: You have homework due in two days…. You have no idea what the lesson is trying to tell you… who do you call? Ghostbusters!!!  Ok, well not really, but your teacher can help.  We at WVJC-online have a 24 hour policy, if you contact your teacher, they will respond within 24 hours.

Learning style:  Are you a person that needs to hear the material to understand it? Or maybe you have no patience for reading… its annoying and you don’t understand. If you are bobbing your head up and down for those statements, then maybe online isn’t for you.  WVJC-Online degrees are heavily based upon a student’s ability to read and understand basic information; yes the teachers do go over that information but they need you to play your part as well.

We at WVJC-Online want all of our students to succeed! We are here to help! This is a guide to starting the process of looking into your options, asking yourself important questions, and setting yourself up for success in, not only, your education; but your new life after you graduate from WVJC-Online with your associate degree.

If you are interested in learning more about our online degrees here at WVJC-Online, call us at 304-296-8282 or request more information here HERE.

Online Clinical Medical Assistant Highlight-Racheal Huggins

Rachael HugginsChoosing to continue your education after high school is a big decision that impacts not only your life but those closest to you. WVJC-Online Medical Assisting student Racheal Huggins made that very choice when she decided to attend WVJC-online for her Associate degree. Racheal is what is generally called, a non-traditional student; meaning that she waited a few years after high school before attending college. Making the decision to wait on attending college is both a blessing and a struggle to many online students.

When Racheal started inquiring about applying to WVJC-Online for Medical Assisting, she already had family obligations that were her number one priority, a husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Finding a college that gave her the flexibility to continue in her role as wife and mom, was a concern that weighed heavy on her mind. During her attendance at WVJC-Online, she had the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with instructors, hands-on clinicals close to home, and the support of all staff members at WVJC-online. Needless to say, Racheal found her balance between college and family life that ultimately put her on the path to graduate from WVJC-Online with her Associate degree in Medical Assisting. She is continuing to make WVJC-Online and her family proud with dedication and persistence.

Racheal started as a young mother and wife with aspirations to better herself and set an example for her daughter. She started the process by taking that first step and asking questions about online college and how it can fit into her schedule. If you have always wanted a career in the medical field, and are not sure where to start, take Racheal’s advice and take that first step with us at WVJC-Online today!

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program CLICK HERE