Emily Rock – Student Highlight

Emily Rock is a Business Administration/Accounting student at WVJC Online. Previously a WVU student in their Dental Hygiene program, Emily realized that she did not feel like she was on the path that she wanted her life to go down. She really wanted to find a place where she could be happy, with a supportive community around her. When thinking about how her life has changed, Emily said, “Thankfully, WVJC has been the perfect fit for me and has helped me open up, become more excited to learn, and find a career path that suits my skill set.”

Her transfer was certainly a noticeable and welcome change in her life. “My favorite part of attending WVJC is being able to experience a proper school setting while still being online. Despite never seeing my teachers or classmates face to face, I have felt incredibly close and welcomed by all. I am able to form great connections with everyone to create an environment stronger than an in-person setting, which was so much more than I could ask for. When I first applied to this school, I was not expecting to receive as much support as I did, but I am so fortunate that I have had the opportunity to feel accepted in such a way thanks to WVJC.”

Emily began taking her courses in November 2020 and has gained some favorite instructors during her time with WVJC Online. “Lisa Frank and Dustin Blankenship are both very wonderful teachers that I have been honored to learn from so far in my time with this school.” Though she solely interacts with her instructors online for her program, she still feels just as connected to them. Their support is tangible! “I always was able to have wonderful conversations through email with them and have never been disappointed with any help I have been given. They are both very supportive and motivating teachers. I am fortunate to be able to learn from both of them, as each teacher has left a wonderful impact on me. At the moment, both of my classes are taught by Dustin, which I am thankful for, and I look forward to the next time I am able to interact with Lisa again.”

If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track programs and student-centered learning experience offered by WVJC Online, request information here!

Centerville Clinics of Pennsylvania – Externship Highlight

West Virginia Junior College and Centerville Clinics of Pennsylvania have created a strong business relationship over the last several years. Centerville Clinics largely accepts students from the Clinical Medical Assistant program as well as the Medical Office Administration program and students who were placed at Centerville for their externship often receive job offers upon completion of their programs.

Centerville Clinics serve the tri-county area of Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. The organization encompasses twelve medical, five dental, and ten behavioral health sites throughout that territory. It was originally designed to alleviate the patient load in local emergency departments. It is a non-profit organization committed to serving all clients regardless of their ability to pay for treatment. They provide comprehensive primary medical and dental care to the underserved, underinsured, and uninsured community members who need it most.

Students completing their externship with the facility are immersed in a hands-on learning environment that builds on the hard and soft skills they will experience in the field. Centerville Clinics provide students with the opportunity to stay aware of local epidemics and health trends in order to best serve the communities where physicians aren’t as easily accessible to the population.

The future of this partnership is promising as Centerville Clinics continue to grow and expand across Southwestern Pennsylvania. In the medical field the patient always comes first, and removing the financial barriers to treatment allows Centerville and the students that work with them to give back to the community, and provide quality healthcare and education to those who may not seek it otherwise.

To learn more about externships at WVJC request information here!

We’re Here for You Through COVID-19

Our lives have dramatically changed in the last few weeks as we all adjust to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. From our movements being restricted, to learning to homeschool our children, to the heroes on the front lines battling this virus, we have all been affected.

At West Virginia Junior College, we want our students, our community, and our future students to know one thing: we are here for you and we will support you in every way possible. We’re all in this fight together, and we will get through it together.

Supporting WVJC Students

At WVJC, we are not just a college, we are a family. Throughout this difficult time, we continue to remain fully committed to our purpose of empowering change by creating opportunity.

We are committed to serving and supporting our WVJC student family through the COVID-19 pandemic. To enable our students to continue training for rewarding careers, our ground campuses are providing live remote classes for all students. Via these live remote classes, students can continue to gain valuable knowledge and develop professional skills, setting them up for successful careers.

Students may travel to campus to receive distance learning materials and other essential services, as educational institutions are considered essential businesses in West Virginia. We’re taking every precaution necessary to ensure our facilities are sanitized and are operating under social distancing requirements. All instructors are also available to remotely assist students with anything they need for those who cannot or prefer not to travel to campus.

To further support our students during this time, WVJC has created an Interim Leave of Absence Policy for active students in good academic standing, who are unable to complete or begin an externship due to COVID-19. We have also revised the current incomplete policy for students who cannot sit for their certification exams during this time. For more information and guidance on these policies, please visit the COVID-19 Information page.

Supporting the Community

In addition to continuing to supporting our students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are highly invested in our community and dedicated to serving it by providing the local workforce with trained and qualified medical professionals.

With healthcare programs including Nursing, Practical Nursing, Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administration, Dental Assisting, Medical CodingHealthcare Administration, and Pharmacy Technician, WVJC graduates are on the front lines fighting the virus, caring for sick patients, and providing critical support to hospitals and doctor’s offices.

We pledge to continue supporting members of the community and local healthcare teams by educating and training essential healthcare workers who are critical to saving lives during the pandemic.

Supporting Future Students

Due to COVID-19 and the mandatory restrictions on non-essential businesses, many people and families have been negatively impacted. There have been many people who have lost their jobs or been laid off, with millions all over the country who have applied for unemployment benefits.

With our purpose of empowering change by creating opportunity, we believe that WVJC has a responsibility to help people by providing them the opportunity to get retrained and back to work. With this in mind, we are now offering virtual campus visits for all potential students. Additionally, we are waiving all enrollment fees for applicants starting college in May or June of 2020. It’s our hope that this will help people who have been affected by providing them the opportunity to start their path to a more secure career.

We also understand that it’s hard for high school students who are dealing with this time of uncertainty while trying to make decisions about what to do after graduation. We encourage all high school seniors to explore our career training college degree programs that may lead to successful, rewarding careers.

To learn more about our healthcare and professional college degree programs, contact us today to schedule a remote admissions meeting.

Ryan Langley – Staff Highlight

By: Jessica Mannering

Ryan Langley, Director of Instructional Design and Technology at West Virginia Junior College (WVJC) in Morgantown, West Virginia has been with the school for nine years now. He began his journey teaching business courses at Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology (PIHT) in 2010.

Prior to going into the workforce, Ryan obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the California University of Pennsylvania. In addition to obtaining a college degree, Ryan is also a certified Microsoft Office Specialist, has several years’ experience in instructional design, and is proficient in numerous coding languages.

During a typical work day, Ryan oversees the IDT department, manages all areas of Canvas, produces engaging content, builds Canvas efficiency tools, generates training documentation, video tutorials, and more!

Ryan’s favorite part about working at WVJC is the family environment.  “I have been working with everyone here for several years and I love coming into work every day.  They’re all great people.  I also have an excellent team that works with me and it’s a lot of fun to watch our department grow,” said Langley.

He is proudest of the fact that he has a job that he loves, which allows him to learn something new every day and permits him to utilize his creativity. Ryan notes that he chose to work at WVJC because he wanted to help others and provide a positive learning environment for students that needed it. His passion for helping others streams from his motivation to be the best person he can be for his daughter.

As for long-term career goals, Ryan would like to develop a consulting company that creates Canvas applications and provides guidance and training for small community colleges.

On top of being an integral part of the WVJC family, Ryan is also a wedding musician, in which he plays the ukulele during wedding ceremonies.

 

Financial Aid Process, Not As Scary As It May Seem!

Preparing for college requires quite a bit of homework.  First, you need to find a field of study that you’re interested in. Then, you have to determine if that field of study can provide you with the life you want to lead once you have completed college and start into the workforce.  Once you have narrowed your programs, then you have to find the right post-secondary options that can provide you with the education necessary to work in that field. After that, you should visit them all, and further narrow your choices.  As you and your family parse through this entire process, one thing weighs in the back of your mind.  Can I afford it?

Sure, your neighbor went off to college last year and received a scholarship to attend.  Yes, your cousin is in college and never seemed to worry about how they were going to afford it.  Your Mom says there is this thing called financial aid.  A guidance counselor at your school suggested that you should look into a grant.  Even with all of that information, this question continues to weigh on you.  You ask yourself… What if I cannot get a scholarship or a grant?  What does financial aid even mean!?!

It is these questions (and others like them) that make some potential students put-off (or not start at all) their post-secondary education in hopes that the answers will become more clear in time…or maybe next year will be better…or maybe they just decide it’s not worth the effort.  In all of the uncertainly, lack of information, confusion, or just because some are scared of what they do not know, a potential students future is put into question.  THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE YOU!

Financial Aid is not as scary as it may seem.  As a matter of fact, it is a pretty straight forward process.  Further, while many colleges encourage you to complete all the financial aid steps on your own, WVJC does the exact opposite.  Once you have determined that an allied health career, Legal Career, Business career, or IT field career is for you, WVJC will actually walk you and your family through every step of the financial aid process.

Not only do our financial aid professionals assist you with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but they then walk you through your entire program from a financial aid standpoint, showing you what you may qualify for in scholarships, grants, and loans.  They even will help you set personal payments to reduce the amount of money you may need to borrow in federal student loans.  They walk you through your financial life as a college student with the goal of keeping you in the best personal situation possible to fulfill your needs and obligations.  What does all this mean for you?  NO GUESSING!

So, as you navigate your college search process, remember that financial aid does not have to be scary. Use the help that exists, ask questions when you don’t understand, and work toward the answers that you need to make the best and informed decision that you can!

Clinical Medical Assistant Program Highlight

group of medical students with instructor in lab

The Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College is an 18-month associate degree program. In those 18 months, students learn how to take patient vital signs, draw blood, give injections, perform and read EKGs, assist with medical examinations and more! As a part of the Clinical Medical Assistant program, each student completes an externship. During these externships, students have an opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in a professional setting. After completing all coursework, the students take the CCMA- Medical Assistant Certification through the National Healthcareer Association.

WVJC Scholarships

Are you interested in gaining a quality education in just a few months without having to worry about breaking the bank? At WVJC, we offer 10 different scholarships for our students to help give them the peace of mind they need to focus on getting their degree!

Keep on reading to learn about all of our scholarships and discover which one is best for you and your needs!

We not only offer general scholarships for all of our students to take advantage of, but we also offer specific ones based on the program you decide on!

Note, our scholarships vary by campus, so some scholarships may not be available at the campus of your choice. Check the catalog of your campus of interest for information.

General Scholarships

No matter if you are a young adult looking to gain more skills for your career, or are a parent looking to get started on your next exciting journey, our general scholarships are for everyone!

  • Academic Success Scholarship
    Based on academic achievement and the credential level of each student.
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship
    If you have a family member who is an alumnus of WVJC, you are eligible.
  • Career Enhancement Scholarship
    Are you an employee of a local business? We would love to help enhance your skills and boost your value to the workplace!
  • Friends of Coal Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to past and present coal company employees and their families.

Scholarships for Our Nursing Program Students

WVJC offers both registered nursing and practical nursing at select campuses.

  • Nurses Touch Lives Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to qualified nursing students who demonstrate great potential to succeed in a career in nursing.
  • Nursing Pathway Scholarship
    You can have the ability to receive this scholarship if you are a graduate of WVJC’s allied health programs and plan on pursuing a career in nursing.

Scholarships for Students Out of High School

If you are a high school senior or have just graduated, these scholarships are for you.

  • Community Awareness Scholarship
    If you have had an active role in helping make your community better, you are eligible to receive this scholarship.
  • Early Admission Scholarship
    This scholarship is available to high school students who apply to WVJC before November 15th for early admission.
  • Imagine America Scholarship
    Seniors who have been recommended by their guidance counselors can be awarded this scholarship.
  • Stephen A. Callen Memorial Scholarship
    Created in honor of WVJC founder Stephen Callen, this scholarship realizes his vision of promoting quality and affordable education to West Virginia residents.

Learn More About WVJC

We have three campus locations throughout West Virginia, as well as the option for online education in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania! Learn more about each campus, their associate degree and diploma program offerings, and more in the links below:

Be sure to check out other great articles, student features, and more on our WVJC blog!

 Ready to Start Your Future with WVJC?

Apply for a scholarship today to get started on your rewarding career. Be sure to reach out to our team if you have any questions about our programs, campuses, or anything else!

Online Medical Office Administration Student Highlight – Lisa Stapleton

Lisa StapletonStudents at WVJC Online come from many different backgrounds, but each student possesses a unique story. Lisa Stapleton learned about WVJC Online from a television commercial and was immediately attracted to the “online” component. “I liked the idea of learning online, while at home. Being recently widowed, and with a special needs son, I realized I needed something that had the potential of to provide me with support, both financially and mentally.”

West Virginia Junior College Online is Lisa’s first college and she is studying Medical Office Administration. “At 44 years of age, this is my first time attending any college. I was, and still am, a stay-at-home mom of one teenage son. In previous years, I worked in retail, mostly.”

Lisa chose the Medical Office Administration program because she has always enjoyed helping others and wanted to work in a professional office setting. “My favorite part of attending WVJC is the fact I can stay home, and learn online any time of day. I can take a break when I need to, which is fabulous.”

College is typically a life changing experience for students. It is a transitional time that influences a student’s future. “Attending WVJC has definitely put me in a mode of self-discipline. While learning at home is great, there are also many distractions. It is giving me peace, knowing that I am doing this to better my life, my son’s life, and to honor the memory of my late husband. He always had faith in me to pursue higher education.”

Lisa’s experience at WVJC has certainly been impactful thus far. “Instructors have all been so encouraging whenever I need it. Through some of the assigned discussions, my fellow classmates have taught me that I actually have some things in common with them!  Also, Miss Emily Hayes, my Admissions Rep, has been so very kind to me, and has given me confidence, especially given the fact that I’m an older student, to go ahead and pursue this degree.”

It is no surprise that Lisa has a clear vision for what she’d like to accomplish in the future. She envisions herself in an office administrative role close to home. “It would also be great to know my son would be attending college, at that time, perhaps at WVJC. Who knows?”

If you, like Lisa are looking for an online college that is supportive and encouraging, request information today!

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