Kendall Craig – Staff Highlight

Kendall is the high school admissions advisor at WVJC Morgantown. She chose to work at WVJC because she genuinely believes that higher education can change lives for the better. Her favorite part of working at WVJC is helping students realize their full potential, especially by helping them enroll in college. Kendall says, “It is an amazing feeling to know that you have helped a student realize that they can go to college and be able to achieve their goals.”

Kendall graduated with her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Education from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2013. Since then, she has worked in the aquaculture industry on an abalone farm, has been the Sustainability Coordinator at Santa Barbara City College, and has been an Environmental Educator for the non-profit Explore Ecology. Kendall also has her California real estate license.

Throughout her life, Kendall’s mother has motivated her to be resilient, even during hard times. Kendall says, “I have been fortunate to have an amazing champion in my life who always pushes me to be a better person.” That motivation and guidance was important to Kendall.  She says that, for her, graduating from college is one of her proudest accomplishments. “There are no words to describe the feeling one gets from years of hard work coming to fruition.”

Long term, Kendall would like to continue to work in the field of education. She would love to be able to teach at the collegiate level someday.

One thing about Kendall that many may not know, is that she did not grow up in West Virginia. Kendall grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, and has always loved the ocean. She enjoys free diving and snorkeling in the underwater world. One of Kendall’s passions is to travel. Internationally she has been to the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Italy, and Mexico. She has traveled in the United States to Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and of course, West Virginia.

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!

Centerville Clinics – Externship Highlight

Centerville Clinics is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a non-profit community based health organization. Centerville Clinics has ten facilities across the state of Pennsylvania. The facilities provide comprehensive primary care, dental, and mental health services to people in all spectrums of their life. Centerville Clinics also helps patients access specialty and hospital care services not available at the center. Centerville Clinics participates in most Managed Care programs. Centerville Clinics is providing unique care to those in the state of Pennsylvania, while accepting new patients at each of its facilities.

Centerville Clinics accepts Clinical Medical Assistant students from West Virginia Junior College to complete their 160-hour externship, making the experience enjoyable, while also preparing them for employment. With the number of facilities in the area, Centerville Clinics is able to give students a wide array of experience in different departments.

There are many requirements to complete an externship at Centerville Clinics. Students must successfully pass a drug test, background check, and obtain a child abuse clearance. Students must also have up to date immunization records and complete an educational course. This process prepares the student for requirements that will have to be completed when they are going through the employment process.

Centerville Clinics is a site that is ever growing and has continued to teach Clinical Medical Assistant students what their future will look like in the field. West Virginia Junior College is proud to work with a site that is professional and continuously growing.