Maddie Owens – Student Highlight

Prior to enrolling at WVJC, Maddie Owens was trying to figure out the right career path for herself. She was enrolled at another institution after graduating high school, but found it wasn’t the best fit. After talking with a few of her friends who were attending WVJC and hearing about their great experience, she decided to look into it for herself. She had always known she wanted to find a career that would allow her to help others and give back to the community, and WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program felt like a great fit for her.

Maddie’s favorite part of WVJC so far has been the teacher-student relationships. “My professors have been so helpful and kind. I am comfortable enough to text, email, or call them at any time.” Her favorite class is her English Composition course taught by Rachel Salvucci. She also loves when Dustin Blankenship helps to teach the class. “He is so approachable and made the learning experience fun.”

Maddie most recently accepted a position as a clinical associate at a local hospital and is excited to become a part of the medical field and continue to grow by furthering her education. Maddie hopes to be working as a medical assistant or a phlebotomist in a hospital or doctor’s office setting after graduating. Her long-term goals include becoming an RN in the next five years.

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Hydiah White – Graduate Highlight

West Virginia Junior College graduate, Hydiah White decided to enroll in the Clinical Medical Assistant program when she was a senior in high school.  Hydiah was working at Dollar General and understood the importance of earning a fast-track degree and getting into the professional workforce quickly.

As a senior in high school, Hydiah was not sure what she wanted to do as a career. However, she did know she did not want to spend years working on a degree and she wanted a smaller college. Hydiah visited WVJC during a college visit and after she met the staff and faculty, she knew WVJC was the perfect fit.

As a student at WVJC, Hydiah was a President List and Dean’s List recipient. The flexible class schedule allowed her the opportunity to work while she was earning her degree. Hydiah said, “My favorite part of attending WVJC was the environment within the school. The teachers were always available when you needed them and the rest of the staff is always so welcoming and friendly. I also appreciated how accommodating everyone was when I was trying to balance, school, work, and my externship all at once.”

Hydiah’s favorite teacher at WVJC is Medical Program Director, Chelsea Abbott. Hydiah said, “Chelsea made all of our clinical lab classes fun. She is very knowledgeable of the material and has a lot of experience as a medical assistant and phlebotomist. She is a great teacher and provided us a lot of hands-on experience.”

While in college at WVJC, Hydiah was hired at CAMC Memorial. After graduation, she moved into a full-time night position as a medical assistant. The skills she learned in the Clinical Medical Assistant program were phlebotomy, EKG, obtaining vital signs, wrapping limbs and sutures for a wound, diagnostic procedures, electronic health care records, and so much more!

We asked Hydiah if she would recommend WVJC to a friend and she said, “Absolutely if you take your studies seriously and show up every day, the benefits, in the end, are very rewarding. On top of that, you will have an amazing support system the entire way and receive help with finding a job in your field after graduation.”

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Paige Walker – Student Highlight

It takes years for some people to figure out what it is that they want to do with their lives. However, for one student, it came naturally. Paige Walker worked at Oceana Medical Center for 5 years, as a phlebotomist, but took time off to be with her two young daughters. Now that they are both in school, she decided to further her education in the medical field. Paige heard an ad on the radio about WVJC Online and decided to request some additional information. “WVJC seemed like the perfect fit for me since I could do Medical Assisting online”, she says. Paige loves being able to work at her own pace. “With two young daughters that are in school, very active in sports, and other activities; this allows me to keep a flexible schedule while still getting my degree.” Paige also loves the fact that she is able to come into campus and receive hands-on training.

Paige chose to pursue her degree in Medical Assisting because she enjoys helping people. “In my 5 years, while I was working as a phlebotomist, I knew I wanted to do more. I would always go watch the nurses give injections and take care of the patients. This program allows me to do what I love and teaches me the office side of the medical field as well.” After graduation, Paige is hoping to work at a local doctor’s office so that she can help her community as much as she can. She also has plans of furthering her education and one day becoming an RN!

“All the staff at WVJC are very helpful anytime I need them. I would like to thank everyone at WVJC for helping me take a step in the right direction for my future.” – Paige Walker

Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Amber Post

Amber PostAmber Post is set to graduate in March 2018 with an associate degree in Medical Assisting. Her excitement to graduate and begin her career is visible every day at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. Amber went to Fairmont State University right after she graduated from high school, but ended up leaving because she felt overwhelmed and unprepared for such a big change in her life.

Amber was a stay at home mom of two boys before she made the decision to go back to school and finish her college education. She loved every minute of being home with her boys but wanted more for herself. “I wanted a better life for my kids and me and to be able to enjoy the career I’ve always wanted.” Amber chose WVJC because it is a small college that allows her to finish her degree in 18 months. Amber knew that starting a career in 18 months was better for her than spending 4 years getting a degree. She has always had the desire to be in the medical field, so WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program was the right fit for her.

“I love attending WVJC because of all the teachers and staff. Everyone is friendly, encouraging, and supportive. It feels like a family.” Her favorite teacher is Mr. Cutright. “He is an excellent teacher and makes learning fun. Mr. Cutright is very knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive of my career.” Even though a perfect day for Amber is spending time with her family, she is looking forward to graduating and starting her career. Her ideal job after graduation is a phlebotomist in a hospital. Her five-year plan is to have a good career with benefits and a home for herself and her boys. Amber lives each day by a quote she loves, “The past is your lesson. The present is your engine. The future is your motivation.”

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