Chantel Garrett – Student Highlight

Medical Assisting student, Chantel Garrett, decided to contact WVJC to learn more about our fast-track healthcare programs. Chantel attended a local community college before attending WVJC, but it was not the right fit. When she entered the doors at WVJC, she knew she selected the right college to further her education! She said, “I decided to attend WVJC because of the atmosphere and support from every person I interacted with.”

Chantel has always been interested in the medical field. She said, “I love to take care of people and help others.” Before attending WVJC, Chantel was working as a caregiver. She enjoyed her job, but she felt stuck. Chantel understands the importance of education and is excited about her career opportunities once she earns her diploma.

The classes at WVJC are designed for students to get hands-on training, so graduates are ready for careers upon graduation. Chantel‘s Medical Assisting Diploma program is flying by. She has already completed her clinical lab classes, so she now has the skills to complete vital signs, phlebotomy, EKG, assist with minor office surgeries, and so much more!

We asked Chantel about her favorite part about attending WVJC, and she said, “The open-door policy is my favorite. I know someone is always available to listen to me.”

If you are ready for a change and looking for a career, request information here!

Cheslea Brown – Student Highlight

Clinical Medical Assistant student Cheslea Brown began taking classes at WVJC in September 2020.  Before starting classes at WVJC, Cheslea was a stay-at-home mom to her three children. She had never attended college before, but she knew it was time to further her education.  She decided to come to WVJC because of the small classroom environment and the welcoming staff. Cheslea’s motivation is to provide her family with a better future.

Cheslea said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is how everyone wants to see you succeed, and they are there to help you.” Cheslea has enjoyed all of the instructors at WVJC. She said, “They are very kind and treat you respectfully.” Cheslea is looking forward to taking her medical assisting lab classes the most. During lab classes, students learn how to take vital signs, perform EKGs, phlebotomy, obtain specimens, assist with minor office procedures, and so much more!  She said, “The lab classes will help me better understand how things work, and I will gain the hands-on experience to prepare me for my career.”

In Cheslea’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, listening to music, and singing.  After Cheslea graduates from the Clinical Medical Assistant Program, she would like to further her education in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at WVJC. In the next five years, she sees herself as a licensed Registered Nurse.  She said, “I want to fulfill my passion for caring for others and having job stability.”

Cheslea said, “I would recommend WVJC to anyone I know because it is a great atmosphere, the staff is friendly, and they truly want to see you succeed.” If you are interested in learning more about the fast track, career-focused programs at WVJC, request information here!

Taylor Hare – Student Highlight


Taylor Hare graduated from Preston High School in 2020. During her time there, Taylor completed a CNA and phlebotomy course that solidified her decision to become a nurse. Taylor knew from a young age that she wanted to make a difference in peoples’ lives. She has also had personal experiences with ill family members that further motivated her to pursue her dream of helping others as a nurse.

It was important for Taylor to attend a school that offered a fast-track program and small classes with one-on-one help. Taylor says, “WVJC has been the most considerate, helpful facility compared to all of my other choices.” Her favorite part of attending WVJC is the availability of assistance. “If I have a question or I am unsure of something, there is always somebody that I can contact. I always receive a helpful response within a short period.” Her favorite class is the Fundamentals of Nursing Lab because she loves to do hands-on activities. Recently, Taylor learned about tracheostomy care, how to suction a tracheostomy, and how to do a physical assessment on a patient. Her teacher is very descriptive and delivers adequate directions that are important when learning in the medical field.

After graduation, Taylor hopes to work as a labor and delivery nurse or work in the emergency department. In 5 years, Taylor would love to be working in a hospital and be caring for patients. She also has the goal of owning her own house near her hometown in Preston County because staying close to family is important. Overall, Taylor is excited to make positive impacts on peoples’ lives as a nurse. If you’re interested in getting some more information about WVJC’s fast-track Nursing program or any other program, request information here!

Stacie Street – Graduate Highlight

The experience that a student has in college is often one that can never be forgotten. However, when that feeling is unexpectedly good, it is even better. Stacie Street is a graduate of WVJC Morgantown’s Clinical Medical Assistant Program. Like many students at WVJC, this was not her first attempt at college.  “I attended two other colleges before WVJC. The classes were too big, and the staff didn’t really take the time to help. I had one professor that seemed to really care (about me).”  Stacie came to us with a background in phlebotomy and experience as an EMT, but wanted to be more well-rounded. The reason for this is that she had a dream job and this job needed her to have a broader skillset.

Stacie stated that she came to WVJC because the classes were small and there was more individual time with instructors. She also liked the short term (18 month) associate degree. However, she realized something else once she became a student. She enjoyed being a member of student government.  “I never thought I’d say this but being the Vice-President of student government (was my favorite part of attending WVJC).” Stacie surprised herself by getting involved. She stated that had it not been for caring faculty, she may never have had the experience that means so much to her now. “I really can’t get over how much the staff seems to care about each and every student. I felt more at ease at WVJC than I did at the other colleges. It just felt right being there.”

Not only did Stacie have an unexpected experience, but she found herself with a different dream as well. “I’m hoping in 5 years that I will be working in OB or surgery. I already have 2 wonderful boys, so really the only thing I could hope for in 5 years is a happy family and successful career. “

If Stacie’s experience sounds like something you would like to experience for yourself request information here!

Summer Hudnall – Student Highlight

Summer Hudnall graduated from South Charleston High School in 2019. Summer knew she wanted to work in the medical field, but because the medical field is so broad, she was not sure which area would be the best fit for her. She wanted to gain a wide range of knowledge so she decided to pursue an education at WVJC for medical assisting. Summer said, “I love the atmosphere at WVJC and all of the hands-on activities.”

Summer said her favorite part about attending WVJC is the schedule. She said, “Having two classes every 6 weeks allows me to focus on what I am learning.” Summer is excelling at WVJC, has maintained a 4.0-grade point average, and is President’s List recipient. She also has nearly perfect attendance.

When we asked Summer who her favorite teacher is she said, “Medical Program Director, Chelsea Abbott and medical instructor, Dr. Aaron Settle. They both are caring and make learning fun!” Summer’s favorite classes are her medical lab classes. During lab classes, students learn and practice hands-on skills such as emergency procedures, phlebotomy, vital signs, specimen collection, examinations, completion of medical records, and much more!

Summer’s ideal job after graduation is to work in a pediatrician’s office. In five years, Summer sees herself married, working in the medical field, having a nice home, and maybe a child. We are excited to see all that Summer accomplishes after graduating from WVJC! If you would like to know more about the fast-track Clinical Medical Assistant program or other programs at WVJC, please visit wvjc.edu for more information and apply today!

Molly Connell – Medical Assisting
Graduate to Nursing Student

Molly Connell is a returning graduate from West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. She began her journey at WVJC in 2015 to pursue her Medical Assisting degree. At that time, Molly knew the medical field was her passion. She checked into WVJC and quickly discovered it was the place for her. Once enrolled and into the classes, she was happy to call this school her home. The small class size and the family-like atmosphere was what she was looking for. Molly said, “It was nice to be a part of a school that everyone in the building cared about your success.”

Molly is a hard-working young lady that is dedicated to many things. She is not only furthering her education for herself, but also setting an example for her two small children. Molly began working as a medical assistant at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, in Weston, shortly after graduating in November 2016.  After working as a medical assistant for some time she applied to a phlebotomy position at United Hospital Center, where she is currently still employed.

As much as she loves her journey and passion for the medical field, Molly knew she had the dedication to go even further. Once WVJC Bridgeport started their Nursing program, she knew that was the path for her. She quickly got in contact with the admissions advisor and began the enrollment process. Molly was accepted into the program. It was easy for the nursing staff to see her dedication and drive. She began classes in June 2020 and has enjoyed the process so far.

When talking to Molly about her day to day responsibilities, it became clear that she is a very organized and goal-driven young lady. Molly is a wife, mother of two children, a phlebotomist at UHC, and a WVJC nursing student. Many people would agree that is a lot. However, she is determined and continues to see the reward and the light at the end of the tunnel.

Molly looks forward to seeing how proud her family is of her when she finishes the Nursing program. In her spare time, she loves playing outside with her kids. She also looks forward to obtaining employment in the ER at UHC once she graduates. She said there are times she gets overwhelmed, but continues to stay focused and refer back to her favorite quote, “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”

To learn more about WVJC’s nursing program, request information here!

Kristen Strawder – Student Highlight

Finding a good fit in post-secondary education is extremely important to success as a student.  When we think about the investment of time, money, and energy that a student will focus into their field, finding a good fit should be a key factor when determining your post-secondary options.  Post-secondary schools are supposed to teach and develop the necessary skills for a student to potentially be successful when they graduate.  Let’s take a look at the road Kristen Strawder traveled to find her best fit.

Kristen was like many other high school seniors in 2015. She had a good GPA and wanted to experience something different than her small high school. She turned her sights and attention towards one of the largest intuitions in the state. Kristen started her educational journey in the fall of 2015 and quickly found out that it may not be for her.  The school she chose was big.  As she began her education at this school, she noticed that she did not know anyone, help was hard to find, and she felt like a student ID as opposed to a person.  It was for these reasons that she began to look at what other options may exist for her to be successful.  What she found changed the course of her education, and life.  Kristen is a Clinical Medical Assistant student at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown.  From the first moment she stepped through the door it was different.  She met with a real person to talk about her options in the medical field before setting her sights on CMA. She and the admissions representative put a plan together and started her down the path towards post-secondary success.

One of the biggest differences for Kristen has been the connections that she has made with students, faculty, and staff. “Not only do I know all of the students, but I know all of my teachers,” Strawder said. This was an important change for Kristen, as she likes to know her classmates and engage with her teachers. The other difference she felt at WVJC was the practical, hands-on approach to learning.  Clinical Medical Assistant is designed to be tailored to the skills needed to get students ready for the workforce in a short period of time.  There are traditional classes that require textbooks and studying, and then there are the labs that you get to sharpen your phlebotomy skills, EKG skills, and many others. All in all, Kristen is “very glad I came here.” Not only did it provider her the hands-on skills to pursue her dream of being in the medical field,it also was the right fit for her to learn and thrive.

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.”

If you, like Amber are looking for a college that can have you career ready in months, request information today!

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

Medical Assisting Graduate Highlight – Samantha Murphy

Samantha MurphySamantha Murphy is a graduate of West Virginia Junior College Charleston. Samantha enrolled in the Medical Assisting program at WVJC after graduating from Clay County High School in 2015. She visited other schools but she loved how WVJC had a career focused schedule and loved that she would be done in 18 months! “The school schedule was awesome! Everyone at the campus was nice and helpful. I t was a very hands-on experience.”

Samantha grew up knowing friends and family that worked in the medical field. She loved everything about it from a young age and has always been interested in learning new things. When asked about her favorite part of going to WVJC, she replied “I got really close with my classmates and the faculty there. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. My favorite class was lab!” Samantha had a lot of fun learning to draw blood. She loves Phlebotomy!

“My idea of a perfect day is going to work and seeing my lovely patients, then coming home to love on my fur baby, Paislee. My favorite food is anything with potatoes, but mainly cheese fries!”

Samantha is currently working for Clendenin Health Center (where she completed her externship for WVJC) as a Medical Assistant. She loves her job and her patients and wants to continue working in the medical field as long as possible. She also hopes to, one day, buy her dream home with her soon to be husband.

If you, like Samantha are looking for an exciting career as a Clinical Medical Assistant, request information today!

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

Student Highlight – Christle Henderson

Christle HendersonEvery morning, Christle Henderson prays and reads her Bible before heading to the West Virginia Junior College, Morgantown campus.

Christle, a Medical Assisting student who is planning to graduate in November, is also a Children’s Minister at Deer Park Church of God of Prophecy in Oakland, Md.

As a volunteer, she prepares lesson plans, develops games and provides entertainment for the children, along with hosting fundraisers and holiday events.

“Before a test, I pray and ask God to help me to recall the information I need,” Christle said.

When Christle was born, her parents wanted her to put Christ first.

“They named me Christ with an ‘le’ at the end, which to them, meant little Christ,” she said.

At WVJC, Christle learned about other faiths.  She said the study she completed on multiple religions helped her to understand the viewpoints of different students in her classes.

“Basically, I believe that we all follow one God and should follow the Golden Rule.  We learned about different cultures and touched on their backgrounds,” Christle said. “In general, whether it’s race, religion, or whatever, it’s about how the person themselves chooses to live their lives. People choose how to live, regardless of how they’re taught.”

She added that her logic and critical thinking course put into perspective all she believes and has learned so far, along with broadening the way she thinks about the world.

Christle said she liked meeting the faculty and staff and making new friends in the classroom.

As a CNA for eight years, she enjoyed adding new skills, such as ECG and phlebotomy. She would eventually like to become a Registered Nurse.

For new students, and current ones, she advises that they worry more about themselves and their studies instead of complaining about an instructor or what another student is doing. She suggests that students simply accept “how it is” and try to do their best.

“I just want to make a difference and take everything as positive, not negative. Even the bad things can turn out well,” Christle said.  “Always reach for your goals, and then when you reach them, make new ones.”

Christle recently celebrated her 12-year anniversary with husband Jarrad. She has two daughters, Justine, 9, and Josephine, 10.

For more information about the Medical Assisting program, call 304-296-8282 or visit wvjc.edu.