Morgantown Nursing Program Highlight

We had the pleasure of speaking with the Dean of Nursing, Dr. Lisa Onega, and the nursing department at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown to gain insight into what our nursing students can expect from the Nursing program.

West Virginia Junior College Morgantown takes great pride in preparing our nursing students to provide quality care to our local communities.
To ensure they are prepared, Lisa says, “Nursing students use the nursing process to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities. Their studies include foundational arts and science classes as well as nursing classes. Many nursing courses have laboratory and clinical experiences that enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to foster health, healing, and hope. Nursing students also learn to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to advance individual and societal health.” In addition to nursing studies and laboratory and clinical experiences, faculty prepare their nursing students throughout the program to take the NCLEX-RN~ after graduation. Lisa confirms that the NCLEX-RN is a test that measures graduates’ abilities to provide safe nursing care. Upon successful completion of NCLEX-RN, a state grants graduates a license, and they become registered nurses.

Once becoming a registered nurse, graduates can be prepared for a rewarding career and an array of opportunities and paths. Nurses can be found in numerous settings such as hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and more. Lisa concurs that one of the exceptional things about nursing is the range of career options and that nurses may work with individuals, groups, or populations. Nurses may work in in-patient, outpatient, or community settings. She continues to say, “Regardless of the specialty or setting, everyday nurses improve health and lives of other people, and that is what we want to bring to West Virginia and our surrounding states.”

Lisa frequently answers the questions “how does one become a successful nurse?” and “can I do this?” She tells them that to be a successful nurse; one must first be a successful nursing student. She tells her students, “Nursing is a challenging and demanding discipline. Therefore, you need to put in the effort and be self-disciplined throughout your learning experience. Here at the West Virginia Junior College’s Morgantown campus, you can expect to receive the training and guidance needed to become a successful registered nurse as it is our goal to educate, mentor, and guide each nursing student to achieve his or her potential.”

However, it does take a unique individual to be a nurse. We asked our nursing department what characteristics a student needs to be a successful nursing student and later a successful nurse. They believe that successful students and nurses possess the characteristics of honesty, integrity, accountability, confidentiality, professionalism, time management skills, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and organizational skills. In addition, nursing students have to be flexible and willing to learn as nursing is continually changing and always strives to be up to date on the newest technology. Lisa adds, “And most importantly, nurses have to be self-reflective, empathic, compassionate, and kind. You want to show true care for your patients.”

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

~Passing the NCLEX-RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.

Information Technology – Program Highlight

The fast-track Information Technology (IT) Associate Degree Program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston is an 18-month program that prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the technology field.  The IT Program begins with courses in PC repair and troubleshooting, operating systems, peripherals, and mobile devices. Students then progress into an in-depth course sequence focusing on networking skills and technologies, such as routing and switching.  The IT Program also focuses on security and server management, and administration. During the last 12 weeks of the program, students complete an externship to apply the IT skills learned in the classroom in the workplace.

Professional certifications are important in the technology field. In addition to earning an associate degree, WVJC students in the IT program prepare for three leading industry certifications from CompTIA. These include the A+ certification, which focuses on PC troubleshooting and repair, the Network+ certification, which focuses on networking skills and technologies, and the Security+ certification, which is optional and focuses on information security.

The Information Technology program is now enrolling for evening classes.  If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, such as Information Technology, request information here!

Cybersecurity – Online Program Highlight

Technology is a huge part of everyday life, and is on the top of the list of frustrations when it is not working properly.  If you are an individual that loves to solve technical issues and are looking for a new career, you might be drawn towards information technology. At WVJC Online, we have developed a robust and fast-track Cybersecurity associate degree program. Our Cybersecurity program gives students the tools they need to become successful IT professionals and learn skills that will help protect businesses against cyber threats and attacks.

Within this program, students learn a variety of skills including, but not limited to: risk assessment, forensics, ethical hacking, intrusion detection, and security architecture. Since having a hands-on approach is so important when learning about new technology, students get to branch out from regular online classroom learning and have the opportunity to experience virtual simulations from the comfort of their own home, and then complete an externship where they will work alongside industry professionals for 12 weeks. At the end of the 18-month program, students will earn an associate degree and will have had the opportunity to sit for three industry certifications – Network+, Security+, and Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+) certification. All three of these certifications are offered through CompTIA, a globally recognized certifying body for technology certifications.

Once a potential student decides that cybersecurity is the right path for them and they have taken that important step of requesting information, one of our online admissions advisors will be in touch! They will lead you on a personalized virtual college tour and provide details about the cybersecurity program, as well as everything else WVJC has to offer – career services, academic support team, and financial aid (to those who qualify). Potential students will then meet virtually with an instructor from our cybersecurity program, and they will work together to determine acceptance.

If you are interested in fast-tracking your career in cybersecurity, contact WVJC Online today!

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.

Clinical Medical Assistant Program Highlight

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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.

Online Legal Office Assisting Program

If you have been following our online series, you are already aware that WVJC is currently highlighting each of our online degree programs to provide an understanding of each program in greater detail. If you have not read the first in this series, please click Here to read it. Now it is time to discuss the Legal Office Assisting Program (or LOA Program), so let’s dive into the LOA Program degree from WVJC-Online and review three key areas: 1) course structure; 2) possible limiting factors and expectations; and 3) employment opportunities.

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We will begin our journey by discussing some of the courses included in the curriculum for the LOA Program. The courses are comprised of supporting, general education and core courses. You will start your academic journey with Student Success Strategies and conclude at Legal Topics. The courses that are in between the beginning and end are filled with industry driven course objectives. Some of the courses include: Legal Office Assisting, Legal Research and Writing, Estates and Property Law, Criminal Law, Business Law, and Civil Trial Practice. Through these courses, students gain and expand knowledge on foundational legal concepts under the direction and facilitation of a qualified and experienced legal professional. The courses are structured with supplemental material, lectures, case studies, and partnered with high engagement and enthusiasm!

The second area we will discuss are possible limiting factors that could hinder success in the program. This is a topic that must be answered at least in part by you, the reader. A few of the primary limiting factors while participating in the degree program or securing employment after graduation include a dislike of research, reading and writing, your current geographic location and the need and demand for legal professionals in that area. Students in the LOA Program spend considerable time engaged in reading of a variety of materials, including but not limited to statutes and cases from the local court level all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. Not everyone is a proficient reader, nor does everyone enjoy detailed reading and recitation of complex legal issues. This is not just an academic requirement, but one in which nearly all legal professionals will spend their careers engaged in on an almost daily basis. Another limiting factor in the LOA Program concerns geographic location. If you live in a county or region with a limited need or establishment of legal professionals, then the availability upon graduating for job security maybe limited. If the willingness and ability to relocate is not in your long-term plan, then these limitations may prove problematic. These are all questions and factors you will discuss in the beginning of our admissions process. At WVJC, we want you to be successful in your academic and professional pursuits.

The final area we will discuss is the type of employment often found after graduating from the Legal Office Assisting program. The Legal Office Assisting degree from WVJC-Online provides a wide variety of topics that translate into a wide variety of different areas of the workforce. Options for careers are dependent on the individual graduate’s specific interests and local area demand. The career most individuals associate Legal Office Assisting with is working directly with an attorney in a legal office or law firm setting. This is one option available to graduates, however there are several other areas that the graduate may pursue, including but not limited to: 1) working for government organizations/agencies from the local to the federal level; 2) working “in-house” for a private business with a legal affairs department/division; 3) working in a bank or financial office assisting in the preparation of key legal documents involved in the purchase of real or personal property or in obtaining financing for personal or business use; and/or 4) working for an insurance company assisting in a range of different legal affairs. The Legal Office Assisting degree from WVJC-Online is a versatile degree that can take you many different directions. The key to your success lies with you. The dedication, persistence, communication and effort implemented by the student creates a successful recipe for both academic and employment. We are here to assist you in accomplishing your dream.

If you are interested in learning more about our online degrees here at WVJC-Online, call us at 877-25ONLINE or request more information HERE.

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

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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.

Program Highlight – Information Technology

Two IT students in hallwayStudents at West Virginia Junior College – Charleston Campus know that their success is the faculty, staff and administration’s main priority. This is visible in the halls every day, but the lengths the Information Technology department takes to ensure students’ success might surprise people.

As with every program offered at WVJC, sitting for certification exams is essential. The IT students have been diligently studying and preparing for their certifications.

IT students prepare for the A+ certification and also the CISCO CCENT certification. Over the past few months students have been working with their on-site instructor, Tom Pinkerton, as well as the IT instructor at the Morgantown campus, Robin Addis. The students’ success rate has skyrocketed over the last few months. Two students, Justin Goff and Taylor Swanson have earned their CISCO CCENT certifications with extremely high scores- both in the high 900’s out of 1000.

“I am very proud of my students’ success and their progress in the program. These students will make excellent IT professionals,” says IT Coordinator Tom Pinkerton.

IT Program 2Not only are students in the IT program thriving with their certification exams, but they are also taking their classroom learning to new levels. Students are working on final productions and utilizing technology to take classes virtually if needed. Charleston IT student, Nina Higginbotham, attends Ms. Robin Addis’ course in Morgantown via Google Hangout.

The IT program is expanding and our students love the program! With passion, support and an education, success is possible. At WVJC Charleston we take our students’ goals seriously and work with students to help make their goals become a reality.

Legal Assisting Program Highlight

legal assisting programHere at West Virginia Junior College Online, we love to help students get into growing fields of work so they can have a career and a better life for themselves and their family. With that said, our newest program to be added to the WVJC repertoire is the Legal Assistant program.

With the Legal Assistant program our students are learning about all different aspects of law, including but not limited to Family Law, Estates and Property, and many others. We want them to know exactly what a law office deals with on a daily basis so they can excel in their career. This is why our classes are taught and developed by lawyers that are practicing in the field or have practiced in recent years.

Here at WVJC Online, we have worked hard to make this program the best it can be. A main contributor has been Scott Wesolowsky, Legal Assistant Program Coordinator. When asked what he thought the best aspect of the program was, he stated, “In my opinion, the best aspect of the program is that we are in the inaugural phase and the students get a TON of one on one instruction. They are able to get a tremendous amount of invaluable assistance from both instructors and peers. One of the most crucial aspects is that classes are taught by lawyers currently practicing in the field or who have practiced in the field.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics job outlook, between 2012 and 2022, Legal Assistant positions will grow by 17%, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

We are always happy to welcome driven individuals into our online Legal Assistant program. It only takes 18 months to change your life, so why not get started now?