Blake Cooper – Student Highlight

Blake Cooper attended a larger university before enrolling with WVJC. The size of the classes was overwhelming for him, and he felt the classes were too big for him to be as successful as he wanted to be.

Before attending WVJC, Blake worked two jobs but knew that wasn’t what he wanted to do forever. Although his first college experience was not the right fit for him, he didn’t let that get in the way of his goals of furthering his education. He began looking for a smaller institution that was local to him, which is when he found WVJC’s Information Technology program.

As someone who has always been good with technology, WVJC’s IT program seemed like the perfect fit for Blake to pursue. He wants to start a family in the next five years and find a stable career path that would allow him to support himself and his future family.

Blake’s favorite part of attending WVJC is the helpfulness and support from the faculty. Throughout his time with WVJC, his instructor, Robbin Addis, has played a special role in his success. “Robin helps us so much in her classes and makes sure that we know our stuff in order to pass,” he says.

After graduation, Blake hopes to find a stable career working in the IT field and be in a position where he can start a family.

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

Thankful For Our Students in 2020

At WVJC Morgantown/Online, what we are most thankful for are our students. We are here because of them, and all the work we do is for them. The faculty and staff at WVJC Online and WVJC Morgantown want our students to be successful and believe that they can be. We are so grateful that our online students rise above the challenges they face and aspire to learn more.

Keep reading for messages from WVJC faculty and staff.

Bryce Adkins, Legal Office Assisting Program Director, says, “I am so thankful for my students and for being able to interact with each of you, particularly via video interactions and discussions.”

Kacey Eagle, Allied Health Programs Director, says, “I am thankful for my students who want to take the step and make a difference in their life.” She also shares advice from Beverly Sills who said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Jamie McGuire, Pharmacy Technician Program Director, says, “I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication each of my pharmacy technician students have shown this module. Our program is packed full of specialized medical, clinical, technical and administrative knowledge that takes great commitment to master and each of you have accepted this challenge with enthusiasm. Keep up the hard work! You make me proud!”

Shane Welter, Business Programs Director, says, “I’m thankful for the students because it gives me the opportunity to work with students and professionals in different communities.”

Robin Addis, NAS, IT, and Cybersecurity Program Director says, “I am thankful for the students’ willingness to move outside of their comfort zone and learn new tasks.”

To close, here is a message from your Academic Dean, Rachael Salvucci. “Your dedication to improving your life through education makes all of us here at WVJC work harder to help you reach your goals.  We wish you well as 2020 comes to an end and hope for nothing but a prosperous future.”

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WVJC!

Trent Stewart – Graduate Highlight

Recent West Virginia Junior College graduate Trent Stewart recalls weighing his options and searching diligently for the right college after graduating from high school. He had the opportunity to take some basic coding and graphic design classes during high school at a vocational facility and decided he wanted to pursue a program that he thought was “the right start for getting into the IT field.”

Trent revealed, “I never thought a traditional 4-year college degree program was right for me.”  He decided, instead, to attend WVJC where he was excited to pursue many employer recommended certifications and could earn a degree in just 18 months. He chose the Network Administration/Security program because he was impressed by its versatility. “I could learn not only about networking, but computer hardware, software, and databases as well!”

During his time at WVJC, Trent enjoyed his networking classes the most! He said that he received real-life experience and training by learning the inner workings of the Morgantown campus, focusing on the internal part of the network, commands, and troubleshooting. He credits IT/NAS Program Director Robin Addis and instructor Bobby Viands for being knowledgeable, accessible, and helpful guides with any issues he encountered with classroom projects.

Trent is a true WVJC success story! After earning his degree, he secured a position as an IT Support Technician for a local internet service provider company. He claims that, right now, it is “the ideal job with opportunities to grow and continue learning.” In the future, Trent hopes to advance his IT career by earning security clearance and he looks forward to becoming a homeowner.

“I would definitely refer WVJC to a friend,” Trent said. “The small classes allow more dedicated time to each individual student and it creates a family atmosphere! I think those are two really good reasons to recommend it!”

To learn more about WVJC’s hands-on IT programs, request information here!

Information Technology Graduate – Robert Lynch

Robert LynchRobert Lynch is a successful graduate of West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown, class of 2016, from the Information Technology program. Robert became part of the West Virginia Junior College academic faculty shortly after graduating from the IT program. He jumped at the opportunity to work at the college after having an externship within the IT program under the direction of Robin Addis. Robert is a Technical Support Analyst, primarily focused on WVJC Online. He maintains the technical support for over 400 online students and resolves the issues students might have in regards to their online classes or Canvas. As a devoted and passionate faculty member here at WVJC, Robert strives to ensure that all technology is working appropriately and accurately in order to help the students transition smoothly throughout their online courses.

Robert’s responsibilities as a Support Analyst include, but are not limited to, being the first point of contact if an issue arises and making certain a good ticketing system is implemented. By executing the ticketing system, the numerical order of students that inquire about an issue is maintained and those tickets are taken in the order as they came to him and finished in a timely manner. Robert also assists alongside Ryan Langley, Director of IDT, creating and designing our online campus, Canvas. Robert felt that he was lacking direction and skill within the HTML applications when assisting Ryan with the Canvas design. While working with Ryan, Robert realized he knew more than he thought and was able to rely on his creative and educational background.

Robert has become a crucial and dedicated employee and team member in the IT Department, due largely to Robin Addis and the WVJC faculty during his time as a student. Robert’s drive and intelligence pushed his desire to be the best student possible to achieve what he might have thought was not possible. Robin’s method of teaching during Robert’s time as a student was more strategy and hands-on than lecturing. Robert worked diligently at the hands-on practices that helped engrave the process of networking. This made him the vital employee and certified technician he has become within our team at WVJC. Robert is also working on furthering his education by pursuing a degree in Network Administration and Security at WVJC. As Robert works on his degree in NAS, he is developing his skill set and working on the next level of his Cisco certification, CCNP Security. This is the 2-year goal he has set for himself.  Since graduating from WVJC, Robert has established his own business, Twenty-First Century Solutions, which does IT consulting.

Robert’s path up to this point was not necessarily the path he expected he would end up taking.  Robert graduated from Morgantown High School in 2007 as a C and D student. After high school graduation, Robert explored his options and gained employment as a car salesman. Robert really enjoyed selling cars. At times he was excelling tremendously, then other times it would plateau. With this type of fluctuation in wages it was too stressful and Robert could not take the chance of receiving minimum wage and/or commission alone. Robert had other job offers which paid more and had a little bit more financial security, but he stated, “I knew I wanted something more for my life”.  Robert explored his options at a college, but ended up dropping out. He had several friends that attended WVJC and went through and graduated from the Information Technology program. Robert saw the success his friends had through the program, which made him explore WVJC. Robert knew things needed to change, he needed financial security and stability at this time in his life, due to the expected birth of his daughter, Audrey.

Robert came to WVJC, enrolled as a student in the IT program and became a successful 4.0 student. Robert did have some ups and downs when it came to his 3rd term when his daughter was born during finals. With the help of staff, Robert was able to retake his finals. Even with some hiccups, Robert’s dedication to finishing the program, gave him the drive and desire that helped him become a successful graduate from WVJC in March 2016.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the Information Technology program CLICK HERE and for Network Administration/Security CLICK HERE.