WVJC and Community During Challenging Times

West Virginia Junior College has always been an institution that looks to serve the community in any way possible. With COVID-19 and all the disruption it has caused, the faculty and staff knew they had to step up. At the WVJC Charleston campus, we provided meals for healthcare workers on an entire floor at CAMC. At the WVJC Morgantown campus, we collaborated with a local restaurant in Morgantown, WV to supply food for children who were not receiving school lunches due to the pandemic. The Career Management Department also provided information to current students who have children who need to seek meal assistance.

Shortly after the stay at home orders were in place and students were learning in a solely virtual capacity, career management started the “WVJC Strong” campaign. Stickers were mailed to students with a letter of encouragement to let them know we stand united as an academic family and we are in this together. The academic team took pictures of their remote workstations with the logo from the campaign and Ryan Langley, Director of Instructional Design and Technology, created a video to share on social media.

The West Virginia Junior College Career Management Department continues to reach out to employers and build relationships to secure employment for current students and graduates. “Though this pandemic has changed the way we operate to an extent, we are still providing the same level of service to the students/graduates, and the same partnerships to employers in the community that we have always been recognized for,” says Samantha Esposito, Director of Career Management. As things are ever-changing with COVID-19, WVJC continues to adapt rapidly in whichever ways necessary.

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Samantha Esposito – Staff Highlight

“I wanted a position where I would be able to help and impact individuals while also supporting the community.  My position at WVJC has allowed me to do both!” – Samantha Esposito

As the Director of Career Management at West Virginia Junior College, Samantha Esposito assists WVJC students and graduates with employment opportunities upon graduation.  This is a responsibility that she takes very seriously.  “Working in Career Management, I knew that I would be able to impact student’s lives, while also supporting the employment needs of our community.”  For Sam, it is all about making an impact on her student’s lives.  When asked what motivates her, she had this to say.  “I don’t have one specific what or who, but many whos… the graduates. Their hunger to change their lives is what motivates me to do the best job possible.”

Samantha is motivated by the results of her students and her service to her community.  Prior to working at WVJC, she worked in student housing in the Morgantown area and the Ronald McDonald house prior to that. This path lead her to WVJC as a means to work in an environment that would allow her to use elements from both experiences to assist our students as they progress to the next step in their lives.  While at WVJC, she has continued to work within our community through service organizations such as the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mon.

Student success is a cornerstone for us here at WVJC. The same can be said of how Samantha views her role her at the school.  “We are constantly enhancing the career management process and creating opportunities for our students and graduates.”  When asked what her favorite part about working at WVJC was, she said it is summed up by a “bunch of little moments.” These moments, as you can imagine, center around the success of her students.  “These little moments (are the) texts, emails, and even social media messages from students and graduates letting me know that have been hired, and how excited they are to start their journey into employment.  These messages reinforce that we are doing good things for our students, graduates, and community.”

Please visit wvjc.edu for more information on our Career Management services, our programs, or for more information on any other topic.  You can also call the school directly at 304-296-8282.

Clinical Medical Assistant Graduate – Rachael Farruggia

Rachael Farruggia is a recent medical assisting graduate from WVJC Morgantown. Before WVJC, Rachael attended New River Community College, Concord University, and Fairmont State University. “I enjoyed my time at Concord, but they did not have the major I wanted there so I transferred. New River was pretty nice as well, but I moved to Morgantown.” Rachael FarruggiaAfter moving, Rachel transferred to Fairmont and enjoyed her time there too, but it was just too far of a commute, particularly since she was balancing her responsibilities as a student with being a stay at home mom. This prompted Rachael to look into WVJC.

Rachael credits small class sizes, plenty of one-on-one time with professors, and the right program for her decision to enroll at WVJC. “I was not ready just yet to go to nursing, so the Medical Assisting program stood out to me. It was the first step to starting a career and getting my foot in the medical field because I eventually plan on going back to nursing school.” While the correct program helped Rachael make her decision, she credits staff and faculty for helping her succeed. “I love the staff and how they are always willing to help you out if you don’t understand something. I am a better person because I attended WVJC. I also got the job of my dreams with amazing people. I’m working with kids like I always wanted.”

Rachael says that many people at WVJC helped her, starting with the admissions process, moving through classes and finally, landing her externship. She specifically mentioned Rayan Matthews, Samantha Esposito, and Kacey Eagle for their important contributions to her career and life in general. “They were all great teachers who love what they do! Rayan Matthews has affected my life the most because she took her time out to make each and every one of her students feel important and help them in any way possible. I also really enjoyed Samantha Esposito. She has texted and called to check on me a couple times since graduating. Her class was very helpful in teaching us how to deal with the real world.”

Rachael is currently employed at a job she loves! In five years, she wants to complete nursing school to become a Registered Nurse and work in pediatrics so that she can continue fulfilling her dream of working with children every day.

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

Medical Assisting Graduate Highlight – Michele Davidson

Michele DavidsonMichele Davidson is a Medical Assisting graduate from WVJC Morgantown. She worked as a Paralegal for 10 years before she started the Clinical Medical Assistant program. “I chose WVJC because they seemed to be my best option. They were very nice, credible, and convenient for me. I had originally chosen the phlebotomy program. I liked that program, the instructors, and the program director so well that I decided to further my career with the Clinical Medical Assistant program.”

Her favorite part about attending WVJC was the convenience of the school and the willingness of the instructors to help out when you don’t understand something.  “Every instructor I had was willing and always had the time to help out. The classes were not so overwhelming that you couldn’t keep up with the courses.” Michele also appreciates what her education has done for her future and the opportunities it will continue to provide. “Attending WVJC has helped me in such a huge way. I never thought that at my age I would be able to do it, but with the convenience and time that WVJC has to offer, I was able to do it!”

Many people helped Michelle reach her goals at WVJC. “I would say that Rayan Matthews and Kacey Eagle have affected my life the most at WVJC. Having known what they have gone through and seeing them at the school every day to help others succeed gives me the will and passion to want to do the same.” Michelle also credits Samantha Esposito, Bryce Adkins, and Matt Hahn for helping her along the way. Looking forward, Michelle plans to use her education in many exciting ways. “I would like to see myself as possibly already being a nurse and maybe even being an instructor, in five years as well helping others learn and teaching them how to have the career they want to have, as I once did.”

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