Cleah Slack – Student Highlight

Cleah Slack graduated from Lincoln County High School in 2019. During her senior year, an admissions advisor visited her class to discuss the specialized associate degree programs at WVJC. After the presentation, Cleah knew she wanted to apply for college at WVJC. She was looking for a short-term program that would help prepare her for a career. Cleah said, “It was important to me to be able to get a great education and earn an Associate Degree in Dental Assisting in a short 18 months.”

When asked about her long term goals, she said she would like to further her education and become a dental hygienist. She said, “I have always been very detail-oriented and really wanted to make sure the dental field was the right path for me and that is why I decided dental assisting was the best first step.” Cleah loves her dental assisting classes because of the hands-on activities and Mrs. Rollins style of teaching. Cleah noted, “Mrs. Rollins is such a great teacher. She makes sure everyone in class understands the material. Our dental classes are small and very hands-on, so everyone gets a feel for what we are doing.” Cleah has enjoyed her time at West Virginia Junior College because of the caring atmosphere and fast-track program. She said, “I love the wonderful instructors and I’ve also made lifelong friends.”

Cleah is flying through her Dental Assisting program at WVJC! She is an excellent student with nearly perfect attendance and a President’s List recipient. In addition to her excellent academic achievement, Cleah also volunteers as a Student Ambassador for the dental assisting program. She assists with new student orientation, school events, and offers tutoring services for students. We cannot wait to see all that Cleah accomplishes after graduating from WVJC! If you would like to know more about the fast track dental program or other programs at WVJC, please visit wvjc.edu for more information and apply today!

Zach Maxon – Student Highlight

Zachary Maxon graduated from Morgantown High School and immediately knew he was going to come to West Virginia Junior College.  He is the fourth person in his family to graduate from WVJC!   Both of his grandparents are graduates of the campus as well as his aunt.   He didn’t want to attend WVU.  “I didn’t want to deal with all those general education classes, plus the cost.”  He knew that by attending WVJC he would only have to take minimal general education credits and mainly focus on the field he was studying, Network Administration/ Security.

Because of the four-day class schedule, Zach is able to work part-time while attending WVJC.  Not only is WVJC a family tradition for Zach, but he loves the family atmosphere that WVJC offers. During his time at WVJC, he has formed close friendships with his classmates and his program director, Robbin Addis.  One of the things about WVJC family atmosphere is the class sizes, “I don’t think I ever had more than 20 students in any of my classes. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here so far.”

Zach not only will be graduating with his Specialized Associate Degree in Network Administration/ Security, but he has also earned the following certifications:

  • CCENT – Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician
  • CCNA Routing and Switching – Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • MTA Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

Zach is expected to graduate in February of 2019, before he turns 21 years old.   After graduation, he plans to find employment in his field.  With this degree, he can build and break down equipment, set-up online systems and manage security, and ensure proper networking.

Zach’s advice to incoming students:

  • Come to class.
  • Study.
  • Pay attention and read your material.

“As long as you work hard, you can do anything!” – Zachary Maxon

Pharmacy Technician Graduate Highlight – Timothy Moody

Timothy MoodyTimothy Moody started WVJC-Bridgeport’s Pharmacy Technician program in June 2012 and graduated with his Specialized Associate Degree in December 2013. Timothy chose WVJC because he felt he could graduate and start a career a lot faster.

Timothy’s passion for the pharmacy field came from his father, who was a Pharmacy Technician in the Navy. It is something he grew up around and found it very interesting.

He says, “My favorite part about attending WVJC was the hands on stuff, such as compounding and IV admixtures.”  He has been working at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Shinnston, WV for about two years now.

Timothy was asked what advice he had for future students. His response was “do your best and always put 100% into it.” He would like to thank a couple instructors at WVJC, Ms. Mancuso and Mrs. Frye. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them,” he said.

Timothy’s biggest supporter during his 18 months at WVJC was his dad. His dad always helped him with homework and encouraged him to push harder.

WVJC Bridgeport Student Highlight: Jamie Ogden, Medical Assisting

Jamie OgdenJamie Ogden is currently enrolled in the Medical Assisting Specialized Associate Degree Program at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus.

Jamie has several reasons for attending WVJC Bridgeport, but convenience was definitely a deciding factor.

She explained, “WVJC Bridgeport was closer to home and it only takes 18 months for me to complete my program. I only have class four days a week and when I took a tour of the campus, I met the people at the campus and that made it official for me…I met some really nice people on-campus.

Jamie always knew she wanted a career in the medical field. She explained, “I did my research and found out that as a Medical Assistant, I do more than just vitals; I get to do EKG’s and Phlebotomy, as well. I have always wanted to do phlebotomy so when I found out this program at WVJC Bridgeport taught it, it was the perfect fit for me.”

Jamie loves the lab classes because of the hands-on experience and very much appreciates her instructor, Mrs. Lesson because she makes Lab so much more fun. She also loves the atmosphere because everyone is nice and everyone knows you by name, not just a number.

“My biggest supporter is my fiancé,” said Jamie. “He is always there for me when I get really stressed out and if I am having trouble with my homework, he will help me figure it out. He’s a mechanic, so I know he doesn’t know very much about healthcare, but he tries. He also helps with the kids so I can complete my homework and do well in my classes.”

Jamie would like to thank Chasity Duarte who was her Admissions Representative when she decided to attend WVJC Bridgeport. “She was right on top of things and if for her not calling and reminding me, I probably wouldn’t have made it to orientation,” said Jamie. She also would like to thank Michelle Hill-Campbell for being there for her when she needed it most.

WVJC Bridgeport offers a variety of healthcare training programs and programs in business and technology. For more information, visit www.wvjc.edu today!