The Importance Of An Externship at WVJC

West Virginia Junior College offers many great experiences to help you start your career. From the instruction specific to your program, to the exceptionally dedicated staff and faculty, our staff does everything they can to help our students be successful. Additionally, all enrolled students participate in an externship that is specific to their program. Whether you are a residential or online student, an externship will be completed. These externships provide hands-on experience for our students in the field they will be working in.

The dedicated range of hours necessary to complete your externship is 90 or 160 hours. These hours are completed in a 12-week time span. WVJC has developed many relationships with reputable businesses in and around our student’s location of residency to assist with making their externship term go as smoothly as possible.

Being given the opportunity to work with a location site for your externship hours is beneficial in more than one way. This opportunity should be added to a professional resume, giving employers the opportunity to see hands-on experiences gained to partner with your education. Many WVJC students are offered employment opportunities from the locations at which they complete their externship.

WVJC strives for student success and promotes the valuable experiences that students are able to achieve within their externships.

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

Faculty Highlight-Aaron Jones

Aaron JonesAaron Jones is known as WVJC – Bridgeport’s jack-of-all-trades. Aaron has an associate degree in Information Technology, Business Management and Executive Office Technology.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. He has a great deal of previous work experience that pertains to his love for technology. Aaron has worked as a Dell, Sony, IBM and Lenovo Technician for Worldwide Tech Services. Some of you may have even heard him on the radio at WV Radio Corporation where he worked an IT position in the engineering department.

Today, Aaron is WVJC’s IT Program Director. He is responsible for the delivery and development of the Information Technology program and maintaining all the school technology.  We all have days where nothing seems to go right with our computers, and lucky for us, Aaron is just down the hall.  He made the choice to work at WVJC because he is very passionate about the IT field. He wanted to not only share his knowledge, but also, help others reach their career goals. When discussing his career at WVJC, he says “My favorite part about working at WVJC is getting to help individuals be successful in their field and passing along everything that I have learned to a future generation.”

Aaron finds his motivation from his family and from the success of his graduates. Every day he strives to do his very best and looks forward to continually helping the students of WVJC.  Aaron’s idea of a perfect day is being at home with his wife and little boy, but as his coworker, I know he also enjoys dressing up for comic-con. He said, “Being able to raise and support my beautiful family, and using the gifts I have been blessed with to provide knowledge and wisdom to future generations of the IT field is an incredible feeling.” Aaron hopes to continue to stay up to date with advancements in technology and hopes to always deliver the best and latest education to future generations.

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

Nicole Holyfield – Faculty Highlight

Nicole HolyfieldNicole Holyfield is a West Virginia Junior College favorite. She is known by many of our students as the “cool teacher that makes us work hard but keeps things interesting.” Nicole is not only a valuable asset on our staff, but she is also highly educated.  She has a degree in psychology from Waynesburg University and in early education from Fairmont State. She has a Master’s in Education from Fairmont State University. Nicole strives to continually better herself and encourages her students to do so, as well.

Before beginning her career at WVJC, she was a preschool teacher, an adjunct professor at Pierpont Technical College, and an early childhood teacher. She eventually found her way to WVJC and is teaching general education courses.  Nicole chose to work at WVJC because she “wanted to work in a small college setting that allowed one on one time with students.  I think smaller classes make a bigger impact.”  Her favorite part of working here is interacting with the students and watching them grow throughout their education.  Nicole quickly gains the trust of her students and, as a result, they respect her and respond well to her teaching methods. We at WVJC can definitely see the passion Nicole has for teaching!

In addition to her successful career, Nicole enjoys her home life with her 8-year-old daughter. Her daughter inspires her to work harder because she knows she looks up to her.  A lesson she tries to teach her is, “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching.”  A perfect day for Nicole is spending the day at the beach with her daughter or a rainy day in bed watching movies or reading a good book. She is, of course, proud of her education and career, but is most proud of her daughter. “Family comes before anything,” she says.

For now, Nicole’s focus is WVJC students and continuing to watch them grow and become successful. She wants to leave them with the quote she lives her life by… “Every day may not be a good one but there is something good in every day.”