Tammy Chewning is a Legal Office Assisting student at WVJC Morgantown and a member of the Student Government Association. Like most students at WVJC, this is not her first attempt at college, but she has found a college that fits her needs and goals. “I love the staff and faculty. The experience they bring to the classroom is exemplary and if you need anything, they are right there to help, both personally and professionally.”
Tammy came to WVJC looking to continue her medical career. However, upon a closer look at the program offerings, decided that the Legal Office Assisting program would be a better fit. “(Before WVJC) I worked as an EMT. I started off in a medical program, but with the guidance of my instructors, I changed my program of interest to Legal Office Assisting.” She credits two faculty members with this guidance. Bryce Adkins and Dustin Blankenship have been instrumental in Tammy’s success at WVJC. “Bryce and Dustin are always there as a sounding board for me. (They) listen when I need it and are always there when I have questions.”
Tammy has been greatly impacted by the faculty at the WVJC campus. She had attended online school in the past, but having face-to-face communication with faculty, and instant feedback when she needs it has been vital to her success. Tammy wants to work in a law firm upon graduation and looks forward to a career that affords her the ability to vacation occasionally. When asked where she wants to be in five years, she said “On a beach somewhere.”
Tammy has enjoyed her experience at WVJC so much, that she recommended WVJC to a friend who is also now a student.
West Virginia Junior College strives to create relationships with our students and community. It is so important, that we consider it to be a core value within our school. Rachel McAllister felt this very early on in her program with us. Rachael came to WVJC after attempting post-secondary education at other institutions. Like many of our students, she did not find an environment that helped her be successful. We asked her why she chose WVJC and she said, “The culture seems a lot more conducive to my personality, and I love the ‘family’ feel among the staff and students.” She went on to highlight the fact that our short-term, career-focused programs would allow her to get into a career more quickly. “I won’t spend a bunch of time completing unrelated courses, as I have done at other institutions I have attended.”
Rachael is in WVJC’s Legal Office Assisting program and is a member of the Student Government Association. “I have always had an interest in law and the legal system,” McAllister said, “but I didn’t think law school was the right fit for me.” Rachael said that after doing her research, WVJC’s Legal Office Assisting program would provide opportunities in the legal field that were a “perfect fit” for her.
The welcoming environment has been her favorite part about WVJC. “I’ve been able to connect with other students and my teachers in ways I just hadn’t been able to anywhere else. I feel like I’m really making friends and I matter to my instructors.”
Rachael has found herself in a learning environment that suits her, and has allowed her to excel. She has been an integral part of WVJC’s Student Government Association and is a great student in her program. If Rachael’s story sounds familiar to you, and you would like to learn more about WVJC’s Legal Office Assisting program, visit wvjc.edu or call 304-296-8282 today!
Life often presents twists and turns on our path to a career. With every decision, our path is bumped slightly in a new direction. Kali Moats’s, CMA student at WVJC Morgantown and Student Government Association member, path to WVJC fits this mold. Kali attended a college prior to attending WVJC. She felt she was “just a number” in that environment and ultimately did not continue.
The decision to leave school lead her down a path that landed her where she is today. It was not always an easy one. Before attending WVJC, Kali found herself working at a state park and helping to take care of her father. While working at that state park, a coworker told her about WVJC. She decided to check it out. “I liked (that) they offered a smaller room setting, and the atmosphere was welcoming.”
Kali chose the Clinical Medical Assistant program. She wanted to further her career in the medical field, and felt that this was the best way to do it. As a student, she loves her classes, but says her favorite part is the faculty and staff. “If I need help with anything from homework to just having a bad day, they are there and ready to help or be an ear and shoulder to lean on.”
When asked who her favorite instructor was, Kali had a hard time narrowing it down. “I cannot pick just one.” While she has enjoyed all of her instructors, there were two that stood out to her. “Jessica Musgrove and Dustin Blankenship are ready to help (at any time). They make class fun to be in, (and are) a joy to around.”
Kali said that her ideal job would be to work as a civilian with the US Army as a CMA or a phlebotomist. Her goals in the long term are to move to Virginia, become a parent, and “come (back) to visit the staff and faculty to show them how I am doing. They are like my family.”
If this experience sounds like something that you would like to see for yourself, head to wvjc.edu and take a look at our Clinical Medical Assistant program, or any of our offered programs. You can also call the campus directly at 304-296-8282 or request info HERE.
Post-secondary education is generally a big change for a student that recently graduated from high school. Depending upon choice of program, maturity, comfort in new environments, and a host of other factors, new post-secondary students can find it difficult to transition from the high school environment to college. Travis Gyorko, WVJCBusiness Administration student and Student Government Association President, found himself in just this situation after high school. “It [traditional college] was a very different experience for me and I wasn’t able to fully adjust to it. “ His transition was so difficult that Travis was not successful in his first attempt at college. Like so many others, he found himself at a crossroads. “I bounced around from odd job to odd job not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life.”
As time passed, Travis began a hobby that would change his life. He began craft-brewing ale. At first, it was a hobby to do after work. Over time, Travis found that it might be more than just a hobby. It has been said that when you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life and this is exactly what Travis began to feel. His concern was that he did not know how to take this skill and turn it into a business. Not feeling comfortable going into something like this blind, Travis began searching for education options that would work for him and his new found passion. “I heard about being able to get a degree in 18 months [at WVJC] and that they had a business program.”
Travis decided to enroll at WVJC Morgantown. “I chose WVJC…to turn my hobby…into a full-time career.” Travis had a very different experience at WVJC than he did at his first college. “I love the hands-on approach my professors have given me and each one has taken the time to get to know me. I never would’ve had an experience like this [in his first college attempt] and that really has appealed to me since joining the junior college.”
Travis has excelled as a student at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown and is even the SGA President. “My favorite class has been Fundamentals of Taxation. It was a lot of work but I appreciate being able to have the knowledge of how to do my own taxes.” He also added, “The professors are really passionate about helping their students succeed and the college offers a very student friendly environment.”
If you have any questions about the Business Administration program at WVJC or would like additional information, please contact West Virginia Junior College at 304-296-8282 or wvjc.edu.