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!

3 Takeaways From Our Cybersecurity Program

WVJC Online is committed to empowering students toward their full potential, providing the training, skills, and experience you need to start a successful and rewarding career. Our Cybersecurity program offers several benefits toward fulfilling this vision, and we’ve compiled a list of what we consider to be the best ones. Read on to learn more about our top three takeaways from the program. 

PROVIDES GREAT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 

There are almost over 500,000 job openings in Cybersecurity in the US and other related fields on the market today. With the right kind of training, the most prepared students are in a position to build a great future for themselves after graduation. 

WVJC Online specializes in providing the necessary preparation and credentialing needed for students to move forward in their career. Students who graduate from our program are qualified and prepared for the following positions (and more): 

  • Junior Security Analyst
  • Cyber Operation Specialist
  • Data Recovery Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Malware Analyst
  • Pen Tester
  • Computer Support Analyst
  • Help Desk Analyst

In an increasingly computerized world, career opportunities in cybersecurity continue to expand. WVJC is committed to training the next generation of professionals for a successful tenure in their respective fields. 

OFFERS SPECIALIZED TRAINING 

Because opportunities are ripe for a long and successful career in cybersecurity, our program also prepares students to receive the proper certification employers are looking for in their candidates. 

The three certifications we prepare our students for are: the Network+ Certification,* the Security+ Certification,* and the CySA+ Certification.* These certifications reassure business owners that their clients are in the care of qualified professionals. 

Outlined below is an overview of each certification.

Network+ Certification*

  • The Network+ Certification certifies the necessary skills required to design, configure, manage, and maintain computer network architecture and devices and includes a basic understanding of cloud computing best practices and critical security concepts that help networking professionals work with security practitioners.

Security+ Certification*

  • The Security+ Certification is an established worldwide standard for best practices in information technology, cybersecurity networking, and operational integrity. Security+ focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management, and intrusion detection.

CybersecurityAnalyst+ (CySA+) Certification*

  • The CySA+ Certification applies behavioral analytics to the information technology field to prevent, detect, and combat cybersecurity threats. The CySA+ certifies that the student has the necessary skills to perform data analysis, vulnerability, risk, and impact assessments, configure threat-detection tools, and ability to secure and protect applications and systems within an organization.

By the end of the program, students will have the skills necessary to handle incident response, security architecture, threat management, vulnerability management, and virtual infrastructures. In addition, students will participate in an externship before the conclusion of the program. The externship will occur in a real work environment, allowing students to apply their training in real-world situations.

Our goal at WVJC is for students to develop marketable skills that are career-focused and time-efficient, without compromising precious classroom time learning subject matter unrelated to their professional desires. 

A STUDENT-ORIENTED PROGRAM 

Our 18-month program is designed for students to graduate and enter into the professional world. The WVJC Online Cybersecurity program currently has students enrolled in the program who are working hard and looking forward to having a successful pathway and career in cybersecurity.

A current student of the program, Michael Azzaso, said, “I think it’s pretty amazing that in under two years, you get an associates degree, work experience, and the certifications that you need to succeed.”

Students can expect to work with classmates in the program through team-driven learning and web-based group discussions. This element of peer-to-peer interaction adds a level of camaraderie that is otherwise missing in online education. Instructors also make themselves readily available to students interested in further discussion and assistance. 

Because of its online nature, the program’s flexibility affords students the time they need to study at their own pace. Our goal is to make students excited about their learning. Watch our video here to see why it may be the perfect program for you!

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC TODAY!

At WVJC Online, our goal is to provide accessible courses and degrees in careers our students will love. If you would like to learn more about our Cybersecurity program, give us a call at 877-25ONLINE. You can also download our FREE Ebook now to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity!

*Certifications are contingent on passing the corresponding industry certification exam. Required/Included in Tuition/Fees.

Building a Better Future for Yourself: Cybersecurity Careers

Hackers cost businesses money. With daily threats to security and disclosure of secure information, hackers affect bottom lines and consumer confidence. With nearly 500,000 vacancies around the country, cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand career opportunities available today. 

Are you interested in joining the fast-paced, exciting field of cybersecurity? Then, read on because you might have what it takes! 

WHAT IS CYBERSECURITY? 

Professionally referred to as “information technology security,” cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. In layman’s terms, cybersecurity technicians ensure the regular optimization of all electronic systems and data from foreign threats. 

HOW OFTEN DO ATTACKS OCCUR?

It isn’t uncommon to fall victim to a cybersecurity attack. According to Security Magazine, there are over 2,200 attacks daily, which breaks down to nearly one cyber attack every 39 seconds.

Government defense, healthcare, finance, and educational systems are some of the highest recorded attacks worldwide. For example, nearly 66% of all businesses experienced a phishing attack in 2020. Furthermore, Comparitech estimates a total value loss of 8.6% as the result of a cyberattack. 

Experienced hackers are after vital information such as credit cards, social security, company records, and numbers. Often, these records are then distributed en masse to the highest bidder. One of the most recent cyberattacks threatened to compromise the entire electronic system of the Colonial Pipeline. Even small businesses can fall victim to cybersecurity crime, as they often utilize resources from organizations targeted by cybercriminals.

WHY IS CYBERSECURITY IMPORTANT? 

With an increasing number of hackers beginning to target more complex networks, cybersecurity professionals are constantly educating themselves on the trends of cyber-criminality. In addition, the ripple of cyberattacks can have long-standing effects on the compromised business or corporation and their clients, networks, and other connected companies. 

Cybersecurity experts are vital to company services, detecting vulnerabilities, recommending security programs, and developing backend systems that seek to reduce the frequency and quality of corruption threats. As hackers grow in sophistication, cybersecurity specialization grows with it. 

CYBERSECURITY CAREERS 

Careers in cybersecurity include entry, mid and advanced level positions. Those who are intellectually curious and have strong critical thinking skills are particularly suited for this field. Some might find that they are better suited for consulting, while others are better suited for technical coding. Still, others in the field, who are creative and forward-thinking, seek to develop new technology that offsets cyber threats within government and private industries. 

Careers in cybersecurity are seemingly endless, and may include some of the following:

  • Junior Security Analyst
  • Cyber Operation Specialist
  • Data Recovery Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Malware Analyst
  • Pen Tester
  • Computer Support Analyst
  • Help Desk Analyst

Cybersecurity requires a preoccupation with problem-solving and prediction of future behavior. As a result, potential employers will look for someone with data breach experience, technical coding, and security system curation. Here are the top 38 companies that you’ll want to get to know!

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? 

Cybersecurity experts should begin to acquire a basic understanding of computers, systems and networks, data analysis and programming, fundamental security design principles, knowledge of cryptography and IT system components. They will also need to be well versed in cyber defense and cyber threats. 

While it may seem overwhelming at first glance, those best suited for a career in cybersecurity tend to enjoy it. And here at WVJC Online, we know just where to start!

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC TODAY!

The Cybersecurity Program at WVJC Online prepares students to enter the vastly expanding world of cybersecurity. The immersive program offers simulations, hands-on experience, and an externship at the end of the program. Our instructors are uniquely committed to the success of their students and have shown a willingness to schedule online and in-person meetings when necessary. When questions do arise, you can be sure that someone will be available to help. 

 Choosing a career in cybersecurity can be a great move for you and your future. The exciting field of cybersecurity is growing, and employers are hiring trained candidates to fill these positions. In our program, you will learn to succeed without prior cybersecurity knowledge, making it beginner-friendly.

If you would like to learn more about our Cybersecurity program, give us a call at 877-25ONLINE. You can also download our FREE Ebook now to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity!

Explore Your Options for
College Classes This Fall

Are you ready to make the move and start working toward a new career? Are you looking for a small-school atmosphere with supportive instructors who are committed to your success? If so, then WVJC may be the perfect choice for you!

Attend our webinar to find out your options for college classes this fall. Register now to hear directly from the WVJC administration and discover how we can help you prepare for the career of your dreams!

Webinar: Explore Your Options for College Classes This Fall

When: Thursday, July 15 at 2 pm

 

Register Now!

Going to college and earning your degree is an important life decision that can improve the lives of you and your family now and in the future. Choosing the right school can get you ahead by earning your degree and graduating quicker, which means you can start your career sooner.


At WVJC, we are committed to empowering you to reach your full potential by providing the training, skills, and experience to start a successful and rewarding career.

We offer accelerated degree programs in nursing, medical assisting, medical billing and coding, business administration, information technology, and cybersecurity.

While enrolled in our career-focused degree programs, you will also prepare to earn professional certifications* that are specific to your career field, giving you an advantage when you begin applying for jobs.

If you want to start an exciting, new career in only 18 months, this is the webinar for you. Learn all about our fast-track degree programs and supportive educational experience.

Join us for this webinar and find out:

  • About WVJC’s easy 5-step process.
  • How you can be career-ready in 18 months.
  • How fast-track training works.
  • How to enroll in our nursing or healthcare programs.
  • How to enroll in our professional or technology programs.
  • Which career services you will receive.

Learn how we support our students every step of the way. Your success team will guide you from the time you contact us, through graduation, and beyond!

Space is limited in this exciting webinar, so register now to reserve your seat and find out how to jump-start your way to a great career!

Register Now!

*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

How To Start Your Career
in Cybersecurity Webinar

Are you dreaming of a new career in a modern and exciting field? Do you want to help companies protect their systems and data from hackers and intruders?

If you answered yes to these questions, a career in cybersecurity might be the perfect choice for you!

Attend our webinar to learn all about starting your career in cybersecurity. Hear from a cybersecurity industry professional, discover what it’s like to work in cybersecurity, and find out why it’s one of the top career choices for 2021!

Webinar: How To Start Your Career in Cybersecurity
When: Thursday, February 18 at 2pm

 

Register Now

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting and defending against unauthorized access of networks, devices, programs, and data. With the constant changes in technology, companies need trained cybersecurity professionals to accomplish this goal.

Small businesses, large corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions all need qualified employees to help them defend against attacks.

The need for trained cybersecurity professionals is projected to increase well into the future as technology continues to change and the world gets more digital. Choosing a career in cybersecurity can set you up for success now and in the future as you advance your career in this growing field.

Now is your chance to get information about a cybersecurity career that could change your life! This could be a perfect career choice for veterans, women, career changers, and beginners with no computer experience.

Join us for this exciting cybersecurity webinar and find out:

  • What is cybersecurity
  • Why you should choose a career in cybersecurity
  • What cybersecurity career opportunities are available
  • What employers need in cybersecurity candidates
  • What cybersecurity certifications are valuable
  • WVJC Online Cybersecurity Associate Degree

You will discover what cybersecurity jobs employers are hiring for and what skills, education, experience, and certifications they need in candidates. Learn all about WVJC’s Cybersecurity Associate Degree and how we support our students every step of the way.

Space is limited for this exciting webinar, so register now to reserve your seat and find out how to start your cybersecurity career today!

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Jacob Rae – Student Highlight

Jacob Rae is a student in the Network Administration/Security program at WVJC Morgantown.  He was always into technology as a kid and liked to take things apart to learn how they worked. As he grew up, he decided to look for potential career opportunities that would allow him to work in the field. He has looked into cybersecurity and programming and feels that the foundation that he’s getting in the NA/S program is a necessary step in his career path.

Jacob is originally from Michigan and moved to Pennsylvania after graduating from high school. He attended a local community college in PA, but it was not the right fit for him. In talking with a friend, they recommended WVU or WVJC. He chose WVJC because of the fast-track program and smaller class sizes. He prefers the fast-track program because most of his classes are preparing him for a career in his field. Jacob appreciates the extra time that his teachers take to answer his questions. He said, “You can tell they (the faculty) care about the students and their classes by the time and detail they put into the lesson plans.”

His favorite part about being a student at WVJC is all the people he gets to meet and the diversity of students in his classes. He attends class with young people like himself. However, he also has classes with those starting new careers later in life, as well as those who have been in the field and want to further their career. His favorite class has been Student Success Strategies, taught by Director of Career Management, Samantha Esposito. Samantha has since moved into a new role at the campus as Campus President. He said, “Sam made sure everyone was involved in the class and participated!”

After graduation, Jacob would like to work in an environment with a large IT infrastructure. He used the example of a local hospital. After getting some experience in the technology field, he will decide if he wants to pursue further education. In five years, Jacob wants to be working in his field.

If you would like more information on the Network Administration/Security program at WVJC Morgantown, request information here!

Maurice Faulkner – Student Highlight

Maurice Faulkner is a student in the Network Administration/Security program at WVJC Charleston. Maurice picked WVJC because it was local and easily accessible. Maurice was interested in a career that is in high demand and included his love of technology and computers. Having heard the commercials for WVJC, he decided to schedule an appointment to see if this was the right college for him. Right away he noticed the friendly environment. “It just felt like it was the right choice.” He learned that he could start on the path toward a career he was interested in and the environment was positive and encouraging.

Maurice’s interests include video games and working on computers. “I enjoy taking apart things and putting them back together while learning how they work,” Maurice said.  His curiosity has fueled his career choice. Maurice said, “Technology jobs are moving into the future of day to day lifestyle.” He couldn’t be more on point with the high demands of IT professionals and the increasing developments in technology.  Our IT department offers an enriched experience that will prepare students for various IT positions and establish a mindset for growth.

Maurice speaks highly of his experience at WVJC and he enjoys the environment.  Like other students, Maurice feels that the WVJC faculty and staff really do care about student success, as evident in WVJC’s core values. WVJC’s core values include: work ethic, exemplary, caring, accountability, relationships and excellence (WE CARE). Maurice emphasized that he enjoyed this approach and other learning aspects WVJC promotes. Maurice wanted to recognize Instructor Bill Sigler and IT Director, Tom Pinkerton. “They have taught me a bunch. Whether it be computers or networking. I think they go beyond to help the students to succeed.”

Maurice says “if anyone was wanting to better their life and start a great future on the path to success, then they should pick WVJC because it’s a friendly college and the staff members are nice and professional. The teachers teach you many things at this college and if you pay attention, you will succeed.”  Maurice is gearing up to complete his degree next year.

To other potential students, Maurice says to “Keep your head up and pay attention to what the instructors and directors have to say. Show up and get involved during the study groups. If your program has a club, help in the club. It’s a good experience if you put your mind to it because the college is there to help anyone who is willing to learn.” After graduation, Maurice wants to find a position in networking or computer repairs and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Maurice has found the perfect way to integrate his past experiences and a passion for technology and computers. Maurice served as a firefighter for four years. Firefighters are equipped with problem-solving skills to tackle an emergency effectively and safely. Networking Administration/Security shares the same mindset as fighting fires. Maurice needs to see the smaller inner workings of the big picture to plan his approach. This is another example of a student focused on a career that incorporates his previous experience and interests.

Have you thought about a career that will not feel like a job? Have you had other adventures that can apply in finding your career? Find your next adventure with interest at www.wvjc.edu today!

WVJC Bridgeport’s Atmosphere Makes the Difference for Graduate Shelaina Jones

Shelaina Jones Oct. Grad. HighlightShelaina Jones is a recent graduate of West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Medical Office Management program.  She chose this program because of its solid future career outlook.

Shelaina tried other colleges before coming to West Virginia Junior College and explained that the atmosphere is what helped her make her decision.

She said, “At the other college I attended, I didn’t enjoy it because the campus is too big, the classes are too big and it was really hard to get to know others. It was different at WVJC. I made so many friends and between fellow students, the staff and faculty, you are never seen as just another face in the crowd.”

Now a graduate of the MOA program, Shelaina has a career working in her field of study in Bridgeport, WV.

Her advice to new students is, “Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be,” quoted by Rick Warren.

She says that choosing a person that supported her most is a hard decision. She explained, “I feel like everyone at WVJC is in your corner. I don’t know what I would have done without Nancy Gilbert – she was always there for me and helped me succeed!”

WVJC Bridgeport offers a wide variety of programs in healthcare, pharmacy, dental, technology and business. If you are interested in more information, visit www.wvjc.edu or call today!