Marissa Keplinger – Student Highlight

Marissa Keplinger is a student in the Dental Assisting Degree program. Before coming to West Virginia Junior College, Marissa attended Salem University for nursing. Marissa stated that Salem University was not the right fit for her needs and felt, after much research, that WVJC would be able to meet her needs. Marissa said, “That the environment is what makes her love WVJC.” Marissa feels WVJC truly cares about their students and wants everyone to succeed, unlike feeling like a number in the crowd at larger colleges or universities where they don’t know who you are.

Marissa really enjoys the experiences at WVJC.  She appreciates that many of the classes are hands-on, which helps assist her in her future goals and career path. Marissa also looks forward to the externship, where she will spend time at a dental office to gain a better understanding of how a dental office runs.  She also stated that the training during classes helped her experience how it would be in an actual dental setting and how to conduct proper patient care, like practicing dental procedures on fellow students instead of the mannequin heads,

Marissa said,  “She had spent a great deal of time trying to find the right career path she wanted to take. She job shadowed in the hospital setting and even assisted a teacher but was not passionate about those career paths.” Marissa knew that dental assisting was something she was passionate about because teeth are the first thing she notices about a person, and she wants to help people achieve a pretty and healthy smile.

She chose the Dental Assisting program at WVJC because she wants to help boost the confidence of others by helping people feel better about their smile. That is something very rewarding to her. Marissa looks forward to the rest of her classes and is excited about the job opportunities that will be available once she completes her program.

If WVJC’s fast-track Dental Assisting program sounds like the perfect fit for you, and you’d like to find out how you can get started today, request information here!

New Year, New Career at the Bridgeport Campus

It goes without saying that the year 2020 has been a roller coaster ride for us all. As we are rapidly approaching a new year, hoping it will be better than 2020, let’s consider a new you.   We all make the cliché “New Year’s resolutions,” like dieting, eating better, and exercising more. These are all important to our overall well-being, but this year maybe a new you, and a new career, is what you are seeking.

This is the time and year to evaluate your lifetime goals and dreams, and really think about your career. Perhaps for some, the pandemic has made you reevaluate your job. Many of you have possibly been putting off taking the next step to continue your education, due to children being your number one priority. However, even though that is understandably something that could hold you back, perhaps in 2021, it’s time to begin thinking about yourself and the career of your choice.

At West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport, we offer a variety of programs that might be what you are looking for. The training programs at WVJC include medical assisting, medical coding, IT, dental, nursing, and practical nursing. Our classes are small and hands-on with an externship that will allow you to be hands-on in the classroom and a real world setting.

The time is now! Use these steps to help guide you to a great career in the new year!


Brainstorming is a way to generate new ideas and is the beginning stage in developing the possibilities of what you are looking for. This creates an environment that is uninhibited and non-judgmental to explore all the many options of what you are looking for in your new career.

Get Motivated:

Motivation can be difficult from time to time, but is a key factor in being successful. Staying motivated to work toward your goals and dreams will help your dream and goals become a reality. Take the time to find a group of people you can rely on to help you stay motivated on the tough days.

Start Your Job Search:

Once you have decided to continue your education with WVJC and the program of your choice, start job searching. Researching the field and understanding the job market’s needs and demands will help you finalize your choice. This will help you explore your career choice and understand the places that would work for you and your lifestyle. Understanding the job demands in your town/city will be beneficial to you and your new start.

Toward the end of your program, every WVJC student is offered a Career Prep class that will help you build your resume, cover letter, interview skills, and, most importantly, assist you in landing that career you have always wanted. WVJC’s career management director will sit with you and really get an understanding of what career fits best with you and your lifestyle.

Dreams come true here at WVJC, and this is the year for you. When considering those new year’s resolutions this year, dig a little deeper and find the education and career you have been looking for.

To learn more about WVJC’s career training, request information here!

WVJC Bridgeport Graduate Highlight: Lisa Burner, Medical Assistant

Lisa BurnerWest Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus Medical Assisting Graduate, Lisa Burner, says she decided to attend WVJC Bridgeport for a few reasons.

“I liked that I could get my degree in a shorter amount of time,” she explained. “Also, I liked the class size being smaller with more one-on-one assistance with instructors or a free tutoring program available on campus.”

Lisa decided on a career in the medical field because she enjoyed working with others and being a part of the well-being of others. She always had a dream of working in the medical field and with an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting, that dream came true.

She is now a Registered Medical Assistant in Bridgeport and actually started her career three days before she graduated from WVJC Bridgeport.

Lisa said that her favorite part of attending WVJC Bridgeport was meeting new people and being a part of the community service that the campus participates in.  She said, “Volunteering for your community or for an organization is truly one of the most heartwarming experiences ever. I think colleges should require this before students can graduate.”

If Lisa had to offer advice to current students, she would say, “Work hard. Set goals and plan to reach those goals and don’t procrastinate! You get out what you put into it. You are the one in control of your abilities. You should always be thinking, ‘I CAN’ instead of, ‘I can’t. Also, always have a support system and get plenty of rest!”

Lisa had an excellent support system while she attended WVJC. She would like to thank her instructors for their support, first. “Anytime I needed help, it was there for me. I can honestly say that compared to the previous colleges that I attended based on the material that was handed to me, I graduated with WVJC with a greater knowledge and a better understanding of what was being taught.”

She also would like to thank Mrs. Rhoda Leeson. “I am a single mom, so I not only had the everyday struggles of studying and going to college, but I had to take care of my children, work to provide for them and deal with the economical and financial struggles of everyday life. Mrs. Leeson was always there for me from the beginning to the end. On the days that I felt like giving up, she encouraged me and reminded me of the real reasons I chose to come to WVJC and without her support, I don’t think I ever would have graduated with such a positive outlook and accomplishing each and every goal I set.”

If you are interested a career in the healthcare field, contact WVJC today or visit us at

WVJC Bridgeport Student Highlight: Denise Nicolette

Denise NicolettiDenise Nicolette is a Pharmacy Technician student at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus.

“The WVJC Bridgeport Campus was easy to get to and I they offered the Pharmacy Technician Program, which is what I was very interested in,” Denise explained. “Unemployment statistics quoted an increasing need and growth for Pharmacy and the program sounded very interesting.”

She is thoroughly enjoying WVJC Bridgeport so far. “My favorite part of attending is everything! My brain is so happy!”

Her biggest supporter was Ms. Gilbert, who Denise says had confidence in her when she did not have it in herself. Also, she appreciates the support of Mr. James Jones for showing her the reality from both sides.

The WVJC Pharmacy Technician Program teaches students to prepare chemotherapy and IV antibiotics, manage home infusion, compound creams and capsules, prepare total nutrition mixtures, recognize neonatal and geriatric considerations, maintain controlled substance logs, use ampoule and glass filter syringes, reconstitute antibiotics, calculate flow rates, calculate dosages identify the classification of drugs and understand pharmacy law and patient privacy.

Pharmacy Technicians could work in locations such as retail chain sites, long-term care, home health pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, nuclear pharmacies, in-patient care pharmacies, psychiatric pharmacies and incarceration facility pharmacies.

WVJC Bridgeport begins a new Pharmacy Technician class every six weeks! For more information or to contact an Admissions Representative, visit

WVJC Bridgeport Medical Assisting Graduate Enjoys New Career

Tiana MorganTiana Morgan decided West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus was the right choice for her because it gave her the opportunity to get an education while still caring for her son and working.

She explained, “The schedule was flexible and the program was only 18 months. I felt that this program was made for people who have other responsibilities, but who still want to further their education.”

Tiana decided that Medical Assisting was the right choice for her.

“I chose Medical Assisting because I feel there will always be a demand for skilled healthcare workers. I have the skills and the knowledge to work in a variety of healthcare settings and I have more job stability and security because of the skill set I obtained at WVJC Bridgeport,” she said.

She enjoyed the flexible course schedule and short length of program at WVJC the most. “It’s very intense, but it gives you the ability to continue to have a life outside of school. In addition to that, I really enjoyed the Career Preparation Class. It helps give you all the tools you need to ace an interview and land your dream job,” Tiana explained.

Tiana currently works for WVU Healthcare at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center as a Registered and Certified Medical Assistant and is continuing to further her education.

Tiana said her best advice for new students is to GO TO CLASS! “I think the most important thing for students in any program to know is that you will get out of the program what you put in. 100% dedication will give you 100% results. The hours can be long and the work can be challenging, but the benefits when you finish are amazing.”

She would like to thank her friends and family for their support and her instructors for pushing her and guiding her to something bigger and better.

She said, “I feel like my instructors genuinely care about their students and truly strive for them to succeed. I appreciate the roles that everyone played in helping my get where I am today. So many people stood behind me and helped me tremendously, even if they didn’t realize how much it meant at the time: My grandma, my aunt, and my boyfriend, especially. Whether it was watching my son so I could go to class or finish some homework, staying up late with me to go over terminology note cards to even just giving me a pat on the back for a job well done – I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

Student who complete the Medical Assisting program at WVJC learn how to take patient vital signs, assist doctors or nurses with physical exams, check vision, collect medical specimens, check blood-sugar levels, perform laboratory tests, draw blood, sterilize medical equipment, assist with minor surgeries, give injections, complete certain heart tests, understand medical terms, prepare basic medications, understand privacy issues and work at the front desk of an office.

WVJC offers Medical Assisting at all three of its on-site campuses in Charleston, Bridgeport and Morgantown and it now offers it online. For more information, click here!