Kali McGuire – Student Highlight

Kali is enrolled in the Dental Assisting program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston.  She decided Dental Assisting was the best fit for her because she has always been interested in teeth and oral surgeries. She also likes that dental offices typically have family-friendly hours.

“I chose WVJC because I was able to get on a fast track to an Associate Degree in Dental Assisting. This was a degree I can use and be able to spend time with my family. My favorite part of going to school here is the friendliness of literally everyone, especially Kellie.”

Kali says her idea of the perfect day would be organizing! “I enjoy organizing, so my perfect day would be totally organizing. I would also hang out with my daughter, Paisley, go to the park, read a little and eat some good food.”

Her goals are to be working with a Dental surgeon and growing her fami

Meet WVJC Financial Aid Representative, Paula Sullivan!

Hi! My name is Paula Sullivan. I attended Herbert Hoover High School and graduated in 1998. I then attended Marshall University for roughly 1 ½ yrs. Prior to working at West Virginia Junior College, I worked for Frontier Communications, Verizon, and Bell Atlantic for 17 yrs. I am now the Financial Aid Representative at WVJC. I was looking to finish up my degree and find a career that would allow me to care for my 8 year old daughter. WVJC worked for me!

I love my friendly, hardworking co-workers, and chatting with our students. I started out at WVJC as an administrative assistant and then moved up to Financial Aid. I am definitely motivated by learning new things! I am most proud of my 8-year-old baby girl Chloe. My long term career goals are to gain my Associate Degree in Business Administration and Accounting, and to work my way up at WVJC. An interesting fact about myself that not many know is I once skydived. It was AWESOME!

WVJC Charleston Career Fair

WVJC Charleston Career Fair

What was the event? West Virginia Junior College hosted a Career Fair with about 30 employers in attendance. This is an annual event that we look forward to every year.

When was the event? The event was held at the WVJC Charleston and Morgantown campuses on July 20th.

Why did you choose to host this particular event? We decided to host this event to assist our students and alumni in finding careers and externship opportunities. It was also open to members of the community who didn’t attend WVJC. This was a great opportunity for our students and graduates to network and speak with employers about their interests and the many opportunities that are available to them.

What did the students do to prepare? The students attended resume workshops, practiced interview skills, and visited our career closet to make sure they were ready to dress for success! They worked really hard and did a wonderful job presenting themselves!

Who attended? We had a huge turnout between our ground students, online students, and other community members! This Career Fair was a huge success and we can’t wait to do it again!

Information Technology Graduate-Josh Keely

Josh Keely is a recent graduate from West Virginia Junior College Charleston. Before attending WVJC, he was working a full time job and working as a bouncer on the weekends.  Working everyday was extremely exhausting and he was ready for a change! Josh came to WVJC and enrolled in the IT program. He originally thought he might be interested in the Business Administration program until he saw the IT lab. “I switched from business to IT because I saw in the IT lab when they were taking apart computers and it looked really cool. It was hands on and something I really enjoyed learning about.”
Josh Keely

Josh said his favorite part about WVJC was his classmates. “You’re not going through this alone. I met lifelong friends while going to school there. We helped each other through things we were struggling with. It really helped me get through some of the classes. I enjoyed just about every class and teacher at the school. They all take pride in helping students succeed. Tom’s (WVJC’s IT Director) classes really helped me prepare for the workforce. When I asked work related questions about scenarios, he had the answer. It has helped me in the job I am in now and I am thankful for that.”

When asked what his ideal job was after graduation he said “I got it! I completed my externship at the University of Charleston and got hired as a help desk technician in February of 2018. I just want to be successful. I like staying busy and being productive. Success is not for the weak of heart. If you want to succeed you must be willing to make sacrifices, but in the end it is all worth it.”

His advice to other college students? “Time management is the most important thing. Use your time wisely. If I could go back and do it again, I would have managed my time better. Take your schooling seriously. What you put in is what you get out. WVJC is a very fast paced college, but that’s a good thing. What takes other people two years or longer, took me 18 months. I started college in April 2016 and have a job less than 2 years later. It’s all worth it, just take it seriously. It’s tough, but totally worth it.”

Information Technology Student Highlight – Michael Tabor

Michael TaborMichael Tabor is enrolled in the Information Technologyprogram at West Virginia College Charleston and is also one of our wonderful work studies! Michael is around and able to help with any IT issues we may have. Michael graduated from Scott High School in 1997. He had not attended college before coming to West Virginia Junior College-Charleston but he did attend an Auto Mechanic program through a Vocational school.

Before attending WVJC, Michael worked in the coal mines for 19 years. He was working 7 days a week and finally decided he wanted to go in a different direction with his career.  When asked why he chose WVJC, “Mrs. Kellie was so nice and I was happy there was an option to come to class on ground. I was looking for a hands on program, which is why I chose to go into IT.”

“My favorite part of attending WVJC is the student life. We volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and got to help build a house. We also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.” Michael said his favorite teachers are Mr. Batman and Mr. Pinkerton.

One of his goals is to finish his Bachelor’s Degree and be able to work for a great company as a Network Administrator.

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

Business Administration Student Highlight – Jacob Mace

Jacob Mace is enrolled at West Virginia Junior College Charleston in the Business Administration program. Before attending WVJC, Jacob felt lost. He was tired of constantly stressing about what to do with his life. Jacob had never attended college before but said “A week before my aunt passed away I promised her that I would go to school and do something with my life. WVJC was my choice. After the initial interview, I just felt like part of their family.”

Jacob decided on the Business Administration program because he was interested in learning more about marketing and advertising.  When asked about his favorite part of WVJC, he said “Would it be cliché to say everything? The classes, teachers, staff, my classmates, and the business club. West Virginia Junior College saved me from going down a dark path.”

Jacob said his favorite two teachers are Mr. Batman and Mrs. Katie and that he has really enjoyed his marketing class.

In five years Jacob would like to be able to say he kept his promise to his aunt.  He sees himself being successful in a job he likes and maybe starting a family. He said he may also want to relocate, “Don’t get me wrong, I love West Virginia, but I want to explore and see what else is out there.”

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

Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Katie Starcher

Katie StarcherKatie Starcher is a student at West Virginia Junior College- Charleston. She is enrolled in the Clinical Medical Assistant program. At the time Katie decided to enroll at WVJC, she was working part time at a minimum wage job. She didn’t like the way her life was going and knew that she was the only one who could change that.

One thing Katie loves about WVJC is that the programs are only 18 months long, so they don’t take years to finish. “The Medical Assisting program sets you up with everything you are going to need to know when you are starting your career.” Katie’s favorite teacher is Mrs. B and her favorite thing about attending WVJC is making new friends.

When asked about her idea of a perfect day, Katie said “Spending the entire day doing fun things with my children.” In the future, Katie would like to be working in a pediatrician’s office and to just be happy, overall

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the Clinical Medical Assistant program CLICK HERE

Medical Assisting Graduate Highlight – Jaclyn Raines

Jaclyn RainesJaclyn Raines enrolled in the Medical Assisting program at WVJC in 2016. She has always been interested in the medical field and was ready pursue a career in it! Before attending West Virginia Junior College-Charleston, Jaclyn was a cosmetologist and a full time mother. She chose to attend WVJC because of the flexibility and the option to do classes online or on ground.

When asked what her favorite part of attending WVJC was she said, “My favorite part is not only getting to pursue me degree in the medical field, but also meeting a great staff that felt more like family. I enjoyed every class and the knowledge I gained from each one. In five years I would love to be finished with my RN degree and established in a new home with my family.”

For fun, Jaclyn loves going on adventures with her son and always enjoys pizza! Since graduation, Jaclyn has been working as a medical assistant at a clinic in the Charleston area and she loves it!

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

Medical Office Administration Student Highlight-Saianya Rose

Saianya RoseSaianya recently enrolled in the Medical Office Administration program at West Virginia Junior College-Charleston. She was a student previously but didn’t finish her program due to a family matter. When she started to think about returning to school, she remembered how nice and caring everyone was and wanted to complete her degree at WVJC. In December of 2016, she lost her mother. That was when she decided it was time to get motivated to do something and when she made the final decision to return to WVJC.

When asked about her favorite part of attending WVJC she said, “Everybody is so loving and caring. The staff makes sure you are doing ok in your classes, and makes sure everything goes smoothly. My favorite class is Anatomy! Dr. Settle is funny. There is never a dull moment in his class. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mrs. Kaite and Mr. Batman too.”

After graduation, Saianya wants to be working as a Medical Office Administrator in a wonderful medical office.

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

Information Technology Graduate Highlight – Jeremy Boggess

Jeremy BoggessJeremy Boggess is a graduate of West Virginia Junior College Charleston. He graduated from Clay County High School and went directly into the Marine Corps where he served for six years. He worked as an Intelligence Analyst in San Diego, Afghanistan, and eventually Okinawa, Japan. When Jeremy returned to the US he enrolled at WVJC. He says, “My brother attended before me and had a great experience.”

Jeremy enrolled in the Information Technology program, saying “I’ve always enjoyed being around computers and really wanted to make a career out of it!” When asked what his favorite part of attending WVJC was, his response was the instructors! “All of my instructors were very helpful and really easy to work with. They understood that everyone had a life outside of school and worked to ensure everything would work out. My favorite teach was Mr. Pinkerton (sorry everyone else). I had him for a lot of my classes and we get along really well. Even after graduation, we still keep in regular contact. He is insanely smart and usually has the answer to any IT related question you could think of.

He said his perfect day would include sleeping until noon and having nothing planned or due. He just likes to go with the flow and do things out of the blue. Jeremy tries to eat healthily but can never turn down a McDonalds Mocha Frappe!

Jeremy is now working in the IT department of a law firm in the Charleston area. “Everyone I work for is very polite and it is an amazing place to work! When asked where he sees himself in 5 years he said “I went to school to get my degree. I am content with where I work and live so I haven’t really haven’t put a lot of time into thinking where I want to go next.”

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