Before attending WVJC, Bobby Dick received two associate degrees, one in visual communication and another in professional piloting. Bobby chose to further his education and pursue WVJC’s Nursing program because he felt that it would help him enhance his previously learned life skills and place him in the position to help people in their time of need. Bobby chose WVJC because it was the only school that offered an evening program, which allows him to continue working. He also mentioned that “the fact that the school is one of the top-rated nursing schools in the state, made it an easy decision.”
Bobby’s favorite part of WVJC so far has been “All of it! The staff has been very helpful and awesome from the start. The diversity of my classmates and their ability to share their knowledge while working together as a team has been a great asset,” he said. Bobby mentioned that there had not been a teacher or class that he has not liked. “Everybody has been very knowledgeable and personable, which helps with the intensity of the coursework.” If he had to pick a teacher that has been his favorite, it would have to be Kim Pratt, his online TEAS prep course instructor. “She has been very inspiring, supportive, and helpful,” Bobby says.
After graduation, Bobby hopes to find a career that combines his strengths as well as his goals. He also wants a career that puts him in a position where he can help as many people as he can while at the same time fulfilling his own emotional and financial needs. In five years, Bobby would like to have stability with his career and the satisfaction of knowing that he made a difference. He has plans to continue his education to teach and pass on the knowledge that he has learned to enable others to make a difference effectively.
Deciding on a college can be an intimidating process for some. For Katie Malone, this process was rather easy…. the second time around. Like many of the students at West Virginia Junior College, Katie attended a different college prior to enrolling at WVJC. She enrolled at Westmoreland Community College, where she studied English. After two years at Westmoreland, she decided to call it quits. “They didn’t care about their students. Outside of class I never talked to my professors.”
Katie decided to take a few years off, where she worked odd jobs, one of them being a receptionist job. After having a conversation with her mom who is a Registered Nurse, she decided she wanted to go back to school to study for a career in the medical field. When looking at schools this time around, Katie decided she wanted something more personalized. She found that at WVJC. “I was uncertain about going back at first. I didn’t want something like my previous college, but everyone [at WVJC] was so welcoming. It’s very personal and I knew after visiting just once that this was where I wanted to go.”
Katie started out in WVJC’s Medical Coding program. After talking with the Medical Coding program director Kacey Eagle, she decided she wanted to change lanes a bit and complete the Medical Office Administration program first, and then transition into the Medical Coding program. When asked what her favorite part of attending WVJC was, Katie said, “Well, I have a few favorite things. I love learning and so far I have learned many new interesting things. Most importantly, I love the interactions I have with my teachers and my classmates.”
When asked who her favorite teacher is, she laughed and said:
“Well, I want to give credit to a few particular ones. First would be Kacey Eagle. She changed my life. Kacey went out of her way, and actually got me my current job at the library. Second would be Lisa Frank. Lisa taught my english classes, and she believed in me when I doubted myself.”
Katie is very thankful for WVJC. “If you would have told me a year ago I would be this happy, I would not have believed you.”
Success. How do you define it? When do you reach a point in your life where you can say you are “Successful”? Is it something that you own that makes you successful, like that new 2017 Jeep Wrangler? Or maybe it’s being able to pay all of your bills without worry; perhaps it’s going to a job that you love, or maybe it’s all of those things combined. This concept of success is defined different by everyone. It is not something that somebody else tells you, it’s something that you tell yourself. The journey to find your own version of success is often varied and winding, and let’s be honest, we usually get really good stories out of the learning process. This is the story of WVJC-Morgantown Information Technology graduate, current Technical Support Analyst, Robert Lynch.
Robert started his educational journey like many students out of high school; he attended a four year institution, where he felt more like a number than a person. He made it two years before the appeal of work outweighed going to class. Robert stated that “the curriculum never challenged me, which made me feel like I wasn’t learning anything”. That is a fair and valid point that all college students should ask themselves! What am I getting out of this?! When Robert asked himself that question, the answer was not positive. Like Many students, he chose to work a few years and see what that was like… well, he didn’t like the dead-end jobs. So back to school he went…
He finished up an Associate degree in applied sciences and started looking for those “big-boy” jobs; you know, the ones that people call you successful in. Even though Robert looked, he didn’t find one that made him personally feel successful “Most of the places I worked were unrewarding and I just felt like I could do better”.
Robert wanted to do better for himself. He wanted a position where he could enjoy going to work and feel personally rewarded for what he accomplished. He had always had a passion for Information Technology and wanted to pursue it. This started the process to explore different colleges. By this point in Roberts’s journey, he knew what he wanted to stay away from in a college and knew that he should be picky in order to find a school that fit him and his goals. He looked at WVJC-Morgantown’s Information Technology program. WVJC-Morgantown gave him the option to be a hands on student in the field of Information Technology without feeling like a number. The IT program gave him what he was looking for in a school and future job, an intense amount of hands on training. After having the experience of going to three different colleges, Robert had this to say about WVJC-Morgantown’s Information Technology program. “Everything about the program was geared towards real world skills and all of the instructors really cared about the success of their students.”
There’s that word again, success. Robert made choices on his journey towards success. He chose to not settle for a school that he didn’t enjoy or jobs that were not fulfilling to him. Because of that, he found his path here at WVJC-Morgantown in our Information Technology program. This path has lead Robert to be successful. When he finished his degree at WVJC-Morgantown he started looking for those “big-boy” jobs… and boy did he find them. He had multiple job offers that he had to wade through to pick one that suited him. Robert currently works at WVJC-online as a Technical Support Analyst. To Robert, he has achieved success in graduating from WVJC-Morgantown’s Information Technology program. Robert knows that it is up to him to continue to make decisions that will lead him towards personal success on a daily basis. We here at WVJC-Morgantown, are proud to be part of his current success, and eagerly look forward to his future successes.