During their Community Health Course, nursing students in the WVJC Morgantown ADN program participate in a Mass Casualty Incident Simulation at WV STEPS. Students teamed up to quickly assess and triage the patients in this simulation training. Triaging prioritizes patients in the order patients need to be handled to increase efficiency. As a nurse, prioritization is critical for effective and efficient care of patients. Check out the video below to see our nursing students in action!
Jenna Ramirez is currently a student in the Information Technology Degree program! Before enrolling at West Virginia Junior College, Jenna attended West Virginia University majoring in Nutrition. After a year at WVU Jenna realized her needs weren’t quite met; after searching for schools online, she found that WVJC was just what she was looking for. Jenna stated “I feel like WVJC provides a better learning environment because it’s a smaller college. The instructors and really all the faculty are invested in the student’s college, career, and care about the student’s success from day one and even years down the road.”
Jenna feels strongly that she will develop great relationships and the skills she needs to succeed in the IT field due to the smaller class size! In such a short time Jenna has already begun to create those relationships saying “If I could choose a TA as my favorite teacher, it would definitely be Misti.” Jenna is enjoying the smaller class sizes and the environment that brings, saying “small classes give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates and that the staff makes you feel at home!”
When Jenna looks to the future, she currently sees herself potentially working with the FBI and sees the IT field as a great step into that career path! No matter what Jenna decides to do, she knows that she will have the WVJC family there to support her every step of the way!
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!
“I wanted to work in this position because I enjoy working with people and helping them with the goal of creating the life they want. One of the goals I have set for myself is to be available to West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online students and to guide them throughout their careers while strengthening my presence in the community to allow for new partnerships that can be beneficial to all parties involved. This position allows me to teach and oﬀer assistance to a wide variety of people and make a positive impact on their lives.”- Anna Butcher.
As the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online, Anna Butcher assists students and alumni with preparation for their future careers and employment. Anna teaches a Career Preparation course that prepares students to create documents needed to obtain employment, such as; cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and references. In this course, students also complete a mock interview to assist them in proper interview techniques.
Anna says, “My main motivation is being part of the positive change happening in students’ and alumni’s lives. I enjoy being there to assist them and make the employment process a bit easier. I also enjoy helping employers find quality employees in our students and being a career matchmaker! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your students were able to find their dream career.”
Previously, Anna worked as a case manager and counselor at a local non-profit. She oﬀered therapy, life skills, goal setting, and utilized behavioral therapy techniques, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to help her clients better deal with their trauma. After budget cuts due to Covid-19, Anna found her way to WVJC, where she wanted to remain in a position of helping others create a better life for themselves and their families. Anna previously was a Graduate Assistant at a university and loved the idea of combining her two passions of teaching and helping others. Anna has experience with community outreach and enjoys partnering with local businesses to oﬀer employment opportunities to students and alumni. She feels strongly this is where she was meant to be and is happy to have the opportunity to be in a fulfilling career doing what she loves!
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.
We had the pleasure of speaking with the Dean of Nursing, Dr. Lisa Onega, and the nursing department at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown to gain insight into what our nursing students can expect from the Nursing program.
West Virginia Junior College Morgantown takes great pride in preparing our nursing students to provide quality care to our local communities.
To ensure they are prepared, Lisa says, “Nursing students use the nursing process to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities. Their studies include foundational arts and science classes as well as nursing classes. Many nursing courses have laboratory and clinical experiences that enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to foster health, healing, and hope. Nursing students also learn to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to advance individual and societal health.” In addition to nursing studies and laboratory and clinical experiences, faculty prepare their nursing students throughout the program to take the NCLEX-RN~ after graduation. Lisa confirms that the NCLEX-RN is a test that measures graduates’ abilities to provide safe nursing care. Upon successful completion of NCLEX-RN, a state grants graduates a license, and they become registered nurses.
Once becoming a registered nurse, graduates can be prepared for a rewarding career and an array of opportunities and paths. Nurses can be found in numerous settings such as hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and more. Lisa concurs that one of the exceptional things about nursing is the range of career options and that nurses may work with individuals, groups, or populations. Nurses may work in in-patient, outpatient, or community settings. She continues to say, “Regardless of the specialty or setting, everyday nurses improve health and lives of other people, and that is what we want to bring to West Virginia and our surrounding states.”
Lisa frequently answers the questions “how does one become a successful nurse?” and “can I do this?” She tells them that to be a successful nurse; one must first be a successful nursing student. She tells her students, “Nursing is a challenging and demanding discipline. Therefore, you need to put in the effort and be self-disciplined throughout your learning experience. Here at the West Virginia Junior College’s Morgantown campus, you can expect to receive the training and guidance needed to become a successful registered nurse as it is our goal to educate, mentor, and guide each nursing student to achieve his or her potential.”
However, it does take a unique individual to be a nurse. We asked our nursing department what characteristics a student needs to be a successful nursing student and later a successful nurse. They believe that successful students and nurses possess the characteristics of honesty, integrity, accountability, confidentiality, professionalism, time management skills, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and organizational skills. In addition, nursing students have to be flexible and willing to learn as nursing is continually changing and always strives to be up to date on the newest technology. Lisa adds, “And most importantly, nurses have to be self-reflective, empathic, compassionate, and kind. You want to show true care for your patients.”
~Passing the NCLEX-RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.
Jenny Verbonitz, who graduated from West Virginia Junior College in 2017, has always been interested in the business field. In fact, she started her business career managing the Sabraton Station. It is her love of business that lead Jenny to expanding her education. She first attended Pierpont in 2013, which she found to be a bigger school that made her feel like a number… not a name. This style of education wasn’t for her, so she withdrew and put her education on hold. That is, until Jenny was accepted into WVJC’s Business Administration Program in 2016 after she came in for an interview with our campus representative, Matt Hahn. She said she had no intention of going to school, but Matt was really fun and she liked everything she heard, so she decided to enroll. She was accepted into our Business Administration Program and then had the opportunity to convert into a dual degree taking courses in the Legal Office Assistant Program as well. It was through her hard work and dedication that Jenny graduated from both programs, earning associate degrees in Business Administration and Legal Office Assisting.
Jenny enjoyed her experiences at WVJC and the hours were flexible enough to fit around her schedule. She especially loved having Fridays off. During her time attending WVJC, Jenny had many different business classes and instructors, but a few instructors stuck out to her. She loved getting to be in class with Bryce Adkins. He took their legal class on tours to the WVU law school, which allowed her to see the legal process and put things into perspective for her. “It was really neat to see that kind of environment”, she says. Another teacher who stuck out for Jenny was Rick Frank, who taught her business classes. Both instructors communicated with the students on a personal level.
After graduation, Jenny was hired at an insurance agency and is now prepping to take her accident and health licensure exam. She now gets to apply the skills she learned in her business and legal classes by working in sales with home and auto insurance. The experience Jenny received with the LexisNexis certification training during her Legal Office Assisting program allows her to perform her job duties at a more proficient level. Her Business Administration training prepared her with the necessary skills to effectively manage her new business.
Jenny can see herself working her way up at her new job and the first step is to become a licensed agent. She is still learning the ropes and has a long way to go but is super excited for her opportunity and to continue to advance in her career. Because of the positive experiences Jenny has had with WVJC, she has recommended WVJC to several people and always refers family and friends.
Dawn Riley grew up in Lewis County and graduated from Lewis County High School in 2007. She has always been interested in computers and could always make them work. One day, her mom brought home a computer from Goodwill and handed it to Dawn and said, “If you can make this work, it’s yours.” Dawn made it work. It became the “family” computer. As Dawn was preparing to graduate high school, she began looking into Computer Science programs in Arizona. As she was doing her research, she thought to herself, I’m not smart enough for that.
Dawn found herself applying at WVU and getting accepted. She began there the fall after high school graduation. She majored in International Studies with an emphasis in Business and minored in Religious Studies and Spanish. (WOW) Only one semester from graduation, Dawn found herself facing more emotional turmoil than she could handle. Having to deal with these personal problems while juggling everything else was profoundly difficult. Dawn decided to stop attending college; she needed a break.
A few months had passed and Dawn had no idea where her path was leading. She was planning on traveling. Where to go, what to do? She did a lot of driving and seemed to always hear the same radio commercial. Great Career, Great Life, West Virginia Junior College. It was stuck in her head. She will never forget the day that she was sitting and traffic singing the jingle when it came on the radio. Dawn rolled her eyes. As she did so, on the left sat West Virginia Junior College. Dawn realized she needed to check it out. She went home and put the request in for more information. She received a phone call from Matt Hahn, an admissions representative. Dawn was impressed by Matt’s passion for the program. She came in to speak with Matt and was even more impressed. Dawn enrolled in the Network Administration Security Program after speaking with Matt. For once, she didn’t feel like she would be a fish out of water.
Dawn’s NA/S program began on February 14, 2017, run by Mrs. Robin Addis. Dawn has learned an enormous amount since starting college here at WVJC. She has learned that public speaking is not one of her strengths, but she is continually working on it and is no longer filled with anxiety when presenting. She also has earned numerous certifications during her program which include:
CCENT CCNA MTA Server A+
She continues to add to that list on her own. She has earned the MTA in OS and is working on the Network MTA.
Not only has she surpassed her own expectations, her instructors let her lead as well. For example, she had a hand in building one of our classrooms here on campus. That entailed configuring all of the routers and computers and running the Ethernet cable to provide internet service to each computer, 15 in all. She has done her externship at WVJC as well, as work study. If any of the campus employees are having issues, Dawn is responsible for troubleshooting said issues and also for password security. She works inside the campuses personal database to run reports that are pertinent to the employee’s daily routines. Some of her day is also spent tutoring fellow classmates.
Dawn’s experience here so far has been an excellent one where she has grown both professionally and personally. Dawn admits that she is most proud of her personal growth. She has learned that her voice matters. WVJC has given her the tools academically and personally to be able to overcome any fears she once had. Her text anxiety has subsided with the personal help of her program director. She has also taught herself to find balance. When she put her education first, everything else fell into place. In a field dominated by men, this young woman stands among them. She stands strong. She teaches the men around her how to perform in this environment. She is truly kicking at the glass ceiling in the IT world and wants to be a part of the gender shift in the field.
After graduation in November, Dawn isn’t sure of her plans. She wants to stay in Morgantown and earn more certifications so that Microsoft and CISCO are breaking down her door to hire her. We at WVJC believe in Dawn Riley and all of her successes.
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!
Michele Davidson is a Medical Assisting graduate from WVJC Morgantown. She worked as a Paralegal for 10 years before she started the Clinical Medical Assistant program. “I chose WVJC because they seemed to be my best option. They were very nice, credible, and convenient for me. I had originally chosen the phlebotomy program. I liked that program, the instructors, and the program director so well that I decided to further my career with the Clinical Medical Assistant program.”
Her favorite part about attending WVJC was the convenience of the school and the willingness of the instructors to help out when you don’t understand something. “Every instructor I had was willing and always had the time to help out. The classes were not so overwhelming that you couldn’t keep up with the courses.” Michele also appreciates what her education has done for her future and the opportunities it will continue to provide. “Attending WVJC has helped me in such a huge way. I never thought that at my age I would be able to do it, but with the convenience and time that WVJC has to offer, I was able to do it!”
Many people helped Michelle reach her goals at WVJC. “I would say that Rayan Matthews and Kacey Eagle have affected my life the most at WVJC. Having known what they have gone through and seeing them at the school every day to help others succeed gives me the will and passion to want to do the same.” Michelle also credits Samantha Esposito, Bryce Adkins, and Matt Hahn for helping her along the way. Looking forward, Michelle plans to use her education in many exciting ways. “I would like to see myself as possibly already being a nurse and maybe even being an instructor, in five years as well helping others learn and teaching them how to have the career they want to have, as I once did.”
For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the Clinical Medical Assistant program CLICK HERE