Do I Need To Have Prior Knowledge in Cybersecurity to Enroll in WVJC Online’s Cybersecurity Program?

Did you know that you can pursue the career of your dreams without any prerequisite training at a pace that fits your specific needs? At WVJC Online, we are committed to helping students cross the divide between career desire and its fulfillment. Read on to discover how a degree in Cybersecurity might be for you!

WHAT IS CYBERSECURITY? 

Professionally referred to as “information technology security,” IBM defines cybersecurity as the practice of protecting critical systems and sensitive information from digital attacks. Cybersecurity measures are designed to combat threats against networked systems and applications, whether those threats originate from inside or outside an organization. Simply put, cybersecurity technicians ensure the regular optimization of all electronic systems and data from foreign threats. 

HOW LONG IS THE CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM AT WVJC ONLINE? 

Students enrolling in WVJC Online’s Cybersecurity program should have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution. Because you will be earning an associate degree, we require a minimum of 18 months (or 90 credits) to satisfy the program’s credit requirements. This includes field experience through an externship opportunity towards the end of the program. 

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. As a result, our Cybersecurity program is designed for students to graduate and enter the workforce. 

DO I NEED ANY PRIOR TRAINING OR KNOWLEDGE?

“Where do I start?” is a common sentiment among incoming students. Whether for the first time or changing careers, the prospect of obtaining a degree can sometimes appear nearly impossible. However, at WVJC Online, incoming students are not expected to be amassed any specialized training before enrollment. You don’t need any prior knowledge of cybersecurity before starting class on the first day! We accept students at every level of knowledge and further hone their skills for the cybersecurity job front. 

As the need for computerized security against increasing cyber threats and criminality heightens throughout the modern world, there is an ever-increasing need for cybersecurity employees. That’s where we come in! WVJC Online will take the time to help you gain the essential skills and training necessary to pursue a fruitful career in cybersecurity and other similar professions. 

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

If you’ve used a computer before, you’re more than halfway there. Basic computer skills are to cybersecurity as what “yes” and “no” are to learning English. While some familiarization with cybersecurity terminology could be helpful, it is not a requirement. Instead, our cybersecurity instructors will teach you what it looks like to pursue a career in cybersecurity from the ground up. 

Starting a career in cybersecurity isn’t as complicated as it may appear from the outside. A career in this wide-ranging field is reasonably achievable. With the right amount of effort, educators, and environment, one can achieve a career in this exciting and growing field. 

Don’t let the fear of something new keep you from your next steps with WVJC Online. You have the desire, and we have the resources to help bridge the gap from dream to reality. 

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

The Cybersecurity program at WVJC Online prepares students to enter the vastly expanding world of cybersecurity. The immersive program offers simulations and a preoperational 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. 

 Choosing a career in cybersecurity can be an excellent 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 to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in Cybersecurity!

Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?

Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?

In the age of software reliance and computerized productivity, a sense of online security is increasingly sought after. WVJC Online is doing its part to equip business leaders and companies with the next group of online professionals by providing the training, skills, and experience needed to start a career in the wide-ranging field of cybersecurity. Read on to learn more about why cybersecurity matters. 

CYBERCRIME EXPOSES PRIVACY

A career in cybersecurity is a profession in online privacy, and the importance of cybersecurity cannot be understated. Simply put, cybersecurity is essential because it protects the public’s welfare from loss, theft, and damage to sensitive data and private information. 

Living online has added a level of security risk and exposure that was otherwise absent a few decades ago. People put everything on their smart devices — from bank accounts and credit cards to online passwords and high school graduation dates. As a result, nearly anything there is to know about someone can be discovered on the Internet. 

Without cybersecurity, private individuals and public organizations increase their risk of attempted cyber attacks, fraud, hacking, and data corruption. In addition, online hackers are always on the lookout for backdoor entries to personal information and data. The acquisition of this data could prove disastrous to the quality of life of the affected person(s).

The online community consists primarily of consumers, so awareness of cybersecurity is only now beginning to rise. As our communities become more dependent upon computerized and software products, the need for an expansive and qualified cybersecurity field will grow too. 

CYBERCRIME IS INCREASING

Cybercrime is on the rise, and while international and state governments have begun to crack down on most present and potential threats, these crimes aren’t going away anytime soon. 

UpGuard reports four of the top reasons for the recent uptick in cybercrime. They include: 

  • The distributed nature of the Internet
  • The ability for cybercriminals to attack targets outside their jurisdiction making policing extremely difficult
  • Increasing profitability and ease of commerce on the dark web
  • The proliferation of mobile devices and the Internet of Things

As information breaches continue to occur, they will cost people money, resources, and time. But, unfortunately, cybercriminals are every bit as qualified as the professionals hired to protect the public from theft. They are highly sophisticated, trained, evolving, and elusive to the public eye  — and with the inclusion of bot activity in cybercrime, the task of keeping criminals out of your stuff has only grown more challenging.  Continue reading “Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?”

Anna Butcher – Staff Highlight

“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!

If you wish to learn more about career services for students and graduates at WVJC, please 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.

Josie Cooper – Graduate Highlight

Josie Cooper knew she had to change careers after her employment as store manager unfortunately ended. Before deciding on attending WVJC, Josie had always been on the fence about returning to college. “With always working before, I felt I never had the time to follow that dream. It was a dream of mine to go back and complete what I had started.” Josie wanted a better and brighter future for her family. “That future started with me, and I knew I had to go back.”

Josie chose WVJC after researching local colleges in her area. “WVJC seemed to have everything I needed to succeed. The staff was accommodating along the way, and admissions made sure to put me in a program that best suited my interest.” Josie also noted that the new student orientation made the worries of being a new student fade away. “I was through the first term before I knew it!”

Josie knew she always wanted to be in the medical field but didn’t know where to start. What she did know was that she wanted to complete her education, earn her degree, and enter a promising career field. That is the reason she chose WVJC Online’s Medical Coding program. Her favorite part about attending WVJC was the flexibility it offered. “I was able to enjoy my personal time with my family and continue working full-time while furthering my education.” Her favorite teacher was Dr. Kacey Eagle. “She made sure all her students had the resources needed to succeed and was always there when she was needed.”Now that Josie has graduated, she is happy to say she is working in her career field. After obtaining her CPC certification for medical coding, Josie is now a Coding Assistant Analyst! With her experience, she says she would absolutely refer any friend to WVJC. “I would encourage anyone to go back to continue their education, and if carrying a full-time job was a worry, I would let them know it was possible at WVJC. I am an example of just that.”

To learn more about WVJC Online, request information here!

Olivia Varner – Graduate Highlight

Olivia Varner graduated from the Legal Office Assisting program on August 5, 2018. WVJC Online was her number one choice and her first college experience. She would become the first one out of her family to attend a college. Oliva knew right away that WVJC Online was the right fit for her because of the option for online classes, mobile access, and the campuses proximity to her house.  She was working full time at WVU Medicine as a unit clerk in the NICU unit, so an online program was her best option.

Olivia chose the Legal Office Assisting program because of her passion for her patients and their inspiring stories. Intrigued by the investigative aspect of her job, she knew she could do more to help. Olivia began researching and came across paralegal jobs. She looked into the field more and it clicked. This was her ideal job and what she wanted to make a career of! Olivia was so excited to get started and said that everyone at WVJC was super helpful! Her favorite teacher, hands down, was Bryce Adkins. He was very relatable and has the ability to connect with his students on a different level. He was great about reaching out to make sure his students were understanding the material. She even had the opportunity to meet and work with his wife, which she said was a wonderful experience. Her favorite part of attending WVJC Online was the weekly discussions. They gave her the ability to interact and build relationships with her classmates, and it was really nice to see their input on the topics.

Since graduation, Olivia has landed her dream job working for the Law Offices of Kelly R. Reed PLLC as a paralegal assistant. She really enjoys developing customer relationships and loves working for Kelly. She can see herself continuing to incorporate her legal office assisting training, along with all the new skills she has acquired so she can focus more on the paralegal aspect of the job. Olivia quotes, “I had such a great experience at WVJC Online that I would recommend this college to anyone who needs to continue their education in an online capacity.”

Dalerae Stocker – Student Highlight


Have you ever felt lost?  Have you ever felt like you needed a change in career paths, but just don’t know where to start?  This is how Dalerae felt before she decided to contact WVJC Online.  When her admissions advisor first called her, Dalerae recalls, “She actually listened to me and knew how to make my hope a reality!”  From that day forward, Dalerae has been working diligently toward her goal of becoming a Medical Assistant.  Her goal is to help people.   She is currently a Social Worker. However, there is not much positive change in that role.  The daily, positive change, no matter how small, is what she craves.

This is a feeling she has had before.  In fact, Dalerae has tried numerous times to complete her education without success.  “My first college was OU, and the classes were much too large to get the one on one that I needed. My second college was the University of Rio Grande. The classes were small, but they didn’t have the ability to work around my work schedule. My third was Indiana Wesleyan. It was also online, but lacked the communication I needed.”  Then she found WVJC Online.  The online program that WVJC offered fit all of her needs, so she took the leap.

Almost a year into her time at WVJC Online, Dalerae is doing great in the Clinical Medical Assistant Program.   She is supported by the faculty and staff and is able to openly communication even the smallest of questions.  Dalerae’s favorite part of her online program at WVJC is the ability to get in touch with faculty at any point, which encourages her to ask more questions, which translates into more success.  The ability to find assistance quickly and easily from instructors has made the classes that much easier to understand. She also enjoys the flexibility that the online courses at WVJC offer.  Everything has a due date, but you are able to easily complete the assignments around your work and family schedule.

After graduation, Dalerae would ideally like to work as a Medical Assistant in a Pediatric office. She plans on continuing her education in the future while working with children.

A few tips from Dalerae are: Log into your online campus daily at the same time to avoid procrastination.  Also, stick to your schedule.  These two things can help tremendously when dealing with daily life while completing an online program.

Dustin Talton – Graduate Highlight

Dustin Talton is a recent graduate of our Clinical Medical Assistant Program at WVJC Online.  When he started his journey to look for an online school, he had to have a few very important criteria: a strong education in his intended field and the flexibility to work around his work and family life.  Dustin found what he needed when he took an online college tour at WVJC Online. In fact, after he started his classes he found that he really enjoyed his experience in the Clinical Medical Assistant Program!  The flexibility of the online classes was a great fit for his lifestyle.

Dustin was able to receive hands-on training through his clinicals.  This in-person experience gave him the opportunity to engage with his classmates and build personal relationships.  Clinics added a, “cool way to mix up the learning experience and also implement the hands-on training”. During his time at WVJC Online, Dustin experienced many different classes but found that he really enjoyed his classes with Jeanette Kelly.  He loved learning the different procedures and said she was very helpful and involved, even when it came to his externship.  Dustin says Jeanette went above and beyond her job description.  His experience at WVJC Online was more than he could ever hope for and he was very happy with the way he was able to further his education.   He has recently accepted a position with WVU Medicine and is eager to expand on his knowledge in the medical field.  Dustin highly recommends WVJC Online to not only friends and family, but also high school students that he is involved with as he coaches young athletes.  Dustin is a firm believer that attending WVJC Online for the Clinical Medical Assisting program was the best option to accomplish his goals and fast track his new career.