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!

Angela Sharp – Student Highlight

Angela Sharp earned her Associate Degree in Medical Assisting from WVJC Charleston in 2017.  Angela decided to attend WVJC after she graduated from high school. She chose WVJC because of the convenience of being close to home and the small college environment. The flexible schedule allowed her to work while earning her degree. Angela said, “The staff is always friendly and the instructors actually care if we succeed.”

In 2019, Angela was accepted into the Specialized Associate Degree in Nursing program at WVJC.  She said, “I always wanted to be a Registered Nurse and the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting at WVJC was a great stepping stone to helping me achieve my goal.” We asked Angela what her favorite part is about attending WVJC and she said, “I love how small the classes are because I get to know everyone on a personal level. Even when we are stressed, the instructors and staff always make me feel better and encourage me.”

One of her best memories while enrolled in the Clinical Medical Assistant program at WVJC were group lunches in the student lounge. In addition to learning, WVJC encourages students to get involved with clubs. Student club members often host lunches in the lounge to raise money for non-profit organizations and student events. This extracurricular activity is a great way to meet other students, be involved with WVJC, and receive volunteer hours.

Angela’s ideal job after graduation is to work as a Registered Nurse in a hospital. She is interested in specializing in cardiology or becoming a travel nurse. If you are interested in taking the next steps to get into a medical career, request information here!

10 Tips To Ace An Interview

At WVJC, we understand that your ultimate goal in attending school is landing a career at the end of it. We also know that that career search process can be intimidating at times. An integral part of this process is the interview. To help prepare you for this, we have put together a few interview tips.

  1. After you apply for a job and get a call to interview, do some research on the company! Do your homework.
  2. If you are invited to interview on site, make sure you are there 10-15 minutes early. Do not show up to the interview right at the interview time. That will make you seem unprepared, unprofessional, and uninterested. You also do not want to show up too early. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early, sit in your car and wait until the time to go inside.
  3. Make sure you are friendly and professional to the receptionist and anyone else you may come in contact with.
  4. Do not smoke before your interview. Make sure you are in clean clothes and avoid strong perfumes or colognes.
  5. It is important to have several copies of your resume with you during your interview, even if you submitted your resume when you initially applied for the job. Print them off the night before. There may be several people interviewing you and you need to be prepared.
  6. During the interview process, be aware of your facial expressions! Smile and make eye contact. Show interest and participate in the conversation. Give more than one word answers.
  7. Prepare follow up questions ahead of time. When they ask if you have any questions after your interview, never say no. Come up with a list of questions beforehand and be prepared to ask these.
  8. Before you leave, make sure you ask for a business card and give a firm handshake.
  9. Again, remain professional the entire time you are in and around the facility. Speak to the receptionist when you are leaving.
  10. After you get home, take the time to type out a thank you letter. You will be able to do this because you got their business card, which has their contact information on it. Always write a thank you letter. You will stand out from other applicants and be fresh on their mind.

WVJC Morgantown Nursing Graduation 2019


A few weeks ago, WVJC-Morgantown held our annual graduation for the April 2019 registered nursing class!  As with so many other things in this class, their graduation represented their strong personalities and their defining characteristics.  There were many tears shed, many joyous smiles, and above all, an amazing sense of accomplishment at having completed an accelerated Registered Nursing program in 18 months. One might think that in order to be successful in this fast-paced, intense program that you would need previous medical experience.  While it can make the program a bit more manageable, it is not a pre-requisite. In fact, WVJC’s graduating class was comprised of many different personalities and backgrounds. To give you an idea, here are a few of their stories.

We had a student who joined us from the coal fields. He was used to hard labor and long days. When he met with his admissions representative, he told her that he needed a career that could offer more stability for his family as he didn’t know how long the coal field would be there.  His years spent working long hours transitioned easily to WVJC’s accelerated nursing program.  It provided him the foundation he needed to be successful.

Another student came to WVJC as a 29-year-old who worked at a bank. Although she was successful in her field, she was feeling unfilled.  When she made the decision to follow her passion and change career paths, it was a challenging 18 months. She persevered and made the decision to make the decade of her 30’s the best ever.

Our students are a diverse group, ranging from LPN’s, to military veterans, to Starbuck’s Baristas. Although their backgrounds differ drastically, they all showed perseverance and dedication to their education.  We are proud to welcome our April 2019 Registered Nursing class into the medical field. We have high hopes and wish them the best of luck.

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!

WVJC Scholarships

Are you interested in gaining a quality education in just a few months without having to worry about breaking the bank? At WVJC, we offer 10 different scholarships for our students to help give them the peace of mind they need to focus on getting their degree!

Keep on reading to learn about all of our scholarships and discover which one is best for you and your needs!

We not only offer general scholarships for all of our students to take advantage of, but we also offer specific ones based on the program you decide on!

Note, our scholarships vary by campus, so some scholarships may not be available at the campus of your choice. Check the catalog of your campus of interest for information.

General Scholarships

No matter if you are a young adult looking to gain more skills for your career, or are a parent looking to get started on your next exciting journey, our general scholarships are for everyone!

  • Academic Success Scholarship
    Based on academic achievement and the credential level of each student.
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship
    If you have a family member who is an alumnus of WVJC, you are eligible.
  • Career Enhancement Scholarship
    Are you an employee of a local business? We would love to help enhance your skills and boost your value to the workplace!
  • Friends of Coal Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to past and present coal company employees and their families.

Scholarships for Our Nursing Program Students

WVJC offers both registered nursing and practical nursing at select campuses.

  • Nurses Touch Lives Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to qualified nursing students who demonstrate great potential to succeed in a career in nursing.
  • Nursing Pathway Scholarship
    You can have the ability to receive this scholarship if you are a graduate of WVJC’s allied health programs and plan on pursuing a career in nursing.

Scholarships for Students Out of High School

If you are a high school senior or have just graduated, these scholarships are for you.

  • Community Awareness Scholarship
    If you have had an active role in helping make your community better, you are eligible to receive this scholarship.
  • Early Admission Scholarship
    This scholarship is available to high school students who apply to WVJC before November 15th for early admission.
  • Imagine America Scholarship
    Seniors who have been recommended by their guidance counselors can be awarded this scholarship.
  • Stephen A. Callen Memorial Scholarship
    Created in honor of WVJC founder Stephen Callen, this scholarship realizes his vision of promoting quality and affordable education to West Virginia residents.

Learn More About WVJC

We have three campus locations throughout West Virginia, as well as the option for online education in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania! Learn more about each campus, their associate degree and diploma program offerings, and more in the links below:

Be sure to check out other great articles, student features, and more on our WVJC blog!

 Ready to Start Your Future with WVJC?

Apply for a scholarship today to get started on your rewarding career. Be sure to reach out to our team if you have any questions about our programs, campuses, or anything else!

Ryan Bell – Information Technology Graduate

On July 20, 2018 WVJC Morgantown and Charleston hosted their second annual career fair. It was open to students, graduates, and the general public. There were more than 30 employers attending each of the campuses! Some of the employers that attended include: WVU Medicine, Mon Health Medical Center, WVNet, Frontier, and Aflac.

We had the opportunity to sit down with a few of our graduates and students to discuss the career fair and what WVJC means to them. Check out this video featuring one of our Information Technology graduates, Ryan Bell. Ryan now works for IT Mindshare and shares some information about they do there. We are happy to see him back at WVJC sitting on the other side of the table as a potential employer.

Dawn Riley – Network Administration/Security Student

On July 20, 2018 WVJC Morgantown and Charleston hosted their second annual career fair. It was open to students, graduates, and the general public. There were more than 30 employers attending each of the campuses! Some of the employers that attended include: WVU Medicine, Mon Health Medical Center, WVNet, Frontier, and Aflac.

We had the opportunity to sit down with a few of our graduates and students to discuss the career fair and what WVJC means to them. Check out this video featuring one of our Network Administration/Security students, Dawn Riley.

Samantha Atkinson – Clinical Medical Assistant Graduate

On July 20, 2018 WVJC Morgantown and Charleston hosted their second annual career fair. It was open to students, graduates, and the general public. There were more than 30 employers attending each of the campuses! Some of the employers that attended include: WVU Medicine, Mon Health Medical Center, WVNet, Frontier, and Aflac.

We had the opportunity to sit down with a few of our graduates and students to discuss the career fair and what WVJC means to them. Check out this video featuring one of our Clinical Medical Assistant  graduates, Samantha Atkinson.

Christian Stevens – Legal Office Assisting Graduate

On July 20, 2018 WVJC Morgantown and Charleston hosted their second annual career fair. It was open to students, graduates, and the general public. There were more than 30 employers attending each of the campuses! Some of the employers that attended include: WVU Medicine, Mon Health Medical Center, WVNet, Frontier, and Aflac.

We had the opportunity to sit down with a few of our graduates and students to discuss the career fair and what WVJC means to them. Check out this video featuring one of our Legal Office Assisting graduates, Christian Stevens.