Jennifer Bird – Staff Highlight

When you walk through the doors at West Virginia Junior College in Cross Lanes, you can always expect a welcoming greeting from the administrative assistant, Jennifer Bird. In 1998, Jennifer graduated from WVJC and earned a diploma in Clerical Word Processing. Jennifer loved her caring instructors and hands-on educational experience. Shortly after graduation, she was contacted about an employment opportunity at WVJC, and she knew it would be a great fit!

Jennifer heard about college classes at WVJC in 1998 from her grandma. She said, “I remember my grandma finding an advertisement in the newspaper for classes at West Virginia Junior College. I made a phone call and completed the admissions process and started classes the next month.”

Jennifer wears many hats as WVJC’s Administrative Assistant. She offers support to students, graduates, staff, and faculty. She said, “I believe in the mission of WVJC and the best part is seeing students graduate and fulfill their dreams.” Jennifer is currently enrolled in the Business Administration degree program through WVJC Online. “I am enjoying my Introduction to Business course and my favorite part is learning how to start a business,” she says.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time, working on her farm with her many animals, and horseback riding. A fun fact about Jennifer is she has 10 children, 20 dogs, 25 cows, 3 horses, 8 chickens, and 2 cats and she still greets everyone with a smile when they enter WVJC.

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Jonathan Eads – Student Highlight

Before enrolling at WVJC, Business Administration student, Jonathan Eads, worked as a general laborer. He was enrolled at a community college a few hours away from home, but decided last minute not to attend because his dorm living was restricted due to COVID-19. Jonathan decided to contact WVJC due to the proximity to his home. He said, “I chose WVJC because it is a small college environment, and it’s in a convenient location. All of the staff was very friendly and helpful for me in deciding what I wanted to do.”

Jonathan chose the Business Administration program because he is interested in opening his own business. Jonathan’s favorite part about attending WVJC is the small classes. He said, “I like smaller classes because it gives you more opportunity for one on one time with your instructors.” His favorite instructor is Academic Dean, Katie Harvey. He said, “Mrs. Harvey is so helpful and cares about her students. My favorite class so far is marketing.

When Jonathan is not attending classes, his idea of a perfect day is sunny, 75-degree weather fishing on the lake. Jonathan is looking forward to gaining knowledge and experience in the business field to operate his own business one day.  His 5-year goal is to own a home and be a successful business owner.

To learn more about WVJC’s Business Administration program, request information here!

Panucci & Jackfert Orthodontics –
Externship Highlight

WVJC collaborates with Panucci & Jackfert Orthodontics to provide dental assisting students hands-on learning opportunities during their externship. Panucci & Jackfert Orthodontics has provided the communities of South Charleston, WV, and Gallipolis, OH, with excellent orthodontic care since 1993.  Orthodontic care is delivered with the expert assistance of a talented and friendly team utilizing the most advanced techniques available.

Panucci & Jackfert Orthodontics offers a comprehensive range of orthodontic treatments for children and adults that allows students to receive a great overview of the specialty dental field. WVJC’s dental assisting students observe and perform hands-on skills in a professional orthodontic office setting with up-to-date dental equipment and advanced technology. Students have the opportunity to take digital x-rays, prepare and sterilize instruments, perform lab procedures, and interact with patients.

The staff and faculty at WVJC are grateful for the collaboration with Panucci & Jackfert Orthodontics.  Students love the friendliness of the staff and the opportunity to learn the latest and greatest advancements in the orthodontic field. The externship experience is extremely beneficial for students as they apply their skills in a dental office setting.

If you are looking for a fast-track training program that provides you an externship experience, request information here!

Rachel Pauley – Student Highlight

Rachel Pauley is currently finishing her last six weeks as a West Virginia Junior College student in the Dental Assisting Associate Degree program. She reiterates that she cannot believe how quickly 18 months have flown by. She reflects on the moment when she first walked through the doors at WVJC Charleston and realized that this was the school for her. “I adored the super kind staff and the upbeat attitude everyone had when I visited. I loved it from the very beginning. I was super encouraged to look into the school because I had always heard amazing things about the institution.”

Rachel chose WVJC’s Dental Assisting program because working with teeth has always been a dream of hers. She always loved visiting the dentist when she was young, and she knew it was a career field she wanted to pursue. Once finished with school, Rachel will be working at South Hills Dental as a Dental Assistant.

When asked about her favorite part of attending WVJC, she said, “Meeting new people and making new friends in classes. I have made some amazing friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I also loved the hands-on labs and practicing different procedures. Ms. Renee, our Dental Assisting Director, brings so much joy and happiness to the classroom as well. She has served as a role model for me to look up to. I was so nervous my first day, and she made me feel so welcome and excited to start. We have a special bond now, and I will miss her dearly when I graduate soon.”

To learn more about WVJC’s Dental Assisting program, request information here!

What I Would Wear – College Edition

WVJC Charleston students came together to share with you what they would wear in different scenarios. Starting with a typical school day, then transitioning to their externship, and then on to their career.

On a typical day, students spend time in the classroom getting hands-on experience. So students can dress more casually.

When our students start the externship process, they get to work in their field and receive on-the-job training! Here you’ll see students modeling what they wear for medical assisting, dental assisting, information technology, and business administration externship training.

Once students complete their 18-month program and externship, they are ready to start their careers! At WVJC, we strive to prepare you for a great career and a great life. Let’s get started on yours today!

 

 

Faith Medley – Student Highlight

Faith Medley graduated from high school and was unsure of her next step in life should be. She knew moving forward, she wanted to push herself and be involved in a supportive community but was not exactly sure where she would find that. In late 2019, her mother started attending WVJC Charleston and was happy with her experience, so in January of 2020, Faith decided to enroll in the Business Administration program.

Faith said, “WVJC Charleston is my first experience with college. I chose the Business Administration program because of the fast-paced nature, and it was located close to where I live.” When asked what her favorite part of attending WVJC, she responded, “I love the staff, students, and sense of community.” Business seemed like an excellent fit because she felt that the skill sets learned in the program were transferrable to many aspects of life, with many career path options.

Faith is very creative, and in her free time, she loves performing on stage. She has been involved in several productions at the Alban Arts Center. She says so far; her favorite course has been her Marketing 101 course because she could express her creativity in her final project, which was a detailed marketing plan for a local business. After graduation, Faith would love to open a daycare, as she loves children and is very interested in the childcare business. When asked about where she sees her life in five years, she responded, “I honestly don’t know where I will be in 5 years, but I hope wherever I am, I am happy.”

To learn more about WVJC’s Business Administration program, request information here!

Information Technology – Program Highlight

The fast-track Information Technology (IT) Associate Degree Program at West Virginia Junior College Charleston is an 18-month program that prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the technology field.  The IT Program begins with courses in PC repair and troubleshooting, operating systems, peripherals, and mobile devices. Students then progress into an in-depth course sequence focusing on networking skills and technologies, such as routing and switching.  The IT Program also focuses on security and server management, and administration. During the last 12 weeks of the program, students complete an externship to apply the IT skills learned in the classroom in the workplace.

Professional certifications are important in the technology field. In addition to earning an associate degree, WVJC students in the IT program prepare for three leading industry certifications from CompTIA. These include the A+ certification, which focuses on PC troubleshooting and repair, the Network+ certification, which focuses on networking skills and technologies, and the Security+ certification, which is optional and focuses on information security.

The Information Technology program is now enrolling for evening classes.  If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, such as Information Technology, request information here!

André Brumfield – Student Highlight

WVJC Information Technology Student André Brumfield began taking classes at WVJC in August 2020. Before starting classes at WVJC, Andre worked in a factory making ignition coils for Chrysler vehicles. He had never attended college before and was working 50 hours a week with only one day off in the factory. André decided to come to WVJC after seeing the success of his friends. André said, “I have a couple of friends who had graduated through the program, and I noticed that they were hired for jobs in their field almost immediately.”

André chose to go into the Information Technology field for multiple reasons. André said, “I have an interest in learning about computer hardware and software as well as learning how the devices connect to each other.” He added, “I also believe that Information Technology is a field that will only become more valuable as time passes.” Although André says he has enjoyed the entire program, his favorite classes so far have been Introduction to Computer Hardware and Introduction to Networking. His favorite experience in the program to date has been building his own computer. “Being able to apply the knowledge I learned in class in a physical environment with actual hardware helped tie everything in together,” André said.

Thinking forward to his time following graduation, André knows that there are numerous career opportunities open to him as an IT professional. He is excited about getting to apply the knowledge he is learning in a practical way. André said, “The ideal job after graduating for me would be working with PC’s hands-on in an environment when I can help people.” He also added, “In five years, I would like to be settled into a job that I’m comfortable and proficient at.”

If you are interested in learning more about the fast-track, career-focused programs at WVJC, such as Information Technology, please contact us by phone at (304) 769-0011 or visit WVJC.edu.

Bali Surgical Practice, PLLC –
Externship Highlight

Bali Surgical Practice, PLLC has been servicing the Charleston area for the past 13 years. Bali Surgical Practice takes a comprehensive approach to health and wellness, and they are committed to providing the best quality care and support for their patients. They specialize in bariatric, general, and vascular surgery. They also offer a state-of-the-art Medical Spa to help patients become the best version of themselves.

WVJC Charleston and Bali Surgical have created a strong relationship over the past year. Bali Surgical Practice accepts students from the Clinical Medical Assistant program and the Medical Billing and Coding program. Students completing their externship with Bali Surgical Practice engage in a hands-on learning environment to ensure they receive a comprehensive understanding of the medical office setting and patient care. The externs also obtain knowledge of general surgeries and other outpatient procedures.

The future is bright for Bali Surgical Practice as the current business outlook is promising and the demand for services rising daily. They hope to continue building and expanding their practice to care for and assist more patients in the area. The site coordinator, Ms. Latasha McCoy, stated that Bali Surgical Practice benefits from having WVJC students complete their externship at their organization because they obtain an “awareness of current student and educational practices as well as see potential future employees.”.

When asked what advice she would give students entering college in 2021, Ms. McCoy stated, “Always do your best, give it your all and never give up. You are one step closer to your dreams!” WVJC is proud to be affiliated with Bali Surgical Practice and hopes that the relationship strengthens in years to come.

If you’re looking for a fast-track, Clinical Medical Assistant or Medical Billing and Coding program that provides you an externship experience like the one students receive at Bali Surgical Practice, PLLC, then take the first step today and request information here!

Cheslea Brown – Student Highlight

Clinical Medical Assistant student Cheslea Brown began taking classes at WVJC in September 2020.  Before starting classes at WVJC, Cheslea was a stay-at-home mom to her three children. She had never attended college before, but she knew it was time to further her education.  She decided to come to WVJC because of the small classroom environment and the welcoming staff. Cheslea’s motivation is to provide her family with a better future.

Cheslea said, “My favorite part about attending WVJC is how everyone wants to see you succeed, and they are there to help you.” Cheslea has enjoyed all of the instructors at WVJC. She said, “They are very kind and treat you respectfully.” Cheslea is looking forward to taking her medical assisting lab classes the most. During lab classes, students learn how to take vital signs, perform EKGs, phlebotomy, obtain specimens, assist with minor office procedures, and so much more!  She said, “The lab classes will help me better understand how things work, and I will gain the hands-on experience to prepare me for my career.”

In Cheslea’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, listening to music, and singing.  After Cheslea graduates from the Clinical Medical Assistant Program, she would like to further her education in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at WVJC. In the next five years, she sees herself as a licensed Registered Nurse.  She said, “I want to fulfill my passion for caring for others and having job stability.”

Cheslea said, “I would recommend WVJC to anyone I know because it is a great atmosphere, the staff is friendly, and they truly want to see you succeed.” If you are interested in learning more about the fast track, career-focused programs at WVJC, request information here!