Information Technology Graduate Highlight – Jeremy Boggess

Jeremy BoggessJeremy Boggess is a graduate of West Virginia Junior College Charleston. He graduated from Clay County High School and went directly into the Marine Corps where he served for six years. He worked as an Intelligence Analyst in San Diego, Afghanistan, and eventually Okinawa, Japan. When Jeremy returned to the US he enrolled at WVJC. He says, “My brother attended before me and had a great experience.”

Jeremy enrolled in the Information Technology program, saying “I’ve always enjoyed being around computers and really wanted to make a career out of it!” When asked what his favorite part of attending WVJC was, his response was the instructors! “All of my instructors were very helpful and really easy to work with. They understood that everyone had a life outside of school and worked to ensure everything would work out. My favorite teach was Mr. Pinkerton (sorry everyone else). I had him for a lot of my classes and we get along really well. Even after graduation, we still keep in regular contact. He is insanely smart and usually has the answer to any IT related question you could think of.

He said his perfect day would include sleeping until noon and having nothing planned or due. He just likes to go with the flow and do things out of the blue. Jeremy tries to eat healthily but can never turn down a McDonalds Mocha Frappe!

Jeremy is now working in the IT department of a law firm in the Charleston area. “Everyone I work for is very polite and it is an amazing place to work! When asked where he sees himself in 5 years he said “I went to school to get my degree. I am content with where I work and live so I haven’t really haven’t put a lot of time into thinking where I want to go next.”

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Medical Assisting Graduate Highlight – Samantha Murphy

Samantha MurphySamantha Murphy is a graduate of West Virginia Junior College Charleston. Samantha enrolled in the Medical Assisting program at WVJC after graduating from Clay County High School in 2015. She visited other schools but she loved how WVJC had a career focused schedule and loved that she would be done in 18 months! “The school schedule was awesome! Everyone at the campus was nice and helpful. I t was a very hands-on experience.”

Samantha grew up knowing friends and family that worked in the medical field. She loved everything about it from a young age and has always been interested in learning new things. When asked about her favorite part of going to WVJC, she replied “I got really close with my classmates and the faculty there. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. My favorite class was lab!” Samantha had a lot of fun learning to draw blood. She loves Phlebotomy!

“My idea of a perfect day is going to work and seeing my lovely patients, then coming home to love on my fur baby, Paislee. My favorite food is anything with potatoes, but mainly cheese fries!”

Samantha is currently working for Clendenin Health Center (where she completed her externship for WVJC) as a Medical Assistant. She loves her job and her patients and wants to continue working in the medical field as long as possible. She also hopes to, one day, buy her dream home with her soon to be husband.

If you, like Samantha are looking for an exciting career as a Clinical Medical Assistant, request information today!

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Information Technology Graduate-William Stella

William StellaWilliam Stella is a graduate of West Virginia Junior College Charleston. He enrolled in the Information Technology program after he heard about it through a family member. “I heard about WVJC from a family member and decided to give the Charleston campus a call. I talked to an admissions representative about which program would be the best fit for me and when I should start. After touring the campus and meeting the faculty, I decided to officially enroll.”

“Before attending WVJC, I was employed at a local pizza place and I was working at a field technician for Dell Inc.” William said he spent a lot of time thinking about what he wanted to pursue professionally. William had worked in the IT field for several years before attending WVJC but wanted to advance his career by obtaining certifications and learning more about CISCO Networking Technology.

During his time here he enjoyed Mr. Pinkerton’s class. “Mr. Pinkerton was my favorite instructor. He was able to set expectations comparable to expectations in the workplace and work with you one on one to ensure you learned the material. He never gave up on any student. The faculty and student body were very welcoming. The faculty worked with me on any questions or concerns when it came to personal or educational requirements.”

When asked about his idea of a perfect day, his response was “A day at the beach of course! Besides that, learning something challenging and having the capability to apply that knowledge is the best feeling any day.”

William is currently working as in IT contractor at Alpha Natural Resources. He says his long term goals are to obtain his CCNP certification and have no gray hair! He plans to continue his growth in the IT field and he feels that WVJC has given him the correct tools to accomplish these goals.

If you are looking for a new and exciting career in IT, request information today!

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Medical Assisting Graduate Highlight – Logan Miller

Logan MillerLogan Miller is a graduate of West Virginia Junior College Charleston’s Medical Assisting program. He enrolled at WVJC after graduating from Lincoln County High School with high honors. At the time, he was working as a first responder, which was the determining factor in his decision to pursue his education in the medical field.

“When I began my studies at WVJC, my goals and ambitions were (and still are) larger than life. Thanks to the attentive, one on one training that I received from my instructors, I got my foot in the door of the medical field, where the sky is the limit.

During Logan’s time at WVJC, he enjoyed Ms. Campbell’s classes most. “She was so much more than an educator. She was truly my friend and never stopped encouraging me and pushing me do my best. Even after I left WVJC, she continued to let me know she was always there for me whenever I needed her.”

After graduation, Logan started his career working as a medical assistant at a podiatrist office, and is now working in the Vascular Center of Excellence, side by side some of CAMC’s finest surgeons. Being in the medical field has allowed him to continue on his quest to help others and has presented him with many opportunities that continue to grow each day.

Logan has this to say about his experience at WVJC, “Whether you land yourself a career or continue your education, this is a major step in the journey of life, one that would be recognized for its significance. It is an act not only of personal commitment, but also one of pride. A WVJC Degree is a wonderful tool in this world, one that will open many doors of opportunity for your future.”

If you are looking for a new and exciting career as a Clinical Medical Assistant, request information today!

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Information Technology Graduate Highlight – Justin Daggs

Justin DaggsBefore Justin Daggs started his education at WVJC, he had worked several jobs and had many obstacles to overcome. He said, “I always thought college was kind of out of the question for me. I had multiple reasons for why I could not go. I wasn’t smart enough, poor ACT scores, not responsible enough, the list goes on and on.”

After working several dead end jobs, Justin was referred to WVJC by a good friend and made an appointment to come visit the school.  After talking with an admissions representative and touring the school, he chose to enroll in the Information Technology program. “WVJC changed me and gave me some hope in my life when I thought my future was already written,” he says.

After graduating from WVJC with a degree in Information Technology, Justin accepted an IT Help Desk position at the University of Charleston. “I’ve had many opportunities to utilize new technologies and work with equipment used in professional organizations. I get to set up streams and work cameras like some of my favorite YouTube and Twitch heroes,” he says. Justin also has the opportunity to train and support current IT students through WVJC’s externship program. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and his experiences with future WVJC graduates.

If you, like Justin, are looking for a fresh start, please contact us at 304-345-2820, or Request Info.  We would love to schedule a tour, and get you one step closer to your dream career!

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Employee Highlight – Kellie Moore

Kellie MooreIf you have ever requested information about one of our programs, chances are, you have spoken with Kellie Moore. As our Senior Admissions Representative and Training Manager, Kellie is your first contact with the school. When a request for information is made, Kellie is the one who calls, texts, or emails you. She is also responsible for scheduling interviews with prospective students where she explains our programs, talks about available benefits, and gives personalized tours of the campus.

Kellie Moore attended WV State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. While there, she was a news anchor for the WVSU news channel and also Vice President of the WV State University Public Relations Student Society. After graduation, Kellie found herself working for a local college. She never expected to be in that type of career, but found she really enjoyed working with students. Her love for people kept her on that career path and eventually led her here — to West Virginia Junior College!

When asked why she chose to work at WVJC Kellie responded, “I have always enjoyed working with students and helping them transition from being a student, to finding a career. When I interviewed with West Virginia Junior College, I could clearly sense the dedication they have to seeing each of their students succeed. That dedication, combined with the friendliness of the staff, convinced me this was definitely the right place for me!” Kellie has been part of the WVJC Charleston team for two years now. She says she gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing students she has enrolled now working in her local community. “I love to walk into a business and see one of my students! It truly thrills me to watch them thrive in a new career where they are happy and fulfilled. I’m just so glad I could play a small part in that.”

In addition to her love for people, Kellie also has a soft spot for animals. She has always been an ardent dog lover and has two adopted dogs of her own. Trooper and Willow are her “fur babies” who she dotes on every day. If her husband would let her, she would have a whole house full of puppies! She is also a huge advocate of rescuing animals from shelters. “Adopt, don’t shop!” has always been her motto. “There are so many animals out there who need adopted, I just think it’s a shame to look anywhere else.”

As for what she would like to do in the future, Kellie says she would love to travel the world with her husband. “There are so many amazing places I would like to see!” Every year they travel to a different Sandals resort to celebrate their wedding anniversary. This year marked their eighth visit to a Sandals location. “I just can’t help it! I love the Caribbean! Since we were married in Jamaica, the area holds extra special memories for us.”

We at West Virginia Junior College Charleston love Mrs. Kellie Moore dearly. Her ever-present smile, bubbly laugh and cheerful attitude are sure to brighten even the gloomiest day! If you ever need a quick pick-me-up, her office is the one to visit!

If you are considering coming back to school, or possibly enrolling for the first time, Kellie would love the chance to talk with you. She is passionate about helping students find their perfect career and can help you overcome any obstacles that might be standing in your way. Don’t waste another day working a job you dislike, give her a call today at 304-345-2820 and take those first steps towards a better future!

WVJC Charleston Graduate Highlight: Roxie Dillard, Medical Assistant

Charleston Medical Assistant | WVJC Medical Assistant | Charleston Medical AssistingCHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia Junior College Charleston Medical Assisting graduate, Roxie Dillard, decided to attend WVJC Charleston due to convenience. “The hours and school schedule were convenient for my situation at the time” she stated. While in school, Roxie appreciated the small size of the campus. “It made one-on-one teaching a lot easier.”

Roxie chose the medical assistant program as a starting place for a medical career. “I have always wanted to be in the medical field and this was a good foot in the door for me” she said. Since completing her program, Roxie has been hired as a Medical Assistant at South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.

There are few people Roxie would like to thank for supporting her through school. “First, I would like to thank all the staff at WVJC. Everyone was great and they truly do care about every one of us. I would also like to thank my husband and kids. If it wasn’t for my husband supporting me every step of the way I would have never made it. My daughters kept me motivated to have a great career to provide a better future for them.”

Finally, Roxie had one piece of advice for future students. “Stay focused, determined, and keep your eye on the prize. Perfect attendance is the way to go.”

Congratulations Roxie and best of luck in the future!

WVJC Bridgeport Medical Assisting Graduate Enjoys New Career

Tiana MorganTiana Morgan decided West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport Campus was the right choice for her because it gave her the opportunity to get an education while still caring for her son and working.

She explained, “The schedule was flexible and the program was only 18 months. I felt that this program was made for people who have other responsibilities, but who still want to further their education.”

Tiana decided that Medical Assisting was the right choice for her.

“I chose Medical Assisting because I feel there will always be a demand for skilled healthcare workers. I have the skills and the knowledge to work in a variety of healthcare settings and I have more job stability and security because of the skill set I obtained at WVJC Bridgeport,” she said.

She enjoyed the flexible course schedule and short length of program at WVJC the most. “It’s very intense, but it gives you the ability to continue to have a life outside of school. In addition to that, I really enjoyed the Career Preparation Class. It helps give you all the tools you need to ace an interview and land your dream job,” Tiana explained.

Tiana currently works for WVU Healthcare at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center as a Registered and Certified Medical Assistant and is continuing to further her education.

Tiana said her best advice for new students is to GO TO CLASS! “I think the most important thing for students in any program to know is that you will get out of the program what you put in. 100% dedication will give you 100% results. The hours can be long and the work can be challenging, but the benefits when you finish are amazing.”

She would like to thank her friends and family for their support and her instructors for pushing her and guiding her to something bigger and better.

She said, “I feel like my instructors genuinely care about their students and truly strive for them to succeed. I appreciate the roles that everyone played in helping my get where I am today. So many people stood behind me and helped me tremendously, even if they didn’t realize how much it meant at the time: My grandma, my aunt, and my boyfriend, especially. Whether it was watching my son so I could go to class or finish some homework, staying up late with me to go over terminology note cards to even just giving me a pat on the back for a job well done – I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

Student who complete the Medical Assisting program at WVJC learn how to take patient vital signs, assist doctors or nurses with physical exams, check vision, collect medical specimens, check blood-sugar levels, perform laboratory tests, draw blood, sterilize medical equipment, assist with minor surgeries, give injections, complete certain heart tests, understand medical terms, prepare basic medications, understand privacy issues and work at the front desk of an office.

WVJC offers Medical Assisting at all three of its on-site campuses in Charleston, Bridgeport and Morgantown and it now offers it online. For more information, click here!

WVJC Charleston Instructor Highlight – Dental Coordinator Rebecca Hale

WVJC Charleston | Dental Assisting | Instructor Highlight

CHARLESTON, WV – Rebecca Hale serves as the Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor for the WVJC Charleston Dental Assisting Program. Rebecca joined the staff earlier this year and has truly enjoyed her experience so far. “My favorite part of being an instructor is the joy that I get knowing that I am molding these wonderful students into future dental healthcare professionals. There is simply no better feeling!”

Rebecca has many duties as an instructor, but her main goal is to see that all of her students succeed. “I [make sure they succeed] by teaching them dental practice theory, and then we set that theory into motion by practicing our new skills and technique in the dental lab. By being hands-on we afford ourselves the opportunity to see how all of our rigorous studying and patiently sitting though theory lectures has paid off.”

Rebecca has extended the importance of dental hygiene school-wide. She and her students recently hosted a series of lectures detailing the importance of caring for your teeth and what can happen if you neglect this practice. She also discussed prevention measures and handed out free toothbrushes to all who attended.

Outside of school, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and attending church. She is a member of Open Door Apostolic Church’s music ministry. She can sing while she cleans your teeth!