Marissa Keplinger – Student Highlight

Marissa Keplinger is a student in the Dental Assisting Degree program. Before coming to West Virginia Junior College, Marissa attended Salem University for nursing. Marissa stated that Salem University was not the right fit for her needs and felt, after much research, that WVJC would be able to meet her needs. Marissa said, “That the environment is what makes her love WVJC.” Marissa feels WVJC truly cares about their students and wants everyone to succeed, unlike feeling like a number in the crowd at larger colleges or universities where they don’t know who you are.

Marissa really enjoys the experiences at WVJC.  She appreciates that many of the classes are hands-on, which helps assist her in her future goals and career path. Marissa also looks forward to the externship, where she will spend time at a dental office to gain a better understanding of how a dental office runs.  She also stated that the training during classes helped her experience how it would be in an actual dental setting and how to conduct proper patient care, like practicing dental procedures on fellow students instead of the mannequin heads,

Marissa said,  “She had spent a great deal of time trying to find the right career path she wanted to take. She job shadowed in the hospital setting and even assisted a teacher but was not passionate about those career paths.” Marissa knew that dental assisting was something she was passionate about because teeth are the first thing she notices about a person, and she wants to help people achieve a pretty and healthy smile.

She chose the Dental Assisting program at WVJC because she wants to help boost the confidence of others by helping people feel better about their smile. That is something very rewarding to her. Marissa looks forward to the rest of her classes and is excited about the job opportunities that will be available once she completes her program.

If WVJC’s fast-track Dental Assisting program sounds like the perfect fit for you, and you’d like to find out how you can get started today, request information here!

Beth Ramsey – Student Highlight


Beth Ramsey is a student in West Virginia Junior College’s Dental Assisting program, where she is striving to earn her associate degree in Dental Assisting. She hopes to be able to call herself a Nationally Registered Dental Assistant.

Beth began her dental assisting classes at WVJC in June of 2018, right after graduating from high school. She is a Dean’s List student and is always looking to improve her grades and test scores.

Beth chose to study dental assisting because she has always liked going to the dentist and is interested in learning about proper dental procedures and instruments, and working with teeth in general. Beth is an active member of the Dental Assisting Club at WVJC. She attends meetings regularly and is always willing to give a helping hand when needed for club functions.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her friends and family around the fire in the fall. She also likes to spend time with her dog, running her in the evenings when she isn’t working. Beth plans to be working at a general dentist’s office after graduating with her dental assisting degree. Within the next five years, Beth hopes to get a job in the dental field, get married, and have kids.