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.”

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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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Latasha Hedrick – Student Highlight

Latasha Hedrick is a mother of three and looking forward to her new career as a dental assistant.   Latasha is not new to the West Virginia Junior College family. She graduated the first time from WVJC in 2019 with an associate degree in Medical Office Administration. After graduating from that program, she began working at Mountain State Medical Specialties in Clarksburg. She enjoyed her work and the facility but wanted something more hands-on.

As a mom of three and the youngest only being seven months old, Latasha decided to continue her education one more time. She thought about what her interests were and wanted something that was not only hands-on, but also fast-paced, so she decided on the Dental Assisting program. Picking the program was harder for her than picking the college. Latasha knew she wanted to go back to WVJC!  “WVJC was a great fit for me the first time. The 18-month program, reasonable schedule, and small class size fit my availability with being a mom of three.”

Latasha enjoys being a mom and chasing after her kids, as most parents do. However, she is looking forward to obtaining employment as a dental assistant. Latasha has a lot to offer to any dental facility. Her degrees in medical office and dental will serve her well as an employee. Her ability to assist the dentist as well as the front office will be greatly beneficial and look great on her resume. “I look forward to this career path and can’t wait to start working.” Latasha is confident that her skills, education, and work ethic will serve her well in this field of study.

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Jenny Verbonitz – Graduate Highlight


Jenny Verbonitz, who graduated from West Virginia Junior College in 2017, has always been interested in the business field. In fact, she started her business career managing the Sabraton Station.  It is her love of business that lead Jenny to expanding her education. She first attended Pierpont in 2013, which she found to be a bigger school that made her feel like a number… not a name. This style of education wasn’t for her, so she withdrew and put her education on hold. That is, until Jenny was accepted into WVJC’s Business Administration Program in 2016 after she came in for an interview with our campus representative, Matt Hahn. She said she had no intention of going to school, but Matt was really fun and she liked everything she heard, so she decided to enroll. She was accepted into our Business Administration Program and then had the opportunity to convert into a dual degree taking courses in the Legal Office Assistant Program as well. It was through her hard work and dedication that Jenny graduated from both programs, earning  associate degrees in Business Administration and Legal Office Assisting.

Jenny enjoyed her experiences at WVJC and the hours were flexible enough to fit around her schedule. She especially loved having Fridays off. During her time attending WVJC, Jenny had many different business classes and instructors, but a few instructors stuck out to her. She loved getting to be in class with Bryce Adkins. He took their legal class on tours to the WVU law school, which allowed her to see the legal process and put things into perspective for her.  “It was really neat to see that kind of environment”, she says. Another teacher who stuck out for Jenny was Rick Frank, who taught her business classes. Both instructors communicated with the students on a personal level.

After graduation, Jenny was hired at an insurance agency and is now prepping to take her accident and health licensure exam. She now gets to apply the skills she learned in her business and legal classes by working in sales with home and auto insurance.  The experience Jenny received with the LexisNexis certification training during her Legal Office Assisting program allows her to perform her job duties at a more proficient level. Her Business Administration training prepared her with the necessary skills to effectively manage her new business.

Jenny can see herself working her way up at her new job and the first step is to become a licensed agent. She is still learning the ropes and has a long way to go but is super excited for her opportunity and to continue to advance in her career. Because of the positive experiences Jenny has had with WVJC, she has recommended WVJC to several people and always refers family and friends.