Before attending WVJC, Bobby Dick received two associate degrees, one in visual communication and another in professional piloting. Bobby chose to further his education and pursue WVJC’s Nursing program because he felt that it would help him enhance his previously learned life skills and place him in the position to help people in their time of need. Bobby chose WVJC because it was the only school that offered an evening program, which allows him to continue working. He also mentioned that “the fact that the school is one of the top-rated nursing schools in the state, made it an easy decision.”
Bobby’s favorite part of WVJC so far has been “All of it! The staff has been very helpful and awesome from the start. The diversity of my classmates and their ability to share their knowledge while working together as a team has been a great asset,” he said. Bobby mentioned that there had not been a teacher or class that he has not liked. “Everybody has been very knowledgeable and personable, which helps with the intensity of the coursework.” If he had to pick a teacher that has been his favorite, it would have to be Kim Pratt, his online TEAS prep course instructor. “She has been very inspiring, supportive, and helpful,” Bobby says.
After graduation, Bobby hopes to find a career that combines his strengths as well as his goals. He also wants a career that puts him in a position where he can help as many people as he can while at the same time fulfilling his own emotional and financial needs. In five years, Bobby would like to have stability with his career and the satisfaction of knowing that he made a difference. He has plans to continue his education to teach and pass on the knowledge that he has learned to enable others to make a difference effectively.
Senior year is both exciting and stressful. Many high school seniors are debating over what they want to do with the rest of their lives. The golden question for most seniors is where to attend college. Sarah Cruz, a Pharmacy Technician student at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown struggled with that question. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do right after high school, but my mom pushed me to go to school, and I complied.”
Sarah who is originally from Guam started her college career at Guam Community College. Once Sarah started the program, she realized GCC wasn’t the path for her. She decided to call it quits and work full time. “I enjoyed earning my own money and feeling like I had a new freedom.” Time passed, and Sarah made a big decision to move to Seattle with plans to start attending school again. After spending some time in Seattle, Sarah found herself having a hard time settling in. “Moving to a new place, trying to figure myself out, and working full time was too much.” Sarah then thought about moving to West Virginia. “About five months before I moved to West Virginia, I was visiting my cousin who invited me to live with her and go to school at WVJC.”
Sarah decided to meet with an Admissions Representative at WVJC. She loved it, and decided that the Pharmacy Technician program was the program she wanted to pursue. “I wanted a career where I could help people, support myself, and that I could have a great future in.” When asked what she enjoys most about WVJC Morgantown, Sarah said, “The hands on experience. We don’t just learn things by reading out of a book or watching videos. We get to experience everything before we graduate.” Sarah said she enjoys it so much, she would definitely refer her friends to WVJC. “It’s a smaller school, so it’s more intimate and the teachers make themselves available to you as often as possible. It’s nice being able to have that one-on-one help when you need it.”