Christin Weiss – Staff Highlight

Meet Christin Weiss, West Virginia Junior College, and WVJC Online’s new Clinical and Lab Coordinator in the nursing program.

Christin has always had a passion for helping others, and this was apparent at even age 16 when Christin was an EMT Basic. After completing high school, Christin went on to Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Christin obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Capella University. 

Christin has had a wide array of nursing experience in the field for the past 11 years. This is what makes her passionate about the clinical and lab experiences WVJC nursing students experience. In addition, Christin started in long-term care and worked in medical-surgical, intensive care, and emergency department areas. Christin has also worked as a travel nurse, so she understands the importance of nursing students getting a variety of experiences.

Christin began her role in nursing education six years ago for Associate Degree Nursing programs in VA and WV.  “All of the students I have taught and how they are able to make a living to provide for their families and make a difference in patients’ lives” is what makes Christin the proudest. “Through teaching, we have an amazing opportunity to help people by providing our students with our knowledge.”

Christin says, “The drive to improve education and to make it accessible and provide more opportunity for everyone to obtain a quality education” is what lead her to WVJC. One of her favorite things about working at WVJC is learning, growing, and making a difference in nursing education.

Christin is passionate about continuing her path in nursing education and hopes to expand the opportunities in nursing education with simulation, clinical, and academics. With the new innovative online nursing program that WVJC offers, Christin has the opportunity to combine all of those aspects. 

To learn more about our nursing and allied healthcare programs, visit WVJC.edu or request information here!

Shannon Davis – Staff Highlight

Meet Shannon Davis, one of our new Career Management Directors at WVJC- Morgantown!

Shannon started her career after graduating from West Virginia University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. But like many, she realized the field of journalism wasn’t where her true passions lay. During her time at WVU, she helped to found a community service sorority on campus, Omega Phi Alpha. This is where she discovered her love for community service and her passion for being involved in the community. 

Upon graduation, she worked as an assistant preschool teacher for a local nonprofit daycare in Morgantown. Very quickly climbing the ranks, she soon became the evening person in charge and eventually took on the role of assistant director. She has also worked at Ronald McDonald House Charities previously.

Shannon has also been very active in the community throughout her career, participating in the Morgantown nonprofit community forum, volunteering as a panelist for M-Tec education program, and volunteering with the national organization of her sorority as the National Awards Coordinator. 

“I love the culture, the people, and the community of Morgantown. Moving here from out of state when I came here for college, it was truly a shock to be treated like I was part of the West Virginia family from day one.”

While she may be new to the West Virginia Junior College family and the role of a Career Management Director, she is excited about all the future prospects that come with this role. 

“I’m excited to work with students and to help them find jobs, not just in the Morgantown community but throughout the state or even multiple states for our online students. I truly do believe that networking is the backbone for anyone searching for a job,” said Shannon. “Get out into the community, be personable, and get involved, and you’ll be blown away by the possibilities that will come your way.”

Shannon will also be teaching a Career Preparation course that prepares students to create documents needed to obtain employment, such as; cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and references. In this course, students also complete a mock interview to assist them in proper interview techniques.

Shannon enjoys many things outside of work, including camping, vacationing (specifically anywhere that has a beach), and spending time with her family and friends. 

One thing she loves about WVJC is the personalization that the campus gives to its students as a whole. It doesn’t matter if you are a student who lives in town or someone who lives hours away; the program directors, instructors, deans, and other support staff are all so hands-on in each of their students’ lives. 

“I can only hope that as I grow with the campus as a whole that I will be able to guide these students to a career that brings them joy and satisfaction. I’m driven knowing that I am directly impacting both the students’ lives and their communities. Finding a job isn’t always easy, especially when you are doing it on your own. So I am glad to be able to help make their lives a little bit easier and create a positive impact,” said Shannon.

According to Shannon, the key to success when searching for a job and interviewing is to let your personality shine. 

“While businesses are looking at your degree and qualifications when you apply for a job, a lot of people get so stuck in their head during interviews that they forget about one of the most important skills to have- your soft skills, your personality!”

Behind the Scenes of an IT Classroom

Students at West Virginia Junior College achieve success through hands-on training in their programs. Information Technology students who are currently taking their Introduction to Computer Hardware class were so excited as they receive their first hands-on experience working with internal systems. Check out the video below to see what project they were working on!

Discover how you can receive hands-on training in our Information Technology program by requesting information here!

WVJC Students Participate in Mass Casualty Simulation

During their Community Health Course, nursing students in the WVJC Morgantown ADN program participate in a Mass Casualty Incident Simulation at WV STEPS. Students teamed up to quickly assess and triage the patients in this simulation training. Triaging prioritizes patients in the order patients need to be handled to increase efficiency. As a nurse, prioritization is critical for effective and efficient care of patients. Check out the video below to see our nursing students in action!

To learn more about our WVJC Nursing program visit our website at wvjc.edu or request information here!

Jenna Ramirez – Student Highlight

Jenna Ramirez is currently a student in the Information Technology Degree program! Before enrolling at West Virginia Junior College, Jenna attended West Virginia University majoring in Nutrition. After a year at WVU Jenna realized her needs weren’t quite met; after searching for schools online, she found that WVJC was just what she was looking for. Jenna stated “I feel like WVJC provides a better learning environment because it’s a smaller college. The instructors and really all the faculty are invested in the student’s college, career, and care about the student’s success from day one and even years down the road.”

Jenna feels strongly that she will develop great relationships and the skills she needs to succeed in the IT field due to the smaller class size! In such a short time Jenna has already begun to create those relationships saying “If I could choose a TA as my favorite teacher, it would definitely be Misti.” Jenna is enjoying the smaller class sizes and the environment that brings, saying “small classes give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates and that the staff makes you feel at home!”

When Jenna looks to the future, she currently sees herself potentially working with the FBI and sees the IT field as a great step into that career path! No matter what Jenna decides to do, she knows that she will have the WVJC family there to support her every step of the way!

 

Blake Cooper – Student Highlight

Blake Cooper attended a larger university before enrolling with WVJC. The size of the classes was overwhelming for him, and he felt the classes were too big for him to be as successful as he wanted to be.

Before attending WVJC, Blake worked two jobs but knew that wasn’t what he wanted to do forever. Although his first college experience was not the right fit for him, he didn’t let that get in the way of his goals of furthering his education. He began looking for a smaller institution that was local to him, which is when he found WVJC’s Information Technology program.

As someone who has always been good with technology, WVJC’s IT program seemed like the perfect fit for Blake to pursue. He wants to start a family in the next five years and find a stable career path that would allow him to support himself and his future family.

Blake’s favorite part of attending WVJC is the helpfulness and support from the faculty. Throughout his time with WVJC, his instructor, Robbin Addis, has played a special role in his success. “Robin helps us so much in her classes and makes sure that we know our stuff in order to pass,” he says.

After graduation, Blake hopes to find a stable career working in the IT field and be in a position where he can start a family.

To learn more about WVJC’s Information Technology program, request information here!

Anna Butcher – Staff Highlight

“I wanted to work in this position because I enjoy working with people and helping them with the goal of creating the life they want. One of the goals I have set for myself is to be available to West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online students and to guide them throughout their careers while strengthening my presence in the community to allow for new partnerships that can be beneficial to all parties involved. This position allows me to teach and offer assistance to a wide variety of people and make a positive impact on their lives.”- Anna Butcher.

As the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online, Anna Butcher assists students and alumni with preparation for their future careers and employment. Anna teaches a Career Preparation course that prepares students to create documents needed to obtain employment, such as; cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and references. In this course, students also complete a mock interview to assist them in proper interview techniques.

Anna says, “My main motivation is being part of the positive change happening in students’ and alumni’s lives. I enjoy being there to assist them and make the employment process a bit easier. I also enjoy helping employers find quality employees in our students and being a career matchmaker! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your students were able to find their dream career.”

Previously, Anna worked as a case manager and counselor at a local non-profit. She offered therapy, life skills, goal setting, and utilized behavioral therapy techniques, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to help her clients better deal with their trauma. After budget cuts due to Covid-19, Anna found her way to WVJC, where she wanted to remain in a position of helping others create a better life for themselves and their families. Anna previously was a Graduate Assistant at a university and loved the idea of combining her two passions of teaching and helping others. Anna has experience with community outreach and enjoys partnering with local businesses to offer employment opportunities to students and alumni. She feels strongly this is where she was meant to be and is happy to have the opportunity to be in a fulfilling career doing what she loves!

If you wish to learn more about career services for students and graduates at WVJC, please request information here!

Robert Dick – Student Highlight

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.

To learn more bout WVJC’s Nursing program, request information here!

Summer Parsons – Student Highlight

Legal Office Assisting student Summer Parsons has been attending WVJC since May 2020. Prior to starting college and after high school, Summer took a year off. She said she was feeling “stuck” in Morgantown and was beginning work as a server. She decided that it was time for her to make a change and followed her heart to begin her career in the legal field!

When deciding where she would attend college, Summer knew that she was not ready to begin a 4-year degree. She wanted something a little faster that would still allow her to obtain a good career. At the time, she was not completely sure what she wanted to do in the legal field, and she also did not want to spend all of the money that a 4-year college costs if she was not sure of her path. With this being said, she knew she was interested in the legal field because she was always involved in politics and wanted to advocate for others. Summer wants to make a difference, and she knows this program will allow her to do so!

During Summer’s time at WVJC, she has made some amazing connections with her instructors. In particular, she said, “Bryce (Adkins) and Dustin (Blankenship) would have to be my favorites. They have helped me with so much.” She said that they both helped her academically and with personal issues, going above and beyond what she expected.

After graduation, Summer plans to go on and get her bachelor’s degree in public policy. She hopes this will allow her more opportunities to work in either criminal defense law or family law. This decision is based on her desire to help others and be their voice when they do not have one. The passion Summer has for the legal field is shown through her work and her goals! She is also hoping to pursue higher education somewhere warmer. Her family is from Florida, so that may be the place calling her name! In conclusion, Summer emphasized multiple times how she loves going to WVJC and tells all of her friends that are struggling with finding what they want to do or who need a good support system to come to WVJC!

To learn more about WVJC’s short-term programs, request information here!

CPR Cell Phone Repair – Externship Highlight

We took a trip down to our newest externship site, CPR Cell Phone Repair, located in the Suncrest Town Centre in Morgantown! Immediately upon walking into the doors, you feel welcomed by the manager, Matt Bowen.

Matt informed us that CPR Cell Phone Repair has an interesting history as they were once better known as Fanelli Boys. Fanelli Boys has been repairing electronic devices since 1997, when their first shop opened in Orlando, Florida, and has been expanding ever since. It has only been 4 years that CPR Cell Phone Repair has been using their new name but remains associated with Fanelli Boys. CPR Cell Phone Repair has kept up with the Fanelli Boys standards as they quickly diagnose and fix electronic devices.

WVJC students have a lot to learn from this well-established franchise as they learn how to troubleshoot and diagnose electronic devices such as cellphones, tablets, computers, and laptops. Their externship experience at CPR Cell Phone Repair allows students to get an understanding of how to troubleshoot not only hardware issues but also software issues. Students get the hands-on experience they need to increase their technical knowledge and increase their problem-solving abilities. Another exciting experience for students is shadowing excellent customer service techniques delivered by the CPR technicians. Therefore, our students who extern at CPR Cell Phone Repair will get the technological experience they are looking for and learn techniques for professionally interacting with customers.

WVJC students are not the only ones benefitting from this partnership. Matt expressed that it has been beneficial to have WVJC students as externs because they bring fresh eyes and new ideas. Matt and his team also shared that they genuinely enjoy teaching these skills to students. This experience for both parties opens up the opportunity for permanent employment if students show a dedication to learning and a strong work ethic.

To learn more about WVJC’s exciting externship program, request information here!