Information Technology Student Highlight – Jesse Pill

Jesse PillJesse Pill is set to graduate in November 2017 with his associate degree in Information Technology. His excitement to graduate is obvious during his Career Prep course. Jesse attended Fairmont State University for two semesters after graduating from high school. However, he ended up leaving Fairmont State because he felt like the entire experience was overwhelming. Jesse, at that time, made the choice to start working in the coal mines to provide for his family.

After long days and nights, dangerous work, and being laid off a couple times within two years, he decided the mines were not the right fit for him anymore. Jesse made the choice to further his education and work toward a career involving computers, a passion of his. He chose to attend West Virginia Junior College in Bridgeport.  He says, “I made this choice for a few reasons. One, the flexible hours as far as class times, and two, for the smaller class size. I also enjoy the one on one time with the instructors.” Jesse chose the IT program because of his passion for computers. It was also the program he started at Fairmont State after graduating from high school. He has always had a desire to be in the IT field and the IT program at WVJC-Bridgeport was the right fit for him at that time.

He says, “My favorite part of attending WVJC is all the new friends I have made. The staff is very nice and helpful. The whole atmosphere in general is pleasant.” When I asked Jesse who his favorite WVJC instructor is, he couldn’t pick. He said, “I have enjoyed all of my instructors, and the way they were all very helpful towards my education. The instructors here have inspired me to be a better person and professional in my career path.”

A perfect day for Jesse is getting all of his work done and going home to his wife and children. He enjoys spending time with his family doing what he considers fun family activities. Jesse looks forward to graduating and having a career where he has evenings and weekends off with his family. Jesse’s hard work and dedication paid off quickly, because he landed his ideal job in the IT department at a local hospital. In the next five years, he hopes to continue to grow as an employee and become established and successful.

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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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Pharmacy Technician Student Highlight – Cassie Hart

Cassie HartCassie Hart is a WVJC student who is expected to graduate from the Pharmacy Technician program in February of 2018. When Cassie graduated high school, she began studying Safety at Fairmont State. She attended FSU for one semester, but knew something was missing. She wanted a college that was smaller, more personable and closer to home. She found WVJC!

She loved WVJC after learning more about the Pharmacy Technician program. The fact that it was so close to home was an additional benefit! Cassie chose the Pharmacy Technician program because she knew several people working in the field and heard many positive things about it. She was most excited to learn how many different types of jobs are available in the field. You can work in hospitals, retail environments, and different kinds of pharmacies! “There are great job opportunities in the pharm tech field,” she says.

Cassie’s favorite part of attending WVJC-Morgantown is the hands-on element of the classes. “WVJC has made me think about my future more and has really affected my life”. Cassie says that the most influential person during her time at WVJC has been Jamie, her Pharmacy Technician Director. “Jamie has taught me so much. She helps me a lot and gives her students a lot of one on one attention.” In five years, Cassie hopes to be working as a Pharmacy Technician at Mylan Pharmaceuticals or Ruby Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical Medical Assistant Student Highlight – Kasmira Kinzer

Kasmira KinzerKasmira Kinzer is a medical assisting student at WVJC Morgantown campus. She attended WVU for a couple years before making the decision to switch to WVJC. “I met some great friends there, but academically, I didn’t have a good experience. Teachers didn’t care whether people came to class or understood the material.” Kasmira also disliked that she was required to take several classes that didn’t even relate to her major or future career. As a result, she made the decision to attend a school that more closely aligned with her professional interests. We are glad she made the choice to come to WVJC!

Kasmira also chose WJVC because she could tell that “everyone on the staff team genuinely cared about the students and that we succeed in our careers.” She picked the Clinical Medical Assistant program because she has always been interested in the medical field and wanted to have a career where she can work hands-on with patients.  Prior to attending WVJC, Kasmira worked as a shift manager at Panera Bread but she knew that she wanted to explore other career options and she understood that she would need to further her education to pursue her passion. “Since attending WVJC I feel like there is a purpose to life. Before being accepted I was thinking of joining the Army because I wasn’t happy at my job and knew I didn’t want to be in that career path long-term.” Kasmira finally feels that she has found her passion and is excited to move forward with future career opportunities!

Kasmira’s favorite thing about WVJC is that she feels comfortable with her teachers, specifically to ask them questions or for help and they always make time for her if needed. The person that has affected her life the most while being here is Rayan Matthews. “She was once in my shoes graduating from the same program through the same school. She also pushes me to be great and to pursue higher education after graduating from the Clinical Medical Assistant Program.” In five years, Kasmira would like to have her Bachelor’s Degree and then go on to pursue her dream of becoming a Physician’s Assistant.

If you, like Kasmira are interested in the medical field and looking for a college where the staff cares about their students, request information today!

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Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Amber Post

Amber PostAmber Post is set to graduate in March 2018 with an associate degree in Medical Assisting. Her excitement to graduate and begin her career is visible every day at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. Amber went to Fairmont State University right after she graduated from high school, but ended up leaving because she felt overwhelmed and unprepared for such a big change in her life.

Amber was a stay at home mom of two boys before she made the decision to go back to school and finish her college education. She loved every minute of being home with her boys but wanted more for herself. “I wanted a better life for my kids and me and to be able to enjoy the career I’ve always wanted.” Amber chose WVJC because it is a small college that allows her to finish her degree in 18 months. Amber knew that starting a career in 18 months was better for her than spending 4 years getting a degree. She has always had the desire to be in the medical field, so WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program was the right fit for her.

“I love attending WVJC because of all the teachers and staff. Everyone is friendly, encouraging, and supportive. It feels like a family.” Her favorite teacher is Mr. Cutright. “He is an excellent teacher and makes learning fun. Mr. Cutright is very knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive of my career.” Even though a perfect day for Amber is spending time with her family, she is looking forward to graduating and starting her career. Her ideal job after graduation is a phlebotomist in a hospital. Her five-year plan is to have a good career with benefits and a home for herself and her boys. Amber lives each day by a quote she loves, “The past is your lesson. The present is your engine. The future is your motivation.”

If you, like Amber are looking for a college that can have you career ready in months, request information today!

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Online Medical Office Administration Student Highlight – Lisa Stapleton

Lisa StapletonStudents at WVJC Online come from many different backgrounds, but each student possesses a unique story. Lisa Stapleton learned about WVJC Online from a television commercial and was immediately attracted to the “online” component. “I liked the idea of learning online, while at home. Being recently widowed, and with a special needs son, I realized I needed something that had the potential of to provide me with support, both financially and mentally.”

West Virginia Junior College Online is Lisa’s first college and she is studying Medical Office Administration. “At 44 years of age, this is my first time attending any college. I was, and still am, a stay-at-home mom of one teenage son. In previous years, I worked in retail, mostly.”

Lisa chose the Medical Office Administration program because she has always enjoyed helping others and wanted to work in a professional office setting. “My favorite part of attending WVJC is the fact I can stay home, and learn online any time of day. I can take a break when I need to, which is fabulous.”

College is typically a life changing experience for students. It is a transitional time that influences a student’s future. “Attending WVJC has definitely put me in a mode of self-discipline. While learning at home is great, there are also many distractions. It is giving me peace, knowing that I am doing this to better my life, my son’s life, and to honor the memory of my late husband. He always had faith in me to pursue higher education.”

Lisa’s experience at WVJC has certainly been impactful thus far. “Instructors have all been so encouraging whenever I need it. Through some of the assigned discussions, my fellow classmates have taught me that I actually have some things in common with them!  Also, Miss Emily Hayes, my Admissions Rep, has been so very kind to me, and has given me confidence, especially given the fact that I’m an older student, to go ahead and pursue this degree.”

It is no surprise that Lisa has a clear vision for what she’d like to accomplish in the future. She envisions herself in an office administrative role close to home. “It would also be great to know my son would be attending college, at that time, perhaps at WVJC. Who knows?”

If you, like Lisa are looking for an online college that is supportive and encouraging, request information today!

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Clinical Medical Assistant Student Highlight – Autumn Barnhart

Autumn BarnhartAutumn Barnhart is set to graduate in September 2018 with her associate degree in Medical Assisting. Her excitement to graduate and begin her career is visible every day at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. Autumn took a year off after graduating from high school to think about the direction she wanted to go in. She graduated from high school in May of 2016 and made the choice to pursue her college education at WVJC in May 2017. There were many reasons surrounding her decision, but ultimately, she didn’t want to make her job at Texas Roadhouse a career.

She chose WVJC-Bridgeport because she wanted to better her future by furthering her education. Autumn has always had an interest in the medical field and therefore, gravitated toward our medical assisting program. She feels confident that getting her Clinical Medical Assistant degree will be a stepping stone toward her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.

Autumn’s favorite part of attending WVJC is being able to continue to work while in school. She also enjoys the WVJC staff! “The staff is willing to help. You can tell they WANT to help and that makes all the difference!” Autumn especially loves Ms. Holyfield. She has helped Autumn improve her study skills and has a way of “making you want to become a better person.” In general, WVJC has taught her that “your beliefs don’t make you a better person. Your behavior does.”

Autumn’s idea of a perfect day is coming to school in a great mood and learning something new. She loves the challenge of learning new material for the medical field. She says that putting all this knowledge to use one day will be a great feeling. Her future goals include graduating from the program and starting her career as a medical assistant at WVU Medicine. Down the road, Autumn wants to pursue a career as a Registered Nurse. Her five-year plan is to have a job at WVU Medicine and settle down and start a family and be “supportive and helpful to anyone in need.”

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

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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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Business & Legal Student Highlight- Shaquann Shaw

Shaquann ShawAfter graduating from University High School in Morgantown, Shaquann Shaw found himself in a situation similar to many other newly minted graduates.  He was unsure.  He didn’t know his next step or which direction life would take him.  He knew he had to survive.  He was thinking about college, but work seemed like the more feasible option.  He was searching.

Shaq thought he had no choice so he went to work.  He tried a little bit of everything.  He worked 3 or 4 different jobs. He hustled to find other work on the side doing manual labor.  He found some stability working as a salesman at a shoe store, but he realized he wanted more and his life vision began to take shape.  He knew he needed college to get to where he wanted to be. He set his sights on earning a degree in Business Administration with the vision of one day owning and operating his own funeral home and crematory.

The transition to college didn’t go smoothly for Shaq.  With working 8 hour shifts, he decided to attend a National Online University based off a brochure he stumbled upon leaving work.  It sounded good to Shaq.  They had a business program and he could study around his work obligations.  What he didn’t anticipate was the lack of support.  The college he chose struggled to meet his needs.  Their technical department was unresponsive and unreliable.  He started late due to technical issues and never caught up.  He felt that he could never communicate with instructors and instead of going the extra mile to contact them he succumbed to frustration.  “I ultimately just gave up,” he said.

Morgantown Legal and Business Student

Shaq new he couldn’t go out without a fight, so he sought alternatives.  He looked at West Virginia University, but was weary of such a large institution.  Finally, the stars aligned and he found West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown.  He requested information about the Business Administration program at WVJC and after being contacted by the Director of Admissions, Matt Hahn, he scheduled a college visit.

At that first meeting, Shaq realized WVJC had a personal touch and the courses he needed to one day open his business.  He figured versatile training in all aspects of business from management, to sales, to marketing and advertising would prepare him for his journey.  He decided to give it a shot!

It’s a decision that so far has paid great dividends for Shaq.  He has excelled as a student in what he describes as, “a stress free environment of gratitude and support.”  He works closely with Brittany Nuzzo, the Academic Dean, and applauds her effort to help him reach his goals.  Now, Shaq can see the finish line. He not only has his business degree in sight, but he is also working toward a degree in Legal Office Assisting.  His plans are to complete both programs and obtain an externship in a law office and eventually work as a paralegal.  From there the goal is to combine the business and legal training and skills to one day open his Funeral Home armed with the knowledge and ability to ensure its success!  Quite the story of progress for a young man who not long ago was unsure of where to turn and which direction life would take him.

If you, like Shaquann are looking for a college with versatile training and a personal touch, request information today!

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Medical Assisting Student Highlight-Stephanie Fultineer

Stephanie FultineerStephanie Fultineer is just beginning her education at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport. She found her home at WVJC after speaking with our admission representative Chasity Duarte. She said that Chasity didn’t give up on her and pushed her to make a commitment to get her degree and earn a great career.

Before Stephanie made the choice to attend WVJC she was a stay at home mom. She has four children ranging in ages from twelve years to eight weeks. She certainly has her hands full but she says they are her pride and joy and her motivation to keep going.

Stephanie made the choice to attend WVJC because it has a good reputation, is conveniently located in her hometown, and is close to her job at Walmart. (She began working at Walmart when she started school.) She chose the Medical Assisting program as a stepping stone to her future goals of being either a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Registered Nurse. She enjoys the medical field and looks forward to beginning a career. Her ultimate goal is to work in the Emergency Room in Obstetrics or Gynecology.

She enjoys WVJC because of her flexible schedule and the great staff. “Everyone is nice and works to make sure you succeed!” she says. Her favorite class is Medical Terminology. “You learn so many things about the body. It’s fascinating!” she says.

Stephanie’s idea of a perfect day is being caught up on her homework and spending time with her family. She is excited to be committed to an education program and can’t wait to move forward. Her ideal job after graduation is at WVU Medicine working in ER. As a mother of four, a fast paced environment has always been a part of her day to day life and she doesn’t want her career to be any different. She says she wants a “busy, unexpected, and challenging” career. In the next five years, Stephanie hopes to be a nurse. She says, “Most of all, I want my children and husband to see me as a mom and wife that cares so much for my family that I was willing to make sacrifices to get us where we are and to allow us to spend time together in a more stress free and fun way. I want to show my children that if you want something badly enough in life, don’t ever give up. Keep trying!”

If you, like Stephanie, are looking for a college that is convenient, flexible, and has a good reputation request information today and find out how WVJC can help you!

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