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!”

Paige Maul – Staff Highlight

Paige Maul MA, RPT, is a new instructor at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport, beginning her career in September 2021.
Paige started as an adjunct instructor in the Medical Billing/Administration and Clinical Medical Assistant programs. She has proven her knowledge and experience to be an asset to the WVJC Bridgeport campus. She has recently accepted an offer to take over as the Traditional Medical Program Director in November. She is incredibly proud to take over this position and is overly excited about the opportunity.  Paige hopes to bring new ideas to the table and continue offering the one-on-one attention students at WVJC Bridgeport need and deserve.

Paige graduated from Fairmont State University in 2018 with her degree in Health Science, with minors in Phlebotomy, Electrocardiogram & Lab Assisting. Her passion is in phlebotomy and the challenge that comes with every patient. Before working at WVJC, she worked for Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital & WVU Medicine. She attributes her professional ethics to Angela Cedeno at SJMH & Vanessa Richter at WVU Medicine.

Ms. Maul enjoys site seeing/traveling with her boyfriend, Eric Bowles, painting, photography, and writing poetry in her free time. Some of her favorite artists/writers are Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Amanda Gorman, and Robert Frost. She is an advocate for mental health in the medical field. She states she can never stress enough to her students how important it truly is. She has overcome mental health issues herself and wants her students to understand it is possible to overcome these challenges because, at the end of the day, that is all they are, challenges, which can always be beat. One of her favorite quotes from Amanda Gorman and her book “The Hill We Climb” is,

“There is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Ms. Maul states she loves WVJC’s programs because of their flexibility and versatility.  College clicks for most people when you realize the best parts and can branch into things that ultimately interest you in your future career. Being able to find these interests are very achievable here at WVJC.

If you are interested in learning more about our programs at WVJC, request information here!

5 Benefits of Getting Your Degree in Cybersecurity at WVJC Online

Are you interested in pursuing an exciting career in technology? Cybersecurity is one of the available technologies in the U.S., and companies are searching for professionals with the appropriate training and background to fill these roles. 

Read on to learn about five aspects of getting your degree in Cybersecurity at WVJC Online.

YOUR TIME YOUR SCHEDULE

One of the realities of studying online is convenience and a pathway to the professional workplace. Students returning to school later in life may find an online program more suitable for their work schedule and family responsibilities. 

The WVJC Online Cybersecurity program currently has students enrolled who are working and looking forward to having a successful pathway and career in cybersecurity. Our 18-month program is designed for students to train to enter the professional world upon graduation.

Our goal is to make students excited about their learning, and because of its online nature, the program’s non-synchronized classes afford students the time needed to study at their own pace. 

STUDENT-ORIENTED

Students can expect to work with other classmates who have enrolled in the program for similar reasons. Though this program is online, students have the opportunity to connect with classmates through group projects, web-based group discussions, and other forums.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Students who enroll at WVJC Online will participate in an externship before the conclusion of the program. The externship will occur in a real work environment, allowing students to apply their training in real-world situations. By the end of the program, students should have the skills necessary to handle circumstances related to incident response, security architecture, threat management, and vulnerability management.

Our goal at WVJC is for students to develop marketable skills that are career-focused and time-efficient without compromising precious classroom time learning subject matter unrelated to their professional and educational goals. 

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Professional opportunities in cybersecurity are available. Our online program prepares students to train for three of the certifications employers could be interested in for their candidates. 

Outlined below is an overview of each certification.

Network+ Certification*

The Network+ Certification certifies the necessary skills required to design, configure, manage, and maintain computer network architecture and devices and includes a basic understanding of cloud computing best practices and critical security concepts that help networking professionals work with security practitioners. 

Security+ Certification*

The Security+ Certification is an established worldwide standard for best practices in information technology, cybersecurity networking, and operational integrity. Security+ focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management, and intrusion detection.

Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+) Certification*

The CySA+ Certification applies behavioral analytics to the information technology field to prevent, detect, and combat cybersecurity threats. The CySA+ certifies that the student has the necessary skills to perform data analysis, vulnerability, risk, and impact assessments, configure threat-detection tools, and secure and protect applications and systems within an organization.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

WVJC Online provides students with the necessary preparation needed to move forward in their field. Students who graduate from our program may be qualified to pursue some of the following positions (and more): 

  • Junior Security Analyst
  • Cyber Operation Specialist
  • Data Recovery Specialist
  • Incident Responder
  • Malware Analyst
  • Pen Tester
  • Computer Support Analyst
  • Help Desk Analyst

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a Cybersecurity program designed to give you the necessary tools needed to become an asset to private, non-profit, and government entities.

Do you think you have what it takes to make it in the field of cybersecurity? At WVJC Online, you’ll learn to develop and maintain skills under the guidance of qualified educators, have the opportunity to sit for certifications,* and receive real-world experience through our externship program. 

Learn more about our program or give us a call at 877-25ONLINE.

You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity! 

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

What Does the Future of Cybersecurity Look Like?

What does the future of cybersecurity look like? Cyberattacks are the fastest growing crimes in the U.S, with damages exceeding $6 trillion globally in 2021. Every type of organization is at risk, including nonprofits, small businesses, health, and medical facilities, large corporations, and more. 

Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, which means more significant opportunities for a rewarding career in the ever-growing field of cybersecurity. Read on to discover more about the future of the industry and its expected trends! 

CYBER THREATS TODAY

Cybersecurity is as relevant as ever with the development of modern tech, information technology, and more. As cyberattacks grow more sophisticated, so do the responsive methods to reduce them. Companies with online assets are beginning to realize this and are increasingly giving more attention to protecting their back-end computer systems.

There are particular threats common to cyber criminality that all cybersecurity professionals should be aware of; learn about some of them below: 

Malware

Malware is a category of cyberattack related to software that carries out predatory threats. In other words, malware is a cyberattack that intends to exploit any programmable device, service, or network.

Ransomware continues to be the biggest threat to the integrity of company longevity. Malware programs often run silently in the background of other computer programs looking for ways to extract data for financial gain. For example, ransomware often targets personal and corporate devices until the owner of the information pays a monetary ransom. Research confirms that ransomware attacks are becoming more costly and common.

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are another popular method of cyber criminality. Scammers conducting phishing scams will contact unsuspecting individuals or companies in an attempt to extract sensitive information, or data, related to the victim of the scam. These scams are most often attempted through email but have been known to occur over the phone, text message, or social media applications.

Smart technology has forever changed the way people communicate, express themselves in their communities, and conduct business. As a result, cyber criminality is here to stay. Criminals will continue compromising information and adapting their methods to withstand the future of cybersecurity technology. 

CYBER THREATS IN THE FUTURE

In the last seven years, data breaches have noticeably increased. The way businesses and business leaders respond to these breaches defines the future of cybersecurity and the trends it creates for years to come. 

A Growing Need

Hackers are growing in sophistication with the employment of automation and machine learning, but so are cybersecurity professionals. Specialists in this field utilize state-of-the-art equipment with advanced algorithms and technology to prevent breaches before they can cause any serious damage. 

In response to these trends, a growing need for trained professionals has been sustained. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 28 percent growth between 2016 and 2026 for information security analysts, who safeguard their companies’ data. This is significantly higher than the seven percent average growth that the Bureau predicts for all jobs.

Policy Trends

Cybersecurity professionals are setting trends in technological policy every day. These policies shape local and national levels of cyber protection and maintain new safety protocols for companies to follow. 

Cybersecurity specialists are encouraging companies to implement better incident response, contingent operations, and disaster recovery plans. In this regard, cyber criminality has become the impetus for expansion. 

A career in cybersecurity is fast-paced, evolving, and always adapting to the newest trends — making this field an exciting career option for motivated persons of cybersecurity. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a Cybersecurity program designed to give you the necessary tools needed to become a valuable asset to private, nonprofit, and government entities.

Do you think you have what it takes to make it in the growing field of cybersecurity? At WVJC Online, you’ll learn to develop and maintain skills under the guidance of qualified educators, have the opportunity to sit and pass relevant certifications*, and receive real-world experience through our externship program. 

Learn more about our program or give us a call at 877-25ONLINE.

You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity! 

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

Tristan Atha – Student Highlight

Tristan Atha is a student in the Information Technology Program and began his education at WVJC in August 2020. Tristan previously attended both Marshall University and Fairmont State University. While at Marshall, Tristan was enrolled in the civil engineering program before transferring to Fairmont State for a short time before leaving school and joining the workforce.

For a few years, Tristan worked in the Carpenter’s Union doing construction work. While working in the construction industry, Tristan was faced with hard-labor jobs that were riddled with inconsistent work schedules and uncertainty of even having a job through the changing demands of the industry. After dealing with the difficulties of the construction industry for a while, Tristan decided it was time to go back to school.

Tristan says he has always had an interest in the Information Technology field and decided to look into programs close to his hometown of Weston, WV.  After some looking, Tristan decided to attend WVJC because he did not want to take online classes. WVJC was also the closest school that offered hands-on, in-person classes for an Information Technology degree.

Since starting school at WVJC, Tristan has come to really enjoy the opportunities and experiences that come with applying what he learns in a hands-on manner. He also says that he enjoys the friendly rivalry between his peers regarding grades and certification* exam scores, which has only pushed him to apply himself further.

Tristan says his favorite classes have definitely been the networking and A+ certification*- related classes. He especially enjoyed his Introduction to Computer Hardware class. He had the opportunity to pick out the parts to build a PC and take those parts and put them together to build a fully functioning PC.

After graduating from WVJC, Tristan would like to land a career that is in the field of networking or security. Beyond a career, Tristan also hopes to someday further his education by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in either programming or a security-related field. Tristan has enjoyed his education experience at WVJC and would recommend the school to anyone looking to get an education in the field of Information Technology, but stresses that “you must put in your best effort to get anything out of the education.”

If your story sounds similar to Tristan’s, request information here!

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam. 

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!

Cybersecurity Jobs: What Are Potential Employers Looking For?

You’ve read our articles, researched the statistics, and determined a career in cybersecurity could be a perfect fit for you. Now, what?

Do you have what it takes to thrive within this comprehensive field of study? Read on to discover what cybersecurity employers are looking for in their next professional. 

DO YOU HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

Managers are looking to answer one fundamental question: Is this person qualified? A decision to pursue a career in cybersecurity requires proper education, training, and certification.* We provide our students with the opportunity to gain all three attributes

Degree

According to the (ISC)² 2019 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, you need a degree to qualify for most cybersecurity career opportunities. This includes entry-level positions, as well as those requiring experience. Cybersecurity is an essential function of the contemporary business world. Employers need to know that you are well-trained and knowledgeable in various cybersecurity areas and up-to-date with today’s industry standards.

Experience

Since risk management is critical to the success of modern organizations, employers value real-world cybersecurity experience when making hiring decisions. Candidates who have hands-on experience with simulated cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities are better prepared to handle these scenarios when they happen on the job.

Certifications

Earning and maintaining cybersecurity industry certifications* shows employers that you have the knowledge and skills required. Credentials are created by independent, third-party organizations with high-quality standards. By earning these professional certifications, you’re showing employers that you have met these standards.

With these three relevant credentials on your resume, business owners will be more inclined to pursue an interview and begin the screening process. Your educational background assures them that qualified professionals manage their data, programs, and software.  

DO YOU HAVE THE SKILLS?

A career in cybersecurity involves a compilation of skills and skill sets that differentiate candidates from their competition and can be used toward the professional success of their company.

Employers need candidates ready to hit the ground running and use their hands-on skills to prevent, detect, and combat cybersecurity threats. Alongside these specific skills, employers will be looking for a set of soft skills that enable candidates to learn while on the job. 

Some of those skills include: 

Writing Skills

Cybersecurity professionals deal in detail with data breaches, system mockups, and other informative documents. Therefore, the ability to write technically about these areas is necessary for your success in cybersecurity. 

Interpersonal Skills

Most cybersecurity professionals work in a team environment and are involved in many functional areas of the organization. The ability to work with others isn’t going away anytime soon, so candidates in this field shouldn’t think of themselves as stuck behind a computer screen and away from human interaction. 

Quick Thinking

The ability to think critically and with speed to mitigate potentially threatening damage to network systems is the priority of the cyber manager. Therefore, candidates should assess their ability to act quickly and efficiently under pressure before pursuing a career in cybersecurity. 

The cybersecurity field is alive with opportunities and is very competitive. The best jobs go to the best candidates, and the best candidates are often those who are the most qualified, prepared, and motivated. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

WVJC Online offers a Cybersecurity program designed to give you the necessary tools needed to become a valuable asset to many private, non-profit, and government entities.

 Do you think you have what it takes to make it in the growing field of cybersecurity? At WVJC Online, you’ll learn to develop and maintain skills under the guidance of qualified educators, undergo the necessary certification* processes, and receive real-world experience through our externship program. 

Learn more about our program or give us a call at 877-25ONLINE.

You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in cybersecurity!

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.