Medical Office Management Student Highlight – Keturah Frye

BRIDGEPORT, WV – Since she first called to ask questions about the school, West Virginia Junior College has just “felt right” to Medical Office Management student Keturah Frye.

“I could tell, right away, that this was the school for me,” she said.

Keturah said WVJC is approved by the Veteran’s Administration, so she was able to use her husband’s benefits to earn her degree, which she has been anticipating for “many years.”

Before enrolling into classes, Keturah was the evening shift trainer at a local telemarketing company, and now many of her former employees are classmates.

Family is Keturah’s first priority. Her husband is a disable United States Army veteran, she has four children (one of which is still in high school), three grandchildren and she helps to care for her mother.

“My family is very supportive and is happy to help around the house,” she said. “When I need to do homework, go to school early or stay late, they are ‘on board’ to do their share. I use the time management and organization skills I learned in my job to make everything happen when it needs to and I drink a LOT of coffee.”

Bridgeport Keturah Frye

School is a very close second priority. Keturah is active with the Medical Office Management Club, where she serves as vice president and liaison to incoming high school seniors, while she still maintains a 4.0 GPA.

Keturah’s goal is to be able to work from home so that she can care for her husband and mother as their needs increase, as well as spending time with her grandchildren. However, she said she is happy to consider working in a doctor’s office or hospital near her home.

Her family has also played a huge role in supporting Keturah’s choice to continue her education.

“My wonderful husband, he is always supportive and encourages me to do my very best,” she said. “My children for being enthusiastic about my education, and my parents for giving me a life-long love of learning. I think my daddy would be very proud of me.”

Along with her family’s support, Keturah has had a very positive experience with the WVJC staff.

“I could not have asked for a more positive learning environment or more encouraging faculty, staff and administration,” she said.

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Legal Assistant Graduate Highlight – Jessica Hall

MORGANTOWN, WV – Four months into the Legal Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, Jessica Hall found out that she would be a mother.

Previously a Certified Nursing Assistant, Jessica decided that she no longer wanted to be in the medical field. But she didn’t want to attend a four-year school, either. Plus, for Jessica, the WVJC’s 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. class schedule was easier to accommodate with a full-time position.

As her due date grew closer, Jessica began to have doubts.

“I was worried,” Jessica said. “My instructors knew I was nervous. I already knew that something was wrong with my pregnancy. I was miserable.”

One year into the legal program, Jessica was in the hospital about to have an emergency C-Section six weeks prior to her due date. As she was prepared for her C-Section, Jessica contacted the academic dean to let her know that she may not be returning for the beginning of the next six-week session.

Morgantown - Jessica Hall

Jessica’s determination to continue working toward her degree pulled her through.

“I got out of the hospital on Monday. I came in on Tuesday, and I got all of my work,” Jessica said. “The instructors worked with me to accommodate my sudden situation.”

Recovering from a C-section as a full-time student and new mother was difficult.

“It was overwhelming, and at times, I felt like giving up,” Jessica said.

But she didn’t.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen. I dealt with it the best that I could,” Jessica said. “Determination was a big part of it. There (my son) was. He was there. I knew I had to finish.”

Jessica said the biggest step in becoming successful at WVJC is to show up every day for class, which Jessica continued to do.

Now her 18 months of dedication have paid off.

On Monday, January 14, Jessica became the newest employee of Spilman Thomas and Battle, a law firm that specializes in corporate law. She will be a legal secretary.

“I am so relieved to know that I have something concrete and reliable to count on,” Jessica said. “I hope that I can advance with the law firm and become a valuable asset.”

Morgantown
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Pharmacy Technician Graduate Highlight – Tessa Cain

BRIDGEPORT, WV – For Pharmacy Technician graduate Tessa Cain, her favorite part of being a student at West Virginia Junior College was the friendships she made because of the smaller class sizes and being with the same group of students through all of her pharmacy classes.

“My pharmacy class was tight-knit,” Tessa said. “Jenica Frye was our instructor and we were her very first pharmacy technician group. We were like a little family. Mrs. Frye, who taught all of our pharmacy courses, provided so much encouragement and presented such a positive and compassionate attitude. Everyone wanted to do their best and no one wanted anyone else to fail. Our class was a team and we weren’t leaving anyone behind.”

Although Tessa always made good grades, she hated school. She never wanted to attend a four or six-year college.

“In fact, I really didn’t want to go to college at all,” Tessa said. “My parents allowed me to choose my own route post high school, but still encouraging me to go to college. I looked at every option from military police to the beauty academy, but nothing seemed to be appealing enough to commit.”

However, early on in her senior year of high school, admissions representatives from WVJC visited her class to show the education and career opportunities that WVJC had to offer. After talking with them and visiting the campus, Tessa said she felt confident enough in the program to commit to WVJC.

Bridgeport Tessa Cain

Tessa knew she wanted to work in healthcare and to interact with people, so she originally signed up for the Medical Assisting program. However, at orientation she learned about the new Pharmacy Technician program, which immediately caught her interest. She reserved the last available spot in the program.

“I chose the Pharmacy Technician program because I wanted to deal with the public, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to interact with their bodily fluids,” Tessa said. “The two things that sealed the deal for me were no blood and guts and various healthcare opportunities available with the certification and degree.”

Although she had difficulty picking her absolute favorite thing about the Pharmacy Technician program, Tessa said she loved doing hands-on labs, performing medication calculations and learning the laws of the pharmacy.

“Every day I had class, I learned something new and interesting,” she said. “Instead of losing interest like I always had before, I seemed to gain more interest in the career path I had chosen.”

While attending WVJC, Tessa worked as a pharmacy technician trainee at Whitehall Pharmacy. After graduation, she continued to work at Whitehall Pharmacy for a few months, and then at the beginning of April in 2012, she applied for a pharmacy technician job at Best Care Pharmacy. She has since taken on the role as the lead technician.

“I love my career field and the variations of people that I deal with on a daily basis,” Tessa said.

Tessa was also presented with the opportunity to instruct the Pharmacy Math and Dosage Calculations class at WVJC in November.

“None of the opportunities that have come my way would have been possible without the training and support I received from the staff at West Virginia Junior College,” she said.

Not only did Tessa’s earn a associate’s degree and national certification from her time spent at WVJC, but she also gained a feeling of accomplishment and a drive to do something with what she’s learned.

“I take pride in the work that I do and I am more confident in myself and the person that I am now than I have ever been,” she said.

Tessa credits the administration and faculty at WVJC for being her support system.

“Every single administration and faculty member at WVJC that I had the privilege of meeting would do anything that they could to help any student at the college,” Tessa said. “From the time I first walked in the door to the last time I walked out the doors as a student, I always felt encouragement and positivity.

There was one faculty member in particular that really made a difference in Tessa’s life.

“There was one faculty member in particular that I grew to know and love as if she were an older sister to me -Jenica Frye,” Tessa said. “She was an awesome mentor and example for me to follow. Without her, the career opportunities I had would have never come my way. Mrs. Frye was a wonderful instructor, but she quickly became a dear friend. So I would very much like to thank her for every time she stuck her neck on the line for not only me, but other students as well.”

While Tessa was attending WVJC, she got married. She went to the county courthouse on a Wednesday around 1 p.m., and then went to class afterward.

“When I made it back to class, Mrs. Frye and my classmates had arranged a little post wedding celebration with gifts and cake,” she said. “I was completely surprised. I don’t think any of them will ever know how much that truly meant to me.”

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Business Graduate Highlight – Sasha Peggues

MORGANTOWN, WV – When Sasha Peggues wakes up in the morning, she thinks, “Wow! Is this my life?”

“Loving my job is an understatement,” she said. “It’s so amazing.”

Sasha decided during summer 2010 to attend West Virginia Junior College and major in business.

“My mom had been battling cancer, so I pushed off school. She was doing better, and I knew that it was now or never,” Sasha said.  “I thought, ‘I’m just going to go and jump head first and see where it goes from there.’”

One of the biggest problems Sasha said she had was that she had been out of school for awhile.

“This is college, not high school,” Sasha said. “I was intimidated. But everyone was incredibly helpful.”

Sasha said her plan was to just “keep her head down” and get through the program.

But the WVJC faculty and staff had other plans. Sasha externed for the WVJC and was elected WVJC student body president.

“My initial fears and anxiety were crushed, because everyone (at WVJC) wants to see your potential and to see you grow. They want you to shine,” she said.

After graduation, a WVJC career management director sent Sasha’s resume to an optometrist who was planning on opening a new, designer eyewear office.

Sasha was officially hired in August, two months later. She started her new job Sept. 10 as the optical and office manager at The Looking Glass Designer Eyewear Boutique. Her job has taken her to a conference in Las Vegas and training in Cleveland, Ohio. The Boutique will feature eyewear by various designers, which interests the fashion-conscious WVJC grad.

Sasha said she wears a lot of hats in her new position including: human resources and hiring employees, filing payroll, entering retirement, ordering inventory and talking to our sales representatives.

“I do everything from promotional merchandising to ordering the glasses,” Sasha said.

For Sasha, the 18 months she spent at the WVJC were worth it.

“I don’t have to be a cheerleader for the WVJC, because I’m no longer a student. But everyone was really welcoming and really helpful,” Sasha said. “I’m so glad that everything I went through in school was worth it.

For more information about the WVJC Morgantown Business Management Program, visit WVJC.edu or call 304-296-8282.

Morgantown
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Medical Office Management Student Highlight – Robbie Sigley

MORGANTOWN, WV – Robbie Sigley, a 20-year-old from Preston County, decided to attend West Virginia Junior College directly after high school.

Nearly 18 months later, he is six weeks away from obtaining his Medical Office Management degree. Robbie chose Medical Office Management because he enjoys the office environment and the diversity of the patients who visit a hospital or doctor’s office.

“I love surrounding myself with new people,” he said.

Morgantown - Robbie Sigley

 

Robbie, with a constant smile and a big heart, is a WVJC Student Ambassador.  Ambassadors are selected based on their academic and attendance records, along with their personalities. They organize events and help the faculty and staff.

“I get a lot of one-on-one attention (at the WVJC),” Robbie said. “When I feel like I’m having trouble with something, I talk to Jessica Ewing.”

Jessica, now a Regional Director of Admissions, was Robbie’s admissions representative in 2011.

“She wants to push me and drive me to do my very best. That’s what I really admire about her,” Robbie said.

Robbie added that both the faculty and staff are welcoming, but it’s not just their responsibility to help students learn.

“It’s also yours,” Robbie said. “It’s not going to be effective if you don’t pay attention.”

Robbie’s favorite moment at the WVJC was the mock disaster. The student created a mock accident scenario and treated the patients in the school. The Medical Office Management students were responsible for registering the victims, and the Medical Assistant students diagnosed what was wrong with them.

“What made it memorable was that it introduced a real-life scenario,” Robbie said.  “We could get flooded (by victims) in an office or hospital – this thing really could happen. We had to make sure it was done correctly.”

As graduation nears, Robbie said he feels prepared to enter the workforce.

“The instructors took their time, and it was all worth it,” he said. “I think I’m very prepared.”

Robbie will begin his Medical Office Management externship at a local healthcare facility early in 2013, followed by graduation in February.

Morgantown
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Medical Office Management Student Highlight – Teirra Harris

BRIDGEPORT, WV – West Virginia Junior College student Teirra Harris decided to attend the school because it’s close to home and she liked that she could complete a program in 18 months instead of two to four years.

Teirra’s favorite part about attending WVJC is having only two or three classes every six weeks.

Teirra Harris

She chose to major in medical office administration.

“I chose this major because I love to do paper work and file papers and with the degree, I have so many opportunities,” Teirra said.

After she graduates, her goal is to “get a decent job” to start off her career.

Teirra has several people who have supported her endeavor.

“I would like to thank my best friends, Brandi and Kaisey, for never giving up on me,” Teirra said. “They always pushed me and supported me with everything. I would also like to thank my mother and grandmother; they both are my role models and my main supporters.”

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Medical Assistant Graduate Highlight – Larissa Sauvageot

CHARLESTON, WV – Larissa Sauvageot decided to attend West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus by consulting with a fellow student.

“I chose to go to WVJC after I had my daughter,” Larissa said. “I had checked into it a few times with my friend, Lauren. I figured it would work out great since I stayed home through the day with the baby and I could attend classes at night.”

Larissa chose the medical program for a couple reasons.

“I chose the medical field because, more than likely, I will never have issues finding a job,” she said. “I also wanted to help make my family more financially comfortable.”

Out of all of her classes, Larissa enjoyed being in lab the most. WVJC’s medical lab classes help all students learn crucial skills with hands-on experience. Being able to adapt these skills quickly is a great part of what the program offers.

While classes were very important, Larissa gained more than just knowledge from her time at WVJC.

“My favorite part of being a student at WVJC was all the lifelong friends I made. We made class fun.”

Graduation Pinning September 2012 - Larissa
West Virginia Junior College graduate, Larissa, at her graduation pinning in September 2012.

After completing her classes and passing the Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant exam, Larissa found a full-time position with Charleston Area Medical Center.

“I am a NA/HUC at CAMC in Teays Valley and enjoy it so far,” she said. “I work night shifts, which help out on daycare expenses. The people I work with are awesome and crazy people. We make working fun.”

In the future, Larissa would love to work in pediatrics. She also plans on joining the nursing program through Charleston Area Medical Center to become a registered nurse.

Congratulations to Larissa on all her successful endeavors!

Charleston
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Medical Assistant Graduate Highlight – Julie Bernet

BRIDGEPORT, WV – Julie Bernet, a medical assistant graduate who now works at Whitehall Medical, chose to attend West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport because she said she believed she could get good training in a reasonable amount of time.

“I heard good things about the MA program and always wanted to be in the medical field,” Julie said.

Julie Bernet

Her favorite part of the medical program was the hand-on training, which she said prepared her for her career.

The faculty’s willingness to always help and the supportive environment stood out during her time at WVJC Bridgeport. The program coordinator and lab instructors were always available when she needed them, she said.

Now working as medical assistant, Julie is able to help people, and loves the people she works with, as well as the environment.

“(It) has given me a great sense of pride in myself and my career, and knowing that I am making a difference in others lives as well,” Julie said.

After her experience, Julie would recommend the college and medical assisting program to anyone.

“Being a single parent was difficult and the support and encouragement from everyone helped me succeed,” Julie said.

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Staff Highlight: Career Management – Kristy Cunningham

BRIDGEPORT, WV – Kristy Cunningham is the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College’s Bridgeport campus. As the Career Management Director, she assists students in finding a job upon graduation, as well as teaching Career Prep.

Kristy is also a liaison between local businesses and the school. She said she strives “to maintain a lifelong relationship with our graduates and assist them anyway that I can with their careers.”

Kristy Cunningham

“My favorite part of being a CMD is the phone call from my graduates when they get their first job and are starting their careers and they see that all their hard work has paid off,” Kristy said.

When Kristy is not as work, she loves spending time with her family and dogs, traveling, and watching Kevin Smith movies and West Virginia University football games.

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Medical Assisting Student Highlight – Kaitlyn Persinger

Kaitlyn PersingerCHARLESTON, WV – Kaitlyn Persinger decided to attend West Virginia Junior College Charleston Campus because the staff helped her decide on a specific career path within the medical field.

“I definitely knew I wanted to be in the medical field, I just wasn’t sure what position. When I learned about Medical Assisting at WVJC, I knew it was the right choice for me,” she explained.

The clinical laboratory courses were Kaitlyn’s favorite part of the program.

“Many of the procedures you learn in the MA program are hands-on and this really helped me learn the skills and grasp them quickly and easily,” she said. “My clinical instructor, Cindy Campbell, made the skills exciting and the students were always excited to learn new things.”

WVJC’s small class atmosphere gave Kaitlyn the individualized attention she needed to succeed and she said that this was her favorite part of attending school at WVJC.

“My favorite part about WVJC was the perfect class setting. It wasn’t a huge college and it’s great for students who learn better in a smaller atmosphere, not a lecture hall with 80 other students,” she said.

Kaitlyn had a few individuals at WVJC who helped her along her journey as she obtained her Specialized Associate Degree in Medical Assisting.

“I would like to thank Mrs. Campbell because she always pushed me to put my all into what I was doing,” she said. “She made sure I had the right skills and knowledge for my future career. Also, I would like to thank Mrs. Cindy Tawney because she was always on top of things from making sure I was on time for class to making sure I was working to my full potential and making good grades.”

Kaitlyn has already secured a position at Charleston Area Medical Center in the Orthopedic Trauma Group as a Certified Medical Assistant!

“I wouldn’t have been able to land such a great job without the skills I learned in my program and all of the interview skills I learned in my Career Preparation course at WVJC!”

Congratulations to Kaityn on her graduation, passing her Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant Exam and landing her perfect career!

Charleston
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