Founded in 1892 as the Capitol City Commercial College, West Virginia Junior College is located in the heart of Charleston, West Virginia. The school offers specialized programs in a variety of career fields for which students earn associate degrees and diplomas.
Students may choose among four academic programs: Legal Office Assisting; Computer Information Technology/Technical Emphasis; Business Administration; and, Medical Office Technology.
The legal office assisting program prepares students for careers in mortgage companies, banks, private corporations, government agencies, insurance companies, and the legal field. The computer information technology/technical emphasis program provides students with knowledge of computer applications, technical applications, as well as an introduction to hardware/software applications, and information systems. The business administration program provides students with hands-on training which highlights computer operations and business technologies. Students gain knowledge of networking, databases, and how to troubleshoot computer applications issues, as well as business communication skills, general accounting, oral and written communication, and management. The medical office technology program offers clinical training, laboratory training, and training in administrative duties, and communication skills.
All academic programs available are career education programs that prepare students for immediate employment. The programs are not designed for transfer to four-year institutions.
The specialized associate degree program includes medical assisting/office technology; medical secretarial/office technology; business administration; computer information technology/technical emphasis; and legal assisting administration. These programs are designed to be completed within 18 months. In addition, the college offers diploma programs in the following areas of study: computer office technology, medical secretarial, medical assisting, clerical word processing, and legal office administration.
Accreditation is granted by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools in Washington, D.C.
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Enrollment is open, which means that the college accepts all students interested in furthering their education who have graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent. Prospective students should call the Admissions office directly for an admissions application and instructions for applying to the college.
Students can also go to the school website and fill out a form to request for information.
The Financial Aid office offers several options to qualifying students, including grants, work study programs, scholarships, and loans. All students are required to fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid. The majority of students receive some form of aid, most of which takes the form of loans which must be repaid Both need-based and merit-based scholarships are available for students in all programs.
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The college is located on a commuter campus which serves high school graduates and a wide range of working adults. Students can expect smaller class sizes and more individualized attention, as well as a four day school week, which includes day and evening classes. Associate degrees can be completed within 18 months, preparing students for immediate employment.
The campus also has a resource center, and job placement services which provide assistance with resume and cover letter preparation, mock interviews, employment application assistance, and interviewing techniques.
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There are no athletic programs at this time. There are several community recreation programs open to all residents of Charleston that students may take part in.
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