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Instructor builds self-esteem in his students

Monday, June 6th, 2016

KATHERINE BURGESS, 2:58 p.m. CDT September 7, 2015
Jack Walker has taught at the West Tennessee Business College for 33 years.(Photo: KATHERINE BURGESS/The Jackson Sun)

Nearly every student who enters the West Tennessee Business College goes through Jack Walker’s classroom.

“How you feel about yourself is the determining factor in your success,” Walker tells his students. “If you don’t believe in yourself and think you can, then you can’t.”

Walker, 74, has worked at the college for 33 years. A former public school teacher who had moved into sales, Walker was on a sales call when the dean of the college asked him if he’d like to go back into teaching at the college level.

He started teaching two nights a week. Today, he is the instructor of professional development and night coordinator for the school.

The first course for any student in a diploma program is Walker’s professional development course. The first lesson is on self-esteem, he said, and the course also delves into human relations, resumes, job applications and answering questions in an interview.
Jack Walker teaches professional development, including self-esteem, professional dress and how to negotiate a salary. (Photo: KATHERINE BURGESS/The Jackson Sun)

Walker said many of his students arrive with low self-esteem. He gives them an assessment, with the majority scoring low. He then tells them how self-esteem has “everything” to do with the workplace.

“It’s like a light going off,” Walker said.

How people sit, stand and dress is all a reflection of how they feel about themselves, Walker said, and will make an important first impression.

Although Walker has changed classrooms and students during his time at WTBC, professional development has not changed over the years, he said.

“Good does not have to change,” Walker said. “Really, that which is basic and good like professional dress, professional appearance, professional attitude, all that sort of stuff — it doesn’t change.”

In his classroom, motivational posters fill the walls and a file cabinet is covered in cutout examples of professional attire.

Walker said he tells his students to find a job they love. If they do so, they’ll never work a day in their life, he said.

“Teaching is not work for me,” Walker said. “I absolutely love it.”

This week, students are doing projects that include a personal inventory, a report on their field of study and researching how much money they are capable of earning.

Vicki Burch, president of WTBC, said Walker’s stable presence on staff has greatly impacted the school.

“If you do as he’s asking and you learn what he’s trying to teach you, you’re so much of a better person and better prepared to deal with what we’re trying to do here,” Burch said. “He gets (students) started with good habits, and then he is a ready resource throughout the time that they’re here.”

WTBC Celebrates Red Nose Day 2016

Thursday, May 26th, 2016


We are celebrating National Red Nose Day today on campus. Red Nose Day is about having fun and changing the lives of children living in poverty. Thank you to our faculty, students, and staff for getting involved. Through the power of entertainment, raises awareness and money to help kids who need us most at home and around the world. Red Nose Day is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty and has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years.

WTBC Staff/Faculty/Students #rednose

Staff/Faculty/Students #rednose

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WTBC Students/Faculty/Staff #rednose


Hunter Pusser – May 2016 Student of the Month

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Our May Student of the Month is Hunter Pusser. Hunter will be graduating in the Fall with a diploma in Accounting / Bookkeeping. His professors described him as “organized,” “diligent,” and a “fantastic student.” If you see Hunter around campus, be sure to tell him congratulations!

If you would like to follow Hunter’s path into a career in accounting/bookkeeping, click here to learn more about our diploma programs!


3 Reasons to Become an EKG/ECG Technician TODAY!

Monday, April 4th, 2016
EKG/ECG Technician

Become an EKG/ECG Technician Today!

 Is an EKG/ECG career a good choice, ask yourself these questions?

  • Are you interested in the medical field, but lead a busy life?
  • Are you looking for something fresh and unique to add to your resume that is also fulfilling?
  • Do you really want to help people with something that can truly save their life?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should think about becoming an EKG/ECG Technician.

It’s more important than ever in today’s competitive landscape to be able to differentiate yourself from others. Adding capabilities to your skillset allows you to stand out from the crowd and show that you are a well rounded employee and interested in advancing your career. If you are looking to find options out there for helping you accomplish these goals, then you’ve come to the right place! West Tennessee Business College!

Here are three reasons why you should consider a career in the EKG/ECG field.

1. Helping Others-This is probably the biggest reason. If you are truly into helping people, serving as an EKG/ECG Technician allows you to work directly with patients in a way that helps determine what may be wrong with one of the most important organs in the human body, the heart. Given the importance of the heart your job as the technician is crucial.
2. Career Advancement– You should always be looking for ways to expand your horizons and add to your professional toolkit. The more certifications and real world experience you can get under your belt, the better. If you are already at a hospital or clinic and looking for opportunities to advance, look at this career option to further your climb on the career ladder. Whether you are currently a healthcare professional or are new to this health care career, West Tennessee Business College can provide you with the training you need to become confident and certified!
3. It is a short course!- Many career  training programs can take years, with this short course you could be certified in just a few short months.

So there you have it! What are you waiting for? WTBC is enrolling now! Begin your new career as an EKG/ECG Technician today.

Give us a call at 731-668–7240 or text us at 731-599-4339 to learn more!

WTBC September 2015 Student of the Month: Kristen Scott

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Student of the Month September 2015

Kristen Scott: Redefining Success

Kristen Scott, WTBC's 9/2015 "Student of the month."

Kristen Scott, WTBC’s 9/2015 “Student of the Month.”

“I couldn’t have done this if it weren’t for the staff and faculty at WTBC.”

Kristen Scott, standing outside of WTBC's Student Life Resource Center

Kristen Scott standing outside of WTBC’s Student Life Resource Center.

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Kristen Scott is no stranger to ups and downs in life. As a young wife and mother, she had always worked waiting tables to make ends meet. Despite all of her efforts, she and her family still struggled financially.

“All I’ve ever done is wait tables. It just wasn’t fulfilling.”

When asked why she made the decision to attend college at WTBC, her eyes welled up with tears and she shared the most incredible story.


“I’d been having money problems and was very stressed out. I had been praying about my situation faithfully but still nothing changed. Feeling like I was at the end of my rope, I called my best friend for advice. I remember saying to her, God doesn’t hear me anymore! My friend asked me to pray with her over the phone.”


WTBC Loves Our Military Families!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
We are all a family here at WTBC!

We are all a family here at WTBC!

Meet Staff SGT Jon Plunk and his lovely wife Persephone. SGT Plunk has valiantly served in the United States Army for over 18 years including deployment. (more…)

WTBC Helps 88 Year Old Woman’s Dreams Come True!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

At 88 years old, you wouldn’t expect to have your wildest dreams come true, nor would you expect that her dream was to relive her glory days as a college-level teacher.

That’s because Mrs. Marjorie Soper is the exception to any rule that was ever written on aging. To say she is a little spitfire would be an understatement! Growing up, she lived on a farm with her 5 siblings. 4 sisters and 1 twin brother. Even though she lived on a small farm, she had big dreams. Little Marjorie had always dreamed of getting an education and becoming a teacher.

Those dreams became a reality when she graduated from Bethel College with her degree in Health Sciences. Apparently she had made such an impression on the faculty and staff at Bethel, that they hired her to become a teacher there at Bethel. For many, many years Mrs. Soper taught health education classes and science classes all while forging bonds with every student that crossed her path.

Fast forward to many years later. Mrs. Soper, now 88 years old, is a resident at Elmcroft Assisted Living here in Jackson, TN. Elmcroft participates in a wonderful program called Second Wind Dreams. This program is truly a blessing to the elderly residents it was designed to benefit.

To put it into perspective; Second Wind Dreams is to senior citizens what the Make-a-Wish Foundation is to sick children.

They believe that you are never too old to dream. The Dreams Program of the foundation is where all of the magic happens! Volunteers, donors, sponsors and participating senior living homes are what make all of this possible.

The goal of the program is to change the perception and experience of aging & empower elders to age with dignity, hope and joy.

For example, an 88 year-old woman named Helen recently had her dreams of reliving her beauty queen past fulfilled! She was given an authentic Miss USA sash, an authentic crown, and even the title of Honorary Miss USA by none other than Donald Trump himself.

Although Mrs. Soper’s “dream” seemed simple, it truly meant the world to her. Her dream was to teach a class again.

Mrs. Ora Dupree, a teacher here at West Tennessee Business College heard about Mrs. Marjorie’s dream to be able to teach a college class again. With the help of her students, Elmcroft employees, and the staff here at WTBC, we were able to make that happen!

When Mrs. Soper entered the classroom here at WTBC, we all waited anxiously to gauge her reaction to her big surprise. It was priceless!
She walked up to the first student she saw, hugged her neck, and told her how absolutely beautiful she was! Then she looked around the classroom and said “look at all of these beautiful children.” It was truly heartfelt and genuine. When she had finally gotten to her desk, she didn’t stay sitting long. She wanted us all to have fun so she gave us all a little dance lesson!
The kindness and warmth of her spirit absolutely radiated across the room. You could tell teaching was her life, the very air she breathed. She stated frequently that she didn’t have any children of her own, but that her students were all she needed.
It was right then and there that we knew we were in the presence of someone very special. What an amazing teacher she must have been!

Although Mrs. Soper was a health and science teacher, the lesson she taught us today was to live life to the fullest, be kind to one another, and most of all to dance like no one is watching!

I will be posting pictures and videos of Mrs. Soper’s visit on our Facebook page. Just visit us at

She can really cut a rug! Please share with anyone that could use a smile today! Also, you can find out more about this amazing program at

Do you want to truly make a difference? Follow your dreams to be a part of our health care industry. Find out more about our CNA and MA programs by calling 731-668-7488 or texting 731-571-6393.

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