Posts Tagged ‘Post Secondary Education’

Two Words That Can Change Your Life

Monday, June 6th, 2016

At West Tennessee Business College, inspiration is around every corner, our students have all discovered a two word life-changing secret:

Just Start

It really is that simple. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to begin, and with new classes offered every five weeks, you can just start now.  If you are one of our graduates or a current student, you can just start by sharing your story with your friends.

Start one of our diploma programs. You can be on your way to a new career in as little as 13 months, with day or evening classes to fit busy schedules, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.  We also offer scholarships.  You can get your diploma in one of the fastest growing careers in healthcare – medical assisting; or, you can train as a medical office or medical billing specialist.  You can also enter the business world as a valuable member of a team with a diploma in administrative assisting or accounting/bookkeeping.

With our non-credit short courses, you can spend as little as 8 – 11 weeks, training to become a nursing assistant, EKG/ECG technician, or phlebotomy technician.

Need some inspiration to help you just start? Visit our Success Stories page and be inspired!

At West Tennessee Business College, our students not only train for a career in the medical field or business world, but they get real-world training through externships and/or clinical practice, depending upon the program.  It’s not enough today to simply receive advance training or certification, having a team committed to your success with hands-on training, career placement assistance, and life-long learning is what sets West Tennessee Business College apart. We should know, we’ve been helping West Tennesseans succeed since 1888.

There is a saying, “Tomorrow is too late. Yesterday is over. Now is exactly the right time to start.”  We are enrolling now – it’s not too late to get started.

Give us a call: 731-668-7240, send us a text: 731-599-4339, or click here to submit a simple online form.

We are here to get you started, and we will be here every step of the way.

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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

WTBC Students/Faculty/Staff #rednose

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!


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.”