Alumni Spotlight | Jessica Burtner ’06
Jessica Burtner ’06
“I absolutely made the right decision and got the best of both worlds, the perfect college experience and an opportunity to play softball,” said Jessica Burtner of her decision to attend Bridgewater College. Even though her father attended BC, Burtner was drawn to the College by more than family ties. She sought a softball program, strong academics and a home away from home. She found all of those at Bridgewater.
After her graduation in 2006, she first took a job in a local bank. In 2007 she changed career paths, joining Dominion Virginia Power as a Project Designer in the engineering department. She also explored the field of human resources, earning a certificate from Mary Baldwin College (now University). In 2014, Burtner found her field, accepting the position of Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Strategic Underground Program at Dominion Virginia Power. She handles all communications between the company and its Shenandoah Valley customers as Dominion works to strategically move the most outage-prone power lines underground.
Burtner believes her Bridgewater education enhanced her career in numerous ways, including the emphasis on written and oral communication she obtained through her courses in English and communication studies. Her business administration degree has opened doors throughout her career.
In 2008 and 2009, Burtner returned to BC as an assistant softball coach and continues to attend softball games and other sporting events at the College. This is her first year on the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors. Burtner commented, “I appreciate the opportunity I had to grow as a person while attending Bridgewater. I look forward to bringing my children to campus so they can see everything Bridgewater has to offer.”