A natural born leader drives it home

A natural born leader drives it home

Michael Haagen realized that after 16-years as a service technician in the construction business, the part of his job that really excited him was when he actually got to help manage projects. He knew he had to do something to make team leadership his full-time responsibility, and he figured it...
Incoming students get Red Carpet welcome

Incoming students get Red Carpet welcome

SJVC’s Visalia campus always does something to make incoming students feel welcome, but on June 12th they really rolled out the red carpet…literally. The college’s traditional College Bound Bash went with a Walk the Red Carpet theme and treated incoming students and their friends and family to a spectacular welcome....
Welcome Madera!

Welcome Madera!

Modesto was the last SJVC campus to open in the Central San Joaquin Valley – and that was ten years ago. Southern California has been the go-to for new campus sites in communities that offered the perfect balance of employers in need of well-trained professionals and residents interested in quality...
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BBQ brings two families together

BBQ brings two families together

The American Medical Technologists Student Society (AMTSS) on the Visalia campus wanted to introduce their families at home to their SJVC family by hosting a BBQ-Potluck held at Plaza Park on June 20th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Event organizers were AMTSS Board members Charles Shelley, President, Tameira Thomas, Vice President and Yer Vang,...
Career:  Straight Ahead

Career: Straight Ahead

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That straight line is exactly what Melissa Mauldin made between her high school graduation in 2002 and the nearest place she could begin her general education and prerequisites needed to get into a Dental Hygiene program. She never had any doubts about the career she...
Criminal Justice Corrections program is back

Criminal Justice Corrections program is back

The Modesto campus is excited to have one of its most sought after programs back after a hiatus of several months. The 14-month, AS degree, Criminal Justice Corrections program is back by popular demand from the corrections industry to help fill a tremendous need for well-trained personnel created by: Prison realignment that sends low-level offenders...
Dental Hygiene grads see the light

Dental Hygiene grads see the light

“There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark,” said Helen Keller. Graduating seniors from Ontario’s Dental Hygiene program could not agree more. Each class gives away $300 of class funds to their favorite dental charity during their Pinning and Awards Ceremony,...
It’s a hairy situation

It’s a hairy situation

If you are like most females, your hair is your signature trademark. Whether spiked, a smooth line to the jaw, pink-tipped, a mass of curls or hula girl long, your hair is likely your crowning glory. So what would possess Career Services Advisor, Devon Dilley and Admissions Advisor, Marissa Marzan at the Fresno campus to...
A Father’s Day gift lifts spirits

A Father’s Day gift lifts spirits

Father’s Day came a couple of days early for about 90-guests at the Visalia Rescue Mission. A dozen members of the American Medical Technologists Student Society (AMTSS) on the Visalia campus decided they wanted to honor fathers on June 13th, who could often be found at noon at the Visalia Rescue Mission and who were,...
Big toothy animals go to pre-school

Big toothy animals go to pre-school

“Me, me, me next”, was all Dental Hygiene students Sara Gutierrez and Kylie Cade could hear when a classroom of pre-schoolers got to take turns wearing white pillowcase costumes to look like teeth, with one pink pillow cased student simulating a tongue, while another classmate practiced the skill of flossing between the ‘teeth’ with a...
Brand new idea for a new life

Brand new idea for a new life

Jose Perez Hurtado never thought much about airplanes. He never had that kid’s dream of flying one or taking one apart. They all kind of looked the same to him and were, so far as he was concerned, just a nice way to get from Point A to Point B. Jose worked for a company...
Mother’s Day gift of service fills many hearts

Mother’s Day gift of service fills many hearts

Members of the American Medical Technologists Student Society (AMTSS) on SJVC’s Visalia campus wanted to provide a service to mothers to commemorate Mother’s Day; one that would both help moms in need and provide a learning opportunity for participating Medical Assisting students. MA instructor, Sujana De Almeida, suggested they cook lunch for families at Valley...
There is always enough

There is always enough

Shelly Sowers does not spend time wondering if the glass is half-empty or half-full. She just knows there will be enough. If you have a dream and are willing to act on realizing that dream, there will always be enough to get you there. As a CMA and CAMA instructor for Online classes, Shelly tries...
Surprise visit a nice break for Dental Hygiene students

Surprise visit a nice break for Dental Hygiene students

When Mike Perry, SJVC’s co-owner and CEO, drops in on a class, there is usually a hush at his sudden presence and the unexpected interruption of class work. But it does not stay quiet for long. The San Diego campus’ Dental Hygiene students were surprised at the sight of the top college executive standing in...
Aviation student turns crises into opportunity

Aviation student turns crises into opportunity

Laureen Hurtado was enjoying the good life. She had a steady job, was making good money running equipment for a production plant near the home she and her wife, Gloria shared. Laureen had been in a community college nursing program for five years, trying to make the best of a lottery system that made getting...