Take the stairs, please

Take the stairs, please

Cue the sound track for Rocky as twenty-two SJVC Respiratory Therapy students, staff and faculty joined hundreds of other greater Sacramento residents to charge up the 612-steps of the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Sacramento for the Fight for Air Climb on April 12th. There was a lot of huffing...
Visalia campus helps to break Kids Day record

Visalia campus helps to break Kids Day record

On March 5th SJVC staff, faculty and around 40 Medical Assisting, Medical Office and Pharmacy Technology students from the Visalia campus participated in Kids Day to help raise money for Central California Children’s Hospital. This annual event put over 5,000 volunteers on the streets of local towns to sell the...
Visalia student saves a life

Visalia student saves a life

It was 6:40 one Monday morning when Dental Assisting student, Jesus Sanchez, just a few minutes into his 25-minute commute from Farmersville to the Visalia campus, was jolted into full alert.  Just ahead of him a SUV and a motorcyclist collided, and the bike rider was briefly airborne. “It happened...
SJVC Fresno sets the stage for laughter and charity

SJVC Fresno sets the stage for laughter and charity

SJVC Fresno’s latest efforts to support the local Boys and Girls Club show not only a high level of commitment to community involvement and student activity, but also to creativity…and drama. The Fresno campus Upstage Club is relatively young, with an early 2013 start date, but it has shown that...
Veteran looks for new career after 12 years in Air Force

Veteran looks for new career after 12 years in Air Force

After seeing his grandfather serve, Matthew Goldman knew he wanted to join the military. An injury sustained in the service would change all that, resulting in him being discharged and having to find a new way of living. “The military was part of my life from a very young age,”...
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Self-doubt no match for hard work

Self-doubt no match for hard work

When Emily Lewis decided to go back to school for a new career, her self-doubt almost crippled her efforts, but with the help of her instructors and advisor, she was able to recognize the talents within and excel. Emily was no stranger to the medical field, having worked in it for over twenty years. “I...
CAMA student is passionate recruiter

CAMA student is passionate recruiter

Shaun Hudson-Gilpin is a self-appointed Ambassador-at-Large for San Joaquin Valley College’s Lancaster campus. Once he discovered what a perfect fit the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting program was for him, he made certain that others in his personal orbit explored their career destinies at SJVC, as well. Shaun brought his buddy Marcos when he dropped...
Support is key to CAMA student’s success

Support is key to CAMA student’s success

Kim Houseal never took the support and encouragement she has gotten over the years from friends and family for granted. She is grateful for every bit of it, and does all she can to build her own strengths, confidence and capabilities. Her parents, Warren and Patty, always encouraged Kim toward higher education and by the...
Unplanned career falls into place

Unplanned career falls into place

Virginia Harris did not plan to be a teacher. As a Cal State Long Beach student in the 1970s, she was on track to go to medical school. But college opened her eyes to more than career aspirations when she took up the mantle of activism. Education and career objectives took a backseat to the...
Respiratory Therapy grad finds teaching career at SJVC

Respiratory Therapy grad finds teaching career at SJVC

As an RT student sitting in the Rancho Cucamonga classroom in 2008, Shannon Cocilova had no idea that she would one day be in the one standing in front of a SJVC classroom covering some of the very same material she was working hard to absorb. “I always knew I wanted to be in education,”...
Empowering Others Inspires a Commitment to Teaching

Empowering Others Inspires a Commitment to Teaching

Rafael Oropeza never had a lifelong plan to become a teacher. Maybe that is why his style as an educator is so elastic, and stretches to meet the individual needs of his Business Administration and General Ed students at the Temecula campus. “I’m constantly changing my teaching style, depending on the type of students I...
Surgical Technology Graduate's work published

Surgical Technology Graduate’s work published

When Michael Bagtas graduated from SJVC’s Fresno campus in November of 2012, he could have disappeared from the educational scene, content to work in his career field with his new Associate’s Degree. However, this Surgical Technology graduate continues to involve himself in his field beyond simply working. He is a member of the AST, or...
Online student finds his stride…and strength

Online student finds his stride…and strength

Lathan Murdock had his own construction business in Texas for eight years, but things were not working out the way he had hoped. He knew he had to make his move pretty soon to get out of the hole that kept getting deeper for him, his wife Cherie, and their four children, ages 3 to...
Visalia’s BA program holds Curriculum Conference

Visalia’s BA program holds Curriculum Conference

On Friday, Feb. 7th thirty-five Business Administration instructors, division managers, technology coaches, staff and students spent a half-day participating in a Curriculum Conference at SJVC’s Central Administration Offices. The agenda describes the model: Curriculum conferences are instructor-focused and center on teaching tools and the learning process through the sharing and collaboration of classroom ideas, engagement...
MA students pile it on for favorite instructor

MA students pile it on for favorite instructor

Teachers can spend an entire career trying to figure out how to connect with students. For Clinical Medical Assisting and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting instructor, Candace Hunter, it just comes naturally. “Building trust,” says Mrs. Hunter. “I like to share stories about things I have witnessed during my 23-years as a Medical Assistant. We...
A bright future lies ahead for RT student, even if she can’t see it

A bright future lies ahead for RT student, even if she can’t see it

Everyone around Jessica Pinedo sees her RT program and leadership accomplishments and has no doubts about a bright career ahead for her. Everyone except Jessica. Even as the recognition and awards stack up, she is filled with self-doubt. “I hold myself to very high standards and beat myself up a lot,” she admits. “I consider...
Physician Assistant program is a natural for this veteran

Physician Assistant program is a natural for this veteran

Steve Hauswirth enlisted in the Air Force when he was 21-years old and spent the next ten years advancing in levels of responsibility for medical units. His training, education and expertise grew with each assignment. Steve’s military assignments spanned medical technician and Independent Duty Medical Technician, to Jack-of-all-trades where he performed medical and dental exams,...