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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Ontario instructor has new book published

Many share the dream of writing and having published a book, but few have the discipline and fortitude it takes to make that dream a reality. Retired architect and Construction Management instructor, Serge Laraque, made it happen – twice. Laraque’s first venture into the realm of ‘published author’ was with Self Determi-Nation, a self-help book...
AMTSS Club spurs Back-to-School Donations

AMTSS Club spurs Back-to-School Donations

The American Medical Technologists Student Society on the Visalia campus spearheaded a drive to collect funds and supplies for Back-to-School backpacks for kids involved in the local Boys and Girls Club. AMTSS Board members lead a 4-week collection campaign, which began early July and ended August 7th. Club members set a goal of providing thirty...
Respiratory Therapy student finds strength and confidence through others

Respiratory Therapy student finds strength and confidence through others

Annessa Turner was twenty-six years old and had been trying on different occupations ever since her first job at age fourteen. “All I knew was that I wanted to help people in need, because that’s what I had a passion for,” she says. That passion led her to a position in a retirement home where...
RT graduate likes life on the edge

RT graduate likes life on the edge

The first interaction Anthony Covarrubias had with a patient was early one morning on his first clinical rotation in a hospital ER, when a Code Blue flew through the automatic doors. “My first day I’m doing CPR and chest compressions on a patient,” says Anthony. “Some students never get to be in a code, but...

Community service gets personal

If you want to get someone’s attention, give them information that will help them address something that is both personal and beneficial. For teenagers it might be teeth whitening techniques or bad breath prevention. For older people, or their caregivers, it might be basic denture care or prevention of xerostomia (dry mouth due to medications)....
CJC students help immigrant children caught in limbo

CJC students help immigrant children caught in limbo

Everyone has seen the news footage of children trudging hundreds of miles from Guatemala and El Salvador, seeking safety in the U.S. from gang violence in their home towns, only to be held in churches and detention centers across our borders. Until decisions about their legal status are made on a national level, these kids...
Boredom leads to new career

Boredom leads to new career

At twenty-three Matt De Vera had it good. His sales/marketing position for a large insurance company was lucrative and allowed him plenty of free time for his two loves: basketball, which had its hook in him since high school; and Christine, his girlfriend of two years. But his job was no longer challenging him, and...
You have the right to remain…vocal

You have the right to remain…vocal

Criminal Justice Corrections graduate, Frank Holsapple, has no problem speaking up for SJVC’s CJC program in Modesto. “It’s (SJVC) not a Mickey Mouse type of school,” he attests. “What they say, they back up. They produce results, and I’m an example of that.” A career in law enforcement was never something Frank seriously considered, but...
Flex your career muscle

Flex your career muscle

Not everyone wants to work an 8:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday job. For many, part-time is a better fit for their family demands, financial needs or a lifestyle already filled with special interests, hobbies or commitments. Dental hygienists often enjoy the opportunity to work as many hours as they choose because many dental offices...
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...