Temecula Business student is the guy to watch

Temecula Business student is the guy to watch

Twenty-three year old Elias Campos is a Business Administration student on the Temecula campus who will graduate next month. When he leaves SJVC, he will have left an indelible mark on many lives. Elias comes from a humble background. His parents, Elias and Maria Soledad, had very little formal education...
Pharmacy Tech student shares quest for better life

Pharmacy Tech student shares quest for better life

“This is the career I never knew I wanted,” says Pharmacy Technology student, Lauren Enriquez, who spent several years working at popular SoCal theme parks and, more recently, Starbucks. At twenty-three, Lauren was not happy where she was, but didn’t feel that the college experience would work very well for...
Visalia campus all in with Be the Match Marrow Registry Drive

Visalia campus all in with Be the Match Marrow Registry Drive

Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer – about 12,000 people each year. For far too many of those with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia, the only hope of escaping imminent death is a bone marrow transplant, or blood marrow transfusion. Of the hundreds of...
SJVC Receives National Recognition for Fresno Surg Tech Program

SJVC Receives National Recognition for Fresno Surg Tech Program

The Surgical Technology program at the Fresno campus has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam. The most recent exam cycle ran from Aug. 1, 2013 through July...
Four generations inspired to excel

Four generations inspired to excel

Angie Carpenter comes from a long line of strong, independent women. Angie’s great, great, grandmother, Gigi, was a big part of the women’s suffrage movement where she fought for women’s rights and equality. Her example was not lost on the generations of sisters, mothers and daughters in her family to...
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 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...
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SJVC students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

SJVC students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

Volunteerism is an important part of the overall student experience at SJVC. Recently, six Respiratory Therapy students on the Rancho Cordova campus got to find that out first-hand. Under the direction of Michelle Tapp, Learning Resource Center Coordinator and Amy Bianco, Dean of Student Services, these Term 4 students contributed four hours on two separate...
Aviation Maintenance instructor sees positive impact program has on students

Aviation Maintenance instructor sees positive impact program has on students

As an instructor for Fresno’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program, Don Dutra has seen every type of student join his Powerplant class. Those eager faces fresh out of high school, career-change seekers, and close-to-retirement adventurers who are finally fulfilling a dream, stare back at him. “We get some students with zero experience and those who have...

Local College Walks for ‘Peace One Day’

Again this year, San Joaquin Valley College students, staff and faculty in Bakersfield will walk from the campus up and down Stockdale Highway at California Avenue beginning at 11:30 am on Tuesday, September 16th, to commemorate Peace Day. A second walk of evening students and faculty will begin their roughly 30-minute walk at 4:30 pm....
SJVC Program Information Fair benefits many

SJVC Program Information Fair benefits many

Twice each year for the last four years, Business Administration students on the Hesperia campus have put on a Program Information Fair for the community, as part of their Business Leadership course. This year the BA program threw open the gates and invited all of the other business, medical and technical programs to participate. Just...
CAMA Club Donates Backpacks to Kids at Shelter

CAMA Club Donates Backpacks to Kids at Shelter

The Bakersfield campus Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting Club launched a campus-wide drive to raise funds for backpacks and school supplies for children at the Bakersfield Homeless Center (BHC). “We wanted to help out the children in our community,” says Medical Assisting student, Stephanie Johnston. “There were so many children in need of a backpack...

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)....
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...