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Students participating in Be the Match event at the Temecula campus

Business, Medical and Technical program students hear request for bone marrow donations

by Nyla Hallum on March 12, 2015

Every four minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer, about 12,000 Americans each year. SJVC’s Temecula campus wants to be part of helping those who might benefit from a bone marrow transplant. Dolores Ortiz, Community Engagement Representative for the Icla da Silva Foundation, a recruitment center for Be The

Posted in News and Events / Temecula

Financial Aid Officer Grace Plascencia and husband Salvador

Financial Aid Officer’s background helps her connect to prospective students

by Nyla Hallum on December 2, 2014

Grace Plascencia grew up in a family of 10 girls and 3 boys. A teacher helped her get her first job at age 13, making $2.00/hour in her high school’s office. Her meager salary went into the family pot and contributed to the many expenses of a large family. “It was really tough; my parents

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

SJVC Medical instructor Sandy Schiffner

Mid-life career jump just what the doctor ordered

by Nyla Hallum on November 25, 2014

Sandy Schiffner spent almost twenty years as a Medical Assistant in an internist’s office performing pretty much the same procedures each day. She was comfortable and she was appreciated; but, she was not stimulated to use all of her medical knowledge or to grow in her profession. “I was ready for a new venue, something

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Temecula


Falling through the cracks is not an option for Medical Assisting instructor

by Nyla Hallum on October 28, 2014

Thirty years in the military have taught Medical Assisting instructor Richard Moriarity a few things about focus, discipline and respect: Three attributes his medical students sometimes scramble to achieve, while they struggle with the demands of their  programs. “I remind them of the decision they already made to be here,” says Moriarity. “There are a thousand

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Temecula

SJVC Temecula enrollment services director Marcus Barnette

Touch a Life is Enrollment Services Director’s greatest ambition

by Nyla Hallum on October 7, 2014

Almost ten years ago something happened to irrevocably shape Marcus Barnette’s very existence: An emergency appendectomy very nearly ruptured and took his life. It began with a sharp pain that intensified beyond bearable. “I screamed like a baby when Jo-Ann touched my side,” says Marcus. After emergency surgery, the doctor told his wife that it

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

Temecula campus remembers Frank Varela

Temecula campus feels the loss of one of their best

by Nyla Hallum on October 6, 2014

“You could tell Frank Varela was going to be one of the best we had,” says John Hall, Dean of Student Services. It was a feeling shared by just about everyone who got to know Frank, while the 32-year-old was a Medical Assisting (MA) student at the Temecula campus. Frank’s life came to a tragic

Posted in Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights / Temecula

Business student Elias Campos

Temecula Business student is the guy to watch

by Nyla Hallum on September 22, 2014

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 because they both had left

Posted in Business Administration / Student Spotlights / Temecula