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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

Pharmacy Tech student shares quest for better life

by Nyla Hallum on September 15, 2014

“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 her either. “I did community

Posted in Medical Programs / Pharmacy Technology / Student Success / Temecula

Going the Distance

by Nyla Hallum on April 29, 2014

Since his teens, Greg Serrano has found something he needs in the solitary stride of a long-distance runner. That extra something that pushes him, that settles over him as the miles pile up, has served him in all aspects of his life. It did not start out that way. “My cousin, Brenda, got me into

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

Respiratory Therapy grad finds teaching career at SJVC

by Nyla Hallum on April 1, 2014

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,”

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Ontario / Temecula

Empowering Others Inspires a Commitment to Teaching

by Nyla Hallum on March 25, 2014

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

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Faculty Spotlights / Temecula