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Accreditation Liason Officer Crystal Vandertuig

Central Office staffer plays major role in SJVC’s accreditation

by Nyla Hallum on February 26, 2015

Most SJVC students have never heard of her, and probably will never meet, Crystal VanderTuig. They have no idea that Crystal spends her days making sure that campus doors stay wide open and that the education they are getting is provided by a college that has standards of quality and continuous improvement. Crystal is SJVC’s

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / SJVC / SJVC Central Administrative Office

Clinical Medical Assisting student Gabby Manoz

Clinical Medical Assisting student put to truest test

by Nyla Hallum on February 23, 2015

If Gabby Manoz ever had any doubts about a career serving the medical needs of others, it was put to rest one day as she was driving along and spotted an elderly woman lying on the ground, flat on her back. Gabby pulled over and ran to her thinking, “This is real and it’s no

Posted in Madera / Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights

Online Construction Management graduates Rupi and Jose

Husband and wife double team the Online Construction Management program

by Nyla Hallum on February 11, 2015

Rupi and Jose Garcia have been together for 15 years and married for 12. They share the ups and downs of raising a family and running a business, so why not a “classroom” as well? “It was my idea,” enthuses Jose, who started his own construction business, Zion Builders, in 2007, and where Rupi also works.

Posted in Construction Management / Grad Success / Online Program

Online Construction Management graduate Victor Martinez

ADHD & self-doubt are no match for Construction Management grad

by Nyla Hallum on February 5, 2015

It was not until Victor Martinez’s two children were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) that it occurred to him that perhaps a lot of his own academic struggles and difficulty focusing could be traced to this genetic marker. “I barely graduated high school with a C-average,” says Victor, who also spent six years

Posted in Construction Management / Grad Success / Online Program

Medical Assisting Instructor Sujana DeAlmeida

Dedicated Medical Assisting instructor to celebrate 25 years at SJVC Visalia

by Nyla Hallum on February 3, 2015

In February this year, Sujana De Almeida will enjoy a career milestone that might invite a long look back. It was 1990 when she joined SJVC’s Medical Assisting (MA) program faculty, and except for a year with a School Readiness program in 1999, it will be a very full 25 years with the Visalia campus. She

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Visalia

Online Construction Management-graduate Timonthy Ryder

Construction Management graduate won’t let cancer slow him down

by Nyla Hallum on January 29, 2015

Timothy Ryder wants to be very clear about something. His story is not about cancer. It is not about having it, battling it, or eventually overcoming cancer. “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me; I don’t feel sorry for me,” says Tim, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma just one month after enrolling

Posted in Construction Management / Grad Success / Online Program / SJVC

Criminal Justice program student Luis Graciano

Hands-on aspect of Criminal Justice program makes strong impression

by Nyla Hallum on January 26, 2015

Luis Graciano has always been interested in a career in law enforcement. “Since I was a little kid, I’d see a cop car and get goose bumps,” says the 24-year-old. “I wanted to be the person in that car, helping people, making things better.” After kicking around for a few years in post-high school jobs,

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Ontario / Student Spotlights