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SJVC IT Students Volunteer to help veterans

Industrial Tech students pitch in for veterans

by Nyla Hallum on October 17, 2014

IT students on the Bakersfield campus thought they were volunteering some muscle toward the annual “Kern County Veterans Stand Down” event held on Oct. 9th at Stramler Park. They did not realize how much heart they would contribute as well. “It was amazing seeing the amount of support our community has for its veteran population;

Posted in Bakersfield / Industrial Technology / News and Events

Victor Valley Career Services Advisor Kalisha Gessesse

Victor Valley Career Services Advisor is woman about town

by Nyla Hallum on October 14, 2014

She’s here, she’s there, she’s everywhere. Kalisha Gessesse does not stay in one spot for very long. As a Career Services Advisor for the Hesperia campus, she is constantly on the move. “It is something new every day,” says Kalisha, who likes the flexibility of her job best. “I wouldn’t want a position where it

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Hesperia

SJVC Industrial Technology Student Angel Suniga

From gangs to soon-to-be graduate: A success story

by Nyla Hallum on October 13, 2014

In a town where 30 percent of the population is involved in gang-related activities, it is easy for youth to get off to a bad start. Angel Suniga was one of those in the San Fernando town of Pacoima on a path to self-destruction. At 18 years old, his affiliation and subsequent “wrong place at

Posted in Antelope Valley / Industrial Technology / Student Spotlights

SJVC Rancho Cordova participates in Backpack Drive

Elementary School benefits from students’ effort

by Nyla Hallum on October 10, 2014

Rancho Cordova students came through for Mills Elementary School with a Backpack Drive and Back-to-School Fair last month. Working in conjunction with the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership and other volunteers the Partnership recruited, four SJVC Respiratory Therapy (RT) students led the charge on campus to collect school supplies and donations for backpacks. Students brought in

Posted in News and Events / Rancho Cordova / Respiratory Therapy

SJVC Bakersfield Medical Office graduate Ruth Benitez

Single mom makes family sacrifice pay off

by Nyla Hallum on October 9, 2014

Ruth Benitez knew she was going to have to do something to make a better life for her two teenage sons, Freddy and Christopher. She had been working as a Benefits Specialist at Robert F. Kennedy Medical Plan for 16 years, but a divorce in 2010 created a new financial crisis for her small family.

Posted in Bakersfield / Grad Success / Medical Office

SJVC Rancho Cordova participates in NICU Reunion

Lots of little people gather for day of fun

by Nyla Hallum on October 8, 2014

More than 500 babies, toddlers, children and their parents gathered at Carmichael Park on Sept. 13th for a reunion hosted by Dignity Health’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This annual event brings back many children who were once so dependent upon the professional treatment that may have well saved their little lives. “Dignity Health holds a

Posted in News and Events / Rancho Cordova / Respiratory Therapy

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