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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

Modesto students volunteer for Salvation Army

Modesto students volunteer at local Salvation Army

by Nyla Hallum on January 22, 2015

On Dec. 18th, a dozen ASB and evening students at the Modesto campus, along with three staff and faculty members, volunteered at their local Salvation Army’s year-round shelter. Their primary service was to help provide dinner to over 200 guests, who had few resources that cold December evening. “SJVC volunteers lovingly served this food to

Posted in Modesto / News and Events

Dental Hygiene instructor Angela Barnett

Dental Hygiene instructor has important message for students

by Nyla Hallum on January 20, 2015

Angela Barnett knows something about struggle. She grew up in a family where her parents, Ken and Barbara, worked all their lives in “Blue Collar America,” as she describes it. Although her parents never went to college, they had a different dream for Angela and her brother. “They wanted a better life for me than

Posted in Dental Hygiene / Faculty Spotlights / Ontario

Medical Assisting graduate Matt Harris

Medical Assisting Grad Thrives Off Helping Others

by Nyla Hallum on January 15, 2015

You know the guy. He is the one you reach out to when you need a ride to the airport, a buddy to help you with a weekend move, or someone to help you figure out how to get to that gopher digging up your yard. Enter Matt Harris. “I want people to be able

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Medical Assisting

online gen ed instructor Melissa Brewer

Gen Ed instructor enjoys unique world of Online classes

by Nyla Hallum on January 13, 2015

Melissa Brewer made the switch from ground campus General Education instructor in Visalia to an Online spot for the same reason many students choose the Online education experience: the ability to work from home. Five years ago, when her son Dylan was born, Melissa knew that life with husband, Philip, and 3-year-old Seth was going

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Online Program / SJVC

Hanford Medical Office program graduate Clarissa Hensley

Near tragedy shapes Hanford Medical Office student’s life

by Nyla Hallum on January 8, 2015

It was almost a year ago when 26-year-old single mom Clarissa Hensley was struggling to find her footing as a new student in Hanford’s Medical Office program. She and 15-month-old Colten were living with Clarissa’s grandmother, Judy, who also watched Colten while Clarissa was in class and held down a 30-hour-a-week job. Life was predictably

Posted in Grad Success / Hanford / Medical Office / Medical Programs