SJVC Respiratory Therapy students bring bears to Valley Childrens Hospital

Respiratory Therapy students give sick children a big bear hug

by Nyla on November 24, 2014

Five months ago, Respiratory Therapists of Tomorrow members on the Bakersfield campus wanted to do something to bring a little light into the lives of hospitalized children struggling for their health…and some for their very lives. The dozen or so RT Club members decided to raise money for Bear Hugs 4 Cubs in order to

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SJVC IT Students Volunteer to help veterans

Industrial Tech students pitch in for veterans

by Nyla 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;

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SJVC Bakersfield Medical Office graduate Ruth Benitez

Single mom makes family sacrifice pay off

by Nyla 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

Bakersfield SJVC students walk for Peac One Day

Local College Walks for ‘Peace One Day’

by Nyla on September 12, 2014

Again this year, San Joaquin Valley College students, staff and faculty in Bakersfield will walk from the campus up and down Stockdale Highway at California Avenue beginning at 11:30 am on Tuesday, September 16th, to commemorate Peace Day. A second walk of evening students and faculty will begin their roughly 30-minute walk at 4:30 pm.

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CAMA Club Donates Backpacks to Kids at Shelter

by Nyla on September 9, 2014

The Bakersfield campus Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting Club launched a campus-wide drive to raise funds for backpacks and school supplies for children at the Bakersfield Homeless Center (BHC). “We wanted to help out the children in our community,” says Medical Assisting student, Stephanie Johnston. “There were so many children in need of a backpack

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A friend in need…finds a friend indeed

by Nyla on June 11, 2014

Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting student Maira Ruiz has known Anna Gonzales since they met in a 7th grade Bakersfield classroom; that means 17-years of girl giggles, difficult life experiences and everything in between. The hardest time came when Anna was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011. Anna underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is

Posted in Bakersfield / Medical Assisting / Medical Programs / News and Events

Hall pass gives students VIP tour

by Nyla on May 2, 2014

A dozen SJVC Bakersfield students of the Health Care Insurance Specialist/Medical Office programs were invited to tour the Hall Ambulance Facility in Bakersfield recently. Business instructor, Michael Rugnao, arranged the field trip for his Medical Office Principles class, and Career Services Advisor, Stephanie Rubio attended, as well. “This was the first time Hall Ambulance has opened

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SJVC Easter celebrations were eggcellent!

by Nyla on April 24, 2014

It was all about the children, as many SJVC campuses flew Easter colors, donned a bunny costume or two, and performed services of good will for many families. The Bakersfield campus welcomed students and their families to an afternoon of food and fun activities on April 17th that included a 68 foot obstacle course, tug-of-war

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CAMA student draws strength from tragedy

by Nyla on February 6, 2014

Three years ago Elvira Martinez and Jose Contreras experienced the greatest pain parents can endure with the loss of their two-day old son Jose. Elvira could have curled up and let the world pass by unnoticed. Instead she found the inner resolve to try to replace her grief with something constructive, something that would honor

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