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Law Enforcement career attracts those looking for glamor, guts and giving back

A criminal justice career attracts those looking for glamour, guts and giving back

by Nyla on February 11, 2020

Criminal Justice: Corrections Program Director Donald Martin sums up the motivation for many of those who come to SJVC’s Modesto campus to explore a career in law enforcement. “A lot are drawn to this field who watch reality shows (crime) and get that adrenaline rush,” he explains. “Some seek to improve their self-esteem. Others are

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Faculty Spotlights / Modesto

Business Administration program graduate climbs her career ladder with record speed - Anne Rubio

Business Administration program graduate climbs her career ladder with record speed

by Nyla on November 22, 2019

Right after completing SJVC’s Business Administration Associate degree program, Anne Rubio accepted the position of First Contact on the Temecula campus. Being the first to welcome visitors, students and potential students each day put her in the spotlight as the ‘face’ of the campus. “Working as a receptionist here, I had a lot of interaction

Posted in Business Administration / Faculty Spotlights / Grad Success / Temecula

Rancho Cordova Surgical Technology faculty member Dwight Sneed

Ensuring Surgical Technology students make a smooth transition from classroom to operatories is essential to career success

by Nyla on November 5, 2019

Dwight Sneed joined the Surgical Technology program faculty on the Rancho Cordova campus just 8-months ago, but his priorities were immediately in full alignment with the team. He understood the importance of students taking what they learn in the classroom to high performance in a medical surgery environment. “What I enjoy most is seeing the

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Rancho Cordova / Surgical Technologist

SJVC Fresno Dean of Student Services Glenn Elizarde

Fresno Student Services Dean always ready to lend ear to students

by Nyla on October 8, 2019

As Dean of Student Services on the Fresno campus, Glenn Elizarde provides a haven for all students who need help and advice in their struggles to meet challenges that threaten their ability to stay in school. These students might get new resources for child-care, groceries or help with utility bills, a few much-needed school supplies

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Fresno


Electrical Technology program instructor brings field and life techniques into the classroom

by Nyla on August 20, 2019

In 2013, Eric Laumatia completed a short-term training program to become an electrician. The education he received was important to his career growth, but equally important were friendships he developed while in class that included the instructor, Jim DeBerry, and fellow classmate, Frank Saavedra. “I’d had a great group of instructors and made a comment

Posted in Electrical Technology / Faculty Spotlights / Ontario


Long-time machinist turns aviation interest into dream career

by Nyla on July 30, 2019

Michael Dodt had spent about 25 years working with his hands in the manufacturing industry, with the last 10 years working as a machinist. But those jobs were shrinking, and he knew he needed a plan. “I had to skill-up somehow, because jobs in Fresno as a machinist were scarce and the job market was

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Faculty Spotlights / Fresno


Respiratory therapy career takes accelerated route for SJVC Temecula’s Program Director

by Nyla on July 23, 2019

It took Madison Dodds just seven years to go from Respiratory Therapy (RT) program student to Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in a hospital environment to RT program instructor at San Joaquin Valley College’s Temecula campus to the Respiratory Therapy Program Director. The trajectory of her career took her from sitting in a classroom to directing

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Respiratory Therapy / Temecula