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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

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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

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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 Maintenance Technology / Faculty Spotlights

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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

SJVC Bakersfield instructor Terry Verdun

Bakersfield instructor pushes students to “dream in color”

by Nyla on June 4, 2019

Terrance Verdun was groomed all his young life to teach. His parents Patricia and Hayward made it known that, in their family, the older of their six children were responsible for teaching their younger siblings. “There was always a teaching moment in our household, especially when they thought it was something we should know,” says

Posted in Bakersfield / Faculty Spotlights

SJVC-Ontario-Business-Administration-instructor-Debi-Nichols

Business leader discovers she has the heartbeat of a teacher

by Nyla on May 28, 2019

Debi Nichols was one of the 15 million people who lost their jobs in the recession of 2009, but she didn’t spend a lot of time in panic mode. She had a bachelor’s degree in business, had reached high levels of influence in the corporate world, and had groomed countless others on paths to reach

Posted in Business Administration / Faculty Spotlights / Ontario

SJVC Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructor Richard Simmons

Aviation maintenance career attracts people with specific interests

by Nyla on May 21, 2019

There are two kinds of people who enroll in SJVC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program on SJVC’s Fresno – Aviation campus: Those who enjoy the mechanics of working with their hands and those who love aviation. Instructor Richard Simmons is two for two. “I fell in love with aircraft when I was 6 years old and

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Faculty Spotlights