Faculty Spotlights

Temecula HVACR instructor Oscar Aparicio

Temecula HVACR students have a true role model in Instructor Aparicio

by Nyla on May 7, 2019

As a Marine Corp veteran, Oscar Aparicio knows first-hand how difficult it can be to re-enter society after military life. The struggles are very real and on many levels. “Most of what you use in the military you can’t really use in the civilian world,” he says. “We’re a different breed and need to be

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Heating, Ventilation, AC and Refrigeration / Temecula

Modesto Business Administration instructor Chris Lewis

Business Administration students connect with instructor Chris Lewis through humor

by Nyla on April 23, 2019

Chris Lewis has many reasons to love his job teaching Business Administration program students on the Modesto campus. Close to the top is one that might surprise his students and his peers. “Part of the reason I enjoy doing this is because I think I’m hilarious,” he offers without any false modesty. There is a

Posted in Business Administration / Faculty Spotlights / Modesto

Temecula Dental Assisting program director Cindy Ovard and her husband

Temecula Dental Assisting program director motivates students to stay dynamic in evolving field

by Nyla on March 5, 2019

The open road adventures Cindy Ovard and her husband Kevin experience every time they climb onto their touring bike reinforce the ideology she brings to her Dental Assisting program students and instructors: Be forward-looking; embrace change and adventure. The dental industry is in a constant state of evolution with new technology at the forefront. As

Posted in Dental Assisting / Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

SJVC Temecula Corrections Program Director Kent Chivington

Temecula’s Corrections Program Director is committed to serve, protect and inspire

by Nyla on October 23, 2018

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that after Kent Chivington devoted 12 years serving his country in the Marine Corps and 20 years as an officer in the Police Department protecting the community, his next move would be to inspire Criminal Justice Corrections program students in the classroom and on the training field. As

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

SJVC Rancho Cordova Respiratory Therapy instructor Julia Foss

Rancho Cordova Respiratory Therapy instructor focuses on building student confidence

by Nyla on July 10, 2018

“I have had a lot of students tell me that I believe in them more than they believe in themselves,” says Julia Foss, Respiratory Therapy program instructor. Julia has made it her mission to change their mindsets. There is no doubt that the Respiratory Therapy program is intense, and it takes a great deal of

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Rancho Cordova / Respiratory Therapy

SJVC Ontario instructor Erin Schlanger with her family

Ontario instructor knows she was born to teach

by Nyla on June 19, 2018

When you’ve wanted something all your life, it’s a little overwhelming when it finally happens. “I was driving when I got the call that I got the teaching position at SJVC,” says Erin Schlanger. “Tom (husband) was telling me, ‘You need to pull over,’ because I was crying, I was so happy.” That was 8

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Ontario

HVACR instructor trains students on the ins and outs of the industry

by Nyla on March 15, 2018

Gary Dover did not plan to be a teacher. “It never occurred to me,” he admits. His dad Bobby had a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) business and he fully expected to follow those well-placed footsteps. “From 12 years old until I was 18, I worked on jobs with him,” says Gary. And, as

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Heating, Ventilation, AC and Refrigeration / Hesperia

Madera Medical Office instructor Amanda Ragadio

Domestic violence pushed survivor toward teaching career

by Nyla on December 14, 2017

Amanda Ragadio grabbed her young son and daughter and fled their San Diego home in the middle of the night. “I was married for 13 years and was abused mentally and physically,” says Amanda. Finally, she had had enough. “I packed everything; packed my kids and moved back home to Madera.” Even while in survival

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Madera

Visalia Criminal Justice Corrections Program Director George Hernandez

Criminal Justice Corrections Program Director knows successful law enforcement careers begin in the classroom

by Nyla on September 21, 2017

“The professional standards we teach our Criminal Justice (Corrections) students are what they are going to have to carry on in the rest of their careers – what they learn in school they will project in the job,” says George Hernandez, Criminal Justice Corrections Program Director on the Visalia campus. In the seven years that Mr.

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Faculty Spotlights / Visalia