Faculty Spotlights

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 / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Faculty Spotlights / Fresno

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