Faculty Spotlights

Online student advisor Summer Alvarez

Online Student Advisor understands the struggles of going back to school

by Nyla on April 19, 2016

Summer Alvarez knows what it is like to have to withdraw from college and put a future career at risk. She also knows how difficult it is to re-enter that world of academia – especially as a single parent. Many students pursuing a career in business, medical and technical fields have had to interrupt their

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Online Division

Delano campus director Trish Hruby

Delano Campus Director took the career-change advice she gives her students

by Nyla on April 12, 2016

Patricia Hruby spent more than 20 years in the newspaper business before that shrinking industry tripped her lay-off. Inevitable or not, losing your spot in the only field you have known is traumatic. But Trish got a grip on her panic, and plotted a new career path. “It was my opportunity to make a career

Posted in Delano / Faculty Spotlights

Respiratory Therapy program director Brian Ruff

Respiratory Therapy Program Director relates to many students’ struggles

by Nyla on March 8, 2016

Brian Ruff knows first-hand what it takes for many SJVC students to pull it together to go back to school for a degree, a new career and a better life. He knows the hardship of pushing through low expectations and little support from family, and what it takes to overcome some of those wrong decisions

Posted in Bakersfield / Faculty Spotlights / Respiratory Therapy

High School advisor Kevin Caldwell

Helping high schoolers is true calling for SJVC advisor

by Nyla on February 16, 2016

It was not that many years ago that Kevin Caldwell was struggling to find his way toward a meaningful and successful future – not unlike so many of those high school seniors he now advises in the course of his position at SJVC’s Temecula campus. At the time, he and his wife Marcella were expecting

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

SJVC Bakersfield Instructor Russ Grimes

General Education instructor shares the benefits of a rich family history

by Nyla on December 15, 2015

SJVC students who take a seat in Russell Grimes’ classroom soon realize that they will be getting a lot more than the General Education lessons they signed up for. In addition to basic math and business communication skills, they will learn life lessons that will serve them equally well on the job…and in life. Russell’s

Posted in Bakersfield / Faculty Spotlights

A tradition of families thrives on the Bakersfield campus

by Nyla on November 17, 2015

It is not at all unusual to see multiple generations of family members walk through SJVC doors and leave months later with a certificate or degree. It is a little more unusual to see multiple family members working at the same campus. But that is exactly what SJVC Bakersfield has been enjoying for the last

Posted in Bakersfield / Faculty Spotlights

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Instructor Darrell Reed

Diagnostic Medical Sonography instructor goes above and beyond to make sure students succeed

by Nyla on October 6, 2015

Darrell Reed can relate to new students trying to overcome their discomfort of speaking up in class. After a little over two years at the front of his Diagnostic Medical Sonography class, he has learned to relax into his front-and-center position at the podium. “It was rough at first, but I got used to it

Posted in Bakersfield / Diagnostic Medical Sonography / Faculty Spotlights

Hesperia General Education-instructor Frank Castanos

Hesperia General Ed instructor pays it forward

by Nyla on September 29, 2015

Frank Castanos admits he was not exactly the best student in high school. “Growing up, I never knew exactly what I wanted to be in life,” says Castanos. “I struggled in school, not because of ability, but because I wasn’t motivated.” At an important time in Frank’s life, Mr. Kurtz came along. “He was patient

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Hesperia

Online Business Administration graduate Sadiah Gavin

SJVC Business Administration grad brings special skills to Delano campus

by Nyla on September 10, 2015

Saidah Gavin has covered many desks at SJVC over nearly eight years. She started part time at the Bakersfield campus as a Tuition Planner, then moved to First Contact, Dean’s Assistant and whatever position needed a temporary fill-in. During this time, she also completed SJVC’s Business Administration program online. “I’ve done everything,” she laughs. “From the

Posted in Business Administration / Faculty Spotlights / Grad Success / Online Division