Faculty Spotlights

Online Student Advisor gets up close and personal with her students

by Nyla on September 29, 2016

As a Student Advisor for SJVC Online students, Krystel Vitug is responsible for supporting and counseling students committed to an SJVC distance learning program. “I make sure that they are on course in their class, staying up on their assignments and exams and on track for graduation,” says Krystel. “If they are falling behind, I

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Online Division

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Temecula Instructor/Student Resource Coordinator shines in role with SJVC students

by Nyla on September 22, 2016

Even though Tamara Earnhardt spent several years in the restaurant industry, she always knew she should be an instructor. “Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” she reflects. “I used to make homework for my little sister, Kristy, during summer breaks. I was the teacher, she was the

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

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Hanford Gen Ed instructor shares life experiences with students for real-world check

by Nyla on September 15, 2016

“I’ve had the child care issue, two kids in diapers and twenty bucks in my pocket to last me a week,” says Cindy Brooks, General Education instructor for the Hanford campus. “The Dollar Store was my best friend. It’s scary.” As a young, single mom, Cindy worked two to three jobs to keep their heads

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Hanford

Pharmacy Technology program instructor Krista Campbell with graduates

Pharmacy Technology instructor leaves it all on the (career) field for her students

by Nyla on August 16, 2016

Give Pharmacy Technology program instructor Krista Campbell a struggling student, and she will do double-duty to get that student on a positive academic and career track. “’What is the most overwhelming thing for you?’ is the first thing I ask them,” says Krista. “Their answer might be time, medication list (memorization), math; but I’ll make

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Pharmacy Technology / Temecula

Temecula Respiratory Therapy program director Tanner Bliss

Respiratory Therapy Program Director gives students more than a gentle push in the right direction

by Nyla on June 14, 2016

Tanner Bliss watched too many Respiratory Therapists in local hospitals giving less than their chosen profession – and their patients – deserved. “A big part of why I got into teaching was seeing respiratory therapists there for a paycheck, more than anything. I wanted to impact the next generation of therapists by influencing students to

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Respiratory Therapy / Temecula

San Diego Campus Supervising dentist Howard Eagle

San Diego Supervising Dentist helps Dental Hygiene students find balance

by Nyla on May 17, 2016

Dr. Howard Eagle, instructor and supervising dentist for the San Diego Dental Hygiene program, enjoys being the bearer of good news. A career as a Dental Hygienist “enables people to have various interests and the ability to pursue numerous career paths,” says Dr. Eagle. “One of the advantages is you can work as few or

Posted in Dental Hygiene / Faculty Spotlights / San Diego

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