Faculty Spotlights

Medical Office instructor Tawny Williams

Military wife put her needs last until she joined SJVC’s Medical Office program

by Nyla on August 25, 2015

Tawny Williams is her family’s support system. Her military husband, Melvin, and their 14-year-old son, Melvin, depend on her to keep “all systems go” at home. “A military wife is one of the biggest honors in the world, but it is a selfless life,” says Tawny. That busy life was rushing by. “By the time

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Grad Success / Medical Office / Temecula

SJVC Madera Teresa Martinez

Madera campus supports single mom’s big career dreams

by Nyla on August 18, 2015

Admissions Advisor Teresa Martinez knows something about what it takes for single moms to make it alone. Her mom, Paula, took care of her and her brother without any help. At 18 years old, Teresa found herself alone with her young son, Michael, when she and her son’s father separated. It was up to her

Posted in Business Administration / Faculty Spotlights / Madera

Licensed Vocational Nursing-instructor Denise Scrimshire

Licensed Vocational Nursing instructor balances tough with tender

by Nyla on July 14, 2015

Some 25 years ago – when Licensed Vocational Nursing instructor Denise Scrimshire was a nursing student – her instructor was a real whip-cracker. “Ms. Gandy had very high expectations and everybody feared her, but she was highly revered, and I wanted to be as good as she was,” says Denise. “It was tough, it was strict

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Licensed Vocational Nursing / Visalia

Career services advisor Margarita Rankin

Respiratory Therapy students and grads have a powerful job search weapon

by Nyla on June 16, 2015

When Career Services Advisor Margarita Rankin talks about how to land the job of your dreams, you would do well to listen carefully. Her job search strategies have helped the SJVC Respiratory Therapy students and graduates she has worked with find that very important first position. Margarita grooms job-seekers like a ring-side coach who shares the

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Rancho Cordova / Respiratory Therapy

Aviation Maintenance instructor Joseph Wong

Aviation Maintenance Tech instructor was reluctant student

by Nyla on May 19, 2015

Joseph Wong never planned to devote any time to education after high school. He loved working on cars and thought a future in auto mechanics would suit him just fine. His thinking was pretty clear. “I left school saying this is not for me,” he says. “No more further educating myself.” After Joseph put in

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Faculty Spotlights

SJVC students turne employees Greg Kailynn

Former Classmates Together Again as SJVC Employees

by Nyla on May 12, 2015

Imagine taking your seat in the first class of your new career training program, already a little nervous about meeting a lot of other people, when you realize that there is just you and one other student in the room. Now, that’s a nice student-to-teacher ratio! That is how it was for Greg Serrano and

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

Business instructor David Morra

Business Administration instructor witnesses generations turning to education

by Nyla on May 5, 2015

As a 16-year veteran instructor at the Visalia campus, David Morra has had the rare chance to see a couple of generations of families embrace higher education. “Most of our students are first-time college students because their families have never been in higher education,” says Morra. He knows that many students are blazing a new

Posted in Business Administration / Faculty Spotlights / Human Resource Administration / Visalia

Fresno Career Services Advisor Veronica Behringer

Career Services Advisor shares secret of successful student placements

by Nyla on April 21, 2015

If there is a melody going through Veronica Behringer’s head throughout her work day, it must be along the lines of “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match,” for that is how she sees herself. A matchmaker. As a Fresno campus Career Services Advisor, it is her responsibility to pair SJVC students and graduates with their

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Fresno

Madera instructor Maziar Aminsalehi

Medical Assisting instructor sees himself in his students

by Nyla on March 10, 2015

Dr. Maziar Aminsalehi does not allow his academic and medical achievements to divide him from his students. He wants them to know that he once sat where many of them now sit; with an unimpressive education and work record, uncertain about a career direction and insecure about their future. “I got kicked out of two

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Madera / Medical Assisting / SJVC