Faculty Spotlights

Falling through the cracks is not an option for Medical Assisting instructor

by Nyla on October 28, 2014

Thirty years in the military have taught Medical Assisting instructor Richard Moriarity a few things about focus, discipline and respect: Three attributes his medical students sometimes scramble to achieve, while they struggle with the demands of their  programs. “I remind them of the decision they already made to be here,” says Moriarity. “There are a thousand

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Temecula

Victor Valley Career Services Advisor Kalisha Gessesse

Victor Valley Career Services Advisor is woman about town

by Nyla on October 14, 2014

She’s here, she’s there, she’s everywhere. Kalisha Gessesse does not stay in one spot for very long. As a Career Services Advisor for the Hesperia campus, she is constantly on the move. “It is something new every day,” says Kalisha, who likes the flexibility of her job best. “I wouldn’t want a position where it

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Hesperia / Victor Valley

SJVC Temecula enrollment services director Marcus Barnette

Touch a Life is Enrollment Services Director’s greatest ambition

by Nyla on October 7, 2014

Almost ten years ago something happened to irrevocably shape Marcus Barnette’s very existence: An emergency appendectomy very nearly ruptured and took his life. It began with a sharp pain that intensified beyond bearable. “I screamed like a baby when Jo-Ann touched my side,” says Marcus. After emergency surgery, the doctor told his wife that it

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

Fresno Aircraft Maintenance instructor Don Dutra

Aviation Maintenance instructor sees positive impact program has on students

by Nyla on September 16, 2014

As an instructor for Fresno’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program, Don Dutra has seen every type of student join his Powerplant class. Those eager faces fresh out of high school, career-change seekers, and close-to-retirement adventurers who are finally fulfilling a dream, stare back at him. “We get some students with zero experience and those who have

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Faculty Spotlights

Four generations inspired to excel

by Nyla on September 2, 2014

Angie Carpenter comes from a long line of strong, independent women. Angie’s great, great, grandmother, Gigi, was a big part of the women’s suffrage movement where she fought for women’s rights and equality. Her example was not lost on the generations of sisters, mothers and daughters in her family to follow. “I think that most

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Medical Programs

Ontario instructor has new book published

by Nyla on August 28, 2014

Many share the dream of writing and having published a book, but few have the discipline and fortitude it takes to make that dream a reality. Retired architect and Construction Management instructor, Serge Laraque, made it happen – twice. Laraque’s first venture into the realm of ‘published author’ was with Self Determi-Nation, a self-help book

Posted in Business Programs / Construction Management / Faculty Spotlights / Ontario

There is always enough

by Nyla on June 24, 2014

Shelly Sowers does not spend time wondering if the glass is half-empty or half-full. She just knows there will be enough. If you have a dream and are willing to act on realizing that dream, there will always be enough to get you there. As a CMA and CAMA instructor for Online classes, Shelly tries

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Medical Programs / Online Division

Where everybody knows your name

by Nyla on June 10, 2014

At one time or another Cindy Mills interacts with just about every person on the Ontario campus. Staff, faculty, students, vendors and service technicians all go through her to get something they need in order to continue forward. As Day Porter for the Facilities department, Cindy’s responsibilities put her in the direct line of contact

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Ontario

SJVC Dental Assistant instructor hears the call to help

by Nyla on June 3, 2014

Fresno campus DA instructor, Nancy Spruit, wanted for several years to travel to a remote area with the International Christian Organization, Help the Children, to provide dental care to those in dire need. But she had to wait until she had worked at SJVC long enough to get that extra 5-days of vacation in order

Posted in Dental Assisting / Faculty Spotlights / Fresno