Faculty Spotlights

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

Stand at attention

by Nyla on May 6, 2014

It is not often that a grateful student or graduate will take the time to sit down and write a note of appreciation to an especially inspiring instructor. It is even more rare for twenty-two of them to take pen in hand – but that is exactly what they did for Michael Stewart, Criminal Justice

Posted in Business Programs / Criminal Justice: Corrections / Faculty Spotlights / Hesperia / Visalia

Going the Distance

by Nyla on April 29, 2014

Since his teens, Greg Serrano has found something he needs in the solitary stride of a long-distance runner. That extra something that pushes him, that settles over him as the miles pile up, has served him in all aspects of his life. It did not start out that way. “My cousin, Brenda, got me into

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Faculty Spotlights / Temecula