Faculty Spotlights

Young addition shakes up Temecula Campus

by SJVC on February 11, 2014

At the Temecula campus, the Associated Student Body used to be relatively quiet. Not too many students were involved, and the club’s activities were few. Though the relatively short time span from admission to graduation is a great benefit to students, it also undermined extracurricular organizations, like ASB. The club’s membership was constantly fluctuating, because

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

Respiratory Therapy students in for big surprise

by Nyla on February 4, 2014

RT instructor, James Maddox, loves to see the expressions on his students’ faces the first time they ‘get it’; that moment when they realize their lives are about to change forever. “New RT students have done a great job investigating the RT field and have a good grasp of our field of work,” says Maddox,

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Rancho Cordova

New Employee shatters record in Career Services Department

by SJVC on January 28, 2014

John Loyko is one of the newest SJVC employees, but has already managed to distinguish himself. “He got the most placements in SJVC history, ever,” says Christen Rodriguez, SJVC Fresno Career Services Manager. That is a feat all in the career services department can respect. Originally from Clovis, John left the valley for his schooling

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Fresno

Online Career Services Team gets creative to overcome great distances

by SJVC on January 21, 2014

A degree is a great investment for the future, but it is only a single part of a multitude of things necessary to attain stable employment. Even with a stunning resume, an applicant must still impress with their interview. At each on-ground campus, SJVC students are able to meet and work with a Career Services

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Online Division

Instructor relishes the transformation of education

by Nyla on January 14, 2014

“She (Julia Foss) is truly an amazing instructor who works hard, stays late and  does whatever she can to help make sure we understand the material.”                                                              – Desiree Trejo, RT student “One of my biggest thrills is knowing that my students are enjoying my class, because it is very important for students to have

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

Modesto Campus Division Manager a “Model Employee”

by SJVC on January 7, 2014

Modesto Health Studies Division Manager Alaine Johnson, while now an experienced health-worker-turned-instructor, was not always in the medical field. Alaine’s career started in banking. For over seventeen years, she continued on this path. After becoming a Commercial Banking Officer for Bank of America, she had a realization: “It wasn’t what I really wanted to do,”

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Modesto

Instructor keeps his eyes on Industrial Technology grads’ careers

by Nyla on December 31, 2013

For Fresno campus IT instructor, Chris Barger, his students’ success isn’t measured in program completion, but in full-time employment; and he goes out of his way to help grads realize that outcome. He works steadily with Career Services by providing employer leads, helping to set up student/employer interviews, giving employer background information to students, or

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Fresno / Industrial Technology

Online Student Advisor reaches out

by SJVC on December 17, 2013

Is a Student Advisor for an online program meant to be just a title, a distant and aloof figure that merely sends an email every few months? Well, Tekla Patton does not think so. As a student advisor for the SJVC Online Campus, Tekla is there for her students. When they have questions, she can

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Online Division

General Ed instructor born to inspire and be inspired

by Nyla on December 3, 2013

One of Robin McCracken’s favorite quotes is by Erin Gruwell from the movie, Freedom Writers: “When I’m helping these kids make sense of their life, everything about my life makes sense to me.” As a General Education instructor for the Modesto campus, Robin is quite attuned to the symbiotic nature of the learning process. Robin

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Modesto