Faculty Spotlights

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

Inspire and be inspired

by Nyla on November 12, 2013

Eric Lindberg gets as good as he gives. As a Visalia campus Division Manager he is constantly encouraging faculty, students – whomever his audience – to strive to be their best. Eric doesn’t hold that concept any less true for himself. Last month Mr. Lindberg picked up his Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Fresno / Visalia

Far away voices find support

by Nyla on October 1, 2013

It would seem that the faceless nature of online classes would make it hard for students and instructors to connect. Where’s the eye contact, the facial and body expressions and the intimacy of sharing space? Who can feel heard from such distances, both geographic and physical? Online General Ed instructor, Emily Ware has figured it

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Online Division

Respiratory Therapy Program Director earns professional distinction

by Nyla on September 12, 2013

Visalia’s Respiratory Therapy Program Director, Barry Westling, has always stood out from the crowd. His iconic bow tie makes him immediately recognizable on campus – particularly by new Respiratory Therapy students seeking him out. “I know it’s a somewhat different style from a different era, but it’s something I enjoy for myself,” says Mr. Westling,

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / News and Events / Visalia

Bakersfield campus staffer helps young Latinas develop leadership qualities

by Nyla on July 29, 2013

As Career Services Manager for the Bakersfield campus, Chelsea Esquibias knew she wanted to do something to touch lives, something especially to help young Latina women to realize their dreams. A couple of years ago she found another outlet for all that energy and heart. She became a volunteer for Latina Leaders of Kern County.

Posted in Bakersfield / Faculty Spotlights

In It For the Long Haul

by SJVC on July 10, 2013

In 2010, Frank Rodriguez had just graduated from high school and was anxiously awaiting his future as a student at San Joaquin Valley College. Fast forward three years later and Frank is still a member of the SJVC family as an Admissions Representative in the call center. Initially Frank was a potential student looking for

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Faculty Spotlights / Grad Success

SJVC employee takes leadership role for United Way of Fresno Co.

by Nyla on July 3, 2013

Ten years of volunteering for the United Way of Fresno County has positioned SJVC’s own Sue Smilie-Janecek for an eventual position as Chairman of the Board for this local chapter. Smilie-Janecek assumed the reins on July 1st to begin her 2-year term. When Sue was first introduced to the local United Way, she was struck by

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A heart for law enforcement

by SJVC on June 26, 2013

“There are so many things I could say about Mr. Stewart, but he is honestly one of the greatest instructors and people I have had the pleasure of knowing in my life.” –Cadet Raven James It can be said that passion for your career is key to leading a happy and successful life. Michael Stewart,

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

Teacher Student Connection

by Nyla on May 29, 2013

“Mr. Allen LaHeist is one of the best teachers there (Temecula campus). He not only teaches us from the book, but also teaches us life lessons. There is never a day that we don’t learn something new. Our grades in class can prove his excellence in teaching.” – Shannon Rorabaugh, student Allen LaHeist is one

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula