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Amy Devours Occupational Therapy Assistant SJVC

Occupational Therapy career attracts a very specific personality profile

by Nyla on October 29, 2019

Having a strong interest in the medical field’s physical therapy arena is not enough to forge a successful career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. There are other, more important components, that predict a good match. “There are subtle differences in personalities of Physical Therapists compared to Occupational Therapists/Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA),” says Amy Deavours, faculty

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Fresno / Occupational Therapy Assistant

Fresno Aviation Maintenance Technology graduate Geoff Chatten

When one industry fizzles out, a career in Aviation Maintenance can take you higher

by Nyla on October 17, 2019

Geoff Chatten didn’t think it was possible to invest just under two years in education and career training and then snag his dream job…even before he graduated. But that’s how quickly his life went from how-can-I-support-my-family to I-can’t-believe-this-just-happened. His success story was a little slow to unfold. A false start needs correction After eight years

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Fresno / Grad Success

SJVC Fresno Dean of Student Services Glenn Elizarde

Fresno Student Services Dean always ready to lend ear to students

by Nyla on October 8, 2019

As Dean of Student Services on the Fresno campus, Glenn Elizarde provides a haven for all students who need help and advice in their struggles to meet challenges that threaten their ability to stay in school. These students might get new resources for child-care, groceries or help with utility bills, a few much-needed school supplies

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Fresno

SJVC Fresno HVACR graduate Brent Kasner

On-the-job training is not enough for HVACR career success

by Nyla on May 2, 2019

Brent Kasner learned everything he knew about servicing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment during his four years in the Navy, on ships deployed across the oceans of the world. “It was all hands-on training and they gave me a lot of manuals about equipment,” he says. “I read a lot.” He was

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Heating, Ventilation, AC and Refrigeration

SJVC Fresno Clinical Medical Assisting graduate Luis Renteria

Fresno Clinical Medical Assisting graduate overcomes insecurities to find career success

by Nyla on April 18, 2019

Do dreams have expiration dates? Luis Renteria will tell you they do not. He will also tell you that those dreams will never materialize if you don’t stretch yourself to bring them to life. “Everybody has dreams, but so many are not going to do anything about it,” he says. “If you want something, you

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Medical Assisting

SJVC Aviation Maintenance Technology program graduate Mason Houk

Mechanical aptitude is the “It Factor” that can boost a career in Aviation Maintenance

by Nyla on March 7, 2019

After more than 20 years in the aviation maintenance industry, Mason Houk knows the key ingredient that gives new hires a distinctive edge: Hands-on experience. “You’re either good with mechanical devices or you’re not,” he says of new A&P (Airframe and Power Plant) Aviation Maintenance Technology recruits at SkyWest Airlines in Fresno, where he is

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Fresno / Grad Success

Dental hygienist working in dental office

In-demand prerequisite courses expand to SJVC’s Fresno and Bakersfield campuses

by Nyla on February 26, 2019

It is always a scramble for those interested in Registered Nursing, Dental Hygiene and other healthcare careers to get the prerequisite courses needed to enroll in education and training programs. Medical careers are so popular that prerequisite courses for those programs can extend the time it takes to move into a new career by several

Posted in Bakersfield / Fresno / News and Events