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Modesto Criminal Justice Corrections graduate Justen Roche

Three strikes didn’t mean ‘out’ for Criminal Justice Corrections career

by Nyla on June 15, 2017

Justen Roche had always dreamed of a career in the military or law enforcement. “They go hand-in-hand; both are protecting and serving,” he says. But because of a fused spine, broken in his youth while lifting weights, Justen could only physically perform one of those jobs: Law enforcement. There were still two other obstacles in

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Modesto

SJVC Fresno Criminal Justice Corrections graduate Jorge Castro with his sons

Criminal Justice Corrections grad climbs law enforcement career ladder

by Nyla on June 8, 2017

It didn’t matter that Jorge Castro, at 19 years old, had left Fresno State after a year, gotten married and was working full-time in a grocery store. He knew he was going to be one of the good guys who helped others and kept communities safe. He was headed for a career in law enforcement.

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Fresno / Grad Success

Fresno Vet Tech graduate Joshua Slusher holding lizard

Veterinary Technology program appeals to exotic animal lover

by Nyla on May 25, 2017

Joshua Slusher likes animals of all kinds, but it was his interest in exotic animals like snakes, lizards and birds that pushed him to make animal care his life’s work. That was going to mean a big life change. He started working in restaurants right out of high school, moved up to cook at a

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Veterinary Technology

Fresno Vet Tech program graduate Jennifer Turner Oliveria

Vet Tech career is true passion for Navy veteran

by Nyla on May 11, 2017

With over 20 years of experience in the military, a Bachelor’s degree, management expertise and tons of knowledge in specialty fields, Jennifer Turner-Oliveria was shocked to discover her interest in a career that would take her in a completely opposite direction. Veterinary Technology was not on her radar when she retired from the Navy in

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Veterinary Technology

Visalia Medical Assisting graduate Marie Arroyo

Medical Assisting program grad has strong advice: “Don’t have a backup plan!”

by Nyla on May 4, 2017

Sometimes a comfy safety net is your worst enemy. Maybe it is a “good-for-now” job, or someone else covering your necessities. You can lose a lot of years by being content with just getting by. Those who have stared at that choice will tell you that your best decisions happen when the pressure is on.

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Visalia

Online-Business-Administration-graduate-Robert-Hernandez

“Never give up” is Online Business Administration graduate’s new mantra

by Nyla on March 16, 2017

By the time he was in his fifties, Robert Hernandez had quit a lot of things in his life. He left high school at 17. Then after marrying young, he walked away from a long-term marriage. He even dropped out of his Business Administration program at SJVC the first time he was enrolled, several years

Posted in Business Administration / Grad Success / Online Program

Criminal Justice Corrections program graduate Brandon Martinez

Criminal Justice Corrections graduate’s career turns out just as he planned

by Nyla on February 23, 2017

Brandon Martinez always knew his life’s work would be about helping others. “One of my goals was to work inside institutions with people who have legal and mental issues,” he says. “I thought I could become a corrections officer or go back to school and get into probation.” Even as a teenager, Brandon was able

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Fresno / Grad Success