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Bakersfield Surgical Tech graduate Frank Weeden

Surg Tech is perfect career choice for former army medic

by Nyla on November 8, 2018

Frank Weeden has known since he was 14 years old that he wanted a medical career, but it took him almost 35 years to get there. He got his first taste of what that career might be like during his military service. He enlisted right out of high school, and after boot camp trained as

Posted in Bakersfield / Grad Success / Surgical Technologist

Modesto Criminal Justice Corrections graduate Javy Arteaga

Modesto Corrections graduate reflects on 10 years working in the Sheriff’s Department

by Nyla on November 1, 2018

Javier (Javy) Arteaga spent a few years jumping from job to job in California’s Central Valley. He mixed formulas for a feed company, worked on a forklift in a warehouse and had a few other good-for-right-now kinds of jobs. “I was young and anything steady that made some money was good for me,” he says.

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Modesto

Ontario Criminal Justice Corrections graduate Geri Tercero

Corrections graduate will not let childhood abuse affect her future

by Nyla on October 18, 2018

Geri Tercero was in a mentally frozen state and knew she was going to have to do something very hard and painful to break free. She had endured childhood sexual and physical abuse off-and-on for eight years by a close family member. Her guard was way up and seemed a permanent fixture in front of

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Ontario

Dental Assistant graduate Vanessa Lopez Ojeda

Dental Assistant student lands job at extern site 6 weeks before graduating

by Nyla on October 4, 2018

Vanessa Ojeda made a smooth transition from high school to SJVC’s Dental Assistant program in Visalia. “I thought Dental Assisting would be interesting because you don’t just do one thing every day,” she says. “You see lots of different people, and you get to do a variety of procedures.” Vanessa’s sister Jennifer had graduated from

Posted in Dental Assisting / Grad Success / Visalia

Lancaster Medical Office program graduate Gloria Broadous

Going back to school helped Medical Office student process her grief

by Nyla on September 13, 2018

Healing comes in many forms, and Gloria (Glo) Broadous felt that continuing her education might help her focus on something besides the pain of losing William, her husband of 37 years. “After a year and a half of just trying to get past the grief, I needed something positive to focus on,” she says. “I

Posted in Antelope Valley / Grad Success / Medical Office

SJVC Ontario electrician program graduate Deven Velazquez

Electrician program student doesn’t let short attention span keep him from success

by Nyla on September 6, 2018

Everyone remembers that kid in class who can’t sit still, the one who wants to do anything besides crack a book and focus on one thing. That’s Deven Velazquez. “I’m a really hands-on person and just can’t get down with a desk,” he says. “From elementary to high school, I’ve always been the one who

Posted in Electrical Technology / Grad Success / Ontario

SJVC Modesto Corrections graduate Santiago Orozco with his family

Corrections student pushed through hardship to complete his program

by Nyla on August 23, 2018

Santiago Orozco’s first day of class in his Criminal Justice Corrections program did not go well. “I am not going to be able to do this,” he remembers thinking. “This is impossible.” Then Santiago thought about his wife Johanna and their young children Neydelyn and Elias. He thought about the years he had spent working

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Modesto