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Criminal Justice grad won’t give up on dream to join LAPD

by Nyla on July 27, 2017

“It’s exciting…and nerve-wracking,” says Alexander Ramos of the application process that each day brings him a little closer to his dream of becoming a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The medical exam is in September, next is psychological testing, then he gets his date to enter the police academy. This is

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success

AMT graduate Norm with instructor Thomas Sabatino

Aviation Maintenance Technology grad thinks he is one lucky guy

by Nyla on July 6, 2017

“I smile a little more, have a little bounce in my step,” says Norm McCraine, recent Fresno – Aviation campus graduate. “My whole attitude toward life has changed because this is an unbelievably good job.” Last month, Norm went to work for Virgin Galactic as an Avionic A&P Technician (“spacewrench”) on SpaceShipTwo in Mohave. He

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Grad Success

Modesto Criminal Justice Corrections graduate Elizabeth Pelayo

Sibling rivalry benefited Criminal Justice: Corrections program graduate

by Nyla on June 29, 2017

Elizabeth Pelayo and her brother Armando have a long history of healthy competition between them. They didn’t expect things to be any different when they both enrolled in the Criminal Justice: Corrections program on the Modesto campus. “There’s a competition between us; it’s always been that way,” says Elizabeth, who at 21-years-old is a year

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Modesto

Fresno Vet Tech program graduate Jon Marroquin

Veterinary Technology program grad dug deep to find his strength

by Nyla on June 22, 2017

Nobody thought Jon was going to make it. Not his family, not that voice in his head that told him he was just a troublemaker who couldn’t manage to finish his first year of community college. “I hit rock-bottom when I was 18-19 and was at a standstill,” he says. “Everyone looked at me like

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Veterinary Technology

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