Grad Success

Monica Ortega is now a graduate of the Criminal Justice program.

Graduate breaks the fast food job cycle with Criminal Justice career

by Nyla on February 9, 2017

By the time Monica Ortega was 21 years old, she had worked for at least five fast-food chains. “I wasn’t happy working paycheck-to-paycheck and only living off that,” she says. “I was constantly working and not having something to look forward to.” Monica wanted – and deserved – more. She considered community college but dreaded the

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Hesperia / Victor Valley

Online HR student Patricia Waite

Online HR program provides education boost for supervisor of 700+ employees

by Nyla on February 2, 2017

Education was the last thing on Patricia Waites’ mind when she came to the U.S. from Jamaica right out of high school. “I was just excited to go to work,” she says. “You want to work and have a family, so I was never able to enter college.” Patricia made her way up the ranks

Posted in Grad Success / Human Resource Administration / Online Program

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Homeless Medical Billing and Coding student sacrificed all to stay in school

by Nyla on November 3, 2016

Just two months after enrolling in SJVC’s Online Medical Billing and Coding program, Kelly Eakin found herself without a place to stay. She had located her current apartment-share on Craigslist, after a job layoff caused her to gradually lose most of her possessions. Now that her roommate was reconciling with her husband, she didn’t even

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Billing and Coding / Online Division

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Online IT program student turned struggle into strength

by Nyla on July 14, 2016

Jonathan Perry never had a role model to show him how to handle stress or set goals for himself. He had to figure all that out on his own. “It was the lack of that person to emulate that pushed me,” he says. As a young boy of seven, he and his mom, brother and

Posted in Grad Success / Information Technology / Online Division / Online Program

Aviation Maintenance graduate Mariela

Aviation Maintenance Technology grad overcomes lifelong quitting habit

by Nyla on June 30, 2016

When Mariela Alvarez started the Aviation Maintenance Technology program on Fresno’s Aviation campus in 2010, she had lots of self-doubt. “I am usually the person who would quit whatever I started,” she admits. “I started Vet Tech (Veterinary Technology program), and I quit on that. My mind just wasn’t totally there.” Mariela’s dad used to

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Grad Success

Bakersfield Respiratory Therapy grad Arvin Joves

Respiratory Therapy grad tirelessly pursues RT career

by Nyla on April 14, 2016

Arvin Joves graduated from high school in the Philippines at age 16, and then moved to the U.S. with his mom Shirly and older brother Ariel. He kicked around for several years, working in food service and as a Direct Support Professional (home health aide), and managed to get his own place. Restless and wanting

Posted in Bakersfield / Grad Success / Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy program graduate Miranda Rasband

Respiratory Therapy program graduate blazes impressive trail

by Nyla on February 11, 2016

Single mom Miranda Rashband knew it was going to be a tough balance when she enrolled in the SJVC Rancho Cordova Respiratory Therapy program. “It’s hard to keep that balance in life: Good nutrition, a healthy amount of sleep, provide a good foundation for raising kids and accomplish the goals I had for myself in

Posted in Grad Success / Rancho Cordova / Respiratory Therapy

Aviation Maintenance Grad, Greg Wenger

Aviation Maintenance Technology was an unexpected career choice

by Nyla on January 7, 2016

Greg Wenger was pushing thirty and “relying on friends and doing the couch-surfing thing”, he says, when he had a serious realization. “I didn’t really have any education background that I could apply to the job market. Although he had worked at computer drafting and even tutored City College students, “It was down to working

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Grad Success

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Human Resource Administration grad tackles college in her thirties

by Nyla on October 15, 2015

Ironda Robinson understands that you can start out with a solid plan to complete college, but that life can sometimes hijack those good intentions in ways you cannot fight. Ironda’s mother’s illness changed her priorities – and her college track. Ironda managed to get in a year of college before her mom, Annie, began to

Posted in Grad Success / Human Resource Administration / Online Division / Online Program