Grad Success

Online medical assisting student Brandi Howard

Online Medical Assisting program makes career advancement possible

by Nyla on March 19, 2015

There was no way Brandi Howard was going to be able to quit her two jobs so she could sit in a classroom. On her own financially, she could not afford to lose the income. Brandi also knew that without more education she would not advance in her position as a paraprofessional for an autism

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Online Program

Online Construction Management graduates Rupi and Jose

Husband and wife double team the Online Construction Management program

by Nyla on February 11, 2015

Rupi and Jose Garcia have been together for 15 years and married for 12. They share the ups and downs of raising a family and running a business, so why not a “classroom” as well? “It was my idea,” enthuses Jose, who started his own construction business, Zion Builders, in 2007, and where Rupi also works.

Posted in Construction Management / Grad Success / Online Program

Online Construction Management graduate Victor Martinez

ADHD & self-doubt are no match for Construction Management grad

by Nyla on February 5, 2015

It was not until Victor Martinez’s two children were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) that it occurred to him that perhaps a lot of his own academic struggles and difficulty focusing could be traced to this genetic marker. “I barely graduated high school with a C-average,” says Victor, who also spent six years

Posted in Construction Management / Grad Success / Online Program

Online Construction Management-graduate Timonthy Ryder

Construction Management graduate won’t let cancer slow him down

by Nyla on January 29, 2015

Timothy Ryder wants to be very clear about something. His story is not about cancer. It is not about having it, battling it, or eventually overcoming cancer. “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me; I don’t feel sorry for me,” says Tim, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma just one month after enrolling

Posted in Construction Management / Grad Success / Online Program / SJVC

Medical Assisting graduate Matt Harris

Medical Assisting grad thrives off helping others

by Nyla on January 15, 2015

You know the guy. He is the one you reach out to when you need a ride to the airport, a buddy to help you with a weekend move, or someone to help you figure out how to get to that gopher digging up your yard. Enter Matt Harris. “I want people to be able

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Medical Assisting

Hanford Medical Office program graduate Clarissa Hensley

Near tragedy shapes Hanford Medical Office student’s life

by Nyla on January 8, 2015

It was almost a year ago when 26-year-old single mom Clarissa Hensley was struggling to find her footing as a new student in Hanford’s Medical Office program. She and 15-month-old Colten were living with Clarissa’s grandmother, Judy, who also watched Colten while Clarissa was in class and held down a 30-hour-a-week job. Life was predictably

Posted in Grad Success / Hanford / Medical Office / Medical Programs

SJVC student Sonia Whipp meets First Lady Michelle Obama

Ex-military mom faced a new battle on the job front

by Nyla on December 4, 2014

One thing was very clear to Sonia Whipp when she left the Army 4-1/2 years ago. “All that time and dedication I put into small arms and artillery repair wasn’t going to help me as a civilian,” she says. Those skills, so important to her successful military experience, were not exactly resume highlights back home.

Posted in Grad Success / Ontario / Pharmacy Technology

SJVC Bakersfield Medical Office graduate Ruth Benitez

Single mom makes family sacrifice pay off

by Nyla on October 9, 2014

Ruth Benitez knew she was going to have to do something to make a better life for her two teenage sons, Freddy and Christopher. She had been working as a Benefits Specialist at Robert F. Kennedy Medical Plan for 16 years, but a divorce in 2010 created a new financial crisis for her small family.

Posted in Bakersfield / Grad Success / Medical Office

Boredom leads to new career

by Nyla on August 14, 2014

At twenty-three Matt De Vera had it good. His sales/marketing position for a large insurance company was lucrative and allowed him plenty of free time for his two loves: basketball, which had its hook in him since high school; and Christine, his girlfriend of two years. But his job was no longer challenging him, and

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Programs / Ontario / Student Success