Grad Success

Physician Assistant program is a natural for this veteran

by Nyla on February 27, 2014

Steve Hauswirth enlisted in the Air Force when he was 21-years old and spent the next ten years advancing in levels of responsibility for medical units. His training, education and expertise grew with each assignment. Steve’s military assignments spanned medical technician and Independent Duty Medical Technician, to Jack-of-all-trades where he performed medical and dental exams,

Posted in Grad Success / Physician Assistant / Visalia

CAMA student draws strength from tragedy

by Nyla on February 6, 2014

Three years ago Elvira Martinez and Jose Contreras experienced the greatest pain parents can endure with the loss of their two-day old son Jose. Elvira could have curled up and let the world pass by unnoticed. Instead she found the inner resolve to try to replace her grief with something constructive, something that would honor

Posted in Bakersfield / Grad Success / Medical Assisting

Therapeutic Massage career matches natural abilities

by Nyla on January 30, 2014

For years friends told Roger Weaver that he had a ‘great sense of touch…amazing hands’ and a giving nature, so it was not a huge surprise for him to find himself in the Therapeutic Massage program at SJVC’s Bakersfield campus. Roger had found the 15-month TM degree program online and “Doors just opened, financial aid

Posted in Bakersfield / Grad Success / Therapeutic Massage

Online education offers the freedom necessary to excel

by Cale on January 23, 2014

Sometimes an online program is the perfect match for those whose busy schedules interfere with traditional education. Dana Riley is one of the students, an SJVC Online student from Kentucky. For years, she worked in a nursing home, but the unpredictable hours and her young children kept her tired and hardly in a position to

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Online Division

Father of Nine Digs In

by Nyla on January 16, 2014

Although Steve Cichos had been a bricklayer in the construction business for over 20-years, he knew that with layoffs becoming more common, he would have to go deeper if he was going to stay in this business.  “There was less and less work and finances were getting less and less sufficient,” says Steve.  But he

Posted in Business Programs / Construction Management / Grad Success / Online Division

CAMA student discovers powerful career boost

by Nyla on January 9, 2014

Twenty-two year old Karissa Amador is a driven young woman with two primary ambitions: give to others and make your own way to success. She learned the importance of these intertwined goals at a very early age. Karissa never met her father, who moved and changed his last name to avoid child support. Growing up

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Temecula

Veterinary Tech program refuge from childhood abuse

by Nyla on December 19, 2013

Phaedra Ray’s young life was filled with all of the abuses you wish no child to endure. The three people – mother, father, older brother – who should have most protected her, were the primary perpetrators. With no place to hide, she lost herself in the soft fur of a cat, the loving wag of

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Veterinary Technology

Clinical Medical Assisting student makes big changes

by Nyla on December 5, 2013

Deana Bates started this year with two life-altering decisions: weight loss surgery and college. Her interest in helping others through a career in the medical field forced a realization. At 240-lbs. it was not practical for Deana to be “constantly moving around with patients,” performing the physical requirements of a position in healthcare. She also

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Online Division

Flying is in this SJVC instructor’s blood

by Cale on November 28, 2013

Lionel Smith is far from ordinary. He is a man with a passion, and a career capable of turning that fiery interest into useful expertise in the minds of his students. It all began with the Navy, many years ago. A mere two days out of high school, Lionel enlisted. “I had never even touched

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Grad Success