Grad Success

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


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

Respiratory Therapy graduate Quinn McNichols

Respiratory Therapist graduate finds family support is vital

by Nyla on September 24, 2015

Maybe Quinn McNichols could have made it through his Respiratory Therapy program on his own. But he is glad he did not have to. His wife, Heather, was there for him every step of the way. “My wife is the hardest working and most determined person I have known in my life,” says Quinn. “I

Posted in Grad Success / Respiratory Therapy / Temecula

Online Business Administration graduate Sadiah Gavin

SJVC Business Administration grad brings special skills to Delano campus

by Nyla on September 10, 2015

Saidah Gavin has covered many desks at SJVC over nearly eight years. She started part time at the Bakersfield campus as a Tuition Planner, then moved to First Contact, Dean’s Assistant and whatever position needed a temporary fill-in. During this time, she also completed SJVC’s Business Administration program online. “I’ve done everything,” she laughs. “From the

Posted in Business Administration / Faculty Spotlights / Grad Success / Online Division

Medical Assisting graduate Rhonda Waters

Intuition drives business owner to Medical Assisting career

by Nyla on September 3, 2015

You know the feeling; that little voice that tells you, you should take a specific path, a step in a completely different direction from where you stand. Too often it is an easy message to stuff to the back of your mind, while you busy yourself with the trappings of a more familiar road. Change

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Online Division / Online Program

Medical Assisting graduate Tameira Thomas

Medical Assisting program helps graduate find her inner strength

by Nyla on August 27, 2015

When Tameira Thomas enrolled in Visalia’s Medical Assisting program last year, she had no idea that she would walk away with a whole lot more than new skills, education and an Associate’s degree. She would leave campus a changed woman, with resources that went way beyond material aspects. Tameira had been working for almost 10 years

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Visalia