Grad Success

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

You have the right to remain…vocal

by Nyla on July 31, 2014

Criminal Justice Corrections graduate, Frank Holsapple, has no problem speaking up for SJVC’s CJC program in Modesto. “It’s (SJVC) not a Mickey Mouse type of school,” he attests. “What they say, they back up. They produce results, and I’m an example of that.” A career in law enforcement was never something Frank seriously considered, but

Posted in Business Programs / Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Modesto

A natural born leader drives it home

by Nyla on July 24, 2014

Michael Haagen realized that after 16-years as a service technician in the construction business, the part of his job that really excited him was when he actually got to help manage projects. He knew he had to do something to make team leadership his full-time responsibility, and he figured it would take a degree for

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

Career: Straight Ahead

by Nyla on July 17, 2014

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That straight line is exactly what Melissa Mauldin made between her high school graduation in 2002 and the nearest place she could begin her general education and prerequisites needed to get into a Dental Hygiene program. She never had any doubts about the career she

Posted in Dental Hygiene / Grad Success / Medical Programs / Visalia

Smile Power is the new Flower Power

by Nyla on May 22, 2014

When Jasmine Murguia was a young girl and first got braces on her teeth, she knew the importance of a nice smile. But, it was not until she was crossing the campus of a local community college and spontaneously gave a big smile to a girl as she passed that she found out what that

Posted in Dental Assisting / Grad Success / Visalia

Graduate overcomes childhood names

by Nyla on May 15, 2014

“Growing up I was called ‘stupid’, even by my family,” says Debra White, who recently graduated from the Medical Office certificate program in Hanford. “Family was very difficult, and it affected me in my early life.” High school was a little easier for Debra, and she found herself making mostly As and Bs in her

Posted in Grad Success / Hanford / Medical Office

Shy guy turns it up

by Nyla on May 8, 2014

Mark Sandoval was used to being invisible. He had gone to two community colleges and thought he knew the routine pretty well. “My previous experience with college is that they treat you like a number,” says Mark. “If you have a problem you just have to figure it out.” When he enrolled in the Business

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Grad Success / Hanford