Grad Success

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

Medical Assisting certification makes all the difference

by Nyla on April 17, 2014

Barbara Knudsen had worked in the medical field for several years in Ft. Worth, Texas. Although her only medical certification was for front office coding, she found herself working full-time, performing primarily back office procedures for a General Practice physician. Barbara did EKGs, bone density and pulmonary function tests, gave injections, and trained a long

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Online Division

Support is key to CAMA student’s success

by Nyla on April 10, 2014

Kim Houseal never took the support and encouragement she has gotten over the years from friends and family for granted. She is grateful for every bit of it, and does all she can to build her own strengths, confidence and capabilities. Her parents, Warren and Patty, always encouraged Kim toward higher education and by the

Posted in Grad Success / Lancaster / Medical Assisting

Surgical Technology Graduate’s work published

by SJVC on March 13, 2014

When Michael Bagtas graduated from SJVC’s Fresno campus in November of 2012, he could have disappeared from the educational scene, content to work in his career field with his new Associate’s Degree. However, this Surgical Technology graduate continues to involve himself in his field beyond simply working. He is a member of the AST, or

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Surgical Technologist

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