Grad Success

In It For the Long Haul

by Rylee on July 10, 2013

In 2010, Frank Rodriguez had just graduated from high school and was anxiously awaiting his future as a student at San Joaquin Valley College. Fast forward three years later and Frank is still a member of the SJVC family as an Admissions Representative in the call center. Initially Frank was a potential student looking for

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Faculty Spotlights / Grad Success

Economic crunch forces big decisions

by Nyla on June 5, 2013

In 2008 Mike Mattingly and his wife Tabatha were enjoying the good life in Phoenix, AZ. Mike was earning a good salary working for a civil engineering firm with all the perks. Then, whoosh, it was gone. The economic crunch hit them hard. It was a time when businesses were downsizing aggressively and Mike was

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

You’re Not in High School Anymore

by Nyla on May 14, 2013

Shena Reid wasn’t sure she would do very well in college-level classes, when she considered enrolling in the Online Clinical Medical Assisting certificate program. It had been a dozen years since she graduated from high school and thought it would only get harder, as so much time had passed since she was a student. “I

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Assisting / Online Division

A Life-long Learner Keeps His Promise

by Nyla on May 7, 2013

When Bill Lennon dropped out of high school his junior year to take over his Dad’s dry wall business after his Dad fell and broke his neck, Bill made two important promises to himself: He would one day go back and finish high school and eventually go on to get a college degree. On his

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

Young, Ambitious… and Stressed

by Nyla on March 28, 2013

Jaspreet (Jessy) Manak, RRT will be the first to tell you that she was spread very thin those last couple of months before she graduated from Rancho Cordova’s Respiratory Therapy program in November. During her 4th term Jessy organized a Respiratory Therapy event at the Yuba City Sikh Parade. “At the same time we were

Posted in Grad Success / Rancho Cordova / Respiratory Therapy

Career Path Takes Sudden Turn

by Nyla on March 19, 2013

Kylie Johnson had always worked in a criminal justice environment, starting with the Bakersfield Police’s Explorers program and finally in the US Army’s Military Police. But, after exploring her options with an SJVC admissions advisor, she found herself drawn to the Dental Assisting program. Shortly after starting the DA program, she knew it was the

Posted in Bakersfield / Grad Success / Medical Assisting

SJVC Graduate Sets The Education Bar High For Her Family

by Nyla on January 12, 2013

Violeta Chaidez is the first member of her large family to attend college and come away with a degree. Her parents and four siblings know from watching her these last fourteen months, while she got up early for class, studied during the summer when her brothers and sisters were out of school and working to

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

Better Late Than Never

by Nyla on December 6, 2012

At 31-years old, Sergio Calvillo knew the 13-year gap between classes was going to hurt. Classmates in his Surgical Technology program “were fresh out of high school and zipping along,” he says, while he wrestled with being a student again. “Being back into academics was a real struggle for me,” he says. Sergio knew he

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Surgical Technologist

Family First

by Nyla on December 1, 2012

Maria Moua was used to putting her needs last. As a teen mom she began that habit 14-years ago, and her strong sense of responsibility for others has only grown in the years since. College was one of her goals that had to take a backseat. In early 2006 Maria and her husband, Tom Xiong,

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Surgical Technologist