Grad Success

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

From Student to Business Owner

by Allison on June 24, 2012

Graduating college is a huge step in one’s life – and creating your own business after graduating is an even bigger step. Modesto Therapeutic Massage student Hillari Shaw knows what it takes in order to open her own business. Shaw enrolled in SJVC’s program with a focused plan to open her own business. “This was

Posted in Grad Success / Modesto

Nothing That’s Worth It Comes Easy

by Allison on June 23, 2012

It’s easy to lose sight of the end when you’re in the middle, but SJVC graduate Annie Ferla is proof that the end – finishing school– is worth every step of the middle. “It is refreshing to know if you have a goal in mind, a wish list of what you want, and you work

Posted in Grad Success / Visalia

No More Hanging Out at the Bottom of the Food Chain

by Lauren on November 23, 2011

Porschea Bowdre was tired of hitting a promotional ceiling in her professional career. As a correctional facility employee, Bowdre had all the experience necessary for a position in parole but was missing one thing – a degree. An obviously social person, Bowdre never saw nor experienced education as an island. Referred to SJVC by her

Posted in Business Programs / Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Hesperia / Victor Valley

Congratulations Matt Miller!

by Lauren on November 7, 2011

We love to hear from our students post-graduation and thought we’d post one of our most recent success stories here. Congratulations to Matt! We are so proud of you! I started my San Joaquin Online experience August 2010. Since that time I have gained a vast amount of knowledge, not only in my construction major,

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