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Ontario student discovers ambition for construction career

by Nyla on February 26, 2018

Isaiah Motupalli has been working with his dad James since he was 15, using brick, rock, stone and concrete to pour driveways and build walls. “I saved up to buy my first car, a Ford Ranger pickup, when I was in high school,” he says. After graduation, he tried junior college for less than a

Posted in Construction Management / Ontario / Spotlight / Student Spotlights

Online BSRT student Mellissa Prendez and family

Online Bachelor of Science degree completion program is ideal for Bakersfield Respiratory Therapist

by Nyla on December 25, 2017

Mellissa Prendez earned her Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy at SJVC’s Bakersfield campus and has worked in that specialized field for about 15 months. But she knows a big change is coming for professionals at her education level in Respiratory Care. “There’s no set date yet, but the industry and professional organizations have

Posted in Respiratory Therapy / Respiratory Therapy Bachelor's Degree / Spotlight / Student Spotlights

Temecula Medical Assisting student Vee and her son

Medical Assisting student uses new skill to save her son’s life

by Nyla on November 13, 2017

Voynne (Vee) Ramlakhan had no idea that exactly one day after earning CPR certification in one of her Medical Assisting program classes, she would use that new skill to save her 10-year-old son Isaiah’s life. It was 1 a.m. when Vee went downstairs to find that Isaiah had sneaked into the leftover orange chicken in

Posted in Medical Assisting / Spotlight / Student Spotlights / Temecula

Hanford Medical Office graduate Julianna Underwood

Going from fast food to Medical Office Administration career required family effort

by Nyla on October 26, 2017

Julianna Underwood was 24 years old and had only known work in the fast-food industry when she found herself divorced and trying to provide for her baby, Isaac. Her earning potential and unpredictable work hours forced her to toward a huge decision about going back to school as a way to make a comfortable life

Posted in Grad Success / Hanford / Medical Office / Spotlight

Ontario HVAC graduate Frank Guerrero

HVAC-R graduate has powerful strategy for finding jobs

by Nyla on September 28, 2017

“From day one, I knew I had to start at the bottom,” says Frank Guerrero of his long-term plan for success in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration business. He knew he wouldn’t be there for long. Frank had started the HVAC-R program at the Rancho Cucamonga (now Ontario) campus in 2014 after several

Posted in Grad Success / Heating, Ventilation, AC and Refrigeration / Ontario / Spotlight

Bakersfield Criminal Justice Corrections student Tammy Zamora

A career jump into Criminal Justice Corrections lands perfectly

by Nyla on September 11, 2017

Tammy Zamora spent years as a court reporter, taking depositions and watching the legal outcomes of law enforcement and the judicial system. Being a part of all that criminal justice action made her want to get into it on a deeper level. Her vision was to become a Corrections Officer. “One day I just woke

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Spotlight / Student Spotlights / Visalia

Registered-Nursing-student-David-Price-and-daughter

Nursing shortage in California drives higher education decision for LVN

by Nyla on August 7, 2017

“You see your co-workers doing all this cool stuff like resuscitating patients, and I thought, hey, I could go back to school and do that,” says David Price, Registered Nursing (RN) program student and previous Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program graduate at SJVC’s Visalia campus. David’s co-worker envy has launched his advanced career dreams and

Posted in Registered Nursing / Spotlight / Student Spotlights / Visalia