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Visalia Dental Assisting student Jared Ray with wife

Student in Visalia Dental Assisting program excels while juggling three jobs

by Nyla on October 29, 2018

Jared Ray is committed to his education and family. Not only is he balancing the responsibilities of being a husband and father with the demands of being a student in SJVC Visalia’s Dental Assisting program; he works not one, but three jobs while he trains to become a dental assistant. “I’m the kind of person

Posted in Dental Assisting / Student Spotlights / Visalia

LVN to RN student Amber Rose Smith and her two sons

LVN to RN student praises program for getting her ready for ER’s red zone

by Nyla on October 8, 2018

Amber Rose Smith may look like a vision of calm on the outside, but she is quietly juggling a life that demands her full attention at all times. She runs at a pace set by her determination to succeed in her Licensed Vocational Nursing-to-Registered Nurse program on the Visalia campus while she works part-time as a

Posted in Registered Nursing / Student Spotlights / Visalia

Modesto Medical Assisting student Jerold Maghoney

Medical Assisting student rises from the ashes of addiction

by Nyla on September 17, 2018

Jerold Maghoney discovered that rock bottom provides a hard surface from which you can push off toward higher ground. His slide to Ground Zero began with his first sip of beer at age 12 on a fishing trip with his dad, and it picked up momentum when he had his last sober birthday party at

Posted in Medical Assisting / Modesto / Student Spotlights

Temecula Corrections student Madison Olson with Officer Jen

Life-threatening injury sparks interest in Corrections career

by Nyla on September 10, 2018

Madison Olson spent her 16th birthday in a coma. It wasn’t the Sweet Sixteen party so many teen girls dream about. In fact, there was no celebration at all – except that quiet, heartfelt one her family felt that she was alive. Even after waking from her coma a month later, Madison was on a

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Student Spotlights / Temecula

SJVC Visalia Vocational Nursing program student Amanda with daughter

Saving a baby’s life confirmed career direction for student in Vocational Nursing program

by Nyla on June 25, 2018

Temperatures were in the 70s the day Amanda Dollman heard frantic cries as she walked to her car in a hospital parking lot. She noticed an older woman and a younger man trying to get into a locked car. “I asked if everything was ok, thinking I could call AAA for them,” says Amanda. There

Posted in Licensed Vocational Nursing / Student Spotlights / Visalia

Ontario RN program student Jacquelin Alvarez

Ontario RN student discovers true passion in nursing

by Nyla on June 18, 2018

After opting out of a 2-year nursing program in a school that didn’t provide what she had hoped for, Jacquelin Alvarez was at a loss for her next career training and education move. “What do I do now,” she remembers thinking. Still discouraged, Jacquelin found herself at SJVC’s Ontario campus checking out the Pharmacy Technology

Posted in Ontario / Registered Nursing / Student Spotlights

Porterville student honors family of accountants with 4.0 in Business Administration program

by Nyla on March 19, 2018

Rachel Murphy recalls a moment when her 6-year-old daughter Aubrey asked, “Mom, you’re a grown-up, so what are you going to be? What career did you choose?” “Those questions were my father’s doing,” says Rachel, who at 26 years old still hadn’t yet landed on a career, and each passing year meant more distance between

Posted in Business Administration / Porterville / Student Spotlights