Student Spotlights

Fresno Industrial Maintenance Tech Student Ricardo

Industrial Maintenance Technology student needed credential for higher pay at his job

by Nyla on August 1, 2016

Ricardo Rivas’ job as Equipment Operator at a food manufacturing plant had him doing a lot of industrial maintenance work. But he was not getting the pay bump, because he lacked specific training and certification. “At work, I was doing a lot of the maintenance, but I wasn’t getting paid (at the Industrial Maintenance Tech

Posted in Fresno / Industrial Technology / Spotlight / Student Spotlights

Respiratory Therapy student Michael Berry

Daughter’s difficult birth inspires Respiratory Therapy career choice

by Nyla on July 25, 2016

At 2 years old, Mia is starting to pull herself up and contemplating her first tentative steps toward her parents, Michael and Liz Berry. They are at the ready to catch, encourage and urge her on to her greatest potential. That is what moms and dads do. Michael took his parental support a good bit

Posted in Ontario / Respiratory Therapy / Student Spotlights

Fresno Medical Assisting student Alex Dos Santos

Medical Assisting student looking for more than a job

by Nyla on April 4, 2016

Alex Dos Santos sums up his employment ambitions perfectly. “I was always looking for that one thing, that one career I could build a life around,” he says. “I was tired of minimum wages and being a temp.” He took a very pragmatic approach when he weighed his options. “I did the math,” says Alex.

Posted in Fresno / Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights

Delano medical assisting student Jalyssa Alvarado

Delano Medical Assisting student won’t let hardships limit her success

by Nyla on March 28, 2016

The odds were stacked against Jalyssa Alvarado, and statistics predicted she would be a high school dropout with few job opportunities. That is what usually happens when you are born to a mom who has a history of substance abuse and incarceration, you have young siblings who depend on you for their primary care, and you

Posted in Delano / Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights

Medical Assisting student Wendy Flores

Medical Assisting student escaped a childhood of torment

by Nyla on March 21, 2016

“I never thought I’d live over the age of 20,” says 33-year-old Wendy Flores. “When I turned 21, I was like, ‘I made it!’” Those early years were a bleak time in her life as the youngest of seven kids, whose mom just couldn’t protect them from an abusive father and the darkness he brought

Posted in Fresno / Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights

DMS student Miranda Reveles

Diagnostic Medical Sonography student makes short-term sacrifices for long-term success

by Nyla on March 14, 2016

How much determination should students expect to have to get the education they need for the career they want? Miranda Reveles digs deep to stay on course…and set the example. Miranda is up at 4 a.m. every weekday morning and on the road by 5:30 to make the 90-mile drive from Visalia to the Bakersfield

Posted in Bakersfield / Diagnostic Medical Sonography / Student Spotlights

Business Administration program student Kristan

Business Administration student has clear plan for her future

by Nyla on February 22, 2016

Every once in a while, the stars line up just right and your plans unfold just as you imagined. A few side roads taken and a couple of false starts become minor background noise to the voice in your head that says, “This IS going to happen.” That voice has always been loud and clear for

Posted in Business Administration / Student Spotlights / Temecula

Online IT program helps techie prepare for dream career

by Nyla on October 19, 2015

Online Information Technology student Josh Lute had a very practical interpretation of “follow your bliss” when it came to making his career choice. “I was driving a truck and training drivers for the last 8-9 years and could make $50-100k a year,” says Josh, who never intended for that position to be his life-long pursuit.

Posted in Information Technology / Online Program / Student Spotlights

Business Administration students Renee and Tory'a

Mother/daughter team takes on Business Administration program

by Nyla on July 6, 2015

Renee Taylor and her daughter, 19-year-old Tory’a, have completely different reasons for enrolling in the Hanford Business Administration program, but that doesn’t mean they are tackling this important step in their career preparation any less enthusiastically. “With this education, I can go and get bigger and better jobs in Japan,” says Tory’a, who spent several years

Posted in Business Administration / Hanford / Student Spotlights