Student Spotlights

Temecula Respiratory Therapy student Adam Moniz

Respiratory Therapy program is the perfect fit for military veteran

by Nyla on April 20, 2015

Everything about Adam Moniz’s 14 years in the Marine Corps was hands-on. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) as a combat instructor was demonstrating infantry weapons and tactics, demolition and rockets. “I’ve probably taught a couple of thousand foreign nationals how to do those jobs and 1,200 Marine Corps recruits right out of California boot camp,”

Posted in Respiratory Therapy / Student Spotlights / Temecula

Madera Medical Office program student Araceli Campos

Medical Office student rises above personal tragedies and builds a better future

by Nyla on April 6, 2015

Twenty years ago, Araceli Campos was a 14-year-old girl struggling in a single-parent home with her mother and her younger sister. Life became even more difficult when she realized she was pregnant. Whatever hope Araceli had for a better life slipped away. “Getting pregnant at an early age was pretty much where my life ended,

Posted in Madera / Medical Office / Student Spotlights

Medical Assisting student would not quit program…even for cancer

by Nyla on March 23, 2015

After Felisha Stewart’s tests results in April 2014 indicated thyroid cancer, her oncology physicians were blunt about statistics reflecting that most women under 45 years old did not get past stage 2. At age 31, Felisha had stage 3 Papillary Carcinoma. For the next several months, Felisha had many more tests, biopsies, MRIs, PET scans,

Posted in Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights / Temecula

Clinical Medical Assisting student Gabby Manoz

Clinical Medical Assisting student put to truest test

by Nyla on February 23, 2015

If Gabby Manoz ever had any doubts about a career serving the medical needs of others, it was put to rest one day as she was driving along and spotted an elderly woman lying on the ground, flat on her back. Gabby pulled over and ran to her thinking, “This is real and it’s no

Posted in Madera / Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights

Criminal Justice program student Luis Graciano

Hands-on aspect of Criminal Justice program makes strong impression

by Nyla on January 26, 2015

Luis Graciano has always been interested in a career in law enforcement. “Since I was a little kid, I’d see a cop car and get goose bumps,” says the 24-year-old. “I wanted to be the person in that car, helping people, making things better.” After kicking around for a few years in post-high school jobs,

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Ontario / Student Spotlights

SJVC Industrial Technology Student Angel Suniga

From gangs to soon-to-be graduate: A success story

by Nyla on October 13, 2014

In a town where 30 percent of the population is involved in gang-related activities, it is easy for youth to get off to a bad start. Angel Suniga was one of those in the San Fernando town of Pacoima on a path to self-destruction. At 18 years old, his affiliation and subsequent “wrong place at

Posted in Antelope Valley / Industrial Technology / Student Spotlights

Temecula campus remembers Frank Varela

Temecula campus feels the loss of one of their best

by Nyla on October 6, 2014

“You could tell Frank Varela was going to be one of the best we had,” says John Hall, Dean of Student Services. It was a feeling shared by just about everyone who got to know Frank, while the 32-year-old was a Medical Assisting (MA) student at the Temecula campus. Frank’s life came to a tragic

Posted in Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights / Temecula

Business student Elias Campos

Temecula Business student is the guy to watch

by Nyla on September 22, 2014

Twenty-three year old Elias Campos is a Business Administration student on the Temecula campus who will graduate next month. When he leaves SJVC, he will have left an indelible mark on many lives. Elias comes from a humble background. His parents, Elias and Maria Soledad, had very little formal education because they both had left

Posted in Business Administration / Student Spotlights / Temecula

Aviation Maintenance Technoloy student Jose Hurtado

Brand new idea for a new life

by Nyla on June 30, 2014

Jose Perez Hurtado never thought much about airplanes. He never had that kid’s dream of flying one or taking one apart. They all kind of looked the same to him and were, so far as he was concerned, just a nice way to get from Point A to Point B. Jose worked for a company

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Student Spotlights