Student Spotlights

Aviation student turns crises into opportunity

by Nyla on June 16, 2014

Laureen Hurtado was enjoying the good life. She had a steady job, was making good money running equipment for a production plant near the home she and her wife, Gloria shared. Laureen had been in a community college nursing program for five years, trying to make the best of a lottery system that made getting

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Student Spotlights

Mom inspires daughter toward higher education

by Nyla on June 9, 2014

Jessica Lourido has never been a slacker when it comes to her work ethic. Although only twenty years old, she worked full-time at Starbucks for three years, while she finished up her last year of high school online, gave cosmetology school a 5-month trial run and took a few medical classes. But the more Jessica

Posted in Medical Assisting / Medical Programs / Online Division / Student Spotlights

A Changed Life

by Nyla on June 2, 2014

“I am here to testify that God is still in the delivery business,” says Online CAMA student Joanne. And, she will tell anyone who will listen that when you are ready, really ready, God will give you the strength to follow a new path. The path Joanne had been on for twenty years was one

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Student likes versatility of Aviation program

by Nyla on April 28, 2014

You might not think Jeff Ball is someone you would find in Fresno’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program. He spent 17-years with Barnes and Noble in positions that began with selling books and ended in management. “I wore every hat in that building,” he laughs. Jeff left that long-term association, briefly worked a retail job, and

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Student Spotlights

A little boost up the company ladder for Ontario student

by Nyla on April 21, 2014

Twenty-one year old Kenzley Velthuis is very happy with the progress she has made at Bed Bath and Beyond in the two years she has worked there. She started out as a cashier, moved to an on-the-floor position and now enjoys an Operations spot that controls what ships in and what ships out. “I just

Posted in Business Programs / Ontario / Student Spotlights

CAMA student is passionate recruiter

by Nyla on April 14, 2014

Shaun Hudson-Gilpin is a self-appointed Ambassador-at-Large for San Joaquin Valley College’s Lancaster campus. Once he discovered what a perfect fit the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting program was for him, he made certain that others in his personal orbit explored their career destinies at SJVC, as well. Shaun brought his buddy Marcos when he dropped

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Self-doubt no match for hard work

by SJVC on April 14, 2014

When Emily Lewis decided to go back to school for a new career, her self-doubt almost crippled her efforts, but with the help of her instructors and advisor, she was able to recognize the talents within and excel. Emily was no stranger to the medical field, having worked in it for over twenty years. “I

Posted in Medical Assisting / Online Division / Student Spotlights

Veteran looks for new career after 12 years in Air Force

by SJVC on March 17, 2014

After seeing his grandfather serve, Matthew Goldman knew he wanted to join the military. An injury sustained in the service would change all that, resulting in him being discharged and having to find a new way of living. “The military was part of my life from a very young age,” says Matthew. His grandfather was

Posted in Lancaster / Pharmacy Technology / Student Spotlights

Online student finds his stride…and strength

by Nyla on March 10, 2014

Lathan Murdock had his own construction business in Texas for eight years, but things were not working out the way he had hoped. He knew he had to make his move pretty soon to get out of the hole that kept getting deeper for him, his wife Cherie, and their four children, ages 3 to

Posted in Business Programs / Construction Management / Online Division / Student Spotlights