Student Spotlights

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

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

Posted in Lancaster / Medical Assisting / 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

A bright future lies ahead for RT student, even if she can’t see it

by Nyla on March 3, 2014

Everyone around Jessica Pinedo sees her RT program and leadership accomplishments and has no doubts about a bright career ahead for her. Everyone except Jessica. Even as the recognition and awards stack up, she is filled with self-doubt. “I hold myself to very high standards and beat myself up a lot,” she admits. “I consider

Posted in Ontario / Student Spotlights

The U.S. Marine Corps clears a path for Physician Assistant student

by Nyla on February 24, 2014

Five and a half years in the Marine Corps, working as an F-18 jet mechanic, gave Mario Lemus the framework he needed to be a dedicated student. He brought disciplined study habits learned from many military courses, leadership from supervisory positions and the wisdom that comes from adapting to military life and personal circumstances and

Posted in Physician Assistant / Student Spotlights / Visalia

Motherhood tests Online Student’s mettle

by SJVC on January 27, 2014

Sometimes, education can get pushed to the wayside, neglected or forgotten because of crisis or celebration. Khampon Nasay-Partida knew this all too well. She was not where she wanted to be in life. “I wasn’t having much luck in the career I wanted,” Khampon says. She weighed all the options, researching program after program at

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Online Division / Student Spotlights

Jack of all Trades makes Respiratory Therapy career commitment

by Nyla on January 13, 2014

Ask 27-year old Matthew Harbawi what kinds of jobs he has held in his work-life and he will tell you that the list of what he has not done is shorter. His first job, at age fifteen, was lifeguard at a local public swimming pool, where he fished a few panicked youths out of the

Posted in Rancho Cordova / Student Spotlights

CMA student breaks cycle of family dysfunction

by Nyla on January 6, 2014

Twenty year old Chelsy Samuels never had a role model to guide her through difficult decisions or show her how to navigate rocky relationships or strive for something positive in her life. She had to figure all that out on her own. Her mom was lost in a wasteland of drugs and abusive boyfriends and

Posted in Medical Assisting / Modesto / Student Spotlights