Student Spotlights

Two little girls keep Pharmacy Tech student going

by Nyla on December 30, 2013

Every day Paula Askari wakes up, straightens her narrow shoulders and prepares for the arduous routine that will bring her one step closer to her dream of a job she loves and financial security. She looks at the two little girls who are the focal point of her efforts: 3-year old Layla and 1-year old

Posted in Lancaster / Pharmacy Technology / Student Spotlights

Business Administration Students right at home in political office

by SJVC on December 9, 2013

Business internships are wrought with fierce competition. Many individuals look to get a leg up in the business world and SJVC students act with diligence to earn their spots. Temecula Business Administration students Vania Fune and Liya Brykova are no exception. Both students had the good luck- or good resumes more likely- to be chosen

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Student Spotlights / Temecula

SJVC Computer student finds dreams can grow from low self-worth

by Nyla on November 25, 2013

There is a worse prison than the one in which many of Gabriel Ontiveros’ friends lived. The prison of one’s own mind is much more limiting. “If you think you’re not worth it, if somebody tore you down, if nobody makes you feel like you can ever do anything, you need to start to see

Posted in Computer Systems Administration / Student Spotlights / Student Success / Visalia

A complete career switch was the right decision

by Nyla on November 18, 2013

Heather Howell was not certain she could handle the rigors of going back to school. Almost 20-years since she graduated from high school and lots of start-and-stop college credits, she wasn’t sure she could do the whole classroom, study, exam thing again. She was sure, however, that her job in security – as a “mall

Posted in Lancaster / Pharmacy Technology / Student Spotlights / Student Success

Surgical Tech Graduate’s Essay Published

by Nyla on November 7, 2013

Jessica De La Cruz was flipping through the October issue of “The Surgical Technologist” when she noticed an article titled Total Abdominal Hysterectomy. “Oh, I wrote a paper about that,” Jessica thought. Then, she noticed her name in the by-line. “My mouth dropped open.” Jessica had no idea that the writing assignment in Program Director,

Posted in Fresno / Student Spotlights / Student Success / Surgical Technologist

Honk if you need encouragement

by Nyla on November 4, 2013

Cheryl Stansbury knew things were going to be tight when she started her Respiratory Therapy program in Temecula. Her husband, Michael, was in an uncertain construction industry and his job site had him commuting 90-minutes each way. Their 2-year old daughter, Gloria, needed a stable home environment with as little back-and-forth to child-care as possible.

Posted in Student Spotlights / Temecula

A long way from there…to here

by Nyla on October 28, 2013

Sandy Clute will be the first to tell you that not graduating high school until she was twenty-one was all on her. When she was a sophomore and not doing well with the academic constraints of the Akron, Ohio public school system, she opted to become an independent student enrolled in an online home-school program.

Posted in Medical Assisting / Online Division / Student Spotlights

Childhood dream becomes reality at Fresno’s Aviation campus

by Nyla on October 21, 2013

Michael McGee and his family were in a tough place. A carpenter and firefighter for most of his adult life, Mike had been out of work for much of the last two years. He knew he had to do something to keep his Mariposa life going with wife, Autumn and teenage daughters Bonnie and Rianna.

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Student Spotlights

The sweet smell of success

by Nyla on October 15, 2013

Their assignment was to create a business, develop a business plan and present it to “the bank” – in this case Campus Director, Joel Morgan, Academic Dean, Victoria Gutierrez and other staff – in order to get approval for a business loan. Sonia and Laura put their heads together and came up with “Panoramic Cupcakes”,

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Lancaster / Student Spotlights