Student Spotlights

Medical Assisting Student Brenda on school, family and loss

by Nyla on October 14, 2013

Brenda Cabrera grew up wishing she could be anywhere but home. Her parents were divorced and her father, Roger, “fought for custody many times,” says Brenda. When she was 17 her father was finally successful, and Brenda went to live with him and her stepmother, Elvia, and stepbrother, Yandell. She had the family she longed

Posted in Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights / Student Success / Temecula

Family crisis nearly forces student to drop out

by Nyla on October 7, 2013

Andrea Evans knew it was going to be all uphill to succeed in her Respiratory Therapy program on the Temecula campus. At 38-years old she’d spent 20-years in the restaurant management business and with only a few post high school college classes in the distant past, confidence in her ability to be a good student

Posted in Grad Success / Student Spotlights / Student Success / Temecula

A quiet voice grows strong

by Nyla on September 30, 2013

For the longest time, the only voice of encouragement Ashley Schwarz heard was that one deep inside her. “You’ve got to be better,” it said. Ashley lost each of her parents before she was ready to be on her own and, without siblings, her lone inner voice was the only one pushing her forward. Ashley

Posted in Business Programs / Human Resource Administration / Medical Assisting / Online Division / Student Spotlights / Student Success

Student is a triple threat to other job applicants

by Nyla on September 24, 2013

Online student, Ola Petty, is on fire with her career education. It wasn’t enough for her that she enrolled in and completed the Clinical Medical Assisting certificate program, then extended her commitment in the program to earn her A.S. degree. She decided to re-up and enrolled in the Medical Office Administration certificate program, just to

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

Immigration status threatened success

by Nyla on September 18, 2013

Cristal Rubio remembers what it felt like to watch her high school friends one at a time get their driver’s licenses and score summer jobs, while she pretended she didn’t need them. “I told them my parents said I didn’t need to work and my mom always drops me off wherever I need to go,

Posted in Business Administration / Business Programs / Hesperia / Student Spotlights / Victor Valley

The Horse Whisperer

by SJVC on September 10, 2013

Since the day she stepped foot onto Lancaster’s campus Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting (CAMA) student Josalynn Delorenzo began setting goals for herself. With a map of her future and her family encouraging her to graduate she works toward accomplishing the long list of goals she has set for herself. Josalynn has had a passion for

Posted in Lancaster / Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights

No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

by SJVC on September 4, 2013

With a total of six children all under the age of six residing beneath one roof, bumps and bruises are bound to happen. Clinical Administrative Medical Assisting (CAMA) student Meghan Chinoski found this to be true when her 3 year old son broke his femur in the midst of harmless horseplay and had to be

Posted in Lancaster / Medical Assisting / Student Spotlights

SJVC Student to the Rescue

by SJVC on August 27, 2013

Emergency Services and Safety Management (ESSM) student Cindy Burgara’s time at SJVC has exceeded all of her greatest expectations. Saving the life of a young child with the application of her training was a surreal moment of clarity that brought all of Cindy’s hard work full circle. Cindy came to SJVC hoping to join the

Posted in Bakersfield / Emergency Services & Safety Management / Student Spotlights

A Wonderful New Lease on Life

by SJVC on August 12, 2013

After being abandoned by a majority of her family and taking on the role of a single, teenage mother Shannon Campbell was at a low point. Since enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician (PT) program at SJVC Shannon has developed an appreciation and respect for herself like never before. Having her son Semajay at the young

Posted in Lancaster / Pharmacy Technology / Student Spotlights