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Electrical Technology program instructor brings field and life techniques into the classroom

by Nyla on August 20, 2019

In 2013, Eric Laumatia completed a short-term training program to become an electrician. The education he received was important to his career growth, but equally important were friendships he developed while in class that included the instructor, Jim DeBerry, and fellow classmate, Frank Saavedra. “I’d had a great group of instructors and made a comment

Posted in Electrical Technology / Faculty Spotlights / Ontario

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Marine vet’s PTSD didn’t keep her from pursuing aircraft mechanic dream career

by Nyla on August 15, 2019

“When I was very little, I loved aviation and wanted to be a pilot,” says Megan Cardoza. “But I got glasses when I was five or six years old and heard I couldn’t wear glasses and be a pilot.” So she set that dream aside and went into the Marine Corps after graduating high school.

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Fresno / Grad Success

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Online Respiratory Therapy graduate sets her sights on a career as a pulmonary nurse practitioner

by Nyla on August 8, 2019

Samantha Canez goes to work every day knowing that she might be called upon to use her specialized skills as a respiratory therapist to save someone’s life. It’s hard to imagine there was a time when she was not certain she had the ability or the confidence to meet that challenge. In 2013, Samantha was

Posted in Grad Success / Online Division / Respiratory Therapy Bachelor's Degree

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Lancaster Pharmacy Technology graduate finds confidence and a career

by Nyla on August 1, 2019

At 47 years old, June Bianchi decided she had spent too many years working in retail, opening boxes in warehouses and diffusing customer service issues. She had tried a couple of short-term education routes in medical assisting and dialysis technician that didn’t connect, but did reinforce her interest in a career helping others. “My eyes

Posted in Antelope Valley / Grad Success / Lancaster / Pharmacy Technology

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Long-time machinist turns aviation interest into dream career

by Nyla on July 30, 2019

Michael Dodt had spent about 25 years working with his hands in the manufacturing industry, with the last 10 years working as a machinist. But those jobs were shrinking, and he knew he needed a plan. “I had to skill-up somehow, because jobs in Fresno as a machinist were scarce and the job market was

Posted in Aviation / Aviation Maintenance Technology / Faculty Spotlights / Fresno

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SJVC’s Fresno campus to offer in-demand Occupational Therapy Assistant program

by Nyla on July 29, 2019

Editor’s Note: This post was updated on September 9, 2019 regarding the SJVC Occupational Therapy Assistant program’s accreditation status. San Joaquin Valley College is pleased to launch an Occupational Therapy Assistant program on its Fresno campus, giving Central Valley residents easy access to training for this popular and in-demand career choice. “I expect to have

Posted in Fresno / News and Events / Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Clinical Medical Assisting student hits the re-set button

by Nyla on July 25, 2019

Sometimes you have to go home again before you can start life over. That’s what Charlotte Theurich realized when, after years of managing everything life threw her way, she had to set the reins of control aside. She moved in with her parents for a year, then accepted an invitation from her sister Tina to

Posted in Grad Success / Hanford / Medical Assisting

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Respiratory therapy career takes accelerated route for SJVC Temecula’s Program Director

by Nyla on July 23, 2019

It took Madison Dodds just seven years to go from Respiratory Therapy (RT) program student to Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in a hospital environment to RT program instructor at San Joaquin Valley College’s Temecula campus to the Respiratory Therapy Program Director. The trajectory of her career took her from sitting in a classroom to directing

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Respiratory Therapy / Temecula

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Atascadero Campus celebrates its first graduation

by Ryan Smith on July 18, 2019

The SJVC Atascadero campus held its first graduation on June 28, 2019, at the Atascadero Bible Church in Atascadero, Calif. This was a special event as it was the first graduation for the campus and included guests from throughout the community. The Class of 2019 included 26 graduates who completed one of three programs: Clinical

Posted in Atascadero / News and Events / SJVC