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Finding Your Future: SJVC Employer Relationships

Study With Confidence: SJVC’s Relationship With Local Employers

Education is an investment in your future, so it’s natural to wonder what that future will look like. Whether you’re looking to enter the workforce as a medical assistant, pharmacy technician, nurse, office administrator, aviation maintenance technician, or somewhere in between, you want to know there’s a career for you after graduation.

While SJVC does not guarantee employment, our Career Services division does offer networking events and helps students plan their job search. Additionally, SJVC has a number of relationships with employers across California through the Job Referral program.

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SJVC Employer Relationships

SJVC has a number of major long-term employer relationships with whom we partner who neighbor our 17 campus communities. These employers often look to SJVC for new externship and job candidates to fill roles after SJVC students graduate. Our programs complement the needs of employers who are seeking candidates in the medical, technical, and business fields and others.

SJVC Career Services also works to match employers’ needs with the College’s alumni base to fill open positions. The College promotes lifelong learning for its students and alumni, including career enrichment and growth throughout their working careers. SJVC alumni can reach out to SJVC Career Services for career-related guidance any time after graduation.

Employer relationships can also participate in campus career events such as employer presentations, hiring events, and career fairs. Events may vary by location and campus.

We thank the following employer relationships and other organizations that have hired SJVC graduates.

Adventist Health

Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system with 21 locations in California, as well as locations in Hawaii and Oregon. The network has 37,000 health workers, including associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers.

Bakersfield Heart Hospital

Bakersfield Heart Hospital is a 47-bed, acute care hospital located in Bakersfield, California. The hospital hosts the only Women’s Heart Center in Kern County, where patients can assess their risk factors for heart disease with trained medical professionals. Bakersfield Heart Hospital has a staff of over 300 working to promote health in the community.

Bolthouse Farms

Christian Romo, senior manager, talent acquisition, for Bolthouse Farms, which was established in 1915. Bolthouse is one of the nation’s largest carrot growers and distributors and has about 3,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Bakersfield, Calif. “SJVC is the preferred institution over many of the institutions in our area,” Romo says in a 2021 recorded Q&A session.

“[SJVC] has been a trusted member of our community for many years. Leaders in the light industrial electrical programs often request talent from SJVC exclusively because of the success factors of the past, says Romo. “So, we filled positions across various different spectrums, ranging from the administrative side light industrial electrical all the way to our nursing program.”

Compared to students from other institutions, Romo says SJVC students are better prepared in technical terms and assimilation to the corporate workforce.

Community Medical Centers

Community Medical Centers is a private, not-for-profit healthcare network out of Fresno, California. The network operates four hospitals, a cancer institute, and several long-term care, outpatient, and other healthcare practices and facilities.
Community Medical Centers is deeply rooted in the San Joaquin Valley area, just like SJVC, and states that they are the leading healthcare provider in the region. The system employs more than 8,600 people, more than 3,200 of which are registered nurses.

Dignity Health

Dignity Health Central California hospitals include three hospitals in Bakersfield (Memorial Hospital, Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest), as well as Mark Twain Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center Merced, St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, and St. Joseph’s Medical Center Stockton.
These facilities are known for high-quality care and advanced medical services. Each hospital has a full staff of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and more. Dignity Health is a large network, with locations across the western United States.

FreshKo Produce

Freshko Produce Services is a distribution company that specializes in the sourcing and distribution of over 625 fresh fruits, vegetables, and related items to independent grocery stores, chains, retailers, and restaurants throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, and beyond. The company was founded in 2002 and based in Fresno.

Golden LivingCenters

Golden LivingCenters is a senior health care company based out of Indianapolis. This senior living company operates about 300 locations nationwide, providing rehabilitative, nursing, dementia, palliative, and cardiac care. Nationwide, the company has more than 10,000 employees including healthcare and administrative staff.

Hire Up Staffing Services

Hire Up Staffing is a staffing and recruitment company that helps job seekers find their next roles and companies hire the right people. The company also offers HR consulting and screening services to help companies hire right, faster. Hire Up Staffing has eight branches based in California, as well as additional locations in Texas.

IAP Worldwide Services

IAP is a large-scale logistics, facilities management, and advanced professional and technician services provider. IAP employs more than 2,000 people in more than 25 countries around the world. SJVC graduates may go on to work in helicopter maintenance with IAP.

For more than 10 years, the Site Manager of IAP’s Fresno branch, Steven Oldham, has hired numerous grads from our SJVC Aviation Maintenance Technology program. He said in a recorded Q&A in 2020 that SJVC’s program helps students learn about helicopter maintenance, which is less common in other areas with public and private airports.

“For a student coming fresh out of school, I believe SJVC students are better prepared based on the availability of hands-on experiences,” says Oldham. “IAP has been able to place roughly about 70 SJVC graduates.” In the SJVC aviation program, students are going to “gain some knowledge about helicopters that you’re not going to gain anywhere else,” he says.

Kaweah Health

Kaweah Health is the largest hospital in Tulare County, with 581 beds spread across eight campuses. Kaweah Health is the only local hospital in Vidalia, offering cardiac surgery, general surgery, cancer treatment, mental health services, orthopedic surgery, a renowned NICU and pediatric center, and more. Kaweah works with more than 4,400 medical professionals across the county to offer comprehensive health services to the community.

Madera Community Hospital

Madera Community Hospital is a not-for-profit community health resource, dedicated to actively promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of residents throughout the Central Valley. The hospital is always seeking to expand its team with qualified, passionate individuals who share the vision for a better, healthier, and happier Central Valley community.

Peri & Sons Farms

Peri & Sons Farms grows, packs, and distributes white, yellow, red, sweet, and organic onions. Based in Nevada, Peri & Sons has grown to be the largest private employer in Lyon County, with more than 400 full-time employees and 2,100 seasonal employees. In 2007, Peri & Sons expanded into California and now employs both seasonal and year-round employees in both locations.

Rancho Family Medical Group

Rancho Family Medical Group serves south Riverside county, offering family and internal medicine as well as geriatric care across 11 locations. Rancho Family Medical Group has in the past worked with medical assistants from SJVC.

Veronica Bullington, operations manager, has hired several SJVC Clinical Medical Assisting graduates. The medical group likes working with SJVC graduates because they are well trained, have passed necessary medical-related exams, and have the proper certifications and passion to do their jobs well. SJVC students have been prepped in professionalism on the job, she says.

“We have such a really good relationship with SJVC. SJVC knows what we really look for and they know we are looking for people who are going to work well together, hard workers who are willing to learn,” Bullington said in a recorded Q&A in 2020. “I really like the communication we have with SJVC. I feel like we’re really on the same page with what [the College] is trying to teach students.

SkyWest Airlines

SkyWest Airlines is a regional airline operated out of Utah through partnership with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. SkyWest carried more than 21 million passengers in 2020 and operates with a fleet of over 480 aircraft. The airline has a workforce of more than 14,000 professionals, including pilots and gate agents as well as maintenance professionals including A&P mechanics and avionics workers.

Mallory Roberts, pipeline partnership specialist with SkyWest, said in a recorded Q&A in 2020 that she had visited an SJVC campus the year before. She was pleased by the depth of questions the students asked her. “[SJVC students] are ready to go. All they need from us is to give them the green light and they will jump in. They had questions about the applications, they were asking me what to look for on a resume. They really cared about their presence starting out with SkyWest,” says Roberts. “I know that care transfers over to the care that they’ll have at their work.”

Tasteful Selections

Tasteful Selections is a wholesaler of distinctive potatoes with their headquarters, growing, production and packaging facilities based out of Arvin, California. Tasteful Selections handles the entire planting, growing, harvesting and packaging process for their potatoes.


Tyonek is a Native Corporation with subsidiaries for Manufacturing, Services, Construction, and Alaska enterprises. SJVC partners with the Tyonek Services Group which provides aircraft engineering, modification, maintenance, and testing services. Additionally, the services group offers mission support services for U.S. Government Cyber Operations, Special Operations, Training and Exercise Support, Network Security, IT/Software Implementation, Strategic Planning, and Engineering requirements. Finally, Tyonek Services Group offers general contracting services based in Anchorage, Alaska.

United Health Centers

United Health Centers is licensed by the State of California as a community health center in the Central San Joaquin Valley, serving more than 50 communities in the area. The centers employ more than 150 providers and more than 1,000 employees like nurses and allied health professionals.

United States Cold Storage

United States Cold Storage operates services, facilities, and logistics relating to the cold chain. The cold chain refers to managing the temperature of perishable products as they make their way from producer to distributor. Cold chain companies work to make sure perishable products remain sage and usable, as well as satisfying, as temperature fluctuation can lead to changes in texture and appearance.

Valley Children’s Healthcare

Valley Children’s Healthcare, formally known as Children’s Hospital Central California, is one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the country, with 23 locations in California.

For nearly 70 years, Valley Children’s has served the 1.3 million kids living in the Central Valley, growing from a single 42-bed hospital into a major network. Valley Children’s has more than 2,900 employees working as nurses, physicians, and allied health workers.

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SJVC Advisory Board Panels

SJVC’s mission provides education that is targeted toward career advancement and development. The College promotes ongoing career guidance throughout its students’ education at SJVC and beyond, including after graduation. Those are some of the reasons that our employer relationships like filling their open positions with SJVC graduates and alumni. One way employers can partner with the College is by contributing to one of the College’s Advisory Boards.

Each of the 17 SJVC campuses has Advisory Boards that work as a link between the area business community and the College. The boards can be a rich blend of managers, employers, employees and business owners from business, technical, and medical industries in addition to faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

The boards provide a vital role in advising on SJVC programs in ensuring they are up-to-date and evolving with changing employer needs. This helps ensure that SJVC graduates are trained with current methods for filling current and future job opportunities. Board members may also offer input on curriculum changes and share knowledge about changing hiring practices, industry standards, or licensure requirements.

Train for Your Future With SJVC

Whether you recently graduated from high school, or are making a mid-career change, SJVC is dedicated to training skilled professionals in a wide range of industries. No matter what field you are interested in, after learning the necessary skills, SJVC’s Career Services team will partner with you in your job search. Whether you connect with a local employer partner or set your sights on something different, we’re here to help.

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SJVC does not guarantee employment, nor does it guarantee employment within specific salary ranges or in specific areas. Students should refer to the Career Services section in the student handbook for comprehensive information.