San Joaquin Valley College
San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC) is a private for-profit junior college based out of California. It is committed to helping students achieve their educational, personal and professional goals. Its mission is to prepare students for professional success in the business, technical, and medical fields. Its core values include success, excellence, integrity, diversity, lifelong learning, and community involvement. The college takes pride in its high standards of instruction and excellent services that it provides to students. It provides students with a variety of opportunities to develop career skills, professionalism, and critical thinking in an engaging learning environment. Faculty and administrative staff are dedicated to providing students with a superior educational experience. San Joaquin Valley College offers more than 20 programs at the associate degrees and certificates of completion levels in a variety of areas including administrative health care management, business administration, criminal justice, medical assisting, dental hygiene, nursing, veterinary technology, aviation maintenance technology, and computer systems administration. Many programs can be completed in as little as 14 months.
The Online Division at San Joaquin Valley College provides the same quality education as campus-based programs, but in a flexible virtual environment. The curriculum is designed to meet the lifestyle needs of busy students who are currently working or attending to other obligations. The online programs are presented in a synchronous and asynchronous format and students are able to study anywhere anytime with a connection to the Internet. Online courses run on a five-week schedule. Available online programs include administrative health care management, human resource management, business administration, construction management, and clinical medical assisting.
The online business administration program provides students with an outline of office procedures and abilities that can be applied to a variety of positions in the business field. The program prepares students to become knowledgeable, competent, and ethical business professionals. Program topics include general office procedures, computer applications, sales and management techniques, and organization and management of work tasks. Examples of courses include human resources, business ethics, business operations, accounting principles, economics and finance, and professional writing. Upon completion of the business administration program, students earn a certificate or associate degree and are prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist examination to become certified in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
Robert and Shirley Perry founded San Joaquin Valley College in 1977 as a career college that focused on health care training. The first class had three students seeking to pursue a career in medical assisting. In its early years, the college expanded and it opened additional campuses throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Mark and Michael Perry purchased the college in 1995 and the college has continued to expand and add additional programs and campuses. In 2004, the college launched its online division to provide online career training programs to individuals throughout the country. Today, San Joaquin Valley College enrolls more than 6,000 students on a yearly basis.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges regionally accredits San Joaquin Valley College.
San Joaquin Valley College awards up to $40,000 in scholarships on an annual basis to high school seniors who qualify.
San Joaquin Valley College participates in numerous financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal Work Study, State Cal Grants, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). The college also offers an institutional loan to help pay for tuition expenses not covered by financial aid.
Credit Earning Options
San Joaquin Valley College may accept previous credit completed at other accredited colleges and universities for the associate degree programs. The certificate programs do not accept transfer courses. All previously completed courses must have a grade of a C or better and some must have been completed within the past seven years. Students are able to transfer up to 30 credits toward a program. Students must submit official transcripts for evaluation by the registrar’s office. The college grants credit for training completed at military institutions or while on active duty in the military. A military transcript must be submitted. San Joaquin Valley College also grants credit for examinations such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Program of the College Board (AP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and Excelsior College Examinations. Credit may be earned through course challenges where students are required to take an examination that assesses their knowledge of the objectives and learning outcomes of a particular course.