ATASCADERO — The Atascadero branch of the privately owned career training school San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC) is officially open at 8845 El Camino Real, after a ribbon cutting and reception March 7.
SJVC Atascadero offers accelerated, nine-month medical and business certificate programs, as well as job placement assistance for graduates and enrolled students.
Tours of the campus building on March 7 focused on their learning resource center, computer labs, a student center where the reception was held, and medical labs that simulate real-world conditions.
Campus President Alyssa Perry, granddaughter of the schools’ founders, invited Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno to speak on what the continuing education opportunity means for residents, as well as how they’ve integrated into the community’s business landscape since classes started.
Perry noted that Atascadero as it is now, hovering around the 30,000 population mark, is very similar to the town where SJVC started their first campus.
Moreno remarked that, while the City has always appreciated a good relationship with Cuesta College, it has been limiting not to have more options for career training and that the new campus fits nicely with the City’s economic development goals.
The current class in training at the campus is at roughly 80 percent capacity, with 60 students enrolled, several of them — coming out in blue and maroon scrubs for the evening to give guests tours of their workspace — were graduates of Atascadero and Del Rio High Schools.
Medical Assisting student Carli Leatham explained her hope is to use the courses as a stepping stone to further involvement in the medical field but for now, she was getting quite adept at drawing blood in the lab with instructor Aubri Korklin. Everyone, at least in her program, gets some time in the phlebotomy chair. The chair, although basic in design, is brand new along with everything else on site from the wheelchairs to the exam tables, and anatomical display skeleton.
Greg Haas, Regional District Representative for Congressman Salud Carbajal, added as he delivered a certificate of recognition, that the field of nursing is about to explode with regional demand as federal regulations for veterans seeking medical assistance from the Veterans Administration reduce mileage they’re expected to travel.
Soon they’ll be able to seek those services close to home meaning an increase for nursing on the Central Coast, he said.
Information on the school’s accreditations, certifications and enrollment is available online at www.sjvc.edu.