San Joaquin Valley College Reviews

  • 85 Reviews
  • Visalia (CA) (and 12 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $30,175
60% of 85 students said this degree improved their career prospects
47% of 85 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 9/15/2020
  • Degree: HVAC
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Arrived at the HVAC program to find it mostly run down at the Temecula Campus. The rest of the school implemented ID card access points to enter the building for safety, considering all the school shootings. However, anyone at any time can just walk into HVAC and do pretty much whatever they want. The equipment used for hands on exercises are old and hardly work. The program was severely lacking tools, so much so that the instructors had to bring their personal tools to class for students. Good luck trying to log into ANY of the school laptops because they are old and so far gone they struggle to do any basic function. Took and passed the CPR cert and the school attempted to deny that I ever went to the class, which then required me to send them photo and video evidence; still did not receive my COR cert. Left the school completely due to atrocious levels of greed and unprofessionalism. Stay away from this place."
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2020
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Me and some friends decided to check out some education and training courses.Compare some in the bay area and the valley, Modesto We all had slightly different interests and skills. So we went to sjvc. They were selling it hard, pushing all the dreams. I went in to electric and well I was disappointed. Tuition was high, promises and success stories shown A few of the instructors in my program seemed to know electric, there were a few that just blew hot air. Seemed the chief running the place was more concerned with appearances. Others uniform or if your tats were showing and not if you were doing good or had problems. My friend took the industrial maintenance course and said the students were teaching each other, the instructor kind of just sat there and followed a schedule and seemed like he didnt know what he was doing. Our other guy from our group took Criminal justice and loved it. Said the manager taught most of the classes and was very good. Also he did get hired by a sheriffs department with the program managers help and people he worked with. the career services were pushing him to be a security guard and yeah who pays a ton of money to become a guard. career services found some electrical jobs leads, but nothing great above labor. My friend in IT took some different training from an employer where he learned more and got paid to learn. He regretted it. For the cost and return wasnt worth it for me or my cousin that took it. So one out of 4 of us feel it was good. My cousin got a better job in the bay area but not sure if it was because of this electric training or his other work experience."
Michelle E
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2020
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I still recommend the program but have had difficulty in the last semester with or last two classes with financial aid. Prepare not to receive your money until 2 weeks before graduation as this is what is happening to me I now have to work more hours"
Margarita Nunez
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Hello this review is to share how how disappointed I am. I completed my pharmacy tech coarse with perfect attendance and a 3.8 GPA I tried really hard to do everything accordingly just to have the school treat me like nothing of importance. I endd in October had my graduation in November passed the PTCB test have a job available since November to find out that my application for license was never received by the board that not until after my 3rd visit to the campus after receiving a message from the board that my application was never submitted did I get some honesty according to the campus president it wasn't sent until January. It is March and I an still without a license but totally submerged in debt. So when I receive messages about repayment which of course I have to be informed of. I can't help but feel completely alone unsure and disappointed in trying to pursue more for myself and to know this school could care less. What do I do. I can't go back in time and select a different campus but sometimes I wish I did."
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2020
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Waste of time and money. The teachers failed to engage any of the students. The class sizes ,students, are way too large. Didnt cover anything remotely useful to an industrial tech career. Do not fall for this scam. Youtube is better. 2 teachers quit."
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I went to this school after graduating boot camp for the National Guard because I was interested in the Associate of Criminal Justice Degree. The coursework was ridiculously easy, I have no idea how people did not pass other than they did not want to show up to class. However, they will squeeze you financially for all that you got. Not to mention when I first enrolled the lady doing my financial aid erroneously advised me I could not use my Montgomery GI Bill since I had not served on active duty. It was not until eight months later I decided to ask the financial officers again why I was not allowed to use my GI Bill and they were totally confused why I had not been approved. Sadly I could not remember that lady's name who screwed me over when they asked. I graduated with my Associate Degree with a debt of $15,000. You are definitely paying for your degree here. I don't know about the other programs but the career services department only links you up with crappy jobs."
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2019
  • Degree: Human Resources
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"This the worst school ever! They treat you great & supportive but once you graduate you are on your own. they dont care! Still this day i cant find a job in my field. they dont do job placement. At all , the talk they give you in the beginning are lies to grab you in. the career service is no help they will tell you okay ill look at your resume and send some out and fix up your resume give them a few day . but no call back or answer when you call or email! RUN AWAY DONT GO HERE!!"
Wera L
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Attending this school was the biggest mistake I have ever made. They convinced me I was making the best move for a career path and in the end the Career Services Advisor didnt even want to help me. They took all my Pell grant and had me take out 2 student loans. Now Im getting letters that I was sent to collections and owe them another 4500 dollars! My wages are being garnished and this is just wrong! This school is a fraud!"
Bobby Turner
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"SJVC has a incredible Criminal Justice program. The instructor's were very detailed during their lectures and were especially informative when it came to the hands on training. I have full confidence in my ability to work in the field and will take their advice, to remain open minded throughout my career."
Steve M.
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"The IT Degree is not worth the paper it is written on. The online labs are a joke. The career services leave something to be desired. Your better off just getting your CompTIA certifications and then move on to Cisco. Employers do not give a damn about your degree, they are looking for your experience and your certifications."