San Joaquin Valley College Reviews

  • 89 Reviews
  • Visalia (CA) (and 12 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $30,175
60% of 89 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 89 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 7/14/2022
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"By far best school I’ve attended. My teacher Ms Mora ( pharmacy technician) has been helpful in all my school work. Made sure I competed everything and if I needed help she would change her schedule to tutor me. Ms Mora and Mr H (career service advisor) has helped me along the way. Never left my side until I landed a job. I couldn’t have done this without them two. Best of the best"
  • Reviewed: 5/27/2022
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"I'm currently attending SJVC Temecula's Electrical program, I have already graduated from their HVAC program. Overall I have liked my experience here, my admissions and financial advisors were always friendly and helpful. For the most part, my teachers have been helpful and supportive. I had classmates who would complain that they weren't learning much, but they don't show up to class half the time. You get out of the program what you put into it. Career services had a lot of people leave during covid, so they're not the best at responding right now, but I recently got an advisor who has been helpful. I'm now working in the HVAC field, decent money off the bat, but promised more once I get more experience with their company. There isn't always the best communication, but I just ask my counselor and she always helps me. I'd recommend the trades programs at Temecula campus."
Dustin Bowen
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2022
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"I am enjoying my time here. The staff is knowledgeable and always ready to assist me with any problems I encounter during my training. I am going for my AS degree in electrical technology; the requirements for my certification will be met next week. I realize the responsibility of securing a position rests with me. I am excited about my future."
Omahar Clariday
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2021
  • Degree: Electrician
"Some instructors care others don’t, Soon as you enroll there already asking for money smh Job Placement is a Joke Graduated 4 months ago still working for work. Your counselor or whoever is supposed to help place you in your career really doesn’t care I stopped hearing from mines about two months out.. yea so I’m in debt I can’t get my foot in the door and for what.."
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2020
  • Degree: HVAC
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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."
Very unhappy
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2019
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"While you are in school, they are supportive, once you graduate you are on your own. Almost all employers are requiring in office experience. They never tell you that. Certain favored students are placed in an externship where they are sure to be hired. Others are just throwwn in anywhere the business wants some free help. I got good grades, met all requirements, and now 9 months out of school Iam still unemployed. Dont go here."
former student
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"bad experience as scool, expensive. great time with students. but my guess is every private school is about the same now: get the money, grill the students to get passing scores, and get the students out. it boils down to what you want to get out the program. i can tell there were a few great inspiring professors, but most were about the gossip. NO ONE WILL FEED YOU THE KNOWLEDGE. prepare yourself , teach yourself, get a strong group of peers to get through it. quiz yourselves even when youre drinking, excercising , cooking, etc. plan on getting each one different quizz books to help each other (books are expensive). if you master ATI, you will pass Nclex. it was fast paced, but so its the real nursing. in real nursing it wont be about failing a test or mocking the students, etc. it gets worse. Your patient can die, you can actually harm someone, lose your job, fail a family, get sued. its a beautiful career, with big responsibility. That is the real msg. Dont fall in the trap of competition . help each other, stay together. thats how you succeed. it always feels as if you just keep your nose above the water, but it will be fine. i managed to work PT during school, n worked out fine for me. theres minimal to no tutoring help/ programs. overal rewarding career, good money, hard work."
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"There were equally good and bad instructor s. We didn't get everything that was promised in the beginning and there was a lot of miscommunication. I don't feel that it was worth the cost. I was lucky because the GI Bill covered most of my tuition. Compared to the pay in the feild doesn't make sense."
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Some of the staff is very rude and so is the school. I had so many issues coming here and i do regret it. Plus the extern hours are 240 and its honestly not worth it. It just takes up a bunch of your time which you are not that rewarded for. It is ridiculous."
Military Vet
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
"I'm a current student at SJVC Rancho. DO NOT ENROLL HERE FOR RESPIRATORY THERAPY! If I hadn't already spend the money I would transfers. We got a new director and the place is going down hill. We were just told today that if we don't pass our practice TMCE we will not graduate. How in God's name are you going to implement something like this one mo th from graduation. It's not even the real exam for our license. I will definitely fight this. I did not pay all this money to be held back because of one practice exam. It's all politics, we lost 4 teachers, our administration counselor and our previous director forced to retire. Save your money."
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2018
  • Degree: HVAC
"I will be discussing my experience with the Fresno campus. The schooling I have gone through has really helped me improve my career in the technical field. I will admit if you are not the type of person that pays attention you should not attend this school. Very fast paced and missing classes can make or break your career. The teachers worked with my schedule, and I still showed up everyday. I would recommend you tour the campus to make a decision on joining. The people working here will do whatever it takes to suck you in and sign the contract so be mindful. They need to improve on the tools they give the students when the graduate. A harbor freight crescent wrench isn't going to cut it in the field. I was also disappointed in how myself and other students had to bring our tools to school to fix the equipment. The school needs to improve on providing materials for class and newer equipment to troubleshoot. Another thing they do not provide hands on training for is ductwork. Lastly the teachers are not being paid enough here so they drop like flies. I was lucky that my teachers stayed, but many have quit in the last year since I've been here. I would recommend talking to the instructor as well before you join to see if they will be there the whole time you are. Thanks for reading."