Mrs. Bean has been in education for over 25 years, beginning as a Government and Economics teacher, and the last part of her teaching career as a Culinary teacher. She raised her family in Lompoc, California, and recently relocated to the Bakersfield area.
When she is not at North Kern, she loves to spend time with her husband, daughters, sons in law, and grandkids. She loves her dogs, travel, art and enjoying the outdoors.
Trudy James is a Registered Nurse. She began her career as a Nursing Assistant, and furthered her career by becoming a Lisenced Vocational Nurse and then an R.N. She worked at Delano Regional Medical Center before becoming a teacher for NKVTC. She is the department chairperson at NKVTC for the Health Science and Medical Technology department.
Ms. James was recently recognized by the Board of Directors as well as Assembly Salas for a long and rewarding career as a teacher of nursing assistants. Her students can be found in and around the Kern County in the medical field.
In 2005 she was recognized by the California Association Of Health Career Educators as Teacher Of the Year . Her daughter, She has been married for 38 years, and has a daughter who is also a R.N.
Ms.James has also served as a Director on the Tulare County Fair Board, and volunteered as a leader of the Pixley 4-H Club & Tulare County 4-H. She enjoys cooking, traveling & carrying on a family tradition started by her Paternal Great Aunt of sewing aprons for family members & friends. Her future plans are to live part time at the family lake house in Livingston, Texas .
Mr. Silva was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of NKVTC for ten years of service teaching students the skills to enter a career in Auto Body.
Mr. Silva began his love for automobiles and art as a young boy, and took ROP Auto Body in high school. He continued studying through the local community college, and studied with masters of the craft. He is recognized throughout the state of California for his excellent craftsmanship and artistic abilities.
Mr. Silva believes that teaching provides him not only with the opportunity to offer students skills in Auto Body, but also life lessons.
He enjoys spending time with his family when he is not here at NKVTC.
Ms. Jiles brought her experience as a retail store manager to NKVTC to teach the Retailing & E-tailing class. She also serves students as the Work Experience/Co-Op teacher. Ms. Jiles is active with her family and grandchildren, enjoys spending time in the mountains, and finding good places to eat!
Miss Kimber comes to North Kern from a long history of industry experience as a Medical Assistant. She is also an instructor with a private college in town. Miss Kimber brings passion and energy to the job, and is devoted to bringing each student to a level of professionalism and skill that makes them career-ready. When she is not at NKVTC, you might find her with her family and friends.
Detective Courtney comes to NKVTC with a long career in law enforcement, retiring as a Detective with Shafter P.D. He has created a challenging program for students, many of whom end up in the industry for their career of choice. Detective Courtney volunteers his time with the 999 Foundation, enjoys racing cars and being with his family and his buddy, a Doberman named Junior.
Mr. Steward is a life-time Wasco resident, and enjoys the community feeling of living here in Wasco. He is a licensed contractor, and brings his experience and expertise to the students in our Construction class. He can be found all over town helping kids with real experiences on local sites. In addition, Mr. Steward and his students have given back to the community by building 5 houses and assisting with the building of 33 self-help homes in Wasco. Mr. Steward enjoys his three sons, and his new wife. He likes to be in the outdoors and helps with the kayaking club at WHS.
Mrs. Neufeld joins the NKVTC staff as our newest Nursing Assistant Instructor. Mrs. Neufeld is a Registered Nurse and brings a passion for both the Healthcare industry and teaching into her classroom. She enjoys running, being with her new Nursing Club students, and mostly enjoying her busy family. She and her husband live in the Shafter area.
Mr. Sanchez has been in the “Health Industry” for ten years now. He was a Medical Assistant when he started his career in the health field. Then he worked in a variety of health care areas such as Physical Therapy aide, Phlebotomist Associate, Laboratory Technician, Medical Office, Medication Technologist, and Vocational Nurse. He also has a background in teaching. He was a Medical Assistant instructor and Pharmacology substitute at UEI College. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending his time with his boys by feeding the homeless. He also sponsors young children who have a yearning for fishing. He likes to inform every child he instructs about the importance of having a quality education.
“Education is the key to success and success is what makes us best”
Delia Godinez is the Medical Receptionist/Medical Assistant Front Office Instructor for the North Kern Vocational Training Center in Delano, CA.
Delia previously served for 12 years as the Education Coordinator for Delano Regional Medical Center. In that capacity, she provided program coordination of education courses to overall staff, coordinated and conducted the New Hire Orientation Program, training site placement for students from various educational institutions, and collaborated with organizations and schools within the community in various events (i.e., American Heart Association Go Red “Por tu Corazon”, National Sidewalk CPR Day, Delano Street Fairs, and POWER Lights on Event-Delano Union School District.
In addition, her other role was the American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator and Basic Life Support Training Center Faculty, along with instructing BLS/Heartsaver CPR AED Courses.
Mrs. Briseno is the friendly face at the Delano office welcoming students, re-routing the buses, answering the phones, and generally keeping the whole place ticking. She has been here at NK for fourteen years as an office clerk, secretary, and administrative assistant.
She enjoys interacting with the students and staff.
Ms. Williams comes to NKVTC this year as one of our steadfast bus drivers. She enjoys her job, and getting to know the many students that she transports from site to site. When Ms. Williams is home, she enjoys attending many sports events to watch her kids play, and relax with family.
Ms. Wallace enjoys her career as a bus driver for NKVTC and the interaction with all of the students from our three districts. When she’s not going crazy updating our bus schedules, she is an active volunteer with her church, and enjoys her family, children, and grandchildren.
Mr. Navarro is our instructional assistant in the Auto Body shop. He works closely with students and brings his experience from his experiences in Auto Body and classes at community college. Mr. Navarro likes to travel and spend time with his family.
We are lucky to have Mr. Cardona working with us as our maintenance and custodial staff.
Mrs. Hart is our Secretary/Account Clerk in the Wasco office. Mrs. Hart brings to NKVTC her many years of office administration experience as well as teaching experience; she currently holds a vocational credential in computer applications and office procedures. Mrs. Hart is responsible for keeping our Wasco office up and running; she supports our staff and students on a daily basis and always with a smile.
Mrs. Yaneth Arceo has joined the North Kern VTC staff as our new Career Guidance Technician. Mrs. Arceo is a CSUB graduate, with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Psychology. She enjoys living here in Delano with her husband and daughter.
Mrs. Arceo works with all of our partnering high school districts. She is on the high school campuses in the career centers during lunch.
Her current schedule is as follows:
Monday: Wasco High School
Tuesday: Delano High School
Wednesday: Cesar Chavez High School
Thursday: Robert F. Kennedy High School
Friday – as needed
Mrs. Arceo can also be found out and about at Career Fairs and Open Houses throughout our community. She is passionate about educating students about all of the potential opportunities and options after high school.