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.
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.
Wasco (661)758-3045 6:45 a.m. - 10:03 a.m. Delano (661)720-4147 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
I have been in the Nursing Field for over 36 years. Started as a Medical Assistant, then went into Nursing Assistant, went further into my career as an License Vocational Nurse. After working in this field for many years, I felt that i would like to go further in my life. I was encouraged by a Long Term Care Administration to go further. I felt that going further would help my resident’s in more than nursing. Eight years ago I became a Nursing Home Administrator. My belief has always been that if you decide to get into nursing of any kind you must have it in your “Heart”. If you do not believe in your heart you will not succeeded in this field. This field needs your heart to give the care and the love your patients deserve. This is not an easy job, hard work, many hours and sometimes you get tired but with each beat of your heart you know your helping people and making their life easier and they know you care what your doing. To succeed in this field it takes devotion and heart.
Mrs. Alvarez-Torres was a Medical Assistant for 18 years prior to teaching for the past 8 years. She absolutely loved patient care and working in a doctors office. However she truly enjoys teaching students. She says, “It is an amazing feeling to see when your student learns a new skill… and then apply it on their own. It is even more rewarding when they continue their career after graduation in the medical field.”
661-720-4147 ext. 6222
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 fifteen 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.
Janette Wallace has been working with North Kern Vocational Training Center for fifteen years. Mrs. 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.