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Psychiatric Technician Completion Ceremony to Honor 20 Graduates

The Psychiatric Technician program with the highest passage rate of state exams (Jan-June 2012) will recognize 20 more graduates at the Psychiatric Technician Completion Ceremony on Thursday, December 13th in the SBVC Auditorium.

Faculty, friends, relatives, affiliated clinical facilities staff and more will honor each of the 20 program graduates of the year-long SBVC Psychiatric Technician program on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the SBVC Auditorium (701 S Mt. Vernon Avenue).

All graduates of the program will continue preparations to take their Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians Licensure Examination while concurrently hunting for employment at hospitals, prisons and health care organizations. For the first half of 2012, 100% of graduates from the most recent Psychiatric Technician Program class from SBVC took the exam and passed it—the highest completion rate in all of California.

The SBVC Psychiatric Technology (Psych Tech) program is a one-year certificate program that prepares students to monitor, provide care, and participate in the treatment of mentally and developmentally disabled clients. Graduates from psychiatric technician programs who pass the state licensing exam are highly sought-after by mental health facilities, the Department of Corrections, and other state agencies. Annual salaries (not including benefits) for entry-level psychiatric technicians usually start around $60,000 according to SBVC Psychiatric Technician Program Director Dennis Jackson. 

The year-long program requires 46 units (not counting prerequisites) and approximately 30 hours of classes (not including study sessions, homework, and travel to/from clinical assignments at local facilities).

Please see the list of SBVC Psychiatric Technician graduates and their hometowns:

Erica Alvarado – Moreno Valley 
David Barrios - San Bernardino
Lisa Duong - Yucaipa 
Jermaine Gladstone - San Bernardino
Edie M. Gonzalez - Highland
Brandon Harlin - San Bernardino
Christine Hurt - Riverside
Michelle Ivanoff - San Bernardino
Edgar Jacob – Loma Linda
Trevor Jayne - Highland
Michael Lowry – Yucca Valley
Latisha Marshall - San Bernardino
Regina Olguin - Colton
Teresa Oporto - Fontana
Khoa Pham - San Bernardino
Hector Renteria - San Bernardino 
Kevin Sun - Colton 
Michael Van Norman - Highland
Maricia Woodard - San Bernardino
Hogan E. Zahid – Loma Linda