College Report: July 2022
Fresno Rescue Mission
On June 17, over 25 residents at the Fresno Rescue Mission participated in a College Signing Day at the mission’s chapel. They completed GED prep, Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, and Microsoft Office Application classes to receive their special certificates. Each participant received a special swag bag that included an FCC t-shirt and other college supplies. ABC30 covered the event, which included an emotional testimonial from one of the residents.
FCC Director of Nursing, Keisha Lewis Nesbitt and Dr. Arrie Smith, Harambee/EOPS counselor, have been selected by Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), Fresno/San Joaquin Chapter, as honorees at their 12th Annual Salute to Sisterhood event on August 5. They will be recognized as exemplifying a “Community Agent for Change” in the Fresno/San Joaquin Valley community.
Police Academy Graduation
Police Academy Class #167 held a graduation for 38 cadets from its 1030-hour intensive format. The ceremony was held on July 1 at the Cross City Church. Fresno County Sheriff, Margaret Mims, was the guest speaker. The graduates successfully passed all segments of a curriculum in over 41 topical areas that included criminal law, investigations, patrol procedures, vehicle operations, traffic, first aid, professionalism and ethics, physical training, and many other related subjects. More than 95% of the cadets have been hired by local and state law enforcement agencies.
Fresno Juneteenth Festival
The College Relations and Outreach Department along with the Counseling Department participated in the Juneteenth Festival on June 18 at the Valdez Hall in downtown Fresno. The event included music and dance performances along with a drum performance.
The College Relations and Outreach department fully matriculated 3,340 high school seniors before the April priority registration deadline for the Fall 2022 semester. Outreach specialists and College Relations counselors will continue to increase the number of incoming students over the summer through targeted follow up, advising appointments, and Extreme Registration events. The student ambassadors are also assisting new students by hosting daily Zoom sessions where they help students log in to their student portal, register for classes and check their email and Canvas apps. They will finish their onboarding efforts with Ram Ready, Fresno City College’s new student welcome event, August 2-6.
Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival:
College Relations and Outreach participated in several community outreach events for the month of June. The month began with the Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival. Fresno City College and the Allied Staff and Faculty Association walked as a contingency representing our school. Over 25 faculty, staff, administrators, and students walked. The pride festival, held at FCC and sponsored by the Allied Staff and Faculty Association and College Relations & Outreach, had over 10,500 people in attendance. Outreach, EOPS/Next-Up, and Allied Staff and Faculty Association facilitated a booth. Plans are underway to continue hosting this event on campus.
3rd Annual Illuminate our Pride:
Fresno EOC hosted an LGBTQ+ Resource Center event in downtown Fresno on June 25th. This event was resource fair with live music, vendors, and drag performers. College Relations and Outreach facilitated an information booth and resources for the community to learn about our programs at the college.
Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Central Valley Institute, College, and Career Fair:
College Relations and Outreach facilitated a resource booth on June 26th. This event included colleges and universities from the entire state, along with scholarship and other community resources and organizations. This event was an intensive three-day event held at Fresno State. The event focused on serving sophomore and junior high school students through education about college, career, culture, and community engagement.
Art Space Gallery Exhibit
The Art Space Gallery is exhibiting work from Douglas Miles and also features guest artist Erik Escovedo. The exhibit, entitled Apache Declaration of Independence, runs from June 25 – August 19.
College Relations & Outreach, Admissions & Records, and Financial Aid participated in a Cultural Competency Training on how to serve our Native American Community. Led by Fresno City College’s American Indian Studies instructor, Erik Escovedo and Resources for American Indian Needs (RAIN) counselor, Alexandra Gonzales, this 3-hour cultural competency training reviewed historical background of the Native American community, best practices, communication techniques, interactive breakout sessions, discussions, and educational videos to help guide the student services, front end staff and counselors, to better serve our Native American students. More cultural competency trainings are planned.
New ASG Officers
Congratulations to the new slate of Associated Student Government officers who will take office for the 2022-2023 academic year.
- President: Mateo Vargas
- Vice President: Michelle Gonzalez
- Senator: Mary Woods
- Senator: Endryk Aguirre
- Student Trustee/Student Representative: Chance Vang
2022-24 Classified Senate Election Results
Congratulations to the following Classified Senate Officers from FCC. In addition, eight new senators were elected with 5 returning senators and officers who will finish their terms in 2023. The executive officers are listed below.
- President: Monique Reyna
- Vice President: Brianna Rivera
- Secretary: Sarina Karr
- Past President: Susi Nitzel
College Sponsors Univision Health Fair
On Saturday, June 25, the FCC College Relations and Outreach Department attended the Univision Health Fair at Manchester Center. The fair also included free health services such as dental care, eye exams and other health screenings. As part of the college’s sponsorship, FCC President, Dr. Robert Pimentel, is featured in a commercial encouraging students to register for the fall semester; this will air for several weeks in July and August.
California State Chancellor's Office Features New FCC President
The State Chancellor’s Office Vision in Action June 16th newsletter highlighted FCC President, Dr. Robert Pimentel, in a video featuring the college’s “Transfer Pathways” dual enrollment program. This was part of a series highlighting colleges that activated a core commitment of leading and partnering with local high schools. Dual enrollment continues to increase at the college. One example is that up to 95 percent of dual enrollment students at Design Science Middle College High School successfully complete college courses. Jeremy Ward, assistant superintendent of Fresno Unified School District, describes Dr. Pimentel as “the glue” that has held Fresno City College and Fresno Unified together and really brought the two institutions together.
Virtual Extreme Registration
College Relations and Outreach, in conjunction with the counseling department, kicked off the Virtual Extreme Registration events on June 22, 2022. These will be held on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Over 300 students were served on the first day! Extreme Registration is a one-stop shop with special services available by phone, computer, or in-person helping students complete matriculation steps and support. Services will include counseling, registration support, and financial aid support.
College Hosting a Dance Expo
The FCC Dance Expo is slated for July 30 and is hosted by the FCC dance faculty. Master dance teachers of all dance genres and styles have been invited to share their expertise and will offer dance classes for FCC students, high school students and the local community. FCC dance alumni will also participate and will share their dance professions and experiences with the dance students. A gala performance will culminate this event on July 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the FCC Theatre. Tickets for the day can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Ram Huddle Club Golf Tournament
The FCC Ram Huddle held a golf tournament at the Copper River Country Club on June 20, with over 100 participants raising funds to support the football program. Many alumni players attended and were able to connect with their former teammates. Those in attendance included Cameron Worrell, Kevin Sweeney, Mark Gardner and Lorenzo Neal. The highlight of the day was when FCC golfer Joe Chiarito made a hole in one on the 11th hole.
Girls Soccer Summer Camp
The Brian T. Coulter Memorial Girls Soccer Camp is offered for girls ages 7-13 from July 12-14 and ages 14-18 from July 19-21. The three-day camps will be held from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. on the FCC Soccer Field. Cost of the camp is either $50 per day or $130 for three days. All participants will receive a camp T-shirt and those who participate for 2 or 3 days will receive a soccer ball.Student athletes will gain and learn technical and tactical training from the highest caliber championship staff led by head coach Oliver Germond, and current FCC players. The Ram Girls Soccer Camps are the perfect combination of soccer instruction, competition, and fun. All players will be given individual and small group instruction.