College Report: August 2023
The FCC Convocation will be held Thursday, August 3 in the OAB Auditorium. FCC president, Dr. Robert Pimentel, and his executive leadership will provide updates on accreditation, budget, construction projects, enrollment, and student services. Lindsay Fox-Morris, former Executive Director of the United Way Fresno and Madera Counties will be the keynote speaker. The morning will start with breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and the program at 8:15 a.m.
The Fall 2023 Flex Day is slated for August 4 with the theme of Innovate, Integrate and Impact. FCC’s faculty, classified professionals and administrators will share their knowledge with their colleagues on topics ranging from online homework systems, Library services, examples of teaching methods; Project Based Learning and LGBTQ+ Cultural Competence Training. Other topics will include assertive communication training, teaching dual enrollment students, curriculum training and a presentation on the Al tool ChatGPT and how instructors can utilize it in their classes. The aim is to motivate, acknowledge, and provide resources to our faculty and classified professionals so they can continue working to meet the needs of our students while reconstructing our college as a place where diversity, equity, inclusion and access drive everything we do.
West Fresno Update
Fresno City College history will be made on Monday, August 7 with the opening of the much-anticipated West Fresno Center. More than 870 students have enrolled in the first classes to be held at the new center. The Academic Building is the first of two buildings to open this fall. The Advanced Transportation Center will open in January. Staff began moving in on July 31. The community will get its chance to visit the long-awaited center at two open houses planned for Friday, August 4 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and on Saturday, August 5 from 9:00 a.m. - noon.
New Employee Equity Academy
FCC is hosting its 4th New Employee Equity Academy (NEEA) on July 31 – August 2. This semester-long academy is for all new employees who have been hired since August 2022. The Academy is designed to provide new employees with an intentional and comprehensive experience and a support team during their first year. Foundational information, resources, and tools are offered to help new employees foster student equity while orienting them to the FCC’s commitment to nurturing a culture of equity-mindedness and anti-racism.
Summer High School Camps Held
Four High School Trade Summer Camps were held for high school students interested in industrial and technical careers. The camps, in transportation, industrial manufacturing, construction and digital media, were held throughout June and July. The FCC Applied Technology Division hosted the campus. Construction and digital media were in conjunction with Fresno Unified exclusively. There was no cost to attend. Project demonstrations and awards ceremonies were held at the completion of each camp.
Fall Semester Welcome Week
The Student Activities Office, Outreach Department, and Pathway Teams will be offering Information booths at the Main Fountain and all around the campus, Monday, August 7 through Thursday, August 10. Welcome Week will also be held at the new West Fresno Center. In all booths, there will be computer access to assist students with finding their classes and locating offices, connecting their phones and devices to campus Wi-Fi, activating email accounts, and help with the Canvas software. Extended hours to assist students will be available at the main information booth (FCC Main Fountain) on Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pathway booths will be serving students from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The West Fresno booth will be serving students from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Extreme Registration
For the fourth summer, the Outreach and Counseling departments have assisted hundreds of incoming students each Wednesday afternoon during the Virtual Extreme Registration. On average, over 200 students were assisted each Wednesday in the registration process, Special services were available by phone, computer, and walk-ins for students to complete their enrollment.
In-Person Extreme Registration
For the third year since the pandemic, an in-person Extreme Registration event was held on July 28 and 29 in the library with staff and faculty assisting students with applications, new student orientation, assessment placement, counseling, registration, financial aid, and business services. Services offered included express counseling to enroll in Fall 2023 classes, and planning their fall schedule, B95 hosted a live remote. The event also included a student resource fair.
Congratulations to the new slate of Associated Student Government officers who will take office for the 2023-2024 academic year.
- President: Quentin DeForest
- Vice President: Kieran Rathour
- Treasurer: Ananya Asri
- ICC Chair: Colin Gray
- Senator: Angelo Apodaca
- Senator: Arianna Carbajal
- Student Trustee/Student Representative: Ruby Kausin
State Center Vision 2035
A community listening session was held at FCC on July 20 with over 60 participants providing their input for the future of higher education in the central valley. Interactive sessions were presented for community members to share their thoughts and opinions on topics they believed that FCC and SCCCD should focus on over the next decade. The results will be incorporated into an effective Facilities Master Plan that aligns with the needs of the college and the District’s planning efforts for the future. A survey is also available for community input.
Summer Trio Upward Bound held
It was a busy summer for the TRIO and Upward Bound programs that also included a brand new Upward Bound Math & Science program. FCC hosted 60 students who attended high school enrichment courses, workshops that focused on equity and belonging, leadership, financial management, self-care and community involvement. Students also spent a week at the Fresno State residence halls and took an overnight trip to UC Irvine, UCLA and Universal Studios. In addition, a two-week workshop series was organized by the college STEM faculty in partnership with Chevron. Several participants also received internships earning $500.
Ram Ready, our new student welcome event, will take place hybrid style on August 1 – 3 in the OAB Auditorium and via Zoom. The multifaceted event includes online My Portal and Canvas tutorials designed to help new students become familiar with their college accounts. An extra emphasis on distance learning and technology will be included. Students will also have an opportunity to engage with their FCC Guided Pathway faculty and staff both in person and on Zoom. These workshops will include Q&A sessions on financial aid, library and tutorial services, campus tours, DSPS, textbooks and more. This event is recommended for all first-time students who will attend in-person and online courses with FCC and at our new West Fresno Campus.
Football Wall of Fame Slated
On Sunday, August 20, the 2023 Football Wall of Fame Banquet will be held at Pardini’s. This year’s inductees are the following: Retired FCC Senior Program Specialist for Student Activities, Maile Martin (Cornerstone); Karl DeKlotz, 1982-83 (Bullard, ‘82); Chris Giannetta, 1992-93 (SJM, ‘92); Frank Hine, 1986-87 (Clovis, ‘86); Conner Long, 2002-03 (Clovis West, ‘02); Terrance Mims, 1982-83 (Bullard, ‘82) and John Orman, 2003-04 (Bullard, ‘03). Each inductee was selected by a committee of current and former coaches, players and WOF members on the basis of playing ability, positive character, and service to the football program. Each name will be etched on the marble wall on the home side of Ratcliffe Stadium. This latest group of inductees brings FCC’s distinguished Wall of Fame roster to 219. Tickets are $70 each with dinner starting at 6:00 p.m.
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