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Strong Workforce Stars were awarded to 27 of Fresno City College’s Career & Technical Education programs by the State Chancellor’s Office. These programs produced graduates who met one or more of the following thresholds for economic mobility:
• Increase in earnings by 50% or more
• Attainment of the regional living wage by 70% or more
• 90% or more employed in a job similar to their field of study
Gold Star winners included Registered Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Practitioner and the Fire Academy. Silver Star winners were Air Conditioning (HVAC), Computer Aided Manufacturing, Electrical Systems Technology Control Systems, Accounting and Medical Administrative Assistant. Bronze Star winners were Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Automotive Technology, Drafting Technology, Graphic Art and Design, Welding Technology, Business Administration, Business Management, Office Technology-Office Computer Applications, Paralegal, Administration of Justice, Fire Technology, Police Academy, Alcohol and Controlled Substances, Child Development-Early Care and Education, Educational Aide (Teacher Assistant), Foster and Kinship Care and Nutrition, Foods, and Culinary Arts.
A Career Technical Education Summit was held at Duncan Polytechnical High School on April 19. Dr. Carole Goldsmith provided an overview of the Career Technical Education programs at FCC. The free event included tours and demonstrations in nursing, therapy and rehabilitation services, construction, welding, manufacturing and automotive.
This year at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ convention in Burbank, the Rampage received their first-ever Pacesetter Award. It is a sweepstakes award given to the newspaper staff that also wins the General Excellence Award with the most accumulated publication and on-the-spot awards. Eleven student journalists also received individual awards in opinion writing, news writing, social media, sports writing, feature story, front page layout and photo illustration.
It’s that time of year when we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. A number of ceremonies are scheduled:
May 1 – Leon S. Peters Honors Program Scholarship Reception
May 10 – Dean’s Medallion Reception
May 10 – Honors Recognition Ceremony
May 11 – Certificate Recognition Ceremony
May 12 – Asian Pacific Islander Celebration of Success; African American Graduation Celebration; Latino Faculty and Staff Graduation Celebration
May 18 – Commencement - This year’s Distinguished Alumnus and keynote speaker is Cameron Worrell, former NFL player and local businessman.
A tribute to Versace Fashion Show is planned on May 3 at 6:00pm in front of the Old Administration Building that will benefit the FCC Fashion and Entrepreneurship Programs. Tickets are available for $20 and include mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fashion and art.
FCC and Fresno State will be holding an inaugural transfer event on May 9th in the gym to honor the students transferring from FCC to Fresno State in the fall. The event will start at 5:45pm with Fresno State president, Dr. Joseph Castro and FCC president, Dr. Carole Goldsmith welcoming and acknowledging the 800 students on their academic success.
The California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS) hosted its second annual Classified Senate Presidents’ Retreat at Fresno City College on Friday, April 20th. Over 20 Senate presidents from across the state took part in a day-long retreat covering such topics as running effective meetings and best practices on increasing participation. The highlight was an appearance by State Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley who spent time answering questions about the state of the system as well as the many statewide initiatives currently being undertaken. This was Chancellor Oakley’s first appearance at a 4CS event.
The Dental Hygiene Program held their annual free Seal & Save Our Smiles Clinic on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00am – noon. Free toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss were also given to children and their families who also participated in a family care fair.
The Dental Hygiene Program graduation will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 11:30am in the OAB Auditorium. There will be 28 students who will be participating in the ceremony.
The annual Employee Recognition Reception will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 2:00pm in the FCC Cafeteria. The ceremony will recognize employees from FCC and District Operations who are receiving their service awards, this year’s retirees, and emeriti faculty for the divisions.
For the third year in a row, Fresno City College Culinary Arts department and Ampersand Ice Cream teamed up to find the new flavor of the month to be featured at the popular ice cream shop located down the street from FCC. On April 17, the owners of Ampersand Ice Cream judged student created ice creams in Chef Jonathan Davey’s Advanced Food Preparation class. Each of the top four flavors will be featured at Ampersand on April 28 and 29. The top seller will be featured for a month beginning May 3.
The IDILE and SYMBAA Programs will present Porch Talk, on May 14 from 11:00am to noon in OAB 126. This female only support group provides confidentiality, a safe zone, positive attitudes and a place for young women to share stories or experiences in a non-judgmental environment.
BuzzFeed’s Pero Like, will conclude this year’s Speakers Forum program on Tuesday, May 8 at Noon in the OAB Auditorium. Pero Like is a video series designed for the “English-speaking Latinxs.” Three of the four video producers will talk about their success in digital media and the need for the content produced by Pero Like. Admission is free.
On Thursday, April 26, nearly 200 industry and community leaders met with faculty from more than 25 of our career technical education programs at the annual advisory meeting. The event was held in multiple venues across campus.
The Registered Nursing Program will have their Pinning Ceremony on Monday, May 21 at 6:00pm at Cross City Church. Approximately 110 students will be transitioning into the role of the nursing profession during this ceremony.
The Radiologic Technology Program Pinning Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 5:30pm in the OAB Auditorium. This year’s class will celebrate 27 graduates.
Dr. Goldsmith, has been reappointed to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, where she has served since 2012. She has been recognized on state and national levels as an expert on workforce development, contextualized learning, and career technical education. She has spent over 20 years in a variety of educational leadership roles, most recently, serving on the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy.
Governor Brown announced the appointment of Joanne Pacheco, dental hygiene faculty, to the Dental Board of California. This is a well-deserved honor for Joanne who has worked tirelessly for the FCC program and for the advancement of dental occupation programs throughout the state and nation.
Dr. Stephanie Robinson, Director of Nursing, will be awarded the Excellence in Leadership by the Central San Joaquin Valley Nursing Leadership Coalition on May 10. This award is given to recognize, document and communicate best practices in Nursing Administration.
Monica Cuevas, Dean of Counseling, will be awarded Educator of the Year at the annual Association of Mexican American Educators Dia del Maestro dinner on Friday, May 11 at the Golden Palace.