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President's Report to Board

College Report: September 2018

Sep 1, 2018


The 2018 Reg-to-Go program served over 6,900 high school students, with 2,841 students enrolled for the 2018 fall semester. There are currently 3,010 class sections offered with a record breaking 103.2 percent fill rate. In addition, over 1,700 students and parents attended Ram Ready sessions on August 11. The first Central Valley Promise Cohort includes 318 students. An orientation was held August 7 and 8.


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Fall registration events held at Sunnyside and Edison high schools were very successful as over 100 students enrolled in college classes that will be held at these high schools for the first time. The 16-week courses are held in the evenings and started August 27. A press conference was held on August 17 at Edison High School announcing this new partnership with Fresno Unified School District, which was covered by the local media.


A record 800 new computers and other electronic devices were installed by Technology Support Services employees with the help of seven student aides over the summer. In addition, over 970 computers were either updated or moved into computer labs across campus.


Fresno City College’s Welcome Week activities went extremely well! Approximately, 3,309 students were served at the Welcome Week booth and tech station where services provided included WebAdvisor and Canvas assistance, student email activation, password resets, campus directions and room change information. A total of 3,914 students were served in the Student Lounge with a large number purchasing ASB cards and using the computer lab. As of July 2018, 3,753 Fresno Area FAX bus passes have been distributed!


President GoldsmithCongratulations to FCC President, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, who has been selected as one of the Top Ten Professional Women of the Fresno area and will be honored at the Marjaree Mason Center’s 35th annual luncheon and program on Thursday, October 11, 2018.


The Dual Enrollment Program continues to grow this semester with 1,000 students enrolled in 70 classes from 21 high schools. For the 2018 spring semester, the college offered 117 classes to approximately 2,000 students from 28 high schools. The goal is to reach 3,000 high school students by Spring 2019.


The EOPS program is designed to help students with both financial and education needs. This year they exceeded their goals by registering 2,007 students for the fall semester. As a comparison, the unduplicated headcount for 2017-2018 school year was 2,118. EOPS provides individualized counseling and advising, financial and textbook assistance, an internship program, and tutoring services. EOPS is approaching its 50th anniversary of helping students succeed.


leaves at sunsetBending Towards the Light of the Sun consists of seven weeks of rolling programming that centers the Fresno area as a site of artistic and cultural production. The exhibit opened August 21 and runs through October 11. A reception will be held on September 6, from 5:00 -8:00 pm (ArtHop). The exhibit is anchored by archival materials relating to Fresno’s history of activism and art making. Printed materials, photographs, and posters by National Land for People (NLP) and the Fresno chapter of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will be in the gallery.


Starting September 4th, Fresno City College, in partnership with Fresno Unified School District, will be offering medical and industrial arts themed training and certifications for high school seniors and adults. The certification trainings will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Duncan Polytechnical High School. Medical themed courses and certifications include First Aid/CPR/Basic Life Support/AED certifications, OSHA 10 Medical certification, Professional Skills training and Medical Office Vocabulary training. Industrial Arts themed certifications and courses include First Aid/CPR, OSHA 10 Construction certification, Professional Skills training, HAZWOPER 40 Hazardous Materials Handling certification and Forklift Operator certification.


The Financial Aid Office has disbursed over $8 million in grants to 6,318 students for the 2018-2019 year, thus far. Due to a change in federal regulations, additional financial aid was awarded to students during the summer term.


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The Fire Academy Completion Ceremony was held on Friday, August 24th. There were 24 cadets who completed the 804 hours required by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office Accredited Fire Academy. Seven cadets have been hired in the communities of Orange Cove, Kingsburg and Tulare. The ceremony was held in the OAB Auditorium. The guest speaker was Regional Fire Chief Christopher Connelly, from the Navy Region Southwest, Fire and Emergency Services.


Fresno City College will participate in the annual Fresno Area College Night at the Fresno Convention Center on September 12. During this event, thousands of students and families from the Central Valley have the opportunity to learn about their options in higher education from over 100 colleges and universities in attendance. Fresno City College will give presentations during breakout sessions on the topics of scholarships, preparing for college, and the community college system.


transfer day studentsOver 50 colleges, universities and organizations will be in attendance at the Transfer Day and College Fair on Sept. 12. The event allows students to network and research transfer opportunities and programs as well as discuss admissions questions and facts about each school. There will be workshops in the afternoon including HBCU Transfer Pathways and Transfer Scholarships, to name a few.


FrediThe lineup is taking shape for the upcoming Fall 2018 Speakers Forum series. The first speaker is Fredi Lajvardi, a nationally recognized STEM educator from Phoenix, Arizona who transformed a group of high school students into a national champion robotics team. His story inspired the acclaimed documentary Underwater Dreams, which was also adapted into the major motion picture, Spare Parts, starring actor and comedian, George Lopez as Fredi. His award-winning Falcon Robotics team is also featured in the 2017 film Dream Big.


Five FCC students will each be awarded a $500 scholarship from AT&T on September 28 at a luncheon in the Smittcamp Alumni House. Michelle Walker and Crystal Furness are in the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor program, Crystal Espinoza is taking general education classes with a goal of earning a teaching credential in Special Education. Cherelle Johnson is in the Digital Video Option Certificate program and Brianna Beecher is taking the prerequisite classes for the nursing program.


Next Up student, Paul Areyan, a former foster care youth, will be featured in the next edition of Fresno’s Focus Forward magazine. A local nonprofit organization, Focus Forward’s mission is to create pathways to success for youth in the Fresno County juvenile justice and foster care systems. Paul, who was a medic in the military, is studying to become a registered nurse. He is also a peer mentor in the Next Up program.


On Thursday, September 20, the American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour will be in front of the gym to provide students, faculty and staff with CPR training. The mobile tour includes a fun and interactive experience that will have participants practicing compressions to the original song “Savin’ Lives”. An interactive station will also be available to demonstrate the proper use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).


The Student Activities Office held a Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, August 28 in the Cafeteria. The fair provided nonprofit agencies an interactive opportunity to meet and screen for responsible, enthusiastic student volunteers. Organizations provided information on volunteer opportunities and answered questions about their programs. Over 30 agencies participated in this event.

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