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College Report November 2018

Nov 16, 2018

FORMER STUDENT TRUSTEE NOW A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY

Alumnus and former FCC Student Trustee Garret Hale was sworn in a Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy on October 25.  He is pictured here with another former FCC Student Trustee, Cody Sedano, of Senator Vidaks' office and former ASG advisor and current Dean of Student Services, Sean Henderson. 

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

On November 2, the annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held in front of the Veterans Peace Memorial.  A large number of veterans attended the event and were recognized for their service to our country.  This year, a special tribute was given to the families of veterans.  SCCCD Chancellor Dr. Paul Parnell, an Air Force veteran, was the keynote speaker. 

GIVING TUESDAY

This year, for the first time, FCC will participate in the global day of giving called GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018. The fundraising goal is $50,000 and all proceeds will benefit the Ram Pantry.  The Ram Pantry is a free food assistance program for students currently enrolled at the college.  This year, State Center Community College Foundation Board President, Gina Cuttone, has agreed to match $5,000 in donations to the Ram Pantry for this inaugural campaign. 

POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATION

Police Academy class #153 is scheduled to graduate on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, in the OAB Auditorium at 3:00 pm.  This class is comprised of 36 day academy cadets. Lisa Smittcamp, Fresno County District Attorney, will be the keynote speaker. 

THEATRE PRODUCTION

The Fresno City College Theatre Arts Department opened The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, an action packed comedy revolving around the professional wrestling world of spandex and body slams earlier this month.  It explored themes of racism, multi-cultural, and the crass side of American culture and entertainment.  Directed by theatre instructor, Chuck Erven, the play was written by Kristoffer Diaz, the writer of the Netflix series, Glow, and presented a satirical smack down of professional wrestling. 

DREAM CENTER UPDATE

Centro La Familia Advocacy Services will now be assisting undocumented students at the FCC Dream Center.  Their advocacy services will provide students with immigration needs such as DACA and Naturalization twice a month.  Centro La Familia also provides support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, mental health support services and parenting education. 

FACULTY RECOGNITION

Two Fresno City College instructors were recipients of the Fresno Arts Council 33rd Annual Horizon Awards presented October 14.  Adjunct tap instruct tor David Bonetto won the Citizen-of-the-Year Award and photography instructor Carolyn DeAnda was awarded the Educator-of-the-Year.  This event began in 1984 to recognize the contributions of artists and art supporters who have made a significant contribution towards the enrichment life in the Fresno community through excellence in the arts. 

 

CAREER TECH EXPO

Fresno City College participated in the annual Career Tech Expo on October 17th at Chukchansi Park, which drew over 2,000 students from local schools.  FCC had a large presence at the event, with over 20 table displays highlighting career and technical education programs.  Live demonstrations were provided by the electrical systems technology, welding, CADD, HVAC, architecture, business, automotive mechanic/technology, and automotive collision repair departments.  Students were excited to see over 15 vehicles from the police and fire academies, automotive programs and FCC partners. 

WEBSITES AWARDED

During the Cascade User Conference held in October, the SCCCD family of websites won the Best New Site Award for 2018.  The award was based on the use of Cascade CMS to deliver exceptional design while maintaining individual branding and overall consistency and by the utilization of COPE, which allows shared content across many sites.  The FCC website has been viewed by over 730,000 users this calendar year. 

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS STUDENT RECOGNIZED

First generation college student, Arnold Garcia, Jr. was featured on the California Colleges blog, having earned his degree in Electrical Systems Technology at FCC.  He currently works at Cargill Meat Solutions as an Industrial Maintenance Electrician and credits his success with his instructors and fellow students who he met during his educational journey.  He transferred to Fresno State and plans to earn his degree in Industrial Technology.

DIGITAL BADGING

FCC Business Management faculty are taking the lead in California in using online digital badges for students, making the college one of the first in the region to use digital awards in its online human resources class.  The first series of academic badges focus on employability skills in nine areas, including leadership, teamwork, conflict management, decision making, communication, ethics and others.  Students can display their badges on common professional networking sites such as Linkedln and Job Speaker.

CTEC RIBBON CUTTING

Fresno County's new Career Technical Education Charter High School (CTEC) celebrated the completion of its $6 million innovative center on Friday, October 26.  President Goldsmith and other educational leaders participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  FCC is offering a wide variety of dual enrollment classes that started in August which provided high school students an opportunity to earn a college degree at the high school.

ART SPACE GALLERY

Cakes and Daggers:  Heartache and Emancipation is the current exhibit by Sylvia Savala who is a painter, essayist, and poet.  She grew up in Pinedale and later moved to the Bullard High School area, where she remembers being one of six Latinx students.  Savala's painting are fluid and gestural with a strong, feminist perspective. The exhibit closes on November 15.

UC MERCED FIELD TRIP

On October 27th, the FCC Transfer Center escorted 50 students to UC Merced for the UC for You Transfer Conference.  Students had the opportunity to learn about the UC System and meet with representatives from each UC campus.  The majority of students attending this conference had not visited a UC campus before.

MEDICAL BILLING TOP RANKED

Fresno City College is ranked the best college for the state of California for medical billing and coding by the student resource website Medical Billing & Coding World.  The website identified the very best program in each state.  The ranking is based on costs and accrediting by the American Health Information Management Association, the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Board of medical Specialty Coding and Compliance.  Also considered was the college's job assistance and job placement programs.

SPORTS UPDATE

Women golfers Tammy Lim and Destanie Blair made the Central Valley (CVC) All Conference Team with Lim named Most Valuable Player of the league.  In cross country, 4 runners were named CVC All Conference and will be competing in the State Championship Cross Country Meet held at Woodward Park this Saturday.  They include: Jose Mosqueds, Eliel Payan, Justine Lubbers and Jorgina Lazcano.  Lazcano has no prior running experience and is an amateur boxer. 

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