The Dual Enrollment Program continues to increase at FCC. The college is serving 35 high schools offering 137 classes, 19 online courses and 13 courses at FCC with 3,200 high school students earning college credits. In addition, the partnership with Career Technical Education Charter is finalized and students are now able to earn an associate degree in Industrial Arts and Technology as well as their high school diploma.
FCC President, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, will be awarded the 2019 Harold Haak Award for Educational Excellence for Building Business/Education Partnerships. She will be recognized at the 23rd Annual Fresno Compact luncheon on March 6 at Tornino’s. The Hunter Engineering Company will also be honored with the Business Education Partnership award for its contributions to the FCC Automotive Technology Program.
Two full house open forums were held on January 24 regarding the West Fresno campus. The first forum was held at the college for faculty, staff and students. The second forum was held at Gaston Middle School in the evening for the community. An open forum for the new Science Building will be held next month. The college appreciates the time and efforts of the faculty and staff who have given so much to these important bond projects.
FCC administrators, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, Dr. Robert Pimentel and Dr. Becky Barabé joined Chancellor Paul Parnell and 20 other State Center Community College District and community members to meet with Mexico’s former President, Vicente Fox, and to explore possible educational partnerships. Tours were also conducted of various manufacturing plants and at the Arkansas State campus in Queretaro.
FCC will be offering a collaborative Cyber-Security Certificate starting in 2019. This fully online collaborative effort is the first of its kind among California Community Colleges. FCC, along with LA Pierce and Cosumnes River College, will provide students an opportunity to enroll in this accelerated program with zero cost textbooks, dedicated counseling, tutoring, and career counseling. This specialized training will enable students to obtain high paying jobs after completing 36 weeks of course work and the national cybersecurity exams.
The Ram Pantry continues to serve a large number of FCC students. During the 2018 fall semester over 23,000 students were served. A new schedule has been introduced to accommodate evening students. The Ram Pantry is now open 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. It is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Author, poet and FCC Distinguished Alumnus Gary Soto hosted the 5-year-old-class from the FCC Child Development Center on January 16 at his literary museum. Soto, who tries to conduct personal tours of his museum once a month, was also on campus February 4 and 5.
Former Fresno Poet Laureate and FCC English instructor, Lee Herrick, has published a new book of poetry
entitled, Scar and Flower. The book is a compilation of poems about gun violence, suicide, and themes he has explored like adoption. One of his many readings and book signings took place at FCC on January 31.
The 2018 State Championship Wrestling Team was recognized with a proclamation at Fresno City Hall on January 31 in council chambers. This was the 8th state championship for head coach Paul Keysaw and the 16th overall championship for FCC.
The FCC Speakers Forum presents Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two gunmen responsible for the Columbine High School shootings. Mrs. Klebold will speak on February 13 at 12:00 p.m. in the OAB Auditorium. She will share a message of hope and survival. She is the author of a memoir, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy where she details not only the events leading up to the shootings but also her experiences dealing with the grief of losing her son and the realization of the murders he committed.
The African-American Faculty and Staff Association presents Black History Month activities. The month’s activities began with an Opening Day Ceremony held on Friday, February 1, in the Old Administration Building, room 251.Ninety-five year old Dr. Fitzalbert Marius, a noted vascular surgery specialist in Fresno, was the keynote speaker. Other activities are being planned for this month. The Historical Black Colleges andUniversities Caravan was on campus February 5 to recruit and possibly offer admission and scholarships.
Thanks to a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program, a unique physical education course is being offered to students this semester to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. The PE 6 class will focus on exposing students to a variety of physical activities, as well as healthy food choices. Students in the program will have access to free, healthy food though the FCC Ram Pantry, as well as screening for CalFresh eligibility. Students will also learn how to prepare healthy meals at home and will receive a free pedometer, water bottle and Team HEAL t-shirt.
The Financial Aid Office disbursed over $6 million in Pell grants to over 6,000 students for the 2019 spring semester. With deadlines to apply for Cal Grants and Scholarships coming up, a “Cash 4 College” event is scheduled on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in LI-118 to assist students with completing their 2019-2020 FAFSA or Dream Act application before the March 2 deadline. Scholarship applications are due March 4.
The third annual High School Journalism Conference will be held on Friday, February 22 in the Old Administration Building. Four-hundred high school journalists are registered to attend workshops in three different sessions. There will be 40 different workshops covering various aspects of print, broadcasting and web news gathering. Local professional journalist and media experts are the presenters.
Fresno City College will be hosting the National TRIO Conference in the Old Administration Building on Saturday, February 23. Over 550 students will attend from Fresno State, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Evergreen Valley College, Reedley College, Madera Center and Clovis Community College. Newly appointed State Senator Melissa Hurtado (TRIO alumna) will be the keynote speaker that day addressing the importance of students advocating and working hard for their education.
The Extreme Registration event that was held on January 5 was a huge success, with 1000 students served. Kudos to the Admissions and Records Office, Business Office, Counseling, College Relations as well the entire Student Services team for helping students access the classes they need to advance their academic and career goals. FCC enrollment is at 99.6 percent of its goal, with an estimated FTEs of 7,419.
The inaugural Ram Beach Volleyball season will begin this semester with one home game scheduled on March 15 at Bicentennial Park in Clovis at 1:00 p.m. Their opponent is College of San Mateo.