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President's Report to the Board

College Report: May 2019

May 9, 2019

SCCCD Approves Location of New First Responders Center

On May 7, the SCCCD Board of Trustees approved the purchase of property from Parga Partners for 42 acres of land located at 3276 E. North Ave. in Fresno. SCCCD will spend $2,313,000 of Measure C funds to purchase the land. Escrow is expected to close on or before August 5, 2019.

During the Fresno City College bond planning process, it was evident that it would be advantageous to combine police, fire, and EMT programs into a First Responders Center. By combining the academies’ facilities, such as
weight rooms, locker rooms, indoor/outdoor training areas, and general classrooms, the spaces can be shared. Through program meetings with the faculty and staff, it was also determined that approximately 30 acres
would be required to adequately house these academies. 

Phase 1 is planned to include master planning for the campus, permanent facilities for the police and fire academies, locker rooms and showers, general classrooms, physical training areas, vehicle storage, a burn tower, and a scenario village.

Commencement Ceremonies

happy grads

Graduation ceremonies are slated on the following dates as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. 

April 30 – Leon S. Peters Honors Program Scholarship Ceremony
May 16 – Dean’s Medallion Ceremony
May 16 – Honors Ceremony
May 17 – Certificate Ceremony
May 24 – Commencement – This year’s Distinguished Alumnus and keynote speaker is John Hurtado, a dean and a professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M.

National Science Foundation Grant

The Applied Technology Division was awarded a $294,702 grant for their project, "Expanding Career Pathways in Robotic Welding and Improving Regional Industrial Manufacturing Training," which was authored by welding instructor, Brett Camacho and interim Career and Technology Director Julie Lynes.

Speakers Forum

Tay DiggsThe stage is set for Broadway and film star, Taye Diggs, at Fresno City College. The Speakers Forum proudly presents An Evening with Taye Diggs on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Administration Building Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Pinning Ceremonies

The Registered Nursing Program will have their Pinning Ceremony on Saturday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fresno High School auditorium. Approximately 109 students will be transitioning into the role of the
nursing professional during this ceremony. 

The Radiologic Technology Program Pinning Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the OAB Auditorium. This year’s class will celebrate 33 graduates.

Law Pathway Program Recognized

City CouncilOn Thursday, April 25, Fresno City Council members Miguel Arias and Esmeralda Sorias presented a resolution to the FCC Law Pathway Program for their positive impact in the community and providing students a clear path into the law profession. FCC Law Pathway student and veteran, Kevin Green, spoke at the  presentation and shared how the program has impacted his life. He has been accepted into the UCLA Law Fellows Program starting in the fall quarter.

Transfer Ceremony

FCC and Fresno State will be holding the second annual transfer event on May 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the OAB Auditorium to honor the students transferring from FCC to Fresno State in the fall. The event will include Fresno State president, Dr. Joseph Castro, and FCC president, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, welcoming and acknowledging the 500 students on their academic success.

State Chancellor's West Fresno Forum

Eloy OrtizFCC participated in the Black and AfricanAmerican Advisory Panel of the California Community Colleges Fresno Town Hall and College Fair on April 30 at the Westside Church of God. The keynote speaker was State Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley who presented information on improving access to college, removing barriers to success and improving graduation and completions rates. FCC had several displays that included renderings of the new West Fresno Center, Student Services programs, and Applied Technology Division automotive and robotic demonstrations.

Retiree Luncheon

The annual FCC Retirement Luncheon will be held in OAB 251 on Thursday, May 9, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will honor over 30 FCC and SCCCD employees who are retiring from their service to the college and district.

Employee Recognition

The annual Employee Recognition Reception will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. 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 six divisions.

Tree Fresno

This morning, Tree Fresno will have a tree planting kickoff event in the West Lawn from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Please come and join us as we begin this new project that will add more shade and beauty to our campus. The project includes planting 50 trees on campus which will be completed by the beginning of June.

Remodeling on Campus

The Counseling Department is undergoing a redesign with a focus on the front reception area to enhance the student experience and promote collegiality. Also, many of the offices are being remodeled to address accessibility issues. The new design will also accommodate additional office space to address our guided pathway efforts. So in the meantime, find your favorite counselor by checking in at the Admissions and Records counter. Lastly, the gym will be getting a new wood floor with construction starting today. The project will take at least two months. Ram Camp will utilize the new gym and other areas on campus.

New Fresno Poet Laureate

FCC English instructor, Marisol Baca, is the new Fresno Poet Laureate!

Marisol is the first woman and the first Latina to receive this honor. The three previous Poet Laureates, which
includes FCC English instructor Lee Herrick, reviewed nominations and made their recommendation to Fresno
Mayor Lee Brand. In a Letter of Commendation to Marisol, Mayor Brand wrote, …your voice serves as an example of excellence to your writers, women, and our diverse community. This appointment speaks to the great work that you have done and will continue to do as an ambassador of the City, and we are fortunate that you are sharing your unique talent with your students at Fresno City College.”

Marisol joined the FCC faculty in 2014. She has an associate degree from San Antonio College, a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Cornell University.

Student Art Show

flat peopleThe Art Space Gallery is exhibiting the 2019 Student Art Show until May 16. Come and see this special exhibit
highlighting the special talents of our art students that includes painting, ceramics, and mixed media.

Business Instructor Magazine Feature

Amber BalakianEntrepreneurship instructor and fourth generation farmer, Amber Balakian, was featured in the April issue of the California Bountiful Magazine. She produces a line of jarred tomatoes and Bloody Mary mixes made in small batches from blemished fruit that is unsold at market. Her specialty products are sold at Whole Foods and
on Amazon. Balakian Farms produces 30 different types of organic heirloom tomatoes on their 84 acre farm.

Innovation Award for Student Services

The FCC Student Success Teams' model received the Chief Student Services Officers Innovation of the Year award at their annual conference. The newly created team approach to student success is a collaboration between the Student Services Division, instruction and administration.

Ice Cream Competition

student chefsFor the fourth 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 10, Jeff Bennett, the owner of Ampersand Ice Cream judged student created ice creams
in Chef Jonathan Davey’s Advanced Food Preparation class. Each of the top four flavors were featured at  Ampersand on April 27. The top seller will be featured for a month beginning May 4.

Valley Public Radio

Goldsmith during interviewDr. Carole Goldsmith participated in a panel interview on Valley Edition on April 16 with H Spees, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the City of Fresno, and Jan Minami, Executive Director of Chinatown Fresno. The discussion focused on the Transformative Climate Communities grants that were awarded to FCC for the West Fresno Center and Chinatown.

Student Newspaper Awards

The Rampage

This year at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ convention in Sacramento, the Rampage  newspaper staff won several awards. Kudos to seven student journalists who received individual awards in opinion writing, news writing, graphics and design, on-the-spot writing, critical review, feature story, front page
layout and photo illustration.

Sports Update

Several spring teams are headed into the playoffs as their regular season play wraps up. The Ram badminton team is undefeated at 8-0 and will most likely head into playoffs later in May. The baseball team is 30-10 this season and captured their 23rd Central Valley Conference title under head coach Ron Scott. The softball team is
22-17 and will continue their season in the playoffs.

Women’s basketball player, Jerrene Richardson was honored at the Community College Counselors/Advisors Academic Association for Athletics luncheon for being a successful student athlete and overcoming a significant hardship. She was awarded $100, honored in the program and presented a plaque for her dedication.

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