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President's Report to the Board

College Report: February 2020

Feb 1, 2020

Habitat for Humanity Partnership

The Gonzalez family and FCC

On January 7, the Gonzalez family learned that they were selected as the new homeowners for a Habitat for Humanity Fresno County home in south east Fresno. The property was secured through the City of Fresno and the Housing Authority. The FCC Applied Technology Construction Program will construct the new 1450 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The home should be finished in May.

Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment Program continues to increase at FCC. The college is serving 35 local high schools. CTEC High School and Design Science High School are community partners that offer an Associate degree plus a high school diploma for students. The program is currently offering 194 college classes, with online, on-campus, and specialty courses at FCC. Our spring 2020 enrollment stands at 4,734.

Financial Aid Update

In January, the Financial Aid Office disbursed over $8.5 million in financial aid to approximately 7,000 students for the 2020 spring semester. With deadlines to apply for Cal Grants and Scholarships coming up, a “Cash 4 College” event is scheduled on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in LI-118 to assist students with completing their 2020-2021 FAFSA or Dream Act application before the March 2 deadline. Scholarship applications are also due March 2, 2020.

Women in Engineering Day

women in engineering logo

The FCC Engineering team of instructors and students will celebrate Women in Engineering Day by hosting students from Fresno High School on February 21. The female students from the advanced math classes at the high school will attend workshops and learn about geomatics (land surveying) and robotics. A special check presentation from Chevron will also be included during this outreach event.

Baseball Scholarships

John Pestorich, Chase Rocamore and Jack Reitsma
Former Ram baseball player and alumni, John Pestorich, spearheaded a new scholarship in memory of former baseball assistant coach Sam Flores. He is pictured here with former student athletes Chase Rocamora and Jack Reitsma as they accepted their scholarships.

 

Two former players, Chase Rocamora and Jack Reitsma, were each awarded a $1000 scholarship and given the inaugural Sam Flores Mr. Ram Award at the 32nd annual Fresno City College Baseball dinner held at the Exhibit Hall in downtown Fresno on January 11. Both student athletes transferred to San Francisco State.

Ram Pantry

Ram Pantry logoThe Ram Pantry continues to serve a high number of students, with the fall 2019 semester seeing the highest number of visits ever! During the fall semester, the Ram Pantry had 45,486 visits with a daily average of 529 students. The day with the highest total attendees was October 24, 2019, with 776 visitors! The majority of visitors (65%) are under the age of twenty-one.

Black History Month

BHM

The African-American Faculty and Staff Association presents Black History Month activities. The month’s activities began with an Opening Day Ceremony held on Monday, February 3, in the Old Administration Building Auditorium. Mrs. Angie Barfield, program specialist for the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, was the keynote speaker. Other activities are being planned for this month. The Historical Black Colleges and Universities Caravan was on campus today, February 4, to recruit and possibly offer admission and scholarships to students.

Inaugural Dream Counselors High School Conference

FCC will be hosting the first Dream Counselors High School Conference on Tuesday, February 25, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Old Administration Building Auditorium and room 251. The keynote speaker is Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana, a 2019 Public Mellon Scholar, who directed the Playas de Tijuana Mural Project (lizbethdelacruzsantana.com/muralproject), a community mural in Friendship Park at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Speakers Forum Events

Claudia RankineThe Fresno City College Speakers Forum and the Fresno County Public Library Big Read Program present poet, author and playwright Claudia Rankine on Thursday, February 13. Rankine, a professor of poetry at Yale University, will speak at 7:00 p.m. in the OAB Auditorium. Rankine will speak about her works including “Citizen: An American Lyric”, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”, and her latest work to be published in 2020 entitled “Just Us.” Rankine’s works are read in a number of English courses at FCC. Other Spring Semester speakers include Jason Chaffetz on March 2 and Ana Navarro on April 22. 

A special screening about the life of Secretary Norman Mineta will be held on Tuesday, February 18 in the Old Administration Building Auditorium at 6:00 pm. This free event will feature the documentary, Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story. A son of immigrants and forced into a U.S. World War II internment camp as a child, he became the first Asian American mayor of a major city (San Jose, California); which lead to a distinguished 20-year career in Congress and the first Asian American Cabinet member, serving two U.S. Presidents – a Democrat and Republican.

Spring Enrollment

registration in library

The Extreme Registration event that was held on January 3 and 4 was successful with 1000 students served. Kudos to the Admissions and Records Office, Business Office, Counseling, College Relations as well as the entire Student Services team for helping students access the classes they need to advance their academic and career goals. FCC enrollment is at 100.9 percent of its goal, with an estimated FTEs of 7,526.

FCC Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

On January 16, FCC was given a Board of Governors Energy and Sustainability Honorable Mention for retrofitting interior lighting in numerous buildings. The funding came from a combination of Proposition 39 monies and the State Center Community College District. The projects enabled the college to have a cost savings of approximately $434,662 and over 966,000 of kilowatt hours.

Team Heal

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 jump rope, water bottle and Team HEAL t-shirt.

 

City of Fresno Proclamations

CCCAA 2019 Wrestling Champions

CCCAA 2019 Soccer Champions

The 2019 State Championship Wrestling and Men’s Soccer Teams were recognized with a proclamation at Fresno City Hall on January 30 in council chambers. This was the 9th state championship for head coach Paul Keysaw at FCC and the 17th overall championship for the wrestling program. It was the second state championship for head soccer coach Eric Solberg. He and his coaching staff were named the National Coaching Staff of the Year for community colleges.

Sports Update

The men’s and women’s basketball teams are undefeated in conference play and the spring sports teams are now starting their respective competitions. Check out their schedules and come watch the best athletic teams in the Central Valley!

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