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President's Report to Board

College Report: May 2020

May 1, 2020


In the last month, various faculty, staff and students have risen to the need of the community by volunteering their time, talent and in some cases, donating materials to help health care workers and other frontline, essential workers. The FCC Engineering Program is contributing to Career Technical Education Charter (CTEC) High School's effort to supply face shields to central valley health care workers and organizations.

NellEngineering instructor Nell Papavasiliou and physics instructor David Balogh are printing face shield head bands at their homes utilizing the program's two Makerbot 3D printers and two Formlabs printers. The printing of headbands began during Spring Break and the first shipment of 100 head bands was delivered to CTEC on Monday, April 13. Faculty will continue to print approximately 20 head bands per day to help CTEC fulfill the requests that are received daily.

Audio Visual Technician Moses Avila, who works in Technology Support Services (TSS), has made and donated 20 face shields to Abby Pet Hospital. He will make these for the TSS Staff as needed. He purchased his own 3D printer and supplies to make these high demand items.

Abby Pet Hospital

The Applied Technology Division has loaned three MakerBot 3D printers to the CTEC high school with the dual enrollment instructor, Brian Emerson, working on the production of face shields. The Fire Academy and the Welding program have loaned the Ram Pantry special equipment that provides social distancing for the staff who are organizing the food distribution. In addition, the Math, Science and Engineering Division; Applied Technology Division; Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Division; and the Allied Health Division have donated thousands of masks, gloves, bouffant caps, gowns, goggles and several ventilators to local hospitals.

Cares Act

Fresno City College was allocated $11,224,898 in CARES funding from the Department of Education of which $5,612,449 will be used for direct student aid to support our most financially insecure students in an equitable manner. The FCC team is now revising the distribution plans as new additional guidelines were recently released from the USDE. Students will be receiving their allocation as soon as the funding is received. The updated distribution plans will be shared once the new guidelines have been processed.

Social Media Update

The FCC Facebook page hit a milestone by capturing over 10,000 followers. This social media platform has seen an increased number of visits, views and interaction with FCC students. Relevant and timely college information is shared with links to the college website for student resources and online support.

Chevron Grant

chevron logoAs a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chevron provided a $50,000 donation for the Engineering Program. The generous gift was used to purchase high-end computers for engineering majors.

Campus Virtual Forums

Since mid-March, FCC President, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, has hosted weekly live virtual forums for our students and campus community. She provides updates regarding classes, the campus, COVID-19 and other timely information. The weekly forums always end with a question and answer period.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

respiratory care

The FCC Respiratory Program was commended by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) for their compliance with accreditation standards and CoARC Accreditation Policies and Procedures. Based on the outcomes reported, the program met or exceeded all currently set “thresholds” for success on each of the required outcome measures.

New Grant Providing Education and Homeless Services to Foster Youth

A five year grant for $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has been awarded to Fresno City College to support foster youth who are in need of assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The grant will help these students stay on track with their college courses. The college will work in partnership with Westcare, a local leader in assisting the homeless and providing substance abuse counseling.

Technology Update

handing out tech

The Technology Support Services Department is open several days a week in the morning to provide help and troubleshooting support for faculty and staff. Since the campus closure in March, over 400 laptops and other equipment have been distributed to staff and faculty.

In coordination with the Library, close to 500 students have received loaner laptops, iPads and wi-fi hot spots. The college received an anonymous donation to purchase 200 iPads for students in the foster youth NextUp program. Many of these students are considered high risk and do not have the resources to purchase this type of equipment.

2020 Commencement

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, this year’s FCC Commencement will be an interactive virtual (online) celebration available on Friday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Graduates will be able to view commencement addresses from the college president and other college officials. Each participating graduate will have a personalized slide that includes a photo and the degree awarded. Graduates will also be able to share on social media. The ceremony will be available for anyone to view on the college website so the community can join us in celebrating our 2020 graduates. In addition, President Goldsmith has invited the 2020 graduates to participate in the 2021 ceremony.

African American Graduates Celebration


The FCC African American Faculty and Staff Association will host a celebration for the 2020 African American graduates on Saturday, May 9, from 1:30 – 2:05 p.m. via Zoom. Students must register for this event in order to participate.

Measure C Update

First Responders Center: Demolition on the existing structures that were on the property is now complete. The next step will be the selection of a modular company to assist in the design process for the Division of the State Architect (DSA) submittal process.

The West Fresno Center has a new address - 600 East Church Avenue. This project is going to bid this summer. The DSA approval is complete.

The planning for the new Science Building is on track with architects and engineers working to complete construction documents for the DSA submittal, which is slated for July 2020.

FCC Child Development Center is also in the planning stages with architects and engineers working to complete construction documents for DSA submittal.

The Parking Structure design is on schedule with off site improvements anticipated to begin this summer.

RN Virtual Pinning Ceremony

The Registered Nursing Program will have a virtual Pinning celebration for the 111 nursing students who will be transitioning into the role of nursing professionals in May.

Registered Nursing Grant

FCC Nursing LogoThe Foundation for California Community Colleges, in partnership with the California Community College State Chancellor’s Office, has created a First Response Healthcare Student Support Fund (First Response Fund). The First Response Fund is the first fund established from the Campaign for Relief and Recovery through the California Community Colleges to support students, families, and communities affected by COVID-19. The fund’s purpose is two-fold: to help students who are facing adverse financial impacts of COVID-19 with their ability to stay enrolled and complete their CCC education, while also helping address California’s pressing need to advance students in specific health care fields into its health care system. Each California Community College nursing program can receive up to $4,545. These funds will be distributed as emergency assistance between $350 and $500 to between 9 and 13 qualified nursing students per college. The funds must be distributed to students right away in a form that the student can use, at their discretion, as cash to meet their needs in the general marketplace.

2020 Torch of Excellence

torchOver 200 FCC student athletes with a 3.2 grade point average or above will be recognized as Torch Lighters sponsored by the Fresno Madera Kiwanis Torch of Excellence Committee. There are over 100 student athletes that have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. While the event was not held this year due to COVID-19, each student athlete will be recognized on the FCC Rams website.

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