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College Report: June 2020

Jun 1, 2020

2020 Virtual Commencement

The Fresno City College Commencement ceremony is historically rich in tradition. This year, it made history. The sound of Pomp and Circumstance was different for the 2,400 graduates in the Fresno City College class of 2020. The online virtual ceremony premiered on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. The site, which will be available for one year, includes video messages from top administrators, Associated Student Government President DeRon Walker and keynote speaker Fresno Mayor Lee Brand. Students are able to click on their names to hear their personal announcement which they can download and share on social media. The site is accessible through the Fresno City College website,

2020 Dean's Medallion Recipients

This year’s FCC Dean’s Medallion winners were announced during the virtual ceremony that was unveiled on May 22. The Dean’s Medallion is the highest honor a division may bestow on a current student. The criteria for consideration are academic achievement, evidence that the nominee completed academic requirements despite unique obstacles and evidence of community service involvement. Each recipient receives a $500 scholarship. The Dean’s Medallion winners have faced incredible obstacles and overcame these barriers to earn their degrees and this honor. Some have faced homelessness, substance abuse and alcoholism. They may have had a hard upbringing and a hard start to adulthood. But they flourished once they found success in a Fresno City College classroom. One Dean’s medalist is selected by College President Dr. Carole Goldsmith to receive the Tony Cantu President’s Medallion. The award is in honor of the late president Tony Cantu who served as a faculty member, dean, vice president and president during his long career at Fresno City College and the State Center Community College District. This year the 2020 Tony Cantu President’s Medallion was awarded to Ms. Elinore lms from the Math, Science and Engineering Division. She received an additional $500 scholarship for this special award.

Ms. Elinore Alms

Ms. Elinore Alms

Math Science Engineering Division
Biology for Transfer (AS-T)


Mr. Andrew Harper

Applied Technology Division
Computer Aided Manufacturing (AS)


Ms. Jordyn Valenzuela

Allied Health, Physical Education, and Athletics Division
Dental Hygiene (AS)


Mr. William Coleman

Counseling and Guidance Division
Computer Information Technology:
Networking/Computer Technology (AS)
& Health Information Technology (AS)


Ms. Jessica Ceballos

Humanities Division
American Sign Language Studies (AA)
& Liberal Arts: American Sign Language (AA)


Ms. Maranee Forsyth

Business Division
Paralegal (AS)


Mr. Terence Mendez

Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Division
Music for Transfer (AA-T)


Ms. Shalika Pilippange

Social Sciences Division
Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer (AA-T)


RN Celebration

A "drive thru" pinning ceremony for over 100 graduating FCC registered nursing students was held on Saturday, May 23. The procession and presentation of the sashes and pins was conducted for each nursing student in his/her vehicle. The caravan started from Van Ness Avenue and slowly proceeded through the campus with each participant in their car stopping in front of the Health Sciences Building to receive their sashes and pins.

Guided Pathways

Fresno City College is in the 3rd year of a 5-year Guided Pathways implementation plan. This year, plans are being finalized for the Ram Pathways (meta-majors), and the college has made tremendous progress on course sequencing maps. There are two big milestones of guided pathways that have been addressed, Clarify the Path and Enter the Path. The college continues to collaborate on the integration of Student Services and Instruction, always keeping equity at the center, and is currently in the process of aligning our Student Success Teams to the Ram Pathways. Some other major projects include redesigning Program Review in a Guided Pathways framework, clarifying curriculum to align with the CCCCO's Vision for Success goals, and ensuring collaboration and communication within the District in order to leverage resources and build a community of colleagues with the common goal of putting students first. The FCC Guided Pathways implementation leads include Kerry Ybarra (Instruction), Julie Preston-Smith (Student Services), and Ray Ramirez (Student Equity and Success)

Employee Service Awards

The annual Employee Recognition Reception was hosted by President Carole Goldsmith and was held virtually on Friday, May 15 at 12:00 p.m. on YouTube. The ceremony recognized employees from FCC who received their service awards, this year’s retirees, and emeriti faculty for seven divisions.

Fall Semester Planning

FCC administration has been working with faculty and staff across all disciplines and programs and with constituency groups to plan for the possible scenarios of offering classes online for the 2020 fall semester. Throughout this planning process, the focus has been on the health and welfare of students, faculty and staff in consultation with local health officials, as well as guidance from federal and state officials while still offering the high quality educational programming expected at Fresno City College.Work is now underway to move as many classes as possible online and to create the additional space needed to safely teach classes on campus that require a face-to-face component. The classes include clinical and vocational labs that require a hands-on learning experience.The college is restructuring many courses to a flexible hybrid format. Deans have been working with faculty to design hybrid courses that will enable students to meet the student learning outcomes designated for each course. Each of the flexible hybrid classes will utilize social distancing and other safety protocols, as recommended by health officials. The work is challenging and while the college continues to face uncertainty on many fronts, students continue to choose Fresno City College to seek a better life for themselves through education and training.


The College Relations and Outreach Department have continued to prepare and fully matriculate over 3800 incoming freshmen before the priority registration deadline for the 2020 fall semester. The number of incoming freshmen is expected to grow during this uncertain time as students are considering options closer to home. The department has completely transformed its advising and registration process to support students online as they are not able to set up their normal high school workshops. The Student Ambassadors are also assisting new students by hosting daily Zoom sessions on the hour where they help students log in to their student portal, learn how to register and check their email. They will join the General Counseling Department in calling new and current students who missed their priority registration date.

Design Science High School

Sixty-seven seniors will graduate this year from Design Science Middle College High School. For the fourth year in a row, 100% of seniors graduated from high school and earned admissions to four-year universities. DSMCHS had a record number of students admitted to top tier universities such as Harvey Mudd, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, UCLA (9) and UC Berkeley (8). Four of the seniors were admitted to Stanford, one of the four elected to attend MIT in the fall. The DSMCHS virtual celebration was held on May 21, followed by the FCC Virtual Graduation where 88% of our seniors earned an Associated in Arts degree. There was a slight dip due to COVID. This year, 59 students will receive their AA degrees with 42 graduating with Honors or Highest Honors.

New Academic Deans Selected

CherylynCherylyn Crill-Hornsby is an alumna of FCC and started her educational career here. Her vast experience in securing external funding will serve the division and college well as we navigate these uncharted economic times. She will join the Social Sciences team as the Dean of Academic Services & Social Sciences Pathways on July 1, 2020. Prior to this role, Mrs. Crill-Hornsby has served State Center Community College District for more than 12 years. She completed her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from the Kremen School of Education & Human Development at Fresno State in 2016 and was hired as the District Director, Grants & External Funding. A graduate of the FCC Social Sciences division (Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts, 1995), Cherylyn looks forward to continuing her family’s tradition of commitment to the Fresno region, which includes three generations of local educators.

CyndieCyndie Luna has distinguished herself regionally and throughout the state as an expert in accreditation matters. For the past several months, she has advocated for the students and staff of the Fine and Performing Arts Division with grace and thoughtfulness as the interim dean. Cyndie has been with the District for nearly 23 years and on the Fresno City College Campus since 2001. She has worked in institutional research, planning, and program review and served on the board of the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges. She has been in the classroom full-time teaching Communication since 2006 where she has worked on accreditation and served as department chair. For the past few years, she has also served as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer and has served on many visiting teams for the Accrediting Commission. She is a community college alumna, holds an MA in Speech Communication from Fresno State and is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program, also at Fresno State.

New Athletic Director Hired

DerrickDerrick Johnson has a distinguished service record as an Athletic Director and his skill set in communication and fundraising will serve the FCC student athletes and programs well. His background in student engagement will prove invaluable as we work together in a new environment of uncertainty. He comes to Fresno City after spending the last 22 months at Middlesex County College (MCC) in Edison, New Jersey as Director of Athletics and Recreation and with over 15 years of athletic administration experience. Prior to MCC, Johnson made stops at Elizabeth City State University, Riverside City College, and Benedict College. He has served in positions such as Director of Athletics, Associate Athletic Director, Sports Information Director, Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Director of Public Relations and Marketing all at the collegiate level. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of South Carolina-Aiken and a Master of Sports Science degree from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, AL. A collegiate standout baseball player, Johnson was selected as a Major League Baseball Draft Pick by the Florida Marlins organization in 1993.

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