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The college reached another commencement milestone with more than 2,160 degrees awarded to 2,030 graduates for the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition, 1,227 certificates were awarded. For the fifth consecutive summer, FCC summer enrollment has continued to grow with 1614 FTES reported for 2020 thus far. This is an increase from last summer which had 1,555 FTES. In July, a personalized letter with graduation information was sent out to 396 students who may have met the requirements to earn a degree this summer. The Counseling Department will assist these students with the steps to apply to earn a degree.
Faculty and staff are preparing for the start of the new fall semester. The academic year will begin with a virtual convocation on Thursday, August 6 at 8:30 a.m. This year’s keynote speaker is Ibram X. Kendi, a New York Times bestselling author and an Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. Kendi is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize. Campus reports and updates will be presented by President Goldsmith and will include budget, facilities, construction projects, Guided Pathways, and enrollment growth.
The new student welcome, Ram Ready, has been transformed into a virtual event with digital resources and live activities offered throughout the week of August 3-7. The multifaceted event includes online tutorials designed to help new students become familiar with the college with an extra emphasis on distance learning and technology. Students will also have an opportunity to engage with FCC faculty, staff, and students through live events offered daily on YouTube, Instagram, and Zoom. These live events include workshops and Q&A sessions on financial aid, library and tutorial services, DSPS, Canvas and Zoom, textbooks, and more. Students will be divided by major to participate in special live sessions where they will meet their Ram Pathway Teams which are made up of Student Services and academic division staff and instructors. This event is recommended not only for new students, but students new to online classes as well.
This summer, the College Relations and Counseling Departments have assisted hundreds of incoming students each Wednesday afternoon during the Virtual Extreme Registration. The one-stop virtual event included special services available by phone or computer for students to complete their enrollment. Services offered:
The Radiologic Technology Program held a drive-thru Pinning Celebration which took place on Friday, June 26 in front of the Health Sciences Building. This year’s class celebrated 37 graduates.
Congratulations to the 27 Dental Hygienists who graduated from this program in a drive-thru celebration on Saturday, July 18 in front of the Health Sciences Building. Faculty and dentists were there along with music instructors, Julie and Mike Dana, who performed “I Can See Clearly Now” which was shown on a laptop so that the students could watch through Zoom.
On Thursday, July 23, President Goldsmith, along with Fresno State President Joseph Castro, participated in the ”Systemic Barriers & Anti-Racist Solutions to Access & Success" webinar hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity. The panel discussed barriers and solutions to higher education access and success for Black, Latinx and Hmong students in the Fresno area. Dr. Goldsmith highlighted the racial equity work at the college over the past few years and how it has changed the college culture.
The Pre-Kindergarten Promotion drive-thru ceremony was held on July 8 at the Child Development Center. Thirty-five preschoolers are now ready to begin Kindergarten in the fall. The children came with their family and friends in brightly decorated cars to receive their certificates from their teachers.
The Police Academy #159 Class held their graduation ceremony on Friday, July 10, in the Police Academy parking area for 34 cadets. This class completed the 1030-hour intensive format that began January 6, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this class was suspended from March 16, 2020 to April 13, 2020. Cadets and faculty practiced social distancing and wore face masks. The class was featured on the July 20 State Chancellor’s weekly update.
Fresno City College’s Fall 2020 Flex Day takes a different approach this year, adopting Ram Resiliency as its theme. Flex Day is usually a peer-to-peer event, faculty sharing their knowledge with their colleagues. Not wanting to overburden our faculty, we’ve reached out to our community partners since many of our students depend on their services. Their response has been amazing. We aim to motivate, acknowledge, and provide community resources to our faculty and professional staff so they can continue working hard to meet the needs of our students and help them achieve their academic goals.
The Psychological Services Office led by Dr. Samuel A. Montano, Psychological Services Coordinator, has conducted a series of virtual Talking Circles for staff and students. He and his staff have created a safe, non-judgmental place where participants have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion of difficult and/ or important issues regarding their mental health and living during a pandemic.
Congratulations to the Ram Indoor and Beach Volleyball teams for being honored as recipients of the United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 season. The FCC Rams were 1 of 2 California community colleges to receive the award for Indoor volleyball and 1 of 3 California community colleges to receive the award for beach volleyball. This is a great achievement for our players and their individual hard work in the classroom, especially during the transition to distance learning this past spring semester.
FCC student athletes who were honored at the 2020 Torch of Excellence were invited to join their fellow teammates and coaches at a “drive-thru” celebration on July 8. They received a certificate, program and a special gift from the sponsor of the event, the Kiwanis Clubs of Fresno and Madera Counties. ABC30 covered the event and featured the 2019 State Championship Badminton team who received their championship rings during the event. The annual awards banquet was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FCC President, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, continues to host live virtual forums for FCC students and the campus community. Forums were held for students on June 26 and July 14. The June forum focused on enrollment and targeted students who had not registered for classes. The July forum was for International Students who were concerned about the changes in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulations. The live forums allow the president to answer student questions directly during each session.