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The 2020 fall semester started amid the COVID-19 pandemic offering students 2,469 sections with over 2,000 of these sections online. Ram Ready was held virtually from August 3–7 for over 1,000 students who registered for the event which included web pages filled with new content and resources for students. There was also a self-guided presentation, a Ram Ready Canvas page, and over 32 live workshops, forums, and tutorials presented. ABC30 was on campus the first day of the semester and interviewed President Carole Goldsmith regarding the online semester and CAM student Trent Dun.
The FCC Library has been responsible for the distribution of devices since the beginning of the pandemic and they along with Technology Support Services have done an amazing job with the ordering, intake and preparation of each device. During the start of the 2020 fall semester the following devices have been distributed to students, staff and faculty:
On Thursday, August 14, 2020, the EOPS CARES program partnered with the Business Office and Taher to distribute pre-made meals and grocery staples to over 100 CARES students who attended the event held in Parking Lot K. Pre-made meals and grocery staples which included milk, eggs, sliced cheese, and boxed pasta, were distributed. CARE Coordinator and counselor, Ms. Jeanine Castle, organized the event to utilize the remaining balances on the students’ Taher meal cards. Students had balances ranging from $100 to $300 on their cards due to the campus closure. This event allowed them to stock up on food items and staples for their families.
After two years of planning and implementation, Ram Pathways went live this semester. The college’s nine instructional divisions are now represented in five pathways. Each pathway consists of a group of related programs of study based on similar core classes and career paths. Pathways allow a student to determine an overall field of study, and then focus on a program or major to earn a certificate, associate degree, and/or prepare for transfer to a university. Many thanks to Kerry Ybarra, Guided Pathways Faculty Coordinator and Julie Preston-Smith, Interim Director of Counseling and Special Projects, for their tireless efforts and dedication to this project.
At their July meeting, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) following careful review of the information provided, adopted a resolution to approve the interruption of education report and continue the FCC Dental Hygiene Program’s accreditation status. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCC clinic had to shut down in mid-March. As a result, CODA sent out temporary provisions to follow while still meeting their Standards. A plan was submitted and accepted allowing the dental hygiene students to graduate in July following the re-opening of the clinic. In order to become a licensed Dental Hygienist in the State of California, students must graduate from a CODA Program. Special thanks to Joanne Pacheco, dental hygiene instructor and her faculty and staff in the clinic for their efforts and planning.
On August 17, the FCC Twitter account was featured on the California Community Colleges COVID-19 daily update. The tweet highlighted two student ambassadors wearing face masks with the graphic, Be Kind, Wear a Mask.
Fresno City College’s Welcome Week activities went virtual this year! Students were served during the Virtual Welcome Zoom Booth where services provided included WebAdvisor and Canvas assistance, student email activation, passwords resets, Bookstore information, technology check-out information, and Covid-19 campus status. Student aides also students throughout campus with questions regarding campus locations and campus closure status. Police cadets and nursing students were assisted in the Student Lounge in receiving their ID badges.
The EOPS Program continues to serve their students virtually and has registered over 2,000 for the fall semester, including 897 new students. Enrollment in the NextUp foster youth program has increased 19 percent since last year with 96 students registered in the fall semester. Since going remote, they have continued to provide counseling support via Zoom and phone. In addition, they remain in contact with students via multiple venues including Canvas, Facebook and the EOPS web page. They have also created a Canvas page for students to be able to chat with one another and provide mutual assistance in preparation of classes and life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over $460,000 was distributed in cash grants in May and June to support students' needs because of the pandemic. This included EOPS, CARE and NextUp students.
The Fresno City College Police Academy held a graduation for 21 cadets from its 1030-hour intensive format. Only the cadets attended the August 14 ceremony held outside in front of the Police Academy. All cadets and faculty practiced social distancing and wore face masks. The graduates successfully passed all segments of a curriculum in over 41 topical areas that included criminal law, investigations, patrol procedures, vehicle operations, traffic, first aid, professionalism and ethics, physical training, and many other related subjects.
FCC President, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, continues to host virtual forums for FCC students and the campus community. The August 12 forum focused on health and wellness practices to help faculty, staff and students during this pandemic. Joining Dr. Goldsmith was SCCCD Vice-Chancellor of Human Resources Julianna Mosier, Dr. Samuel A. Montano, FCC Psychological Services Coordinator and his team of trained staff. The live forums allow the president to answer student questions directly during each session.
Fresno City College will participate in the annual Fresno Area College Night on September 9. This year’s fair will be held online where thousands of students and their families will have the opportunity to learn about their options in higher education from colleges and universities from across the country. Fresno City’s virtual booth will include a live chat and Q&A sessions with FCC Counselors, Outreach Specialists, and Student Ambassadors. Fresno City College will also present on a panel with other local colleges and universities and a general session on college admissions tips in a digital environment.
On September 9 Fresno City College will host the inaugural 2020 Virtual Transfer Day with a full slate of events. Beginning in the morning, over 50 representatives from UC’s, CSU’s and independent colleges and universities will attend a campus wide college fair. During the afternoon students can choose from a variety of workshops covering the UC system, University Profiles, Transfer Scholarships and major specific presentations. Preview our event at www.fresnocitycollege.edu/transferday!
English instructor Juan Luis Guzman was named a finalist and the winner of the Editor’s Choice in the 2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize by The Georgia Review. His poem, “Surrounded by Peach Trees in Bloom, President Clinton Speaks to My Fourth Grade Class,” will be appear in the literary journal’s Spring 2021 quarterly issue alongside the winner of the competition.
Jazzy Castaneda, a freshman pitcher at Fresno City College and Bullard alum, has been busy this summer collecting shoes and other equipment for a girls newly formed softball team in Ghana. She and a teammate discovered the team on Twitter and decided to help by organizing a donation event at Bullard High School. Local media covered the event that took place on Sunday, August 16.