High School Enrichment Handbook for Students and Parents

Understanding High School Enrichment

Fresno City College, through the Office of Early College, enables high school students to take college courses in person at the college or online, free of tuition. High school students can earn college credit while still completing high school.

Through this program, high school enrichment provides students with the opportunity to get a head start on their college education, to save time and money, and to experience the rigors of college coursework with support from community college.

Mission Statement of the Office of Early College

Creating intentional, supported pathways for high school students, bridging K-12 to higher education and gainful employment


Vision Statement of the Office of Early College

Providing equitable higher educational opportunities for all high school students

High School Enrichment is a high impact tool to increase the college-going culture for more students. For many students, participation in high school enrichment eases the transition from high school to college by giving students a sense of what college academics are like in a supported environment. High school enrichment is a cost-efficient way for students to accumulate college credits because courses are taken at no cost to the student during high school.

High school enrichment is an opportunity to take challenging courses and accelerate educational opportunities. Students who successfully complete courses through high school enrichment receive many benefits. However, there are some possible disadvantages that all students must consider before enrolling in a college class:

  • High school enrichment courses become part of students’ permanent college transcripts; if students fail, these grades could affect eligibility for financial aid and admission to other postsecondary institutions.
  • If students need additional support to complete regular general education high school classes, adding the additional rigor of the college class may not be the best choice for them at that time.

High school enrichment allows students to start considering their future and consider beginning a pathway towards reaching their higher education goals while still enrolled in high school.

Common pathways include transfer pathways that include general education courses and Career Technical Education pathways that offer a wide variety of vocational degree and certificate options. The Office of Early College - High School Enrichment has put together some resources to help high school students choose the most appropriate classes to complete while in high school.

  • Ram Pathways - Potential pathways at FCC which can help students explore areas they may want to major/work in after high school.
  • Majors (degrees and certificates) - if students plan to attend FCC after high school or want to try to complete a degree or certificate while in high school, these sheets can guide them. With HSE enrollment alone a student would likely not be able to complete an entire degree. They should consult with the HSE counselor for guidance on choosing major classes without completing a degree if they plan to apply as a freshman to a four-year university since some majors require completing entire course sequences. 
  • General Education - (associates without transfer GE; CSU GE; UC-CSU GE) - if students begin taking HSE classes their freshman year of high school they could potentially complete lower division GE by the time they graduate high school and earn a college certificate for this completion. We encourage students to work with the HSE counselor to carefully plan the courses to take if this is a goal. 
    • Associates without transfer GE - This GE pattern should be used only if a student knows they do not want to apply to a four-year university, but want to complete an associates degree with a California Community College after high school.
    • CSU GE - This GE pattern should be used if a student knows their goal after high school is to attend a California State University (whether as a freshman or a transfer student). Students should use the most recent catalog pattern or the one for their catalog year, but this link can be used as a starting guide. Please have your students consult with an HSE counselor for further guidance on the most appropriate catalog to use when completing GE requirements.
    • IGETC-CSU GE - This GE pattern should be used if a student knows their goal after high school is to attend a University of California school (whether as a freshman or a transfer student). Students should use the most recent catalog pattern or the one for their catalog year, but this link can be used as a starting guide. This GE pattern is also most appropriate if the student knows they want to get a degree but do not know if they want want to attend a CCC, CSU, or UC in the future since it keeps all of the options open to the student. Please have your students consult with an HSE counselor for further guidance on the most appropriate catalog to use when completing GE requirements. 

If a student is uncertain about their future college major or even college system they wish to attend, the IGETC-CSU GE pattern is often the safest option for completing GE requirements while in high school.

The following is a list of suggested CSU and IGETC-CSU GE classes students could consider for selection that fulfill GE requirements for a degree (* indicates the course has a prerequisite):

  • ART 2, Art Appreciation
  • ASL 1, Beginning American Sign Language
  • ASL 2*, High-Beginning American Sign Language
  • BIO 3, Introduction to Life Science
  • BIO 14, Conservation Biology
  • CHDEV 30, Child, Family, and Community
  • CHDEV 38, Lifespan Development
  • CHDEV 39, Child Growth and Development
  • CLS 11, Introduction to Chicano-Latino Studies
  • CLS 12A, Mexican American History
  • CLS 30, Migration and the Family
  • COMM 1, Introduction to Public Speaking
  • COMM 2, Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 8, Group Communication
  • CRIM 1, Introduction to Criminology
  • CRIM 5, Community Relations
  • DS 21, Finite Mathematics
  • ECON 40, Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 50, Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ENG 1A, Reading and Composition
  • ENGL 1B*, Introduction to the Study of Literature
  • ETHNST 10, Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • FILM 1, Introduction to Film Studies
  • HLTH 1, Contemporary Health Issues
  • HIST 11, History of the US to 1877
  • HIST 12, History of the US Since 1877
  • HIST 23, World History Since 1500
  • MATH 3A, College Algebra
  • MATH 4A*, Trigonometry
  • MUS 12, Music Appreciation
  • MUS 17, History of Rock
  • PHIL 1A, Theories of Knowledge and Reality
  • PHIL 2*, Critical Reasoning and Analytic Writing
  • PHOTO 5, Introduction to Photography
  • POLSCI 2, American Government
  • PSY 2, General Psychology
  • SOC 1A, Introduction to Sociology
  • SPAN 1, Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 2*, High-Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 2NS*, Preparatory Spanish for Native Speakers
  • SPAN 3*, Intermediate Spanish

Resources Available for High School Enrichment Students

Fresno City College’s mission is to provide “access to equity-centered, quality, innovative educational programs and support services” to all its students, including high school enrichment students. There are a number of resources high school enrichment students can and should take advantage of, both at their own high schools and through Fresno City College.

Many local high schools have options on their sites for students to take advantage of, including the use of virtual help through Tutor.com and California Teaching Fellows after school hours on their campus. Students can check with their high school counselors for options at their high schools.

Fresno City College has several tutoring options as well, for high school enrichment students. Many instructors have embedded in their Canvas shell Net-Tutor, a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week online tutoring service. Students can also access Net-Tutor through the Virtual Hub for Students. Both in-person and online tutoring is available through Fresno City College’s Tutorial Center, including weekday evening hours and weekend hours, for a large variety of subjects. There are also separate Math Support and English Support Centers.

The best way to access SCCCD email, Single Sign-On, and Canvas (the college’s main learning management system) is to follow these Technology Help instructions to log into My Portal, which should be accessed through the main Fresno City College webpage. The Technology Help webpage also lists several help desk numbers for additional support.

Students accessing My Portal for the first time will use these instructions for logging on:

Username: Students can log in using their seven-digit SCCCD ID number for the username. The password will be the same one students use for email, Canvas, Web Advisor, and Wi-Fi.

Initial Password: First name initial (upper case) + last name initial (lowercase) + date of birth (mmddyy). Example: Juan Soto born on July 9th of 1998 password=Js070988

Getting Help with Canvas: Students should enroll in the Canvas “course” through Virtual Hub for Students to gain access to many resources, including tips and short videos for how to use Canvas, and access to many student resources available to dual enrollment students such as the Career and Employment Center and Net-Tutor.

High school students have access to computer labs at their high school, the Fresno County Public Library, and Fresno City College. FCC has computer labs open on a variety of days and times. Located inside the Learning Resource Center and Library, the computer labs provide access to a wide range of software applications in support of students' academic goals. The Library also has a limited number of laptops and hotspots that can be checked out on a semester-to-semester basis.

Fresno City College has high school enrichment counselors who review enrichment packets to determine eligibility and assist with student appeals. Counselors are available to answer general questions about all HSE processes and offer basic guidance on class selection.

The mission of Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) is to create an accessible, inclusive campus environment using holistic, comprehensive, strategic services to empower students with disabilities and provide them access to pursue their academic, personal, and vocational goals. Answers to frequently asked questions, including differences between high school and college for students with disabilities, are available at DSPS Transition to College with discussion of the following topics:

  • applicable laws
  • required documentation
  • self-advocacy
  • parental role
  • instruction
  • grades and tests
  • study responsibilities

A high school IEP or 504 plan alone does not determine eligibility to receive academic accommodations in community college courses.

To become eligible for academic accommodations in a college course, high school enrichment students must follow these steps:

  1. Self-identify as a student with a disability
  2. Apply to the college DSPS program through the AIM Student Portal
  3. Upload a copy of their most recent IEP/Psychological or 504 plan (including diagnosis)
  4. Request accommodations at Accommodations and Services
  5. Meet with a DSPS counselor to develop an Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP)
  6. Email a Faculty Notification Letter (FNL) of agreed upon accommodations to their college course instructor(s) though their AIM Student Portal.
Please contact Lorena Medina for any questions or support with the DSPS application at 559.442.2061 or lorena.medina@fresnocitycollege.edu

High school enrichment students can use their high school library facilities, and they are also highly encouraged to use the wealth of resources available to them through the Fresno City College Library, where students can chat with a librarian 24/7, receive technology loans, utilize a repository of clear resources that can be accessed in person and online, including a large number of online research databases, citation and plagiarism avoidance skills, and many short video tutorials.

High school enrichment students can access the Career and Employment Center, which offers services similar to those that may be available at their high schools: workshops associated with the job search process, career interest inventories and career fairs.

Upward Bound is a program aimed at encouraging low-income and first-generation students to pursue college. Many high school enrichment students attending the participating high schools would qualify for this supportive program.