January 14 is the first day of the semester and there are still many open classes. Students will be able to add classes throughout the first two weeks of the semester by attending the classes and asking to be added. If there is room in the class, the instructor will give the student an add slip. Friday, February 1 is the last day to add a full-term class.
Here are a few items of note for the beginning of the semester.
A number of classes have seats available as the semester begins. They include classes in dance, art, business, English, communication, film, cultural studies, journalism, photography, computers, engineering, marketing and music. Online classes are also available.
Office hours are being extended in Admissions & Records, Business Office, Financial Aid, and Counseling for the first two weeks of the semester to assist students. On January 14 and 15, the offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The offices will have various extended hours on other days.
New Transfer Degrees:
Two new Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) have been approved. They are Social Justice and Public Health. This brings the number of ADTs at Fresno City College to 27.
FCC continues to offer classes at off campus neighborhood sites. Offerings at Edison High School, Sunnyside High School and at the Fresno Pacific University North Campus are being extended. This Spring semester FCC is adding a new site: Kerman High School. Classes at these sites begin January 28.
At Kerman, FCC is offering music, political science and welding classes beginning January 14. English for mulita-lingual speakers and Introduction to computers classes begin January 28. A special registration event will be held for those classed on January 15 from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. in the Kerman High School Library.
A registration event at Sunnyside is scheduled on January 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and on January 24 at Edison from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
At Fresno Pacific University North Campus, students can take Intro to Electrical Systems starting March 18, Human Services – Alcohol/Drug Counseling starting January 15 and Human Services – Drugs Physiology and Psychology starting March 19.
Go to www.fresnocitycollege.edu/fcceverywhere for more information on these sites.
Parking is always at a premium at FCC, especially the first four weeks of the semester. To help ease parking woes, FCC is providing a courtesy parking shuttle from Parking Lot X behind Ratcliffe Stadium to five drop-off locations throughout the campus. The shuttle will run January 14 through February 8. Drop-off and pick-up is every 15 minutes at each stop, Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Bolt to College:
The Bolt to College share riding subscription service for Kerman-area students is back and is now registering students. This is the second semester for this service. Students living in the following zip codes are eligible to participate: 93608, 93622, 93627, 93630, 93640, 93660, and 93668. The service is $10 a month and students can register by calling Keith Bergthold at 559-485-1416 or Ismael Herrera 559-304-6450. They can register online at https://www.sjvcleantransportation.org/bolt-to-college
Beginning this semester, students will no longer have to take placement tests for English and math. The California legislature passed Assembly Bill 705, (AB 705) in response to the CCC Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success, which aims to reduce the amount of time a student spends reaching their goal and to reduce the number of excess units a student earns. Students are no longer required to take remedial classes before enrollment in a transfer-level course. Placement tests will still be available for students whose first language is not English.
AB 705 states that colleges no longer need to rely on standardized placement tests when placing students in math and English courses, and need to set up pathways or policies to ensure students can enter and complete college-level math and English within one year. Non-English speakers will have a three-year timeframe. To ensure student success, colleges can create credit or non-credit co-requisites.
Students can be placed in developmental/remedial classes if there is a high probability the student will not succeed in the transfer course, or taking the prerequisite classes will increase the likelihood of passing the transfer course.
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