2018 Community Report

FROM THE PRESIDENT DR. CAROLE GOLDSMITH PRESIDENT President’s Message Dear Friends of Fresno City College, I am proud to present the Report to the Community: Transformation through Education. This report recaps the college’s recent accomplishments and the collective efforts underway advancing student success. O ur progress through the dedication and determination of our faculty, staff, and students reflects our core values, which appear on the following page. It is our diverse mix of individuals — from every age, gender, culture, life experience, and perspective — who truly make Fresno City College an inspiring experience for all who spend time on our campuses. Within the pages of this report, we feature the stories of four such devoted individuals, committed to progress and enrichment. We hold steadfast in assisting students reach their educational goals — regardless if it is transferring to a four-year university or acquiring the skills necessary to launch or advance a well-paying career. We support the aspirations of all who enter our doors to achieve their full educational potential. Fresno City College was honored to receive the Excellence in Effort award from the Campaign for College Opportunity in October for significantly increasing the number of students earning Associate Degrees for Transfer. Not only are we leaders in preparing students for university transfer, we continue to be a primary provider of career technical training for high-wage and high-demand jobs. In April, the State Chancellor’s Office recognized 27 Fresno City College Career & Technical Education Programs for outstanding student performance. Our high‑performing programs boast post graduation earnings increase by 50 percent or more with 90 percent or more graduates employed in a job related to their field of study. I also want to share some of the many ways our college supports traditionally underserved populations of students. The Ram Pantry, which opened in its permanent location on December 1, 2017, provides nutritious meals and other food support to students experiencing food insecurity. The Ram Pantry has seen a dramatic increase in the number of visits per semester from 3,952 in Fall 2017 to over 25,000 in Spring 2018. There has been significant progress in facilities planning and procurement for updates to California’s oldest community college. In 2016, voters overwhelmingly passed Measure C, a local bond to support growth and facility related needs of the college. We have made great strides in securing land for a new campus in West Fresno, thanks to the generous donation of Mr. Terrance Frazier, the Shehadey Family, and Sylvester Hall. Additionally, Fresno City College was chosen to receive $16.9 million from Transformative Climate Communities Program for our proposed West Fresno campus. We have also begun designing a new science building and First Responder Center in Southwest Fresno. And finally, with the relocation of the SCCCD District Office to Downtown Fresno, the main campus will enjoy greater access to parking as we anticipate the final parking needs analysis. We are the city’s college, and we listen to our community. Within the past year, over two-dozen College Community Conversations and Public Forums were held both on and off campus with a range of individuals and organizations including nonprofits, churches, community partners, schools, and neighbors. I am happy to report that these events provided great dialogue and insights that will help us develop future programs and services to meet the needs of those we serve, our students, local employers, and the community at large. Our mission, which can be read on the following page, states our commitment. It is my personal passion and promise to continue this important work to transform our community for the better through education. I want to ensure that future generations of students continue to have access to education and job skills training for the next 100 years. Go Rams! Sincerely, Dr. Carole Goldsmith President, Fresno City College “ We are the City’s College, and we have listened to our community. ”