2023 Community Report

New Era


UC Merced Promise Pathway

On October 31, Fresno City College President Dr. Robert Pimentel hosted UC Merced Chancellor Juan Sanchez Muñoz for the signing of the Merced Promise Pathway Program memorandum of understanding. The transfer partnership further extends access for FCC students by providing a dedicated transfer counselor with expertise in UC Merced transfer admissions and knowledge of FCC’s support services. Dr. Pimentel says the Merced Promise Pathway Program will provide better access to FCC students to continue their education and will provide them with many great opportunities. “We are excited to strengthen our partnership with our neighbors to the north. This agreement will help provide a clear path for our students to transfer to UC Merced and stay closer to home,” he said. “Our goal is to send 1,000 students to UC Merced in the next five years.” “In signing this agreement, we honor that original purpose that impelled (the) UC system to place its newest campus in the Central Valley,” Chancellor Muñoz said.

Men of Color Summit For the second year, the Men of Color Summit was held at FCC on March 24, 2023. Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, and Madera Community College partnered and organized the summit to bring more than 300 local high school male students of color to the summit. With a nationwide decline in college enrollment of men of color, the pres- idents of these colleges found a need to offer this summit once again to help curb that decline and show men of color that there is a place for them in higher education. The summit included special speakers and sessions designed to present information to help the students learn about higher education and how to successfully meet future goals. Students were greeted by Fresno City Col- lege President, Dr. Robert Pimentel; Madera Community College President, Dr. Angel Reyna; and SCCCD Chancellor, Dr. Carole Goldsmith. Attendees heard from Dr. Kent Willis, CSU Fresno Vice President, Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; and Dr. André Stephens, Fresno Pacific University President. The keynote speaker was Richard “TJ” Jennings, Reed- ley College head men’s basketball coach.


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