APRIL 2022 Dr. Jones nearing retirement as Fresno Pacific University president   Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Jones, who will be retiring as president of Fresno Pacific University this  summer after nearly five years of faithful service. FPU Board of Trustees Chair Joshua Wilson, J.D., announced the retirement last fall saying, “On behalf of the FPU Board of Trustees I want to thank Joe and Yvette for their faithful service to the…

The Campaign for College Opportunity has honored seven Central Valley Higher Education Consortium member institutions with its 2022 Excellence in Placement Awards in several categories. “These colleges have championed student success by implementing equitable course placement practices that give community college students the opportunity to take college-level courses with the support,” the CCO announced recently. The Campaign for College Opportunity is focused on a single mission: working to ensure all Californians…

Greetings and welcome to our April CVHEC e-newsletter, This is a special issue in that we highlight your first live Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Higher Education Policy and Legislative Summit (May 5-6) in two years and inviting you to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the CVHEC. This year’s summit with the theme, “The Post Pandemic World: Recovering with Equity and Inclusion in the Central Valley,” will focus…

Apr 13, 2022 — The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Science Building at Fresno City College was held  April 21  at the site near Weldon and Blackstone avenues. The new structure will serve as the new “front door” to the campus. Construction on the $87 million project is underway and should be completed mid-2024 with occupancy expected in the fall.  The new Science Building replaces the old one built on the…

Feb 15, 2022 — The long-awaited First Responders Center is becoming a reality.  After years of planning, the site has been purchased and construction is beginning. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new First Responders Center was held  February 17  at 3300 W. North Avenue (northwest corner of North and Willow avenues). The  event is avaibable on Facebook and YouTube. The center will bring together all first responder programs, academies for police,…

Presidential searches are underway at two CVHEC-member institutions: Fresno City College and Fresno Pacific University with public forums and interviews held this week. At FCC, virtual public forums were held April 19 with four finalists in the search to fill the position vacated by the appointment of Dr. Carole Goldsmith to chancellor of SCCCD last year. They are Dr. Cory Clasemann, Vice President for Student Success at Ivy Tech Community College…

Fresno State is one of just 10 institutions nationwide to earn the Excelencia in Education 2021 Seal of Excelencia certification this academic year, ensuring an unwavering commitment to intentionally serve Latino students, while serving all. “This designation validates our ongoing commitment to closing education equity gaps for our talented students, through intentional efforts and proven services,” said Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval. Excelencia in Education, the nation’s premier authority on efforts accelerating Latino…

The groundbreaking for Clovis Community College’s new state-of-the-art Applied Technology Building will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, at the campus in Fresno (10309 North Willow Ave.). Funded by Measure C with matching funds from the state bond program (CA Prop 51), the project is scheduled for completion in fall 2023. Seals Construction has been awarded the contract to build the facility and Darden Architects designed the building.…

Hanford College-going Family Provides Cultural Flair   For our first-ever Central Valley Higher Education Consortium  Summit Cinco De Mayo Reception on May 5,  CVHEC is pleased to present Las Hermanas Medina, a trio of sisters raised in the Central Valley community of Hanford, California: Sophia, Isabela, and Paulina Medina who are higher ed alumnae or currently enrolled in a CVHEC  member institution. Parents Dr. Juan R. Medina and Consuelo instilled the value…

Architectural rendering of the new FPU Culture & Arts Center at the Fresno Pacific University main campus.

Architectural rendering of the new Fresno Pacific University Culture & Arts Center at the main campus.   Fresno Pacific University will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Warkentine Culture and Arts Center at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, with refreshments and self-guided tours at 10:45 a.m. The RSVP deadline is May 11 at fpu.edu/ribboncutting. The approximately 26,000-square-foot center – located on FPU’s main campus at Chestnut and Butler avenues…