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New First Responder Facility Provides Opportunity for Fresno City College Students

Photo by: Julian Padilla
Fresno City College’s First Responders Campus built in August, located between Willow and Chestnut in Southeast Fresno taken on Aug. 30, 2023.

Fresno City College is one of the only full-service law enforcement schools that offers the State Center Regional Training Facility (SCRTF) program which provides career opportunities for students in the state of California.

SCRTF trains students throughout the Central Valley to become a deputy sheriff, probation, or correctional officer.

Cadet student William Marchese heard about the program from the FCC Police Academy.

“This program creates greatness and these cadets are all future leaders. This academy is known for their great training and having great staff members,” Marchese said.

Police Academy Class Sergeant Guadalupe Cruz feels the campus expanded its facilities and provides a better learning experience for students to become leaders.

“This new campus has a lot more accessible things, everything needed for training is on-site such as training facilities, scenario villages, and locker rooms,” Cruz said.

Marchese feels the new area for the Police Academy will be very prosperous and fulfill their life goal of being a police officer.

“The new site is going great. It gives more opportunities to expand, and fully engage the cadets to get a more well-rounded training experience,” Marchese said.

As of August, classes have started being offered as construction nears completion.
According to FCC Police Academy Director Gary Fief, the academy is one of 18 colleges with the top five passing retention rates in the state of California.

The Police Academy offers a six-month training program Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 1,040 hours of training. Once completed, students receive a certificate and are eligible to become a police officer or deputy sheriff in the state of California.

According to Fief, applicants need to be 21 years of age with no criminal history, with all assessments completed including your Pellet B test.

According to GO Law Enforcement, the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLET B) is a language-based exam that consists of 105 questions to be completed in under two hours. The test is broken up into three sections, writing, reading, and reasoning abilities.

These exams simplify the process and are the final steps you need to complete to join the police academy.

On Oct. 20, 2023, they are scheduled for a ribbon cutting for this new campus. Students interested in joining the program can go to Academy Entrance Test | Fresno City College.

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Julian Padilla is 23 years old. He comes from a small town from Fowler, he graduated high school in the year 2018. Julian’s major is Journalism, an AA-transfer to a CSU. He wants to pursue this field and would like to focus more on sports because my dream job is to become a sports analyst since he is a big sports fanatic and knows so much about sports. Julian enjoys spending time with his loved ones whenever he has extra time or when he’s not working or doing homework. After this spring semester is over Julian will be graduating with his associates degree in Journalism. One of his favorite hobbies right now is that he likes to go fishing whenever he can, it definitely is a patience game but it is well worth waiting when you do catch fish. Julian also enjoys going to the gym whenever he has time and isn't tired. Julian also has hobbies within photography and making videos. He works well in premiere pro and editing is really fun when it comes to editing pictures or videos. Julian has taken many different courses over the past semesters that involve editing, photography, social media advertising and some journalism classes. He likes watching sports and he hopes to be working within sports or the media when it comes to journalism. He is an individual that likes making connections with other important individuals. After taking both of these journalist courses A & B it has really taught myself to be more talkative or using different approaches when talking to someone.

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