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New Welcome Center Now Open

Photo by: Elliana Coreno
The Welcome Center building is located by parking lot T off East Weldon Avenue taken on Jan. 24, 2024.

The new Welcome Center at Fresno City College specializes in assisting students coming to college for the first time. The center helps with transferring, getting official transcripts, and/or needing prerequisite clearances for certain courses before taking the class, according to information provided by FCC’s website. 

The Welcome Center is located at 1525 E. Weldon Ave. near the campus parking structure.

This center offers services to help students accomplish things like choosing a major, planning first semester courses, creating a Student Education Plan (SEP) and career goals, along with other services. They also offer help through Zoom and can provide tours of the campus to the new students. 

The Welcome Center’s Director of Outreach Nickolas Valencia-Lucio hopes that the center can provide an easier way for new or transferring students to feel welcome to FCC. 

“I think the biggest impact that we’ve seen is that students get to leave with everything they need,” Valencia-Lucio said. 

New students coming to the center for the first time are welcomed by student ambassadors. They sit down and help them with the application process, their student portal, email, Canvas, and financial aid. This can all be done in the computer lab at the center. 

“So they’re [student ambassadors] very much part of our team. Like they’re not just a student aid in here, they’re actually hands on the ground, working side by side with counselors, and with outreach support staff,” Valencia-Lucio said. 

Outreach specialists in the Welcome Center go out to 55 high schools in Madera, Clovis, and Fresno. They help the high school students there with applications to FCC during the fall semester. The counselors will help students create their first semester classes in the spring. 

The center also partners with groups that work with African American, Latina/o/x/e, Asian American, and Native American communities. They participate in the Night at the Zoo Pride event, Transgender Day of Remembrance, First Year Experience LGBTQ+ Cohort Recruitment, along with other events held in the community. 

“So we’re not only serving students here in our Welcome Center, we’ve also in the community serving students preparing them to get here to Fresno City College,” Valencia-Lucio said.  

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Elliana Coreno, Reporter
Elliana Coreno is a 20-year-old college student. Born and raised in Fresno is all she knows. Growing up Coreno had spent a lot of time watching Law and Order: SVU. Even to this day she still knows the full intro to the show. This has started Coreno's true crime interest. Watching SVU and watching YouTube videos about true crime had make Coreno want to major in Law when she got to college. Going into her first semester of college and having her first law class made Coreno rethink her law career. Coreno was always interested in writing and reading. Being a big sports fan and watching the sports reporters on the sidelines doing interviews made her change her major and instead go into Journalism. This is Coreno's first year on the Rampage. She is interested in doing reporting on sports and getting comfortable in front of the camera. Hoping to learn more about reporting and improving her writing are the goals for Coreno's last semester at Fresno City. She is hoping to transfer to Cal Poly SLO in the Fall Semester and continue her journalism journey with them. Coreno has developed a huge love for sports after being surrounded by it her whole life. Growing up with a Dallas Cowboys loving father that had later converted her older brother and mom into fans too. After holding out for years of not liking the Cowboys, she later grow into a fan after going to her first Cowboys game in Dallas, Texas a couple of years ago. Coreno is now learning about hockey and becoming a fan of that too. Still being a newbie in all thing's hockey, Coreno has picked her team and is now a Colorado Avalanche fan.

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