Clovis Unified School District
Nestled in the heart of the Central Valley, Clovis Unified School District serves a student population of more than 43,000 students who live in the urban areas of Clovis and Fresno, and the rural community of Friant. The 15th largest school district in California, district is also one of the highest performing public school systems in the state. Last year, Clovis Unified students’ English scores were the highest of any large school district in the state, and math scores were the second highest.
In a recent message to the community, Superintendent Eimear O’Farrell, Ed.D., wrote of the district’s philosophy toward education:
“Doc Buchanan (the founding superintendent of Clovis Unified) said, ‘The schools belong to the people.’ Doc was a visionary educator, and he understood from the start that great education is only possible when we as a community work in partnership together. Doc also said, ‘When you do something, only do it first class.’ Our students deserve nothing less than our best, and that’s the attitude we apply to everything we do in Clovis Unified. This year, we developed a phrase, ‘Better Together,’ as a call to action and a reminder of the value of working together toward a common goal of excellence in everything that we do.”
The district’s almost 6,000 employees remain focused on just that, working in partnership with students, families and the community to see kids succeed. Just a few of the recent results of this partnership being celebrated in Clovis Unified include:
- 2018 Best Communities for Music Education by the NAAM foundation.
- 22 California Business for Educational Excellence Honor Roll schools.
- Only district in the San Joaquin Valley named a CBEE Honor Roll District.
- 7 Bonner Character and Civic Education Awards.
- 8 California Distinguished Schools (in 2018).
- 5 California Department of Education Civic Learning Awards.
- 20th consecutive Meritorious Budget Award by the Association for School Business Officials International.
- Gateway High School a Model Continuation School for the fourth consecutive year.
- One State, 18 out of 23 Valley, and
22 out of 24 League Athletic Titles.
- 3 California Interscholastic Federation State Championships hosted by the district brought in more than $11 million in tourism dollars to the community.
- Offering extensive academic and co-curricular programs to all students, each school in Clovis Unified offers a unique and localized approach to carrying out the district’s aim of maximizing achievement for all students. Learn more about Clovis Unified and its more than
42 schools at www.cusd.com.
Clovis Community College
Clovis Community College is one of the newest in the state and has already established itself as a leader in academic excellence and student achievement. Recently, Clovis Community College ranked No. 1 in completion rates for the Central Valley region and in completion rates compared to similarly sized California community colleges. In addition, Clovis Community College was named a “2018 Champion” for higher education for its exemplary work in awarding associate degrees for transfer.
Clovis Community College is proud to serve over 12,000 students and holds true to its mission statement of “Creating opportunities – One Student at a Time.”
Successful business and community partnerships have increased student success and contributed to the economic growth in the Central Valley. Clovis Community College partnered with manufacturing leaders on the development of the Mechatronics and Food Safety programs. The Clovis Community College Reserved Seat Agreement with California Health Sciences University provides a reserved seat to 20 highly qualified Clovis Community College students each academic year who are interested in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the university. The new Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College is a partnership with the University of California, Merced. The center serves students, entrepreneurs and small business owners in the counties of Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Madera. A variety of services are offered, including access to business development resources and consulting services.
Clovis Community College offers a highly competitive “Crush” athletics programs including men’s and women’s soccer, swimming and diving, and cross country.
“We are thankful to have the opportunity to serve students in the Central Valley. We offer a dynamic campus culture with a highly qualified staff who embraces the diversity, individualism, and uniqueness of our student population,” said Dr. Lori Bennett, president of Clovis Community College.
There are a variety of programs for everyone. New high school graduates, returning adults, veterans, current high school students and other community members can attend the college to prepare for transfer to four-year institutions, earn associate degrees and career technical education certificates or expand their workplace skills through lifelong learning.
Clovis Community College also offers classes at the Herndon Campus, which is four miles from the main campus near Herndon and Peach avenues. A free shuttle service is available to and from the Herndon Campus to the main campus. In addition, another free shuttle service is available to and from River Park to the main campus.
Clovis Community College is building a tradition of serving the community. Students, faculty, staff and administrators have volunteered at numerous community organizations including Habitat for Humanity of Fresno County, Valley Children’s Hospital Kids Day, and Reading Heart book donation program.
Clovis Community College offers many beneficial programs and services including:
- Associate degrees for transfer to CSU or UC campuses at a fraction of their tuition prices.
- Certificates of Achievement in a variety of short-term career technical education programs.
- Leon S. Peters Honors Program.
- Veterans Resource Center.
- Career Resource and Transfer Center.
Visit Clovis Community College at www.cloviscollege.edu or call (559) 325‑5200.
Clovis Community College is located at 10309 N. Willow Ave. in Fresno.
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California Health Sciences University
As the first university of its kind in the area, California Health Sciences University is committed to fulfilling its mission of educating students and health care professionals to improve access to quality health care in the San Joaquin Valley.
Founded by the Assemi family in 2012, in response to the deficit of health care providers in the valley and lack of opportunities for local students to pursue careers in health care, the university has grown by leaps and bounds in the past six years. From its first College of Pharmacy graduation, to breaking ground on a new campus and now launching a College of Osteopathic Medicine program, there is always an exciting milestone around the corner for the rapidly growing university.
The College of Pharmacy was selected to be the first program established due to the high demand for pharmacists in the region. In the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program, students learn contemporary pharmacy practice through a team-based learning approach and learn how to provide primary patient care in collaboration with physicians. Students refine their clinical skills under direct supervision of practicing pharmacists and physicians during rotations at hospitals, clinics and community pharmacies. This is a critical part of the curriculum as pharmacists are now expected to take on a role providing more direct care with patients.
In May 2018, California Health Sciences University achieved a significant milestone and conferred the Doctor of Pharmacy degree upon 62 graduates at its inaugural graduation ceremony.
Also in May, the university celebrated the groundbreaking of its new campus at 2500 Alluvial Ave. in Clovis, near the intersection of Alluvial and Temperance avenues. The first state-of-the-art building on the campus will house their College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The 90,000 square-foot building will feature a simulation center, osteopathic skills lab, large classroom with capacity for 300 students and a second classroom with 200 student capacity. The new building will also include a library, student lounge with ample student spaces, faculty offices, and a teaching kitchen for educating students and the community about healthy meal preparation.
The University plans to open their College of Osteopathic Medicine program in 2020, and will begin accepting applications from students in May 2019 through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
Aligned with the university mission, the college hopes to recruit, train and retain physicians for the underserved population in the Central Valley under the leadership of Dean John Graneto, DO, MEd.
Through the continued growth of both programs, the university will move forward with supporting their mission of helping remedy the shortage of health care providers in the Central Valley.
For more information about California Health Sciences University programs, employment opportunities or to schedule a campus tour, visit chsu.edu or call (559) 325‑3600.
San Joaquin College of Law
San Joaquin College of Law is on the cusp of celebrating its 50th year. The nonprofit law school in Clovis was founded in 1969 by Fresno County Municipal Court Judge Dan Eymann, U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger and attorney John Loomis.
Coincidentally, the college is now celebrating the appointment of its 50th bench officer, Fresno Superior Court Judge Amy Guerra, a 2007 graduate. She is the 21st alumnus to become a Superior Court judge. More than 33 percent of the total practicing lawyers in Fresno County are San Joaquin College of Law graduates.
Along with a top-notch education, students have numerous externship opportunities, ranging from the district attorney and public defender’s offices to countless private practices including agriculture, patents, personal injury, real estate, business, bankruptcy and assistance to low-income residents.
The college’s New American Legal Clinic offers students hands-on experience in helping legal residents obtain citizenship. The law school has received significant grants to aid in this process, including a $250,000 grant from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the past year, which is shared with Fresno Adult School. In its six-year history, the clinic has provided such services for over 1,000 legal permanent residents from at least 25 different countries. The clinic is staffed with a full-time attorney, client services coordinators, student advocates and volunteer attorneys from the community.
San Joaquin College of Law is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and approved by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Its most recent bar examination pass rate for first-time takers was 59 percent.
The campus is both gorgeous and historic. In 1996, the college relocated to the original Clovis High School building, which was built in 1920. A multi-million-dollar renovation, including a new courtroom, lecture hall and enlarged library, allowed the college to expand, while still maintaining the historic character of the building. San Joaquin College of Law has now entered into an agreement to buy the nearby Clovis Senior Center Building, which will serve as an expanded library (The Senior Center is moving to a new location).