MONEY Magazine has named Fresno State as one of the 100 best universities in the country based on factors that point to “affordability, educational quality and alumni success.”
The magazine put Fresno State at No. 66 overall and No. 41 among public colleges. The rankings were determined through analyzing 26 data points like tuition costs, graduation rates and alumni earning to determine the schools that provided the best value for families’ investment.
“College is now the second-largest financial expenditure for many families, exceeded only by the purchase of a home,” the study said. “So it isn’t surprising that parents and students are taking a hard look at the costs and payoffs of any college they consider.”
University spokeswoman Lisa Boyles said she hopes the ranking is a point of pride for students and alumni.
“Fresno State provides students from the Central Valley and beyond with quality, cost-effective educational opportunities that incorporate high-impact experiences to ensure their success. Being included in national rankings of higher education institutions is one way we measure our success in achieving that goal,” Boyles said.
Fresno Pacific University also made the ranking, which included over 700 schools nationwide. The private Mennonite school came in at No. 209.
“We know firsthand the challenge in recruitment and retention of software engineers”
Stockton’s first immersive, accelerated software engineering school offering students paths to high-paying careers and source for businesses in need of highly skilled employees has opened.
The San Joaquin County Office of Education says it has officially launched “Code Stack Academy,” Stockton’s first accelerated software engineering school. The immersive coding school provides a route for students pursuing careers in technology and will help build a community of software engineers in the region ready to meet the growing demand for a highly skilled workforce.
“Students will have opportunities to find well-paid jobs with local businesses in need of workers with software-engineering skills,” says San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools James Mousalimas.
Code Stack Academy offers a combination of hands-on workshops, one-on-one mentoring with career-experienced developers, peer-to-peer learning, and real-world project experience. It uses project-based “gamification” to measure progress and provide a fun and engaging experience. Students gain points as they complete projects. Points allow progression through the curriculum.
In addition to the full, nine-month course, Code Stack offers three-day and one-day Foundation Workshops throughout the year that teach core concepts of web development and equip students with all the basics to develop simple websites.
No previous coding experience is required for either the workshops or the academy course. Students must be 18 years or older to enroll. The first nine-month Academy Course begins in November.
Code Stack Academy will be operated through the SJCOE’s Center for Educational Development and Research, a software engineering department responsible for building web, software, or mobile apps used by over 5,000 school districts nationwide and over a dozen state agencies.
“We have the resources, curriculum, expertise, and experience to provide a broad and deep dive into software engineering,” says Johnny Arguelles, director of CEDR. “And as an employer,
we know firsthand the challenge in recruitment and retention of
Business and government leaders voiced their support for the new Code Stack Academy and its potential to benefit San Joaquin County.
“Our community needs a workforce trained in technology to support growth of our current businesses and attract others to our area. This program will help to meet those needs,” says Jane Butterfield, president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of San Joaquin.
The Fresno Food Expo, the state’s largest regional food show, got underway Thursday with more than 140 of the state’s premier food makers showcasing everything from spicy barbecue flavored tortilla chips to horchata flavored milk.
Held at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall, the expo is in its eighth season and continues to grow. This year, organizers expanded the expo’s San Joaquin Valley refocus to include food makers from throughout the state. It has also changed its name to the California Food Expo to better reflect its new mission.
Karen Ross, California Secretary of Food and Agriculture, praised the event and its role in promoting California’s food producers.
“You have created a signature event that showcases this place, what you grow, how you grow it and the who people who grow it,” she said.
Amy Fuentes, the expo manager, said that while the event began as a way to showcase Fresno’s established and start-up food makers, it has been approached many times by vendors from outside the area.
During Thursday morning’s welcome breakfast, the winners of the show’s major awards were announced. Winning the New Product Award was Enzo’s Table Peach Jam. The Consumer Choice Award went to La Tapatilla Tortilleria’s Spice BBQ Tortilla Chips. And the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award was given to Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
More than 700 local and national buyers met with the shows vendors during the business-to-business portion of the expo.
On Thursday night, the public gets its chance to sample the food and drink from the expo’s vendors. The evening portion, known as Expolicious, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For tickets vist the expo’s website at www.fresnofoodexpo.com
HANFORD — After years of seeing empty buildings and storefronts, downtown Hanford seems to be going through a transformation.
“We’ve kind of had a surge of businesses interested in opening in downtown Hanford,” Michelle Brown, executive director of Main Street Hanford, said.
Brown said it’s a great time for downtowns everywhere, not just in Hanford. She said she believes people are really starting to see the uniqueness of downtowns and the benefits of shopping small businesses.
Several changes can be seen in downtown Hanford, including these new businesses:
The Ivy Boutique & Home Décor, 201 N. Douty St. – specializes in women’s apparel and also carries gifts for any occasion.
Habitat for Humanity of Kings/Tulare Counties ReStore, 415 W. Lacey Blvd. – sells donated items like cabinets, doors, windows, plumbing, electrical supplies and more. Proceeds go toward the organization’s home ownership programs.
Board & Brush Creative Studio, 207 N. Irwin St. – this business will celebrate its grand opening on July 26 during Thursday Night Market Place. Board & Brush Creative Studio is a place for creating unique wood decor projects from scratch in an instructor led atmosphere.
Hop Forged Brewing Co., 106 W. Seventh St. – this will open in the fall and be the first brewery located in downtown Hanford. Hop Forged is a family-run business and each batch of beer is hand crafted in small batches right here in Hanford. The taproom will serve its own in-house-brewed beers, starting out with up to 10 options, with hopes to expand that selection to 20 within a couple of years.
Another business that has opened is Finer Thingz, located at 331 W. Seventh St. Owner Jeanette Tackett said the shop has been open since June 1 and things are going well so far.
Finer Thingz shares a space with Tackett’s other business, a print shop called J.H. Tackett Marketing. Tackett uses her printing skills to personalize and customize gifts, like mousepads, frames, cups, cutting boards and pretty much any other thing you can think of.
“The idea is to be able to create and customize and give a unique gift,” Tackett said, adding her products can work for any person or organization.
Tackett, who owns the building her businesses are in, said she loves being a part of bringing downtown Hanford to life.
“I think it’s a great place to be and grow,” Tackett said. “We just love being able to serve and putting smiles on people’s faces when they get that custom gift is priceless.”
One existing downtown business, Fulton Cycle Works, relocated from one downtown spot to another, moving from the Vendome building to a permanent location at 119 W. Seventh St.
Speaking of the Vendome building, three new businesses will open there soon:
Lab Artistry, 215 N. Irwin St. – offers services including lash extensions, lash lifts, body waxing, brow shaping, micro blading and make-up for special occasions.
Employee Benefits, 221 N. Irwin St. – this business specializes in health and life insurance, has been around for 34 years and is relocating to downtown Hanford.
Beautifully Damaged, 219 N. Irwin St. – specializes in hand-painted furniture and vintage home décor. Instructor-led paint classes for all ages will also be offered in the store.
When all three businesses open in early August, Brown said the Vendome building will be completely filled up.
Brown said she has spoken with lots of interested business owners and the only issue is finding the right location for that particular business.
“We’re running out of spaces for people,” Brown said, adding she hopes new restaurants will start to pop up as well.
As far as vacancies are concerned, Brown said 100 W. Seventh St., 118 W. Seventh St. and 210 W. Seventh St. are still open.
Brown would love to see businesses locate in these vacancies and said when they do, Seventh Street will be completely filled up, which has not been the case for many years.
Brown said she hopes this new surge of businesses will bring even more positivity to downtown Hanford and convince people to make their way to the area to shop.
“These business owners are part of the community,” Brown said. “We need to spread the word and show our support by shopping small.”
Fresno is the final frontier, at least when it comes to these three chain restaurants.
The three restaurants – a Korean-style fried chicken restaurant and two sandwich shops – all have multiple locations in Southern and Northern California. They’re all planning new restaurants in Fresno, though they won’t open for many months.
This sandwich chain with a twist is taking over the former Beach Hut Deli space at The Square at Campus Pointe. It will open sometime before the end of the year, says Ike Shehadeh Mission.
He’s the founder, the namesake and the dude depicted in the logo with the shaved head and the little soul patch on his chin.
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches founder Ike Shehadeh Mission poses with football player Marshawn Lynch at the Santana Row Ike’s in San Jose.
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches
Every restaurant owner claims their place is something different, but this one might actually live up to that statement. The first Ike’s in San Francisco was written up in the New York Times after attracting an eviction notice, inspired in part by complaints from neighbors about the huge lines forming outside.
Ike’s also has a giant sandwich called The Kryptonite that was featured on the TV show “Man v. Food.” It includes six kinds of meat, jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, onion rings and two avocados.
It serves four people typically, but there will be a Kryptonite-eating contest at the grand opening. The winner gets free sandwiches for a year.
Even when it comes to the more normal sandwiches, Shehadeh tries to create flavor combinations you wouldn’t normally find elsewhere.
“We’re like the Ben & Jerry’s of sandwiches, the Apple of sandwiches,” he said. “I want to do things you wouldn’t do at home.”
That means, for example, you’ll find a ménage à trois sandwich with three sauces (honey, honey mustard and barbecue), chicken and three cheeses.
The sandwich bread – like the San Francisco-style sourdough and a rustic Dutch crunch – is baked until just before it’s finished. When you order any sandwich, Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce is brushed onto the bread and it’s finished baking so that the sauce seeps into the bread. The sauce has about 20 different spices and tastes something like garlic bread, Shehadeh said.
Each restaurant has two or three sandwiches inspired by its location. Fresno’s haven’t been created yet. We suggested sandwiches involving tri-tip or Enzo’s Table Fresno Chili Crush olive oil. Shehadeh is open to suggestions for Fresno-themed sandwiches and encourages people to submit ideas via the Ike’s Facebook page.
And the love in the name?
“We just really care about sandwiches and we really care about you,” Shehadeh said.
Chicken like this from BonChon will be available when the Korean fried chicken restaurant opens in Fresno.
BonChon specializes in Korean-style fried chicken, and according to its website, it’s coming to The Square at Campus Pointe near Fresno State, near Cold Stone Creamery.
The restaurant serves chicken wings, drumsticks and strips cooked in a soy garlic sauce or a spicy sauce and served with a side of pickled radish.
Although people seem to get most excited about the chicken, BonChon (which means “my hometown” in Korean) also has a full menu. It includes Bibimbap, a dish of white rice with veggies and egg served in a stone bowl with a Korean red pepper paste on the side. Customers pick which protein they want, either spicy chicken, seafood, tofu or bulgogi (thin strips of marinated beef).
There are also fried seafood appetizers on the menu, along with salads, soups, wraps and Korean tacos.
The franchised restaurant company based in New York has 236 locations worldwide, including 63 in the United States.
BonChon representatives did not return messages about when the restaurant might open.
Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop is planning to open a location near Antonio’s Mexican Restaurant near Blackstone and Nees avenues.
Work has started on the first Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop in Fresno. It is taking over the former Pita Pit space next to Antonio’s Mexican Restaurant, in the same Blackstone Avenue shopping center as Barnes & Noble.
Owner Ray Myers hopes to open the shop in September.
The sandwich shop serves both hot and cold sandwiches. One of the most popular is dubbed the Mr. Pickle, with chicken breast, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon and avocado.
The shop’s bread is particularly delicious, said Myers . It comes from Boudin Bakery in San Francisco, the same one that makes sourdough at Fisherman’s Wharf. The bread on each sandwich is brushed with a garlic sauce that’s “really, really tasty,” he said.
Myers chose to open a Mr. Pickle’s because he liked the sandwiches and wanted to bring something new to Fresno.
“I think what sets it apart is a really fun atmosphere,” he said. “And the employees seem to be having fun and like working there.”
The sandwich shop does sell pickles, including whole dill pickles or pickles cut into spears. But Mr. Pickle’s is mostly a fun name and mascot. There is a Mr. Pickles mascot – an adult in a really big pickle costume – who you can see dancing in videos on YouTube.
Tree Fresno along with a group of volunteers is hoping to turn a dusty plot of land into a new lush green community space
By Gilbert Magallon
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —
Tree Fresno along with a group of volunteers is hoping to turn a dusty plot of land into a new lush green community space.
The process involves a few steps– first is making sure that the ground is level. Then you take the tree out of the pot. You score it, put in the ground, cover it with dirt and repeat– 452 Times.
Thanks to grant funded by the High Speed Rail Authority, the non-profit is able to accomplish this feat. They will be planting Ginkgo Biloba, Scarlet Oak, and other trees on the 24 acre space along Annadale Avenue, next to West Fresno Middle School.
CEO of Tree Fresno Lee Ayres said, “They are going to help with the air quality, these are large trees so that overtime they can absorb up to three tons of carbon.”
Ayres said the project will have a lasting impact on the community. In the future the location might serve as the new site for a school. It will also provide tons of shade, a new gathering space and will encourage more people to go outside.
“When I come out and check this place early in the morning, like six in the morning on a Saturday, there are people out here working out.”
Eryn Roberts, who recently moved to Fresno, saw this as the perfect opportunity to give back to her community.
“It is definitely hot out here but it is really good enjoying getting to plant trees and seeing this new area, I’ve never been on this side of Fresno before.”
The non-profit will be planting trees from 8:00 a.m. to noon until the 12th, and they said the need all the help they can get.
Now verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons
“This verification is important to our Trauma Center”
Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera has been verified as a Lever II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. It is the only pediatric trauma center in the region.
“This verification is important to our Trauma Center, as the ACS recognizes Valley Children’s – from our surgeons and nurses to our therapists and trauma coordinators – for providing exceptional pediatric trauma care as quickly as possible, from start to finish, for children involved in car crashes, falls, accidents, acts of violence and other trauma,” says Valley Children’s Healthcare President and CEO Todd Suntrapak.
“Trauma center levels across the United States are identified in two fashions: a designation process and a verification process,” explains the American Trauma Society. “The different levels (ie. Level I, II, III, IV or V) refer to the kinds of resources available in a trauma center and the number of patients admitted yearly.”
Earlier this year, representatives with the ACS’s Verification Review Committee visited the hospital. They assessed commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care and performance improvement among other requirements. Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria that ensure capability and institutional performance as outlined by the ACS.
“Injury is the leading cause of death and acquired disability for children, and providing expert trauma care across the continuum – from injury prevention to pediatric rehabilitation and family restoration – is at the core of our mission,” says Michael Allshouse, medical director of Valley Children’s pediatric trauma program and pediatric surgery.
This verification by the ACS comes two years after the Central California Emergency Medical Services Agency designated Valley Children’s Hospital as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, the only such center between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
With that designation, critically injured children could be transported directly from the field to Valley Children’s Hospital, ensuring they receive expert pediatric care even sooner than before.
Published On June 27, 2018 – 10:59 AM Written By David Castellon,
The Visalia Planning Commission has approved a revised conditional use permit to allow construction of a four-story hotel off Plaza Drive and Highway 198.
Under the amended application, the 86-room Hilton Home 2 Hotel would be part of the 25-acre Square at Plaza Drive just north of the freeway, an area that already has a hotel and an ARCO AM/PM convenience store and gas station under construction and already includes two car dealerships and a Fresno Pacific University satellite campus.
The new hotel’s architect, Steven L. Keike, had requested the Planning Commission allow a change in the location of the building to the northwest corner of North Plaza Drive and West Crowley Avenue, and the commission on Monday approved it.
In a separate matter, the members also voted to approve a conditional use permit allowing Brandman University to build a new, 7,071-square-foot building for classrooms and administrative space near the Square at Plaza Drive, within the Plaza Business Park.
Brandman officials intend to vacate the 18,240-square-foot building they now occupy in the Visalia Marketplace Shopping Center, next to the city’s Kmart department store, and move into the smaller site, according to a Planning Commission report.
The tiny home trend is taking off in downtown Clovis.
Last year, the city launched an incentive program aimed at encouraging builders, homeowners and do-it-yourselfers to build compact cottages in the city’s downtown core. And so far, it’s worked.
Since August, 10 permits have been issued with seven of those under construction. One project is nearly complete.
“The response to the program has really been tremendous,” said Maria Spera, a city planning technician who is overseeing the project. “The citizens in Old Town have been very welcoming of the project.”
As part of the program, the city provides, for free, a choice of three building plans, saving the homeowner nearly $10,000. The homes vary in square footage from 374 to 498.
Dwight Kroll, the city’s planning director, said the city is working toward adding much-needed housing as well as making downtown’s alley’s more attractive and pedestrian friendly. To qualify, the cottage home must have alley access and be within a specific downtown boundary. The city has identified more than 300 sites where the homes can be built.
“Not only is Clovis responding, but we are also getting attention from other cities, including Modesto, Chico and Santa Barbara,” Kroll said.
Also enticed by the program are Fresno City College and Clovis Unified. The schools may be using the program as an outdoor classroom by allowing students to participate in building the home.
The first cottage home to be constructed belongs to Scott January, who built his 374-square-foot home on his property on Baron Avenue just east of downtown Clovis.
January didn’t hesitate when he heard about the program. He said it will serve two purposes by providing additional rental income but also be a place for a caregiver to stay. He built the cottage next door to his father’s home.
“This has worked out really well,” he said. “And even if there are a few hiccups here and there, the city is easy to work with.”
He is nearly finished with the cozy home. Three columns hold up a low roof that provides shade for the front door. Inside is the living area and kitchen. There is space for a stackable washer and dyer and a bedroom with a bathroom.
January handled most of the construction himself. He’s a high school wood shop and auto shop teacher, so skills and tools were not an issue for him.
“If you have the space, it really is a win-win situation,” he said. “And from a dollars and cents perspective, if the city is letting you put another house on your property, you can’t go wrong.”
January plans to rent the tiny house for about $700 to $800 until he needs it for his father. January said his dad is adamant about not moving to a rest home, so when the time comes that his father needs extra help, the small house will be used by a caregiver.
“I’ve had a lot of people drive by and ask me about renting the home, so I know there is a demand out there,” he said.
From art to architecture you will find a little something different along Fresno’s Fulton Street.
The longtime pedestrian mall re-opened to vehicular traffic last October. On Monday the street was recognized in America’s main street contest.
“As an organization, we feel awesome to be in this running because it really is prime time for Fulton Street and Fulton District with the reopening of Fulton street six or seven months ago,” said Chilingerian.
The goal of the national contest is to help promote the importance and strong economic benefits of main streets and the small businesses that help them thrive
Fulton Street was named one of 10 semifinalists on Monday.
There are currently 18 vacant storefronts on Fulton.
Many have sat empty for years and are in need of renovation to be brought up to code.
Officials hope this type of national attention will catch the eye of potential business owners.
“We’re already seeing some businesses come in and open but something like this would bring even more foot traffic and even more potential businesses so I think national attention like this is really exciting for us,” said Jenna Chilingerian.
The winning main street will receive $25,000 in cash and prizes to help revitalize their street.
“We’re always looking for opportunities for more faade improvements tenant improvements like so those are the things we’re looking at right now,” said Chilingerian.