Achievement in supporting diversity earns research fellowship for Feather River College

The University of Illinois recently recognized Feather River College for its strength in retaining and graduating underserved student populations.

As a result, FRC was awarded an Engage in Excellence Fellowship funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the University of Illinois College of Education.

Academic Advisor/Articulation Officer Greg McCarthy was selected for the fellowship. He will participate in a research project funded by the grant, “whereby founding members of the program develop and champion education policies and practices that improve success of underserved racially minoritized students at community colleges.”

In being selected for the Fellowship, University of Illinois Community College Research and Leadership Office stated, “Specifically, Feather River College District was identified as one of the top institution in the country in enrolling and supporting associate degree completion for African-American/black students.”

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This recognition shows a trend at FRC where Softball Assistant Coach Marco Aragon earned the diversity grant award from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and FRC was named the top small California community college based upon retention, transfer and graduation rates.

Superintendent/President Dr. Kevin Trutna noted, “Our faculty and staff work hard to support all students and we are grateful to be recognized in this nationwide research project with other colleges.”

Changes in the state support of community colleges now fund colleges for retention and completion rates in addition to enrollment, resulting in increased funding for FRC during the current year.

“Feather River College has been recognized for its culture of openness and inclusivity. This honor further validates the latest accreditation report as FRC was commended for promoting an atmosphere that engages students and enriches their academic programs,” added Dr. Trutna.