Fresno K-16 Collaborative


Redesigning how regions collaborate on educational and workforce systems to develop integrative models that help ensure learners of all types can attain degrees in high-opportunity industries.

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Across the state, new realities are challenging educational conventions. Market forces like automation are driving demand for new degrees. An increasingly diverse student body has changing needs; many face serious inequities.

Regions have an opportunity to build on their strengths and assets, as well as 21st century technologies, with new integrative models that close opportunity gaps, connect education and industry, and support the academic and career success of area students.

Integrating educational systems for learners and the community

The Fresno K–16 Collaborative is an intensive, multi-pilot demonstration project integrating and leveraging the K-12 and post-secondary educational systems across the Fresno region to help learners of varied types and backgrounds attain a degree with relevance in high-opportunity industries. This initiative is designed to close equity gaps for the region’s racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.

Fresno goals

Over the next decade the Collaborative in Fresno aims to reach the following impact targets:

  • Increase the number of graduates with post-secondary degrees in high growth, high wage disciplines that will meet the region’s economic and labor market needs
  • Reduce racial and ethnic economic disparities in degree attainment and the labor market
  • Improve graduation rates and shorten time to completion for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees
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Mapping clear pathways
to successful futures

All types of learners—high school students, transfer students, and adult learners—are able to enter the collaborative program, which includes high-impact features such as dual enrollment, an integrated data system, student supports, and employer partners. The program encompasses multiple institutions across K–12, community colleges, and four-year institutions.

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Executive Steering Committee

The Fresno K-16 Collaborative executive steering committee is made up of education leaders from K-12 and post-secondary institutions across the Fresno region. The steering committee is chaired by Dr. Carole Goldsmith.


Carole Goldsmith

Carole Goldsmith (Chair)

President, Fresno City College

Saul Jimenez Sandoval

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval (Vice Chair)

President, Fresno State

Bob Nelson

Bob Nelson

Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District

Juan Sanchez Munoz

Juan Sánchez Muñoz

Chancellor, UC Merced

Paul Parnell

Douglas B. Houston

Interim Chancellor, State Center Community College District

Lori Bennett

Lori Bennett

President, Clovis Community College

Joe Jones

Joe Jones

President, Fresno Pacific University

Jerry Buckley

Jerry Buckley

President, Reedley College

Eimear O'Farrell

Eimear O’Farrell

Superintendent, Clovis Unified School District

Adela Jones

Adela Jones

Superintendent, Sanger Unified School District

Andrew Alvarado

Ketti Davis

Acting Superintendent, Central Unified School District

Jim Yovino

Jim Yovino

Superintendent of Schools, Fresno County

Gary Brahm

Gary Brahm

Chancellor, Brandman University

David Andrews

David Andrews

President, National University

Paul Parnell

Benjamin Duran

Executive Director, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium

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Please be in touch with any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the Fresno K-16 Collaborative.

Karri Hammerstrom,
Executive Director

Amanda Banks,
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California For All


The Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education envisions an integrated statewide system for post-secondary education that better serves California’s diverse students as part of a cradle-to-career educational continuum.

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