The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Fresno State is excited to announce the new Central Valley College Corps (CVCC) program. CVCC is a grantee of #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program, which has three main goals:

  • Create a generation of civic-minded leaders with the ability to bridge divides and solve problems.
  • Help low income students graduate college on time and with less debt.
  • Address societal challenges and help build more equitable communities across California.

Program Features

  • 120 Fellowship positions for full-time, undergraduate Fresno City College and Fresno State Students
  • 24 Fellowship positions designated for AB-540 eligible Dreamers
  • Fellows complete 450 hours of service in the areas of K-12 Education, Climate Action, and Food Insecurity
  • $7,000 living stipend broken into monthly distributions during the academic year, plus a $3,000 Education Award upon completion of 450 hours of service
  • Fellows will enroll in a 1-unit course (which meets on Fridays from 3:00 – 4:50 PM)
  • Fellows will gain real-world experiences and develop a variety of skills
  • CVCC will provide extensive training, networking, and professional development opportunities
  • Students should expect to experience pride and a sense of accomplishment in working toward a common purpose alongside young leaders from across the state

Meet Our Team

Mellissa Jessen-Hiser Director mjessen@csufresno.edu


Alondra Martinez

Cohort Coordinator



Yosagandhi Tarvin

Program Support Specialist