California State University, Fresno

Zhanette Coffee (2011)

My First Generation Story

About the Student

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Zhanette Coffee is a senior studying criminology at California State University, Fresno. As a youth Zhanette became a ward of the state and overcame tremendous obstacles by continuing her education and becoming the first in her family to attend college. She is both a Renaissance and Heratio Alger scholar. Ms. Coffee gives back to the local community as a cadet in the Clovis Police Department and as a youth dance instructor. After graduating in 2011, Zhanette plans to continue her education by achieving her doctorate in forensic science. Her ultimate goal is to become a highly regarded forensic investigator.

Student Stats

Name: Zhanette Coffee (2011)
Age: 22
Year in School: Senior
Major: Criminology
Favorite Course: Psychology of Crime
Dream Job: Forensic investigator

About the School

FGV: CSU Fresno

California State University, Fresno has evolved from modest beginnings as a teachers college early in the 20th century into an acclaimed, culturally diverse, 21st century university offering educational opportunities through eight schools and colleges. Our students have applied what they’ve learned at Fresno State throughout California, around the world and into space, benefitting literally millions of people.

Throughout this evolution, the university has established itself as an integral part of the region. Fresno State has prepared thousands of individuals for careers, leadership and community service and forged community bonds that have helped conquer a broad spectrum of challenges, led innovative change and encourage positive thinking as the foundation for accomplishment.



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