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Peralta News: Merritt College Pruning Club

19 September 2017

Back in 1980’s Dennis Makishima was working as a gardener in the East Bay hills, and wanted to expand his training in the field of Horticulture, so he started attending classes in the Landscape Horticulture department.
 
As his horticultural knowledge increased, so did his understanding of a need that Dennis was able to develop into a clear vision of Aesthetic Pruning courses, which  “embrace the creative interpretation of small trees and shrubs in the urban context. The living art form combines the artistic skill of the pruner, the essences of the tree and the science of horticulture  and the needs of the clients and the surroundings.”  
 
Dennis Makishima was able to impart his skills and horticultural understanding into a successful series of courses designed to help students into a career that cultivated specialized pruning skills.
 
Dennis has taught hundreds of students and mentored many into lucrative careers of service to the East Bay and beyond.  
 

The Merritt Pruning Club has a 30-year history of mentoring and service. The Apprenticeship model of training and the Aesthetic Pruning club’s’ mission has benefited many gardens in the East Bay.  We are grateful to ALL the founding members and appreciate the skill and enthusiasm which has lasted and still inspires our community.
 
The 30 years of continuous service to the community,  here and throughout the world, had its beginnings here at Merritt College.
 
The department wants to also acknowledge Judy Thomas who was Faculty advisor to this club for the first 20 years:
 Pete Churgel, Yuki Nara, Randall Lee, and Bill Castellon and of course Michael Alliger, all extraordinary teachers, and Tom Branca assisted the program forward.
 
Merritt College has been offering a fee-based series of classes in Aesthetic Pruning for more than 20 years, with a wide array of individual modules for all interests and levels of expertise. These classes, plus additional Horticulture classes and experience, can lead to a Department-issued Award in Aesthetic Pruning! For more information, please visit: http://merrittlandhort.com

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Peralta Outreach on the Move 

18 September 2017

Come and see Peralta Colleges representatives and learn more about Peralta Colleges classes at the following community events: 

  • West Oakland Anthem – Defremery (Bobby Hutton) Park, (9/23/17) 12-5pm
  • 21st Annual Back-to-School Shoe Giveaway – Oracle Arena (9/23/17) 9-1pm
  • 40th Annual College Information Day, University of California, Berkeley, Dwinelle Hall (10/14/17) 9-2pm
  • Civic Pride Leadership Conference – Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
    nd, CA, 94606, (10/21/17) , 9-2pm
  • 1st Annual Beyond the Barriers Careers & Resources Expo, Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA  (10/25/17) 10-4pm

For more information, contact Tamika M Brown, email: tmbrown@peralta.edu

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Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College

Peralta Colleges Stand with DACA Students

6 September 2017

After the election of President Donald Trump, the District Board of Trustees took a very active stance supporting our Undocumented Students and all students who had reasons to be concerned about any potential unjust actions of the Trump administration.  Today, we are saddened that the administration has taken the position to end, within six months, the protection provided by DACA.

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that represents the decency of America. DACA protects children who were brought to this country and who have grown up as Americans in all the sense of the word. Often called “dreamers,” these children have been integrated into the culture of our schools and have embraced our values: America is their country. DACA students have demonstrated their commitment to be productive citizens and to keep our country strong and great.  Some have served in our military, some have earned degrees, and many have filled jobs that in our country that has strengthened our economy. We recognize the many accomplishments of DACA students and acknowledge their role in our democracy and their contributions to our society: they are lawyers, physicians, teachers—they are productive members of our communities.

 

At Peralta, we have hundreds of students who fit the DACA category, and they are among the best citizens we have.  The Trump administration’s abrupt decision to end DACA is unwise and appeals to a political base that has proven out of step with the majority of America. For this reason, we need to do everything we can to provide the immediate support needed for our students.  In fact, community colleges throughout the State of California are stepping up to be supportive of all DACA students.

 

The Peralta Community College District is committed to supporting DACA students in the best way we can and are committed to the following actions:

  • We will schedule legal workshops at the Colleges as soon as possible so that DACA students can learn about their rights and seek legal protection.
  • We will advocate through Congress and the White House to develop a permanent, fair, humane, and smart solution to making every “dreamer” a documented and respected citizen of the United States.
  • We will encourage our local legislators and community leaders to join us in lending their public support to this effort.
  • We will assure that all PCCD students– and especially the DACA students– know they are not alone in these troubling times.
  • Most importantly, our students need to know that their Faculty, the Staff, the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the College Presidents are watching out for them and that everyone in the United States is protected by the U.S. Constitution. The rights of DACA students are not exceptions to these protections. 
  • As part of our commitment, we want all to know that the District:
  • Will not allow federal immigration officials on campus absent legal authority;
  • Will not act on behalf of federal agencies to enforce immigration laws or aid in deportation;
  • Will not share student records containing confidential information without written consent, a court order or other legal mandate, and,
  • Will not allow College police to participate in any voluntary program of immigration enforcement.

 

PCCD remains deeply committed to all of our students and will do everything we can to ensure their success and safety. Currently, we are witnessing a troubling period in our history and we will do everything in our power to win back the values and ideals that make our country the beacon of hope and opportunity for the entire world.

 

Finally, we aim to beat the deadline to end DACA that has been thrust upon us. There are presently two bills before Congress (one of which is bi-partisan), which would preserve DACA; therefore, Congress is not starting from scratch and hope is not lost:  1.) the Bridge Act was introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on December 9, 2016, and co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Durbin, Murkowski, Flake and Schumer.  2.) the American Hope Act was introduced by Representative Gutierrez on July 28, 2017, and has 116 Democratic co-sponsors. The legislative process could result in a successful bi-partisan effort supporting the Bridge Act, which is currently before the Judiciary Committee, or the American Hope Act.  We are not giving up hope to continue to support DACA!

 

Sincerely,

Julina Bonilla, Board President, Peralta Community College District

Jowel Laguerre, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Rowena Tomaneng, President, Berkeley City College

Timothy Karas, President, College of Alameda

Tammeil Gilkerson, President, Laney College

Marie-Elaine Burns, President, Merritt College

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Peralta News: A look at Peralta Colleges classes starting today

21 August 2017

Engineering and science students can take transferable physics courses this fall at College of Alameda.

Check out the latest Community News column in the East Bay Times which highlights some of the many upcoming classes at the Peralta Colleges including Cybersecurity at Merritt College, Introduction to Sociology at Laney College, physics classes at the College of Alameda that meet the transfer requirements for California State University and the UC campuses, and, in collaboration with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and Strength and Berkeley Underground Scholars, Berkeley City College is offering a unique evening class this fall, “Strength From Roots.”

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College, Uncategorized

Alumni Spotlight: Vincent Garrett

15 August 2017

 

Vincent Garrett thought Laney College had helped him turned his life around when he finished his apprenticeship and joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 595). But his story and journey had Peralta had only begun. See what led him to help develop the Restoring Our Communities Initiative at Laney College to help support our formerly incarcerated students.

 

Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, Student Spotlight

Peralta News: At Peralta Colleges, summer a surprisingly busy time

7 August 2017

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Check out the latest Community News column in the East Bay Times which highlights summer activities at all four of our Peralta Campuses

“Just as summer school ebbs and fall classes seem way out there over the horizon somewhere, we find ourselves in the middle of summer with the slow season upon us.

But there is never a dull moment at our local community colleges — Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on during the summer at the East Bay’s Peralta Colleges.”

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Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College

Peralta News: Race in the Media

26 July 2017

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A collaboration between the Psychology department and the Office of Student Activities and Campus Life, the College of Alameda hosted a discussion on ‘Race in the Media’.

It was a student-centered workshop that explored topics such as: how being “othered,” stereotypes, and racism impact such important concepts in psychology such as self-esteem and identity. 

The guest facilitator, Jinni Pradhan provided resources on how people of color and allies can reshape the media to be more inclusive and representative of who many of our Peralta students are and their communities.

The College of Alameda strives to raise the consciousness of all people and empower each and every student with tools and information needed to succeed and more fully shape their lives. 

For more information on the College of Alameda, please visit:
http://alameda.peralta.edu

For general information on the Peralta Colleges or to sign up for classes, please visit: 
http://web.peralta.edu

Filed under: Academic Excellence, College of Alameda, Peralta News, Uncategorized

Academic Excellence: Bridge to Healthcare Careers at Merritt College

20 April 2017

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Academic Excellence: Bridge to Healthcare Careers at Merritt College

The healthcare sector is bursting with opportunity and Merritt College is here to give you what you need to succeed in our ‘Bridge to Healthcare Careers’ program!

The ‘Bridge to Healthcare Careers’ program will introduce students to healthcare careers as well as give the skills to succeed in college courses. It is geared toward those 18 and over who have a high school diploma or GED, unemployed or laid off, or are re-entry students, veterans, or those looking to change from a routine job to a professional career.

Participants take important life-skills classes like communications, college success, and CPR, as well as get hands-on experiences in a wide variety of Merritt’s healthcare training programs including:

Medical Assisting
Nursing
Radiologic Technician
Histotechnician
EMT
Dietician

Students also receive case-management style support, lunch, and other services.

Full tuition scholarships available with program eligibility! Eligible students can receive additional support through WIOA enrollment.

For more information on the “Bridge to Healthcare Careers” program, please visit: http://www.merritt.edu/wp/blog/bridge…

For more information on the Peralta Colleges, please visit: http://web.peralta.edu

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Peralta Matters – Cybersecurity at Merritt College

5 April 2016

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Check out the new Cybersecurity Program at Merritt College! This program helps students get the skills they need to enter this growing field. Computer Information Systems Department Chair Courtney Brown describes the development of this program with industry partners to train the workforce that is needed in this growing field. First Cohort Student Andy Bittner recalls the excitement of their team’s participation in the National Cyber League competition. George Papandreopoulos describes some of the human elements and risks related to cybersecurity. And Cybersecurity Club President Dashobeam Harris talks about the supportive community he found while pursuing a long term dream.

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Academic Excellence – ESL at Laney College

31 March 2016

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Laney College’s ESL Department (English as a Second Language) and The Lake Merritt – Independent Senior Living community have teamed up in an incredibly successful partnership.

Every Friday, the Laney College ESL class practices conversational English with residents of The Lake Merritt – Independent Senior Living. This program is a hit with both students from Laney’s ESL class and the residents of The Lake Merritt.

It’s a winning situation for all. Practice makes perfect and that is exactly what the ESL students get to do with residents of The Lake Merritt. Numerous studies have shown that loneliness can lead to problems in mental, physical and emotional health with aging adults. The benefits of feeling helpful and needed often makes a huge difference in anyone’s life, no matter their age and through this one-of-a-kind program, both parties benefit in the most awesome way!

For more information, please visit: http://www.laney.edu/wp/esl/

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Academic Excellence – PERSIST at Berkeley City College

17 March 2016

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PERSIST – Personal Initiative and Social Transformation

PERSIST is a program at Berkeley City College that acts as a gateway toward achievable workforce preparedness and knowledge-based careers. Students in PERSIST identify and focus on an issue vital to their living and learning environment, working in teams on a semester-long project, gaining academic skills as well as insight on the problems facing their communities. This learning cohort approach acknowledges and even draws on the students’ personal and academic experiences that often hinders their ability to succeed. Different learning styles are identified as strengths. PERSIST students use them to develop communication and leadership skills while acquiring math, writing and critical thinking skills crucial to a certificate program or degree.

Every PERSIST faculty member is ideally trained in the ACE curriculum. Beginning in 2010, BCC has hosted its own ACE-approved Five-Day Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) each summer, held during the first or second week of June. ACE Master Mentors/PERSIST faculty Shannon Penn and Chris Lebo-Planas have co-facilitated each of the five FELIs held on site. As a result, more than 50 BCC faculty, administrators and support staff have been trained in this transformative educational model. Many more colleagues from other campuses and partnered community organizations have as well.

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Academic Excellence – Environmental Control Technology at Laney College

17 March 2016

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The Environmental Control Technology program at Laney College prepares students for jobs in the growing fields of Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVACR) and Building Automation. With the goal of making our buildings operate efficiently to keep people comfortable, today’s buildings have increasingly complex automated environmental control systems, and there is a need for smart, well trained technicians to operate and maintain these systems. The program at Laney College is so widely respected, the National Science Foundation has awarded grants to create the BEST center, to help other colleges around the country develop similar programs. Come get involved in this growing and rewarding field, and find a stable career.

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Merritt College’s New, Unique Africana Center

2 February 2016

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What better way to start Black History Month than by visiting Merritt College’s New Africana Studies Community Research Center, led by African American Studies Department Chair Siri Brown.

The Department of African American Studies at Merritt College has completed a unique Africana Studies Community Research Center that houses an originally designed curriculum to be used on ipads and/or computers.  The curriculum comprises of interactive museum-quality learning modules where students can engage through visual, touch screen and e-portfolio lessons about African American history. The modules are multilayered high impact visual installments produced by award winning filmmakers and graphic designers.

The center is fully ADA compliant for hearing and visually impaired learners and accessible in Spanish.

The Africana Center includes a Black Family Research Specialist who works with students 2 days a week to train them on genealogy processes.  Students work on their own family histories through interviewing elders, archival research and DNA testing to create portfolios to enhance academic skills and enrich families with more information about their history.

For more information, visit http://www.merritt.edu/wp/afram/

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Student Spotlight – Maria Garcia Alvarez

23 October 2015

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Maria found a future and career in a field that is both rewarding and stable through the HVAC program at Laney College. She takes time from her busy day to talk with Peralta TV about her experiences and rewards from remaining determined.

The Environmental Control Technology Department (ECT) offers technical certificates and associate degrees in Residential and Light Commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) as well as Commercial HVAC systems, with new certificates and degrees in Building Automation Systems and energy management in development. Students in these programs learn the theoretical, technical and problem-solving skills essential for employment in the HVACR or controls industries. Students completing the curriculum can seek employment as refrigeration technicians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning technicians, sales engineers, equipment and system installers, parts persons, operations and maintenance technicians, building engineers, controls technicians, and energy specialists.

The ECT Department occupies a space of over 8,000 square feet. The program provides theoretical content, and extensive hands-on labs on refrigeration systems, light commercial and commercial air conditioning and heating equipment, boilers, chillers, hydronic HVAC systems, and building automation control systems.

For more information, click here

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Academic Excellence – First Year Experience Program at Berkeley City College

16 September 2015

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The First Year Experience Program curriculum is designed to engage students by offering complementary curriculum (joint assignments) that is both challenging and collaborative. The spirit of the curriculum is to educate, as you might expect, but to also build community amongst students and faculty.

This innovative cohort program provides intensive support and early planning to help students succeed in college.

For more information, please visit http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/fye/

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