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2017 College of Alameda Salutatorian + Peralta Valedictorian Speeches

15 June 2017

 

Esther Pillitiere, Salutatorian for the College of Alameda graduating class of 2017, brings her message of inspiration and hope to the Peralta College Board of Trustees.

 

On the Peralta Youtube page, you can view the commencement speeches given by each of the college valedictorians

Merritt College 2017 Valedictorian Asmita Neupane

Berkeley City College 2017 Valedictorian Patrick Kruger

Laney College 2017 Valedictorian Pauline Johnson

College of Alameda 2017 Valedictorian Fudhah Al Khafaji

 

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    Merritt College Honors its Valedictorians and Salutatorian

    30 May 2017

    High-Achieving Valedictorians and Salutatorian Highlight Merritt College’s 62nd Annual Commencement

     

    With the theme, “Moving In, Moving Through, Moving On,” Merritt College celebrated its 62nd Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 24. Out of a total of more than 900 students who received associate degrees or certificates or who will be transferring on to further their education, more than 350 participated in the ceremony. Honored during the ceremony were two valedictorians and the Salutatorian, all introduced by Dr. Jeffrey Lamb, Vice President for Instruction.

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    Valedictorian Asmita Neupane

    Valedictorian Asmita Neupane came to Merritt from her home country of Nepal. She achieved a 4.0 in her studies and received an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences with her ultimate dream goal of becoming a nurse. She is currently getting experience by volunteering at San Leandro Hospital.

    Valedictorian Anya Elizabeth Edwards majored in Administration of Justice and graduated with an Associate in Science for Transfer Degree with a 4.0 GPA. She will be transferring to Cal State East Bay and in the future plans to work in the law enforcement field.

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    Salutatorian Bernice Diaz Estrada

    Salutatorian Berenice Diaz Estrada was born and raised in Oakland and graduated from Oakland High School. She came to Merritt because of the excellent reputation of the Radiologic Science Program and is hoping to start the program soon. In the meantime, she has earned Associate Degrees in both Health Sciences and Natural Sciences and a Certificate in Teacher Assistant. She graduated with a 3.96 GPA.

    Commencement Speaker Dr. Siri Brown, a passionate and committed educator at Merritt who is currently serving as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, gave a truly inspirational speech honoring the graduates for their successes no matter how long it took, how many challenges they had to face, or how many people may have discouraged them.

    For the first time, Merritt’s newly appointed president, Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, presided over the ceremony.

    “It is an honor to have participated in this year’s Commencement ceremony and be surrounded by all of the students who worked so hard to get to this point,” says President Burns. “Whether they are getting associate degrees, certificates, or transferring, we are proudly looking forward to watching them achieve success beyond college and demonstrating how much Merritt College has changed their lives.”

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      Enroll now!

      23 May 2017

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      We change East Bay Lives at the Peralta Colleges!

      Sign up for classes TODAY at one of our four East Bay colleges:

      Berkeley City College
      College of Alameda
      Laney College
      and
      Merritt College

      Classes start August 21st

      We have SO MANY ways for you to get ahead
      Financial Aid
      THOUSANDS of classes to choose from
      Tutoring
      and so much more!

      CHANGE YOUR LIFE at the Peralta Colleges

      Sign up for classes TODAY: http://web.peralta.edu/enrollment-2/

      Like your future at the Peralta Colleges!

      Peralta Community College District

      Berkeley City College • College of Alameda • Laney College • Merritt College

      Berkeley City College: http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/
      College of Alameda: http://alameda.peralta.edu
      Laney College: http://www.laney.edu/wp/
      Merritt College: http://www.merritt.edu/wp/

      Financial aid: http://web.peralta.edu/financial-aid/

      THOUSANDS of classes to choose from: Fall 2017

      Sign up for classes RIGHT NOW at: http://web.peralta.edu/enrollment-2/

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

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        Peralta News: Merritt College Cybersecurity

        18 May 2017

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        Looking to start or find a new career? There are many reasons to look into the field of cybersecurity at Merritt. Cybersecurity is one of the FASTEST-GROWING careers in the country.

        Merritt’s fully accredited program can lead you on a career path toward working in software (Applications) or hardware (Infrastructure) – you can earn an Associate’s Degree in Applications and Infrastructure in just two years.

        You will be team-taught by industry experts, professionals and college instructors in a hybrid format, there are virtual lab assignments using online NETLAB+. The last three class terms are a combination of class lectures and labs as well as paid internships at local Bay Area companies to extend classroom learning and assistance landing a FULL-TIME JOB! In addition, the college offers employment workshops to prepare for internship interviewing and placement as well as access to the college’s Career Institute & Job Center.

        For further details on the cybersecurity program at Merritt College, please visit: http://www.merritt.edu/wp/securitypro…

        Questions? Contact Courtney Brown, Faculty or Program Coordinator, Anita M. Black:

        courtneybrown@peralta.edu
        ablack@peralta.edu

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

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          CTE Open House at Laney College, Saturday, April 29

          25 April 2017

           

           

          image002Don’t miss the CTE Open House at Laney College on Saturday, April 29. See this flier for details:

           

           

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            Faculty Spotlight: BCC’s Rachel Mercy Simpson Receives AACC Faculty Innovation Award

            24 April 2017

            The American Association of Community Colleges has awarded its 2017 Faculty Innovation Award to Berkeley City College’s Rachel Mercy Simpson. The award recognizes faculty across the country who have demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of campus programs that have had a positive impact on the learning experience for students.

            As co-chair of BCC’s Multi Media Arts department, Simpson is credited with promoting a culture of collaboration and inclusion and for piloting interactive teaching techniques that engage students in teamwork. BCC President Rowena Tomaneng said, “I have observed her passion for student equity and social justice, and she is constantly looking for ways to provide more access to students of color who are interested in pursuing careers in multi-media arts.” According to Tomaneng, Simpson’s influence on student learning is apparent. “The tone of the work produced by her students reflects the spirit of unity, caring and passion that she brings to this campus,” she said.

            But Simpson’s work extends further than the classroom. Simpson organized a Multimedia Faculty Retreat where faculty learned how implicit biases could impact grading and expectations. Simpson invited students to share their experiences of prejudice and relay best practices that enabled them to succeed. She also designed several faculty trainings on how to engage students across varied experiences.

            Since 2009, Simpson has been instrumental in transforming BCC’s Multimedia Arts program by developing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that focuses on sharpening technical skills while working as teams and mastering communication skills. Today, BCC’s Multimedia Arts program is one that is well respected by industry professionals who allow students to apply their learning beyond the classroom.

            “My goal as co-chair of the Multimedia Department has been to create a top-notch community college media program that employs the arts as a gateway to rigorous and engaging academic and technical work, and to serve our diverse student body in preparing them for transfer and sustainable careers,” Simpson said.

            Simpson was recognized for her award by AACC at its 97th annual convention in New Orleans on April, 24, 2017. Joining her at the ceremony were Board Vice President Meredith Brown and her husband Guy Bryant, Chancellor Jowel Laguerre and Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng. Congratulations, Rachel!

             

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              Laney College Receives $1 Million State Innovation in Higher Education Award

              11 April 2017

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              California’s Department of Finance announced on Tuesday, April 4, that Laney College was among 14 institutions to receive $1 and $2 million Innovation in Higher Education awards from the State’s $25 million special fund. The award promotes innovative planning at community colleges throughout California.

              Laney was selected for its 5-year proposal to help diverse students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, succeed by providing them with greater access to high quality, touch-technology and SMART classroom cyber-learning environments beginning in the gateway discipline of biology. These points were highlighted for the selection committee by Executive Vice Chancellor Elnora Webb, biology instructor Doug Bruce, and lab coordinator Robert Tracy at Monday’s award session in Sacramento.

              “This award will help bridge the digital divide that exists in many of the communities we serve and ensure all students receive a quality education that can lead to high-demand jobs in technology, biotechnology, bio manufacturing, and others,” said Laney President Tammeil Gilkerson. 

              The winning proposal was collaboratively drafted by Dr. Webb, biology co-chairs Rebecca Bailey and Amy Bohorquez, and bio manufacturing program coordinator Dr. Leslie Blackie. Also involved were English instructor Tony Watkins who provided invaluable editing, and Math and Sciences Dean Denise Richardson for her support of this effort.

              “I extend my congratulations to all of the winning districts and colleges for earning this prestigious and well-deserved award,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Boosting completion rates and reducing college costs are among the highest priorities for all three higher education systems in California. The schools recognized today are leading the way when it comes to making these twin goals a reality for this state.”

              To read Laney’s proposal, go here: http://www.dof.ca.gov/programs/Education/Submitted_Applications_2017/documents/[14]_Laney_College.pdf

              For more information about this award, contact Dean Richardson at drichardson@peralta.edu.

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                Laney College Selected as Community College Innovation Challenge Finalist

                11 April 2017

                pocket_houseThe National Science Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, named ten finalists for the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge, including Laney College for its Pocket House Project that aims to overturn homelessness by using digital fabrication methods to create safe, inexpensive homes that are quick to manufacture and simple to assemble with minimal waste. You can read the full press release here: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191589&org=NSF&from=news

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                  Student Govenment Voting Is Now Open

                  3 April 2017

                  Peralta Students! Voting is now open for your student government leadership.

                  Vote before April 19!

                  Berkeley City College Vote Online:
                  http://tinyurl.com/BCC-AS-Voting-2017

                  College of Alameda Vote Online:
                  http://tinyurl.com/COA-AS-voting-2017

                  Laney College Vote Online:
                  http://tinyurl.com/Laney-AS-voting-2017

                  Merritt College Vote Online:
                  http://tinyurl.com/Merritt-As-Voting-2017

                  For more information, see this flier Elections Flyer – R2 (1)

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                    Peralta’s EcoFest Sustainability Festival April 20

                    28 March 2017

                    In celebration of earth week 2017, the Peralta Colleges will host the 11th annual EcoFest Sustainability Festival at Laney College on Thursday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The festival will feature a farmers’ market, food prepared by Laney Culinary Program, local exhibitors featuring sustainable goods, and a children’s playland.  There will also be live music by The Bobby Young Project, Infrared, Triples Alley, and Samba Funk!; and perfromances by DJ Yaddos,COA Dance, and Hip Hop For Change Artists’ JPZ, Ambessa the Articulate, Desirae harp, and Khafre Jay. 

                    Here is more on the performers: Performer Bios-EcoFest 2017

                    Here is more information on the Festival:

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                      Laney College Dance Department and Office of International Education Award Six Scholarships

                      28 March 2017

                      IIE Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients

                      The Peralta Community College District’s (PCCD) Office of International Education (OIE) joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad (GSA) initiative in 2014 in an effort to expand study abroad opportunities for students. GSA is a five-year initiative to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. PCCD was awarded a GSA study abroad matching scholarship to provide 6 students with $2,500 each ($15,000 total – $7,500 matched by funds raised by the Department of Dance) for the Summer 2017 Dance Study Abroad programs to Ghana or Ethiopia (Valley of the Sun Tour & Program) through Laney College.

                      The students’ names are:

                      1. Jonathan Corley
                      2. Gideon Mekwunye II
                      3. Dagnachew Sibhat
                      4. Nabulunge Ward-Judah
                      5. Aminah Muhammad
                      6. Danny Crumble

                      Students are required to:

                      1. A)   Use the funds for the study abroad program of their choice
                      2. B)   Complete the Dance Study Abroad Pre-registration and Media Release form
                      3. C)   Pay all course and program related fees above and beyond the scholarship cost
                      4. D)   Register in Summer Dance 7 and fulfill requirements of the syllabus for Dance 7, “Dance Study Abroad”

                      As a part of their pre-international travel experience, students traveled as Global Education Ambassadors with Laney College’s Global Education for the People Initiative (GEPI) to attend the 10th Annual African American Male Education, Network and Development Conference, “Building Our Legacy: Education. Transformation. Liberation.” The conference was held at the Westin in Los Angeles, CA on March 3rd and 4th, 2017 and held over 600 California Community College Students, including several Umoja/Ubaka students from Laney. GEPI Students hosted a table where they engaged with fellow community college students on the importance of global education and study abroad; attended student success workshops; and polished their networking and leadership skills by speaking their cause to notable guest speakers Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Lamont Hill. This experience was made possible by Student Equity Funding.

                      Contact Andrea Lee, Department Chair of Dance, for more information about study abroad programs in Dance or GEPI (avlee@peralta.edu)

                      Contact Drew Gephart, International Services Manager, for more information about all District study abroad programs (dgephart@peralta.edu) or visit the District Study Abroad Website at http://web.peralta.edu/international/study-abroad.

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                        Peralta Colleges Campus Facilities, Technology & Sustainability Survey

                        21 March 2017

                        We want YOUR input regarding the campus facilities, technology and sustainability! Please take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey at the link below. The survey can be completed from your mobile device or computer.

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                        Thank You!

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                          C-Direct TV: Ava Lee-Pang

                          7 March 2017

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                          In the 7th video in our series meeting some of the awardees of the Chancellor’s Service Award, we are introduced to Ava Lee-Pang. Serving in the Business Office at the College of Alameda, she brings her years of experience at Peralta to guide faculty and staff in using our systems and tools to help our students. In the following videos, you will find information about another Ava employment. She is a gambler in casino online bonus without deposit. With her many years of experience, she is ready to share with anyone who wishes.

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                            Tammeil Gilkerson to Serve as Next President of Laney College

                            23 February 2017

                            image1At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees appointed Tammeil Gilkerson to serve as the next president of Oakland’s Laney College.

                            Gilkerson is currently Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Contra Costa College. Her tenure as President of Laney begins March 30, 2017.

                            “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the presidential search committee for its work in finding Laney its next president,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel Laguerre. “My appreciation goes to the faculty, staff, students and administrators who participated in the open forums and supported the process.”

                            “As an Oakland resident and someone familiar with California’s system of higher education, particularly our community colleges, President Gilkerson has the skill set needed to bring Laney to the next level,” Chancellor Laguerre said.

                            Gilkerson said of her new role, “During the interview process, I had an opportunity to meet many of the wonderful people at Laney College and the District, including a number of visionary and articulate students, and I am excited to work with, and support these talented, resilient and clearly committed group of individuals.” 

                            “I am excited to be joining a community so focused on student success and helping nurture and lead Laney in pursuit of its adopted mission and vision,” she added.

                            In addition to being a vice president at Contra Costa College, Gilkerson has led district-wide projects, including the development of the Contra Costa Community College District’s Distance Education Strategic Plan, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan during her tenure as the Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation Officer.

                            Previously, she served as the interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at San Jose City College and Dean of Counseling and Matriculation at Evergreen Valley College. Gilkerson began her community college career as a faculty member in psychology/counseling at Chabot College, serving as the coordinator for the TRIO Student Support Services program.

                            In addition to her work in community colleges, Gilkerson served as the Academy and Education Policy Director at the Greenlining Institute and in positions at U. C. Berkeley in the Office of Student Life and the Early Academic Outreach Program. Tammeil holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in counseling, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and pupil personnel services. She is currently completing her doctorate in educational leadership.

                             

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                              Peralta Colleges Receive Clean Bill of Health Overall on Accreditation

                              8 February 2017

                              PCCD_AnnouncementThe Peralta Community College District has received a “clean bill of health” overall from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

                              The ACCJC reported that Berkeley City College has been removed from “warning” status. College of Alameda was removed from “probation” Laney College’s sanctions were reduced to one “warning,” the lowest level of ACCJC sanction. Merritt College was removed from “probation” and also reduced to one “warning” sanction.

                              “The accreditation teams at all of the Peralta Colleges worked hard to address the ACCJC’s recommendations,” said Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “Accreditation work is always ongoing as continuous evaluation is central to maintaining the ACCJC Standards. I am confident that all of our Colleges will continue to meet these high standards.”

                              “Thousands of students graduate with community college degrees and occupational certificates every semester from the Peralta Colleges. We continue to provide affordable, quality education,” Chancellor Laguerre added.

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                                • Peralta Colleges

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                                  The district comprises four campuses serving northern Alameda County.
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