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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.”

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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

Laney College women’s track and field team

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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Berkeley City College 2017 Valedictorian Patrick Kruger

20 June 2017

Patrick Kruger followed his girlfriend from Minnesota to Berkeley in 2011 to support her educational goals and in doing so discovered his own. He was one of the writes behind The BCC Voice, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for two terms. He also served as a writing tutor in the BCC English Department and plans to continue his education in the fall at Columbia University. Congratulations!

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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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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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Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng and Former Peralta General Counsel Thuy Thi Nguyen Honored by APAHE

7 April 2017

FullSizeRenderThe Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) has chosen Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng, pictured right, as the recipient of its coveted President’s Award for 2017. The award honors the accomplishments of Asian and Pacific Island American college presidents and will be presented at APAHE’s annual conference and thirty year celebration on Thursday, April 6 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland. Also honored was Thuy Thi Nguyen, President of Foothill College and former General Counsel at the Peralta Community College District, pictured left.

A doctoral candidate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, Tomaneng took the helm as President of Berkeley City College in August 2016.  She expects to complete her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities this summer. She received her M.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Before coming to BCC, one of the East Bay’s four Peralta Colleges, Tomaneng served as the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino for six years. There, she lead the college’s institutional efforts with a number of initiatives, including Civic Engagement, Student Equity, and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program (AANAPISI). In 2006, Tomaneng was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships at the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement.

Tomaneng is also a faculty affiliate of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) in Cupertino whose mission is to address the need to increase civic engagement and community voice for Asian Americans and other underrepresented groups through education and civic network.

Tomaneng expressed her gratitude for being chosen for the award and noted the significance of the work done by APAHE. “For over 21 years, I have devoted my teaching, research, and administrative work in the service of AAPI and other students of color. APAHE has been a leader in promoting equity in advancement and opportunity for Asian and Pacific Island Americans. Its example and leadership have shaped my practice as an equity-based educational leader within and outside of the institution,” Tomaneng said.

APAHE is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for Asian and Pacific American students; promoting and supporting the hiring, retention, and advancement of qualified Asian and Pacific American faculty, staff, and administrators; and creating a better understanding of issues in the public affecting Asian and Pacific Americans in higher education.

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Peralta News: Sound Design for film at BCC

13 March 2017

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The renowned E.J. Holowicki, sound designer for Pixar and Lucasfilm, who has been nominated eight times for sound editing awards has come to Berkeley City College to share his experiences with Multimedia students! Great sound design can mask poor performances and build suspense and drama. Sound hits us on a gut level and transforms our emotional response to a story. The sound design class at Berkeley City College is open to all. With a great mix of students that are both working industry professionals (like Dolby) and sound enthusiasts that just want to understand the concepts of sound better. For more information on the Sound Design or Multimedia courses and to sign up for classes, please visit: berkeleycitycollege.edu

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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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New Episode of C-Direct TV

14 December 2016

New Episode of C-Direct TV

Don’t miss the latest edition of C-Direct TV, where I interview Loan Nguyen, one of the Chancellor’s Award winners from Berkeley City College.

You can view it right here: https://youtu.be/RFpwp8kDhIo

Don’t forget to turn on the closed-captions, if you’d like to use them.

 

 

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Trustees Tap Rowena M. Tomaneng As Next President of Berkeley City College

16 June 2016

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At its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District appointed Rowena M. Tomaneng to serve as the next president of Berkeley City College. Tomaneng’s appointment comes following the departure of the previous president, Deborah Budd, who accepted the position of Chancellor of the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District earlier this year. Tomaneng will assume her post on August 1, 2016.  

“I am extremely happy that the Trustees have appointed Ms. Tomaneng and look forward to working with her on some of the key issues facing Berkeley City College, in particular, and the Peralta Colleges in general,” said District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

“Ms. Tomaneng has the background, leadership skills and the temperament to lead BCC at this time,” he added. “We are happy to have her join the dynamic faculty, staff and administrators at BCC to continue and amplify the quality education and services they provide.”

Rowena Tomaneng has been the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif., for six years. She has overseen the Academic Services Division (including the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education), the Office of Professional Development and Pathways programs, such as the Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, and First Year Experience, as well as the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement, where, in 2006, she was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships.

Tomaneng has also overseen collaborative units at the De Anza, including the Learning Resources Division, consisting of Online Education, the Library and the Student Success Center. She holds leadership roles in state initiatives, including both the Student Equity and Student Success and Support Programs. She has obtained and administered state and federal grants, including the Basic Skills Initiative, Asian American/Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and Title III: Strengthening Institutions. Tomaneng has worked on faculty and district-wide administrative teams for many years, leading and developing program reviews and accreditation documents. In 2013, she won the statewide Association of California Community College Administrators’ Administrative Leadership Excellence Award, nominated by faculty in Academic Services.

Previously, Tomaneng served for over two years as Interim Dean of De Anza’s Language Arts Division, which includes 50 full-time and 140 adjunct faculty members, and offers 85 courses in the English Department, ranging from basic skills to multicultural literatures, as well as the departments of ESL, Journalism, Reading and Speech. She was English Department chair for the preceding three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency. Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996-2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature. She has participated extensively in curriculum development and developed various community and educational partnerships.

Tomaneng is actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns. She has written and contributed to a variety of publications and currently serves on the advisory board to the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Upon completion of her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities, Tomaneng is scheduled to receive her doctorate in International/Multicultural Education, with a concentration in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco in December. She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine.

 

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Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Introducing Selina V. Gonzalez, ValedictorianSelina

Selina V. Gonzalez, Valedictorian of Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016, arrived in the United States at age 16, a native of a town in the mountainous Hidalgo, Mexico region. “Berkeley City College challenged my way of thinking and provided me with opportunities to improve and exercise my leadership skills by helping undocumented students,” she said. “One of my goals is to advocate for underrepresented peoples and empower them to follow their dreams.”

Gonzalez is a founding member of the Peralta Community College District’s first Undocumented Community Resources Center. A member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she is a Peralta Foundation Scholarship recipient. Her activities include membership in BCC’s Latin American Club, the Dreamers Task Force and the Political Science Association. As a former ESL student, she continues to provide math and English tutoring for others in BCC’s ESL classes. She also has helped to organize events and has volunteered at Ashby Village, a resource and support center for elders, and at Berkeley’s Chaparral House, a nursing home facility. She was accepted to UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Los Angeles.

Introducing Nicole Rodgers, SalutatorianNicole

Nicole Rodgers, Salutatorian for Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016, is at once motivated and is a motivational mentor to others. She is passionate about political activity, having served at state, regional and local levels in a variety of advocacy roles for both disabled and able-bodied students. “I am hearing impaired and am an advocate for Deaf and hard of hearing students’ rights, both in the community and at the local level,” she asserted. “I am so pleased to be graduating from Berkeley City College; it has been my pleasure to reach out and help students to not only be the best versions of themselves but an empowering resource for other students.”

Rodgers’s many community activities include roles as chief justice of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. Statewide, she serves as one of 30 student senators for the California Community Colleges Student Senate. That body represents 2.3 million students. Rodgers also was president of BCC’s Global Studies Club and founded the college’s Disaster Preparedness Club. Working with the City of Berkeley, she helps to deliver disaster preparedness resources to under served communities.

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Outstanding Grads: Samantha Rushing, BCC President’s Medallion Award Winner

16 May 2016

Samanta Rushing EditSamantha Rushing is this year’s President’s Medallion Award winner from Berkeley City College.

Rushing knew early that she wanted to be an English teacher. Growing up just outside Stockton, she wished her teachers were more inspiring. At age 16, she decided that teaching would be her professional goal and, although there were a few bumps along the road, that goal has never waivered.

At Berkeley City College, Rushing maintained a 3.92 GPA. She credits the EOPS and CalWORKs programs for helping her realize her goal. And it helped that BCC teachers, staff and administrators genuinely care about students and do everything in their power to help them stay on the right path, Rushing says.

The future teacher was hired as an English tutor her first semester at BCC and has helped dozens of students since. She has also served as the Secretary of the Associated Students at Berkeley City College. A single parent of a four-year-old girl, Rushing was accepted to UC Santa Cruz, Sacramento State University and California State University, East Bay, and she is waiting to hear from UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

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