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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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College of Alameda awarded CCC Maker grant

31 August 2017

 

 

Last month, we were given the good news that College of Alameda (CoA) was awarded the CCC Maker grant. For the first year (July 2017- June 2018), CoA will receive $250,000; funding for the second year (July 2018- June 2019) of the grant will be determined by the performance/outcomes of the first year. The college will also provide match funding to support the lab. Your support was crucial in CoA being awarded this grant, so we want to continue keeping you informed as we move to the next phase.

 

We’ve started the work of implementation, including getting D102-108 ready as well as creating a list of equipment for the lab. To ensure that the equipment meets the needs of its future users, we are continuing the practice of gathering feedback from stakeholders; to  help us sculpt the design of the FabLab/makerspace lab, we ask that you complete a survey to let us know which pieces of equipment you feel would benefit you as a partner.

 

SURVEY:  The survey provides the name of the equipment, its price range, a description of products that can be created with the equipment, and at the bottom a rating of interest to be completed by the person submitting the survey. (Please see below for example of one equipment entry.)

Link to the survey website: http://alameda.peralta.edu/fablab/equipment-survey/

Deadline for survey submission: Monday, September 11, 2017

 

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COA FABLAB 3D MODEL: To provide you with an idea of what the COA FabLab will look like, the 3D model provides a rendition of the space.  Please click on the following link: http://alameda.peralta.edu/fablab/

We look forward to getting your input and ideas as we want the COA FabLab to be user-centered and user-friendly when it opens in spring 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Fiat lux,

 

Lilia Celhay

Interim Dean of Instruction

College of Alameda

LCelhay@peralta.edu

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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

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

College of Alameda 2017 Valedictorian Fudhah Al Khafaji

20 June 2017

Fudhah Al Khafaji grew up in Iraq, lived in Jordan for seven years and moved to the United States four years ago. With her degree in Biology from College of Alameda, she plans to work in the pharmaceutical industry designing new drugs. She will transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall to study Chemical Biology. 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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C Direct TV: Rick Greenspan

21 March 2017

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For almost 40 years, Rick Greenspan has taught Automotive Technology at the College of Alameda, and loved every minute of it. As one of the few remaining automotive programs in the area, he continues to help our students find work in the industry they love.

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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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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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C-Direct TV: Introducing Robert Brem

2 February 2017

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Join Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. on today’s episode of C-Direct TV. Robert Brem, professor of Political Science, Public Administration and Psycholgy, has worked to develop the Center for Community Change and Urban Leadership at College of Alameda. He also worked to create the best online casino in the country.

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Peralta Trustees Appoint Timothy Karas as the Next President of College of Alameda

15 December 2016

karas-by-peralta-collegesAt its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District appointed Timothy Karas to serve as president of College of Alameda. Karas has been serving as Vice President of Instruction at the College since 2014. His tenure as President begins January 3, 2017.

After several months of searching for a new president at CoA, Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., concluded the final step in the process by conducting a campus visit to the College of Alameda last week to confirm the choice of Tim Karas, as he is known on campus, as CoA’s next leader.

“I look forward to welcoming Tim as a colleague in his exciting new role,” said Chancellor Laguerre. “I have great confidence that he will lead CoA to its greatest potential.”

“The CoA community is to be commended for having supported and shepherded its Vice President to the top leadership role at the College,” the Chancellor added.

Karas joined the College of Alameda in July 2014 as Vice President of Instruction. Prior to COA, Karas was Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts (2009-2014) and Director of Library Services (2005-2009) at Mission College in San Jose. Previously, he was a tenured faculty member at the College of San Mateo and participated on multiple committees, including the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and College Council.

“I am honored to lead this outstanding institution and am thankful for the support of the College of Alameda family,” said Karas of his new position. “At CoA, students are motivated to explore, create, learn and lead with help from faculty and staff. I believe everyone can flourish with high-quality, affordable education.”

“I am confident that with the ongoing support of our city and community partners, the College of Alameda will uphold its dedication to serve successfully the educational needs of our community,” he added.

Prior to working in academia, Karas worked as a librarian for the City of Palo Alto and Redwood City.

During the past ten years, he has served on a half-dozen accreditation site visit teams. Karas served as Executive Board President of the Council of Chief Librarians: California Community Colleges, and was an Executive Board Member (2008-2014).

Karas has served on many civic committees and commissions, including the City of San Jose Library Commission, Bond and Parcel Tax Citizen Oversight Committees and Santa Clara County Sister County Commission, and has co-authored a chapter in the book Campus Partnership in Small Academic Libraries: Challenges and Rewards.

His educational background includes a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt Sate University. Tim is currently completing his doctoral studies at Fielding Graduate University.

 

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Donate Your Post-2000 Vehicle to College of Alameda Auto Department

8 September 2016

 img_0999Over the years, the COA Auto Department has accumulated numerous 80’s and 90’s vehicles, donated by former students and Peralta faculty and staff. But we currently find ourselves short of post-2000 vehicles to use in our program.  If you have a post-2000 vehicle which you’re thinking of donating to a charity or trading in on a new vehicle, we’d love to talk to you about donating the car to us, instead.

We are especially interested in hybrids and vehicles with “smartkeys” (push button ignition), navigation systems, and all the other bells and whistles which didn’t exist 20 years ago, but are now standard issue on many vehicles.  It’s much easier for us to teach these systems if our students can get hands-on experience working on vehicles which have them.

The Peralta Foundation can acknowledge your donation for use in a Peralta Colleges program.   Assuming the vehicle has a valid registration and pink slip, we can take care of getting the vehicle out of your name in the DMV registry and can even tow the car if necessary.

If you have a car which fills the bill, please contact Candido Mejia at 510-748-2267 or by email at cmejia@peralta.edu.

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College of Alameda’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Introducing Gabriel Thomas Tramble, ValedictorianTramble

Valedictorian Gabriel Thomas Tramble has been an exemplary student during his time at College of Alameda, earning a 4.0 average. This fall he will be attending UC Berkeley, where he received the Regents Scholarship. This is the most prestigious scholarship that UC Berkeley offers. He was also accepted to UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Alabama State University, and Tuskegee University. Gabriel will be majoring in Media Studies with an emphasis in business. Gabriel has a website, stockbaby.org, which focuses on stocks and investment strategies. In his free time, Gabriel says he uses his website as a tool to teach others while researching and trading stocks.

Introducing Gabriela Martinez Garcia, SalutatorianGarcia

Through hard work and perseverance, Gabriela Martinez Garcia has become the 2016 Graduating Class Salutatorian. Gabriela is a first generation college student and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She spends a significant amount of time working with underserved youth in Oakland through non-profit organizations like the Reading Partners and AVID. She also volunteers her time at schools like Brookfield Elementary, John Muir Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary School. She is transferring to UC Davis as a major in Native American Studies with minor in education. She aspires to go into the education field to help her community.

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