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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.

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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

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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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                Outstanding Grads: Weixing Ou, Chancellor’s Trophy Award Winner and College of Alameda President’s Medallion Recipient

                18 May 2016

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                The Chancellor’s Trophy Award winner and recipient of the College of Alameda President’s Medallion for Spring 2016 is Weixing Ou.  

                Weixing is a biochemistry major with an earned grade point average of 4.0.  According to Weixing her dream is to “improve people’s life using my professional skills to focus on HIV and cancer.”  Weixing will be attending University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2016, where she will maintain her goal of pursing a BS degree in Biochemistry.

                According to Weixing, “the scholarship gives me a chance to continue chasing my dreams. I am a student who not only persistently works hard and makes efforts to overcome every obstacle; but also gets involved in different activities to develop various skills and contributes to the community by volunteering.”

                Weixing is an ASCOA Senator, Vice President of College of Alameda’s International Students Club and is an active volunteer who tutors.  In addition, she joined the Berkeley City College Lions Club where she attended their community events such as “Street Etiquette” for promoting how to assist the visually impaired person; and volunteers at CoA in support of the annual Red Cross blood drive.

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                  Alameda Chamber of Commerce CEO Forum at College of Alameda with Trustee Withrow and Chancellor Laguerre

                  4 May 2016

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                  Don’t miss the CEO Forum presented by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce with Trustee Withrow and Chancellor Laguerre at College of Alameda’s Student Lounge (Building F), on May 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. The topics discussed will include how the College of Alameda can serve local businesses. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. College of Alameda is located at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway in Alameda.

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                    College of Alameda A-Tech Student Richard Saeparn Wins Ozzie Day Scholarship

                    21 April 2016

                    IMG_0803Richard Saeparn, a third-year student in the Auto Technology Program at the College of Alameda, has been awarded this year’s Ozzie Day Scholarship.

                    Richard had already started a career as an Air Force Reserve Ground Equipment Technician when he made the choice to begin the A-Tech Program at the College of Alameda. Since he was used to 12 hour days in the Air Force, Richard jumped full steam into the A-Tech Program and often attended classes 9 hours a day, five days a week. Not only was he taking classes, but for most of the last two years, he has worked as a student aide to help other students! And all the while, he has maintained his Air Force Reserve status by continuing his Air Force training and certifications. He is currently looking at opportunities with Honda, Toyota or Tesla when he graduates in May.

                    The Ozzie Day Scholarship is a $500 scholarship, which is awarded by the A-Tech Department each semester to the student with the highest grade point average and the most units in the A-Tech Program. The scholarship was set up in memory of Ozzie Day, the founder of Automotive Engineering and a long-time member of the COA Automotive Advisory Committee.

                     

                    Photo: Richard Saeparn accepting his $500 check from Candido Mejia, A-Tech Toolroomkeeper

                    For further information on the A-Tech Program, call 510-748 2267.

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                      Abel Guillén, Oakland City Councilmember and Former Peralta Colleges Trustee, to Keynote People’s Breakfast Honoring Cesar Chavez at CoA, March 29, 7:30 a.m.

                      7 March 2016

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                      Join us on at College of Alameda on Tuesday, March 29, 2016,  7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., for The People’s Breakfast honoring Cesar Chavez.

                      WHERE: College of Alameda Gymnasium 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway Alameda, CA 94501

                      KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Abel Guillén, Oakland City Councilmember and former Peralta Colleges Trustee.

                      WHO MAY ATTEND: Free to all including the public and Peralta students, faculty and staff. Parking fees are waived for the event.

                      PLEASE RSVP: By calling  510-748-2273 or online at: http://www.evite.com/event/0126XNULTPTV7QOJGEPF4DGUWFTYDE?utm_source=NA&utm_medium=sharable_invite&utm_campaign=send_sharable_link

                      DONATIONS ACCEPTED: Credit cards or checks made payable to the Peralta Colleges Foundation to support Student Success Initiatives

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                        Peralta Matters hosted by Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre

                        19 November 2015

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                        This month on Peralta Matters, guest host Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph. D. introduces us to three of our amazing student leaders. Adrien Abuyen is a student at the College of Alameda and sits as a student representative on the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees. He explains his decision to attend college and drive to help fellow students. Brianna Rogers, President of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College, describes her successes as a returning student and the activities that have led to her Servant Leadership. And Serena Witherspoon of Berkeley City College details her passion for youth voter education and experiences as a college student.

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                          Peralta Community College District Receives $500,000 Grant For Career Technical Education

                          26 October 2015

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                          CTEOAKLAND, Calif., October 26, 2015 On Tuesday, October 20, at its regular meeting, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District authorized the acceptance of a Career Technical Education (CTE) Enhancement Fund sub-grant of $505,052 (40% allocation) from Cabrillo Community College District, which is the Bay Area Community College Consortium’s (BACCC) fiscal agent that is responsible for the distribution of CTE Enhancement Funds from the California Community College State Chancellor’s Office.

                          The Career Technical Education (CTE) Enhancement Fund was created by a one-time allocation from the state’s FY 2014-15 budget for California Community Colleges. The purpose is to develop, enhance, retool and expand quality career technical education offerings that build upon an existing community college regional capacity to respond to local labor market needs.

                          Acceptance of funds by each of The Peralta Colleges (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland) from the CTE Enhancement Allocation will greatly enrich the educational mission of the district that serves the cities of Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.

                          Many of its over 30,000 students attend the Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Merritt College and Laney College – in order to pursue certificates in Career Technical Education and fast-track to the every-changing job market.

                          This sub-grant will make a significant difference in the quantity and variety of CTE classes offered by the four-college district.

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                            Peralta Student Trustee Appointed To Citizens’ Bond and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee

                            26 October 2015

                            PCCD_AnnouncementAdrien-AbuyenOAKLAND, Calif., October 26, 2015 – – At its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 20, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District approved the appointment of Adrien Abuyen, a student Trustee, as the student representative to serve on the Citizens’ Bond and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (“Citizens’ Oversight Committee”). The purpose of this committee is to ensure that bond and tax dollars generously given to the District by the electorate are spent to enhance education at the four Peralta Colleges – Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda and Berkeley City College.

                            The Citizens Oversight Committee membership consists of a minimum of eight (8) members appointed by the Board of Trustees from candidates submitting written applications, and is comprised of: one a member active in a business organization representing the business community located in the District; a member active in a senior citizen’s organization; a member active in a bona-fide taxpayer’s organization; a member who is a student and currently enrolled in the District and active in a community college group, such as student government; a member active in the support and organization of the community college or the community colleges of the district; and two members of the community at-large.

                            Abuyen is already a Student Trustee for the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees. Previously, he has served on the Associated Students of the College of Alameda (ASCOA) as the Communication Officer, and then as the Vice President of Operations during the following term.

                            “I feel that my education must serve a deeper purpose than just meeting a deadline for a class,” said Abuyen. This motivated student has a strong desire to serve his community, which is reflected in his plans to major in Community and Regional Development when he transfers to UC Davis after completing his studies at College of Alameda. Adrien also plans to attend law school and hopes to one-day work in youth advocacy.

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                              Peralta Colleges Participate in EducationUSA Expo in Japan

                              12 October 2015

                              Ambassador Kennedy speaking at EducationUSA EXPOThe Office of International Education for the Peralta Community College District – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA Expo, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, last month.

                              Drew Gephart, Peralta’s Designated School Official, attended the Expo on behalf of the Peralta Colleges, and connected with Japanese educational institutions and promoted the Peralta Colleges’ programs to prospective international students.

                              EducationUSA is a global network of advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and assists in connecting U.S. institutions of higher education with partner colleges and universities around the world.

                              Gephart also attended a reception to network with Japanese counterparts and met the United States Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy (pictured at the Expo), at her residence in Tokyo. Ambassador Kennedy has launched the TeamUp campaign, which aims to increase student mobility by promoting strategic partnerships between U.S. and Japanese colleges and universities.

                              “Peralta’s Office of International Education looks forward to expanding the educational exchange between the U.S. and Japan by working closely with the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Department of State and the EducationUSA centers in Japan,” said Sean R. Brooke, Director of International Education for the Peralta Colleges.

                              The United States Embassy in Tokyo hosted the Expo in cooperation with the Japan Network for International Education, and the Expo featured a reception, college fair and information seminars for institutions and prospective students. The U.S. Embassy provided the Peralta Colleges the opportunity to attend the free Expo to promote their colleges as a premier destination for Japanese students interested in international education.

                               

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