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Work Toward Your Dreams at College of Alameda, English as a Second Language (ESL)

7 September 2014

College of Alameda ESL Video

English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor Dr. Popal, with the help of other ESL faculty, staff, administrators and students at College of Alameda put together a fantastic video showcasing our ESL department. Check out the video to see what faculty and our students are saying about the ESL program at College of Alameda.

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    P-SPAN – 2014 Graduation Coverage

    17 July 2014

    Berkeley City College Graduation: May 22, 2014

    P-SPAN #378: Berkeley City College Graduation 2014


    College of Alameda Graduation: May 23, 2014

    P-SPAN #376: College of Alameda Graduation 2014


    Laney College Graduation: May 24, 2014

    P-SPAN #379: Laney College Graduation 2014


    Merritt College Graduation: May 21, 2014

    P-SPAN #377: Merritt College Graduation 2014


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      Extended Interim Appointment for President Gravenberg

      16 July 2014

      Dr. Eric V. GravenbergAt its regular Board meeting on July 15, 2014 the Peralta Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend the interim appointment of Eric V. Gravenberg as President of the College of Alameda through June 30, 2015 or until the position is filled permanently.

      The District will begin a national search for the next President of the College of Alameda. It is anticipated that the selected candidate will begin January 2015.

      During the past year, one of President Gravenberg’s major accomplishments was stabilizing the operational structure of the college by hiring permanent managers and filling vacant positions. His primary goal is cultivating a climate of respect, trust, and collaboration by establishing additional avenues for communication such as Colleagues in Conversation, which encourages a campus-wide dialogue on topical issues, and establishing drop in office hours to ensure that he is accessible to the campus community.  He has implemented programs that recognize classified staff for exemplary service to the college community, and fostered student participation in campus life. These actions have created a cohesive leadership team, increased morale and improved overall productivity.

      Additionally, President Gravenberg provided leadership for Institutional Self-Evaluation by meeting with constituent groups to solicit faculty and staff participation, and assigning a faculty member to work with academic departments to strengthen SLOs.

      Especially noteworthy, is that he expanded equity efforts and supported student success through the implementation of initiatives such as Alameda Promise, and The Brotherhood – A Men of Color Initiative.  President Gravenberg also co-authored the successful Community College Pathway application to the California State Bar.  College of Alameda was one of 24 California Community Colleges selected for this innovative initiative.

      Of the appointment, Peralta Colleges Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz said, “I am pleased President Gravenberg has agreed to delay his retirement and continue to provide exceptional leadership as the College of Alameda prepares for accreditation, plans for major construction of new facilities, implements programs to meet the mandates of the Student Success Act, and to stay attentive to addressing the myriad of challenges that lay ahead.”

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        New Student Trustees Sworn-In

        11 June 2014


        Two new student trustees were sworn-in last night at the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees meeting. Board President Abel Guillén, center, administered the oath of office to Jeramy Rolley, left, who has been active in the College of Alameda (COA) community, and Carl Oliver, right, who has been active at Laney College. Both co-trustees represent all students from the four Peralta Colleges. Their terms end 5/31/2015.

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          College of Alameda’s EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs Graduates

          3 June 2014


          On Wednesday, May 22, 2014, the College of Alameda celebrated the achievements of the EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs graduates.  The EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs class of 2014 is comprised of 76 students who will graduate, transfer and/or receive a Certificate of Completion.

          This is a phenomenal class as the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 COA scholarship winners, as well as the Jack Kent Cook Foundation scholarship awardee, were overwhelming EOPS/CARE and/or CalWORKs students  – all of whom graduated with higher or highest honors. 

          Councilmember Desley Brooks was the keynote speaker; and all of the COA administrators were present to congratulate the honorees. 

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            Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Randi Elaine Stewart

            29 May 2014

            Randi Elaine Stewart

            Randi Elaine Stewart graduated from College of Alameda last week and will be attending Cal State East Bay this coming fall.

            Of her experience, she writes, “After an 8-year career in the corporate world, in October of 2010, I decided to return to school and obtain an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Although I did exceptionally well in both Bus 1A and 1B, I determined that working in this field was not something I wanted to pursue.  It was when I took Physical Geography at the College of Alameda that I discovered what truly interested me. Ever since, I have been captivated by the mechanisms of the Earth and have yearned to obtain a better knowledge of the planet and its rapidly changing systems. I immediately changed my major to Geography and am intending on using this education to obtain a career that involves environmental work or the use of Geographical Information Systems.”

            “My goal is to work outdoors in a field where my research and development will contribute to the preservation our planet’s natural resources,” Randi says. And she is well on her way, attending CSU East Bay as Geography major.

            Randi is a CalWORKs student who has maintained two work-study positions (working 25-30 hours per week) while concurrently enrolled in 12 units and maintaining a 3.79 GPA.  Randi is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.   In addition, the college scholarship committee selected Randi to receive the 2014 $500 Follett Bookstore Scholarship Award.

            As a single mom on welfare, Randi writes, “I know firsthand the hardships that accompany the pursuit of higher education. I found my path and was able to enroll in school and pursue a career in Geography; however it was not an easy task. During my entire academic career, I have struggled with the idea of withdrawing and securing a full-time job to relieve the financial stresses I endure each month.  However, I have been able to continue thus far and am now on my way to becoming a well-educated global citizen.”

            Randi adds, “To be the first member of my family to graduate from college would be a dream come true.”

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              Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Chau Vo

              29 May 2014

              Chau Vo

              Chau Vo, of College of Alameda, is on her way to UC Berkeley. An EOPS student, Chau is the recipient of an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship awarded by the  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  She is one of 85 finalists selected from 3,705 applications representing 727 community colleges from across the country. The Foundation provides as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years to the nation’s best low-income community college students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.

              Chau earned an AS and AST in Mathematics at CoA and will be majoring in Chemical Engineering this fall at UC Berkeley.

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                Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Emily Carver

                28 May 2014

                Emily Carter

                Meet Emily Carver, who for the past two years has earned high academic honors on top of being a stand-out volleyball player for the College of Alameda Cougar women’s volleyball team. Emily has maintained an overall 3.95 GPA for the past four semesters while participating on the Cougars women’s volleyball team. During the last three semesters, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA. Those 4.0s were earned while competing on the College of Alameda women’s volleyball team.

                A team player, Emily was selected co-team captain and received awards in 2012 and 2013 for “Best Offensive Player,” and was voted to the 2013 Bay Valley Conference First Team.

                Emily has not only been an excellent student and a member of the Cougar women’s volleyball team, for the past two years, she is also been an ASCOA member and held a club officer’s position (vice-president) for the COA Volleyball Club. The volleyball club was inducted in 2011; inspired by the Cougar women’s volleyball head coach, Linda Thompson, as a way to ensure the team gives back to the community by providing an opportunity for them to mentor young girls and assist in helping at volleyball clinics for girls ages 10-14.

                In her very little spare time, Emily also coaches a girls youth volleyball club team and holds down a part-time job.

                Emily has been accepted to several universities and colleges. However, in fall semester 2014, she plans to attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida where she will major in nursing and play volleyball for the Division 1 B-C Wildcats.

                On top of all that, Emily was valedictorian at last week’s graduation ceremony!

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                  Tim Karas Appointed VP of Instruction at College of Alameda

                  20 May 2014

                  Tim Karas

                  The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees has confirmed the appointment of Tim Karas as the new Vice President of Instruction at College of Alameda. Tim will take up his duties at CoA on July 7.

                  Previously, Tim was with Mission College, beginning in 2005 as Director of Library Services. For the 2009-10 academic year, he held the position of Interim Dean of Instruction. In 2010 he accepted the Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts at Mission College. During this time he served on multiple accreditation site visit teams. He currently serves as Executive Board President of the Council of Chief Librarians: California Community Colleges.

                  Prior to Mission College, Tim was a tenured faculty member at the College of San Mateo. As a faculty member he participated on multiple committees including the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and College Council. Tim is active in the community having served as a Library Commissioner for the City of San Jose.

                  Previous to working in academia, he worked as a librarian for the City of Palo Alto and Redwood City. His educational background includes a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, a professional certificated in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt Sate University. He is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Education Program at Fielding Graduate University.

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                    PAAAA Honors 2014 Student Scholarship Recipients

                    12 May 2014


                    The Peralta Association of African American Affairs (PAAAA) held its 16th annual scholarship reception on Friday, May 2, 2014.

                    With a record number of applicants, PAAAA recognized nine African American students attending Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College, who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills, and community service in the various communities where they live, work and study.


                    Congratulations to the 2014 PAAAA Scholarship Recipients!

                    Berkeley City College: Robyn Walker, Troy Dotson & Theresa Ary

                    College of Alameda: Randi Elaine Stewart & Selma Adam

                    Laney College: Erica Thompson & Eddie Heard

                    Merritt College: Shalita Williams & Corey Spears


                    Since 1998, PAAAA has distributed over $65,000 in scholarships to Peralta students.

                    Click here to view pictures from this year’s reception.

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                      Brotherhood: Men of Color Initiative at College of Alameda, May 15

                      12 May 2014


                      Thursday, May 15, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the College of Alameda Cafeteria, Building F.

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                        Whisper of Hope dance performance at College of Alameda, May 9

                        8 May 2014

                        TiaHyVọngPosterFriday, May 9, 8:00 p.m. in the College of Alameda Dance Studio, G111

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                          2014 Summer Session: Intro to LGBTQ Literature at College of Alameda, June 16 – July 24.

                          7 May 2014

                          10329967_10203039279440592_863318905274334467_oStarting June 16 for the 2014 Summer Session at the College of Alameda. See flyer for details.

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                            Aviation Maintenance Technology Student at the College of Alameda Receives Scholarship

                            7 May 2014


                            Marie Beunaiche, a student at College of Alameda’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program was recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the Northern California Business Aviation Association, NCBAA.  Ms. Beunaiche is a reentry student seeking a second career.

                            This scholarship was awarded through Snap-On to help Marie purchase tools needed for the AMT program.  Along with the scholarship came mentoring from members of NCBAA to help Marie succeed in aviation maintenance.

                            Congratulations Marie on your achievement of this honor in the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program at College of Alameda.

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                              Expression is Life Fashion Show at College of Alameda, May 13

                              6 May 2014

                              Flyer (2)Flyer (2)Flyer (2)Flyer (2)Flyer (1)Tuesday, May 13, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the College of Alameda Quad.

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