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Arts & Culture – Eco Arts Matters Gallery at Laney College

3 November 2015


The Eco Art Matters class at Laney College covers the history of the environmental/social justice arts movement. Students take field trips, volunteer, watch documentaries and put together an eco art exhibit.

The students do extensive research on an important “matter” of their choosing, develop a proposal, and then create artworks, installations, visual presentations or performances which are installed by the artists and exhibited at a local gallery.

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    KQED Open Newsroom Event at Laney College

    2 November 2015



    Laney College is hosting the Oakland edition of the KQED Open Newsroom next week on November 4th!

    The Open Newsroom asks the question, “What can KQED News learn from you and your community?”

    This will be part of an ongoing series of forums which invite community leaders, newsmakers, local business owners and residents to pitch stories, meet journalists and build a relationships. In attendance will be KQED’s East Bay Desk team Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirksas well as morning newscaster Joshua Johnson and education reporter Ana Tintoclis. For the Oakland edition of the KQED Open Newsroom they would like to invite pitches around three themes:
    – Community and Policing
    – Jobs for Oaklanders
    ‎- School and ‎Education

    Please register now, click here.

    Check Laney’s social media pages for updates!
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      Peralta Community College District Receives $500,000 Grant For Career Technical Education

      26 October 2015


      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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        Student Spotlight – Maria Garcia Alvarez

        23 October 2015


        Maria found a future and career in a field that is both rewarding and stable through the HVAC program at Laney College. She takes time from her busy day to talk with Peralta TV about her experiences and rewards from remaining determined.

        The Environmental Control Technology Department (ECT) offers technical certificates and associate degrees in Residential and Light Commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) as well as Commercial HVAC systems, with new certificates and degrees in Building Automation Systems and energy management in development. Students in these programs learn the theoretical, technical and problem-solving skills essential for employment in the HVACR or controls industries. Students completing the curriculum can seek employment as refrigeration technicians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning technicians, sales engineers, equipment and system installers, parts persons, operations and maintenance technicians, building engineers, controls technicians, and energy specialists.

        The ECT Department occupies a space of over 8,000 square feet. The program provides theoretical content, and extensive hands-on labs on refrigeration systems, light commercial and commercial air conditioning and heating equipment, boilers, chillers, hydronic HVAC systems, and building automation control systems.

        For more information, click here

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          Peralta Matters – 2015 New Faculty, Part 2

          13 October 2015


          In our second episode highlighting some of the new full-time faculty that joined us this year, we meet Courtney Brown, Computer Science Instructor at Merritt College, displaying his enthusiasm for the new Cyber Security program they have created. Next up, Berkeley City College Counselor Catherine Nichols tells her story, from Vista student, through various departments and roles, and now a new full-time counselor. And finally, Reginald Constant, new Public Services Librarian at Laney College, explains his work and approach to helping our students get the most out of college.

          Did you miss Part 1? See it here.

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            Laney College Machine Technology Students To Get $24,000 In Scholarships

            12 October 2015

            MachineTech-1The Laney College Machine Technology Department is pleased to announce that $24,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Machine Technology students during the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. The announcement coincides with National Manufacturing Day, which takes place on October 2, 2015, and will be observed in the Bay Area and around the country through a variety of activities – 157 events are being held across California by companies and schools to highlight the careers and opportunities available in manufacturing.

            The scholarship funds for Laney College have been donated by the Gene Haas Foundation to help students pay for fees, books, tooling and other expenses necessary to complete their Machine Technology and Industrial Maintenance Certificates and Degrees. This is the third year of donations for student scholarships by the Gene Haas Foundation. The scholarship funds are administered through the Machine Technology Department and the Peralta Colleges Foundation.

            “We are proud of our Machine Technology leadership team, especially Chair Louis Quindlen, for consistently ensuring that our students and their success remain our central focus,” said Dr. Elnora Webb, President of Laney College. “Because of them, we have invaluable partners who consistently invest in the effectiveness of the program in order to prepare even more students to enter the workforce and help us lead in the areas of industrial and advanced manufacturing,” added Dr. Webb.

            National Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

            Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges, so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. The Laney College Machine Technology Department is proud to be a part of this effort.

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              Laney College Media Students to Receive Scholarships from National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

              12 October 2015

              WinnersThe Laney College Media Communication Department is pleased to announce that two students will receive scholarships from the San Francisco Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) on October 24th in San Francisco. NATAS is the organization that decides and hands out the Emmy Awards.

              Laney’s Michael Cotton (photo, left) is the recipient of a $2,000 Sheldon “Shelly” Fay Videography Scholarship. Fellow student Ryan “Remo” Fioroni (photo, right), who also takes classes at Berkeley City College, will receive one of the $3,000 scholarships underwritten by George Lang of The Big Picture; this scholarship memorializes two former KGO-TV Journalists.

              The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of NATAS, which includes northern part of California from Visalia to the Oregon Border, the entire state of Hawaii and the city of Reno, awards just seven scholarships (in the amounts of $2,000 and $3,000) to Bay Area college students per year. The Scholarship Panel could have awarded seven scholarships this year, but in keeping with the high standards enjoyed by the local chapter, the Scholarship Committee decided to award only those individual entries that rose to the highest professional level.

              “Each year we see the quality and aesthetic vision of these submissions edge closer to the work of the professional journalists in our market – a tribute to the excellent media education coming from our local colleges,” said NATAS National Trustee and Education Committee Chair, Steve Shlisky. Shlisky is a producer/editor at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland and a Professor at Laney College.

              The scholarships are given in recognition of superior video production, reporting, videography and overall excellence. The chapter awards these scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational and technical qualities of television. The scholarships are open to any Broadcast Media student in the chapter coverage area: From Fresno to the Oregon Border, the state of Hawaii and Reno, Nevada. The Peralta Colleges students are in great company with two Stanford recipients also receiving awards.

              “We are very proud of the achievement of our students,” said Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. “I want to thank the NATAS for its recognition of our deserving students.”

              Every candidate submitted a variety of their completed works, a letter of support from a faculty member or dean, a personal essay, a copy of their Grade Point Average (GPA) and transcripts to the twelve-member Scholarship Panel, which is a sub-committee of the NATAS Education Committee. The Panel screened DVDs or uploaded online videos of the entries and judged in six areas of excellence: Content, Execution, Creativity, Personal Essay, GPA, plus an overall score based on the quality of the entry materials. The panel then discussed, by conference call, the merits of each entry.

              The scholarships will be presented during the NATAS Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon on Saturday, October 24, 2015. For more information, see



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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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                  Peralta Matters – 2015 New Faculty, Part 1

                  24 September 2015


                  For the next 2 episodes of Peralta Matters, we are talking to new faculty at our four colleges. In this episode, meet Monique Inciarte, newly hired faculty in the Legal and Community Interpreting Department at Laney College, as she explains the opportunities in this growing field. Next up, Greg Schartz, new Geography instructor at both Laney College and College of Alameda, relates his experience teaching online classes. Bashir Shah, Merritt College Business Faculty, describes what it takes to succeed in business today. And Charity Clay, new Sociology professor at Merritt College, explains her courses and motivations.

                  See Part 2 here.

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                    Academic Excellence – Media Communications @ Laney College

                    2 September 2015


                    Whether you are interested in making movies or music videos, documentaries or YouTube, the Media Communications program at Laney College offers hands-on classes both behind and in front of the camera. Learn to write scripts, produce, direct, act and get your hands on top of the line equipment to make your vision a reality. Learn the skills you need to improve your skills and get jobs in this exciting industry. For more information, visit or call (510) 464-3550.

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                      Wondering about going to college?

                      24 August 2015



                      Our Host Brianna Rogers asks students on the Laney Quad “What would you tell someone who is wondering about going to college?”

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                        Congresswoman Barbara Lee at District Flex Day

                        18 August 2015

                        Welcome to a new school year! Please join faculty and staff in welcoming our new Chancellor, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., on District Flex Day, Wednesday August 19th, 8;30 a.m., at Laney College’s Odell Johnson Theatre. We’ll be joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and the Chancellor will present his State of the District address. 

                        If you cannot make Flex Day in person, you can watch the live video stream of the morning session starting at 9:00 am — with remarks from Congresswoman Lee, Board President Brown, Chancellor Laguerre and others — on the Peralta TV’s Youtube Channel: (Dr. Laguerre’s address begins at about 2:25:50, the Congresswoman’s remarks at 22:05 and President Brown’s at 38:10).


                        District Flex Day, August 19, Laney College

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                          District Flex Day, August 19, Laney College

                          17 August 2015

                          District Flex Day, August 19, Laney College


                          Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend District Flex Day on August 19, 2015, at Laney College in the Odell Johnson Theater, For more information, please visit

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                            Classes Start August 24 – Enroll Now!

                            7 August 2015

                            Our mobile-friendly class schedule makes it easy choose the classes you need at any of our four East Bay colleges. Visit to see all the classes offered at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College.

                            Then go to to apply and enroll. It’s that simple to get the classes you want at the Peralta Colleges.  

                            Enrollment Fall 2015 Social

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                              Welcome Corinthian College Students!

                              29 July 2015


                              Welcome Corinthian College Students!

                              High Skills, High Pay, High Job Demand for

                              Career Technical Education Students at Laney College

                              (California State approved Community College)

                              Classes Start August 24, Only $46/unit: Enroll Now!

                              – space is limited –

                              CLICK HERE ON HOW TO GET STARTED

                              …moreWelcome Corinthian College Students!

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                                • Peralta Colleges

                                  Wednesday 25 November 2015
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                                  The district comprises four campuses serving northern Alameda County.