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Peralta News: Laney Journalism

1 February 2018

The Journalism Department at Laney College offers practical newspaper experience and academic preparation for students preparing to transfer to four-year institutions.  Emphasis is placed on new technologies and preparation for media jobs in a computer-oriented society.  Additional areas of study include journalism history, ethics, law, and the role of the press in our society.
For more information on the Journalism Department or the official award-winning student newspaper of Laney College, ‘Laney Tower’ please visit:

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Get Help Enrolling at Super Saturdays : January 20 & 27

16 January 2018

Super Saturdays
January 20 & 27, 9am – 1pm

Admissions, orientation, assessment, counseling, financial aid, and the cashier’s office will be available at all four campuses to provide personal assistance with Spring admissions and enrollment.

Prepare for Saturday


In order to complete all of the necessary steps within a Super Saturday, it is recommended that you review the Application & Enrollment Steps webpage and complete the OpenCCC/CCCApply online application (Step 1) at least 24 hours before attending. This way your Student ID will be ready and you can get started on the next steps upon arrival!

OpenCCC/CCCApply Online Application Assistance:

Please arrive early in the day if you would like assistance with the online application (Step 1). You will need an email address (gmail and yahoo are popular services), accurate date of birth, dates of previous high school/college enrollment, and social security number (required only if applying for financial aid) to apply.

Orientation, Assessment, Counseling:

Bring a valid ID (Driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID, student ID card) and any high school (within 10 years) or college transcripts you would like to be used for placement or development of your educational plan with your counselor. Unofficial or official transcripts are both accepted, however, official transcripts are recommended so that they can be kept in our database. You may also bring assessment test results from another instution from within the last three years.

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Laney Vice President of Student Services Finalists Public Forum

1 December 2017

Vice President of Student Services Finalists

Public Forum

Date: November 9, 2017

Laney College faculty, classified staff, and students are invited to meet the candidates for the next Vice President of Student Services position.

Please join us in an open forum as the four candidates share their vision and goals for student services at Laney.

When: Thursday, November 9th

Location: Tower Administration Building, 8th floor, Room T-850.


Dave Belman – 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Vicki Ferguson – 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Mildred Lewis – 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

David Belman 

David Belman

Dave Belman has 16 years of experience providing progressively responsible student-centered leadership in higher education. He currently serves as the Dean of Student Success at Los Medanos College where he previously served as the Director of Student Life & Transfer Programs, HSI Grant Transfer Readiness Director and Faculty Director of Student Life. His experience also includes multiple coordinator and teaching roles at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of the Pacific.

In his current position, Dave is responsible for eight Student Services areas at a community college serving more than 12,000 students each year, as well as five learning communities (with more than 1,000 students involved) and the student conduct process. Additionally, he has provided leadership for major institutional planning efforts including Student Equity, Student Success & Support Program (SSSP), Integrated Planning, and enhancing high school articulation and dual enrollment programs in East Contra Costa County.

Dave is a proud product of the community college system having attended multiple community colleges before transferring to the University of the Pacific where he earned a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Educational Administration (with a concentration in College Student Affairs).

Dave is a student-centered, social justice minded educator who is continually working to design and implement innovative approaches to supporting student success by providing transformational experiences for students that lead to equity and excellence, with a high focus on integrating student services and instructional efforts.

Vickie Ferguson


Vickie Ferguson

Vicki Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL) and a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL).

Vicki began her career in higher education over 15 years ago, serving as a counselor at her alma mater, Jacksonville State University, and as the TRIO coordinator at River Parishes Community College located in Sorrento, LA. After relocating to the East Bay in the spring of 2003, Vicki began her California community college career trajectory at Contra Costa College. She was hired as an Adjunct Counselor, teaching college success and career courses and counseling students in the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) department. She became a full-time EOPS Counselor in 2006.

As a result of her dedication to the college and her passion for helping CCC students, Vicki was soon recruited into the ranks of management. In 2007, she was hired as the EOPS/CARE Manager, a position she served in for four years. With the retirement of the Dean of Student Services in 2011, Vicki was selected by the college president to serve as the Acting Dean. In 2013, she was hired for the permanent position as Dean of Student Services, where she continues to serve to this day.

As the Dean of Student Services, she has led the Student Services Division, which includes Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Disabled Students Program and Services, EOPS, CalWORKs, Student Life, Assessment, Counseling, and other onsite community partnerships with the purpose of providing resources to students. She has developed policies and procedures for student resources, such as shower access for homeless students and a lactation room for students and employees. She has served on participatory governance committees, such as Enrollment Management and College Council at both the college and district levels. She has served as the Title IX Coordinator and Student Conduct Officer, collaborating with Athletics, Police Services, and other departments, and providing professional development to the entire campus. She has also led state-wide student initiatives on the campus, such as the implementation of the Student Success and Support Program, which involved a wholesale restructuring of the Super Saturday Student Orientation Program.

Vicki believes passionately in the California community college system, not only as a place where students receive academic instruction, but where they grow and develop their full human potential.


Dr. Mildred Lewis

Dr. Mildred Lewis

Mildred S. Lewis currently serves at the Dean of Enrollment Services & Director of EOPS/CARE Program at Laney College leading a complex 3.2 million dollar portfolio to enhance and improve student access, equity and completion. In her capacity as a Dean, her accomplishments range from serving as the administrative lead transitioning the financial aid department from manual processing of federal financial aid to automated People Soft Financial Aid Module implementation; leading professional development training through the lens of cultural sensitivity for classified student service professionals during spring break 2015 by hosting Diego Navarro’s Academy for College Excellence four day experiential learning institute as well as promoting student success engagement strategies in her educational portfolio.

In addition to her student service background serving a diverse and multicultural student body and participating in shared governance committees, Mildred facilitates a graduate seminar course at Mills College on Issues and Trends in the Community College System supporting the educational preparation for current community college administrators and aspiring administrators. She also taught at Laney College as an adjunct faculty member in the Philosophy/Humanities department for two semesters and guest lecturer and facilitated class discussions on Poetic Narrative, Karl Marx: Alienation of the Worker and Liberation Theology as Philosophy.

Mildred earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland, California. She also earned a Master of Art’s degree in Educational Leadership at Mills College, a Master of Art’s degree in Theology at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco California. Prior to graduate school, Mildred earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Philosophy and Religion at San Francisco State University and an Associate in Art’s degree in French at College of Marin, Kentfield, California.

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Free Leadership Conference at Laney College

18 October 2017

"Knowledge is Power:" Free Leadership Conference

Peralta Community College District in Partnership with Civic Pride Hosts Free Leadership Conference

What: “Knowledge is Power” free leadership conference. Attendees can learn about STEM, Internships, Colleges & Universities, Careers, Trades, Leadership Development, Financial Tools & Scholarships, Community Service and more.

Who: Peralta Community College District in partnership with Civic Pride.

When/Where: The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Theater at Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland 94607

Event Schedule:

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast*, Interactive Panels, Engaging


11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch* and College, Career & Community

Resource Fair

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Exciting Youth Showcase, Youth Leadership Awards, Essay Contest Prizes, and Raffle.

*Breakfast and lunch requires pre-registration by 10/16/17 at

Event only registration begins 10/17/17 also at

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Peralta Night with Laney College Football

21 September 2017

Come cheer Laney “Peralta” football against Contra Costa College the last institution where President Gilkerson was a VP.  We want to compensate Contra Costa with a Laney win.  We plan to recognize some of our employees.  We want to make it a real Peralta Family night.  Please come and cheer your students on to victory!


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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:


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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!



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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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.”


Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College

Laney College 2017 Valedictorian Pauline Johnson

20 June 2017

Pauline Johnson is a native of San Francisco, where her painful and abusive upbringing led her down the wrong path. She turned her life around, enrolling at Laney College and being a walking testimony helping others see that it is possible. She enjoys going to church, mentoring youth and spending time with her seven children and six grandchildren. She will transfer this fall to Cal State East Bay to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Congratulations!

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