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Berkeley City College 2017 Valedictorian Patrick Kruger

20 June 2017

Patrick Kruger followed his girlfriend from Minnesota to Berkeley in 2011 to support her educational goals and in doing so discovered his own. He was one of the writes behind The BCC Voice, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for two terms. He also served as a writing tutor in the BCC English Department and plans to continue his education in the fall at Columbia University. Congratulations!

    Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, Peralta News, Student Spotlight

    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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      Merritt College Honors its Valedictorians and Salutatorian

      30 May 2017

      High-Achieving Valedictorians and Salutatorian Highlight Merritt College’s 62nd Annual Commencement

       

      With the theme, “Moving In, Moving Through, Moving On,” Merritt College celebrated its 62nd Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 24. Out of a total of more than 900 students who received associate degrees or certificates or who will be transferring on to further their education, more than 350 participated in the ceremony. Honored during the ceremony were two valedictorians and the Salutatorian, all introduced by Dr. Jeffrey Lamb, Vice President for Instruction.

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      Valedictorian Asmita Neupane

      Valedictorian Asmita Neupane came to Merritt from her home country of Nepal. She achieved a 4.0 in her studies and received an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences with her ultimate dream goal of becoming a nurse. She is currently getting experience by volunteering at San Leandro Hospital.

      Valedictorian Anya Elizabeth Edwards majored in Administration of Justice and graduated with an Associate in Science for Transfer Degree with a 4.0 GPA. She will be transferring to Cal State East Bay and in the future plans to work in the law enforcement field.

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      Salutatorian Bernice Diaz Estrada

      Salutatorian Berenice Diaz Estrada was born and raised in Oakland and graduated from Oakland High School. She came to Merritt because of the excellent reputation of the Radiologic Science Program and is hoping to start the program soon. In the meantime, she has earned Associate Degrees in both Health Sciences and Natural Sciences and a Certificate in Teacher Assistant. She graduated with a 3.96 GPA.

      Commencement Speaker Dr. Siri Brown, a passionate and committed educator at Merritt who is currently serving as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, gave a truly inspirational speech honoring the graduates for their successes no matter how long it took, how many challenges they had to face, or how many people may have discouraged them.

      For the first time, Merritt’s newly appointed president, Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, presided over the ceremony.

      “It is an honor to have participated in this year’s Commencement ceremony and be surrounded by all of the students who worked so hard to get to this point,” says President Burns. “Whether they are getting associate degrees, certificates, or transferring, we are proudly looking forward to watching them achieve success beyond college and demonstrating how much Merritt College has changed their lives.”

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        Enroll now!

        23 May 2017

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        We change East Bay Lives at the Peralta Colleges!

        Sign up for classes TODAY at one of our four East Bay colleges:

        Berkeley City College
        College of Alameda
        Laney College
        and
        Merritt College

        Classes start August 21st

        We have SO MANY ways for you to get ahead
        Financial Aid
        THOUSANDS of classes to choose from
        Tutoring
        and so much more!

        CHANGE YOUR LIFE at the Peralta Colleges

        Sign up for classes TODAY: http://web.peralta.edu/enrollment-2/

        Like your future at the Peralta Colleges!

        Peralta Community College District

        Berkeley City College • College of Alameda • Laney College • Merritt College

        Berkeley City College: http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/
        College of Alameda: http://alameda.peralta.edu
        Laney College: http://www.laney.edu/wp/
        Merritt College: http://www.merritt.edu/wp/

        Financial aid: http://web.peralta.edu/financial-aid/

        THOUSANDS of classes to choose from: Fall 2017

        Sign up for classes RIGHT NOW at: http://web.peralta.edu/enrollment-2/

        For more information on the Peralta Colleges,
        please visit: http://web.peralta.edu

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          C-Direct TV: Marta Zielke

          23 May 2017

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          After leaving war-torn El Salvador for a better life in the United States, Marta Zielke used her passion for Psychology to become a counselor at Merritt College. After many years, she continues to help students find and reach their dreams at Merritt College, and pulls from her experience growing up throughout Latin America to help diverse Latino students navigate our Peralta Colleges. Chancellor Laguerre recognizes the hard and valuable service she provides to our students every day.

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            Peralta News: Merritt College Cybersecurity

            18 May 2017

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            Looking to start or find a new career? There are many reasons to look into the field of cybersecurity at Merritt. Cybersecurity is one of the FASTEST-GROWING careers in the country.

            Merritt’s fully accredited program can lead you on a career path toward working in software (Applications) or hardware (Infrastructure) – you can earn an Associate’s Degree in Applications and Infrastructure in just two years.

            You will be team-taught by industry experts, professionals and college instructors in a hybrid format, there are virtual lab assignments using online NETLAB+. The last three class terms are a combination of class lectures and labs as well as paid internships at local Bay Area companies to extend classroom learning and assistance landing a FULL-TIME JOB! In addition, the college offers employment workshops to prepare for internship interviewing and placement as well as access to the college’s Career Institute & Job Center.

            For further details on the cybersecurity program at Merritt College, please visit: http://www.merritt.edu/wp/securitypro…

            Questions? Contact Courtney Brown, Faculty or Program Coordinator, Anita M. Black:

            courtneybrown@peralta.edu
            ablack@peralta.edu

            For more information on the Peralta Colleges, please visit: http://web.peralta.edu

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              C-Direct TV: Tony Hampton

              16 May 2017

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              Continuing our series of conversations with outstanding employees, Chancellor Laguerre joins Network Support Service Specialist Tony Hampton in the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health building up at Merritt College. Tasked with supporting the growing number of Smart Classrooms, he works behind the scenes to make sure technology works to support learning at Merritt College.

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                Peralta News: Merritt College Pruning Club

                12 May 2017

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                Merritt College has been offering a fee-based series of classes in Aesthetic Pruning for more than 20 years, with a wide array of individual modules for all interests and levels of expertise. These classes, plus additional Horticulture classes and experience, can lead to a Department-issued Award in Aesthetic Pruning!

                For more information, please visit: http://merrittlandhort.com

                To sign up for classes or for general information about the Peralta College District, please visit: http://web.peralta.edu

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                  CTE Open House at Laney College, Saturday, April 29

                  25 April 2017

                   

                   

                  image002Don’t miss the CTE Open House at Laney College on Saturday, April 29. See this flier for details:

                   

                   

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                    Faculty Spotlight: BCC’s Rachel Mercy Simpson Receives AACC Faculty Innovation Award

                    24 April 2017

                    The American Association of Community Colleges has awarded its 2017 Faculty Innovation Award to Berkeley City College’s Rachel Mercy Simpson. The award recognizes faculty across the country who have demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of campus programs that have had a positive impact on the learning experience for students.

                    As co-chair of BCC’s Multi Media Arts department, Simpson is credited with promoting a culture of collaboration and inclusion and for piloting interactive teaching techniques that engage students in teamwork. BCC President Rowena Tomaneng said, “I have observed her passion for student equity and social justice, and she is constantly looking for ways to provide more access to students of color who are interested in pursuing careers in multi-media arts.” According to Tomaneng, Simpson’s influence on student learning is apparent. “The tone of the work produced by her students reflects the spirit of unity, caring and passion that she brings to this campus,” she said.

                    But Simpson’s work extends further than the classroom. Simpson organized a Multimedia Faculty Retreat where faculty learned how implicit biases could impact grading and expectations. Simpson invited students to share their experiences of prejudice and relay best practices that enabled them to succeed. She also designed several faculty trainings on how to engage students across varied experiences.

                    Since 2009, Simpson has been instrumental in transforming BCC’s Multimedia Arts program by developing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that focuses on sharpening technical skills while working as teams and mastering communication skills. Today, BCC’s Multimedia Arts program is one that is well respected by industry professionals who allow students to apply their learning beyond the classroom.

                    “My goal as co-chair of the Multimedia Department has been to create a top-notch community college media program that employs the arts as a gateway to rigorous and engaging academic and technical work, and to serve our diverse student body in preparing them for transfer and sustainable careers,” Simpson said.

                    Simpson was recognized for her award by AACC at its 97th annual convention in New Orleans on April, 24, 2017. Joining her at the ceremony were Board Vice President Meredith Brown and her husband Guy Bryant, Chancellor Jowel Laguerre and Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng. Congratulations, Rachel!

                     

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                      Academic Excellence: Bridge to Healthcare Careers at Merritt College

                      20 April 2017

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                      Academic Excellence: Bridge to Healthcare Careers at Merritt College

                      The healthcare sector is bursting with opportunity and Merritt College is here to give you what you need to succeed in our ‘Bridge to Healthcare Careers’ program!

                      The ‘Bridge to Healthcare Careers’ program will introduce students to healthcare careers as well as give the skills to succeed in college courses. It is geared toward those 18 and over who have a high school diploma or GED, unemployed or laid off, or are re-entry students, veterans, or those looking to change from a routine job to a professional career.

                      Participants take important life-skills classes like communications, college success, and CPR, as well as get hands-on experiences in a wide variety of Merritt’s healthcare training programs including:

                      Medical Assisting
                      Nursing
                      Radiologic Technician
                      Histotechnician
                      EMT
                      Dietician

                      Students also receive case-management style support, lunch, and other services.

                      Full tuition scholarships available with program eligibility! Eligible students can receive additional support through WIOA enrollment.

                      For more information on the “Bridge to Healthcare Careers” program, please visit: http://www.merritt.edu/wp/blog/bridge…

                      For more information on the Peralta Colleges, please visit: http://web.peralta.edu

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                        Faculty Spotlight: Daniela Nikolaeva Pachtrapanska, Laney College Graphic Arts

                        13 April 2017

                        DanielaDaniela Nikolaeva Pachtrapanskatakes some time out of her busy schedule teaching Graphic Arts courses at Laney College to share her success story with Peralta TV. During the dark communist era, she was at the frontline in the fight for democracy. She escaped the war-ridden Balkan Peninsula to pursue her creative passions and career in art. She painted and sold her artworks in Italy and France, taught design and languages classes at the ‘Place of Culture in Prague’, The Czech Republic and decided from there to immigrate to California. Once a student of the Peralta Colleges herself, she decided to give back to her Alma Matter and become a faculty member where she now teaches Design and Multimedia classes at Laney College!

                        Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/cVZC-LizLtk

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                          Faculty Spotlight: Merritt College’s Jason Seals

                          13 April 2017

                          Jason I Class photoAs coordinator of this year’s Black History Month activities, Jason Seals drew speakers from the Oakland community where he grew up. Many of the authors, teachers, leaders, activists, and artists who spoke to the Merritt community had either mentored him or helped shape his future in some way.

                          Jason credits their influence with who he is today: a newly tenured faculty member, instructor, and chair of African-American Studies Program at Merritt College. As he talks about the decisions he made early on, he knows that his life could have turned out very differently if it hadn’t been for the people who had influenced him the most—starting with the one living right there in his home growing up.

                          “My mother was a single parent raising me in Oakland when it was the murder capital of the world,” he says. “Most of my friends were getting into trouble and I could have walked left or walked right. But my mother always wanted me to go to college and always told me to be the best I could be, and I never forgot that. It was because of her that I went in the right direction.”

                          While at San Jose State University studying sociology, he got connected with Leadership Excellence, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering African-American youth for social and personal change (now called Flourish Agenda) that would jumpstart his career.

                          “I held every position working with kids, from basketball coach to camp director, and I also worked in the YMCA, mental health organizations, and juvenile hall while I was in college,” says Jason. “Being in those environments began to shape my love for working with youth.”

                          He also could empathize with many of the youth he was working with, knowing how easily his life could have turned out the same way.

                          “My father was incarcerated for the first 10 years of my life,” says Jason. “One of the hardest lessons to learn without a man in your life is how to become a man.” Jason says he could identify with the boys he worked with, adding, “I never looked at their case files because I didn’t want to be influenced by what they’d done. I just wanted to see the good in them.”

                          Through all of his experience and education, Jason also realized how much he loved to teach. So after completing a master’s program in Africana Studies on a full scholarship from CUNY, Albany, he packed up his Volkswagen, drove home, and started his career as a “freeway flyer,” teaching part-time at colleges scattered all over the Bay Area.

                          Jason was introduced to teaching at Merritt College in 2007 by an acquaintance named Siri Brown who asked him to teach a high-school dual-enrollment class in “Racism in America” at Skyline High School. And, after following that class with several more off- and on-campus, Jason was hooked. He became full-time at Merritt in 2013.

                          “I loved the students at Merritt, and I became passionate about developing my own style as a teacher to help them,” he says. “ I respect the fact that most students here have other responsibilities in addition to getting an education. They want to be here but they have ten other things on their plate. So we need to take that into account but also have high expectations for students. So it’s a balancing act. But overall I want to create a safe space for the students. Because if they don’t feel safe, how do they learn?”

                          In his role as department chair, Jason sees one of his strengths as working and helping the community where he grew up. “I want to address some of the disparities on this campus and in the community and create a pipeline for our young people who don’t think they can go to college,” he says. “If they can develop skills and cultivate leadership in their communities, they will be more likely to say ‘I have a future,’ instead of foregoing success for doing something they will regret.”

                           

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                            Laney College Receives $1 Million State Innovation in Higher Education Award

                            11 April 2017

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                            California’s Department of Finance announced on Tuesday, April 4, that Laney College was among 14 institutions to receive $1 and $2 million Innovation in Higher Education awards from the State’s $25 million special fund. The award promotes innovative planning at community colleges throughout California.

                            Laney was selected for its 5-year proposal to help diverse students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, succeed by providing them with greater access to high quality, touch-technology and SMART classroom cyber-learning environments beginning in the gateway discipline of biology. These points were highlighted for the selection committee by Executive Vice Chancellor Elnora Webb, biology instructor Doug Bruce, and lab coordinator Robert Tracy at Monday’s award session in Sacramento.

                            “This award will help bridge the digital divide that exists in many of the communities we serve and ensure all students receive a quality education that can lead to high-demand jobs in technology, biotechnology, bio manufacturing, and others,” said Laney President Tammeil Gilkerson. 

                            The winning proposal was collaboratively drafted by Dr. Webb, biology co-chairs Rebecca Bailey and Amy Bohorquez, and bio manufacturing program coordinator Dr. Leslie Blackie. Also involved were English instructor Tony Watkins who provided invaluable editing, and Math and Sciences Dean Denise Richardson for her support of this effort.

                            “I extend my congratulations to all of the winning districts and colleges for earning this prestigious and well-deserved award,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Boosting completion rates and reducing college costs are among the highest priorities for all three higher education systems in California. The schools recognized today are leading the way when it comes to making these twin goals a reality for this state.”

                            To read Laney’s proposal, go here: http://www.dof.ca.gov/programs/Education/Submitted_Applications_2017/documents/[14]_Laney_College.pdf

                            For more information about this award, contact Dean Richardson at drichardson@peralta.edu.

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                              Laney College Selected as Community College Innovation Challenge Finalist

                              11 April 2017

                              pocket_houseThe National Science Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, named ten finalists for the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge, including Laney College for its Pocket House Project that aims to overturn homelessness by using digital fabrication methods to create safe, inexpensive homes that are quick to manufacture and simple to assemble with minimal waste. You can read the full press release here: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191589&org=NSF&from=news

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                                • Peralta Colleges

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                                • Peralta Community College District

                                  The district comprises four campuses serving northern Alameda County.
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