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EJ Holowicki – Why I love Berkeley City College

9 February 2018


The renowned E.J. Holowicki, sound designer for Pixar and Lucasfilm, who has been nominated eight times for sound editing awards has come to Berkeley City College to share his experiences with Multimedia students!


Great sound design can mask poor performances and build suspense and drama. Sound hits us on a gut level and transforms our emotional response to a story. The sound design class at Berkeley City College is open to all. With a great mix of students that are both working industry professionals (like Dolby) and sound enthusiasts that just want to understand the concepts of sound better.


Berkeley City College, one of California’s 114 community colleges, is located at 2050 Center Street between Shattuck Avenue & Milvia Street in downtown Berkeley, in one of the world’s great education centers. In August 2006, the college moved to a newly constructed six-story, 165,000 square foot urban campus, only one-and-one-half blocks from the University of California at Berkeley. The college is part of the Peralta Community College District which includes College of Alameda, Laney and Merritt colleges.



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Report to our Community from Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees

30 January 2018


Meredith Brown, Board President, Area 2

Dr. William “Bill” Riley, Board Vice-President, Area 5

Bill Withrow, Area 1 – Linda Handy, Area 3 – Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Area 4

Karen Weinstein, PhD, Area 6 – Julina Bonilla, Area 7

Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, PhD

We welcomed the New Year and returning students, while rededicating ourselves to serving our learning community at the regularly scheduled Board of Trustee meeting on January 23, 2018. The Trustees will provide these regular updates to our partners in community organizations, business, labor, government and neighborhoods across the East Bay, so that we may continue to work together to improve student success.

Facilities Master Plan Draft

Trustees accepted the Draft Facilities Master Plan (FMP), with the goal of continuing to provide a quality learning and working environment. Collaborative efforts by administrators, faculty, staff and students assessed the District’s current and future needs. Technology and accessibility improvements coupled with necessary electrical and utility upgrades drive many of the projects. Kelle Lynch McMahon, Interim Director of Capital Projects, was joined by Suniya Malhotra, project manager with Steinberg Hart Architects, to present the Plan. Highlights presented for each College include:

  • Berkeley City College, Dr. Rowena Tomaneng, President: building out the third floor of the recently acquired Milvia Street property; reconfiguring the main building on Center Street
  • College of Alameda, Dr. Tim Karas, President: replacing the Aviation and Automotive/Diesel Complexes and building a Performing Arts Center
  • Laney CollegeTammeil Gilkerson, President and Stephen Corlett, Laney College facilities chair: adding a new STEAM Center and new Library Learning Resource Center
  • Merritt College, Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, President: renovating five buildings, replacing the Horticulture complex and adding a Kinesiology Physical Fitness area
  • Other: Renovating the 860 Atlantic Avenue building in Alameda to support the new Peralta Genomics Institute 

21st Century technology has changed teaching and learning requirements. New pedagogy calls for smart classrooms, upgraded libraries, and improved lecture, laboratory, and office space, as well as enhanced safety and environmental impact features. Under the Plan, each College will be upgraded, and facilities brought on line or improved.

Check out plans and drawings on our website.

Auditor’s Report

Vavrinek, Trine & Day LLP, the District’s auditing firm, presented the 2016-17 audit, a snapshot of the June 2017 year-end financial position, including accounting adjustments. The audit does not reflect measures that Peralta has implemented since June 30, 2017.

Trustee Bill Withrow commended Finance and Budget staff for addressing complex issues, and Trustees Julina Bonilla and Karen Weinstein encouraged continued progress in tracking expenditures and enrollment. The auditors review financial management annually, as well as compliance with state and federal laws. The District achieved an “unmodified” or highest rating in all but one category, owing to unpaid student debt. Throughout the recession, students had a higher rate of non-payment, and while the District continues to collect tuition and fees wherever possible, it was necessary to write off approximately $6 million in student debt dating back to 2009.

Despite this fact, our Peralta Colleges finished the year with a positive fund balance.

The audit’s good news is that our fund balance is healthier than previously thought. This reflects the prudent stewardship of the Office of Finance and Administration. At the same time, we recognize we need to continue to make needed improvements.

Read the complete Auditor’s report for June 30, 2017.

Water Career Pathways Consortium

During the recent drought, we learned just how important water resources and the systems that deliver them are to our region. In partnership with the West-Valley Mission Community College District, Peralta Colleges will receive a $150,000 grant to engage East Bay employers, including EBMUD, the Port of Oakland, school districts, and others in developing learning and employment opportunities for our students.

In memoriam

The Board adjourned in respectful memory of Phyllis Jones, a respected, long-time Peralta employee, and John Steiner, a Professor of Biology at College of Alameda.

Our next Board of Trustees meeting will be February 27, 2018. View the agenda at

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Romaneir Johnson appointed Peralta Community College District Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration

29 January 2018


The Peralta Colleges is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Romaneir Johnson to the position of Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration for the four-college district that includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland.


Of her new appointment, Ms. Johnson says: “As I approach a new and exciting opportunity to serve Peralta Community College District constituents, a quote from Alan Greenspan comes to mind: ‘It has been my experience that competency in mathematics, both in numerical manipulations and in understanding its conceptual foundations (accounting), enhances a person’s ability to handle the more ambiguous and qualitative relationships that dominate our day-to-day financial decision-making.’”


Romaneir Johnson was the State of Michigan’s Executive Director of the Financial Review Commission (FRC), which provides financial oversight of the city of Detroit’s finances. She was appointed by the Treasurer of the State of Michigan to implement programs pursuant to Public Act 181 of 2014. In part, Ms. Johnson oversees the finances of the Detroit Public Schools Community District in order to help ensure that the District is in compliance with applicable legislative statutes and administrative policies.


Prior to becoming Executive Director of the FRC, Romaneir has held a myriad of roles that range from Director of Finance to Chief Financial Officer. She has many years of experience in challenging times strategically leading deficit districts from K-12, Universities, and Community Colleges to becoming fiscally sound through budget cuts, budget realignment and negotiation of contracts. She has extensive experience leading teams of highly experienced financial professionals that were responsible for ensuring proficient financial reporting, compliance with regulatory standards and regulations; production of accurate and timely financial statements, and the creation of various revenue and budget reports..


Romaneir earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan, Dearborn, and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the Davenport University.


Romaneir Johnson

For more than 50 years, the Peralta Community College District has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Piedmont by providing 30,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities. To learn more, visit

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Nikki Lasley Named Peralta Colleges Foundation’s New Interim Executive Director

26 January 2018

Nikki Lasley is the newly appointed Interim Executive Director at the Peralta Colleges Foundation in Oakland, CA. She brings fifteen years of experience as an expert in educational philanthropy and innovative solution building. The Foundation supports four network schools within the Peralta Community College District: Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College. The Peralta College system provides accessible educational pathways for students of all ages and backgrounds via two-year degree programs, professional certifications, and more. Lasley will spearhead the Foundation’s core mission to increase programming and student scholarships throughout the four network colleges.


“Nikki brings compelling leadership, passionate commitment, and proven success in generating support for diverse student bodies,” Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, Ph.D., stated. “Nikki understands that education is the gateway to prosperity and the Peralta Colleges Foundation’s board bringing her on shows our commitment to investing in Peralta’s long-term financial health. We are so happy to have her on our team.”


Lasley notes, “As a first-generation college graduate, I am keenly aware of the power of education to change the trajectory of an individual, a family, and even a community.”  She adds, “I am also passionate about creating opportunities to learn for youth and adults alike who grew up as I did.” Creating avenues for community members to thrive is one of Lasley’s passions.


Previously Lasley led education initiatives at, managing the organization’s education strategy and implementation of’s largest STEM and education grants. Prior to joining, she served as Director of Local Engagement for GreatSchools where she worked to increase awareness of school quality and the importance of parent engagement. Nikki also served as the director of programs and assessment for the Stanford University-sponsored charter school in East Palo Alto and at the Stupski Foundation supporting district-wide reform across the country.


Nikki Lasley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory from University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the University of Connecticut. She currently lives in Oakland, CA, with her seven-year-old son.Nikki Lasley

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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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Kaiser is launching the 1st class of Peralta Corporate Scholars

5 January 2018

Located at Laney College in rooms F-204 and F-205, there are workshops coming up as part of the Peralta Corporate Scholars Program.

See the flyer here for more info

Workshop dates are
All workshops are from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and lunch will be served.
Peralta Corporate Scholars derived from the Work Force Development and Continuing Education department (WDCE) in partnership with Kaiser Permanente to provide a robust job training program for students looking to build their professional skills. Thirty students will participate in a comprehensive work training program that could lead to 10 students being selected for an 8-week paid internship opportunity at Kaiser Permanente in the Oakland area beginning June 2018. The program begins Friday, June 8th and includes students from all four colleges.
BACKGROUND DATA: Felicia Duncan, Program Manager for KP Launch, reached out to WDCE to offer intern positions for students that would provide non-clinical opportunities in the field of health. The goal is to build and sustain a diverse, culturally competent workforce for the future.  Providing students a chance to learn from inspiring administrative health professionals and leaders will support them in building a valuable professional network. Students also gain practical skills and work experiences by focusing on projects that matter.
The vision for KP Launch is to positively impact the lives of young adults from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in healthcare careers, and build a pipeline of diverse talent that will become future leaders in health care. The KP Launch program:
·        Introduces underrepresented and low-income student interns to careers in health professions.
·        Provides opportunities for interns to develop and foster professional and community leadership skills in a supportive environment.
·        Helps interns to obtain practical job skills and experiences that will help them successfully pursue employment in the health professions.
·        Encourages interns that face significant barriers in pursuing higher education and career development.

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32 Colleges Gather at Laney College BEST Center’s Annual Institute

5 January 2018

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On January 3-6, 2018, BEST Center will host its fourth Annual Institute for community and technical college educators home campus at Laney College in Oakland, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in Berkeley, CA. 43 faculty members from 32 U.S. colleges will be seeking to improve or start new programs in commercial HVAC, energy management, and building automation. This year’s Institute’s theme, “Buildings as Information Systems”, intends to draw a clear, direct line from managing high-performance buildings and to enhancing energy conservation and occupant health. Jerry Yudelson, author of Reinventing Green Buildings, will provide the keynote address while focusing on green building and energy management trends.

Greeted by Peralta Community College District Chancellor, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., participants This year will explore hear from many leading experts the theme through special guests and explore, tailored activities tailored for classroom use and peer-to-peer presentations. 

“Laney College and Peralta have been a leader in sustainability,” Chancellor Laguerre said. 

“We are pleased the BEST center has continued to be a magnet for educators all over the United States to learn about and debate issues that befall us as a community.  Their exploration on how to reform the preparation of building engineers and maintenance workers is a good example of preparing the adequate workforce for today and tomorrow,” the Chancellor added. 

Here are some highlights of this year’s event:


  • Virtual tools for teaching retro-commissioning and controls.
  • Hands-on networking and programming of open architecture building control systems.
  • Troubleshooting exercise at LBNL’s FLEXLAB to study Microgrids and energy storage: A way to optimize building performance while being resilient in case of catastrophic events.
  • FLEXLAB data-loggers activity: A troubleshooting exercise to demonstrate the impact of HVAC economizers. 
  • Berkeley LabLBNL presentations on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, battery storage, building energy management tools and techniques, and battery storage research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Microgrids and energy storage for integration of local renewable energy sources and enhancing building resilience. 
  • Energy audit of Logic Blocks: Hands-on teaching techniques to show open access architecture for controls systems software.
  • Peer-to-peer presentations on Leveraging best practices in curriculum development, hands-on lab activities, student recruitment, program development and BAS integration into commercial HVAC curriculum 
“BEST Center is always excited to bring together its educators who have been instrumental to the growth of our cutting-edge programs and student success,” says Peter Crabtree, BEST Principal Investigator and Laney’s Dean of Career and Technical Education. “As their workforce ages, employers are simultaneously challenged to find the next generation of technicians who can support innovative building technologies and a vibrant commercial marketplace. In response, our faculty has committed to invigorate their curricula and supply companies with graduates possessing the advanced technical skills so badly needed.”
About BEST Center: 
The Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center supports publicly funded 2-year colleges with programs in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R), building automation controls, and energy/facilities management. Sponsored by Advanced Technological Education grants from the National Science Foundation, this national collaborative promotes state-of-the-art building technician education and dissemination of the latest research, technology, and industry collaborations in energy-efficient buildings.


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Classes Starting January 22: Apply and Enroll Now!

22 December 2017

With classes starting on JANUARY 22, it is never too early to apply and enroll at the Peralta Colleges.
Get the classes you need now.
Apply and enroll right here:
Our colleges and district offices will be closed for the holiday break until January 3, 2018.
Happy Holidays!

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A Statement from the Chancellor

6 December 2017


Peralta Community College District

Board of Trustees




At a special meeting on December 5, 2017, Chancellor Laguerre provided the Board of Trustees with an update on the terms of the community engagement plan. The Board provided direction to the Chancellor to discontinue planning for a community engagement process on a possible baseball stadium.


The District will work with its students, faculty, staff, administrators and community to reimagine the District’s needs and assess the resources to meet them. We will develop a robust and inclusive engagement process to assess our needs and partnerships aligned with our mission.


The Board of Trustees will continue due diligence in determining the costs and benefits of potential development.


We look forward to continued partnerships that enrich the learning experience of our students and the community we have served for more than fifty years.



Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

December 6, 2017

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Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration Open Forum

1 December 2017

Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration


Public Forum

Date: December 5, 2017

Everyone is invited to meet the candidates for the next Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration position.

Please join us in an open forum as the three candidates share their vision and goals.

When: Tuesday, December 5th

Location: Board Room


Peter Fawzi – 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Eric Broque – 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Romaneir Johnson – 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Peter Fawzi



Peter Fawzi

Peter is a global finance and accounting professional with over 20 years’ experience successfully leading large-scale operations across numerous industries, regions, and companies, including DPR Construction, Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, Roche, and eBay. Most recently at PayPal, where he led Global Business Services, Peter was responsible for the daily management, compliance and transformation of General Ledger, Payroll, Procure-to-Pay, Corporate Travel and Credit Card programs with service centers across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Specializing in business process and system transformation, Peter has developed, led and implemented a wide array of strategic optimization initiatives; from rebuilding financial shared services organizations after mergers or separations of public companies, to developing and remediating controls to achieve SOX certification at one of America’s largest healthcare organizations.

Peter received his Master’s in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and his B.S. in Accounting from San Jose State University. He serves as a volunteer Board member on the Gubbio Project, a San Francisco based 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to providing vital and compassionate services to the homeless.

Eric Broque

Eric Broque

Eric Geoffrey Broque began his career in higher education at the University of Vermont where he earned his MPA while working in the budget office and serving on its first committee on socially responsible investing. He came to UC-Berkeley as Assistant Provost in the College of Letters & Science and left as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget & Administration, overhauling the financial management of both L&S and the 13 professional schools through enhanced analysis and deep faculty collaboration. As a co-creator of the campus Management Academy and frequent instructor he promoted professional development and recognition of staff achievement. At Stanford he led the Academic Planning Project generating studies of financial aid, models for tuition pricing and assessment of academic productivity, each designed to drive resource allocation and to establish a policy framework to guide discussion of key strategic issues. Among his work for professional associations he served the Society for College and University Planning as chair of its Resource and Budget Planning Academy.

Moving outside academia Eric held financial leadership positions at some of the Bay Area’s most prominent institutions, as well as for innovative grassroots organizations, working across a variety of fields including the arts, conservation, education, affordable housing, and human services. Most recently at the James Irvine Foundation in addition to fiscal management Eric had responsibility for the diligent review of prospective grantees financial condition. Eric’s consulting projects include advising executives and boards in the arts and the progressive community, and he currently serves as a board member and Treasurer for Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living.

Romaneir Johnson

Romaneir Johnson

Romaneir Johnson is the State of Michigan’s Executive Director of the Financial Review Commission (FRC), which provides financial oversight of the city of Detroit’s finances. She was appointed by the Treasurer of the State of Michigan to implement programs pursuant to Public Act 181 of 2014. In part, Ms. Johnson oversees the finances of the Detroit Public Schools Community District in order to help ensure that the District is in compliance with applicable legislative statutes and administrative polices. During her professional career, Ms. Johnson has served in a myriad roles that range from Director of Finance to Chief Financial Officer. She has extensive experience leading teams of highly experienced financial professionals that were responsible for ensuring proficient financial reporting, compliance with regulatory standards and regulations; production of accurate and timely financial statements, and the creation of various revenue and budget reports.

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Peralta News: It’s the season of civic engagement at Peralta Colleges

16 November 2017

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 12.54.34 PM (2) The Sierra Club honored Merritt College’s Environmental Justice Program with an “Emerging Voices Youth Award” last month. Leading the college delegation in receiving the award was college president Marie-Elaine Burns, fourth from the right. (Courtesy of William Wilson)


Enjoy this month’s newspaper column which was published in the East Bay Times and our local newspapers on Friday. 

It’s the time of the year to reflect back and give thanks. And this fall brings a busy season of civic engagement at our local community colleges – College of Alameda, Oakland’s Laney and Merritt colleges and Berkeley City College. Isn’t that what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about?


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A letter from Chancellor Laguerre to A’s president Dave Kaval

19 October 2017

At their regular scheduled meeting on October 10, 2017 the Board of Trustees had its first opportunity to discuss the letter the district received from the Oakland A’s. In response to that discussion, Chancellor Laguerre sent the A’s president David Kaval the following letter.


Letter from Chancellor

Opportunity Assessment Process Document

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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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Clery Act Report

28 September 2017

You can read Peralta’s Annual Security Report, pursuant to the Clary Act, by following this link : 

2017 Annual Security Report

or on the Peralta Police Services website

This version of Peralta’s Clery Act Report report is ADA accessible.



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Merritt College open today

26 September 2017

Merritt College is reopened today, September 27, 2017. It was closed September 26 due to a fire approximately one mile southwest of the campus. The college was not currently endangered by the fire, but it was evacuated as a safety precaution.

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