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College of Alameda 2017 Valedictorian Fudhah Al Khafaji

20 June 2017

Fudhah Al Khafaji grew up in Iraq, lived in Jordan for seven years and moved to the United States four years ago. With her degree in Biology from College of Alameda, she plans to work in the pharmaceutical industry designing new drugs. She will transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall to study Chemical Biology. Congratulations!

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    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 gong to church, mentoring youth and spending time with her seven children and six grandchildren. She will trainsfer this fall to Cal State East Bay to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Congratulations!

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      Merritt College 2017 Valedictorian Asmita Neupane

      20 June 2017

      Coming to Merritt College from her home country of Nepal, Asmita Neupane is one of two Valedictorians at Merritt College earning 4.0 GPAs. She received an Associates Degree in Health Sciences with the goal of becoming a nurse. She supplements her classwork by volunteering at San Leandro Hospital. Congratulations!

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        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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          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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            Merritt College Interim President Selected

            26 July 2016

            Marie-Elaine_BurnsThe Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., has announced that Marie-Elaine Burns has been selected as the Interim President of Merritt College. Dr. Burns, who most recently was Vice-President for Special Services at San Jose City College, begins her tenure at Merritt on August 2.

            Marie-Elaine Burns is an educational leader who is visionary, energetic, and passionate. While adaptable to change, she is a risk taker/entrepreneur; not afraid to explore an idea different from her own or to encourage others to try their ideas. She encourages and supports innovation and creativity.

            Dr. Burns’ leadership style is characterized by respect, inclusiveness, transparency, collaboration, effective listening skills, and participatory governance. She is committed to equity and student success. Contributing to a positive impact on students has always been integral to the decisions she makes as a college leader.

            Having worked in higher education for many years, Dr. Burns has been responsible for college access, student retention, support services, transfer and graduation success which are major components of student success. She worked at universities and colleges throughout the state which include but are not limited to the following: San Francisco State University which provided her first opportunity to teach; California State University at Long Beach where she assisted the Director in training college and university learning assistance professionals (faculty, coordinators and practitioners) from countries around the world; at Skyline College in San Bruno she was the Director of The Learning Center and the Student Support Services TRIO program and lead the establishment of the Jump Start Program for high school students that continued long after she left the college; and Foothill College in Los Altos Hills where Dr. Burns was Dean of the Middlefield Campus and established the successful Dare to EXCEL program for high school students with a grade point average of 2.0 and below.

            As Vice-President of Student Affairs at San Jose City College (SJCC), Marie-Elaine Burns developed a vision and championed core values for student affairs and cultivated an effective Student Affairs management team. Under her leadership the College opened a Veterans Resource Center; the Annual African American/Latino/Pacific Islander/Native American Male Summit was established and led by her for six years; the Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHSAC) was established and is running effectively; she developed the first online student support services which assisted the College in being released from an accreditation sanction; and she co-chaired the Student Success & Equity committee as well as led the development of both the initial SSSP and Equity plans.  

            Dr. Burns’ postsecondary educational accomplishments include a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, cum laude; a Master’s of Science Degree in School Management & Administration, summa cum laude and a Doctorate in Institutional Management, magna cum laude, both from Pepperdine University.

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              Video: Bay Area Native C.J. Anderson Began His NFL Journey At Laney College

              4 February 2016

              Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will play in Super Bowl 50, right in his backyard. NESN.com’s Ashley Allen spoke with some of Anderson’s former coaches — including Coach Beam — and teammate at Laney College. Don’t miss this video.

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                Chancellor Search Public Forum

                12 February 2015

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                The Peralta Community College District  will be conducting  a  public forum on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the Boardroom, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, for community input and feedback concerning the search for a chancellor. The forum is being facilitated by Community College Search Services.

                The forum is open to everyone.

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                  Chancellor Search Survey Part II

                  11 February 2015

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                  Chancellor Search Survey Part II

                  On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District selected a search consulting firm, Community College Search Services, to commence with a search for the selection of the next Chancellor for the District. This is an important position, as the next Chancellor will be tasked to lead the college district in accomplishing its strategic goals and institutional objectives.

                  As part of the Board’s process to obtain community-wide input and feedback to help develop the position announcement, we ask that you take a few moments to answer the questions below. Your responses will be shared with the Board of Trustees and used to help develop the Chancellor search brochure. The Board anticipates the next Chancellor will start on or about July 1, 2015.

                  Please follow the below link and complete the Chancellor Search Survey Part II by Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

                  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7S9VDGT

                  Thank you.

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                    Chancellor Search Survey Part I

                    9 February 2015

                    PCCD_AnnouncementChancellor Search Survey Part I

                    On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District selected a search consulting firm, Community College Search Services, to commence with a search for the selection of the next Chancellor for the District. This is an important position, as the next Chancellor will be tasked to lead the college district in accomplishing its strategic goals and institutional objectives.

                    As part of the Board’s process to obtain community-wide input and feedback to help develop the position announcement, we ask that you take a few moments to answer the questions below. Your responses will be shared with the Board of Trustees and used to help develop the Chancellor search brochure. The Board anticipates the next Chancellor will start on or about July 1, 2015.

                    Please follow the below link and complete the survey by Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

                    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FBL68QX

                    Thank you.

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                      Student Government

                      28 October 2014

                       

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                        Peralta News – APASS Program at Laney College

                        19 June 2014

                        The Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) initiative, is designed to enhance the capacity of Laney College to serve its large and diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) student population, increasing student engagement and improving educational outcomes for this student cohort. Visit APASS online for more details.

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                          Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Mirko Ranieri

                          22 May 2014

                          Mirko Ranieri

                          Mirko Ranieri, who is Berkeley City College President’s Award winner for the Class of 2014, will graduate tonight with a business administration degree. While at BCC, Mr. Ranieri turned his many economic challenges into a series of academic and career-building opportunities. The 22-year-old international student, whose second language is English, was born and raised in Italy. He has just been accepted to UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and to Harvard University.

                          Mirko’s unique background had him preparing for a professional soccer career in Italy at age 16 when he was recruited by Tottenham Hotspur, an English Premier League soccer club, to train as a goalkeeper. He was required to learn English, leave his working class family in Italy, and almost failed to graduate from high school. But each night, after a full day of soccer practice, Mirko would study and in summer 2011, took his high school exams and earned his diploma. Shortly thereafter, an accident halted his soccer career forever: He collided with a player on an opposing team and broke the ligaments in his knee.

                          “The dream that took me out of my Italian home was shattered,” he recalled. “After extensive research, I learned that the Peralta colleges, surrounded by the Bay Area’s spirit of innovation, provided exactly what I was looking for.”

                          Even though there was no money for college, he enrolled at Berkeley City and budgeted his life “down to the last penny.”

                          “Establishing a foundation for living in America has been my hardest challenge,” he noted. But, undaunted, Mirko turned those challenges into impressive accomplishments. While at BCC, he founded the college’s Business and Finance Club; was elected president of BCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor students’ society and was a member of BCC’s Student Ambassador Corps. He also was and continues to be active in the National Association of Black Accountants.

                          He has won scholarships from the National Association of Black Accountants, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and is a finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship.

                          “I was looking for a second chance at success and came here to prove myself,” he said.  “Berkeley City College and Peralta gave me everything: resources, classes, people who could help me out and give good advice about my future. They helped me to jump out of my comfort zone.”

                          That future will be as an entrepreneur, devising technologies that can make the world a better place.   “Dream big and be a go-getter; if you work hard, you can achieve a lot,” he advised.

                           

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                            Merritt College’s Kemarley Brown Earns World Record

                            22 May 2014

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                            As Coach Brock Drazen reports, the Merritt College Track and Field team had an eventful state championship this past weekend highlighted by Kemarley Brown’s world leading, national community college record 9.93 seconds wind legal time in the 100m race.  Kemarley, pictured at this week’s graduation with Coach Brock Drazen, came back an hour later with a win in the 200m (wind aided 20.29) and was named male athlete of the meet when all was said and done.

                            Sometime about 12 hours later, American sprinter Justin Gatlin won a Diamond League 100m race in Shanghai in 9.92 to claim the world lead not before the television crew spoke about Kemarley and his feat from a day earlier.  While big news for our program, school, district and in the USA, this is a HUGE story in Jamaica where you may know that track and field is a national past time.  Kemarley will return to Jamaica and will participate in his country’s national championship. He has been invited just this morning by Nike to compete in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR (Track Town USA) in less than two weeks and has been getting nonstop contacts from people around the world.  This has been a thrilling ride for all of us and know that our students have handled the focus with great pride, humility and with abundant pleasure.  Kemarley’s growth and maturity, physically and mentally has been visible in these past two years and I can assure you that the foundation of his success is a built on the many contributions small and large, subtle and obvious of so many people working at Peralta and at Merritt.

                            Tony Parnell also came up big with a 4th place finish in 10.43, an impressive performance from a hard working, determined guy who trained consistently always with an eye on reaching his maximum potential.  By finishing in the top 4, Tony becomes a community college All-American.  All 4 members of our 4x100m relay, Parnell, Brown, Tom Jacobs and Rajee Orr were also named All-American after finishing 2nd in the relay at state.  It was momentarily disappointing for all of us as we had fended off all community college challengers all season long until this final race (including besting Mt. Sac twice during the season).  Nonetheless, we set a season best mark in the race (40.22) and could only congratulate Mt. Sac  on achieving their season best mark (40.09) to win the title.  I still have to post the 200m race but below are two versions of the 100m and the relay.  Overall, Merritt finished 6th at the meet behind two Norcal teams (American River and Sequoias) and three Socal teams (Riverside, Cerritos and Mt. Sac).  Defeating the likes of SF City again and realizing that neither Chabot nor DVC had anyone make the state championship is a feather in our recruiting cap–and it’s that time of year.

                            Eight members of the track team are  are graduating this year:  Tony Parnell, Leo Theus III, Tamba Smith, Aliyah Wilkins, Rajee Orr, Kemarley Brown, Gary Moore and Tom Jacobs (Fall ’14).  This will make 32 transferring graduates since 2010.

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                              APASS Recognition Ceremony at Laney College, May 21

                              12 May 2014

                              apassWednesday, May 21, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Laney College Bistro. RSVP today!

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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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