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District seeks volunteers for Citizens’ Oversight Committees

15 April 2019

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is seeking district residents to serve on its Measure G Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Measure E Citizens’ Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

During the election of Nov. 2018, Northern Alameda County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure G, the District’s $800 million bond proposal to facilitate improvements to facilities and new construction. Voters also approved Measure E, extending the current $48 per parcel tax to supplement funding for core academic programs at the Peralta Colleges, which include Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland.

“The District is indebted to the community for its overwhelming support and grateful for continued confidence and trust in our mission to provide accessible, high-quality higher education, career training and work force development,” said Frances White, Ph.D., acting chancellor, Peralta Community College District. “The District remains committed to delivering an exceptional return on investment, and this support will bring much-needed improvements to our colleges, allowing us to address several priorities over the next five-to-seven years and better serve our multicultural communities. Along with this opportunity, comes responsibility.”

According to Chancellor White, the Peralta Community College District “is committed to responsible stewardship of all bond and parcel tax funds.” Measures G and E adhere to all accountability standards governing the management of these programs. Two separate Citizens’ Oversight Committees, comprised of members of the community, will provide bond and parcel tax oversight, reviewing all expenditures to ensure alignment with the ballot text.

Candidates appointed to the independent, volunteer oversight committees review and report to the public on the District’s bond and parcel tax expenditures, respectively. Applicants must reside in the District’s service area, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont. Applicants may not be an employee, contractor, consultant or vendor of the District. Deadline for application submission is June 1, 2019.

Additional information and applications to serve on a committee may be found online at: http://web.peralta.edu/bond-reports/

With the passage of the bond issue, the District will address several priorities over the next five-to-seven years. Many new facilities will be built or refurbished, including a new library at Laney College and a new child development center at Merritt College.

“We are committed to ensure public oversight with the highest degree of integrity to ensure students are our number one priority,” added Chancellor White. “We are humbled and inspired to move forward with our projects and hope East Bay residents will follow us on our journey.“

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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Oakland magazine features Merritt’s Natural History Program

3 April 2019

Merritt College Is Training the Next Generation of Naturalists

The Oakland community college has a new program for park rangers, interpretative guides, urban farmers, environmental consultants, park managers, and more, and seeks to attract people of color.

When you picture a career in the natural sciences, the image most likely involves years of academia, multiple degrees, and groundbreaking research at world-class universities.

That certainly may be the top-of-the-career-food-chain goal for many, but there’s an entire ecosystem of jobs out there in the natural world — from park ranger and interpretative guide to urban farmer, environmental consultant, park manager, and more.

To get an entry-level foot in one of those doors, check out the new Natural History & Sustainability program at Merritt College (Merritt.edu/wp/nhs). The interdepartmental program, which kicked off with a soft launch of course work last fall, is a rarity at the community college level, said the program’s director, Brad Balukjian. It aims to prepare students for the workforce through sound academics, but also by getting their hands dirty with field work in activities like rebuilding hiking trails or restoring wildlife habitats.

“With the green emphasis in today’s world, a lot of government agencies are needing more people, whether its regional parks or state or national parks, not to mention nonprofits, environmental consulting firms — there are so many nonacademic jobs out there, but so few training programs for these kinds of jobs,” said Balukjian, who holds a doctorate in entomology and also started the Ph.D. program in environmental science, policy, and management at UC Berkeley more than a decade ago.

“While the research universities turn their backs on the traditional ‘ology’ classes like herpetology or ornithology, we have a unique opportunity to double down on them,” he wrote on the department’s website. “It’s nice to know signatures of population structure in the genome of the acorn woodpecker, but what good is it if you don’t know what an acorn woodpecker is?”

The new program offers course work in three tracks — natural history/resources, conservation/resource management, and urban agroecology. Current courses will count toward certificates of achievement that are being developed for each track and should be in place by the spring 2020 semester.

The East Bay Regional Park District has partnered with Merritt to develop this practical approach to environmental education. “One of challenges we’ve had is not having a training program locally that would prepare youths to compete for these kinds of jobs in the park district,” said Jim O’Connor, the district’s assistant general manager.

“I see this program as giving them the basics, the conservation history and background, but also things like park operations, interacting with customers, running campgrounds, resource management work, public safety,” O’Connor said. “Students will actually go out to the parks and do work, help build a trail, put up some fence lines, help staff a special public event. Then, when jobs come available, they’ll be coming in with some really valuable skills.”

Courses range from core topics like geology and marine biology to Indian Ecology of the Central Coast, Natural History of the Islands of California, and even art classes on botanical drawing.

Jenna Tidd of Walnut Creek started taking classes in the program last fall to “attempt a career change,” she said. 

“I realized I wanted to pursue a career that allows me to immerse myself in nature because it’s where I’m truly happy,” she said. “I signed up for the Islands of California class and was immediately hooked. I firmly believe that to be motivated to protect and conserve something, you have to first understand and appreciate it.”

There are field trips to Mount Diablo, Point Reyes, and other Bay Area parklands to examine frogs, snakes, lizards. There are courses on urban farming and food production.

There’s even a segment on social justice.

Merritt College has a long tradition of environmental science and natural history dating back to the late 1950s and the seeds of the environmental movement, but the new program reboots it for the 21st century with a big focus on diversity, Balukjian said. Specific outreach is designed to appeal to people of color who have long been underrepresented in these fields and even in participation in nature-related activities.

“In the environmental sciences, there is definitely a lack of diversity of people of color and in terms of women,” said Analisa Brown, a marine biologist teaching Merritt’s first-ever Intro to Marine Biology course. She also serves as outreach coordinator, introducing the program to local high school students.

She herself is a woman of color who was drawn to the sciences as a child.

“Ever since I was a kid, I always knew I wanted to work with animals,” she said. “When I stumbled upon the Discovery Channel, I absolutely fell in love with Shark Week. I didn’t know at the time what the careers were, what they were called. It was white men on a boat looking for sharks, and I knew I wanted to do what they did. And my passion stayed there.

“So I want to reach out to students who typically may not consider geology or sustainability or, yeah, marine biology as careers,” she said.

Even the program’s logo — a mottled tube lichen — was chosen with diversity in mind. It’s made up of two to three organisms living together (fungus, alga, and bacterium), which Balukjian said represents the interdisciplinary course work. And the lichen is considered an “underappreciated organism,” he said, “much like people who’ve been underrepresented in the field.”

“People of color make up the largest portion of students at Merritt at nearly 80 percent,” he said. “How do we get over his perception that [natural science] is a white person’s activity? I try to get across that nature really is for everybody, and people of all groups should be participating. With this new program we’re building, we wanted to address this specifically, not shy away from it.”

Program coordinators are hoping to attract youth, but also returning students who may want a career change.

“I tell students very honestly, you don’t go into this to get rich,” Balukjian said. “But you can make a good living and, to me, the greatest benefit is you’re often working outside. People that do this work are just passionate about the work itself.”

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Leigh Sata appointed interim vice chancellor for general services

27 March 2019

Sata will oversee facility and property services for the District and the four Peralta Colleges

OAKLAND, Calif. (March 27, 2019) – On March 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) approved the appointment of Leigh Sata as interim vice chancellor of general services.

Under a two-year contract starting March 27, 2019, Sata will direct the Department of General Services (DGS), which provides centralized services to the District, including facility and property services, as well as facilities maintenance & operations, capital outlay, design & construction, facilities planning & development management, and Peralta police services.

Sata brings to the role more than three decades of experience in architecture and education, including a long history with the California Community Colleges, managing both capital projects and large bond programs.

“I’m thrilled the District has an exceptionally qualified facilities and bond program expert on board our team,” said Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White, acting chancellor, Peralta Community College District.

Sata comes to PCCD from Santa Rosa Junior College, where he was senior director, capital projects. Previously, Sata was executive bond manager for Solano Community College, and a project executive and construction program manager for the Swinerton Management and Consulting team, where he led project teams for the following clients: College of Marin, San Mateo County College District, San Francisco Unified School District, Lycée Francais de San Francisco, and San Mateo-Foster City School District. He was also director of university architecture at the University of San Francisco, and a senior project architect at many design firms, specializing in projects for educational institutions.

Sata was a student at the University of California at Davis, eventually transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He is currently a candidate in the Global Executive Ed. D program at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

An active community volunteer, Sata served as vice-chairman, board of directors for the French American International School in San Francisco and is currently an advisory board member for Nihonmachi Little Friends Pre-School.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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26 March 2019

Peralta Colleges’ 2019

African/African-American Graduation

 

The African and African-American Graduation ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African-American students who, through unyielding determination, have successfully completed an associate degree and or certificate from a Peralta College. The ceremony is representative of African and African-American culture and heritage and embraces the values of community and scholarship.

 

Ceremony:

11 a.m. (no tickets required for entry)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED

 

 

Graduate Information:

Arrival Time: 9-9:30 a.m., check-in and Continental Breakfast

 

Attire:

Dress to Impress. Please wear cap and gown.

 

Items to Purchase:

Kente sashes will be available before the ceremony. $15. (cash only)

Photographers will be available for photos.

 

Here’s a look at a previous graduation ceremony in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPql0LDn3ps&list=PL8177FF051D0E7F9B&index=96&t=0s

 

 

Please click on the link to RSVP.

Your Name (required)

Your Student ID (required)

College (required)

Degree (required)

Your Email

Your Phone Number

Questions/Comments

 

 

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AB 705: what it means for students

14 March 2019

This video takes a detailed look into California’s AB 705 legislation through on-screen interviews with students, educators and state officials. AB 705 builds on the work of California community colleges to reform assessment and placement policies to increase student success. Under the new law, community colleges must place students into English and math courses using high school performance. The law prohibits community colleges from denying a student entry into transfer-level math and English classes and encourages them to provide support such as advising and tutoring.

For more about AB 705 at the Peralta Colleges, visit: http://web.peralta.edu/academicaffairs/ab-705-at-pccd/

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PCCD names Dr. Frances L. White as acting chancellor

27 February 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) – On February 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) named Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White as acting chancellor of the District. Her start date will be March 1, 2019. The employment agreement will be considered at the next scheduled Board Meeting on March 12, 2019.

Dr. White comes to the Peralta Colleges with nearly four decades of experience in higher education and a long history with the California Community Colleges in a variety of roles, including serving as interim president at both Berkeley City College and College of Alameda in 2016.  She was also superintendent/president of the Marin Community College District for six years, retiring in 2010. Prior to that, Dr. White was the president of Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., the executive vice chancellor at City College of San Francisco, and the interim chancellor of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. She also served as assistant dean of communication, arts and physical education at Laney College, where she was a faculty member for several years.

PCCD Board President Julina Bonilla has been working with current Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre for several months to prepare the District for this transition. During a closed session on Feb. 22, 2019, the Board voted unanimously to accept an early retirement and release agreement with the Chancellor effective March 1, 2019.

“I’m thrilled the District has an exceptionally qualified woman to take the helm and address day-to-day operations on an interim basis,” said Bonilla. “The Board and our stakeholders can now focus on implementing a national search for a permanent chancellor consistent with our shared governance selection process in a manner that engages the public and the community.

 “The Board is committed to the highest levels of public transparency and accountability, added Bonilla. “I look forward to the active engagement and feedback of our campus communities and to keeping our East Bay public informed as we recruit the next leader to implement the vision of academic excellence and facilities upgrades necessary for the students we serve.”

Dr. White has a doctorate in education administration from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the California State University, East Bay. She is a community college graduate and earned an associate degree in general education from Merritt College.

Dr. White has served on numerous local, state and national boards, commissions and committees. She is the statewide recipient of the 2010 Harry J. Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award in the California Community Colleges. Dr. White was named “Women in Business: Education Leader of 2009” for the North Bay Business Journal. She is a former member and president of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). She is a past president of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President’s Academy and served as a member of the President’s Academy Executive Committee for four years. She was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors for a term of three years. Dr. White is a former member, Commission of American Council on Education (ACE), Office of Women in Higher Education; and a previous member of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

 

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Chancellor Laguerre announces retirement

25 February 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2019) – The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees announced that Chancellor Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre will be retiring on March 1, 2019.

PCCD Board President Julina Bonilla has been working with the Chancellor for several months to prepare the District for this transition. During a closed session on Feb. 22, 2019, the Board voted unanimously to accept an early retirement and release agreement with the Chancellor. The Board will continue work it began with the Chancellor to identify an acting chancellor and may make an appointment as soon as the next board meeting on Feb. 26. The District will then launch a national search to fill the position of the chancellor.

“I want to thank Chancellor Laguerre for his tireless dedication to our colleges, students, faculty, staff and the community. The board of trustees acknowledge our K-14 challenges and we are actively moving forward to quickly address our most pressing issues,” said PCCD Board President Bonilla. “The board of trustees is grateful for Dr. Laguerre’s willingness to help plan for a smooth leadership transition. We wish him continued success in his next chapter.”

During the election of Nov. 2018, the passage of two measures signaled voter confidence in the District and will help propel it for future success. Northern Alameda County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure G, Peralta Community College District’s $864 million bond proposal to facilitate improvements to facilities and new construction. Voters also approved Measure E, extending the current $48 per parcel tax to supplement funding for core academic programs at the Peralta Colleges, which include Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The board of trustees is indebted to the community for its overwhelming support and passage of Measure G Bond and Measure E which will allow the District to address several priorities over the next five-to-seven years. Our students and community will be the well-deserved beneficiaries of new and refurbished facilities, including a new library at Laney College and a new child development center at Merritt College.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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PCCD Board of Trustees elects new officers for 2019

20 December 2018

Newly elected Trustee Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss welcomed to the board; outgoing Trustee William “Bill” Riley honored for 20 years of service to the District

OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2018) – The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees elected new officers for 2019 at its annual organizational meeting held on Dec. 11, 2018.

Honorable Julina Bonilla, representing Area 7, was elected president, and, Karen Weinstein, Ph.D. who represents Area 6, was elected vice-president. Jowel C. Laguerre, chancellor of the District, was elected board secretary. Meanwhile, newly elected Trustee Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss (Area 5) was sworn in while outgoing Trustee William “Bill” Riley, who served as vice-president in 2018, was honored for his 20 years of board service to the District.

Bill Withrow (Area 1), Meredith Brown (Area 2), Linda Handy (Area 3), Nicky González Yuen (Area 4), and student trustees Aisha Gordon and Nick Galan continue to serve on the nine-member governing board.

“I want to thank my constituents and community for the opportunity to serve you,” said PCCD Board of Trustees President Bonilla. “I am committed to ensure public oversight with the highest degree of integrity and as a community college alum, and I understand the life transforming impact community colleges impart. It is with this sense of value that I commit to improve fiscal oversight to ensure students are our number one priority.”

President Bonilla was elected to the Peralta Board of Trustees in 2014 and is a former Oakland elementary teacher, eventually moving into workforce development providing education and job training to young adults in Northern California. Bonilla is also the former Executive Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center, where she managed the Oakland Army Base local hire Jobs Policy for the City of Oakland. Her community work and active member-ships include: Board President of Tradeswomen Inc., National Women’s Political Caucus-AN, and she served as a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and co-chair of the Oakland Youth Council. Today, Bonilla is the Workforce Development Manager at the Port of Oakland. She is a community college graduate and received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.

Also during the meeting, both Bonilla and Hardy were sworn in for new terms on the board, along with newly elected Napoli-Abella Reiss, who defeated Riley during the election on Nov. 6, to represent Area 5, which includes Oakland’s Rockridge District and the City of Piedmont.

Napoli-Abella Reiss has been an educator within the California Community College System for more than 20 years, as well as a vocal advocate for the arts, civic engagement, global education and equity issues in higher education at the local and state level. She has spent much of her academic work researching African-American and Latino/a students’ success rates and has worked to increase success and persistence through pathway and learning communities at her own college through Global Education initiatives and Pipeline projects. Napoli-Abella Reiss has been very active in governance as vice-president of the West Valley Academic Senate and on many committees of the State Academic Senate (ASCCC) in the areas of curriculum, governance and internal policies, legislation and advocacy, and education policies. She is a commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and has been a board member on Oakland Leaf, an educational non-profit organization for Oakland youth, since 2012. Napoli-Abella Reiss holds bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and in Art History from the University of California; a master’s in Art History from San Francisco State University; a doctorate in Art History from the University of California, Irvine; and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University.

Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998. He served as president of the board twice and also as vice-president. He is a Merritt College alumnus and has served in public education for more than 30 years, including the Oakland, East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and San Ramon School Districts.

A month ago, Northern Alameda County voters approved Measure G, Peralta Community College Districts $800 million bond proposal, to facilitate improvements to facilities and new construction. Voters also approved Measure E, extending the current $48 parcel tax to supplement funding for core academic programs at the Peralta Colleges, which include Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. With the passage of the bond issue, the District will address several priorities over the next five-to-seven years. Many new facilities will be built or refurbished, including a new library at Laney College and a new child development center at Merritt College.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 35,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

PHOTO: Newly elected Trustee Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss is sworn into service by newly elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond as family and friends look on.

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Facebook Digital Marketing Program – Apply here!

15 November 2018

Level UP ↑ your business with Peralta and Facebook

Calling all entrepreneurs, small business owners, and non-profit organizations!!!

 

Peralta is partnering with Facebook to launch a Digital Marketing Program in January 2019! This exciting 16-week pilot program is designed to give small business owners, entrepreneurs, and non-profits the critical training needed to market their business in order to grow and compete in today’s fast-changing global environment. 

To demonstrate their commitment, Facebook is offering scholarships to participate as well as Ad Credits to advertise your business or organization on their global platform at no cost to you!

 

Space is limited, so apply today!

 

TO APPLY:

  1. Please fill out this form : Pilot Program application
  2. Print, sign, and date the application
  3. Email the application to FBPartnership@peralta.edu by December 15th!
  4. You can also mail the form to: Peralta Community College District, Attn: Strong Workforce, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606
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Applications for Spring 2019 are now available!

5 November 2018

Great news:

 

Applications for Spring 2019 classes at the Peralta Colleges are now available!

Click Here to Apply!

Spring 2019 Enrollment Dates:

Priority Enrollment Appointments: begin November 13

Continuing Student Enrollment Appointments: begin November 16

New & Returning Student Open Enrollment: begins December 03

High School Student Enrollment: begins December 10

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