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Super Saturdays – June 2 & 9

8 May 2018

Join us on Super Saturdays for assistance with admissions, enrollment, and financial aid. Orientation, assessment, counseling, financial aid, and enrollment staff at all four campuses will be available to help you complete the Student Success & Support Services — and to get started in Summer or Fall classes!


Super Saturdays
June 2 & 9 | 9am-1pm
Berkeley City College | College of Alameda | Laney College | Merritt College


Get more details at


Super Saturdays

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2018 African & African-American Graduation

27 March 2018


on your Associate’s Degree and/or your Certificate of Completion!


You are invited to participate in a

Special Graduation Ceremony for

African & African-American Students

graduating from the Peralta Community College District.  


Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

at North Oakland Missionary Baptist Church

1060 32nd Street Oakland, CA 94601

Go here for more info LINK

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Applications for Summer and Fall 2018 are now available!

14 March 2018


Great news:


Applications for Summer and Fall 2018 classes at the Peralta Colleges are now available! 

Click Here to Apply!

Class Enrollment Dates:

Priority Enrollment Appointments: begin April 9

Continuing Student Enrollment Appointments: begin April 12

New & Returning Student Open Enrollment: begins April 30

High School Student Enrollment: begins May 7

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Transfer Opportunity for CIS, Math and Physics Majors

13 March 2018


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College Notes: Black History Month highlighted at Peralta Colleges

20 February 2018

A detail is shown from one of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland's handmade quilts that will be on display at Laney College throughout February in honor of Black History Month. A detail is shown from one of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland’s handmade quilts that will be on display at Laney College throughout February in honor of Black History Month.


Midwinter is usually a time for hunkering down. Not so at our local community colleges, where February is one of the busiest months of the year.


There are a plethora of events at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College this month in commemoration of Black History Month. To read more about them, check out the latest College Notes article in the East Bay Times : link


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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.



For more information on the Sound Design or Multimedia courses and to sign up for classes, please visit:


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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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If you would like more information about the Peralta Community College District Governing Board, please visit or email

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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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