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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

Kemarley Brown Brock Drazen

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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6 May 2014

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Happy Holidays from the Peralta Colleges!

20 December 2013


Our offices will be closed for the holiday break, Dec. 24-Jan. 1.

Remember, classes start Jan. 21. Enroll now!

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Classes Start Jan. 21 — Enroll Now!

19 December 2013

Get the classes you need, enroll now!

The spring semester starts January 21.

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Peralta TV’s Production of America’s Children’s Holiday Parade

17 December 2013

Produced by Peralta TV — and seen on PBS stations across the country — don’t miss this year’s Children’s Holiday Parade on our YouTube Channel

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Laney College’s Media department presents BIG SHOW on April 17

20 March 2013

Laney CollegeLaney Theater, 900 Fallon Street 

SMILE: Something Meaningful In Life Everyday. 

April 17th from 7-9pm
Admission is FREE

Big show is a free to the public multimedia event that will present some of the best local performers including dancers, rappers, singers, poets and more. We will also be screening short video clips throughout BIG SHOW produced by Laney’s Media Communications department! There will be interactive participatory games to add a Big Show vibrant atmosphere and several community based organizations will set up tables in our SMILE Village. The village, located in the lobby of the theater, is where the community can connect with services that are offered by the nonprofit organizations in attendance at Big Show.

Big Show is produced by Noemi Zeigler’s Announcing and Performance course in the Media Communications department at Laney College.

Big Show’s mission is to:

  1. Bring together Students in collaboration from various departments at Laney College and the community to produce a meaningful multimedia arts production. 
  2. Encourage performing artists and the the general community to explore how their work and passion can be infused with making a positive impact in the lives of others. 
  3. Encourage all people to do S.M.I.L.E. (Something Meaningful In Life Everyday) 
  4. To encourage community based organizations in the good work that they do in making our communities better. 
  5. Encourage Bay Area businesses to support community college activities, events and create a flourishing partnership for internships, training and performing arts licensing opportunities. 
  6. Entertain and produce this meaningful show that will surely touch hearts and inspire hope and purpose in the lives of all who attend the show with an open heart and a desire for something fresh, new and big in their life.

Smile Henry, an advanced Media student and an event producer said Big Show concept was formed when, “Noemi Zeigler and I, along with a few other students talked about putting on a big show. That’s when the title of the event came alive.”

To learn more about Big Show please contact:
Smile Henry

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PTVSports Report: Laney Football 2012

20 February 2013

PTV SPorts

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DressLands x peralta college Sisley Dress with Ruffles and Tie Waist

9 January 2013

This peralta college x dresslands online shopping sites sisley dress is a ruffle trims dress with a tie waist, giving it a bit of international flair. It is made with 100 percent viscose and is a lightweight woven fabric. The style of the dress is a v-neckline with sleeves and a hem that goes to the thighs. It has a button placket and a self-tie for fastening at the wearer’s waist. There is also a button keyhole style cuff. The dress is very sensitive and thus should only be cleaned via dry cleaning process. It’s a great selection for semi-formal occasions.

Some features of this dress include:
Ruffle trims
Tie waist
Lightweight woven fabric
Button placket

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Holiday Greeting From Chancellor Ortiz

19 December 2012

Holiday Greeting From Chancellor Ortiz


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Proposition 30 and the Peralta Colleges

7 December 2012

To the Peralta Family,

With the passage of Proposition 30, the Peralta Colleges will be able to add additional classes for the spring semester to accommodate up to 700 FTES. This is good news for our students and faculty. With this good news, however, comes much work to be done in a short period of time.

As you know, we took the prudent approach of budgeting for a scenario that assumed Proposition 30 would not be successful.  Fortunately, Proposition 30 passed and as a result we will be able to restore approximately $5.5 million to the unrestricted general fund.

While this restoration allows us to build back many of the class sections and services that had been provided in the past, the $5.5 million is only a start to the restoration process.  For the last three fiscal years we have had to cut approximately $20 million in response to state-imposed budget reductions.

More immediately, we will be adding up to 200 strategically selected sections to our existing spring schedule of classes. We are also looking to further promote our Spring 2013 schedule to attract additional students. Each of the Peralta Colleges will be adding sections and your deans, vice presidents and president will be working closely with faculty to determine which classes and sections will be added to our schedule. Of course, this work has to be completed before the spring semester begins on January 22.

All of us appreciate the additional offerings and know that through our efforts more students will benefit from the quality teaching that we provide at the Peralta Colleges. Thank you for your service to our community.

Dr. José M. Ortiz

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Congresswoman Lee to Visit Laney College Machine Technology Lab Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

9 October 2012. 0 comments

Congresswoman Barbara Lee will join Cy Gulassa, Board of Trustees President, Peralta Community College District, José M. Ortiz, Ed.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Laney College President Elnora Webb, Ph.D., and students, faculty and staff on a  tour of the Laney College Machine Technology Lab (Room G-100) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.  Laney College is located at 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA.

Following the tour, Congresswoman Lee will hold media availability where she will discuss the latest figures released by the Department of Labor showing the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent and the addition of 114,000 jobs and how Laney College’s recent Department of Labor grant helps move the Bay Area economy forward by creating a regional workforce equipped to meet the demands of emerging fields like advanced manufacturing, logistics and engineering fields.

The Laney College’s Machine Technology Lab will be partially used to retrain displaced workers in emerging manufacturing and technology fields for the Design it-Build it-Ship it program.   The Peralta Community College District including Laney College is part of a consortium that was recently awarded $14.9 million grant for a this regional workforce initiative through the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program.

Peralta Colleges students, faculty and staff and the community are encouraged to attend.

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Thanking Dr. Wise Allen

9 August 2012. 0 comments

The Peralta Community Colleges have been fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with and being under the leadership of Dr. Wise E. Allen. He has been everything from faculty to administrator to baby-sitter. Many thanks and much appreciation to former Chancellor Wise Allen for his hard work and dedication.

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