The July 15 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a unanimous vote to name the Barbara Lee Allied Health Center at Merritt College. Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Calvin Madlock presented a positive year in review. And Chancellor Ortiz shared some of the work being done to prepare for Accreditation.
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23 July 2014
21 July 2014
In appreciation and recognition of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s contributions to Merritt College and the Peralta Community College District, the Board of Trustees’ passed Resolution 14/15-05 at its July 15 meeting to name the Merritt Science and Allied Health Center the “Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center” in her honor. Trustee Linda Handy, in yellow, reads the Resolution to Saundra Andrews of Congresswoman Lee’s office, who is flanked by President of the Board, Abel Guillén. Members of the Board, as well as Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz, and other senior administrators, are also pictured.
Filed under: Announcements, Merritt College, Peralta News. Tagged: Abel Guillén, Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, José M. Ortiz, Linda Handy, Merritt College, Saundra Andrews
21 July 2014
At the July 15 Board of Trustees meeting, a California State Assembly Resolution by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and Senator Loni Hancock commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Peralta Community College District was presented to the Chancellor and Board by Jim Oddie, District Director for Assemblymember Bonta. Pictured, from left, are Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz, Jim Oddie, Trustee Linda Handy, Board President Abel Guillén and Board Vice President Meredith Brown.
Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News. Tagged: #Peralta50, 50th Anniversary, Abel Guillén, Assembly Resolution, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Jim Oddie, José M. Ortiz, Linda Handy, Loni Hancock, Meredith Brown, Nancy Skinner, Resolution, Rob Bonta, Senator Loni Hancock
16 July 2014
At its regular Board meeting on July 15, 2014 the Peralta Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend the interim appointment of Eric V. Gravenberg as President of the College of Alameda through June 30, 2015 or until the position is filled permanently.
The District will begin a national search for the next President of the College of Alameda. It is anticipated that the selected candidate will begin January 2015.
During the past year, one of President Gravenberg’s major accomplishments was stabilizing the operational structure of the college by hiring permanent managers and filling vacant positions. His primary goal is cultivating a climate of respect, trust, and collaboration by establishing additional avenues for communication such as Colleagues in Conversation, which encourages a campus-wide dialogue on topical issues, and establishing drop in office hours to ensure that he is accessible to the campus community. He has implemented programs that recognize classified staff for exemplary service to the college community, and fostered student participation in campus life. These actions have created a cohesive leadership team, increased morale and improved overall productivity.
Additionally, President Gravenberg provided leadership for Institutional Self-Evaluation by meeting with constituent groups to solicit faculty and staff participation, and assigning a faculty member to work with academic departments to strengthen SLOs.
Especially noteworthy, is that he expanded equity efforts and supported student success through the implementation of initiatives such as Alameda Promise, and The Brotherhood – A Men of Color Initiative. President Gravenberg also co-authored the successful Community College Pathway application to the California State Bar. College of Alameda was one of 24 California Community Colleges selected for this innovative initiative.
Of the appointment, Peralta Colleges Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz said, “I am pleased President Gravenberg has agreed to delay his retirement and continue to provide exceptional leadership as the College of Alameda prepares for accreditation, plans for major construction of new facilities, implements programs to meet the mandates of the Student Success Act, and to stay attentive to addressing the myriad of challenges that lay ahead.”
2 June 2014
Standing in a state-of-the-art laboratory classroom at Life Academy in Oakland, CA, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced that an East Bay Consortium, led by the Peralta Community College District, will receive $15 million in funds from the Career Pathways Trust, a new $250 million program designed to help students stay in school and move toward college and employment in high-demand fields. The East Bay Consortium’s winning proposal will build and strengthen career pathway programs in four key sectors of the economy: Health and Biosciences, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Digital Media, and Public Service and Law.
Speaking to an audience comprised of the leadership of the East Bay Consortium, Superintendent Torlakson congratulated the East Bay on a superb application and for leading a regional effort that is a model for the nation.
Peralta Community College District Chancellor, Dr. José M. Ortiz, pictured with Vice Chancellor Dr. Michael Orkin, acknowledged the tremendous leadership and engagement of all of the K-12 Superintendents from West Contra Costa to Hayward (see below) in working with the four Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College – as well as Chabot College and Contra Costa College to build seamless pathways from high school to community colleges across the region. “We know building effective pathways from high school to college is critical to student success. We are delighted to have the resources to fulfill this vital part of our mission.”
Oakland Superintendent, Dr. Gary Yee, echoed the Chancellor’s remarks and thanked Superintendent Torlakson for his leadership, “This is work that we believe in and have been doing for years. Thanks to Senator Darrell Steinberg and Superintendent Torlakson, we can expand our efforts and reach many more students.”
The Career Pathways Trust funds regional and local consortia to create sustainable career pathways programs that connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to better prepare students for the 21st century workplace. This requires intensive collaboration on the part of faculty, administrators, and counselors at every level of the educational pipeline as well as real-time input and engagement on the part of regional employers. “Peralta faculty are excited about expanding our relationships with regional high schools in ways that will enhance and improve our students’ academic preparedness, and ultimately facilitate their college success,” said Dr. Karolyn van Putten, President of Peralta’s District Academic Senate.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Government Relations & Community Outreach Manager, Doreen Moreno, spoke on behalf of many of the region’s employers when she expressed her excitement at the opportunity to further the work of providing students real-life experiences as a way for them to apply their work in the classroom. The CHAMPS program (Community Health & Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success) at Children’s Hospital Oakland provides internships and other opportunities for students to see what a career in healthcare is all about.
Life Academy student, Ratana Sot, a graduate of the CHAMPS program and a Gates Millennium Scholar, spoke eloquently about how the career pathway – or Linked Learning – model changed his life and made it possible for him to go to UC Berkeley to pursue a career in medicine.
East Bay Chamber of Commerce leaders, including Barbara Leslie, CEO of the Oakland Chamber, and Dave Johnson, CEO of the San Leandro Chamber, also attended to show their support for strengthening the connection between work and school and facilitating the engagement of businesses large and small with educators to create work-based learning experiences for the region’s youth. Other employers engaged in the East Bay’s proposal included Kaiser Permanente, Bayer Healthcare, Bio-Rad, Autodesk, Maxon Computer, Bay Ship and Yacht, Turner Construction, as well as a host of community, labor, and governmental organizations.
Alameda County Superintendent, Sheila Jordan, thanked the many long-time advocates of career technical education, including Senator Loni Hancock and Assembly Member Nancy Skinner who were also in attendance, and congratulated the Consortium’s ability to come together to work across educational segments on behalf of students.
Peralta Vice Chancellor and Project Director for the Consortium, Dr. Mike Orkin, rounded out the remarks by reminding the audience that, “by developing clearly defined career pathways for students to follow on their journey from K-12 to college to career, we will help turn what sometimes seems like an impossible dream into an attainable reality for all those who wish to take the journey.”
The East Bay Career Pathways Consortium includes:
- The Peralta Community College District (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College)
- Chabot College
- Contra Costa College
- Alameda Unified School District
- Albany Unified School District
- Berkeley Unified School District
- Castro Valley Unified School District
- Emery Unified School District
- Hayward Unified School District
- Oakland Unified School District
- Piedmont Unified School District
- San Leandro Unified School District
- San Lorenzo Unified School District
- West Contra Costa Unified School District
- Alameda County Office of Education
- The Eden and Contra Costa Regional Occupation Programs (ROPs)
- EastBay Works (a consortium of the 4 East Bay Workforce Investment Boards)
- CSU East Bay and UC Berkeley are part of the Consortium as unfunded partners.
Karen Engel, Interim Director of Development, Peralta Community College District: 510-381-5292
Gretchen Livesey, Director, Linked Learning, Oakland Unified School District: 510-332-5124
Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News. Tagged: award, career pathways, career pathways trust, Chancellor Dr. Jose M. Ortiz, Dr. Gary Yee, East Bay Consortium, East Bay Consortium Career Pathways, grant, José M. Ortiz, Oakland Unified School District, peralta colleges, Peralta Community College district, Superintendent Tom Torlakson
Administration of Justice Partnership Between Peralta Community College District and City of Oakland
27 May 2014
At a time when the City of Oakland is actively recruiting new police officers and Merritt College is helping Administration of Justice students find career opportunities, a mutually beneficial agreement was recently signed at City Hall by Oakland Chief of Police Sean Whent and the Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz (pictured with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan).
As part of this academic affiliation, Merritt College will provide an accredited curriculum for the Oakland Police Academy. The program will provide the students with direct interaction and hands-on experience with City police officers. The optimum result will potentially be more than 50 well-trained candidates to meet the public safety needs of the City of Oakland.
“We want to make sure that what we provide at the college is what employers see as relevant in the workplace,” says Dr. Elmer Bugg, Merritt’s Vice President of Instruction. “This partnership allows for us to forge a marriage between academic preparation and career application. It’s a win-win all around.”
As a bonus, adds Dr. Bugg, the academy students will gain college-level credit for the work they do and could go on to get an associate’s or bachelor’s degree once they graduate from the Academy.
Mayor Jean Quan, who also participated in the signing, hopes that the program will bring more recruits who are Oakland residents and have a vested interest in the city and knowledge of the city’s culture.
“Our last class had only 16 percent of Oakland residents, and I’d like to get up to 50 percent,” says Quan. “Programs like these give us a steady flow of young people who are interested in the police department.”
Margaret Dixon, director of Merritt’s Administration of Jusice program and a retired Oakland police officer, wants the training to provide the students with the total experience of the profession. “It’s more than just passing a test,” says Dixon. “We want to support the students once they get into the academy, and we want them to truly understand what they are getting into.”
Filed under: Announcements, Merritt College, Peralta News. Tagged: Administration of Justice, City of Oakland, Dr. Elmer Bugg, Jean Quan, José M. Ortiz, Margaret Dixon, Oakland Police Academy, Sean Whent
28 March 2014
The March 25 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a report from Chancellor Ortiz on the Statewide Student Equity Conference hosted at Laney College. The Apparel Design and Merchandising program at College of Alameda was presented as a Program of Distinction. And Trustee Linda Handy proposed strengthening our Project Labor Agreement.
(Watch the full Board of Trustees meeting below)
Filed under: Board of Trustees, Board Spotlight, College of Alameda, Laney College, Peralta News. Tagged: Apparel Design and Merchandising Program, José M. Ortiz, Linda Handy, Project Labor Agreement, Statewide Student Equity Conference
6 March 2014
Chancellor Jose M. Ortiz, Ed.D, announces that five (5) finalists for the position of Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, Peralta Community College District, have been chosen by the Selection Committee. A public forum is scheduled for March 12. Here are brief biographies of the candidates followed by details about the forum.
- John al-Amin
Dr. al-Amin currently serves as Interim Vice President of Business Services for Riverside City College. He has a wealth of budget management and executive leadership experience, having served as a Senior Budget Analyst for the State of California’s Department of Finance, and also as Chief Business and Administrative Services Officer at Laney, Grossmont, and Oxnard Colleges. In addition, he served as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services for the Contra Costa Community College District.
Dr. al-Amin’s experience includes service as a Student Services Officer and work as a Graduate Research Assistant with the California Educational Research Cooperative at the University of California, Riverside. He was also a Recreation Program Instructor and Program Director at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been responsible for fiscal, policy, and strategic planning operations at his various institutions, in addition to having oversight and/or management responsibilities over various programs and services that have included Athletics, Bookstore Operations, Custodial Services, Capital Planning, Facilities Operations, Food Services, Grounds Maintenance, Human Resources, Information Technology, College Police, Procurement and Contracts, and Switchboard, Mailroom, and Warehouse Operations.
His academic training and expertise are in economics, educational administration, and business management. He earned a B.A. in economics and an M.A. in education from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Management from California Pacific University.
- Mazie Brewington
Ms. Brewington served 23 years in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant Major. In recognition for her exceptionally meritorious performance of outstanding service and achievement, she was awarded the Legion of Merit (highest peace-time honor) upon her separation from the Army.
Ms. Brewington began her career with the California Community College System in 1999 as the Business Manager for Laney College. She has also served as Controller of Chabot-Las Positas Community College and Vice President of Administrative & Business Services at Solano Community College District. Thereafter, she served as Vice President of Administrative Services for Merced Community College District, and since 2013, she has been serving as Vice President, Administrative & Business Services at Antelope Valley Community College District. Ms. Brewington was named for Excellence in Community Colleges by the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) in 2004.
Ms. Brewington holds a M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from Troy State University, a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Columbia College, and an A.A. in General Studies from Columbia College. Other successful leadership training includes completion of Integrated Strategic Enrollment Management at the Snowmass Institute in 2002; Advanced Strategic Studies and Operations, U.S. Army, El Paso, Texas, 1993; and the Logistics Management Program, U.S. Army, Petersburg, Virginia, 1992.
- Jeanine Hawk
Ms. Hawk brings over 20 years of experience in Higher Education. She has served as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer at Alliant International University since November 2011, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services in the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District beginning June 2009, and served for several months as that district’s Acting Chancellor. She previously held vice presidential positions in the Santa Monica Community College District and at De Anza College. She has worked in community colleges for approximately 18 years.
Hawk holds an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Oregon University. She has achieved advanced candidacy in the SFSU Educational Leadership doctoral program and is writing a dissertation on the relationship of spending patterns and student outcomes in California community colleges.
- Yulian Ligioso
Mr. Ligioso has over three decades of experience in business and finance, with 22 years in California community college finance. For the last three years, he has held the position of Vice President of Finance & Administration at Solano Community College. He previously served as Vice President of Administrative Services at Chabot-Las Positas and San Jose Evergreen Community College Districts, and also taught and held business/finance positions at the College of Marin and at Ventura and Modesto Colleges.
Mr. Ligioso holds a Baccalaureate in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from the University of the Pacific. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, formerly with Ernst & Young, an international accounting and consulting firm.
- Ronald Little
Mr. Little has over 25 years of leadership and management experience. He began his career in educational business and finance at the San Carlos School District, a K-8 district of 3,000 students. Prior to moving to community colleges, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the San Diego Unified School District, the second largest district in the state with over 130,000 students and a $1.1 billion general fund budget. Mr. Little was instrumental in creating strategies to turn around San Diego Unified’s budget problems and helped in re-building the district’s credibility within the community.
A product of the California community college system, Mr. Little earned his B.A. degree in English Literature from UC Irvine, and later earned an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco. He has also been awarded a post-graduate certification from the University of Southern California in School Business Management.
Mr. Little currently serves as the Vice President of Administrative Services for the Ohlone Community College District in Fremont, CA, where he leads several departments: Budget and Finance, Campus Police, Facilities, Purchasing, Risk Management, and Technology. At Ohlone he has built a strong sense of team and focus.
Public Forum and Chancellor’s Interviews:
Each candidate will participate in a Public Forum to be moderated by John Hendrickson, Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7:10 p.m., at the District Boardroom, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606. The schedule:
Jeanine Hawk – 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ronald Little – 4:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.
John al-Amin – 5:20 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
Mazie Brewington – 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Yulian Ligioso – 6:40 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.
There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question-and-answer session. Comment forms will be given to all who attend, and the completed forms will be collected immediately after each session and given to Chancellor Ortiz.
On the following day, Thursday, March 13, 2014, each candidate will participate in an interview with Chancellor Ortiz.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the Public Forum.
Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News. Tagged: Alliant International University, Chabot-Las Positas Community College, John al-Amin, John Hendrickson, José M. Ortiz, Mazie Brewington, Public Forum, Riverside City College, Ronald Little, San Carlos School District, San Diego Unified School District, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District, Solano Community College, Yulian Ligioso, Jeanine Hawk
26 February 2014
The Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs made a presentation at the Board of Trustee’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, recognizing the Peralta Community College District and president of Laney College, Dr. Elñora T. Webb. Peralta Chancellor, Dr. José M. Ortiz, second from left, was presented with a plaque, and Dr. Webb, second from right, was honored for her work at Laney College. Also pictured are Carol Belle-Thomas Moss, far left, NCBAA co-vice president for public relations, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, president of Skyline College, right, and from the Peralta Colleges, Anita Black, far right, and Shirley Coaston, center.
12 February 2014
Peralta Colleges’ Chancellor, José M. Ortiz, led a delegation this week to Washington, D.C., to discuss educational issues with the nation’s lawmakers.
In this photo, Peralta’s delegation met Congresswoman Barbara Lee (California’s 13th Congressional District) in the Longworth House Office Building where the Congresswoman was attending a Workforce and Education Committee hearing. Pictured from left, Trustee Bill Withrow, Trustee Meredith Brown, Congresswoman Lee, Chancellor Ortiz, Trustee Linda Handy and Trustee Cy Gulassa.
Peralta’s delegation asked lawmakers to change work study formulas to be fair and equitable, to support successful “wrap-around” services for students, for Congress to expand programs for Asian American, Native American Pacific and Hispanic-serving institutions, and to allow colleges to use tax exempt funding practices to keep pace with infrastructure needs.
Filed under: Board of Trustees, Peralta News. Tagged: Asian American, Bill Withrow, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Cy Gulassa, Delegation, Hispanic, José M. Ortiz, Linda Handy, Longworth House Office Building, Meredith Brown, Native American Pacific, Washington D.C.
31 January 2014
OAKLAND, Calif., January 31, 2014 – The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution in 2013 to divest from fossil fuel companies in order to reduce carbon emissions and continue Peralta’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
The resolution by the Trustees makes clear that Peralta’s environmental sustainability goals are critically important to the Peralta Community College District, the State of California and the nation.
The resolution underscores how the District, which educates 30,000 students each semester, is committed to stewardship of the environment and to reducing Peralta’s dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
Board President Abel Guillén said of the District’s commitment, “This action by the Trustees sends a clear message that the Peralta Colleges are fully committed to environmental stability and a reduction in carbon emissions.”
“As Board President, I am proud that we have taken the lead on this vital issue and that we are doing something to help reduce these dangerous pollutants and to safeguard the future for our students, our community and our planet,” he added.
The Peralta Community College District, following the Board’s leadership, has adopted progressive investment policies and committed itself to sustainable environmental and progressive social and corporate governance practices. In 2007, the Board adopted the District’s Policy on Environmental Sustainability that mandated dramatic reductions in its carbon footprint.
Peralta Colleges Chancellor, Dr. José M. Ortiz, said, “The Trustees’ resolution to divest from fossil fuel holdings within five years strengthens Peralta’s commitment to a sustainable environment and future for our students.”
“At our four colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College – we are working everyday to reduce our carbon footprint through an array of new technologies,” the Chancellor added.
28 January 2014
In this photo, Peralta’s delegation meets with Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (15th Assembly District). Pictured from left, Trustee Linda Handy, General Counsel Thuy Nguyen, Trustee Meredith Brown, Assemblymember Skinner, Merritt College President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, Chancellor Ortiz, Trustee Bill Withrow, Laney College President Elnora Webb and College of Alameda College President Eric Gravenberg.
The delegation also met with Assemblymember Rob Bonta (18th Assembly District) and Assemblymember Loni Handcock’s (9th Assembly District) Chief of Staff. Peralta’s legislative priorities include supporting the Governor’s proposed 3% growth for community colleges; increased funding for the Student Success Categorical Program; a focus on underrepresented students; adult education; dual enrollment; inmate education; and campus safety.
Filed under: Announcements, Board of Trustees, Peralta News. Tagged: Ambriz-Galaviz, Assemblymember Loni Handcock, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Bill Withrow, Elnora Webb, Eric Gravenberg, José M. Ortiz, Linda Handy, Meredith Brown, Sacramento, Thuy Nguyen
28 January 2014
The January 21 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured an announcement by Chancellor José M. Ortiz about our new interim Deputy Chancellor. The Board received a report on Assembly Bill 86 and the opportunities it presents for our Colleges. And finally, the Board reviewed the 2013 Annual Audit Report with our external auditor.
24 January 2014
The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees, at its meeting on January 21, 2014, approved the appointment of John Hendrickson as Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hendrickson has been tapped to assist Peralta Chancellor José M. Ortiz with day-to-today operations at the District, allowing the Chancellor to be more active in community matters and higher education policy-making.
Mr. Hendrickson began his duties at the Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – on January 22. His appointment runs through June 2014.
Most recently, Mr. Hendrickson served as the President and Superintendent of Cabrillo College, located on the Central Coast. Previously, he was Chancellor at the West Valley-Mission Community College District, where he served from 2008 until 2012.
Mr. Hendrickson began his career in education in 1977 as Director of Management Services at the Contra Costa County Office of Education. In 1981, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, becoming the Chief Financial Officer for the County Office of Education. In 1991, he became the Deputy County Superintendent of Schools for Contra Costa County.
Mr. Hendrickson moved into community college administration in 1995 when he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration for the Contra Costa Community College District, a position he held for nine years. Prior to joining West Valley-Mission, he was President of MiraCosta College located in San Diego County. Additionally, Mr. Hendrickson has served as College President, Vice President and Vice Chancellor at other California single college and multi-college districts.
He holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay; an M.A. in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay; and B.A. (Honors in Political Science) from California State University, San Jose.