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Extended Interim Appointment for President Gravenberg

16 July 2014

Dr. Eric V. GravenbergAt 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.”

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    Peralta Colleges To Lead $15 Million East Bay Consortium Career Pathways Grant

    2 June 2014

    Peralta CPT Grant

    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

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      Administration of Justice Partnership Between Peralta Community College District and City of Oakland

      27 May 2014

      OPD Signing No. 7 copy

      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.”

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        Peralta News – Board Spotlight March 25, 2014

        28 March 2014

        Board Spotlight: 25 MAR 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)

        Board of Trustees Meeting March 25, 2014

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          Finalists Announced for Vice Chancellor, Finance & Administration: Public Forum Wed., March 12

          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. 



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            Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs Presentation

            26 February 2014

            Black American Affairs

            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.

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              Peralta College Delegation in Washington, D.C.

              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.

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                Peralta Trustees Pass Resolution to Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies

                31 January 2014

                Fossil_FuelOAKLAND, 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.

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                  Chancellor Ortiz and Peralta Colleges Delegation Visit Sacramento Lawmakers

                  28 January 2014

                  Peralta Delegation
                  Peralta Colleges Chancellor, José M. Ortiz led a delegation this week to Sacramento to advocate on behalf of Peralta’s students, colleges and the   community.

                  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.

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                    Peralta News – Board Spotlight January 21, 2014

                    28 January 2014

                    Board Spotlight: 21 JAN 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.

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                      Peralta Colleges Tap John Hendrickson as Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer

                      24 January 2014

                      John_Hendrickson1The 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.

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                        Holiday Greeting from Chancellor Ortiz

                        11 December 2013


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                          Merritt College Center for Science and Allied Health Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

                          11 October 2013

                          PCCD_AnnouncementThe Peralta Community College District is hosting a special groundbreaking ceremony for the new Center for Science and Allied Health Building at Merritt College in Oakland on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013,from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. 

                          The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held in front of the Merritt College Library, 2500 Campus Drive, in Oakland. A brief program will take place in the Huey Newton and Bobby Seale Student Lounge prior to the ceremony and refreshments will be served in the lounge following the ceremony.

                          The groundbreaking will kick off the building of one of the most advanced science centers at a community college in California. Its construction, one of the largest Measure A bond projects in the four-college district, is being undertaken after careful consultation with students, faculty and staff and the community. The building will include cutting edge technology and the latest in sustainable, or green, building advances.

                          “I am pleased that we are moving forward on this state-of-the-art science building at Merritt College,” said Peralta District Chancellor, Dr. José M. Ortiz.

                          “This kind of building is what we need to provide twenty-first century teaching and learning to our students,” the Chancellor added. “This center will complement Merritt’s exemplary programs in science and healthcare.”

                          “I want to again thank our community for making this building possible by supporting our bond measures over the years,” Chancellor Ortiz said. “We couldn’t have done it without community support for our educational mission.”

                          The 107,292-square foot building will house Merritt College’s sciences, genomics, nursing and nutrition departments. With construction beginning shortly, it is expected that the building will be completed in May, 2015.


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                            Chancellor José M. Ortiz Announces Peralta Colleges Removed From Warning

                            8 July 2013

                            Dr-Jose-M-OrtizThe Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz, has announced that Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland have been removed from “warning” status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (“ACCJC”), in an action made public July 3, 2013.

                            Chancellor Ortiz is pleased to note that the announced actions by ACCJC included Berkeley City College and Laney College being removed from warning

                            -– the lowest level status -– and College of Alameda and Merritt College also being removed from warning and having their accreditation reaffirmed. Berkeley City College and Laney both previously had their accreditation reaffirmed in 2009. With this decision, the Chancellor pointed out, all the Peralta Colleges are now fully accredited.

                            “I am pleased with this good news that the Peralta Colleges are fully accredited,” Chancellor Ortiz said. “We stand ready to serve students as fully accredited institutions, with student support services and newly added classes for the fall semester,” the Chancellor added.

                            “Faculty and staff worked hard to address ACCJC’s recommendations,” said Chancellor Ortiz. “I want to recognize their efforts, and say we look forward to enrolling new and continuing students this fall.”

                            As part of its “warning” to the Peralta Colleges, ACCJC, which accredits colleges in California, Hawaii and the Pacific islands, made a number of recommendations to the Peralta Community College District that required administrative attention, although the status of colleges’ academic programs were never in question.

                            “This is good news for all of us at the Peralta Colleges,” remarked Board of Trustees President Cy Gulassa. “Our Chancellor, the presidents, faculty and staff all did a remarkable job working with the ACCJC to address its concerns.”

                            “That the Peralta Colleges are fully accredited is news the entire community should be proud of, and we look forward to serving our community’s students this fall,” President Gulassa added.

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                              Peralta Colleges Removed From Warning by ACCJC

                              3 July 2013

                              PCCD LogoToday, July 3, 2013, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (“ACCJC”) made public institutional actions taken at its June 2013 meeting.

                              The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr, José M. Ortiz, is pleased to announce that ACCJC’s actions included Berkeley City College and Laney College being removed from warning and College of Alameda and Merritt College being removed from warning and having accreditation reaffirmed.

                              ACCJC’s memo on today’s announced institutional actions can be found at

                              Dr. Ortiz will have a more detailed statement on these accreditation actions shortly.

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                                  Tuesday 22 July 2014
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                                • Peralta Community College District

                                  The district comprises four campuses serving northern Alameda County.