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Welcome from Chancellor Ortiz
We live in a knowledge based society. What does that mean? It means that more jobs are requiring employees to have greater amounts of formal education than at any time in the past. No longer can we get by with just manual skills, regardless of how well developed they are. Almost every job these days requires using a computer, for example.
We have to be able to think, to process information accurately, and to use knowledge to solve problems. We must be creative and innovative as we look for solutions to the issues that confront us in our career. Every single human being has the potential to be creative. It is the lack of knowledge that too often holds us back from reaching this potential.
The Peralta Colleges – your community colleges – are here to help you achieve your career and personal goals. Whether it’s learning a new job-related skill, launching a new career, transferring to a four-year college, or just taking a class for fun and personal enrichment, we are here for you.
At the Peralta Colleges, College of Alameda, Oakland’s Laney and Merritt Colleges and Berkeley City College in Berkeley, we make it as easy as possible for you to make that decision to take that class, or get your degree program back on track.
Peralta Colleges offer a myriad of programs and classes, from Administration of Justice to Wood Technology, Apparel Design to Real Estate. We also can provide you with all the classes you need to transfer to any four-year university in the country.
Maybe, however, you just want to learn a new cooking technique, get better at digital photography, or learn to speak Spanish. We have these classes for you too.
The Peralta Colleges are open for business, as they have been for over 40 years. For just about everything that education can provide, you need not look further than the Peralta Community College District.
The instructors and staff are here to serve you with the best education possible. Our goal is to make your journey through life as interesting and rewarding as possible.
See you in class.
(Summary results from the Chancellor’s fall survey of faculty and staff that includes response count, statistics and key concepts raised by faculty and staff in their responses and comments.)