The Peralta Colleges Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit auxiliary to the Peralta Community College District. The Foundation supports academic excellence and success throughout the District by building partnerships in the region to raise funds for scholarships to committed students and financial support to the four colleges that comprise the district.
The Peralta Colleges Foundation exists to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and educational needs of our students, faculty and staff, and the communities in which they work.
The Peralta Colleges Foundation exists to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and educational needs of our students, faculty and staff, and the communities in which they work by raising funds for student scholarships and faculty grants. We collaborate with business and community leaders throughout the East Bay to increase awareness of all the Peralta Community College District offers our region and assist motivated, committed students to realize their educational goals.
An Economic Engine
The Peralta Community College District helps fuel the economic engine of East Bay, supplying the region with a trained workforce in essential fields such as nursing, automotive technology, office administration, mechanics, biomanufacturing, bookkeeping, carpentry, food service and restaurant management, to name a few. This workforce helps build and maintain a vibrant, economically diverse region that meets the present and future needs.
According to the California Community Colleges system, if an additional two percent of California’s population earned associate degrees and an extra one percent earned bachelor’s degrees, the state’s economy would grow by $20 billion. These educated workers would generate state and local taxes of $1.2 billion a year, and create 174,000 new jobs in California. Students receiving a degree or certificate from a community college see an 86 percent increase in their wages, from $25,600 to $45,571, three years after earning their degree. For every dollar spent on economic and workforce development programs at community colleges, there is a $12 increase in California’s business income and employee wages.
The Gateway to Higher Education
Nearly 50 percent of all higher education students in the U.S. currently attend a community college. As is the case with community colleges throughout California, Peralta’s four colleges have become the gateway to higher education for students of all ages. Our student body includes many nontraditional students, meaning they are older (average age is 30) and juggling home, family and work responsibilities as they pursue their educational and career goals. More than half of our students are women.