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College of Alameda Atech Student Jack Zhu Awarded Ozzie Day Scholarship

20 April 2015


Jack Zhu, a third-year student in the Atech program at the College of Alameda, was awarded the Ozzie Day Scholarship today.

Jack is a graduate of the Alameda High School Auto Program, and has been attending the College of Alameda Auto Program since 2012.   Jack has a soft spot for “Detroit Iron,” and has rebuilt both a 1965 Chevy Truck and a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am during the last few years.  While maintaining a 3.75 GPA in his auto classes, Jack has also worked part-time at Big O Tires, the COA Smog Check Referee station and O’Reilly Auto Parts.  After he finishes the Auto Technology program in May, Jack plans to take Auto Body and Paint classes at COA to round out his automotive expertise.

The Ozzie Day Scholarship is a $500 scholarship which is awarded by the Atech Department each semester to the student with the highest grade point average and the most units in the Atech Program.  The scholarship was set up in memory of Ozzie Day, the founder of Automotive Engineering and a long-time member of the COA Automotive Advisory committee.

Photo: Rick Greenspan,  Atech Instructor, and Jack Zhu,
recipient of the Ozzie Day Scholarship Award.
For further information, contact
COA Atech Dept
510-748 2267

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Peralta News – Governor Jerry Brown at Merritt College

5 April 2015

Peralta News: Governor Jerry Brown at Merritt College

Merritt College was proud to welcome both state officials and local agencies to the 2015 Bay Area Employer Forum.

A very special visit by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Governor for the state of California, Jerry Brown highlighted the event.

The main focus was on rehabilitation and opening doors to those in need of a second chance through employment and education.

Merritt College is excited to be part of positive change and support to those who need it the most in our community!

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Peralta Matters – Achievement Gap

2 April 2015

Peralta Matters 33: Achievement Gap

This month on Peralta Matters, we’re investigating some of the ways we address the Achievement Gap here at the Peralta Colleges. First up, Interim Dean of Student Success and Equity Lasana Hotep talks about some of the projects he is developing District-wide. Laney College student Kevin Sosa describes the TRiO program, one of the many Learning Communities throughout the District available to support students. And Dr. Herbert Kitchen relates the 40 years of scholarships provided by the Peralta Association of African American Affairs.

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Peralta News – CTE Fair at College of Alameda

1 April 2015

Peralta News: CTE Fair at College of Alameda

The College of Alameda hosted a very successful Career Technical Education (CTE) Fair welcoming over 400 high school students from all over the Bay Area. There were DJ’s, guided tours, hands on lab experience, free lunch, giveaways and a ton of activities!

College of Alameda’s award-winning CTE vocational programs include:

- Apparel Design and Merchandising

- Business/Accounting/Office Administration

- Computer Information Systems

- Dental Assisting

- Aviation Maintenance Technology

- Maritime Painting

- Transportation Technology – (Auto Body & Paint, Automotive Technology, and Diesel Mechanics)

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Peralta Association of African American Affairs Student Scholarship Reception

1 April 2015

PAAAA 2015 Scholarship ReceptionThe Peralta Association of African American Affairs  (PAAAA) will host its 17th annual student scholarship reception on Friday, May 1, 2015 in the atrium of the District Office at 5:30pm.

PAAAA’s scholarship reception recognizes African American students attending Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College, who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills, and community service in the various communities where they live, work and study. Since 1998, PAAAA has distributed over $70,000 in scholarships to PCCD students to assist them in continuing their education.
Two students from each of the Peralta Colleges will receive a $500.00 scholarship award.

Join the festivities on May 1 and enjoy an evening of celebrating academic excellence, as we honor our Peralta students!

Download this flier: PAAAA 2015 Scholarship Reception

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight March 24, 2015

27 March 2015

Board Spotlight: 24 MAR 2015

Supporters of the Great Wall Youth Orchestra at Laney College packed the March 24 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees. Concerns were raised about the diversity of the Chancellor Search Committee. And Trustee Bill Withrow reported on his testimony before the Congressional Committee for Veterans Affairs. To view the full meeting, please visit:

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Peralta Trustees Approve $933,000 Grant For Laney College To Lead Clean Energy Workforce Program

25 March 2015

OAKLAND, Calif., March 25, 2015 The Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District voted unanimously last night to accept a grant of $933,000 to Laney College from the State Chancellor’s Office as part of the Proposition 39 Clean Energy Workforce Program Grant. Laney is one of four colleges that make up the Peralta Community College District that includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Merritt College in Oakland.

Laney College has been designated by the Bay Area Community College Consortium to lead the Bay Area regional collaborative for the Proposition 39 Clean Energy Workforce Program Grant. This $933,000 grant is for the period from April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, and will be used to hire a director and to collect data for Laney and participating colleges in the region on completion of degrees, certificates and certifications, provide professional development for faculty throughout the region, and provide formula-driven program improvement funds through sub-awards to partner community colleges.

The Proposition 39 Clean Energy Workforce Program grant will be used to build and sustain a regional network of colleges to prepare the workforce for the energy sector, to elevate the quality of instruction at colleges that have investments in education, provide training in energy efficiency and renewable energy and build career pathways for students seeking employment in this growing area.

Laney College will work collaboratively in a Bay Region network of colleges conducting workforce development and program improvement in the commercial energy efficiency sector and related construction trades. Consortium colleges include Cabrillo College, City College of San Francisco, College of Marin, College of San Mateo, Diablo Valley College, Foothill College, Gavilan College, Las Positas College, Ohlone College, San Jose City College, Santa Rosa Junior College and Skyline College.

Led by a director, Laney will support colleges in the region to track and document completers of certificates, degrees and industry recognized credentials, improve tracking systems, improve connections with employers, align curriculum with industry needs and align curriculum across the region.

The project will also support completion of recognized apprenticeship programs in the building trades that receive college certificates. The project will also support the efforts of the Energy Efficiency and Utilities Sector Navigator and Deputy Navigator for the California Community Colleges to improve energy efficiency in the built environment and work to meet State of California AB 32 carbon reduction goals.

For 50 years, the Peralta Community College District has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 30,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities. To learn more, visit

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Peralta Colleges EcoFest Sustainability Festival April 23

20 March 2015

Come one, come all to Peralta Colleges EcoFest Sustainability Festival, April 23, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Laney College.


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Peralta Invited to Discuss Veterans’ Programs with U. S. House of Representatives Subcommittee

13 March 2015


Bill-WithrowOAKLAND, Calif., March 13, 2015 The Peralta Community College District has been invited by the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to discuss with the Subcommittee veterans’ programs at the Peralta Colleges.

The hearing is to be held in Washington, D.C., on March 17, 2015. Peralta Community College District Trustee, Bill Withrow (Area 1), pictured, a veteran, will testify on behalf of the four Peralta Colleges, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

The Subcommittee has asked the Peralta Colleges to provide information on the resources and programs it offers to assist the youngest generation of veterans as they attend community college. The District’s oral testimony and its written statement will be made part of the hearing record in order to share best practices in assisting student veterans with other colleges nationally.

The attendance at the hearing of the San Francisco Bay Area-based Peralta Colleges, the only community college district in the nation asked to testify, comes following a visit to Washington in February 2015 by a delegation of District Trustees.

President of the Board, Meredith Brown (Area 2) led the delegation that included Trustees Linda Handy (Area 3), Cy Gulassa (Area 6) and Withrow. On its visit, the Peralta delegation met with the office of Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the staff of the Education and Workforce Committee, the senior legislative assistant for the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Saki Ververis, and other policymakers.

The four Peralta Colleges, which provide a range of academic and vocational programs to 30,000 students a semester, have full veterans’ services, including certifying officials and Veterans’ Affairs counselors to assist veterans throughout their course of study. There are veterans’ resource centers on each campus and a range of programs to serve the 640 veterans attending the Peralta Colleges during the spring 2015 semester.

Download the full press release here: House Testimonty PR

Read Trustee Withrow’s testimony here: Testimony WithrowW

Watch Trustee Withrow’s testimony here (it starts at about 28:15):


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Arts & Culture – College of Alameda

9 March 2015

Arts & Culture: College of Alameda

College of Alameda Dance instructor, Danny Nguyen and his students kicked off the Lunar New Year with an outstanding dance performance!

For more information visit

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Chancellor Search Committee

4 March 2015

At a special meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District appointed 13 members to the District’s Chancellor Search Committee. You can view or download a complete roster of the Committee members here: 2015 Chancellor Search Committee Members The Committee will begin its work between April 8-15, 2015.

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Peralta Matters – College Presidents

27 February 2015

Peralta Matters 32: College Presidents

This month, we are talking to the Presidents of our four Peralta Colleges. First up, Laney College President Dr Elñora Webb describes the power of saying yes. Merritt College President Dr Norma Ambriz-Galaviz highlights some new projects at Merritt, including the upcoming opening of the Barbara Lee Allied Health Building and a new certificate program in Cyber-Security. Our newest President, Dr Joi Lin Blake at College of Alameda, presents her vision and leadership style. And Dr Deborah Budd helps us understand the buzz at Berkeley City College.

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight February 17, 2015

19 February 2015

Board Spotlight: 17 FEB 2015

The February 17 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a presentation of the 2014 Student Success Scorecard. This was followed by a report on the Career Technical Education and Workforce Development programs at the Peralta Colleges. And Vice Chancellor Ikharo reported on the drawdown of Measure A Bond Funds. To view the full meeting, please visit:

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Chancellor Search Public Forum

12 February 2015


The Peralta Community College District  will be conducting  a  public forum on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the Boardroom, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, for community input and feedback concerning the search for a chancellor. The forum is being facilitated by Community College Search Services.

The forum is open to everyone.

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Chancellor Search Survey Part II

11 February 2015


Chancellor Search Survey Part II

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District selected a search consulting firm, Community College Search Services, to commence with a search for the selection of the next Chancellor for the District. This is an important position, as the next Chancellor will be tasked to lead the college district in accomplishing its strategic goals and institutional objectives.

As part of the Board’s process to obtain community-wide input and feedback to help develop the position announcement, we ask that you take a few moments to answer the questions below. Your responses will be shared with the Board of Trustees and used to help develop the Chancellor search brochure. The Board anticipates the next Chancellor will start on or about July 1, 2015.

Please follow the below link and complete the Chancellor Search Survey Part II by Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Thank you.

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