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Tammeil Gilkerson to Serve as Next President of Laney College

23 February 2017

image1At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees appointed Tammeil Gilkerson to serve as the next president of Oakland’s Laney College.

Gilkerson is currently Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Contra Costa College. Her tenure as President of Laney begins March 30, 2017.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the presidential search committee for its work in finding Laney its next president,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel Laguerre. “My appreciation goes to the faculty, staff, students and administrators who participated in the open forums and supported the process.”

“As an Oakland resident and someone familiar with California’s system of higher education, particularly our community colleges, President Gilkerson has the skill set needed to bring Laney to the next level,” Chancellor Laguerre said.

Gilkerson said of her new role, “During the interview process, I had an opportunity to meet many of the wonderful people at Laney College and the District, including a number of visionary and articulate students, and I am excited to work with, and support these talented, resilient and clearly committed group of individuals.” 

“I am excited to be joining a community so focused on student success and helping nurture and lead Laney in pursuit of its adopted mission and vision,” she added.

In addition to being a vice president at Contra Costa College, Gilkerson has led district-wide projects, including the development of the Contra Costa Community College District’s Distance Education Strategic Plan, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan during her tenure as the Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation Officer.

Previously, she served as the interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at San Jose City College and Dean of Counseling and Matriculation at Evergreen Valley College. Gilkerson began her community college career as a faculty member in psychology/counseling at Chabot College, serving as the coordinator for the TRIO Student Support Services program.

In addition to her work in community colleges, Gilkerson served as the Academy and Education Policy Director at the Greenlining Institute and in positions at U. C. Berkeley in the Office of Student Life and the Early Academic Outreach Program. Tammeil holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in counseling, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and pupil personnel services. She is currently completing her doctorate in educational leadership.

 

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Peralta Colleges Receive Clean Bill of Health Overall on Accreditation

8 February 2017

PCCD_AnnouncementThe Peralta Community College District has received a “clean bill of health” overall from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

The ACCJC reported that Berkeley City College has been removed from “warning” status. College of Alameda was removed from “probation” Laney College’s sanctions were reduced to one “warning,” the lowest level of ACCJC sanction. Merritt College was removed from “probation” and also reduced to one “warning” sanction.

“The accreditation teams at all of the Peralta Colleges worked hard to address the ACCJC’s recommendations,” said Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “Accreditation work is always ongoing as continuous evaluation is central to maintaining the ACCJC Standards. I am confident that all of our Colleges will continue to meet these high standards.”

“Thousands of students graduate with community college degrees and occupational certificates every semester from the Peralta Colleges. We continue to provide affordable, quality education,” Chancellor Laguerre added.

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Peralta News: The Wedge

3 February 2017

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‘The Wedge’ embodies net-zero design philosophies, meaning it generates all the energy it needs on site. By its nature, the design is also a living model of the various aspects of Zero Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Its small footprint makes it easy to place on the small and odd-shaped lots common to cities, and being on wheels, it can be easily relocated as required to respond to changing needs. The fresh- and gray-water systems respond to the environmental challenges of living in California where every drop of water is precious and must be used, reclaimed and reused to the fullest extent. “The Wedge” is Laney College’s entry into the SMUD Net Zero Tiny House Competition, which took place in October of 2016 and rewarded $4000 as the winner of the Architecture category for their entry. Laney Carpentry students also won 4 other categories: Best Design, Best Furnishings, Best Landscaping and Best Video.

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C-Direct TV: Introducing Robert Brem

2 February 2017

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Join Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. on today’s episode of C-Direct TV. Robert Brem, professor of Political Science, Public Administration and Psycholgy, has worked to develop the Center for Community Change and Urban Leadership at College of Alameda

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Chancellor Laguerre’s Open Letter to Faculty and Staff Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

31 January 2017

PERALTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR

 JANUARY 30, 2017

Dear Faculty and Staff:

You undoubtedly have learned of the new Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump which targets our Muslim brothers and sisters from seven countries and took effect this weekend.

 Many Americans reacted over the weekend and denounced the President’s Executive Order.  Legal defense entities, including the American Civil Liberty Union, have come forward to challenge in the courts the detention of any unfairly targeted individuals.

 We are encouraging students who have student visas and those green card holders to not leave the country, unless it is absolutely necessary.  I encourage also faculty and staff who are green card holders to be careful as they make travel plans abroad. 

 Students who are traveling abroad should work with the District’s International Student Office and inform that Office of their plans.  Additionally, each College will be holding support sessions for faculty, staff, and students.

 The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, Dr. Eloy Oakley, has written: “…please inform my office if you become aware of any students, faculty or staff that have been detained or otherwise prevented from entering the United States. If you have information about such actions please have a single point of contact at your college, call the California Community Colleges Office …”  Here at PCCD, Chief of Staff, Dr. Yashica Crawford, will serve as the point of contact for faculty, staff and students who may have information that negatively affects our students or employees.

 Please let us know if you are going abroad, when you intend to return, and when you are safely back.

Unfortunately, it is hard to predict the President’s actions.  These are indeed times that “try our souls.” We must stand together to show the bright side of America. 

 Thank you!

 Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

Chancellor

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Peralta’s Merritt College Nursing Program Named No. 1 in California

31 January 2017

Nursing award photo copyCongratulations are in order for the Nursing Program at Merritt College which was recently ranked the No. 1 RN program in the state by registerednursing.org.

The honor is based on the pass rates of the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council of Licensure Examination) which is the standardized exam that is used to license professional nurses in the state.

Merritt College, one of the four Peralta Colleges serving the East Bay, is proud to report that its Nursing Program has had an average 99% NCLEX “pass rate” for the past several years. Out of the 126 nursing schools in California, Merritt College was named No. 1 from the top 50 that were ranked.

“This is a wonderful acknowledgement for our program,” says Program Director Dawn Williams. “Our faculty is passionate about our students, the instruction we provide, and public safety. This honor is a testimony to the rigor and effectiveness of our program that our students are able to perform so well on their state board exams and will go on to successful careers contributing to the community.”

Shortly after the announcement was made, the Nursing office was flooded with congratulatory messages from all over the Merritt campus, starting from Interim President Marie-Elaine Burns and including Counselor Etna Ross who summarized everyone’s sentiments by writing, “I am daily impressed with the quality of the nursing program, the competencies of the people who are running it, and the department’s commitment to continually maintaining high standards and diversity and producing outstanding nurses.”

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Board of Trustees Tap Jason Cole, Ph.D., As New Vice Chancellor For Information Technology

25 January 2017

PicAt its meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District approved the appointment of Jason Cole, Ph.D, to serve the new Vice Chancellor for District-wide technology services.

Dr. Cole begins in his new position February 1, 2017.

“I am very pleased that we have worked hard to find an individual like Dr. Cole to bring to our Colleges and pleased that he is the final choice for Vice Chancellor of Information Technology,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

“Dr. Cole has the skills needed to transform our IT Department. His background in technology, education and leadership will allow him to take District IT to the highest level possible,” the Chancellor said.

Jason Cole is a long-time educational technology leader with experience in K-12, higher education and corporate environments. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the implementation of large-scale technology projects and instructional systems design.

Dr. Cole is the former CEO and current Board Chair of Remote-Learner, Inc., a Moodle service and integration provider. As CEO, he led the transformation of Remote-Learner’s services and operations, providing technical services to over 1,000 clients – from small non-profit organizations to community college districts and Fortune 500 companies.

Before joining the private sector, Dr. Cole was a Product Development Manager at the Open University in the UK, where he and his team won the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration. As the Academic Technology Manager at San Francisco State University, he was responsible for the strategic implementation of campus-wide learning technology initiatives and faculty support.

A recognized leader in educational technology, Dr. Cole is the author and co-author of several books and articles on education and technology, including Using Moodle from O’Reilly Press. He has been an invited keynote speaker at several education conferences and MoodleMoots.

He received his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado and his B.A. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Saturday Openings in January 2017

19 January 2017

The Peralta Colleges will be open on Saturdays, January 21 & 28, 2017. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to help you get started in college for 2017!

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Spring Flex Day at Laney College January 18

13 January 2017

Flex Days at the Peralta Colleges are coming up, with the kick off at Laney College, 8:30 a.m., on January 18. You can review the activities by viewing this agenda:

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Contact Miriam Zamora-Kantor, M.S., Staff Development Officer if you have any questions at (510) 466-7313 or ormzamorakantor@peralta.edu.

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C-Direct TV with Dr. Cynthia Mahabir

9 January 2017

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Join Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., and Dr. Cynthia Mahabir on today’s episode of C-Direct TV. Honored with the special Chancellor’s Award at Flex Day, Dr. Mahabir explains her many years of activism and scholarship on the work of part-time faculty. Enjoy!

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Dr. Audre Levy Tapped As Laney College Interim President

6 January 2017

drlevy120621-008-1-214x300Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., has selected Dr. Audre Levy as the new Laney College Interim President. She will assume leadership on Monday, Jan. 9. Dr. Laguerre has been serving as Laney’s Acting President since Dr. Patricia Stanley concluded her assignment as Laney’s interim president on Dec. 31, 2016.

“I’m looking forward to working at Laney,” Dr. Levy stated. “Being in the heart of Oakland, the college plays a vital role in the region and it’s my commitment to see that it continues to do so.”

A Michigan native, Dr. Levy comes to Laney with five advanced university degrees and decades of experience in higher education. She’s held positions of leadership in California at the Los Angeles Community College District, including serving as president at Glendale Community College. She was also a leader at the Dallas Community Colleges in Texas, and in Florida, at Edison Community College.

Dr. Levy comes out retirement from her most recent role as president of Lone Star College-CyFair in Cypress, Texas where she spent six and half years.

Dr. Audre Levy will serve as Interim President until the search for the new president is concluded. 

You can read Dr. Levy’s bio here: http://www.laney.edu/wp/files/2017/01/Bio-Dr-Levy.pdf

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Holiday Greeting from Chancellor Laguerre

20 December 2016

xmas-16The end of the semester is here and I wanted to express my holiday greetings and thanks to everyone for making 2016 an outstanding year for our students and our colleagues. The New Peralta Way is taking hold and our Colleges and District are in the best shape in years. Thank you to everyone for making this possible, and best wishes for the New Year to you and yours.

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Peralta Board of Trustees Swears In Trustees, Elects New Officers

19 December 2016

weinstein-bonillaThe Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 13, 2016, swore in a new Trustee, Karen Weinstein (Area 6), pictured left, and also three reelected Trustees, Meredith Brown (Area 2), Bill Withrow (Area 1), Nicky González Yuen (Area 4). In addition, the Board elected new officers for 2017.

Julina Bonilla, representing Area 7, pictured right, was elected President, and Meredith Brown was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, William Riley, who will continue to represent Area 5, and Cy Gulassa, retiring Trustee who represented Area 6, were honored for their service at the meeting.

Student Trustees Dave Ivan Cruz and Marquita Price will also continue to serve on the nine-member governing board.

“I am extremely honored to serve the Peralta community and look forward to cultivating high quality educational programming and training for our students,” said President Bonilla.

President Bonilla is a Solano Community College graduate and received her B. A. from U. C. Berkeley. She is a former Oakland elementary school teacher and eventually moved into workforce development providing education and job training to young adults in Northern California. Her community work and active memberships include serving as the Board President of Tradeswomen Inc. and in the National Women’s Political Caucus-AN. She has served as a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and co-chair of the Oakland Youth Council. Currently, she is the Program Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center. She was first elected to the board in 2014.

Vice President Brown was elected to the Peralta Board of Trustees in 2012 and has an extensive background in community service, including working as literacy volunteer for the Super Stars Literacy Program at Hoover Elementary School and serving as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic Convention. In addition, she is active raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education by working on the Alameda County Pre-School for All Campaign and working on a community task force for our local assembly representative. Brown is a graduate of Cornell University and also graduated from Boston University School of Law.

Karen Weinstein, who was elected to fill retiring Trustee Gulassa’s seat, has served on the Peralta District Citizens’ Oversight Committee, is a Board Member of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and is Vice-Chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women. Trustee Weinstein serves as Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Affirmative Action Committee and is a member-elect to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. She also serves as community liaison for the Dreamers and Undocumented Student Task Force. Trustee Weinstein received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, with a concentration in college counseling from the School of Education, State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Licensed California Psychologist.

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Peralta Trustees Appoint Timothy Karas as the Next President of College of Alameda

15 December 2016

karas-by-peralta-collegesAt its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District appointed Timothy Karas to serve as president of College of Alameda. Karas has been serving as Vice President of Instruction at the College since 2014. His tenure as President begins January 3, 2017.

After several months of searching for a new president at CoA, Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., concluded the final step in the process by conducting a campus visit to the College of Alameda last week to confirm the choice of Tim Karas, as he is known on campus, as CoA’s next leader.

“I look forward to welcoming Tim as a colleague in his exciting new role,” said Chancellor Laguerre. “I have great confidence that he will lead CoA to its greatest potential.”

“The CoA community is to be commended for having supported and shepherded its Vice President to the top leadership role at the College,” the Chancellor added.

Karas joined the College of Alameda in July 2014 as Vice President of Instruction. Prior to COA, Karas was Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts (2009-2014) and Director of Library Services (2005-2009) at Mission College in San Jose. Previously, he was a tenured faculty member at the College of San Mateo and participated on multiple committees, including the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and College Council.

“I am honored to lead this outstanding institution and am thankful for the support of the College of Alameda family,” said Karas of his new position. “At CoA, students are motivated to explore, create, learn and lead with help from faculty and staff. I believe everyone can flourish with high-quality, affordable education.”

“I am confident that with the ongoing support of our city and community partners, the College of Alameda will uphold its dedication to serve successfully the educational needs of our community,” he added.

Prior to working in academia, Karas worked as a librarian for the City of Palo Alto and Redwood City.

During the past ten years, he has served on a half-dozen accreditation site visit teams. Karas served as Executive Board President of the Council of Chief Librarians: California Community Colleges, and was an Executive Board Member (2008-2014).

Karas has served on many civic committees and commissions, including the City of San Jose Library Commission, Bond and Parcel Tax Citizen Oversight Committees and Santa Clara County Sister County Commission, and has co-authored a chapter in the book Campus Partnership in Small Academic Libraries: Challenges and Rewards.

His educational background includes a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt Sate University. Tim is currently completing his doctoral studies at Fielding Graduate University.

 

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New Episode of C-Direct TV

14 December 2016

New Episode of C-Direct TV

Don’t miss the latest edition of C-Direct TV, where I interview Loan Nguyen, one of the Chancellor’s Award winners from Berkeley City College.

You can view it right here: https://youtu.be/RFpwp8kDhIo

Don’t forget to turn on the closed-captions, if you’d like to use them.

 

 

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