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Leading Candidate For Position of Chancellor

26 May 2015

Jowel LaguerreOn behalf of the Chancellor Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that the Board has identified Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre as the leading candidate for the position of Chancellor of our District.  Dr. Laguerre is the Superintendent-President of Solano Community College District.  Attached is Dr. Laguerre’s background and accomplishments.

We very much appreciate the commitment and dedication of the Selection Committee and Dr. Fran White, our Search Consultant from Community College Search Services, in identifying qualified finalists. The Selection Committee members conducted their work under a tight recruitment and selection timeline, which allows the Board to keep the selection process on schedule.  The next step in the process is for the Board members to conduct a site visit to Solano Community College District.  The site visit will include Trustees, as well as managers, faculty, classified staff and students.  The President of the District Academic Senate (or designee) and the President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers (or designee) are also invited to participate in the site visit.  Arrangements for the site visit, which is anticipated to occur no later than the week of June 8, 2015, is underway and will be announced once finalized.

Meredith Brown
President, Peralta Board of Trustees

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Peralta News – Peralta Colleges EcoFest Sustainability Festival

16 May 2015

The Peralta Community College District hosted the 9th annual EcoFest Sustainability Festival at Laney College. It was a beautiful day filled with fantastic foods, dancing, live music, vendors, performances, labs, booths, slider contest and so much more!

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Peralta Community College District Announces Finalists for Chancellor: Watch Video of the Finalists Forum

8 May 2015

PCCD_AnnouncementThe Governing Board of the Peralta Community College District has announced the selection of four finalists for the position of Chancellor of the four-college District. The finalists are Jeremy D. Brown, Ph.D., Andrew C. Jones, Ed.D., Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., and Elñora T. Webb, Ph.D.

The District has scheduled a public forum where the four finalists will make statements and answer questions. The forum will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, 3:30-6:00 p.m., in the Boardroom of the Peralta Community College District offices, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland. The forum is open to the community, students, faculty and staff. It will be broadcast on Peralta TV, cable channels 27 & 28 and available for review on Peralta’s YouTube channel at

The Board of Trustees will interview the finalists May 12-15, 2015, and is expected to make an appointment on June 9, 2015. The new Chancellor will assume the position overseeing the four Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – on July 1, 2015.

Please see the press release for biographies and photographs of the finalists here: Approved Chancellor Finalist 2015 PR

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Peralta Colleges Foundation Alumni BBQ

5 May 2015


On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Peralta Colleges Foundation will host its annual Alumni BBQ Honoring the Class of 2015.  The event will be held at Everett and Jones, 126 Broadway, Oakland, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Peralta Colleges Foundation was established in 1971 to support academic excellence and success throughout the District. We accomplish this by building partnerships to raise scholarship funds for committed students along with providing financial support to the Peralta Community College District’s four campuses.  Your generosity enables us to further enhance the intellectual, cultural, and educational needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

June 25th will be a special event congratulating the Class of 2015.  All alumni of Berkeley City College (formerly Vista), College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College are invited to attend.  In particular, Chancellor José Ortiz is retiring.  Let’s give him a grand send off.

The community is welcomed to attend, as we seek to expand our reach and work of Strengthening Education in our Community.  For more than 50 years, Peralta Community Colleges have been a vital source of economic development and growth within our region.  The Peralta Colleges provide training needed for our students to meet the needs of today’s job sector.  Their Scholarship Program further assists recipients with academic advising and personal development seminars, along with a stipend to defray the cost of attending college.

For more information, call 510-587-7809.

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Chancellor Search Announcement: Finalists Public Forum

5 May 2015

PCCD_AnnouncementThere will be a public forum held on Monday, May 11, 2015, from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m., to allow the finalists for the position of Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District to make presentations to, and answer questions from the public. The Board of Trustees will invite written input at the forum from the public, students, faculty and staff concerning the finalists.

The forum, which is open to all in the community, will be held at the District Boardroom, 333 East 8th Street, in Oakland.

The names of the finalists, along with background information, will be made public shortly.

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Enroll Now for Summer Classes!

4 May 2015


Enrollment for Summer School at the Peralta Colleges has begun. Classes start June 15, but enroll now to get the classes you need. Multimedia Arts at Berkeley City College, Chemistry at College of Alameda, Political Science at Laney College, Ethnic Studies at Merritt College and hundreds of other classes. See the class schedule at #LikeYourFuture at the Peralta Colleges and enroll for Summer School now!

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Attention Corinthian College Students

1 May 2015


On April 26, 2015, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. announced that they had ceased operations at all Heald, Everest, and WyoTech campuses following oversight and enforcement actions. This left thousands of students without a college education and in debt.

Has your college closed? Do you have student loans? Cal Grants? We can help.

The Peralta Colleges and the State Chancellor’s Office, the California Office of the Attorney General, the California Student Aid Commission, the East Bay Community Law Center, and others, are here to provide you with information and resources you need to finish your college education and get out of dept.

We will host a LIVE interactive video event on Monday, May 4, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PST).  Join us from your computer, smartphone or tablet. To participate in this LIVE video interactive event, here is the link:


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Academic Excellence – Histotechnology Program at Merritt College

30 April 2015

Academic Excellence: Histotechnology Program at Merritt

The Histotechnology program provides on-campus and on-site technical training, focusing on routine tissue sample preparation, special stains and techniques such as immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, fluorescence microscopy and genomics.

Training on campus will utilize samples routinely prepared in both clinical and research facilities. As part of their formal training, students of histotechnology will work through study guides provided by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) for its certification examination.

Partnerships with local facilities will allow for work experience and internship sites, required for certification of histotechnology graduates, and will provide further training for those interested in research and/or careers in the private sector.

For more information, please visit

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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, May 1

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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