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Peralta News – Board Spotlight June 23, 2015

29 June 2015

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The June 23, 2015 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees began with a heart-felt farewell to Chancellor José M. Ortiz. It also featured the final report from outgoing District Acadaemic Senate President Dr. Karolyn van Putten. And Deputy Chancellor Gravenberg and Vice Chancellor Orkin presented a new “Multiple Measures” placement pilot program.

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Trustees Approve Contract For Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre To Begin As Next Chancellor July 1, 2015

24 June 2015

Jowel LaguerreOAKLAND, Calif., June 24, 2015 – At its final meeting of the fiscal year, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District voted unanimously to approve the employment contract of Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., to serve as the next Chancellor of the northern Alameda County college district.

Dr. Laguerre will begin his three-year term as Peralta’s Chancellor on July 1, 2015. His base salary is $305,000 annually.

Meredith Brown, President of the Board of Trustees, quoted Marian Wright Edelman to say, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.”

“The Peralta Community deserves the best in all of us that are entrusted with its governance and operations and Dr. Laguerre brings a wealth of experience to the position and has demonstrated his leadership skills as the Superintendent-President of Solano Community College District,” President Brown said.

“Dr. Laguerre is uniquely qualified to lead the Peralta Colleges in the coming years, and the Board and I look forward to working together with him to address the achievement gap, completion rates and other important issues facing our community’s students,” President Brown added.

Dr. Laguerre issued a statement to the Peralta community following the Board’s vote. In the statement he said, “This vote to name me as Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District is very meaningful to me. I was not physically present at the meeting due to a prior commitment of serving others, as I am spearheading some community activities in Haiti.”

He continued, “I am grateful to the Search Committee for selecting me to be a finalist and I thank the Board of Trustees for entrusting me to lead this great district. I look forward to working in partnership with our colleges, the District Office and members of the community to continue driving Peralta’s momentum as a leader among community colleges in the region, the state and the nation. I look forward to providing all of our employees with the support they need to have a positive impact on the lives of our students.”

“My commitment is to work with the internal constituents and all segments of northern Alameda County to ensure that their investment of tax dollars in the Peralta Community College District is used for the benefit of our students.”

“I look forward to being an integral part of, and contributor to, the communities served by our district,” Dr. Laguerre added.

Dr. Laguerre’s biography can be found here: http://web.peralta.edu/files/2015/05/Background_and_Accomplishments.pdf

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Academic Excellence – Gaming & VR at Berkeley City College

15 June 2015

 

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Berkeley City College’s Multimedia Arts Program prepares people for entry-level jobs in multimedia and provides skills-upgrading for those already employed in multimedia jobs.

The program is interdisciplinary and focuses on developing fine art, critical thinking, and computer skills.

The Bay Area is a hot bed for the gaming and tech industry. Virtual reality is the newest developing technology and you can get the skills to be a part of the next boom right here at Berkeley City College!

For more information click here.

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight June 9, 2015

11 June 2015

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At the June 9 meeting, the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees announced their selection of Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre as the next Chancellor of the Peralta Colleges. They also swore-in new Student Trustees and honored outgoing Academic Senate President Dr. Karolyn van Putten. Vice Chancellor Rinne presented the tentative 2015-2016 budget. And Vice Chancellor Ikharo and Sustainability Manager Neal provided the annual Environmental Sustainability Report.

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Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre Appointed Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District

10 June 2015

Jowel LaguerreAt its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District voted to appoint Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre as the next Chancellor of the four-college district.

Dr. Laguerre, pending contract negotiations, is expected to take up his position overseeing Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College in July. The Peralta Colleges serve 60,000 students annually.

Dr. Laguerre is currently Superintendent-President of Solano Community College District. You can view more about his background here: Dr. Laguerre’s Biography

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Arts & Culture – Native American Blessing

10 June 2015

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Merritt College hosted the ‘Native American Blessing’ event in honor of our Native American & Indigenous students. It was an amazing event filled with food, drumming, song and dance. Tables and booths offering information on higher education and organizations lined the hallways. If you missed the event, here is your chance to see it!

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Enroll Now for the 2015 Summer Session

5 June 2015

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Build a Green Future at Laney College

4 June 2015

Laney ECTMeet Jasmine Shepard, an Energy Analyst at the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), a non-profit specializing in conducting energy audits and energy analysis of multifamily buildings, evaluating energy savings, and designing energy upgrades.

Jasmine really got into the energy field with the Environmental Control Technology Program (ECT) at Laney College. “I learned a lot of things in engineering school but I learned how to do so much more at Laney, Jasmine said.

“Going to Laney helped me love learning again. I greatly enjoyed my time as a student and lab assistant in the ECT department.  Laney really showed me how important community colleges are for such diverse groups, college graduates really have a lot to gain by furthering their education,” she says.

For more information about this great program, call Laney ECT Department: 510-464-3292 or visit their website at http://www.laney.edu/wp/environmental_control_tech/

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Peralta Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Finalists Announced

3 June 2015

PCCD_AnnouncementThe Peralta Community College District has announced the two finalists for the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration position. The finalists are:

Jeanine Hawk, Interim Vice President of Administrative Services/Chief Business Officer at Napa Valley Community College District; and
Ronald D. Little II, Vice President of Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer at Ohlone Community College District.

There will be a Public Forum held for the finalists from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in the District Office Boardroom, 333 East 8th Street in Oakland.

Please see biographies for the finalists here: Vice Chancellor Finance Finalist 2015

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Peralta Matters – 2015 Graduates

2 June 2015


This month on Peralta Matters, we’re speaking with graduates of our four Peralta Colleges. First up, Lorenzo Ramsey from Berkeley City College explains his decision to complete six (6) AA degrees in two years. Next, College of Alameda volleyball star Taylor Elliott describes her experience as a student athlete. Malina Ly tells us about the support she received from the APASS program at Laney College. Erik Leon relates the Merritt College experience and how it helped him get into Cal State East Bay. And Aman Williams details his history at Berkeley City College.

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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 http://bit.ly/ChancellorFinalistsForum2015.

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

 

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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.  To purchase tickets click here.

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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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