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Peralta News: It’s the season of civic engagement at Peralta Colleges

16 November 2017

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 12.54.34 PM (2) The Sierra Club honored Merritt College’s Environmental Justice Program with an “Emerging Voices Youth Award” last month. Leading the college delegation in receiving the award was college president Marie-Elaine Burns, fourth from the right. (Courtesy of William Wilson)

 

Enjoy this month’s newspaper column which was published in the East Bay Times and our local newspapers on Friday. 

It’s the time of the year to reflect back and give thanks. And this fall brings a busy season of civic engagement at our local community colleges – College of Alameda, Oakland’s Laney and Merritt colleges and Berkeley City College. Isn’t that what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about?

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Town Hall Meeting at Fremont High School 11/15

8 November 2017

A Community College Education and Your Pathway to a Career is in the Neighborhood!

 

In partnership with Oakland Unified School District, Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel Laguerre and Board Trustees are excited to host its next Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, November 15th, at Fremont High School, 4610 Foothill Blvd, off High Street in Oakland from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  

 

The Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting, a series of community conversations, showcase Peralta Colleges’ wealth of career technical and academic programs, throughout the Peralta Colleges district community areas.  At the Town Hall Meetings, a suite of enrollment services and representatives are also on-hand to provide information on financial aid, admissions, counseling and more, in an effort to assist potential students to navigate the process with ease.
 

Last month Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation to make community college free for all full-time students in California. Peralta Colleges and Oakland Unified School District’s collaborative work aims to ensure our communities are aware of the new law to increase the number of students who enroll in community college full-time, as well as the number of people who are prepared for careers that support their families.

 

Light food, networking and information table highlighting career technical and trades programs will begin at 5:30 pm in the Cafe.   The program presentations will take place in the Auditorium with OUSD staff and a conversation with Peralta Chancellor Jowel Laguerre and Peralta alumni.

 

The town hall meeting is free and open to the public.  To RSVP, visit www.experienceperaltafhs.eventbrite.com.

 

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Chancellor Laguerre receives Spotlight Award

3 November 2017

The Peralta Colleges‘ Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., received a Spotlight Award from the Bay Area Business RoundTable (BABR), presented by the organization’s president, Bernard Ashcraft.

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A letter from Chancellor Laguerre to A’s president Dave Kaval

19 October 2017

At their regular scheduled meeting on October 10, 2017 the Board of Trustees had its first opportunity to discuss the letter the district received from the Oakland A’s. In response to that discussion, Chancellor Laguerre sent the A’s president David Kaval the following letter.

 

Letter from Chancellor

Opportunity Assessment Process Document

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Free Leadership Conference at Laney College

18 October 2017

"Knowledge is Power:" Free Leadership Conference

Peralta Community College District in Partnership with Civic Pride Hosts Free Leadership Conference

What: “Knowledge is Power” free leadership conference. Attendees can learn about STEM, Internships, Colleges & Universities, Careers, Trades, Leadership Development, Financial Tools & Scholarships, Community Service and more.

Who: Peralta Community College District in partnership with Civic Pride.

When/Where: The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Theater at Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland 94607

Event Schedule:

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast*, Interactive Panels, Engaging

Speakers

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch* and College, Career & Community

Resource Fair

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Exciting Youth Showcase, Youth Leadership Awards, Essay Contest Prizes, and Raffle.

*Breakfast and lunch requires pre-registration by 10/16/17 at www.civicpride.net

Event only registration begins 10/17/17 also at www.civicpride.net

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A Statement from Chancellor Laguerre

12 October 2017

 

Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre Ph.D.

Peralta Community College District

October 10, 2017

 

Tonight, the Board of Trustees had its first opportunity to discuss the letter received during our September 12, 2017 Board meeting. The Trustees heard a presentation on potential community benefits and engagement process. They requested an engagement plan including goals, structure and timeline for the process be presented at their December meeting.

The mission of the Peralta Colleges is to provide educational leadership and to sustainably enhance the human, educational, environmental and social development of the region – and we will adhere to that mission by considering the community impacts and working to shape any potential proposal by the baseball team so that it addresses community concerns and expectations.

 

Based on community input, the engagement process will include:

  • Educational Services and Opportunity
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Job Training, Quality & Accessibility
  • Asset Development
  • Transit, Traffic & Transportation
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Community Resilience and Cohesion

In addition, we intend to work closely with our students, staff, faculty, neighbors and stakeholders within our shared governance framework to ensure that any proposal strengthens the community. The issue here is not simply mitigating the impact of the potential development but reparations and reinvestment in communities.

The most valuable asset of the Peralta Colleges is the trust and confidence of the community we have served for more than 50 years.

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

Chancellor

Peralta Community College District

October 10, 2017

 

 

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Black Panther Documentary Screening at Alameda City Hall

9 October 2017

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Black Panther Documentary Screening at City Hall
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Will Be Present at the Screening to Offer Opening Remarks
 
Few know that the Black Panther Party was founded at Merritt College in Oakland in October 1966, and many of its early social justice programs still largely go unrecognized.
 
The television station of the Peralta Community College District, Peralta TV, produced a national award-winning film, “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers,” narrated by U. S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, about the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College. The film, which was shown at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, features rare interviews with Black Panther founder Bobby Seale, as well as members David Hilliard, Ericka Huggins, Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard, Emory Douglas and Richard Aoki.
 
The City of Alameda is happy to partner with the Peralta Colleges in bringing this illuminating film to Alameda.
 
What: Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers (Documentary Film Screening)
 
When: Saturday, October 14, 12:00-1:30pm
 
Where: Alameda City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, 3rd Floor, Alameda
 
Who: The screening is free and open to the public. Speakers include U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, and the film’s executive producer and director, Jeffrey Heyman, and writer and producer, James Calhoun.

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Clery Act Report

28 September 2017

You can read Peralta’s Annual Security Report, pursuant to the Clary Act, by following this link : 


2017 Annual Security Report

or on the Peralta Police Services website

This version of Peralta’s Clery Act Report report is ADA accessible.

 

 

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DACA scholarships available

27 September 2017

DACA students: Don’t forget to renew your status by October 5th if your permit expires by March 5th. You can apply for scholarships from Mission Asset Fund to renew your status through this link or if you need help, contact the chancellor’s office and ask to speak to Dr. Mary Denise Jackson. They may email her at mdjackson@peralta.edu

From a letter from the California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley:

Good Afternoon Colleagues, As you may know, earlier this month the Mission Asset Fund (MAF) announced a scholarship fund to help young immigrants pay for the $495 DACA renewal fee. Today, the fund is announcing it has now tripled in size to reach $3,000,000—enough to help 6,000 Dreamers renew their DACA permits for two more years. To date, 4,000 scholarships have already been issued, with 2,000 scholarships still available—making this DACA renewal fund the largest of its kind in the nation. It is also important to note, close to 900 of the applications received so far are from California community college students.

There is a great deal of support for the young people who know this country as their only home. California Dreamers, many of whom are our students, want to live life outside of the shadows — so that they can study, earn a degree or certificate, work and build a future for themselves and their families. DACA was the salvation that brought them into the light of day.

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Merritt College open today

26 September 2017

Merritt College is reopened today, September 27, 2017.
It was closed September 26 due to a fire approximately one mile southwest of the campus. The college was not currently endangered by the fire, but it was evacuated as a safety precaution.

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Peralta Night with Laney College Football

21 September 2017

Come cheer Laney “Peralta” football against Contra Costa College the last institution where President Gilkerson was a VP.  We want to compensate Contra Costa with a Laney win.  We plan to recognize some of our employees.  We want to make it a real Peralta Family night.  Please come and cheer your students on to victory!

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Peralta News: Merritt College Pruning Club

19 September 2017

Back in 1980’s Dennis Makishima was working as a gardener in the East Bay hills, and wanted to expand his training in the field of Horticulture, so he started attending classes in the Landscape Horticulture department.
 
As his horticultural knowledge increased, so did his understanding of a need that Dennis was able to develop into a clear vision of Aesthetic Pruning courses, which  “embrace the creative interpretation of small trees and shrubs in the urban context. The living art form combines the artistic skill of the pruner, the essences of the tree and the science of horticulture  and the needs of the clients and the surroundings.”  
 
Dennis Makishima was able to impart his skills and horticultural understanding into a successful series of courses designed to help students into a career that cultivated specialized pruning skills.
 
Dennis has taught hundreds of students and mentored many into lucrative careers of service to the East Bay and beyond.  
 

The Merritt Pruning Club has a 30-year history of mentoring and service. The Apprenticeship model of training and the Aesthetic Pruning club’s’ mission has benefited many gardens in the East Bay.  We are grateful to ALL the founding members and appreciate the skill and enthusiasm which has lasted and still inspires our community.
 
The 30 years of continuous service to the community,  here and throughout the world, had its beginnings here at Merritt College.
 
The department wants to also acknowledge Judy Thomas who was Faculty advisor to this club for the first 20 years:
 Pete Churgel, Yuki Nara, Randall Lee, and Bill Castellon and of course Michael Alliger, all extraordinary teachers, and Tom Branca assisted the program forward.
 
Merritt College has been offering a fee-based series of classes in Aesthetic Pruning for more than 20 years, with a wide array of individual modules for all interests and levels of expertise. These classes, plus additional Horticulture classes and experience, can lead to a Department-issued Award in Aesthetic Pruning! For more information, please visit: http://merrittlandhort.com

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Peralta Outreach on the Move 

18 September 2017

Come and see Peralta Colleges representatives and learn more about Peralta Colleges classes at the following community events: 

  • West Oakland Anthem – Defremery (Bobby Hutton) Park, (9/23/17) 12-5pm
  • 21st Annual Back-to-School Shoe Giveaway – Oracle Arena (9/23/17) 9-1pm
  • 40th Annual College Information Day, University of California, Berkeley, Dwinelle Hall (10/14/17) 9-2pm
  • Civic Pride Leadership Conference – Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
    nd, CA, 94606, (10/21/17) , 9-2pm
  • 1st Annual Beyond the Barriers Careers & Resources Expo, Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA  (10/25/17) 10-4pm

For more information, contact Tamika M Brown, email: tmbrown@peralta.edu

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A Statement from Chancellor Laguerre

13 September 2017

 

The Oakland Athletics delivered a letter addressed to me shortly before tonight’s Board meeting. We want our community to be fully aware of the content of the letter, therefore I am making the letter public tonight.
I want to make clear the following: No decision, no commitments, and no deals have been made.  
 
The Governing Board will likely discuss this item when it reconvenes in October. I will be recommending that the Board rely on the Peralta Community College District’s strong participatory governance process, meaning we will invite our stakeholders—faculty, classified staff, students, and administrators—to help examine this issue.
 
The Governing Board will also do its due diligence to work with the community and the colleges to assess the impact on students, faculty, staff, the classroom environment, the community surrounding us, the residents of the area and the city overall. We must work with our community to develop a set of principles to frame our discussions.
 
We continue to value the community that has supported the Peralta Community College District for almost sixty years.
 
 Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D
Chancellor
Peralta Community College District
September 12, 2017

Click to read letter

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Webinar for Sustainability and Resiliency Master Plan (SRMP)

12 September 2017

Peralta has put together a webinar to outline our efforts towards sustainability and resiliency – our Sustainability and Resiliency Master Plan (SRMP)

Visit Peraltasustainabilityplan.org for more details

 

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Click to view PDF in separate window

Click to download a video version of this presentation

 

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