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EXCLUSIVE: CJ Anderson Talks to Peralta TV Sports About How Laney College Prepared Him for Super Bowl 50

5 February 2016


In an exclusive interview prior to Super Bowl 50, Denver Bronco’s running back CJ Anderson talked to Peralta TV about how going to Laney prepared him for the big game. The former Laney Eagles star athlete also offered a few words of encouragement to Peralta Colleges’ students. Enjoy this PTV Sports exclusive.

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Video: Bay Area Native C.J. Anderson Began His NFL Journey At Laney College

4 February 2016

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will play in Super Bowl 50, right in his backyard.’s Ashley Allen spoke with some of Anderson’s former coaches — including Coach Beam — and teammate at Laney College. Don’t miss this video.

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Introducing C-DIRECT TV: Chancellor Laguerre in the Community

3 February 2016


We are introducing a new feature to help keep you informed of the Chancellor’s activities: C-DIRECT TV, short spots produced by Peralta TV featuring Chancellor Laguerre in the community. Our first edition of C-DIRECT TV takes a look at Chancellor Laguerre’s meeting with Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.

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Merritt College’s New, Unique Africana Center

2 February 2016


What better way to start Black History Month than by visiting Merritt College’s New Africana Studies Community Research Center, led by African American Studies Department Chair Siri Brown.

The Department of African American Studies at Merritt College has completed a unique Africana Studies Community Research Center that houses an originally designed curriculum to be used on ipads and/or computers.  The curriculum comprises of interactive museum-quality learning modules where students can engage through visual, touch screen and e-portfolio lessons about African American history. The modules are multilayered high impact visual installments produced by award winning filmmakers and graphic designers.

The center is fully ADA compliant for hearing and visually impaired learners and accessible in Spanish.

The Africana Center includes a Black Family Research Specialist who works with students 2 days a week to train them on genealogy processes.  Students work on their own family histories through interviewing elders, archival research and DNA testing to create portfolios to enhance academic skills and enrich families with more information about their history.

For more information, visit

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight January 26, 2016

2 February 2016


At the January 26, 2016 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees, Chancellor Laguerre announced a new partnership with “K to College” to provide resources to our students in need. The Board received a positive report from the external auditor. And the Pirelli Group provided an Information Technology assessment.

The Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees meet the second and forth Tuesday of every month. All meetings are open to the Public, and are broadcast LIVE on peraltaTV and KGPC, 96.9 fm. Past meetings are available for viewing here.

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Laney College Alum C.J. Anderson to Play in Super Bowl 50

1 February 2016


C.J. Anderson, a former Laney Eagles running back, will be starting for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday.

Anderson played with the Eagles from 2009 -10 and, and after graduation from Laney, played with Cal from where he was drafted to the NFL. During his two years with the Laney Eagles, Anderson was a National Junior College Athletic Association NorCal Conference leader–rushing for 1,524 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns in the 2010 season. Anderson received All-Conference, All-Region, All-State and All-American honors.

Laney College — and everyone at the four Peralta Colleges — is proud of Anderson and all of our athletes:  In 2014-15, 25 of Laney’s football players transferred to 4-year schools and collectively secured over $2 million in scholarship funds to support their educations.

Read more about Anderson and the Laney Eagles here:


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Oakland Promise Launch Will Boost College Graduation Rates

27 January 2016

Oakland Promise Launch Invite SQUARE (1)

Make the Promise with us! Join Mayor Libby Schaaf, OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson, and Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, to launch the Oakland Promise at Oakland High, Thursday, January 28, 10AM. The Oakland Promise, aimed at increasing college graduation rates, is  a cradle-to-career community effort to ensure that every Oakland student graduates high school and is college- and career-ready. RSVP here:


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Flex Day Address By Chancellor Laguerre and Video of the Morning’s Presentations

25 January 2016

JCL Flex Day Spring 16On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., delivered his second Flex Day address at Laney College. You can read the Chancellor’s address here: Chancellor Laguerre Flex Day Spring 2016 Address.

You can watch a video of the morning presentations, from opening remarks by Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, to our shared governance leadership, and from the Chancellor’s address and an inspiring student perspective from Earl Taylor, to the keynote by Gaeir Dietrich of the State Chancellor’s Office. The video is here:  and the Chancellor’s address begins at about 1:16:00.

Miriam Zamora-Kantor, Peralta’s Staff Development Officer, did a splendid job putting together this semester’s program and MCing the event. You can view the day’s agenda here: Flex Day Agenda Jan 2016

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Krista Johns, JD, Appointed Interim President of Berkeley City College

11 January 2016

JohnsAt a special meeting on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District appointed Krista Johns, JD, to serve as interim president of Berkeley City College. Johns’ appointment comes as the out-going president, Dr. Deborah Budd, assumes the position of Chancellor of the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District.

Johns will fill the position until a permanent president can be hired.

“I am very pleased that the Trustees have made this appointment and look forward to working with Dr. Johns on the important issues facing Berkeley City College and the Peralta Colleges generally,” said District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

“Dr. Johns is the right fit for BCC at the right time,” he added. “We are very happy to have her on board.”

For the past four years, Johns has served as Vice President for Policy and Research at the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC). Prior to joining the ACCJC, Johns served as Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College.

Over her higher education career, Johns has held faculty, director and dean positions at the University of Mississippi, University of Nevada-Reno and Diablo Valley College. She has a Juris Doctor Degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Johns has published articles and monographs on learning, change management and various legal topics.

“My four years at the ACCJC have been invaluable in enhancing my understanding and knowledge of community colleges across the state, the challenges they face, and the importance of adherence to quality standards” said Dr. Johns.

“The accreditation work heightened my awareness of the critical role district and college leaders have in actively supporting academic quality, and how their effective administrative practices can enhance student learning and achievement,” she added.

“I am excited about joining Chancellor Laguerre, the Peralta Colleges presidents and the faculty, staff and administrators at BCC in creating an environment that can serve as a model for others.”

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Classes Starting This Week — Enroll Now!

7 January 2016


Classes are starting the week of January 25. Don’t miss out getting the classes you need. There’s still time to enroll. Check out our mobile-friendly class schedule at and then click to enroll.

It’s not too late, enroll now!

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Peralta Colleges Community Direct: Our First Edition

21 December 2015

Welcome to our first edition of Peralta Colleges’ Community Direct, an overview of activities at the Peralta Community College District by Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

Community Direct is short for the Chancellor’s Direct Communication to the Community. In Community Direct, Dr. Laguerre highlights not only his activities, but those of the Board of Trustees, the Peralta Colleges’ presidents, faculty and staff — and, of course, our community colleges’ students. Community Direct is meant to be a communication tool to keep you, our community, informed about Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College and district activities.

For an easier reading experience, you can view the “flip-book” version of Community Direct – which is mobile-friendly – by following this link:

You can also download Community Direct here: PCCD Community Direct Winter 2015-16

If you have any questions about Community Direct, or have something to share, you can write Dr. Laguerre directly at

Enjoy Community Direct and Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Laguerre

18 December 2015

A special holiday greeting from the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Laguerre:

PCCD Holiday Greeting 2015

PCCD Holiday Greeting 2015

Happy Holidays!

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Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees Elect New Slate of Officers for 2016

15 December 2015

Board OfficersThe Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 9, 2015, elected new officers for 2016.

William “Bill” Riley, Ed.D., who represents Area 5, was elected President of the nine-member board, and Julina Bonilla, representing Area 7, was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, Meredith Brown, who represents Area 2, was honored at the meeting for her work leading the Board in 2015.

Nicky González Yuen, Area 4, Cy Gulassa, Area 6, Linda Handy, Area 3, Bill Withrow, Area 1, and Meredith Brown, continue to serve on the Board. Student Trustees Adrien Abuyen and Justin Hyche also serve on the nine-member board.

“I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees, and Chancellor Laguerre, in the coming year to ensure that the Peralta Colleges continue to provide educational opportunities to our community’s students,” said President Riley.

“The key initiatives I will personally be committed to this year are closing the achievement gap, addressing accreditation matters and providing scholarships for our students to ensure everyone who wants to can go to one of our four community colleges,” President Riley added.

President Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and represents an area that includes Oakland’s Rockridge District and the City of Piedmont. He has served as President of the Board twice and also as Vice President. He is a Merritt College alumnus and served as Student Body President. Dr. Riley has worked in public education for over 40 years, including at the Alameda County Office of Education, the Oakland Unified School District, the East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and the San Ramon School Districts. He earned an Ed.D., in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.

Vice 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 Vice 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.

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Peralta Colleges Tap Yashica J. Crawford, Ph.D., as Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Chief of Staff

15 December 2015

Yashica CrawfordAt its regular meeting on December 9, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District approved the appointment of Yashica J. Crawford, Ph.D., as Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Chief of Staff.

Dr. Crawford, who most recently held the Chief of Staff position at the Solano Community College District, will take up her post at the Peralta Colleges on January 4, 2016.

Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, said, “Dr. Crawford has an impressive and comprehensive background in education at multiple levels. She is familiar with our communities and is able to bring instant credibility to the Office of the Chancellor.”

“We are fortunate to have been able to lure her to the District at a time when we are reaching out to our community and elevating the District to much higher level,” Dr. Laguerre added.

Dr. Crawford comes to Peralta from the Solano Community College District, where she served as Chief of Staff since 2014. While at Solano, Dr. Crawford had the pleasure of working with Chancellor Laguerre on a host of district initiatives and collaborations, including a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomanufacturing which was accepted as one of 15 community college programs statewide that will be offered beginning in 2017. As an Executive Team member, she has supported the district with policy and procedure revisions, establishing partnerships with local school districts and district strategic planning as well as strengthening services to students.

Prior to her work at Solano, Dr. Crawford served as Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Psychology at Patten University. Previously, she also served in many capacities with the San Francisco Unified School District. In her role as Board Liaison in Superintendent Richard Carranza’s Office, she supported the Board of Education and the Cabinet with strategic planning, goal prioritization and district evaluations.

She also served as Manager of the ExCEL After School Programs, a collaborative of 97 after school programs serving elementary, middle and high school students. Dr. Crawford also previously served at Executive Director of Moving Forward Education, an organization providing tutoring and mentorship to K-12 students in Oakland and throughout the Bay Area.

Dr. Crawford graduated with high honors from Howard University with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Psychology. She received a MA and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Florida. She has been married to her husband Cesnae Sr. for 13 years, and they have two children Cesnae Jr., age 9 and London, age 6.

“I am excited to be joining the Peralta Colleges at a time when their potential is being realized and the community is recognizing the importance that our community colleges play in providing quality education for all students, no matter their background,” Dr. Crawford said.

“I look forward to the challenges ahead as we work to bring educational programs to our community,” she added.

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Peralta Matters – The Barbara Lee Center for Science and Allied Health, Part 1

2 December 2015


Our next two episodes of Peralta Matters highlight the crowning jewel of our recent facilities construction projects, the Barbara Lee Center for Science and Allied Health. Our guest host, Chancellor Jowel C Laguerre, Ph.D., speaks first to student Kayla Pelletier, a successful registered nurse assistant who came back to Merritt College to increase her skills and further her career. And Biology Professor Hank Fabian describes some of the programs housed in this state-of-the-art facility, including our cutting edge Genomics program. To give you a bigger picture, we’ve included promos of other programs that are now housed in this beautiful, newly-opened facility.

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