There are over 1000 reasons to come to a Peralta College. So pick one!
23 August 2016
There are over 1000 reasons to come to a Peralta College. So pick one!
19 August 2016
Come to the Peralta Colleges Saturday, August 20, 9am to 2pm to enroll in classes for this fall semester. We have everything you need: Student Services, Registration, Financial Aid and Counseling and Advising. For more information, please see this flier: College Saturdays.
There are a thousand reasons to come to the Peralta Colleges. So pick one:
18 August 2016
Read about some of the thousands of classes you can take this semester at the Peralta Colleges in this month’s newspaper column: http://bit.ly/2bB4PfA. Classes start Monday, so enroll online right here now: http://web.peralta.edu/enrollment-2/
Mario Burrell shows off his baking skills as a student in Laney College’s Culinary Arts Department. The Culinary Arts Department offers two certificate programs, Restaurant Management and Baking and Pastry. Many of the classes are approved by Retail Bakers Association and National Restaurant Association.
Filed under: Announcements, Laney College, Peralta News. Tagged: Culinary Arts Department, Mario Burrell, National Restaurant Association, Newspaper Column, Restaurant Management, Retail Bakers Association
18 August 2016
Fall Semester’s District Flex Day was held at Laney College on August 17, 2016. If you missed the opening session, which included the Flex Day Address by Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., you can find videos of the session plus the text of the Chancellor’s address and his PowerPoint presentation here: http://web.peralta.edu/chancellor/chancellors-flex-day-address/
Filed under: Announcements, Laney College, Peralta News. Tagged: 2016 Fall Semester, Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, District Flex Day, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Fall Semester, Flex Day, Flex Day 2016, Jowel C. Laguerre
3 August 2016
The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., has appointed Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D., as Peralta Colleges’ Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Dr. Pedraja, who most recently was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Antioch University in Los Angeles, started in his new position this week.
As a child, Dr. Pedraja immigrated to the U.S., where he grew up in a low-income neighborhood. He became the first in his family to attend college and later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Focusing on Latino perspectives, Dr. Pedraja published books and articles exploring how understanding language and culture can promote intercultural dialogue and tolerance. In addition, he has published on higher education issues and best practices, including governance, assessment, strategic planning, and faculty and program development. He taught philosophy, ethics, and religious studies at the University of Puget Sound and Southern Methodist University. At SMU he served as Division Chair and was elected to the faculty senate. After becoming a Dean and Provost, Dr. Pedraja continued to mentor Latino doctoral candidates and served as President of La Comunidad of Hispanic American Scholars in his discipline. Dr. Pedraja advocates to increase higher education access for minority and marginalized populations who have been underserved historically by the American higher education system, and he has been quoted on this topic by the Associated Press, Huffington Post, International Business Times, and Univision.
From 2011-2016 Dr. Pedraja served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles, a non-profit institution serving adult students through degree completion and professional graduate programs in psychology, education, nonprofit management, sustainability, and creative writing. At Antioch, Dr. Pedraja developed a partnership with the Los Angeles Community College District, and led the creation of competency-based, hybrid, online graduate programs, and undergraduate degree programs in applied studies, business, technology and criminal justice that enable students to apply all of their community college or workforce development credits toward their bachelor degrees. In addition, he worked with the faculty to establish on-site degree completion programs at community colleges and an early college program providing courses at local high schools. These innovative programs provide clear pathways to college for K-12 students in underserved communities, and help adult students to achieve new professional goals or advance their current careers.
Previously, Dr. Pedraja served as Vice President for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education from 2004-2011, where he oversaw the accreditation of many universities and community colleges in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In that position, Dr. Pedraja championed intercultural dialogue by leading the first program to grant American accreditation to foreign universities. Since then, universities in South America, Asia, and Europe have retained Dr. Pedraja to guide them on conforming to American higher education standards. At Middle States, Dr. Pedraja also developed higher education policy and advocated with political leaders and other external constituencies about strategic solutions to a range of challenges including financial, governance, and political crises. For instance, Dr. Pedraja was instrumental in resolving student protests at the University of Puerto Rico that had debilitated the entire university system for months. In 2014, he lead a successful, comprehensive evaluation of Arizona’s complex Pima Community College District, which was under probation for publicized violations of integrity, governance, mission, and other criteria.
Outside his academic life, Dr. Pedraja has volunteered extensively with the American Red Cross Disaster Services and local emergency management. He has also served on non-profit boards and co-founded two organizations, one focused on animal rescue and the other on supporting cancer patients’ families.
Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News. Tagged: Antioch University, Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Dr. Luis G. Pedraja, Jowel C. Laguerre, Luis G. Pedraja, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
27 July 2016
Join Trustee Meredith Brown and Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., for a special Town Hall, August 9, 4-6pm at Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.
There will be special information for our Community’s students and we will feature some of the special programs at the Peralta Colleges. Information will be available on how you can get into college.
Learn more about:
Own your future now. Don’t miss this great community event!
For more information, please call Jeffrey Heyman at 510-466-7369 or see this flier: Own Your Future
Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News. Tagged: Apparel Design, Articulation Agreements, Automotive Repair, Certificate Programs, Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Computer Information Systems, Construction, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, EOPS, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, Jowel C. Laguerre, Manufacturing, Meredith Brown, Nursing, Own Your Future, Town Hall
26 July 2016
The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., has announced that Marie-Elaine Burns has been selected as the Interim President of Merritt College. Dr. Burns, who most recently was Vice-President for Special Services at San Jose City College, begins her tenure at Merritt on August 2.
Marie-Elaine Burns is an educational leader who is visionary, energetic, and passionate. While adaptable to change, she is a risk taker/entrepreneur; not afraid to explore an idea different from her own or to encourage others to try their ideas. She encourages and supports innovation and creativity.
Dr. Burns’ leadership style is characterized by respect, inclusiveness, transparency, collaboration, effective listening skills, and participatory governance. She is committed to equity and student success. Contributing to a positive impact on students has always been integral to the decisions she makes as a college leader.
Having worked in higher education for many years, Dr. Burns has been responsible for college access, student retention, support services, transfer and graduation success which are major components of student success. She worked at universities and colleges throughout the state which include but are not limited to the following: San Francisco State University which provided her first opportunity to teach; California State University at Long Beach where she assisted the Director in training college and university learning assistance professionals (faculty, coordinators and practitioners) from countries around the world; at Skyline College in San Bruno she was the Director of The Learning Center and the Student Support Services TRIO program and lead the establishment of the Jump Start Program for high school students that continued long after she left the college; and Foothill College in Los Altos Hills where Dr. Burns was Dean of the Middlefield Campus and established the successful Dare to EXCEL program for high school students with a grade point average of 2.0 and below.
As Vice-President of Student Affairs at San Jose City College (SJCC), Marie-Elaine Burns developed a vision and championed core values for student affairs and cultivated an effective Student Affairs management team. Under her leadership the College opened a Veterans Resource Center; the Annual African American/Latino/Pacific Islander/Native American Male Summit was established and led by her for six years; the Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHSAC) was established and is running effectively; she developed the first online student support services which assisted the College in being released from an accreditation sanction; and she co-chaired the Student Success & Equity committee as well as led the development of both the initial SSSP and Equity plans.
Dr. Burns’ postsecondary educational accomplishments include a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, cum laude; a Master’s of Science Degree in School Management & Administration, summa cum laude and a Doctorate in Institutional Management, magna cum laude, both from Pepperdine University.
Filed under: Announcements, Merritt College, Peralta News, Uncategorized. Tagged: Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Jowel C. Laguerre, Marie-Elaine Burns, San Jose City College, SJCC
28 June 2016
The Peralta Community College District’s (PCCD) Office of International Education was selected to receive $7,500 to support new study abroad scholarships as part of its commitment to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative to increase the number and diversity of students who study abroad by the end of the decade. Laney College’s Department of Dance will match this funding, to make a total of six student scholarship awards of $2,500 each. These scholarships will be used by students toward the cost of tuition, books, and travel related to Dance Study Abroad between Fall 2016 and Summer 2017.
PCCD will use the IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships to help students who otherwise would not be able to participate in a study abroad program. The Department of Dance at Laney College has done a fantastic job of raising funds and is actively working to assist students who wouldn’t typically go abroad be able to do so. The Department of Dance will be nominating the students to participate in one of their programs from Fall 2016-Summer 2017. Eligible students must be from low-income families (Financial Aid eligible) and have never studied abroad before.
Students may apply for the scholarship by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IIEScholarshipDance
PCCD is one of 14 colleges and universities selected based on its notable progress toward meeting its Generation Study Abroad commitment. IIE Generation Study Abroad grants are made possible through IIE’s Study Abroad Fund, with the support of IIE, STA Travel and individual donors, to award scholarships for study in any destination that the college approves. IIE will award a total of approximately $200,000 in scholarships for campuses to provide as scholarships to their students. This is IIE’s second round of grants to support campuses’ efforts to provide scholarships to expand study abroad participation among American college students.
Less than 10 percent of American college students study abroad and few of those students come from underrepresented groups. PCCD’s Office of International Education joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to take action to make it possible for more U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to participate in an academic, internship, or service-learning experience abroad.
“All college students need international educational and work experience in order to compete and thrive in a global workforce,” said Allan E. Goodman, IIE’s President and CEO. “But students need financial resources to go abroad. That’s why IIE is dedicated to supporting its Generation Study Abroad commitment partners’ goals to provide more students with international education opportunities.”
This year’s IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarship grants will go to Appalachian State University; Case Western Reserve University; Central Piedmont Community College; Elmhurst College; Hawaii Pacific University; Johnson & Wales University; Lamar University; Missouri University of Science and Tech; Peralta Community College District; Rochester Institute of Technology; Salve Regina University; University of South Carolina, Upstate; Utah State University; and Washington and Jefferson College.
Some of the actions that winning campuses are taking include: providing funding for first-generation college students to study abroad, developing student ambassador programs to promote study abroad on campus, increasing freshman study abroad programs, and creating targeted advising programs specifically for veterans, minority students, and STEM students.
Launched in March 2014, the Generation Study Abroad network continues to gain momentum and now has over 600 partners from the U.S. and abroad. As part of their commitments, Generation Study Abroad partner campuses have pledged to raise money and give scholarships, and a number of study abroad program providers and host campuses outside of the United States have pledged to award scholarships toward the cost of their programs.
Filed under: Announcements, Laney College, Peralta News. Tagged: Dance, Dance Study Abroad, Department of Dance, Generation Study Abroad, Institute of International Education, Office of International Education
16 June 2016
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District appointed Rowena M. Tomaneng to serve as the next president of Berkeley City College. Tomaneng’s appointment comes following the departure of the previous president, Deborah Budd, who accepted the position of Chancellor of the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District earlier this year. Tomaneng will assume her post on August 1, 2016.
“I am extremely happy that the Trustees have appointed Ms. Tomaneng and look forward to working with her on some of the key issues facing Berkeley City College, in particular, and the Peralta Colleges in general,” said District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.
“Ms. Tomaneng has the background, leadership skills and the temperament to lead BCC at this time,” he added. “We are happy to have her join the dynamic faculty, staff and administrators at BCC to continue and amplify the quality education and services they provide.”
Rowena Tomaneng has been the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif., for six years. She has overseen the Academic Services Division (including the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education), the Office of Professional Development and Pathways programs, such as the Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, and First Year Experience, as well as the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement, where, in 2006, she was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships.
Tomaneng has also overseen collaborative units at the De Anza, including the Learning Resources Division, consisting of Online Education, the Library and the Student Success Center. She holds leadership roles in state initiatives, including both the Student Equity and Student Success and Support Programs. She has obtained and administered state and federal grants, including the Basic Skills Initiative, Asian American/Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and Title III: Strengthening Institutions. Tomaneng has worked on faculty and district-wide administrative teams for many years, leading and developing program reviews and accreditation documents. In 2013, she won the statewide Association of California Community College Administrators’ Administrative Leadership Excellence Award, nominated by faculty in Academic Services.
Previously, Tomaneng served for over two years as Interim Dean of De Anza’s Language Arts Division, which includes 50 full-time and 140 adjunct faculty members, and offers 85 courses in the English Department, ranging from basic skills to multicultural literatures, as well as the departments of ESL, Journalism, Reading and Speech. She was English Department chair for the preceding three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency. Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996-2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature. She has participated extensively in curriculum development and developed various community and educational partnerships.
Tomaneng is actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns. She has written and contributed to a variety of publications and currently serves on the advisory board to the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Upon completion of her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities, Tomaneng is scheduled to receive her doctorate in International/Multicultural Education, with a concentration in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco in December. She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine.
Filed under: Announcements, Berkeley City College, Peralta News. Tagged: Berkeley City College President Finalists, Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, College President, Deborah Budd, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Jowel C. Laguerre, Rowena M. Tomaneng
13 June 2016
Get the classes you need this summer at the Peralta Colleges.
Summer school classes start on Monday, June 20. You can enroll online or in person.
All Admissions and Records (A&R) offices at the four Peralta Colleges — Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College — will be open this Friday, June 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help you register.
Don’t miss summer school at the Peralta Colleges!
3 June 2016
Introducing Gabriel Thomas Tramble, Valedictorian
Valedictorian Gabriel Thomas Tramble has been an exemplary student during his time at College of Alameda, earning a 4.0 average. This fall he will be attending UC Berkeley, where he received the Regents Scholarship. This is the most prestigious scholarship that UC Berkeley offers. He was also accepted to UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Alabama State University, and Tuskegee University. Gabriel will be majoring in Media Studies with an emphasis in business. Gabriel has a website, stockbaby.org, which focuses on stocks and investment strategies. In his free time, Gabriel says he uses his website as a tool to teach others while researching and trading stocks.
Introducing Gabriela Martinez Garcia, Salutatorian
Through hard work and perseverance, Gabriela Martinez Garcia has become the 2016 Graduating Class Salutatorian. Gabriela is a first generation college student and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She spends a significant amount of time working with underserved youth in Oakland through non-profit organizations like the Reading Partners and AVID. She also volunteers her time at schools like Brookfield Elementary, John Muir Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary School. She is transferring to UC Davis as a major in Native American Studies with minor in education. She aspires to go into the education field to help her community.
Filed under: Announcements, College of Alameda, Peralta News. Tagged: Alabama State University, AVID, Brookfield Elementary, Gabriel Thomas Tramble, Gabriela Martinez Garcia, John Muir Middle School, Media Studies, Native American Studies, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Reading Partners, Regents Scholarship, Roosevelt Elementary School, Salutatorian, Tuskegee University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, Valedictorian
3 June 2016
Introducing Selina V. Gonzalez, Valedictorian
Selina V. Gonzalez, Valedictorian of Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016, arrived in the United States at age 16, a native of a town in the mountainous Hidalgo, Mexico region. “Berkeley City College challenged my way of thinking and provided me with opportunities to improve and exercise my leadership skills by helping undocumented students,” she said. “One of my goals is to advocate for underrepresented peoples and empower them to follow their dreams.”
Gonzalez is a founding member of the Peralta Community College District’s first Undocumented Community Resources Center. A member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she is a Peralta Foundation Scholarship recipient. Her activities include membership in BCC’s Latin American Club, the Dreamers Task Force and the Political Science Association. As a former ESL student, she continues to provide math and English tutoring for others in BCC’s ESL classes. She also has helped to organize events and has volunteered at Ashby Village, a resource and support center for elders, and at Berkeley’s Chaparral House, a nursing home facility. She was accepted to UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Los Angeles.
Introducing Nicole Rodgers, Salutatorian
Nicole Rodgers, Salutatorian for Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016, is at once motivated and is a motivational mentor to others. She is passionate about political activity, having served at state, regional and local levels in a variety of advocacy roles for both disabled and able-bodied students. “I am hearing impaired and am an advocate for Deaf and hard of hearing students’ rights, both in the community and at the local level,” she asserted. “I am so pleased to be graduating from Berkeley City College; it has been my pleasure to reach out and help students to not only be the best versions of themselves but an empowering resource for other students.”
Rodgers’s many community activities include roles as chief justice of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. Statewide, she serves as one of 30 student senators for the California Community Colleges Student Senate. That body represents 2.3 million students. Rodgers also was president of BCC’s Global Studies Club and founded the college’s Disaster Preparedness Club. Working with the City of Berkeley, she helps to deliver disaster preparedness resources to under served communities.
Filed under: Announcements, Berkeley City College, Peralta News. Tagged: a nursing home facility. She was accepted to UC Berkeley, Ashby Village, Associated Students, California Community Colleges Student Senate, Chaparral House, Class of 2016, Disaster Preparedness Club, Dreamers Task Force, Global Studies Club, Latin American Club, Nicole Rodgers, Peralta Foundation Scholarship recipient, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Political Science Association, Salutatorian, Selina V. Gonzalez, UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, Valedictorian
Saturday 27 August 2016
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