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Peralta News – Law Enforcement Pre-Academy at Merritt College

5 October 2015


Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was one of the many special guest speakers at the press conference held on September 4 to announce the Administration of Justice’s (AJ) new Law Enforcement Pre-Academy starting fall 2015.

This 13-week series of courses is the brainchild of Margaret Dixon, head of the AJ Program, who is thrilled to see it finally happen and excited to have former OPD Police Chief Howard Jordan coordinating it and OPD and Sheriff’s Department personnel teaching in it. “This is a rare chance for potential police officers to get up to speed on the physical aspects and knowledge necessary to be successful in a police academy,” she says. “Our instructors offer decades of experience in the field to pass on to the students.”

For the full press conference coverage, click here.

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College of Alameda and Alameda Unified School District ASTI Program Wins National Award

2 October 2015

15ca454pu_alameda_science_and_technology_institute_astiThe Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), an Early College High School partnership between the Alameda Unified School District and College of Alameda, one the four Peralta Colleges, has won a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.

The award, which is given out by the U.S. Department of Education, honors academically excellent elementary, middle and high schools. ASTI was designated as an “Exemplary High Performing School,” which means it is in the top 15 percent of schools statewide, as measured by various assessments, such as overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Only 29 schools (8 of which are high schools) in California received that designation. Across the country, only 285 schools received the award.

“The College of Alameda is pleased with this much deserved, national recognition of ASTI,” said Joi Lin Blake, President of College of Alameda.

“Research has shown that early college high school partnerships increase student access, affordability, achievement and completion. And ASTI is an example of the Peralta Community College District’s commitment to continued collaborative partnerships with our K-12 colleagues that promote and support student success,” Blake said.

Pesident Blake also noted that ASTI 2015 graduating class had received $400,000 in scholarships.

ASTI’s primary objective is to increase college readiness and retention among first-generation college-bound students and students from groups that are typically underrepresented on college campuses. The program allows students to enroll full-time at College of Alameda in 11th and 12th grade. As a result, about 40% of the students graduate with an AA degree, and 88% of the graduates meet the course requirements for attending a UC. The school was founded in 2002 and is supported by Measure A parcel tax money.

Five of the eight public high schools chosen from California were Early or Middle College High Schools.

The 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC next month on Nov. 9-10. Each school will receive an award plaque and a flag as symbols of their accomplishments. In its 33-year history, more than 8,000 of America’s schools have received the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award

Read more about the ASTI program here:

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Peralta Matters – 2015 New Faculty, Part 1

24 September 2015


For the next 2 episodes of Peralta Matters, we are talking to new faculty at our four colleges. In this episode, meet Monique Inciarte, newly hired faculty in the Legal and Community Interpreting Department at Laney College, as she explains the opportunities in this growing field. Next up, Greg Schartz, new Geography instructor at both Laney College and College of Alameda, relates his experience teaching online classes. Bashir Shah, Merritt College Business Faculty, describes what it takes to succeed in business today. And Charity Clay, new Sociology professor at Merritt College, explains her courses and motivations.

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Academic Excellence – First Year Experience Program at Berkeley City College

16 September 2015


The First Year Experience Program curriculum is designed to engage students by offering complementary curriculum (joint assignments) that is both challenging and collaborative. The spirit of the curriculum is to educate, as you might expect, but to also build community amongst students and faculty.

This innovative cohort program provides intensive support and early planning to help students succeed in college.

For more information, please visit

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight September 8, 2015

15 September 2015


At the September 8, 2015 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees, President Joi Lin Blake received a donation to the College of Alameda from Tenacity Ten Lacrosse organization to fund the CoA Promise. The Board approved the final 2015-2016 budget after a public hearing and presentation by Vice Chancellor Ron Little. And a controversial choice was accepted for Employer Liaison for the California Career Pathways Trust. Please view the entire meeting at

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Peralta Student Leaders Attend the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

11 September 2015

609MultiMedia - Hi-Res1A delegation of student leaders from the four Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College – will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to attend the 45th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. The students are being accompanied by Board President Meredith Brown, Trustee Linda Handy, who has coordinated and led the trips for 11 years, Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, Ph.D., and Interim Dean of Student Success and Equity, Lasana Hotep.

Peralta’s delegation will receive a private tour of the U.S. Capitol building, go to a legislative advocacy seminar and briefing, and attend sessions of the Congressional Black Caucus conference. The nine students – among them student body presidents, student trustees, and other student leaders – will also attend a California Constituents breakfast at the Rayburn House Office Building. The students’ one-on-one meetings with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and other members of Congress will be the highlight of their trip.

Established in 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus has served as the voice for people of color in Congress and seeks to ensure that everyone in the United States has an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. One of its main goals is universal access to education from birth through post-secondary school.

Use #PeraltaCBC on social media to follow Peralta’s student leaders delegation at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference.

You can see a brochure with bios of the Peralta Delegation here: PCCD ALC 15 Brochure

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Peralta Matters – Chancellor Laguerre

9 September 2015


Welcome to the new season of Peralta Matters! This month’s episode features our new Chancellor, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., discussing his welcome to the District and our community.

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Academic Excellence – Media Communications @ Laney College

2 September 2015


Whether you are interested in making movies or music videos, documentaries or YouTube, the Media Communications program at Laney College offers hands-on classes both behind and in front of the camera. Learn to write scripts, produce, direct, act and get your hands on top of the line equipment to make your vision a reality. Learn the skills you need to improve your skills and get jobs in this exciting industry. For more information, visit or call (510) 464-3550.

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Peralta News – Congresswoman Barbara Lee & Chancellor Jowel Laguerre at Flex Day

31 August 2015


The Peralta Colleges celebrated a very special Flex Day to kick off a new semester and welcome our new Chancellor, Jowel Laguerre. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined the festivities, filling the packed Odell Johnson Theater with words of encouragement and inspiration. Board President Meredith Brown, faculty members and staff leadership also spoke at this joyous event!

The Peralta family was treated to an outstanding performance by the Jiklele dance group, hosted by Laney’s very own dance department.

We look forward to a new semester with more fantastic happenings at Peralta and a heartfelt welcome to Chancellor Jowel Laguerre. Many thanks to Congresswoman Barbara Lee and her staff for sharing this momentous day with us!

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District Telephone Service Disruption

26 August 2015

PCCD_AnnouncementThe Peralta Colleges are experiencing intermittent telephone service disruptions and you may not be able to immediately reach faculty, staff or services.

Our Information Technology Department is aware of the problem and actively working to resolve it as quickly as possible. We will communicate with you updates and advise you when service is fully restored.

In the meantime, if you need to reach a faculty member or staff, please use email for your communication. Email addresses are available on our Website at

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Update 1 (Aug 27, 2015 at 2:04 PM): The phone system will be brought down today (Aug 27) at 5:00 pm for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, to make repairs in order to alleviate phone congestion issues.  We regret the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we move toward uplifting the aging infrastructure across the district offices.

Update 2 (Aug 28, 2015 at 3:06 PM): The phone system is reported to be operating properly. 

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Wondering about going to college?

24 August 2015



Our Host Brianna Rogers asks students on the Laney Quad “What would you tell someone who is wondering about going to college?”

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School Starts Monday-Have You Enrolled?

21 August 2015

Enrollment Fall 2015 Social

If you haven’t enrolled, it’s not too late. Check out our mobile-friendly class schedule at and chose the classes you you want at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College.

Then enroll at  It’s not too late to get the classes you want at the Peralta Colleges.  See you in class!

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The NEW Peralta Way: Chancellor Laguerre’s District Flex Day Address

21 August 2015


If you missed Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre’s District Flex Day address, “The NEW Peralta Way,” you can watch it, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s opening remarks and Board of Trustees President Meredith Brown’s inspiring introduction on our YouTube channel: (Dr. Laguerre’s address begins at about 2:25:50, the Congresswoman’s remarks at 22:05 and President Brown’s at 38:10).

If you wish to download the text of Dr. Laguerre’s address, you can find it here: New Peralta Way Flex Day Fall 2015 Chancellor Laguerre Address

You can also read a profile of Dr. Laguerre that was published in the Oakland Tribune here: Also, Dr. Laguerre’s Guest Commentary in the Oakland Tribune and other Bay Area newspapers can be found here:

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The School Year is Here: Read All About it!

21 August 2015

Peralta_News_TempRead all about how the new school year is shaping up and also about the Flex Day address by Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., and inspiring remarks by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Plus, there are some great new programs at the Peralta Colleges you should know about. Our monthly newspaper column is in the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Alameda Journal, the Berkeley Voice, the Montclarion and other papers, and you can read it right here:

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee at District Flex Day

18 August 2015

Welcome to a new school year! Please join faculty and staff in welcoming our new Chancellor, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., on District Flex Day, Wednesday August 19th, 8;30 a.m., at Laney College’s Odell Johnson Theatre. We’ll be joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and the Chancellor will present his State of the District address. 

If you cannot make Flex Day in person, you can watch the live video stream of the morning session starting at 9:00 am — with remarks from Congresswoman Lee, Board President Brown, Chancellor Laguerre and others — on the Peralta TV’s Youtube Channel: (Dr. Laguerre’s address begins at about 2:25:50, the Congresswoman’s remarks at 22:05 and President Brown’s at 38:10).


District Flex Day, August 19, Laney College

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