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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 in.  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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Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College

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 download a video version of this presentation

 

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Peralta Colleges Stand with DACA Students

6 September 2017

After the election of President Donald Trump, the District Board of Trustees took a very active stance supporting our Undocumented Students and all students who had reasons to be concerned about any potential unjust actions of the Trump administration.  Today, we are saddened that the administration has taken the position to end, within six months, the protection provided by DACA.

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that represents the decency of America. DACA protects children who were brought to this country and who have grown up as Americans in all the sense of the word. Often called “dreamers,” these children have been integrated into the culture of our schools and have embraced our values: America is their country. DACA students have demonstrated their commitment to be productive citizens and to keep our country strong and great.  Some have served in our military, some have earned degrees, and many have filled jobs that in our country that has strengthened our economy. We recognize the many accomplishments of DACA students and acknowledge their role in our democracy and their contributions to our society: they are lawyers, physicians, teachers—they are productive members of our communities.

 

At Peralta, we have hundreds of students who fit the DACA category, and they are among the best citizens we have.  The Trump administration’s abrupt decision to end DACA is unwise and appeals to a political base that has proven out of step with the majority of America. For this reason, we need to do everything we can to provide the immediate support needed for our students.  In fact, community colleges throughout the State of California are stepping up to be supportive of all DACA students.

 

The Peralta Community College District is committed to supporting DACA students in the best way we can and are committed to the following actions:

  • We will schedule legal workshops at the Colleges as soon as possible so that DACA students can learn about their rights and seek legal protection.
  • We will advocate through Congress and the White House to develop a permanent, fair, humane, and smart solution to making every “dreamer” a documented and respected citizen of the United States.
  • We will encourage our local legislators and community leaders to join us in lending their public support to this effort.
  • We will assure that all PCCD students– and especially the DACA students– know they are not alone in these troubling times.
  • Most importantly, our students need to know that their Faculty, the Staff, the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the College Presidents are watching out for them and that everyone in the United States is protected by the U.S. Constitution. The rights of DACA students are not exceptions to these protections. 
  • As part of our commitment, we want all to know that the District:
  • Will not allow federal immigration officials on campus absent legal authority;
  • Will not act on behalf of federal agencies to enforce immigration laws or aid in deportation;
  • Will not share student records containing confidential information without written consent, a court order or other legal mandate, and,
  • Will not allow College police to participate in any voluntary program of immigration enforcement.

 

PCCD remains deeply committed to all of our students and will do everything we can to ensure their success and safety. Currently, we are witnessing a troubling period in our history and we will do everything in our power to win back the values and ideals that make our country the beacon of hope and opportunity for the entire world.

 

Finally, we aim to beat the deadline to end DACA that has been thrust upon us. There are presently two bills before Congress (one of which is bi-partisan), which would preserve DACA; therefore, Congress is not starting from scratch and hope is not lost:  1.) the Bridge Act was introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on December 9, 2016, and co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Durbin, Murkowski, Flake and Schumer.  2.) the American Hope Act was introduced by Representative Gutierrez on July 28, 2017, and has 116 Democratic co-sponsors. The legislative process could result in a successful bi-partisan effort supporting the Bridge Act, which is currently before the Judiciary Committee, or the American Hope Act.  We are not giving up hope to continue to support DACA!

 

Sincerely,

Julina Bonilla, Board President, Peralta Community College District

Jowel Laguerre, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Rowena Tomaneng, President, Berkeley City College

Timothy Karas, President, College of Alameda

Tammeil Gilkerson, President, Laney College

Marie-Elaine Burns, President, Merritt College

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Peralta News: SMART Classroom Project

5 September 2017

We are happy to report progress on the SMART classroom project. As of today, the wiring and installation of projectors, speakers, and telephones have been completed in 12 classrooms.  We are waiting for the vendor to deliver the podiums around September 25th and will come back to install the touchscreen computer and document camera when they arrive.

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In the meantime, the projection and speaker system can be used by simply connecting a laptop.

For information on how to connect a laptop or tablet device, please watch this short instructional video created by the Laney College IT team: http://laney.edu/laney-it-group/smart-classroom-instructions.  We will also be reaching out to provide hands-on training for faculty assigned to each classroom as they become ready for use.  

Special thanks to the Laney College IT team for providing the training support and to everyone for their patience during the installation.
We look forward to providing you with another update in the next two weeks.

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(pictured: Jowel C. Laguerre – Chancellor, Vu Phan Laney – IT, Blake S Jonhson – Technology Committee Co-Chair, Donald Moore – Faculty Senate President, Dale Nabeta Laney – IT, William Jones Laney – IT, Jason Cole VC District – IT, Rebecca Bailey – Faculty, and Amy Bohorquez – Faculty)

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College of Alameda awarded CCC Maker grant

31 August 2017

 

 

Last month, we were given the good news that College of Alameda (CoA) was awarded the CCC Maker grant. For the first year (July 2017- June 2018), CoA will receive $250,000; funding for the second year (July 2018- June 2019) of the grant will be determined by the performance/outcomes of the first year. The college will also provide match funding to support the lab. Your support was crucial in CoA being awarded this grant, so we want to continue keeping you informed as we move to the next phase.

 

We’ve started the work of implementation, including getting D102-108 ready as well as creating a list of equipment for the lab. To ensure that the equipment meets the needs of its future users, we are continuing the practice of gathering feedback from stakeholders; to  help us sculpt the design of the FabLab/makerspace lab, we ask that you complete a survey to let us know which pieces of equipment you feel would benefit you as a partner.

 

SURVEY:  The survey provides the name of the equipment, its price range, a description of products that can be created with the equipment, and at the bottom a rating of interest to be completed by the person submitting the survey. (Please see below for example of one equipment entry.)

Link to the survey website: http://alameda.peralta.edu/fablab/equipment-survey/

Deadline for survey submission: Monday, September 11, 2017

 

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COA FABLAB 3D MODEL: To provide you with an idea of what the COA FabLab will look like, the 3D model provides a rendition of the space.  Please click on the following link: http://alameda.peralta.edu/fablab/

We look forward to getting your input and ideas as we want the COA FabLab to be user-centered and user-friendly when it opens in spring 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Fiat lux,

 

Lilia Celhay

Interim Dean of Instruction

College of Alameda

LCelhay@peralta.edu

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Peralta News: A look at Peralta Colleges classes starting today

21 August 2017

Engineering and science students can take transferable physics courses this fall at College of Alameda.

Check out the latest Community News column in the East Bay Times which highlights some of the many upcoming classes at the Peralta Colleges including Cybersecurity at Merritt College, Introduction to Sociology at Laney College, physics classes at the College of Alameda that meet the transfer requirements for California State University and the UC campuses, and, in collaboration with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and Strength and Berkeley Underground Scholars, Berkeley City College is offering a unique evening class this fall, “Strength From Roots.”

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College, Uncategorized

Alumni Spotlight: Vincent Garrett

15 August 2017

 

Vincent Garrett thought Laney College had helped him turned his life around when he finished his apprenticeship and joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 595). But his story and journey had Peralta had only begun. See what led him to help develop the Restoring Our Communities Initiative at Laney College to help support our formerly incarcerated students.

 

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Peralta News: At Peralta Colleges, summer a surprisingly busy time

7 August 2017

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Check out the latest Community News column in the East Bay Times which highlights summer activities at all four of our Peralta Campuses

“Just as summer school ebbs and fall classes seem way out there over the horizon somewhere, we find ourselves in the middle of summer with the slow season upon us.

But there is never a dull moment at our local community colleges — Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on during the summer at the East Bay’s Peralta Colleges.”

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College

Peralta News: Race in the Media

26 July 2017

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A collaboration between the Psychology department and the Office of Student Activities and Campus Life, the College of Alameda hosted a discussion on ‘Race in the Media’.

It was a student-centered workshop that explored topics such as: how being “othered,” stereotypes, and racism impact such important concepts in psychology such as self-esteem and identity. 

The guest facilitator, Jinni Pradhan provided resources on how people of color and allies can reshape the media to be more inclusive and representative of who many of our Peralta students are and their communities.

The College of Alameda strives to raise the consciousness of all people and empower each and every student with tools and information needed to succeed and more fully shape their lives. 

For more information on the College of Alameda, please visit:
http://alameda.peralta.edu

For general information on the Peralta Colleges or to sign up for classes, please visit: 
http://web.peralta.edu

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Super Saturday Enrollment Event

19 July 2017

Super Saturday 2017!
View a PDF of the flier

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PCCD New Student Enrollment

6 July 2017

New to Peralta? Here is a short introduction to enrolling, it is quick and easy to do!

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College of Alameda 2017 Valedictorian Fudhah Al Khafaji

20 June 2017

Fudhah Al Khafaji grew up in Iraq, lived in Jordan for seven years and moved to the United States four years ago. With her degree in Biology from College of Alameda, she plans to work in the pharmaceutical industry designing new drugs. She will transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall to study Chemical Biology. Congratulations!

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