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Saturday Openings in January 2017

19 January 2017

The Peralta Colleges will be open on Saturdays, January 21 & 28, 2017. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to help you get started in college for 2017!

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Spring Flex Day at Laney College January 18

13 January 2017

Flex Days at the Peralta Colleges are coming up, with the kick off at Laney College, 8:30 a.m., on January 18. You can review the activities by viewing this agenda:

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Contact Miriam Zamora-Kantor, M.S., Staff Development Officer if you have any questions at (510) 466-7313 or ormzamorakantor@peralta.edu.

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C-Direct TV with Dr. Cynthia Mahabir

9 January 2017

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Join Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., and Dr. Cynthia Mahabir on today’s episode of C-Direct TV. Honored with the special Chancellor’s Award at Flex Day, Dr. Mahabir explains her many years of activism and scholarship on the work of part-time faculty. Enjoy!

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Dr. Audre Levy Tapped As Laney College Interim President

6 January 2017

drlevy120621-008-1-214x300Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., has selected Dr. Audre Levy as the new Laney College Interim President. She will assume leadership on Monday, Jan. 9. Dr. Laguerre has been serving as Laney’s Acting President since Dr. Patricia Stanley concluded her assignment as Laney’s interim president on Dec. 31, 2016.

“I’m looking forward to working at Laney,” Dr. Levy stated. “Being in the heart of Oakland, the college plays a vital role in the region and it’s my commitment to see that it continues to do so.”

A Michigan native, Dr. Levy comes to Laney with five advanced university degrees and decades of experience in higher education. She’s held positions of leadership in California at the Los Angeles Community College District, including serving as president at Glendale Community College. She was also a leader at the Dallas Community Colleges in Texas, and in Florida, at Edison Community College.

Dr. Levy comes out retirement from her most recent role as president of Lone Star College-CyFair in Cypress, Texas where she spent six and half years.

Dr. Audre Levy will serve as Interim President until the search for the new president is concluded. 

You can read Dr. Levy’s bio here: http://www.laney.edu/wp/files/2017/01/Bio-Dr-Levy.pdf

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Holiday Greeting from Chancellor Laguerre

20 December 2016

xmas-16The end of the semester is here and I wanted to express my holiday greetings and thanks to everyone for making 2016 an outstanding year for our students and our colleagues. The New Peralta Way is taking hold and our Colleges and District are in the best shape in years. Thank you to everyone for making this possible, and best wishes for the New Year to you and yours.

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Peralta Board of Trustees Swears In Trustees, Elects New Officers

19 December 2016

weinstein-bonillaThe Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 13, 2016, swore in a new Trustee, Karen Weinstein (Area 6), pictured left, and also three reelected Trustees, Meredith Brown (Area 2), Bill Withrow (Area 1), Nicky González Yuen (Area 4). In addition, the Board elected new officers for 2017.

Julina Bonilla, representing Area 7, pictured right, was elected President, and Meredith Brown was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, William Riley, who will continue to represent Area 5, and Cy Gulassa, retiring Trustee who represented Area 6, were honored for their service at the meeting.

Student Trustees Dave Ivan Cruz and Marquita Price will also continue to serve on the nine-member governing board.

“I am extremely honored to serve the Peralta community and look forward to cultivating high quality educational programming and training for our students,” said President Bonilla.

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 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.

Vice President Brown was elected to the Peralta Board of Trustees in 2012 and has an extensive background in community service, including working as literacy volunteer for the Super Stars Literacy Program at Hoover Elementary School and serving as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic Convention. In addition, she is active raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education by working on the Alameda County Pre-School for All Campaign and working on a community task force for our local assembly representative. Brown is a graduate of Cornell University and also graduated from Boston University School of Law.

Karen Weinstein, who was elected to fill retiring Trustee Gulassa’s seat, has served on the Peralta District Citizens’ Oversight Committee, is a Board Member of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and is Vice-Chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women. Trustee Weinstein serves as Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Affirmative Action Committee and is a member-elect to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. She also serves as community liaison for the Dreamers and Undocumented Student Task Force. Trustee Weinstein received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, with a concentration in college counseling from the School of Education, State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Licensed California Psychologist.

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Peralta Trustees Appoint Timothy Karas as the Next President of College of Alameda

15 December 2016

karas-by-peralta-collegesAt its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District appointed Timothy Karas to serve as president of College of Alameda. Karas has been serving as Vice President of Instruction at the College since 2014. His tenure as President begins January 3, 2017.

After several months of searching for a new president at CoA, Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., concluded the final step in the process by conducting a campus visit to the College of Alameda last week to confirm the choice of Tim Karas, as he is known on campus, as CoA’s next leader.

“I look forward to welcoming Tim as a colleague in his exciting new role,” said Chancellor Laguerre. “I have great confidence that he will lead CoA to its greatest potential.”

“The CoA community is to be commended for having supported and shepherded its Vice President to the top leadership role at the College,” the Chancellor added.

Karas joined the College of Alameda in July 2014 as Vice President of Instruction. Prior to COA, Karas was Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts (2009-2014) and Director of Library Services (2005-2009) at Mission College in San Jose. Previously, he was a tenured faculty member at the College of San Mateo and participated on multiple committees, including the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and College Council.

“I am honored to lead this outstanding institution and am thankful for the support of the College of Alameda family,” said Karas of his new position. “At CoA, students are motivated to explore, create, learn and lead with help from faculty and staff. I believe everyone can flourish with high-quality, affordable education.”

“I am confident that with the ongoing support of our city and community partners, the College of Alameda will uphold its dedication to serve successfully the educational needs of our community,” he added.

Prior to working in academia, Karas worked as a librarian for the City of Palo Alto and Redwood City.

During the past ten years, he has served on a half-dozen accreditation site visit teams. Karas served as Executive Board President of the Council of Chief Librarians: California Community Colleges, and was an Executive Board Member (2008-2014).

Karas has served on many civic committees and commissions, including the City of San Jose Library Commission, Bond and Parcel Tax Citizen Oversight Committees and Santa Clara County Sister County Commission, and has co-authored a chapter in the book Campus Partnership in Small Academic Libraries: Challenges and Rewards.

His educational background includes a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt Sate University. Tim is currently completing his doctoral studies at Fielding Graduate University.

 

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New Episode of C-Direct TV

14 December 2016

New Episode of C-Direct TV

Don’t miss the latest edition of C-Direct TV, where I interview Loan Nguyen, one of the Chancellor’s Award winners from Berkeley City College.

You can view it right here: https://youtu.be/RFpwp8kDhIo

Don’t forget to turn on the closed-captions, if you’d like to use them.

 

 

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Dr. Melvinia King On Comcast Newsmakers

8 December 2016


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Dr. Melvinia King, Peralta’s Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE), appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to outline the work of our new Workforce Development and Career Education (WDCE) Unit.

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For more information on the WDCE, please contact Mel King at mking@peralta.edu or (510) 466-7228

or Sui Song at ssong@peralta.edu or (510) 466-7254

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Laney Eagles Football with Sen. Cory Booker

6 December 2016

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‘The Peralta Colleges are ‘Peralta Proud’ of the Laney College Eagles Football Team for a successful 2016 Season. The Eagles finished the season last weekend with an impressive 49-35 win over rival CCSF in the SFCC Bowl and an overall record of 9 wins with only 2 losses. Athletic Director and Head Coach John Beam, gave us an exclusive peek into the Laney student-athletes preparation for this game with U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Congratulation to the entire Laney College Eagles Football Program. GO EAGLES!’ GO EAGLES!!!!!

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Chancellor’s Statement on the Warehouse Fire

5 December 2016

It is difficult to find words to convey the depth of the tragedy that our community has witnessed in the wake of the Warehouse Fire and the loss of so many lives this weekend. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who perished in the fire, and we recognized the difficult path of healing that those who survived are now facing.

We are still in the process of identifying those in the Peralta Community who were affected by the Warehouse Fire, but we believe as many as five former, current and new students are among the victims. We mourn their passing.

Even as we are so saddened by this devastating fire in the Fruitvale District, for the sake of the survivors, and in memory of the victims, we must, together, look ahead with a sense of hope that tragedies such as this will never happen again. Together, as a community, we will overcome this terrible loss.

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.
Chancellor

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Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center at Merritt College Wins Prestigious Awards

2 December 2016

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The Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center is the newest building at Merritt College in Oakland – one of the four colleges of the Peralta Community College District, which includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney College, also in Oakland – and is now one of just two buildings named as “Outstanding Project for 2015” by the prestigious Western Council of Construction Consumers during their annual Excellence Awards ceremony that was held on October 27, 2016 at the Lafayette Hotel and Spa.

In announcing Merritt’s award, the Council said that the Barbara Lee Center was “Among the most sophisticated community college learning centers in the U.S., and the most advanced community college science center in California.” The building was also one of the few recipients during the program to receive a “Sustainability Excellence Award” for its LEED Gold Certification.

“I am very pleased that the Barbara Lee Science Center has been recognized with these awards,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “It clearly demonstrates what we can do to education our community’s students with the facilities bond funds that the public has generously entrusted to us.”

“We are planning future endeavors and I have every reason to believe those will also win recognition,” the Chancellor added.

On hand to accept the award for the Science and Allied Health Center was Derek Labrecque, Partner, and Shawn Percey, BIM Manager, from JK Architecture – the firm that designed the Center – along with Ted Foor, Larry Cabodi, Sean Burnie and Anna Kennedy from Clark/Sullivan Construction, the firm responsible for the construction of the Center. Also in attendance at the ceremony, and representing the Peralta District, were Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, Ph.D., and Dr. Saddiq Ikharo Vice Chancellor of Facilities, along with Merritt Dean Rosemary Delia and Gary Banks.

After the ceremony, architect Derek LaBrecque talked about the honor of receiving the award. “I’m excited that Merritt’s building was recognized tonight, partly because the essence of this project was built upon the vision of the college and history of the community. And also because of what will be done in this facility to prepare students with the skill sets they need to succeed in the 21st century.”

With over 110,000 square feet of dedicated space for science and technology, the Barbara Lee Health and Science building is the region’s newest epicenter for innovation in science and technology. As part of the Peralta Community College District’s commitment to provide access to the region’s student population, the building will be open all strata of students – concurrent enrollment high school students to life-long learners.

The majority of the four-story building, which was completed on time and within budget, is dedicated to programs in the Sciences and Allied Health, but includes Mathematics and Business Technology as well. The architectural design of the building, and the state-of-the-art equipment, provides something for everyone, enhancing the student learning environment, promoting the growth of the sciences and energizing the campus as a whole.

At various locations throughout the building, there are a number of public common areas for students and faculty to freely interact. These common areas have an open environment within the building to encourage active learning in an environment that is not just limited to the classroom.

The $59 million Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center was built with funds from the Measure A Bonds that were voted in place by the Citizens of North Alameda County that constitute the six communities served by the Peralta Community College District – Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont. According to Vice Chancellor Ikharo, “The construction of the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center demonstrates accountability to tax payers who voted for Measure A Bond Funds and promotes awareness to the greater community of how the bond measures is being spent. Additionally, the success of this building, by way of this prestigious award by an unbiased third party, represents confidence in possible future bond measures for the community.”

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Chancellor Laguerre’s Thanksgiving Message

21 November 2016

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This Thanksgiving all of us can reflect back on our successes throughout the year and give thanks to our colleagues, our students and everyone who made success possible. I want to thank all of you for everything you have done to make Peralta a better, more caring place this year. In the wake of the elections, as I have written, I want to again assure you, the Peralta Family, that we will continue to embrace basic human rights, our values and the Academic Freedom that makes Peralta an enduring institution. Peralta will remain a safe place for the expressions of cultural identity and documentation status, and no one will be silenced out of fear or prejudice. Education is our mission and we will continue, as we have for more than 50 years, to bring educational excellence to everyone–no matter their background–in our East Bay community.

Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes to you and your family.

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Chancellor’s Fall Forum Presentation

21 November 2016

img_1927If you missed the Fall Forums that Chancellor Laguerre held at each of the Peralta Colleges and the District Office, you can now watch a video of his presentation on Peralta TV’s YouTube Channel.

The direct link to the Chancellor’s Fall Forum video is here:

https://youtu.be/rRbsN6cipWE

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New Episode of Chancellor Laguerre’s C-DIRECT TV

17 November 2016

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In this edition of C-DIRECT TV, Chancellor Laguerre visits Laney College to speak with employees recognized for their dedication to our Mission. Peralta Director of Fiscal Services David Yang, Laney College Office of the President Executive Assistant Maisha Jameson and District Senior Network and Systems Administrator Chi Au detail how their work outside of the classroom helps our students succeed.

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