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Peralta News – Board Spotlight October 21, 2014

30 October 2014

Board Spotlight: 21 OCT 2014

The October 21, 2014 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a proclamation honoring Berkeley City College, Stanford and Oxford alumna Tenzin Seldon. The Board approved a 19 meeting calendar for 2015. And engaged in a lively discussion around our students becoming apprentices in the building trades in the first reading of a side letter to our Project Labor Agreement.

To view this or past meetings, please visit our meeting archives at:

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New Video, 50 Years: The History of the Peralta Community College District

30 October 2014

'50' PCCD Anniversary Video

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Peralta Community College District, which was founded in 1964, Peralta TV has produced a short video, “50 Years: The History of the Peralta Community College District.” This look at our history will premiere tonight, Thursday, Oct. 30, at the 50th Anniversary Grand Reception, hosted by the Peralta Colleges Foundation at Merritt College. You can watch the video and learn about the long history of the Peralta Colleges right here:

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Peralta News – Fire Science at Merritt College

29 October 2014

Academic Excellence: Fire Science

The Fire Science program at Merritt College is designed to prepare students for a career in the Fire Service, and provide career advancement opportunities for those already in the Fire Service. Instruction includes fundamentals of fire prevention, building construction for fire protection, safety and public education, certification, firefighter academy, and fire investigation.

(Special Thanks to the Alameda County Health Pipeline Partnership and Charles Lightfoot at Oakland Fire Station 1)

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Join Microsoft’s Dr. Cynthia Dwork for “Your Data will be Used in Aggregate Form”— the Latest Research in Online Privacy Issues” at Berkeley City College, Nov. 5

28 October 2014

Berkeley City College7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 5 at Berkeley City College Auditorium

“Your Data will Only be Used in Aggregated Form,” 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 5, a lecture by Microsoft’s Dr. Cynthia Dwork, will examine the common intuition that privacy is ensured by aggregation and show that information—and hence privacy loss—flows in mysterious ways. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, takes place Berkeley City College’s auditorium at 2050 Center St., Berkeley.

Arguing that the situation demands a mathematically rigorous treatment of privacy, the talk will introduce “differential privacy,” a field of research supporting a strong definition of privacy tailored to analysis of large data sets. The presentation is part of the “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of six public lectures in 2014–15, which are jointly presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College (BCC). They are made possible with funding from the Simons Foundation.

Dr. Dwork is distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research. She is renowned for placing privacy-preserving data analysis on a mathematically rigorous foundation. A cornerstone of this work is differential privacy, a strong privacy guarantee frequently permitting highly accurate data analysis. Dr. Dwork has also made seminal contributions in cryptography and distributed computing, and is a recipient of the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, recognizing some of her earliest work establishing the pillars on which every fault-tolerant system has been built for decades. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shirley Fogarino
Berkeley City College
(510) 981-2852

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Study Abroad Financial Aid Workshop at Laney College, November 5

28 October 2014

Study Abroad Financial Aid Workshop (November 5th)If you are interested in studying abroad but not sure how you can afford to, or how to assist students, come to this very important information STUDY ABROAD FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP.  Representatives from Financial Aid will speak to PCCD faculty, staff and students about how to apply for financial aid to help cover the costs of studying abroad.  You don’t want to miss this event!

Date: Wednesday, November 5th
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Laney College (Room E-254)

For more information contact Drew Gephart at (510) 587-7834 or

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28 October 2014


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International Education Week at the Peralta Colleges, November 17-21

28 October 2014

IEW FlyerA celebration and promotion of International Education and Exchange. For more information contact Thomas Torres-Gil at or call (510) 587-7835.

The Office of International Education is celebrating International Education Week!  This week long celebration from Monday, November 17-Friday, November 21 is a joint initiative supported by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries. International Education Week is a celebration and promotion of international education and exchange.

Throughout the week, the Office of International Education will be hosting a variety of events at each of the four PCCD colleges, including a Peace Corps Panel, a Study Abroad Panel and an International Student Panel.  Please come out to learn about how you can become involved with international education!

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Peralta News – Board of Trustees Meeting October 21, 2014

27 October 2014

Board of Trustees Meeting October 21, 2014

Board of Trustees Meeting that was held on October 21, 2014 at the District Boardroom.

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BCC’s Tenzin Seldon Honored

22 October 2014


Tenzin Seldon, a Berkeley City College grad who went on to Stanford and Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar!), was honored in a resolution at last night’s Board of Trustees meeting. Read her story below and see more photos at Peralta’s Facebook page:

Tenzin Seldon attended Berkeley City College for 2 years in 2007-2009 and graduated with the highest distinction, summa cum laude. At Berkeley City College, Tenzin was an active member of the college community with activities serving as Senator in the ASBCC, student ambassador, President of various clubs and boards. In 2009, Tenzin was accepted and enrolled at Stanford University.   In 2012, Tenzin graduated with Phi Beta Kappa, high academic distinction in the Department of Comparative Studies with a focus in education and global justice at Stanford University.

Tenzin serves in various local, national, and international leadership capacities.  At Stanford University, Tenzin served as President of Project Compassion, Executive Cabinet Diversity Chair for the student government, and on student advisory boards on Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, First Generation/ Low Income Partnership, and Freeman Spogli Institute’s, Program for Human Rights where she raised awareness about global human trafficking.

Tenzin also has worked as Coordinator to President Obama’s Interfaith Challenge to foster and emphasize interfaith understanding among peers as well as an Fellow at CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education), initially funded and supported by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to promote the pedagogy and scientific study of compassion

Since her time at BCC and Stanford, Tenzin has also engaged in work with US domestic and international affairs first-hand, currently serving in a leadership capacity in an international organization, College 100, which works with the top network of student presidents, scholars, Olympians, and other distinguished young people to incubate social projects and raise political/social consciousness.

Tenzin is currently serving as an Executive and Co-Founder of Climate Justice League, working alongside top youth leaders and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson as the foremost group of prominent women leaders concerned with climate issues. Additionally, Tenzin has attending and committed to international projects with Clinton Global Initiative University and serves as Outreach Director for Oxford Women for Women International and a member of the renowned debating team, Oxford Union.

Finally, Tenzin was the first Tibetan to be awarded the Truman Scholarship. Tenzin is currently pursuing a Masters in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University on the Rhodes Scholarship. Her dissertation will cover poverty, family and welfare policy. Tenzin plans to continue expanding her interests in policy, activism, and scholarship in international affairs with organizations such as the United Nations in the future.


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Berkeley City College Science Seminar Series, October 29

20 October 2014

GrikscheitFlyerBThe Berkeley City College Science Department is continuing the Science Seminar Series this semester on Wednesday, October 29  at 7 pm featuring Tracy Grikscheit, MD,  speaking on tissue-engineering and stem cells. For more information contact Natalia Fedorova at (510) 981-2947.

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Peralta News – Aviation Maintenance at College of Alameda

14 October 2014

Academic Excellence: Aviation Maintenance

Always wanted to work with planes? Through the College of Alameda you can! The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program provides an opportunity for students to gain the skills needed to work in a number of A&P careers. Conveniently located in a well-equipped facility adjacent to the Oakland International Airport.

Certificates, Degrees, and Licenses

Certificates of Achievement – You can choose a path in either Airframe or Powerplant mechanics, and will receive a Certificate of Achievement in your pathway when you have passed all of the course requirements.

A.S. Degree – Students can graduate with an A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technology with the completion of the General Education coursework in addition to the AMT coursework.

FAA Licenses – The courses are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and will also prepare you to take the FAA exams. Passing the coursework and the appropriate exams will qualify you for an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic License as well as a General Radiotelephone License.

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight October 7, 2014

14 October 2014

Board Spotlight: 7 OCT 2014

The October 7 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a Legislative Update by our Sacramento lobbyists.  The Machine Technology Program at Laney College was presented as a Program of Distinction.  And Board members had a spirited discussion about the $15 million Career Pathways grant.

To view this or past meetings, please visit our meeting archives at:

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Did you know that famous rapper Master P is an alumni of Merritt College?

9 October 2014


Did you know that famous rapper Master P is an alumni of Merritt College? Then known as Percy Miller, he came back to visit the college, see his former basketball coach, and thrill lots of current students who had their photo taken with him!

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Educating the Hip-Hop Generation lecture by Kevin Powell at Merritt College

9 October 2014

P-SPAN #387: Kevin Powell at Merritt College

Merritt College welcomed activist and author Kevin Powell, who gave a lecture on “Educating the Hip-Hop Generation.”

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Fall 2014 Annual Plant Sale at Merritt College, October 11-12

9 October 2014


The Associated Students of Merritt College Horticulture Club is hosting its bi-annual plant sale on Oct. 11 and 12, Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & Sunday, 12 noon – 3 p.m. The plant sale includes a wide variety of edible perennial and annuals, heirloom vegetables, Mediterranean, drought-tolerant plants, and much more. On Saturday there will be plant and landscape design information experts on hand, live music, delicious organic locavore lunches for sale, tours, demonstrations, and “Salvation Garden” tools, books and whatnot sale table. They will have plenty of plants and people to answer your questions on Sunday, too. Cash or checks only, as they are not equipped for credit/debit cards. For more information go to or call (510) 436-2418.

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