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Town Hall with Trustee Brown & Chancellor Laguerre, August 9, 4-6pm, Youth Uprising, Oakland

27 July 2016

Own Your Future

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:

  • Our Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
  • Articulation Agreements with UC, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and our Our Law Academy
  • Certificate Programs in Apparel Design, Nursing, Computer Information Systems, Manufacturing, Construction, Automotive Repair, and more.

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

 

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Merritt College Interim President Selected

26 July 2016

 

Marie-Elaine_BurnsThe 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.

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Peralta Colleges Open Saturdays, August 13 & 20

26 July 2016

unnamedClasses start August 22. Enroll now for the fall semester. And we can help: The Peralta Colleges will be open on Saturdays, August 13 & 20, 9am to 2pm. Student Services, Registration, Financial Aid and Counseling will be available to help you get the classes you need. For more information, please see this flier: College Saturdays

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Peralta Community College District to Award IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships to Diversify Students who Study Abroad

28 June 2016

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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.

 

 

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Saving Taxpayers Over $24 million, Peralta Community College District Issues $157.8 Million in General Obligation Bonds

21 June 2016

PCCD_AnnouncementOn the heels of its recent AAA credit rating from Fitch, the Peralta Community College District announced the successful sale of $157.8 million of general obligation bonds. The financing accomplished two goals for the District: Refinancing bonds previously issued by the District in 2007 and 2009; and producing $50 million for new and ongoing capital projects at the District’s four colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

Peralta District Taxpayers will receive a significant savings benefit from the refinancing, totaling $24.7 million over the life of the bonds, through a reduction in their annual property tax assessments. The refinancing lowered total interest cost by a present value savings equal to 16.8% of the principal amount of the prior bonds. The refunding bonds carry a true interest cost of 2.9%, which is substantially lower than the 5.0% average interest rate of the prior bonds.

“We are pleased to be able to find ways to reduce the cost of our bonds that ultimately benefit our voters,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “We appreciate the work the bonds team has done to support our efforts on behalf of our citizens. We are grateful to our taxpayers for what they do to make Peralta a successful district in educating our citizens,” he added.

The 2016 general obligation bonds are rated “AAA” by Fitch Ratings and “Aa3” by Moody’s Investors Service.

Several firms comprised the District’s bond finance team. KNN Public Finance, LLC, served as Municipal Advisor for the transaction. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP served as Bond and Disclosure Counsel. The bonds were sold via negotiated sale, led by Citi as senior manager. RBC Capital Markets served as co-senior manager. Siebert Branford Shank and Backstrom McCarly Berry served as co-managers. Peralta’s Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Ron Little, led the District’s efforts.

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Trustees Tap Rowena M. Tomaneng As Next President of Berkeley City College

16 June 2016

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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.

 

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Summer Classes Start June 20, Admissions Offices Open This Friday, June 17, to Help You Enroll

13 June 2016

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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!

 

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Laney Colleges’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Introducing Carmen M. Solis, ValedictorianGonzalez

In 2014, Carmen M. Solis decided she wanted to return to school to complete her studies; however, due to an unpredictable and inflexible work schedule, her progress was hindered. It had been nearly 10 years since she last enrolled in classes, but that did not deter Carmen from making finishing her associate in arts degree a top priority. To achieve her goal, Carmen embarked on a significant career change which enabled her to have a steady work schedule and allowed her to enroll at Laney College.

Even though she knew it would be a challenge to work full-time during the day and continue her studies in the evening, Carmen made a commitment to herself to obtain her AA. Close to achieving her goal, she decided to further challenge herself by enrolling in the Management and Supervision (M/SVN) Certificate Program that Laney College offers in partnership with Alameda County. While busy with work and school, she faced a difficult personal situation when her mother passed away due to a battle with breast cancer. This situation only furthered her commitment to work hard and complete her studies.

The M/SVN program at Laney College has transformed and enhanced her skills as an employee with Alameda County and she has persevered in obtaining her AA. Carmen is now looking forward to a brighter and more confident future as she contemplates her next challenge

Introducing Liming Jiang, SalutatorianRodgers

Education is the most important thing to me because it makes me understand the real meaning of life. I was born in Hunan, China in 1985, in a patriarchal family. My sex and gender doomed me to be looked down upon. When I was a child, I had to take care of my two younger brothers. I often was bullied and beaten up by the adults in the village. I was not doing very good at school, and I was labeled as a stupid student. After my parents’ businesses closed down, I supported my two younger brothers while they earned their college degrees. After that, I told my parents about my plan to earn a college degree as my two brothers did, but they told me that women did not get higher education. I thought my life was unfair and meaningless. After I arrived in the United States, my life changed because of the education Laney College offered to me and the love my husband gave to me. Laney College opened the door for me, and my husband supported me to get higher education at Laney College. In order to build my solid foundation, I started with english as a second language classes, then general education classes, and finally to my major courses. My experience at Laney College completely changed me, and my negative mindset about the meaning of life. I learned how to think. Life is a process of pursuing dreams. They offered many opportunities and lessons to me. What I suffered from life is what I was given from it. The experience at Laney College also opened my mind, and I realized what my perspectives and ideas were, and I started to focus on my community. Right now, my dream is achieved at Laney College, and I have finished my double majors in social science and business administration with a 4.0 GPA. However, I know I am not finished. I am majoring in nursing at Peralta Colleges and preparing myself to serve my community in the future. All things I experienced enriched my life with color. Life can be a painful and frustrating process of growth, but in the end, life is a beautiful, magical, and a wonderful journey.

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Merritt College’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Kim-PhamIntroducing Kim Pham, Valedictorian

While living in South Vietnam, the youngest of six children, Kim Pham wasn’t able to achieve her dream of furthering her education. And when she came to the United States with her husband in 2000, she needed to work to help support her family, which now includes two young sons. So five years ago, when she finally had the opportunity, she was thrilled to begin attending Laney College, which was close to her home, to take ESL classes to learn English.

She then completed her General Ed requirements and started taking classes at Merritt College with a goal of becoming a teacher and fulfilling her passion of working with children. She quickly headed to the top of the class in her studies and also worked as a preschool teacher at Headstart in Oakland. She graduated in May with a 4.0 GPA and was proud to be named valedictorian.

She will continue her studies at Cal State East Bay. “I faced many challenges with cultural differences, language barriers, and understanding a new environment,” says Kim. “However all of my hard work has paid off today, and I am so happy to say thank you to all my professors who helped me so much to be successful at pursuing my dream. I hope someday to open my own childcare center for immigrant children and those in need.”

And her teachers couldn’t be more proud of her and her accomplishments as they watch her move on to continue her studies. “Both as a college student and as a student teacher, Kim understood and embraced the role of a learner,” says Christine Olsen, chair of the Childhood Development Program and one of Kim’s instructors. “She was curious and open to new ideas and would apply them to her work with the children as a student teacher. She came to class and to the lab school well prepared and was a committed member of the student teacher team. We are so excited for her success and wish her all the best!

Tania-HorneIntroducing Tania Horne, Salutatorian

Tania Horne, born in Hobart, Tasmania, came to the United States in 2012. With over 15 years experience serving people of disadvantaged and marginalized backgrounds in the field of criminal justice in Australia, she returned to school with a goal of bringing best management practices from her home country to make positive contributions in the United States.

Although going back to school after such a long time presented significant challenges, Tania worked hard to gain an understanding of U.S. history, political science, and justice. She graduated as the 2016 Salutatorian of Merritt College with Associate degrees in both Justice Administration and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

With a passion for restorative justice, Tania has accepted a position with the University of California, San Francisco for the next year to support the re-entry population in successfully securing gainful employment and transitioning back into the community. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, and sailing around the San Francisco Bay. She plans to resume her studies in fall of 2017 and hopes to ultimately earn a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

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College of Alameda’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Introducing Gabriel Thomas Tramble, ValedictorianTramble

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, SalutatorianGarcia

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.

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Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Introducing Selina V. Gonzalez, ValedictorianSelina

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, SalutatorianNicole

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.

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Outstanding Grads: Weixing Ou, Chancellor’s Trophy Award Winner and College of Alameda President’s Medallion Recipient

18 May 2016

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The Chancellor’s Trophy Award winner and recipient of the College of Alameda President’s Medallion for Spring 2016 is Weixing Ou.  

Weixing is a biochemistry major with an earned grade point average of 4.0.  According to Weixing her dream is to “improve people’s life using my professional skills to focus on HIV and cancer.”  Weixing will be attending University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2016, where she will maintain her goal of pursing a BS degree in Biochemistry.

According to Weixing, “the scholarship gives me a chance to continue chasing my dreams. I am a student who not only persistently works hard and makes efforts to overcome every obstacle; but also gets involved in different activities to develop various skills and contributes to the community by volunteering.”

Weixing is an ASCOA Senator, Vice President of College of Alameda’s International Students Club and is an active volunteer who tutors.  In addition, she joined the Berkeley City College Lions Club where she attended their community events such as “Street Etiquette” for promoting how to assist the visually impaired person; and volunteers at CoA in support of the annual Red Cross blood drive.

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Outstanding Grads: Cyntheria Owens, Merritt College President’s Medallion Award Winner

18 May 2016

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Cyntheria Owens is Merritt College President’s Medallion Award winner for 2016. She is very proud that she was accepted to so many universities and in her own words, says, “I applied to 4 states and 3 UC’s and got accepted to 4 states and 3 UCs, the schools are Northridge, Cal Poly, San Francisco, East Bay, UC Riverside, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley.”

Here are some of her other accomplishments: My discipline(s) are African American Studies. Social Science and Behavior, and Health Science. I will do a study abroad in Accra Ghana in the summer of 2016. I am a PTK (Phi Theta Kappa honor society) member

I will attend UC Berkeley in the fall of 2016. My current G.P.A is 3.7. My major is Social Work and Ethnic Studies. I feel I can […] assist people of all walks of life with [an] emphasis in black and brown communities. Strengthen[ing] relations are apparently needed in this area.

I originally came from Redondo Beach, moved to Sacramento and [have] been a bay area [resident] since 2012, [living] in Oakland for 4 1/2 years. I have an X-ray license that I use when volunteering at the West Oakland Health Center in the Radiology Department. I participated in the Oakland Project, which is a community awareness [project concerning] the impact of Gentrification [on] black and brown people of Oakland.

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Outstanding Grads: Ryan Chiao, Laney College President’s Medallion Award Winner

17 May 2016

 

26391424874_c822806f2b_cCongratulations to Ryan Chiao, Laney College President’s Medallion Award Winner for 2016. Chiao has an outstanding set of accomplishments and here is his story in his words:

Major: Accounting

AA Degrees earned from Laney College this May 2016:

  • Accounting
  • Humanities
  • Business Administration
  • Cosmetology

Transferring Institution: University of San Francisco

Major: Accounting

Specialization: Forensic Accounting

Career Goals:  To become an Auditor of big corporations

Accomplishments and Awards:

  • Maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average
  • Member of Phi They Kappa
  • 2016 Dean’s Medallion Recipient – Community Leadership and Civic Engagement

Community Service Initiatives:

  • Meals on Wheels – Alameda County
  • Alameda County Food Bank
  • Charitable causes

First and foremost, I must give due credit to all the kind and caring people who have spent their time and effort profoundly shaping and influencing my educational journey here at Laney College. I am an ordinary individual who was fortunate enough to undergo a remarkable transformation; it has positively impacted my personal and academic achievement while attending Laney. If I had not received guidance and mentoring from this institution, it is doubtful I would have been able to achieve academic success, employment as an accounting tutor, or the opportunity to participate in community service initiatives. I have been enlightened by this institution to see myself with purpose and distinction in this world. Laney College has not only lifted me up, it has enabled me to manifest the ability to lift up others. The rightful course of action is to give back to society what this institution has given to me and to realize a directive for helping others achieve. I endeavor to approach the world with kindness, compassion, and great humility in helping others. It is truly heartwarming to have my hard work in academia, my service for the community, and my love for Laney College recognized. One day, I hope to become a pillar of this community and give back because it is the right thing to do.

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Outstanding Grads: Samantha Rushing, BCC President’s Medallion Award Winner

16 May 2016

Samanta Rushing EditSamantha Rushing is this year’s President’s Medallion Award winner from Berkeley City College.

Rushing knew early that she wanted to be an English teacher. Growing up just outside Stockton, she wished her teachers were more inspiring. At age 16, she decided that teaching would be her professional goal and, although there were a few bumps along the road, that goal has never waivered.

At Berkeley City College, Rushing maintained a 3.92 GPA. She credits the EOPS and CalWORKs programs for helping her realize her goal. And it helped that BCC teachers, staff and administrators genuinely care about students and do everything in their power to help them stay on the right path, Rushing says.

The future teacher was hired as an English tutor her first semester at BCC and has helped dozens of students since. She has also served as the Secretary of the Associated Students at Berkeley City College. A single parent of a four-year-old girl, Rushing was accepted to UC Santa Cruz, Sacramento State University and California State University, East Bay, and she is waiting to hear from UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

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