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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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Saturday Openings in January 2017

2 December 2016

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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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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Manufacturing Day at Laney College in the News

16 November 2016

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Manufacturing Day at Laney College, a partnership between the Peralta Community College District, the Oakland Unified School District and the City of Oakland to show manufacturing career opportunities to high school students, was held last week.

ABC7 News covered the event and you can watch their report, featuring Laney faculty members Peter Brown and Louis Quindlen, here:

http://abc7news.com/education/students-learn-about-careers-not-requiring-4-year-degrees/1601567/

You can also read more about Manufacturing Day in Peralta’s monthly newspaper column here:

http://bit.ly/2gdN1vT

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Spring 2017 Semester Calendars

15 November 2016

You can check all the important Spring 2017 enrollment dates and academic add/drop deadlines on the Peralta Colleges’ Spring 2017 Semester Calendars page, which you can find right here:

http://web.peralta.edu/admissions/spring-2017-important-dates-and-deadlines-2/

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Open Letter From the Chancellor to Students and Members of the Peralta Community Colleges Family

14 November 2016

Dr.-Laguerre-by-Kuroda-0943It has been an amazing fall semester filled with unexpected sets of events internationally, nationally and locally.  We have seen the best of ourselves and, at times, the worst, and have questions that remain unanswered. Nevertheless, we must continue to advance the ideals of America.

The Presidential election results were stunning for all to behold. Despite one’s political allegiances, I believe that Americans are still committed to fairness, and to giving a chance for unforeseen events to play themselves out.  The American system is so strong that however shaken, it will always survive.  Above all, the compassion of the American people will not wane.

Americans have within ourselves enough goodness to transform any challenges into opportunities for overall human betterment. Exemplars of this moral strength are seen in heroes the world over:  anti-slavery Haitian Toussaint Louverture; Abraham Lincoln; Nelson Mandela; Rosa Parks; Cezár Chavéz; Mahatma Gandhi; John F. Kennedy; Harriet Tubman; Saint Theresa, and many more. The goodness in Americans is not defined solely by who is elected President of the United States of America; collectively we have more power to transform this country than does any one person. What’s more there is a good chance that the office of the Presidency itself may educate Mr. Trump into the enlightened and caring leader that we deserve.

I do not want to downplay the fear that many citizens and many undocumented students have, given the upcoming Trump presidency. Yet, we should take heart, that It was during the Bush administration, for example, that the Dream Act was initiated and resulted in the state of California granting limited privileges to undocumented students. Our efforts now should be to ensure that during Mr. Trump’s Administration we further cash in that Dream instead of giving up on it.

Peralta’s promise is to strengthen our efforts to support the achievement of our undocumented students, to welcome more of them to our Colleges, and to ensure that they are well prepared to be scientists, teachers, physicians, farmers, mathematicians, workers, politicians—all of whom will continue to enrich America.  May our faculty and staff and those who interact regularly with these students redouble their efforts to ensure their comfort and educational success at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College and in the instruction WDCE will provide in the near future.

The Social Justice work we are committed to will not be stopped.  As someone said recently on NPR, America is not a place, it is an ideal.  I urge us all to bring substance to that ideal: a more perfect union.

Let’s keep the faith.

Sincerely,
Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.
Chancellor

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Karen Weinstein Elected to Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees for Area 6

10 November 2016

karen_with_blue_shirt_copyOAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 9, 2016 Karen Weinstein, a well-known education advocate and community activist, has been elected to represent Area 6, which includes portions of North Oakland and the Berkeley Hills, on the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District.

Weinstein won the seat held by Cy Gulassa, who announced his retirement, effective at the end of this year’s term. Weinstein will be sworn-in at a special organizational meeting of the Board of Trustees on December 13, 2016.

“I’m looking forward to having Karen serving on the Board with us, and working together to provide educational opportunities for our community’s students,” said Board President William “Bill” Riley

“We are pleased that the voters have chosen such a well qualified candidate to serve on our Board,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “I look forward to working closely with the Trustee-Elect in offering our students equal access to education and a myriad of career preparation and university transfer programs.”

“I also want to thank Nick Resnick for his candidacy, his interest in supporting our students and for standing up for community educational issues during his campaign,” the Chancellor added.                                  

Karen Weinstein, who currently sits on the Peralta District Citizens’ Oversight Committee, has been a champion for accessible college opportunities for all. She is a Board Member of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and is Vice-Chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women. 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.

In addition, she serves as community liaison for the Dreamers and Undocumented Student Task Force and is a member of Berkeley City College’s President’s Advisory Board, and last year, she was acknowledged for her leadership with a Berkeley City College award for her “unshakable commitment to transforming student lives at Berkeley City College.” 

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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Laney Tower Newspaper Students Win 13 Journalism Awards

25 October 2016

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The Laney Tower newspaper won 13 awards at the annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal conference Saturday, Oct. 15, at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. This marks the most awards The Tower has ever won at a JACC conference.

The Tower was honored in the major competition, General Excellence. “The hallmark of an excellent college newspaper is in the stories it decides to take on,” the judge commented. “In that regard, the Laney Tower is exemplary.”

The Tower won awards in these catagories: News Story, Feature Profile, Front Page Design, Sports Action Photo, Photo Story-Essay, Opinion Story and Enterprise News Story/Series. A full list of the awards and the winners will be included in the Tower issue of Oct. 27.

More than 200 students from 20 community colleges attended the event, which began with a keynote address by San Francisco Chronicle investigative reporter Karen de Sa. Students also attended a variety of workshops, including the Power of Words, Visual Storytelling Techniques and Diversity and Inclusion in Student Media and in the Journalism Classroom.

The Tower is the only student newspaper in the Peralta Community College District.  Newspaper Production is a hybrid class, which students can take online. Students from all the Peralta Colleges are encouraged to join the Tower staff and contribute stories.

You can read the Laney Tower both in print and online at thelaneytower.com.

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College Notes: Merritt College to Honor Black Panthers, Other Events

19 October 2016

Don’t miss Peralta’s newspaper column for October covering some of the outstanding events at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

You can read it right here: http://bit.ly/2elhyaV

Black Panther press conference in Oakland, Calif., after the shooting of one of their members 17-year old Bobby Hutton in 1968. Hutton was shot by Oakland Police when he and Panther Elridge Cleaver were envolved in a shootout with police. At microphones is  Bobby Seale, and behind his left shoulder is William Lee Brent. (Ron Riesterer/Staff Archives) Black Panther press conference in Oakland, Calif., after the shooting of one of their members 17-year old Bobby Hutton in 1968. Hutton was shot by Oakland Police when he and Panther Elridge Cleaver were envolved in a shootout with police. At microphones is Bobby Seale, and behind his left shoulder is William Lee Brent. (Ron Riesterer/Staff Archives)

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Laney College Wins Big in Tiny House Competition

18 October 2016

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On Saturday, October 15, the winners of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) “Tiny House Competition – Build Small and Win Big” contest were announced on the campus of Consumnes River College.  Teams were awarded trophies and monetary prizes.  Laney College of Oakland – one of the four colleges of the Peralta Community College District that includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Merritt College, also in Oakland – won $4000 as the winner of the Architecture category for their entry “The Wedge.”  Laney students also won 4 other categories: Best Design, Best Furnishings, Best Landscaping and Best Video.

The Tiny House Competition is a new competition in the Sacramento region, challenging collegiate teams to design and build net-zero, tiny solar houses.  The event was open to all colleges and universities in California.  Participation promoted an interest in energy conservation, energy efficiency and green building and solar technologies.  SMUD’s Energy Education & Technology Center and Community Solar programs were sponsors of this event.  The categories of the competition included architectural design, livability, communication, affordability, energy efficiency and balance, appliance load, technology/electrical and mechanical systems, transportation, sustainability and documentation.  The competition had stringent requirements not only regarding student participation, but also requiring that all houses to use solar energy.  The Laney house was designed to be “zero net energy.”

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 was modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. An educator or other school administrator mentored each team.  During the two years leading up to the event, students designed and built energy-efficient houses. A stipend between $3,000 – $8,000 was provided. After the awards
were handed out, students exhibited their houses to the public and the media.

“Congratulations to the whole Laney College team members that were involved in the construction this tiny house” said Laney College President Dr. Patricia Stanley, EdD.  “It’s a fine example of a booming trend in affordable housing.”.

At Laney College, leadership in coordinating entry was handled by Cynthia Correia Department Chair of the Carpentry Department, with the help of Dean Peter Crabtree and Larry Chang.  The building of “The Wedge” was a lot of work that was completed with a lot of help from faculty who mentored the Laney students.  Ron Betts, advised in the area of Architecture; Forough Hashemi helped with the Electrical; Matt Wolpe and Karl Seelbach, both from the Laney Carpentry Department, helped with building; Theresa Halula, of the Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, supervised the landscaping.

To see photos of “The Wedge” please visit the website: http://thewedgeoakland.com

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Chancellor’s Town Hall, Thurs., Oct. 13, at Defremery Park, Oakland

10 October 2016

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Please join Trustee Julina Bonilla and Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., for a Chancellor’s Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6-8pm, at Defremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street in Oakland.

The Town Hall will feature some of Peralta’s special programs, such as EOPS and our articulation agreements with UC, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and others. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Don’t miss this great community event. RSVP today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pccd-chancellor-laguerre-community-town-hall-meeting-tickets-27500795620.

See this flier for more details: pccd-townhall-oct

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LatinX History Month, Indigenous Peoples Day, & Día De Los Muerto

5 October 2016

Please invite your students, family and community to an exciting series of events at Laney College for LatinX History Month, Indigenous Peoples Day and Día De Los Muerto. If you teach a night classes on Monday, October 10th or Wednesday, October 12th, please consider bringing your students and offering extra credit. Events will include:
  • Art as Activism Presentation and exhibit by Dignidad Rebelde founder Melanie Cervantes: Monday, October 10th 6pm-8pm Laney Theater
  • LatinX Queer and Trans Reflections Post-Orlando: Healing, Community, Activism: Wednesday, October 12th 6pm-8pm Laney D-200
  • Día De Los Muertos Reception: Wednesday, November 2nd 5pm-7pm June Steingart Gallery

Here are more details:

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