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Classes Starting January 22: Apply and Enroll Now!

22 December 2017

With classes starting on JANUARY 22, it is never too early to apply and enroll at the Peralta Colleges.
Get the classes you need now.
Apply and enroll right here:
Our colleges and district offices will be closed for the holiday break until January 3, 2018.
Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from the Peralta Colleges

20 December 2017

On behalf of our Peralta Employees and Students, 
We wish you the very best this season and value your support.
Pictured above (l to R): Wiliam ‘Bill’ Riley, Vice President, Area 5 – Karen Weinstien, Area 6
Nicky Gonzales-Yuen, Area 4 – Meridith Brown, President, Area 7
Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. – Julina Bonilla, Area 2
Linda Handy, Area 3 – Bill Withrow, Area 1
Not Pictured 
Nesi More, Student Trustee – Corey Hollis, Student Trustee



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PCCD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers for 2018

19 December 2017

Board of Trustees


Peralta Community College District

Board of Trustees

Elects New Officers for 2018



The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 12, 2017, elected new officers for 2018.


Meredith Brown representing Area 2, was elected President, and William “Bill” Riley, who represents Area 5 was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, Julina Bonilla, who represents Area 7, and Trustee Brown, who served as Vice President in 2017, were honored for their service at the meeting.


Bill Withrow (Area 1), Linda Handy (Area 3), Nicky González Yuen (Area 4), Karen Weinstein (Area 6), Julina Bonilla, (Area 7), and Student Trustees Corey Hollis and Nesi More continue to serve on the nine-member governing board.

“I look forward to continuing Peralta’s work to raise the retention and graduation rates of our under-served students, improving our educational facilities and improving the delivery of services to our Peralta Community,” President Brown said.


President Brown was elected to the Peralta Board of Trustees in 2012 and has an extensive background in community service, including providing training for California community colleges and K-12 institutions on immigration in the educational setting and maintaining a welcoming educational environment for all students regardless of immigration status. She is also active in promoting student success and student support programs for students who are under-represented in higher education. 


President Brown’s volunteer work also includes providing training on best practices for supporting and recruiting faculty members from diverse backgrounds, on sexual harassment, on dual enrollment, which provides high school students and students who are under-represented in higher education with the opportunity to take community college courses for dual high school and college credit while in high school, as well as trainings on trustee fiduciary responsibilities and fiscal oversight. In addition, President Brown is a volunteer member on the Peralta Colleges Retirement Board. She is a graduate of Cornell University and also graduated from Boston University School of Law.


President Brown has worked as a literacy volunteer for the Super Stars Literacy Program at Hoover Elementary School and served as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic Convention. She has also been active in 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. 


William “Bill” Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and represents an area that includes Oakland’s Rockridge District and the City of Piedmont. He has served as President of the Board twice and also as Vice President. He is a Merritt College alumnus and has served in public education over 30 years, including the Oakland, East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and San Ramon School Districts. He earned an Ed.D., in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.

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College Notes: Holiday spirit of giving evident at Peralta Colleges

14 December 2017

Thanks to a donation from Rotary of Berkeley, students and faculty at Berkeley City College were able to make 12 blankets this semester that will help keep those in need warm this winter. Thanks to a donation from Rotary of Berkeley, students and faculty at Berkeley City College were able to make 12 blankets this semester that will help keep those in need warm this winter.

It is certainly the best time of the year, especially for our community colleges, Laney and Merritt colleges, College of Alameda and Berkeley City College.

Finals are being completed and students and faculty are ready to spend the winter break celebrating the holidays with family and friends. As the semester winds to an end, the spirit of giving was clearly evident at the Peralta Colleges this December.

Enjoy our newspaper column for December, published in the East Bay Times and community newspapers across the Bay Area. There are so many wonderful stories of giving at the Peralta Colleges and everything we do for our community’s students. I feature a few of them in this month’s column which you can read right here:


Remember, if you have a story idea for the column, please write me at 

Have a wonderful winter break and thank you for everything you do for our students.

Happy Holidays!


Jeffrey Heyman
Executive Director
Department of Public Information, Communications & Media
Peralta Community College District


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Peralta Colleges Engagement Decision Video

7 December 2017

To view the video on youtube click here

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A Statement from the Chancellor

6 December 2017


Peralta Community College District

Board of Trustees




At a special meeting on December 5, 2017, Chancellor Laguerre provided the Board of Trustees with an update on the terms of the community engagement plan. The Board provided direction to the Chancellor to discontinue planning for a community engagement process on a possible baseball stadium.


The District will work with its students, faculty, staff, administrators and community to reimagine the District’s needs and assess the resources to meet them. We will develop a robust and inclusive engagement process to assess our needs and partnerships aligned with our mission.


The Board of Trustees will continue due diligence in determining the costs and benefits of potential development.


We look forward to continued partnerships that enrich the learning experience of our students and the community we have served for more than fifty years.



Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

December 6, 2017

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Laney Vice President of Student Services Finalists Public Forum

1 December 2017

Vice President of Student Services Finalists

Public Forum

Date: November 9, 2017

Laney College faculty, classified staff, and students are invited to meet the candidates for the next Vice President of Student Services position.

Please join us in an open forum as the four candidates share their vision and goals for student services at Laney.

When: Thursday, November 9th

Location: Tower Administration Building, 8th floor, Room T-850.


Dave Belman – 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Vicki Ferguson – 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Mildred Lewis – 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

David Belman 

David Belman

Dave Belman has 16 years of experience providing progressively responsible student-centered leadership in higher education. He currently serves as the Dean of Student Success at Los Medanos College where he previously served as the Director of Student Life & Transfer Programs, HSI Grant Transfer Readiness Director and Faculty Director of Student Life. His experience also includes multiple coordinator and teaching roles at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of the Pacific.

In his current position, Dave is responsible for eight Student Services areas at a community college serving more than 12,000 students each year, as well as five learning communities (with more than 1,000 students involved) and the student conduct process. Additionally, he has provided leadership for major institutional planning efforts including Student Equity, Student Success & Support Program (SSSP), Integrated Planning, and enhancing high school articulation and dual enrollment programs in East Contra Costa County.

Dave is a proud product of the community college system having attended multiple community colleges before transferring to the University of the Pacific where he earned a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Educational Administration (with a concentration in College Student Affairs).

Dave is a student-centered, social justice minded educator who is continually working to design and implement innovative approaches to supporting student success by providing transformational experiences for students that lead to equity and excellence, with a high focus on integrating student services and instructional efforts.

Vickie Ferguson


Vickie Ferguson

Vicki Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL) and a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL).

Vicki began her career in higher education over 15 years ago, serving as a counselor at her alma mater, Jacksonville State University, and as the TRIO coordinator at River Parishes Community College located in Sorrento, LA. After relocating to the East Bay in the spring of 2003, Vicki began her California community college career trajectory at Contra Costa College. She was hired as an Adjunct Counselor, teaching college success and career courses and counseling students in the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) department. She became a full-time EOPS Counselor in 2006.

As a result of her dedication to the college and her passion for helping CCC students, Vicki was soon recruited into the ranks of management. In 2007, she was hired as the EOPS/CARE Manager, a position she served in for four years. With the retirement of the Dean of Student Services in 2011, Vicki was selected by the college president to serve as the Acting Dean. In 2013, she was hired for the permanent position as Dean of Student Services, where she continues to serve to this day.

As the Dean of Student Services, she has led the Student Services Division, which includes Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Disabled Students Program and Services, EOPS, CalWORKs, Student Life, Assessment, Counseling, and other onsite community partnerships with the purpose of providing resources to students. She has developed policies and procedures for student resources, such as shower access for homeless students and a lactation room for students and employees. She has served on participatory governance committees, such as Enrollment Management and College Council at both the college and district levels. She has served as the Title IX Coordinator and Student Conduct Officer, collaborating with Athletics, Police Services, and other departments, and providing professional development to the entire campus. She has also led state-wide student initiatives on the campus, such as the implementation of the Student Success and Support Program, which involved a wholesale restructuring of the Super Saturday Student Orientation Program.

Vicki believes passionately in the California community college system, not only as a place where students receive academic instruction, but where they grow and develop their full human potential.


Dr. Mildred Lewis

Dr. Mildred Lewis

Mildred S. Lewis currently serves at the Dean of Enrollment Services & Director of EOPS/CARE Program at Laney College leading a complex 3.2 million dollar portfolio to enhance and improve student access, equity and completion. In her capacity as a Dean, her accomplishments range from serving as the administrative lead transitioning the financial aid department from manual processing of federal financial aid to automated People Soft Financial Aid Module implementation; leading professional development training through the lens of cultural sensitivity for classified student service professionals during spring break 2015 by hosting Diego Navarro’s Academy for College Excellence four day experiential learning institute as well as promoting student success engagement strategies in her educational portfolio.

In addition to her student service background serving a diverse and multicultural student body and participating in shared governance committees, Mildred facilitates a graduate seminar course at Mills College on Issues and Trends in the Community College System supporting the educational preparation for current community college administrators and aspiring administrators. She also taught at Laney College as an adjunct faculty member in the Philosophy/Humanities department for two semesters and guest lecturer and facilitated class discussions on Poetic Narrative, Karl Marx: Alienation of the Worker and Liberation Theology as Philosophy.

Mildred earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland, California. She also earned a Master of Art’s degree in Educational Leadership at Mills College, a Master of Art’s degree in Theology at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco California. Prior to graduate school, Mildred earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Philosophy and Religion at San Francisco State University and an Associate in Art’s degree in French at College of Marin, Kentfield, California.

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Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration Open Forum

1 December 2017

Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration


Public Forum

Date: December 5, 2017

Everyone is invited to meet the candidates for the next Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration position.

Please join us in an open forum as the three candidates share their vision and goals.

When: Tuesday, December 5th

Location: Board Room


Peter Fawzi – 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Eric Broque – 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Romaneir Johnson – 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Peter Fawzi



Peter Fawzi

Peter is a global finance and accounting professional with over 20 years’ experience successfully leading large-scale operations across numerous industries, regions, and companies, including DPR Construction, Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, Roche, and eBay. Most recently at PayPal, where he led Global Business Services, Peter was responsible for the daily management, compliance and transformation of General Ledger, Payroll, Procure-to-Pay, Corporate Travel and Credit Card programs with service centers across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Specializing in business process and system transformation, Peter has developed, led and implemented a wide array of strategic optimization initiatives; from rebuilding financial shared services organizations after mergers or separations of public companies, to developing and remediating controls to achieve SOX certification at one of America’s largest healthcare organizations.

Peter received his Master’s in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and his B.S. in Accounting from San Jose State University. He serves as a volunteer Board member on the Gubbio Project, a San Francisco based 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to providing vital and compassionate services to the homeless.

Eric Broque

Eric Broque

Eric Geoffrey Broque began his career in higher education at the University of Vermont where he earned his MPA while working in the budget office and serving on its first committee on socially responsible investing. He came to UC-Berkeley as Assistant Provost in the College of Letters & Science and left as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget & Administration, overhauling the financial management of both L&S and the 13 professional schools through enhanced analysis and deep faculty collaboration. As a co-creator of the campus Management Academy and frequent instructor he promoted professional development and recognition of staff achievement. At Stanford he led the Academic Planning Project generating studies of financial aid, models for tuition pricing and assessment of academic productivity, each designed to drive resource allocation and to establish a policy framework to guide discussion of key strategic issues. Among his work for professional associations he served the Society for College and University Planning as chair of its Resource and Budget Planning Academy.

Moving outside academia Eric held financial leadership positions at some of the Bay Area’s most prominent institutions, as well as for innovative grassroots organizations, working across a variety of fields including the arts, conservation, education, affordable housing, and human services. Most recently at the James Irvine Foundation in addition to fiscal management Eric had responsibility for the diligent review of prospective grantees financial condition. Eric’s consulting projects include advising executives and boards in the arts and the progressive community, and he currently serves as a board member and Treasurer for Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living.

Romaneir Johnson

Romaneir Johnson

Romaneir Johnson is the State of Michigan’s Executive Director of the Financial Review Commission (FRC), which provides financial oversight of the city of Detroit’s finances. She was appointed by the Treasurer of the State of Michigan to implement programs pursuant to Public Act 181 of 2014. In part, Ms. Johnson oversees the finances of the Detroit Public Schools Community District in order to help ensure that the District is in compliance with applicable legislative statutes and administrative polices. During her professional career, Ms. Johnson has served in a myriad roles that range from Director of Finance to Chief Financial Officer. She has extensive experience leading teams of highly experienced financial professionals that were responsible for ensuring proficient financial reporting, compliance with regulatory standards and regulations; production of accurate and timely financial statements, and the creation of various revenue and budget reports.

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Peralta News: It’s the season of civic engagement at Peralta Colleges

16 November 2017

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 12.54.34 PM (2) The Sierra Club honored Merritt College’s Environmental Justice Program with an “Emerging Voices Youth Award” last month. Leading the college delegation in receiving the award was college president Marie-Elaine Burns, fourth from the right. (Courtesy of William Wilson)


Enjoy this month’s newspaper column which was published in the East Bay Times and our local newspapers on Friday. 

It’s the time of the year to reflect back and give thanks. And this fall brings a busy season of civic engagement at our local community colleges – College of Alameda, Oakland’s Laney and Merritt colleges and Berkeley City College. Isn’t that what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about?


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Town Hall Meeting at Fremont High School 11/15

8 November 2017

A Community College Education and Your Pathway to a Career is in the Neighborhood!


In partnership with Oakland Unified School District, Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel Laguerre and Board Trustees are excited to host its next Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, November 15th, at Fremont High School, 4610 Foothill Blvd, off High Street in Oakland from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  


The Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting, a series of community conversations, showcase Peralta Colleges’ wealth of career technical and academic programs, throughout the Peralta Colleges district community areas.  At the Town Hall Meetings, a suite of enrollment services and representatives are also on-hand to provide information on financial aid, admissions, counseling and more, in an effort to assist potential students to navigate the process with ease.

Last month Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation to make community college free for all full-time students in California. Peralta Colleges and Oakland Unified School District’s collaborative work aims to ensure our communities are aware of the new law to increase the number of students who enroll in community college full-time, as well as the number of people who are prepared for careers that support their families.


Light food, networking and information table highlighting career technical and trades programs will begin at 5:30 pm in the Cafe.   The program presentations will take place in the Auditorium with OUSD staff and a conversation with Peralta Chancellor Jowel Laguerre and Peralta alumni.


The town hall meeting is free and open to the public.  To RSVP, visit



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Chancellor Laguerre receives Spotlight Award

3 November 2017

The Peralta Colleges‘ Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., received a Spotlight Award from the Bay Area Business RoundTable (BABR), presented by the organization’s president, Bernard Ashcraft.

Chancellor Laguerre

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A letter from Chancellor Laguerre to A’s president Dave Kaval

19 October 2017

At their regular scheduled meeting on October 10, 2017 the Board of Trustees had its first opportunity to discuss the letter the district received from the Oakland A’s. In response to that discussion, Chancellor Laguerre sent the A’s president David Kaval the following letter.


Letter from Chancellor

Opportunity Assessment Process Document

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Free Leadership Conference at Laney College

18 October 2017

"Knowledge is Power:" Free Leadership Conference

Peralta Community College District in Partnership with Civic Pride Hosts Free Leadership Conference

What: “Knowledge is Power” free leadership conference. Attendees can learn about STEM, Internships, Colleges & Universities, Careers, Trades, Leadership Development, Financial Tools & Scholarships, Community Service and more.

Who: Peralta Community College District in partnership with Civic Pride.

When/Where: The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Theater at Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland 94607

Event Schedule:

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast*, Interactive Panels, Engaging


11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch* and College, Career & Community

Resource Fair

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Exciting Youth Showcase, Youth Leadership Awards, Essay Contest Prizes, and Raffle.

*Breakfast and lunch requires pre-registration by 10/16/17 at

Event only registration begins 10/17/17 also at

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A Statement from Chancellor Laguerre

12 October 2017


Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre Ph.D.

Peralta Community College District

October 10, 2017


Tonight, the Board of Trustees had its first opportunity to discuss the letter received during our September 12, 2017 Board meeting. The Trustees heard a presentation on potential community benefits and engagement process. They requested an engagement plan including goals, structure and timeline for the process be presented at their December meeting.

The mission of the Peralta Colleges is to provide educational leadership and to sustainably enhance the human, educational, environmental and social development of the region – and we will adhere to that mission by considering the community impacts and working to shape any potential proposal by the baseball team so that it addresses community concerns and expectations.


Based on community input, the engagement process will include:

  • Educational Services and Opportunity
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Job Training, Quality & Accessibility
  • Asset Development
  • Transit, Traffic & Transportation
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Community Resilience and Cohesion

In addition, we intend to work closely with our students, staff, faculty, neighbors and stakeholders within our shared governance framework to ensure that any proposal strengthens the community. The issue here is not simply mitigating the impact of the potential development but reparations and reinvestment in communities.

The most valuable asset of the Peralta Colleges is the trust and confidence of the community we have served for more than 50 years.

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.


Peralta Community College District

October 10, 2017



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Black Panther Documentary Screening at Alameda City Hall

9 October 2017

BLEE Screening copy
Black Panther Documentary Screening at City Hall
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Will Be Present at the Screening to Offer Opening Remarks
Few know that the Black Panther Party was founded at Merritt College in Oakland in October 1966, and many of its early social justice programs still largely go unrecognized.
The television station of the Peralta Community College District, Peralta TV, produced a national award-winning film, “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers,” narrated by U. S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, about the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College. The film, which was shown at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, features rare interviews with Black Panther founder Bobby Seale, as well as members David Hilliard, Ericka Huggins, Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard, Emory Douglas and Richard Aoki.
The City of Alameda is happy to partner with the Peralta Colleges in bringing this illuminating film to Alameda.
What: Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers (Documentary Film Screening)
When: Saturday, October 14, 12:00-1:30pm
Where: Alameda City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, 3rd Floor, Alameda
Who: The screening is free and open to the public. Speakers include U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, and the film’s executive producer and director, Jeffrey Heyman, and writer and producer, James Calhoun.

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