The end of the semester is here and I wanted to express my holiday greetings and thanks to everyone for making 2016 an outstanding year for our students and our colleagues. The New Peralta Way is taking hold and our Colleges and District are in the best shape in years. Thank you to everyone for making this possible, and best wishes for the New Year to you and yours.
20 December 2016
19 December 2016
The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 13, 2016, swore in a new Trustee, Karen Weinstein (Area 6), pictured left, and also three reelected Trustees, Meredith Brown (Area 2), Bill Withrow (Area 1), Nicky González Yuen (Area 4). In addition, the Board elected new officers for 2017.
Julina Bonilla, representing Area 7, pictured right, was elected President, and Meredith Brown was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, William Riley, who will continue to represent Area 5, and Cy Gulassa, retiring Trustee who represented Area 6, were honored for their service at the meeting.
Student Trustees Dave Ivan Cruz and Marquita Price will also continue to serve on the nine-member governing board.
“I am extremely honored to serve the Peralta community and look forward to cultivating high quality educational programming and training for our students,” said President Bonilla.
President Bonilla is a Solano Community College graduate and received her B. A. from U. C. Berkeley. She is a former Oakland elementary school teacher and eventually moved into workforce development providing education and job training to young adults in Northern California. Her community work and active memberships include serving as the Board President of Tradeswomen Inc. and in the National Women’s Political Caucus-AN. She has served as a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and co-chair of the Oakland Youth Council. Currently, she is the Program Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center. She was first elected to the board in 2014.
Vice President Brown was elected to the Peralta Board of Trustees in 2012 and has an extensive background in community service, including working as literacy volunteer for the Super Stars Literacy Program at Hoover Elementary School and serving as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic Convention. In addition, she is active raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education by working on the Alameda County Pre-School for All Campaign and working on a community task force for our local assembly representative. Brown is a graduate of Cornell University and also graduated from Boston University School of Law.
Karen Weinstein, who was elected to fill retiring Trustee Gulassa’s seat, has served on the Peralta District Citizens’ Oversight Committee, is a Board Member of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and is Vice-Chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women. Trustee Weinstein serves as Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Affirmative Action Committee and is a member-elect to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. She also serves as community liaison for the Dreamers and Undocumented Student Task Force. Trustee Weinstein received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, with a concentration in college counseling from the School of Education, State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Licensed California Psychologist.
Filed under: Announcements, Board of Trustees, Peralta News. Tagged: Bill Withrow, Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Cy Gulassa, Dave Ivan Cruz, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Jowel C. Laguerre, Julina Bonilla, Karen Weinstein, Marquita Price, Meredith Brown, Nicky González Yuen, William Riley
15 December 2016
At its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District appointed Timothy Karas to serve as president of College of Alameda. Karas has been serving as Vice President of Instruction at the College since 2014. His tenure as President begins January 3, 2017.
After several months of searching for a new president at CoA, Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., concluded the final step in the process by conducting a campus visit to the College of Alameda last week to confirm the choice of Tim Karas, as he is known on campus, as CoA’s next leader.
“I look forward to welcoming Tim as a colleague in his exciting new role,” said Chancellor Laguerre. “I have great confidence that he will lead CoA to its greatest potential.”
“The CoA community is to be commended for having supported and shepherded its Vice President to the top leadership role at the College,” the Chancellor added.
Karas joined the College of Alameda in July 2014 as Vice President of Instruction. Prior to COA, Karas was Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts (2009-2014) and Director of Library Services (2005-2009) at Mission College in San Jose. Previously, he was a tenured faculty member at the College of San Mateo and participated on multiple committees, including the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and College Council.
“I am honored to lead this outstanding institution and am thankful for the support of the College of Alameda family,” said Karas of his new position. “At CoA, students are motivated to explore, create, learn and lead with help from faculty and staff. I believe everyone can flourish with high-quality, affordable education.”
“I am confident that with the ongoing support of our city and community partners, the College of Alameda will uphold its dedication to serve successfully the educational needs of our community,” he added.
Prior to working in academia, Karas worked as a librarian for the City of Palo Alto and Redwood City.
During the past ten years, he has served on a half-dozen accreditation site visit teams. Karas served as Executive Board President of the Council of Chief Librarians: California Community Colleges, and was an Executive Board Member (2008-2014).
Karas has served on many civic committees and commissions, including the City of San Jose Library Commission, Bond and Parcel Tax Citizen Oversight Committees and Santa Clara County Sister County Commission, and has co-authored a chapter in the book Campus Partnership in Small Academic Libraries: Challenges and Rewards.
His educational background includes a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt Sate University. Tim is currently completing his doctoral studies at Fielding Graduate University.
14 December 2016
New Episode of C-Direct TV
Don’t miss the latest edition of C-Direct TV, where I interview Loan Nguyen, one of the Chancellor’s Award winners from Berkeley City College.
You can view it right here: https://youtu.be/RFpwp8kDhIo
Don’t forget to turn on the closed-captions, if you’d like to use them.
8 December 2016
Dr. Melvinia King, Peralta’s Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE), appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to outline the work of our new Workforce Development and Career Education (WDCE) Unit.
6 December 2016
‘The Peralta Colleges are ‘Peralta Proud’ of the Laney College Eagles Football Team for a successful 2016 Season. The Eagles finished the season last weekend with an impressive 49-35 win over rival CCSF in the SFCC Bowl and an overall record of 9 wins with only 2 losses. Athletic Director and Head Coach John Beam, gave us an exclusive peek into the Laney student-athletes preparation for this game with U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Congratulation to the entire Laney College Eagles Football Program. GO EAGLES!’ GO EAGLES!!!!!
Filed under: Announcements, Laney College, Peralta News. Tagged: CCSF, Cory Booker, John Beam, Laney College Eagles Football Team, Laney Eagles, Laney Eagles Football, Sen. Cory Booker, Senator Cory Booker, SFCC Bowl, The Eagles, U.S. Senator Cory Booker
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.
2 December 2016
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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21 November 2016
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.
21 November 2016
If 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:
17 November 2016
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.
Filed under: Announcements, C-DIRECT TV, Laney College, Peralta News. Tagged: Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Chi Au, David Yang, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Fiscal Services, Jowel C. Laguerre, Maisha Jameson, President Executive Assistant
16 November 2016
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:
You can also read more about Manufacturing Day in Peralta’s monthly newspaper column here:
Filed under: Announcements, Laney College, Peralta News. Tagged: ABC7, ABC7 News, City of Oakland, high school students, Louis Quindlen, manufacturing career opportunities, Manufacturing Day, Newspaper Column, Oakland Unified School District, Peter Brown
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:
14 November 2016
It 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.
Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.
Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News. Tagged: Abraham Lincoln, Cezár Chavéz, Haitian Toussaint Louverture, Harriet Tubman, John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Trump, Nelson Mandela, Open Letter, President of the United States of America, Presidential election, Rosa Parks, Saint Theresa
10 November 2016
OAKLAND, 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.
Filed under: Announcements, Board of Trustees, Peralta News. Tagged: Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women, Berkeley Hills, Berkeley Public Schools Fund, Cy Gulassa, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Dr. William “Bill” Riley, Karen Weinstein, Nick Resnick, North Oakland, Peralta District Citizens’ Oversight Committee