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Peralta Colleges Continue Unwavering Support for Undocumented Students

14 October 2019

Back in December 2016, out of deep concern that the newly elected president of the United States would soon remove the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for undocumented residents granted by President Obama via Executive Order in 2012, the Peralta Community College District in Oakland, CA became one of the first community college districts in the country to state its support for DACA with Resolution No. 16/17-24 in Support of Undocumented & Concerned Students.

Three years later, the Peralta Colleges remain committed to our undocumented brothers and sisters, parents and children, students and community.  On October 8, 2019, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees affirmed and adopted Resolution No. 19/20-11, which continues the unwavering support that the Peralta District and Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College have for our undocumented students and their families in our community. The resolution declares October 14-18, 2019 as Undocumented Student Action Week with a range of activities intended to raise awareness and continue support for our undocumented constituents.

Here is the full text of Resolution No. 19/20-11:

WHEREAS, the California Community Colleges comprise the nation’s largest postsecondary education system in the country with 115 colleges and 2.1 million students, and is committed to providing an open and welcoming environment for all students; and

WHEREAS, the Trump Administration’s decision on September 5, 2017, to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, placed the safety, security, and educational future of thousands of undocumented students in doubt; and

WHEREAS, California Community Colleges have advocated to Congress and the Administration to preserve DACA and respect the contributions of undocumented immigrants, and on January 26, 2017, the Board of Governors passed a resolution expressing its support for DACA and firm commitment to serving all students who can benefit from a postsecondary education; and

WHEREAS, California Community Colleges stand united as a system where all students can learn, grow, feel supported and safe; and

WHEREAS, on September 18, 2017, the California Community Colleges Chancellor issued a Statement of Values and Commitment to Undocumented Students confirming that the  Chancellor’s Office will not release any personally identifiable student information without a judicial warrant, including data related to immigration status, will not cooperate with any federal effort to create a registry of individuals based on protected characteristics such as religion, race, immigration status, or sexual orientation, and will urge local governing bodies to do the same; and

WHEREAS, the Peralta Colleges and numerous community colleges reflecting the diversity of California have adopted policies and procedures consistent with protecting immigrant students, and created partnerships with community organizations to help our undocumented students access legal assistance and other services in local communities; and

WHEREAS, the Chancellor’s Office, in partnership with the Community College League of California, Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, Student Senate of California Community Colleges, and other organizations, supported DACA Advocacy Week, on October 16-20, 2017, and provided tools such as Congressional contact lists, sample talking points, resolutions, and communications to mobilize the system in support of DACA,

WHEREAS, the 2017 DACA Advocacy Week efforts resulted in local meetings with Congressional leaders, more than 700 letters and postcards sent from students to members of Congress, and a number of colleges conducted week-long activities to raise awareness of campus-based support for undocumented students; and

WHEREAS, in 2018 the Chancellor’s Office expanded the existing partnership to include, Immigrants Rising and other organizations, and sponsored Undocumented Student Week of Action, October 15–19, to inform undocumented students about all available services on campus and in local communities and empower them to access those services, and support students and allies in advocating to Congress to act quickly and establish a permanent solution for undocumented young people; and

WHEREAS, the Peralta Colleges participated in the 2018 Undocumented Student Week of Action by engaging in a week-long program of activities in support of undocumented students, and the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees passed numerous resolutions reaffirming its commitment to support all students throughout our district, including undocumented students, which was part of the week-long program of activities and information disseminated systemwide; and

WHEREAS, despite advocacy efforts by the California Community Colleges and many other individuals and organizations in California and across the nation, the preservation of DACA and the adoption of an effective solution for undocumented students remains elusive, which places continued economic and emotional weight on students, their families, communities, and the state; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the Peralta Community College District declares October 14-18, 2019 and every third week of October thereafter, as “Undocumented Student Action Week” to work in partnership with other organizations and encourage the California Community Colleges to engage in activities supporting undocumented students; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Peralta Community College District supports efforts by our Colleges to identify and share best practices for assisting undocumented students, disseminate information to the students about how to access funding for immigration defense proceedings and referral to legal service providers, and reinforce state policies that protect student rights and privacy; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Peralta Community College District urges Congressional members to uphold California values and create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students, which will permit them to complete their education goals and achieve their highest potential.

Our college campuses have activities associated with Undocumented Student Action Week, which is also endorsed by the Community College League of California and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.  Check out the activities at Berkeley City College from the Undocumented Community Resource Center (UCRC), College of Alameda, and Laney College.

Daily online webinars for Faculty and Students are also available here.

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Peralta Colleges and the PG&E Shut Down

8 October 2019

***Update on Thursday October 10, 2019***

Good News!  Merritt College will be OPEN on Friday, October 11, 2019. The power is being restored so that tomorrow (Friday) classes can resume as scheduled.

So on Friday 10/11/2019 all four Peralta Colleges will be OPEN including:

Thank you for your patience with us as Merritt College and the Peralta District worked with PG&E to keep you and our community safe.

***Update on Wednesday October 9, 2019***

This is your daily update in response to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). This message contains the latest information we have on the shutoff status on the various campuses.
Merritt College was closed today Wednesday October 9 and will remain closed tomorrow Thursday October 10. As expected the power was shut off on the Merritt College campus after 10pm last night (it was closer to midnight) and remained off for much of today.  In a message to Merritt College staff sent earlier today, President Burns confirmed that Merritt will remain closed on Thursday and explained that the decision to close the campus was based on conversations with PG&E and not conjecture. In fact PG&E is using Lot B across the street from Merritt as a neighborhood resource center.  Classes for Thursday have been CANCELLED.
While the main Merritt College campus remains closed, the Fruitvale location is open today and will remain open tomorrow.
Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney College as well as the Peralta District office remain open with courses taking place as usual.
We are cautiously optimistic that Merritt College may be able to open on Friday and resume regularly scheduled classes, but it is premature to make that decision at this time. President Burns has indicated that we hope a decision will be made about Merritt status tomorrow.  As a reminder, please continue to check Merritt and the other college websites before heading to them for work or class. Current status is posted on each website including the District site at (which contains the information in this email announcement).   President Burns would like to remind us that the College closure was not simply a reaction to a single notice, but the result of conversations with PG&E, the Sheriff and the District.  We made the decision based on the information we received.  This was a preventive measure to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, vendors, contractors, and community members.   We know it has been inconvenient.  But this action may have saved us and our community from a fire.
In summary, for tomorrow, Thursday October 10th:
  • Merritt College main campus is CLOSED. Classes are CANCELED. 
  • Merritt College Fruitvale location is OPEN. Classes are ON.
  • Berkeley City College is OPEN. Classes are ON.
  • College of Alameda is OPEN. Classes are ON.
  • Laney College is OPEN. Classes are ON.
  • The District office is OPEN. Work is ON. 
We will update you again on Thursday as to status for Friday October 11.

***Original Message from Tuesday October 8, 2019***

Dear Peralta Community,

As many of you may have read in the SF Chronicle local power company PG&E will be shutting off electric power in areas of Alameda County starting tomorrow.

As a result of this shut down, we know that Merritt College in Oakland will be without power and will be CLOSED on Wednesday October 9th and Thursday October 10th. Classes scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday are CANCELED. Please check the Merritt College website for updates regarding status for Friday October 11th. If the power shut off continues and Merritt College will be closed, we’ll post a notice by 6am on Friday October 11th.

Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney College will have power and thus will remain open this week. Classes will continue as planned. Please check the college websites or the Peralta website for the latest information about our colleges.

PG&E advised Alameda County that they will be shutting off power starting Wednesday to 600,000 people in select areas of Northern California, including 35,000 customers in Alameda County, where the total population is 1.6 million people. This power shutoff is planned due to concerns about fire danger to power lines in California. For an up-to-date map of the potential outage area, visit PG&E’s website.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates as needed.  Please contact Mark Johnson, Interim Executive Director of Public Information, Communication & Media by email at or by phone at 510-466-7369 (office) or 415-265-4645 (mobile) for updates on the PG&E shut-off and how it impacts Peralta, our colleges, our students, faculty, staff and community.

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Peralta Urges U.S. Senate Approval of the FUTURE Act

2 October 2019

On September 24, 2019, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees affirmed and adopted Resolution No. 19/20-09, which urges U.S. Senate approval of the FUTURE Act, strongly supporting the uninterrupted continuation of federal funding to minority-serving institutions and urging members of the United States Senate to take speedy action to pass H.R. 2486 (the FUTURE Act) prior to September 30, 2019.

The resolution states that the Peralta Community College District (consisting of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland) embraces the diversity of all the students attending the four colleges.  District enrollment data shows that 89% of the students enrolled at Laney College, 83% of the student enrolled at Merritt College, 87% of the students enrolled at College of Alameda, and 74% of the students enrolled at Berkeley City College are minority community members.

Furthermore, Merritt College is designated a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI), while Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda, and Berkeley City College have been designated as Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) and, as such, have been the recipients of federal funding.  Research has confirmed the positive impact that federal funding of minority serving institutions has had on low-income Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic-American, and African-American students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college.

On September 17, 2019 the United States House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2486, the FUTURE Act, which will continue federal funding for minority-serving institutions leaving implementation of said FUTURE Act up to the United States Senate. With the current federal funding for minority-serving institutions scheduled to end on September 30, 2019, unless the United States Senate votes to pass the FUTURE Act, the elimination of federal funding for minority-serving institutions will have an adverse impact upon the services Peralta Community College District has provided to students of color, low-income, first-generation, and limited-English proficient students.

The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees strongly supports the uninterrupted continuation of federal funding to minority-serving institutions and through it‘s Resolution No. 19/20-09, and urges members of the United States Senate to take speedy action to pass H.R. 2486, the FUTURE Act prior to September 30, 2019.

To underscore the importance of FUTURE Act funding for the Peralta District, a delegation from Laney College visited the San Francisco offices of our California senators to make our case to our elected officials.  The delegation including Laney College AANAPISI Director Dr. David Lee, Laney College Dean Dr. Mildred Lewis, and Laney College students Huizhen Su and Jun Xian visited the offices of both California Senators, Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris, on Thursday September 26th.

The Laney College delegation visits the office of Senator Diane Feinstein on September 26, 2019. Those pictured include Laney College AANAPISI Director Dr. David Lee, Mission College AANAPISI Director Brian Goo, U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein District Director Jim Lazarus, Laney College Dean Dr. Mildred Lewis, and Laney College students Huizhen Su and Jun Xian

Laney College delegates visit the office of Senator Kamala Harris on September 26, 2019. Photo includes Laney College AANAPISI Director Dr. David Lee, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris District Director Adam Mehis, Laney College Dean Dr. Mildred Lewis, and Laney College students Huizhen Su and Jun Xian.

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Laney College Celebrates AANAPISI Week

20 September 2019

Laney College is proud to join the U.S. Congress in celebrating Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (or AANAPISI) Week. AANAPISIs are colleges and universities whose enrollment is at least 10% Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, and at least 50% need-based financial aid recipients. Through federal grants, AANAPISIs are funded to provide support and retention programs for low-income AAPIs and other groups, who face huge disparities in educational attainment. Laney was awarded a five-year AANAPISI Title III Part F Grant in 2010 and a five-year AANAPISI Title III Part A Grant in 2016.

38.3% of Laotian, 38.2% of Cambodian, and 36% of Hmong adults, for example, do not have a high school diploma, compared to just 18.5% of total adults in California. Additionally, only 5.2% of Micronesians and fewer than 15% of Fijians, Bhutanese, and Samoans have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 21% of total adults in California. But, research shows that students placed into learning communities supported by services are more likely to graduate; that is why Laney has excellent English language and success services programs working for our students.

Laney College is devoted to supporting low-income AAPI students and all students of color in enrolling in, succeeding, and graduating college on time. President Tammeil Gilkerson and Mike Lok, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates East Bay Chapter, will host a press conference with AAPI elected officials at​ 2PM on Tuesday, September 24th​, in the Laney College Quad. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, President, Laney College

  • Dr. Rowena Tomaneng, President Berkeley City College

  • Dr. Mildred Lewis, Dean, Laney College

  • Dr. David Lee, Director, AANAPISI Program

  • Mike Lok, OCA – East Bay Chapter

Laney College students will be sharing their stories on how the AANAPISI program has affected their careers.

The press conference honors AANAPISI Week, September 23-27, and emphasizes the importance of the Senate’s vote to continue federal funding for AANAPISIs and other minority-serving institutions through the FUTURE Act.

“The bipartisan FUTURE Act is imperative for getting our nation’s poorest, particularly immigrant and first-generation students to and through college. The Senate needs to do its job and vote on MSI funding before it runs out this month,” said Rita Pin Ahrens, OCA National Executive Director. “Voting yes NOW for the FUTURE Act as we celebrate HBCU Week, HSI Week, AANAPISI Week, and National Tribal College Week throughout the months of September and October sends a strong message of support and celebration of America’s growing diversity.”

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Peralta Community College District Receives Over $1.8 Million in Grants for Online Career Education

5 September 2019

 The Peralta Community College District has been awarded over $1.8 million in competitive grants to improve online career and technical education programs.  Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College, as well as the Peralta District office, all received grants awarded by the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI), Improving Online CTE Pathways Grant Program.


The California legislature and governor provided funding to support existing California Community Colleges in accelerating innovative online learning opportunities leading to increased employability and upward mobility for working Californians.  The Budget Act of 2018 (SB840) and trailer bill (SB843) appropriated one-time funds of $35 million and  provided competitive grants to community college districts to develop online programs and courses through the Online Education Initiative, the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) and Improving Online CTE Pathways Grant Program.  No matching funds are required.  


“We are delighted that the California Community Colleges and the Peralta Community College District are aligned and well-positioned to educate our diverse population in order to increase wages and improve social mobility in a rapidly changing economy, ” said PCCD Acting Chancellor, Frances L. White.


The largest grant within the Peralta district went to College of Alameda, which was awarded $450,880.31 to develop Online Career Education Opportunities at the College.  These opportunities include: 17 new online Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses; the updating of two hybrid online CTE courses; the improvement of access to opportunities for students; and the acceleration of the attainment of credentials for students in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Business and Entrepreneurship, Computer Information Systems, and Public Administration/Violence Prevention CTE programs. Eva Jennings, Dean of Career and Workforce Education  at College of Alameda says, “We’re excited about the opportunity to expand our programs and offer online Career Education opportunities to our students.”


Merritt College received a $413,009 award in the area of Accelerating Online CE Pathways to Employment, in order to build new online credit and noncredit certificates. CE Advisory Boards will identify skills needed to fill employment gaps and will concentrate programming on Business, Education, Allied Health, and Public Safety, as well as collaborate with faculty from other colleges to develop coursework that can be deployed regionally in a shared sequence.


A grant in the amount of $400,370.00 for Improving Online CTE Pathways with a Focus on ESOL and Adult Students has been awarded to Laney College in order to create and expand online opportunities in:  Business Management and Supervision; Construction Management, California Green, and Sustainable Building Standards; Legal Community Interpreting; and provide wraparound support through counseling and tutoring.

Berkeley City College, a recipient of a $282,300.00 grant for Innovative CTE Online Pathway Development and Quality Assurance for Students Success, will address gaps and build certificates to focus on workforce needs such as: Develop online course offerings and certificates in Multimedia Arts and Business, professional development for CE faculty in DE; and hire an Instructional Designer to coach, train, and guide faculty to ensure that all online courses created are aligned with the Online Equity Initiative Course Design Rubric. Dr. Francisco Gamez, Dean of Business, Science, Multimedia Arts, and Applied Technology, states that “BCC is excited to be awarded this grant to develop our online course offerings and certificates in Business and Multimedia Arts.  We wish to deliver student-centered online certificates that will meet the workforce needs of our community and region.“


The Peralta Colleges District Office has been awarded a CTE Online Equity Initiative grant in the amount of $319,000 that will be used to:  redesign the Peralta Online Equity Rubric and Training for CTE programs; extend the impact of the PCCD Online Equity Rubric and offer trainings and workshops to 300+ faculty throughout California; and train 20 PCCD faculty to incorporate equity principles into online CTE courses. The primary goal of this grant is to develop more inclusive career focused programs across the district.

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PCCD and Oakland Adult and Career Education Partner to Offer GED Classes at Laney College

27 August 2019

Students seeking to complete their GED can get that and more on the Laney College Campus.  For each academic term that students are enrolled and attending an Adult School GED class, the student may simultaneously take up to 11 Peralta College units . . . free!

“The opportunity for adult learners to continue their education through adult schools in order to improve English language, develop job training skills, or earn a high school diploma or equivalent – while concurrently enrolling at Laney College, ALL FOR NO COST – should be taken advantage of by our community,” says Shemila R. Johnson, MA, Executive Director of the Northern Alameda Adult Education Collective, which is associated with The Peralta Colleges and this new program.  “We are excited to offer this partnership and want everyone to understand that no matter where their journey in school or the workplace is today, it does not have to be the end,” added Johnson.

The PCCD/Oakland Adult and Career Education program offers GED classes taught in both Spanish and English, with evening and morning hours available – depending on student preference and need.  Although classes began Monday, August 26, 2019, the free classes are offered year round and students can either attend a class to sign up on the spot, or complete The Peralta Colleges Adult High School Special Admit form and to apply and enroll in a Peralta College at  The Laney GED courses are held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays; the classes take place in Room A140. Laney College is located at 900 Fallon Street in Oakland.

Oakland Adult and Career Education is offering GED courses at Laney College to increase access for the community and strengthen the relationship for adult education systems (post high school).  Students who may not have considered going to college because of never completing their high school education now have an amazing opportunity to not only complete their high school education AT NO COST, but simultaneously enrich their education experience by taking college courses AT NO COST.  This means adult learners, who traditionally do not consider themselves college bound, now have the opportunity to take advantage of completing high school and going to college.  “We want to empower our community of adults to go after their education in order to expand their job opportunities, earning potential, and be a model for their friends and family to do the same,” says Erica Gallegos, administrator of this program at the Oakland Unified School District.  “The workforce needs individuals with education and training, therefore, the adult schools and community colleges are working to meet the needs that exist to ensure our residents have the chance to earn a livable wage,” she added.

A GED is considered equivalent to a high school diploma and is recognized by all States and internationally. Students earn the GED by passing 4 tests: Math, Reading Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.  Students with a GED can qualify for employment, as well as enrollment at a community college.  Through the OUSD/PCCD partnership, students can do both at the same time.  For more information, contact Erica Gallegos at 510.273. 2310 or

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David Lee Completes Transformational Leadership Program

14 August 2019

The Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) has announced that Dr. David Lee, Director of the Laney College APASS Program has successfully completed training in the 2019 Administration 201: Transformational Leadership Program. The program provides leadership skills development in an Academy setting and focuses on change management and core leadership skills. 

“ACCCA develops training programs to help build administrative acumen within a system tasked with meeting the needs of over 2 million students,” said Susan Bray, ACCCA Executive Director. “David demonstrates exceptional skill for collaboration within our industry. His ultimate success as a professional will help the system meet its student success goals.”

The Admin 201 program was launched in 2010 to help train the next generation of leaders in the California community colleges. Candidates for the Admin 201 program are vetted for their potential for future system leadership, and are selected from a pool of statewide applicants. 

About ACCCA: The Association was formed as a non-profit in 1976 to represent the interests of the administrators and managers of the largest system of higher education in the world. ACCCA develops and supports current and future California community administrators through professional development, networking, and advocacy. 

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Peralta News: Laney Journalism

1 February 2018

The Journalism Department at Laney College offers practical newspaper experience and academic preparation for students preparing to transfer to four-year institutions.  Emphasis is placed on new technologies and preparation for media jobs in a computer-oriented society.  Additional areas of study include journalism history, ethics, law, and the role of the press in our society.
For more information on the Journalism Department or the official award-winning student newspaper of Laney College, ‘Laney Tower’ please visit:

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Get Help Enrolling at Super Saturdays : January 20 & 27

16 January 2018

Super Saturdays
January 20 & 27, 9am – 1pm

Admissions, orientation, assessment, counseling, financial aid, and the cashier’s office will be available at all four campuses to provide personal assistance with Spring admissions and enrollment.

Prepare for Saturday


In order to complete all of the necessary steps within a Super Saturday, it is recommended that you review the Application & Enrollment Steps webpage and complete the OpenCCC/CCCApply online application (Step 1) at least 24 hours before attending. This way your Student ID will be ready and you can get started on the next steps upon arrival!

OpenCCC/CCCApply Online Application Assistance:

Please arrive early in the day if you would like assistance with the online application (Step 1). You will need an email address (gmail and yahoo are popular services), accurate date of birth, dates of previous high school/college enrollment, and social security number (required only if applying for financial aid) to apply.

Orientation, Assessment, Counseling:

Bring a valid ID (Driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID, student ID card) and any high school (within 10 years) or college transcripts you would like to be used for placement or development of your educational plan with your counselor. Unofficial or official transcripts are both accepted, however, official transcripts are recommended so that they can be kept in our database. You may also bring assessment test results from another instution from within the last three years.

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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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