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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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Peralta Matters – Career Pathways Partnership

10 December 2014

We’re talking about Career Pathways this month on Peralta Matters. The Peralta Community College District is the fiscal agent for a $15 million grant linking local school districts with community colleges to train our youth for jobs in the 21st century. Karen Engels, from the Department of Educational Services, describes our work in this exciting partnership. And we highlight the Machine Technology program at Laney College, with Department Chair Louis Quindlen and father/daughter students Mike and Jackie Feeney, who both got good jobs after participating in the program.

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight October 7, 2014

14 October 2014

The October 7 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a Legislative Update by our Sacramento lobbyists.  The Machine Technology Program at Laney College was presented as a Program of Distinction.  And Board members had a spirited discussion about the $15 million Career Pathways grant.

To view this or past meetings, please visit our meeting archives at:
https://web.peralta.edu/trustees/meetings-votelog/

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight June 10, 2014

16 June 2014

The June 10th meeting began with the swearing in of new Student Trustees Jeramy Rolley and Carl Oliver. Interim Vice Chancellor Rinne presented the Proposed 2014-15 Budget. And Vice Chancellor Mike Orkin and OUSD Superintendent Gary Yee reported on the $15 million Career Pathways grant. Watch FULL meeting here.

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Peralta Colleges To Lead $15 Million East Bay Consortium Career Pathways Grant

2 June 2014

Peralta CPT Grant

Standing in a state-of-the-art laboratory classroom at Life Academy in Oakland, CA, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced that an East Bay Consortium, led by the Peralta Community College District, will receive $15 million in funds from the Career Pathways Trust, a new $250 million program designed to help students stay in school and move toward college and employment in high-demand fields. The East Bay Consortium’s winning proposal will build and strengthen career pathway programs in four key sectors of the economy: Health and Biosciences, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Digital Media, and Public Service and Law.

Speaking to an audience comprised of the leadership of the East Bay Consortium, Superintendent Torlakson congratulated the East Bay on a superb application and for leading a regional effort that is a model for the nation.

Peralta Community College District Chancellor, Dr. José M. Ortiz, pictured with Vice Chancellor Dr. Michael Orkin, acknowledged the tremendous leadership and engagement of all of the K-12 Superintendents from West Contra Costa to Hayward (see below) in working with the four Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College – as well as Chabot College and Contra Costa College to build seamless pathways from high school to community colleges across the region. “We know building effective pathways from high school to college is critical to student success. We are delighted to have the resources to fulfill this vital part of our mission.”

Oakland Superintendent, Dr. Gary Yee, echoed the Chancellor’s remarks and thanked Superintendent Torlakson for his leadership, “This is work that we believe in and have been doing for years. Thanks to Senator Darrell Steinberg and Superintendent Torlakson, we can expand our efforts and reach many more students.”

The Career Pathways Trust funds regional and local consortia to create sustainable career pathways programs that connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to better prepare students for the 21st century workplace. This requires intensive collaboration on the part of faculty, administrators, and counselors at every level of the educational pipeline as well as real-time input and engagement on the part of regional employers. “Peralta faculty are excited about expanding our relationships with regional high schools in ways that will enhance and improve our students’ academic preparedness, and ultimately facilitate their college success,” said Dr. Karolyn van Putten, President of Peralta’s District Academic Senate.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Government Relations & Community Outreach Manager, Doreen Moreno, spoke on behalf of many of the region’s employers when she expressed her excitement at the opportunity to further the work of providing students real-life experiences as a way for them to apply their work in the classroom. The CHAMPS program (Community Health & Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success) at Children’s Hospital Oakland provides internships and other opportunities for students to see what a career in healthcare is all about.

Life Academy student, Ratana Sot, a graduate of the CHAMPS program and a Gates Millennium Scholar, spoke eloquently about how the career pathway – or Linked Learning – model changed his life and made it possible for him to go to UC Berkeley to pursue a career in medicine.

East Bay Chamber of Commerce leaders, including Barbara Leslie, CEO of the Oakland Chamber, and Dave Johnson, CEO of the San Leandro Chamber, also attended to show their support for strengthening the connection between work and school and facilitating the engagement of businesses large and small with educators to create work-based learning experiences for the region’s youth. Other employers engaged in the East Bay’s proposal included Kaiser Permanente, Bayer Healthcare, Bio-Rad, Autodesk, Maxon Computer, Bay Ship and Yacht, Turner Construction, as well as a host of community, labor, and governmental organizations.

Alameda County Superintendent, Sheila Jordan, thanked the many long-time advocates of career technical education, including Senator Loni Hancock and Assembly Member Nancy Skinner who were also in attendance, and congratulated the Consortium’s ability to come together to work across educational segments on behalf of students.

Peralta Vice Chancellor and Project Director for the Consortium, Dr. Mike Orkin, rounded out the remarks by reminding the audience that, “by developing clearly defined career pathways for students to follow on their journey from K-12 to college to career, we will help turn what sometimes seems like an impossible dream into an attainable reality for all those who wish to take the journey.”

The East Bay Career Pathways Consortium includes:

  • The Peralta Community College District (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College)
  • Chabot College
  • Contra Costa College
  • Alameda Unified School District
  • Albany Unified School District
  • Berkeley Unified School District
  • Castro Valley Unified School District
  • Emery Unified School District
  • Hayward Unified School District
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Piedmont Unified School District
  • San Leandro Unified School District
  • San Lorenzo Unified School District
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Alameda County Office of Education
  • The Eden and Contra Costa Regional Occupation Programs (ROPs)
  • EastBay Works (a consortium of the 4 East Bay Workforce Investment Boards)
  • CSU East Bay and UC Berkeley are part of the Consortium as unfunded partners.

Contacts

Karen Engel, Interim Director of Development, Peralta Community College District: 510-381-5292

Gretchen Livesey, Director, Linked Learning, Oakland Unified School District: 510-332-5124

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