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Manufacturing Day at Laney College in the News

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:

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Peralta Colleges Foundation Receives $35,000 “Oakland Promise” Gift from AT&T

8 September 2016

img_4527Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joined AT&T, Peralta Colleges and other community organizations at City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016,  to kick off “September Giving,” a four week campaign during the month of September providing more than $400,000 to Oakland nonprofit organizations that are empowering students this “back-to-school” season. Mayor Schaaf and AT&T presented the first of four awardees, Peralta Colleges Foundation, with a $35,000 contribution to support Oakland students as part of the City of Oakland and Oakland Unified School District’s Oakland Promise initiative.

“Oakland’s nonprofit organizations play such a key role in our students’ success,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “I so appreciate the contribution AT&T is making to advance the mission of these tremendous local organizations. The important work they’re doing in our community is truly deserving of recognition.”

AT&T will make three additional contributions every week of September to The Hidden Genius Project, Art Works for Change and Black Girls Code. Each week, AT&T will highlight a “September Giving” awardee and their efforts empowering students on Twitter using the hashtag #SeptGivingOAK. Organizations and programs benefiting from “September Giving, ” the first of which included the Peralta Colleges Foundation gift of $35,000. Kevin Kosik, Executive Director of the Peralta Colleges Foundation, pictured, accepted the check from AT&T.

The mission of the Peralta Colleges Foundation is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and educational needs of Peralta students, faculty and staff and the communities in which they work. AT&T’s contribution supports low-income first-semester students at the Peralta Colleges – from high schools in the Oakland Unified School District – by providing student awards to cover the cost of Enrollment Fees, Health Fees, Use Fees and Transit Fees as part of The Oakland Promise initiative.

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Peralta News – Oakland Promise

12 February 2016


The Oakland Promise will establish a universal college savings program and set college as an expectation for all. Beginning in the fall of 2016, every Oakland child entering kindergarten in OUSD will have a college savings account opened in his or her name through a phased approach over three years, expanding to charters beginning in fall 2017.

By 2020, every Oakland student entering kindergarten will have a college savings account opened in his or her name.

The four Peralta Colleges will offer all eligible Oakland students a free first semester – no tuition and no fees!

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

2 June 2014

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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.


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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Don’t Miss Your Gateway to College!

12 February 2014

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Laney College’s Gateway to College at Laney College (GtC-LC) was launched in 2009 in partnership with Oakland Unified School District as an alternative education high school. The program provides Oakland residents who are between the ages of 16 to 20 years old with an opportunity to experience success in an academically rigorous environment as they pursue their diploma and transition into a college. Gateway helps to facilitate a student’s transition towards a postsecondary degree or credential by enabling participants to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. This dual (high school and college) credit program promotes student success and readiness by grouping students into learning communities and providing them with individualized support and counseling so they are academically, socially and emotionally prepared to succeed in college.

Each Fall and Spring semesters, up to 50 new students take part in the foundation or initial GtC-LC learning community. Program participants are registered as Laney students and have access to all services and resources available on the Laney campus. Dedicated program counselors provide academic and non-academic supports to ensure our students’ success by helping them to find direction and to remain focused on their academic and long-term goals while urging them to become more engaged and connected on campus. Subsequently, after the “foundation” semester, students enroll in mainstream college classes with continuing support from GtC-LC counselors, tutors and staff. Students graduate from the program when they complete all of the courses necessary to complete their high school graduation requirements.

The program’s main goal is to prepare young people to access the education and training needed for living wage jobs; stressing that high school diplomas and GEDs should not be considered terminal credentials; and that students who have previously struggled academically can be successful in earning a college degree or credential. Last fiscal year, a total of 138 students participated in the program and program graduates earned on average, 100 high school credits and 35 college credits. In the 2013, thirteen students graduated from GtC and received their high school diplomas from Oakland Unified. Many of these students are continuing their studies at Laney.

If GtC-LC sounds like it could be the program for you, please call 510-986-6941 or email us at to reserve your place at an upcoming information session. Remember we can only enroll about 50 students each term and we are actively recruiting for the fall, so contact us now!

Please visit our website ( for additional information including an overview of the application process.

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HBCU Recruitment Fair at Laney College

8 September 2011. 0 comments

The 2011-12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Recruitment Fair is a collaborative partnership between Laney College, Oakland Unified School District, and U-Can.  Last year, the HBCU Recruitment Fair drew in over 2,500 people.  This is a great opportunity to expose and potentially stimulate our students thinking about their options.

What: HBCU Recruitment Fair

Where: Laney College, Student Center

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why: Over 30 HBCU’s eager to serve your students

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