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Leigh Sata appointed interim vice chancellor for general services

27 March 2019

Sata will oversee facility and property services for the District and the four Peralta Colleges

OAKLAND, Calif. (March 27, 2019) – On March 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) approved the appointment of Leigh Sata as interim vice chancellor of general services.

Under a two-year contract starting March 27, 2019, Sata will direct the Department of General Services (DGS), which provides centralized services to the District, including facility and property services, as well as facilities maintenance & operations, capital outlay, design & construction, facilities planning & development management, and Peralta police services.

Sata brings to the role more than three decades of experience in architecture and education, including a long history with the California Community Colleges, managing both capital projects and large bond programs.

“I’m thrilled the District has an exceptionally qualified facilities and bond program expert on board our team,” said Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White, acting chancellor, Peralta Community College District.

Sata comes to PCCD from Santa Rosa Junior College, where he was senior director, capital projects. Previously, Sata was executive bond manager for Solano Community College, and a project executive and construction program manager for the Swinerton Management and Consulting team, where he led project teams for the following clients: College of Marin, San Mateo County College District, San Francisco Unified School District, Lycée Francais de San Francisco, and San Mateo-Foster City School District. He was also director of university architecture at the University of San Francisco, and a senior project architect at many design firms, specializing in projects for educational institutions.

Sata was a student at the University of California at Davis, eventually transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He is currently a candidate in the Global Executive Ed. D program at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

An active community volunteer, Sata served as vice-chairman, board of directors for the French American International School in San Francisco and is currently an advisory board member for Nihonmachi Little Friends Pre-School.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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Peralta’s International Education Office Joins Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

3 June 2014

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The Peralta Community College District’s Office of International Education has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The initiative is also focused on increasing the diversity of students who study abroad, ensuring quality and removing barriers to participation.

In the last two years, the Peralta Colleges has had 56 students study abroad. This year two programs are being offered through the Laney College Dance Department for Summer 2014: Cuban Culture and History through Dance Study Abroad (Havana, Cuba – July 11-18, 2014) and Travel to Haiti (Haiti – July 26-August 17, 2014). More information, visit https://web.peralta.edu/international/study-abroad/.

A total of 308 partners have joined Generation Study Abroad to date. They include 241 United States colleges and universities and other associations and organizations, including the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“I believe all students should have the opportunity and access to study abroad,” says Drew Gephart from Peralta’s Office of International Education. “I am excited to join the Generation Study Abroad initiative, and committed to making a difference in the lives of our students through our study abroad program,” added Gephart, pictured with Wagaye Johannes, Project Director at the Institute of International Education, accepting a Certificate of Appreciation to the Peralta Colleges.

Peralta’s Office of International Education is committed to finding new and creative solutions to enable students to participate in the study abroad experience. Study abroad improves student learning by integrating knowledge with real life experiences, creates a lasting learning experience for everyone, promotes the colleges and their programs on a global level, and provides an opportunity where students and faculty develop a greater appreciation for other cultures and become more globally aware.

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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.

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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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Valentino Calderon

28 May 2014

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Valentino Calderon, outgoing president of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College (ASBCC), plans to transfer to UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. Fascinated by the potential of integrating brain-computer interfaces to help people overcome cognitive disabilities, his major will be Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

While at Berkeley City College, Calderon has maintained a 4.0 GPA and was concurrently enrolled in classes at Cal while attending BCC. Achieving college success was not without obstacles. While a sophomore in high school, Mr. Calderon suffered a brain injury that affected his cognitive abilities.

“Academics, something that once came so easily, became an everyday challenge,” he recalled. “But my cognitive disabilities served as my motivation for excelling in college.”

Following in his brothers’ footsteps, Mr. Caldron decided to begin his higher education at a community college. He moved to Berkeley from Southern California and entered Berkeley City.

As president of ASBCC, Mr. Calderon advocated for creating the position of campus life director at all four Peralta Colleges. He also instituted bimonthly town hall meetings and oversaw a complete revision of ASBCC’s constitution, student body elections, and organized the first student candidate debates on campus.

“There are no limits; there are only plateaus,” he said. “With the right support, I can achieve new bounds and create new realities.”

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Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Emily Carver

28 May 2014

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Meet Emily Carver, who for the past two years has earned high academic honors on top of being a stand-out volleyball player for the College of Alameda Cougar women’s volleyball team. Emily has maintained an overall 3.95 GPA for the past four semesters while participating on the Cougars women’s volleyball team. During the last three semesters, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA. Those 4.0s were earned while competing on the College of Alameda women’s volleyball team.

A team player, Emily was selected co-team captain and received awards in 2012 and 2013 for “Best Offensive Player,” and was voted to the 2013 Bay Valley Conference First Team.

Emily has not only been an excellent student and a member of the Cougar women’s volleyball team, for the past two years, she is also been an ASCOA member and held a club officer’s position (vice-president) for the COA Volleyball Club. The volleyball club was inducted in 2011; inspired by the Cougar women’s volleyball head coach, Linda Thompson, as a way to ensure the team gives back to the community by providing an opportunity for them to mentor young girls and assist in helping at volleyball clinics for girls ages 10-14.

In her very little spare time, Emily also coaches a girls youth volleyball club team and holds down a part-time job.

Emily has been accepted to several universities and colleges. However, in fall semester 2014, she plans to attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida where she will major in nursing and play volleyball for the Division 1 B-C Wildcats.

On top of all that, Emily was valedictorian at last week’s graduation ceremony!

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Classes Start Jan. 21 — Enroll Now!

19 December 2013

Get the classes you need, enroll now!

The spring semester starts January 21.

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