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  • The Peralta Colleges 7:45 pm on December 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Laney Student Health Services, , Student Health Services   

    Student Health Services Update Starting Dec. 20th at Laney College 

    The student health clinic sponsored by the health fee (see below) will be closed from December 20, 2010 and will be reopening January 10, 2011 in a new location. Laney Student Health Services, with nurse Indra Thadani, remains in its present location (Tower 250)  in the Laney Tower building.

    New Clinic to Open!

    On Monday, January 10, 2011, we are opening a new student health clinic, the Peralta Wellness Center, in the Laney College Student Center, Room SC410A (on the fourth floor).  The new clinic will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-5.   Services offered will include pregnancy testing, family planning, birth control, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, HIV testing, pap smears, health education, mental health counseling, TB testing, immunizations, vaccinations, flu shots, whooping cough (pertussis) immunizations, physical exams, and doctor visits and referral services.  More information is available on the FAQ page.

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 7:17 pm on December 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cheap Textbooks, College Resources, Super Cheap Textbook Search Engine   

    Resources for Cheap Textbooks 

    Cheap Textbooks. Try this Super Cheap Textbook Search Engine ™ which will scour the internet for the cheapest price available on any textbook. If you can find a textbook cheaper online – they’ll buy it for you.

    Chegg. Chegg is a multi-purpose website and that’s why I’m listing it first. Students can rent textbooks, buy their books, sell them back to the website and they plant a tree for every book you rent. With Chegg, you can save up to 80% on textbooks.

    Abebooks. Search by title or enter up to ten textbook ISBNs and you’ll see the lowest-priced textbooks for each ISBN. Add the bundle to your basket for quick checkout. You can start searching right here.

    BookRenter.com. Quick delivery, choose between five rental periods and free return shipping. Save up to 75%.

    Textbooks.com. Boasts fast and free delivery on orders of $25+. You can even sell your books back for up to 50%.

    Alibris. Offers new and used textbooks. Save up to 90%. Offers a very large selection and many hard-to-find titles.

    CampusBooks. Offers students the option of searching by subject, in addition to searching by book. You can also sell your books back to the website when you’re finished with them.

    Half.com, eBay and Kijiji. eBay probably has more books to buy but Half.com specializes in books, textbooks, music, movies and video games. Search in your area for textbooks (and other stuff) on Kijiji.

    BookSwim. “Rent books Netflix-style.” Free delivery, free return postage and no due dates or late fees.

    Facebook Marketplace. Log in, go to the Marketplace and type in the title of the book you’re searching for. Shipping rates may be vary, depending on what the seller requests. There are also several textbook applications on Facebook that you might want to check out.

    TextSwap. Buy, sell and trade used textbooks. Gives you the option of searching by university.

    Bartleby. Free, online books. (Seriously, what’s cheaper than a free book?!)

    Cheap College Textbooks. Works like a search engine. Type in what book you’re looking for and it searches several textbook websites for you, comparing prices and showing you the best deal.

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 7:11 pm on December 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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  • The Peralta Colleges 10:46 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Carlos McLean, , , , ,   

    Peralta Matters, Segment 3 with Carlos McLean of Merritt College 

    Peralta Matters, Segment 3

    Our third guest this month is Carlos McLean. He runs the highly acclaimed Maximum Achievement Project at Merritt College. He explains some of the ways they help black males succeed, and exemplifies why it is crucial to seek financial support outside of our usual State funding.  Tune in to peraltaTV Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and Fridays at 12:30 pm to view complete episodes.

    Posted by Chris Gat


  • The Peralta Colleges 10:36 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Rich Copenhagen,   

    Peralta Matters, Segment 2 with Rich Copenhagen of College of Alameda 

    Peralta Matters, Segment 2

    Our second guest in the first episode of Peralta Matters is Rich Copenhagen. Representing Save Our Schools at the College of Alameda, he explains some of the ways the budget cuts have affected students and provides ways students can help fill in the gaps during these difficult financial times.

    SOS is a group of students dedicated to fighting the budget cuts in the State of California – both statewide and local – with long term goals of improving access to higher education for everyone.  They meet Wednesdays 1pm in room C-208 at College of Alameda.

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 10:09 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: California Solar Initiative, Chevron Corporation, , , Pacific Gas and Electric Company,   

    Merritt College Cuts the Ribbon on its New Solar Energy Project that will Save $16.8 Million Over 25 Years and Offset 380 Tons of Carbon Emissions 

    On Tuesday December 14, 2010 at 1 PM Merritt College, part of the Peralta Community College District, celebrates the completed construction of its on-campus Photovoltaic (PV) system in Parking Lot C located at 12500 Campus Drive in Oakland. This project was made possible by the generous voters who approved the Measure A bond to upgrade Peralta’s facilities.

    The 1.2MW system consists of two portions, a set of panels mounted on new carports in Parking Lot C, and a set of panels mounted to the grounds near the Football field. The system is capable of generating 1,500,000 kWh every year, enough to power 215 California homes. Multiple project benefits include a reduction in Merritt’s electrical bill by 40% – a $16.8 million savings in energy expenditures over 25 years – receipt of $1.8 million in incentives from the California Solar Initiative and 750,000lbs less of global-warming gas CO2 emitted annually. Most of the energy will be produced during the summer. Since the panels will be generating more than the college will consume, PG&E will buy the excess electricity through its Net-Metering program, generating additional revenue for the District.

    PV systems use solar electric panels to directly convert the sun’s energy into electricity without moving parts. They operate silently and pollution free. One portion of Merritt’s project has been installed as overhead canopies in Parking Lot C, delivering the additional benefit of covered parking with underneath lighting delivering greater safety and weather protection for students, faculty, other employees and visitors. The other portion is on the hillside immediately behind the college. Project design and panel placement was determined through a collaborative effort that included faculty, site and District employees and Chevron Energy Solutions consultants, with a special focus on preserving Merritt’s panoramic views.

    “Peralta is fully committed to sustainability and this investment in clean, renewable energy will reap tremendous dividends for our District and the environment” says newly elected Board of Trustees President Dr. William Riley. “This money saved by the Peralta Colleges through this project helps us to put more into our classrooms, a benefit that is especially appreciated in these challenging financial times.”

    Peralta’s Department of General Services, responsible for implementing and managing Measure A projects, oversaw this initiative. Dr. Sadiq B. Ikharo, Vice Chancellor of General Services reiterated that “the District is excited about how its first alternative energy project moves Peralta closer to sustainable energy, results in reduced electricity costs and allows us to hedge against future rate increases in line with the Board’s policy on sustainability.”

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 10:04 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Peralta Colleges Board Elects New Officers For 2011, Reelected Trustees Sworn-In 

    OAKLAND, Calif., December 10, 2010 – The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 7, 2010, elected a new slate of officers for 2011. Three trustees, reelected in November, were also sworn-in to serve for the next four years.

    Dr. William “Bill” Riley, who represents Area 5, was elected president and Cy Gulassa, representing Area 6, was elected vice president of the nine-member board.

    Abel J. Guillén, who represents Area 7, was sworn-in by the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, Senior Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California. Dr. William “Bill” Riley and Linda Handy were sworn-in by the Honorable Gordon S. Baranco, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.

    “I am both pleased and honored to serve as president of the Board during this critical time in Peralta’s history,” Riley said. “I look forward to working closely with our constituent groups to help guide our colleges through some of the difficult decisions the Board will have to make in the future. In making these decisions and working together with students, faculty, staff and the community, the Board and I are committed to an open, shared governance process, accountability and full transparency,” Riley Added.

    Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and represents an area that includes Oakland’s Rockridge District and the City of Piedmont. He has served as President of the Board twice and also as Vice President. He is a Merritt College alumnus and has served in public education over 30 years, including the Oakland, East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and San Ramon School Districts. He earned an Ed.D., in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.

    A graduate of UC Berkeley with a M.A. in English, Cy Gulassa has taught at institutions such as Frostburg State University in Maryland and the Philadelphia College of Art, as well as teaching English at De Anza College for 30 years. He served as president of the Foothil-De Anza District Faculty Association for fifteen years and founded the Bay Faculty Association. He lectures on community college reform and governance issues and has published over 150 articles. In 1994, he was named Faculty Member of the Year and was honored by State Assembly and Senate resolutions and a commendation from President Clinton.

    Continuing to serve on the board are Bill Withrow, who represents Area 1, Marcie Hodge, Area 2, Linda Handy, Area 3, Nicky González Yuen, Area 4, and Abel Guillén, who represents Area 7.  Student trustees are Jurena Storm and Darnice Davis.

    Posted by Chris Gat


  • The Peralta Colleges 7:36 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Berkeley City Council, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Digital Arts Club (DAC), Instructor Joe Doyle, ,   

    Berkeley City Council honors Digital Arts Club 

    A Tue., Nov. 9 proclamation issued by Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and the Berkeley City Council recognized Berkeley City College’s Digital Arts Club (DAC) for its talent, creativity, and its many years of artistic contributions to Bay Area galleries and exhibits.

    The club, whose members include multimedia arts students and faculty members, has served as a leader in promoting area arts. The group has worked to greatly improve community awareness and appreciation digital arts. It also provides a valuable educational resource for those who wish to gain skills in multimedia and digital arts production. Instructor Joe Doyle is DAC adviser.

    DAC exhibit themes center around motion graphics, video, web art, animation, sound design, and other related disciplines . The group displays art in both private galleries and educational venues.

    The city’s proclamation, in honor of BCC’s Nov. 19-20 Fall Arts Festival, commended the group’s work and noted, in part, that: “ . . . . Faculty members and students from the Multimedia Arts Department of Berkeley City College utilize their excellent facilities to offer comprehensive courses in multimedia arts. Incorporating the latest hardware and software these lessons have been an affordable and invaluable resource that benefits community members from all over the Bay Area. . . .”

    (Source: Editor Shirley Fogarino, Public Information Officer, Berkeley City College)

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 7:15 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Community College News, , SB1440   

    SB1440 guarantees admission to CSUs from state’s community colleges 

    Community college students who graduate with a “C” average or better will be guaranteed admission to California State University as juniors beginning next fall under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    The governor described SB1440, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima (Los Angeles County), as a “monumental step forward for California’s higher education system.”

    Under the new law, California’s public community colleges also will be required to offer associate degrees comprised only of courses acceptable for transfer. Currently, students at two-year schools often are confused about what classes are transferable. While they need only 60 units to transfer, studies show that the state’s community college students complete an average of 80 units, many of them nontransferable.

    California’s community college students will be guaranteed admission to the California State University system if they maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.

    (Source: Editor Shirley Fogarino, Public Information Officer, Berkeley City College)

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 6:27 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Class Schedule, Downloads   

    The Spring 2011 Berkeley City College Class Schedule is ready for Download! 


    Spring 2011 Semester begins on Monday, January 24, 2011.
    Saturday classes begin on January 29, 2011.
    Last day to add classes during the open enrollment period is Saturday, February 5, 2011.

    Berkeley City College is on Twitter – Follow Them @BerkCityCollege

    Download BCC’s Spring 2011 Schedule Now!

    Posted by Chris Gat

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