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  • The Peralta Colleges 5:54 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aztec Dancing, BCC Today, Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, Cuahtli Mitotiani, DJ Skrypt, Earth Island Institute, Inkworks Press, , Mi Tierra Foods Market, PG&E, Shirley E. Fogarino, True Colors Mural Project, Visions of Peace and Justice, Vivir Sin Fronteras/Living Without Borders, YMCA   

    Muralist Juana Alicia Araiza, Berkeley City College art students create new mural for YMCA Teen Center 

    Berkeley City College instructor and muralist Juana Alicia Araiza, together with BCC and community artists, recently completed a stunning three-story muralfor the Berkeley YMCA’s new Teen Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Way

    and Center St. The mural was designed and created by BCC’s True Colors Mural Project in collaboration with the Earth Island Institute. More than two dozen BCC students designed and developed the year-long project.

    A Sat., June 4 celebration which included live music by the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, traditional Aztec Dancing of Cuahtli Mitotiani, a True Colors Student’s Art Exhibition, performances by members of Spoken Word & Poetry, and DJ Skrypt to name a few, introduced the mural to the community.

    The inspirational work depicts a world that faces environmental, social and moral challenges, while expressing the dreams and hopes of a new generation as they prepare to become the future leaders and guardians of the planet.

    Patterns of color that create powerful images weave their way up the three-story image located on the interior stairway facing Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

    The True Colors Mural Project supports and develops young artist activists who improve the urban environment by creating public murals. Young artists are trained to design and create community murals with social and environmental justice themes.

    The project recruits, engages and employs under-served, at risk youth from Berkeley and the greater East Bay, in vital community environmental mural arts projects. The murals educate urban dwellers and beautify the urban environment with messages and images that support ecological sustainability, conservation and restoration.

    Recent BCC/True Colors projects include “Visions of Peace and Justice” at Inkworks Press, and “Vivir Sin Fronteras/Living Without Borders” at Mi Tierra Foods Market in West Berkeley. All were designed

    and created by BCC art students, with participation by community artists.

    The YMCA/PG&E Teen Center provides programs and services that serve high school youth. With a focus on academic achievement, career preparation, service learning and leadership development, the center aims to empower teens to develop the life skills and competencies necessary to become responsible community members.

    Donated by PG&E in 2007, the 8,000 square foot building was renovated using strategies to reduce environmental impact and create energy savings, water efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions, and improve indoor environmental air quality.

    The YMCA-PG&E Teen Center is a branch of the YMCA of the Central Bay Area.

    For information about the Berkeley City College/True Colors Mural Project, visit: http://truecolorsmuralproject.wordpress.com/ and at http://earthisland.org/index.php/projects/true-colorsmural-project.

    To learn more about the YMCA’s new Downtown Berkeley Teen Center visit: http://www.ymca-cba.org/teencenter.

    By: Shirley E. Fogarino


  • The Peralta Colleges 10:24 pm on July 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fall 2011 Enrollment   

    Hey, Peralta Students! Classes are still available. Enroll early to get them! 

  • The Peralta Colleges 10:10 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, , , Vice Chancellor Debbie Budd   

    Peralta Colleges Removed From Probation 

    I am happy to report that today I received a letter from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which informed me that the Commission has taken action to remove all four Peralta Colleges from probation.

    This is extremely good news and reflects the hard work of our Accreditation Teams, led by Vice Chancellor Debbie Budd, and the leadership shown by our Board of Trustees.

    We worked very hard to resolve issues related to information systems, governance and financial procedures that were raised by the Commission. A highly qualified senior management team has been diligently working on accreditation issues since December 2009, and their work has paid off with the welcome news that probation status has been removed.

    While the Commission has issued a warning – the lowest-level status alert – and made several recommendations for continued improvement, I am very pleased that our colleges have been removed from probation.

    I want to thank the Accreditation Teams at the Colleges and the District Office for their unwavering and diligent work to ensure the continued accreditation of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

    The Commission’s report will shortly be posted on our Web site, and I will keep our community informed by releasing further information as the Accreditation Teams work on their follow-up reports to the Commission.

    Wise E. Allen


    The Peralta Community College District

    June 30, 2011

  • The Peralta Colleges 9:47 pm on May 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Measure A, Measure A Projects Tour   

    Measure A Projects Tour at the Peralta Colleges 

    Oakland, CA – In June, 2006, voters in Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont – the six cities that make up the Peralta Community College District passed Peralta Colleges’ $390 million Measure A bond by an overwhelming 74.7 percent, one of the highest support rates for a community college bond measure in the state.

    “The 30,000 students of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Oakland’s Laney and Merritt Colleges are the big winners,” replied Dr. Wise Allen, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District.

    The sale of bonds went towards renovating aging classrooms, building new science and technology labs and modernizing facilities that are decades old, all so that the Peralta Colleges can continue to provide a first-rate educational environment for the community’s students.

    A Measure A Projects tour of three campuses – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney College in Oakland took place April 14, 2011 from 9am – 1pm.

    “We are pleased to able to escort the community and stakeholders on a tour of all the needed work, renovations, and repairs to our colleges.  It was an opportunity to present how Measure A bond monies were productively spent for infrastructure that benefits education in our community and the constituents we server,” said Dr. Sadiq Bello Ikharo, Vice Chancellor of General Services.

    Several organizations, including Assembly member Nancy Skinner’s office, Oakland’s Chamber of Commerce Public Policy office, the Oakland Latino’s Merchant Association, members of the Measure A Citizen’s Oversight Committee, Peralta Trustee Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Student Trustee Jurena Storm and Peralta staff were represented on the tour.

    Drs. Allen and Ikharo greeted participants and the group viewed a PowerPoint presentation of Merritt College’s upgrades, including its photovoltaic (solar panels), lighting, allied health facility and its new library swing space, before boarding vans to the other colleges. Each college then toured the group of their newly renovated spaces: Berkeley City College showcased its classrooms, multi-media studio, auditorium and shared faculty offices; College of Alameda presented its new tennis courts, dance studio, dental lab, and student one-stop center; Laney College highlighted its athletic field, parking lots, and the newly renovated Laney Bistro, part of its culinary kitchen, where the group enjoyed a sampling of  lunch items,  prepared by culinary students.

    During the tour, one faculty member stated, “ We are pleased to express our enthusiasm about Measure A funds, because our educational facility needs have finally been addressed.”

    Measure A Citizen’s Oversight Committee member, Polly Amerin remarked, “It was an excellent tour… there was enough to impress us all.”

    A visual chronology of the tour is available on line at: http://www.peralta.edu/apps/docs.asp?Q=1839 and comments on the tour can he heard at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzOnRhXO5wQ (or search for Peralta Measure A Bus Tour on You Tube.)

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 6:39 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Redistricting Forums   

    Peralta Community College District Redistricting Forums, This Week! 

    Peralta Community College District Redistricting Forums

    Federal and state laws require the Peralta Community College District to adjust its board of trustee district boundaries every ten years to balance populations based on current US Census Bureau Population Data. The redistricting process will change the boundaries of the districts and may change the trustee districts in which individual residents reside. The District welcomes community input on potential redistricting options, and hopes to hear from community stakeholders and their opinions on the alternative proposals at four public meetings to be held at the District’s college campuses.

    At these public forums, four scenarios for potential new boundary configurations will be presented for review and comment. For each of these four scenarios, written descriptions and demographic information will also be provided.

    Public Comment Meetings for the Peralta Community College Redistricting Process are as follows:

    Berkeley City College,  Room 415 AB, Wednesday, May 11 2011 6:00PM
    Merritt College, Student Lounge, Monday, May 16, 2011 6:00PM
    Laney College, Campus Theater, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:00PM
    College of Alameda, F Building, Student Lounge, Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:00PM

    These forums are free and open to all students, faculty, staff and community members.

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 6:24 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Claire Ortalda, , Floyd Salas, International PEN, Ishmael Reed, Josephine Miles, PEN Oakland Awards, Reginald Lockett   

    Peralta Community College District Board will honor 2 faculty winners of PEN Oakland Awards 

    You are invited —
    Oakland PEN prize-winning poets Andrena Zawinski (Laney) and Clifton Ross (Berkeley City College) will be honored by the Peralta Board of Trustees at their meeting Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm.  The Board meeting will be at the District Office, 333 East Eighth St., down the street from Laney College.

    Andrena Zawinski won for her collection of poetry, SOMETHING ABOUT from Blue Light Press in San Francisco. Clifton Ross won for his book of poetry, Translations from Silence: New and Selected Poems, Freedom Press. Andrena Zawinski and Clifton Ross are part-time English instructors.

    The PEN Oakland award was named for the late poet and faculty member of U.C. Berkeley’s English Department. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEN_Oakland/Josephine_Miles_Literary_Award   
    PEN Oakland, dubbed “the blue collar PEN” by the New York Times, was founded in 1989 by Ishmael Reed, who came up with the idea, and co-founders Floyd Salas, Reginald Lockett and Claire Ortalda, in order to “promote works of excellence by writers of all cultural and racial backgrounds and to educate both the public and the media as to the nature of multi-cultural work.” PEN Oakland affiliated with International PEN in 1990 and soon launched the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Awards for multicultural U.S. literature.  
    Posted by Chris Gat
  • The Peralta Colleges 6:37 pm on May 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Berkeley High School, Mohammad Anwar, S.F. Chronicle   

    Berkeley City College Student Featured in S.F. Chronicle Article about Berkeley High 

    Read about Berkeley City College Student Mohammad Anwar and the difference he is making in the lives of Berkeley High School students.  The article about Mr. Anwar appeared on the front page of the the Apr. 26 issue of the S.F. Chronicle.  It did not appear online until Thursday.  Read Full Story

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 7:33 pm on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dan Berger, , Readings Underground, , The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism   

    Authors James Tracy and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz at Berkeley City College, 7 p.m., Wed. May 4 

    James Tracy and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, contributors to The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism (Dan Berger, Editor, Rutgers, 2010) will present their work at 7 p.m., Wed., May 4, in Berkeley City College’s auditorium on the ground floor as part of “Readings Underground,” a spring lecture series by noted Bay Area authors at Berkeley City College.  All are invited.  The readings are free and open to the public.

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 5:54 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ASBCC, César Chávez, Latin American Club   

    Join the celebration to remember Cesar Chavez at Berkeley City College 

    The ASBCC and the Latin American Club cordially invites you to come and join the celebration to remember Cesar Chavez life and legacy. The Cesar Chavez Celebration is a FREE event!

    Thursday, March 31st, 2011 • 12:15-1:00 PM located at Berkeley City College’s Atrium

    Lunch, Speakers, Live Music, DJ and more!!

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 7:39 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Mehdi Boubiya   

    Women Making Waves in the Middle East & North Africa 

    Thursday, April 7, 2011: World Women’s Month Events

    Women Making Waves in the Middle East & North Africa

    Hear about women’s involvement in the waves of social and political change sweeping this part of the world. Presentation, with slides, by Mehdi Boubiya, Program Associate at the Global Fund for Women.

    Time: 7-8 p.m.  /  Place: Berkeley City College, Room 322

    These events are cosponsored by BCC’s Women’s Studies Program, the Humanities Program and the Women’s Empowerment Alliance.

    Posted by Chris Gat

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