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  • The Peralta Colleges 5:43 pm on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Childcare Center   

    Peralta Colleges Childcare Centers Update 

    Due to State of California budget cuts, the Childcare Center at College of Alameda will be closed permanently, effective Friday, July 29, 2011.

    Beginning Tuesday, August 16, 2011, the Childcare Centers at Laney College and Merritt College will be open Monday through Friday from 7:45am – 5:15pm to offer services to Peralta Colleges students.

    Children previously served at College of Alameda can use the Childcare Centers at either Merritt College or Laney College.

    Peralta Colleges’ Childcare Centers are located at the following addresses:

    Laney College – 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607

    Merritt College – 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619

    For more information, please call (510) 464-3574 for Laney College or (510) 436-2436 for Merritt College.

    Jacob Ng, Ed. D

    Vice Chancellor

    Student Services

     
  • 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

    Chancellor

    The Peralta Community College District

    June 30, 2011

     
  • The Peralta Colleges 7:08 pm on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, East Bay Young Democrats (EBYD), Keith Carson, Rebecca Saltzman   

    Peralta Trustee Abel Guillén Receives East Bay Elected Official of the Year Award 

    OAKLAND, CA – Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillén will receive the Elected Official of the Year award from the East Bay Young Democrats (EBYD) at the group’s June 30th celebration. A Peralta Trustee since 2006, Guillén has provided valuable leadership to the four East Bay colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

    “I am honored to receive this recognition from one of the most effective and diverse organizations fighting for young people in the East Bay,” said Guillén. “This acknowledgement sends a message to our students and young people, that, collectively, we have the power to create change in our community.”

    The East Bay Young Democrats (EBYD) is the region’s premier Democratic club for working people under 36 years old. The group helps shape the Democratic Party for the next generation and promotes the interests of young adults in local, state and national politics.

    “We are proud to be recognizing the strong leadership of Abel Guillén who is a community organizer and grassroots leader,” said EBYD president Rebecca Saltzman. “Abel is a proven leader and strong advocate for our community, and as a Trustee of the Peralta Community Colleges Board, he has fought passionately to secure access to a quality, affordable education.”

    Other past EBYD honorees include Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner.

    “It is an honor to be associated with such a dynamic group of elected officials who are past recipients of this award, and who are fighting everyday for our community both locally and in Sacramento,” Guillén said.

    Reelected to the Board of Trustees last fall, Guillén plans to continue strengthening Peralta Colleges’ partnerships in the community. “Abel’s journey to become the youngest member ever to serve as Peralta Board President serves as an inspiration for young Democrats throughout the East Bay and beyond,” Said Saltzman.

    “We are very pleased at the Peralta Colleges to see one of our Trustees honored in this way,” said Dr. Wise E. Allen, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. “It is truly something we can all be proud of, the contributions that Trustee Guillén has made to our district and the community.”

    The East Bay Young Democrats’ “Blue & Green” third annual awards gala honoring Guillén will be held Thursday, June 30, at Numi Tea Garden, 2230 Livingston St., Oakland, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Event tickets may be purchased online at http://www.ebyd.org/site/events/annual-gala.

    For more information about EBYD: info@ebyd.org

     
  • The Peralta Colleges 7:25 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jannett N. Jackson   

    Jannett N. Jackson, Ph.D., Selected as President of College of Alameda 

    Jannett N. Jackson, Ph.D., Selected as President of College of Alameda

    At its regular meeting last night, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District selected Dr. Jannet N. Jackson as president of College Alameda. Dr. Jackson, who is currently Interim President at the college, will begin her three-year contract as President starting July 1, 2011.

    Dr. Jannett Jackson received her doctorate from the prestigious Community College Leadership Program in Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Masters in Education emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from CSU, Fresno.

    Dr. Jackson has over twenty-seven years of experience in support services, instruction and administrative areas within the California Community College system and has served as the Interim President at College of Alameda since July 2010.

    She has held several statewide advisory board positions including the California Community Colleges Instructional Officers (CCCIOs) South West Region’s representative to the Team of Specialist for basic skills, Academic Senate Educational Policies Committee, EEO, Diversity, & Title 5 Advisory Committee, and has co-chaired the Peralta District’s Distance Education Committee.

    From 1998 to 2004 she served as Dean of Learning Resources Center at Fresno City College (FCC), with major responsibility for a $12 million dollar four-year construction & technology infrastructure project. Before assuming the duties of Dean, Dr. Jackson served eight years in faculty governance, with three years on the technology and curriculum subcommittees of the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, culminating as FCC’s Academic Senate President.

    From 1991 to 1998, she was a member of the Business faculty at Fresno City College, was the faculty rep for tech prep, was the department chair, served on the regional consortium for vocational programs and has published statewide curriculum for telecommunications.

    Dr. Jackson is also a retired colonel with the California Army National Guard and a veteran of the Persian Gulf and Iraqi wars.

    Posted by Chris Gat

     
  • 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 5:26 pm on May 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 21st annual All-USA Community College Academic Team, American Association of Community Colleges, Barbara Dimopoulos, Beta Theta Lambda, , Castlemont High School, Dulguun Bayaraa, Follett Higher Education Group, Harold Woodard, , , PTK,   

    Peralta Colleges’ Student Named to 2011 All-USA Academic Team 

    USA TODAY named 20 students to its 21st annual All-USA Community College Academic Team in New Orleans, honoring them for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership, and Merritt College student Cassandra Beverly is among this list.

    “I was nominated by Barbara Dimopoulos, Phi Theta Kappa advisor for the Beta Theta Lambda chapter at Merritt College.” She explains, “I can’t really answer as to why she nominated me, but I believe that she saw my drive, my leadership skills, and high academic marks”.  Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for the 2-year colleges. To be a member of PTK, students must have at least a 3.25 G.P.A.

    The All-USA Community College Academic Team presented by USA TODAY, the American Association of Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group honors outstanding two-year college students.  The team of 20 was selected by a panel of judges from more than 1,600 students nominated by 800 community colleges.  Judges considered grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

    Raised in East Oakland, Beverly graduated from Castlemont High School. “I chose to attend Merritt College because I wanted to attend a school that was affordable and supported women like myself, a single mother, full-time worker, and first generation college student.” She recalls “I found all of that and more at the Peralta Colleges.”

    This year, 27 California community college students were selected for the All-California Academic First Team, 28 students for the Second Team and 28 students for the Third Team. These students represent 42 California community colleges.

    The Community College League of California sponsored an award ceremony at which all team members received medallions of honor and a certificate recognizing their accomplishments. Three other Peralta Community College District students made the All-California Team: Dulguun Bayaraa – Berkeley City College, Jurena Storm from College of Alameda and Harold Woodard from Merritt College, along with Beverly were honored at the League’s March event in Sacramento.

    “As the first student from Peralta to receive this award, I feel humbled and honored that I have been allowed to be the vessel of hope and possibility for the Peralta Colleges.” Beverly proclaimed, “No longer can anyone say that Peralta students can’t be the best of the best!”

    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 6:33 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Activism, , Jean Washburn, Mustafa Popal,   

    Peralta Matters 6: Activism 

    This month we’re looking at Activism. Mustafa Popal is faculty sponsor of Save Our Schools at College of Alameda. He’s followed by Dr. Wise Allen, Chancellor of the Peralta Colleges, explaining the economics of California education spending. And Alameda Student Body President Jean Washburn promotes student involvement. Enjoy!

    Posted by Chris Gat

     
  • The Peralta Colleges 5:11 pm on May 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: College of Alameda Big Band, USS Hornet Museum   

    The College of Alameda Big Band performs on the USS Hornet Museum 

    The College of Alameda Big Band has been invited to perform aboard the USS Hornet Museum. On Saturday, May 21st, there will a ceremony commemorating Naval aviators of WWII. As part of a presentation by several retired WWII naval pilots, the big band will be helping to re-create the atmosphere of the 1940’s through the performance of classic swing music….This should prove to be the start of an ongoing relationship between the USS Hornet Museum and COA’s music department.

    Posted by Chris Gat

     
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