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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 7:19 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CEOCCC, Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, , Dr. Robert Adams, , Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, Vice-President North   

    Merritt College President Elected to Statewide Board 

    Merritt College President Elected to Statewide Board

    OAKLAND, Calif., July 11, 2011 – At its June 17, 2011 meeting in Sacramento, the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC) installed Merritt College President Dr. Robert Adams as its newly elected Vice-President North. A branch of the Community College League of California (CCLC), the CEOCCC is a nonprofit public benefit corporation whose voluntary membership is comprised of the 72 local community college districts in California.

    “It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers in such a manner,” remarked Adams. “Being in the area for a short period of time, and now being elected as Vice-President North of the CEOCCC is a great honor for me, Merritt College and the Peralta Community College District.”

    CEOCCC has a 15-member board of directors elected by local community college chancellors, superintendents and presidents. The CEOCCC board meets approximately six times a year.

    “Our CEOCCC meetings entail policy making for all the community colleges statewide,” said Adams. “This gives me and others on the board an automatic audience that makes decisions and future plans for all 112 California community colleges, that impact our 2.9 million students.”

    As president of Merritt College since 2007, Dr. Adams earned his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Southern California, and earned his Doctorate in Educational Management from Pepperdine University.

    “We are very pleased to see one of our college presidents 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 for the contributions that Dr. Adams has made to our district, Merritt College, the community, and now on a statewide platform.”

    As Vice–President North of CEOCCC for the next two years, Adams represents over 50 community colleges in Northern California, along with this new position, he now sits on the board of the CCLC.

    “Given my voice from an urban community college environment – diversity is very important to me,” replied Adams. “In my new role as Vice-President North of CEOCCC, I, and my colleagues will tackle issues that effect and impact our students, our colleges and our communities across this great state.”

    Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – has served Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing East Bay students of all ages with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities. To learn more, visit http://www.peralta.edu.

  • 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 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 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 6:04 pm on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Environmental Management Program, Jack Lin, , Robin Freeman, Self-Reliant House,   

    Sustainability with Jack Lin and Robin Freeman on Peralta Matters 

    In celebration of Earth Day, this month’s Peralta Matters focuses on Sustainability. First up is Jack Lin, organizer of the Sustainable Peralta Initiative. He highlights a number of facilities projects as we bring all new construction to LEED Silver certifications. He also promotes the upcoming Earth Day Celebration on April 28.  Next Robin Freeman talks about the thirty year history of the Environmental Management Program at Merritt College and the student-built Self-Reliant House. Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 8:00 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: All-USA Community College Academic Team, , ,   

    USA Today Announces All-USA Community College Academic Team 

    Yesterday, USA Today published the names of 20 outstanding community college students from across the country who made the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Three of California’s community college students were among those recognized from a pool of more than 1,600 students nominated from 800 colleges across the country.

    Congratulations to:

    • Cassandra Beverly, Merritt College
    • Kellee Green, Long Beach City College
    • Alina Turpin, Cerritos College

    On March 21, the League hosted a luncheon in Sacramento for all of the state’s honorees. The luncheon is my favorite event of the year. For a couple of hours, we set aside the budget woes and get to recognize and meet with amazing students who are leading their peers in both academics and community service.

    I encourage you to review the program for the luncheon, which has short biographies on all of the inspirational students.

    Congratulations to all of the students recognized this year by Phi Theta Kappa!

    Posted by Chris Gat

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