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  • The Peralta Colleges 7:10 pm on August 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Board Spotlight   

    Board Spotlight Coming Soon! 

    Get ready for a new feature this fall on our Websites, Peralta TV and our YouTube channel: Board Spotlight, which will highlight each Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees meeting. The meetings begin again in fall. Here’s the Spotlight for the July 19 meeting.

    Welcome to Board Spotlight, a brief recap of the biweekly meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District.

    With the end of the summer semester, The Board of Trustees held their final meeting before the recess. They received a report from Stephanie Casenza of the Peralta Colleges Foundation. The Board honored outgoing Peralta Federation of Teachers president Debra Weintraub for years of work. And they debated the structuring of the Retirement Board.

    The Peralta Board of Trustees meet the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Past meetings are available for viewing on the internet at peraltaccd.granicus.com

  • The Peralta Colleges 9:02 pm on August 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Drops   

    Regarding DROPS for Peralta Colleges students 

    Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 11:29 AM

    Subject: Announcement sent to students regarding drops

    For your information, please see below an announcement which was sent to all students on August 1, 2011. Thank you.

    This is a courtesy reminder to inform you that if you owe fees you will be dropped before classes begin on August 22, 2011 if you do not pay by August 8, 2011.

    You can make a payment at the Cashier’s office located on each campus or by signing on to your student account and making a credit card payment at http://passport.peralta.edu

    If you are a financial aid student, you should contact the financial aid office immediately to check the status of your application.

    Thank you for choosing the Peralta Colleges.

    We look forward to helping you achieve your educational and/or career training goals.


    Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Services

    Peralta Community College District

  • 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 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 12:11 am on July 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Debra Weintraub, , Peralta Federation of Teachers, PFT   

    Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees honors Debbie Weintraub 

    At it’s regular meeting last night, the Board of Trustees honored Debbie Weintraub, outgoing president of the Peralta Federation of Teachers, for her years of service. She is the first PFT president to be so honored.

    Here’s the text of the resolution:

    Honoring Debra Weintraub

    WHEREAS, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees strives to honor those providing distinguished and dedicated service to the district, and wishes to recognize the exemplary service of Debra Weintraub; and

    WHEREAS, Debra Weintraub has been a college instructor for over 27 years, including 5 years as President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers;

    that the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees honors Debra Weintraub
    for her many accomplishments and dedicated service to the district.

    Hon. Wise E. Allen, Chancellor
    Peralta Community College District

  • 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 4:09 pm on July 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Laney Campus Garden   

    Throw Down at the “Grow Down” at the Laney College Garden! 

    Laney’s greening up this summer with new ways to turn your lunchtime food scraps to living soil — right here on campus! Throw down with your friends at the Laney Grow Down, this coming July 14th at the campus community garden.

    •    Learn how to grow food and turn food scraps into soil!
    •    Throw down in the garden or help build worm compost bins!
    •    Hear inspiring speakers and local hip-hop artists!
    •    Bring your fresh ideas for designing a campus Eco-Structure!
    •    Enter the art & multimedia design contest for a chance to win $250!

    WHERE: Laney Campus Garden (by the Bistro, above the reservoir)

    WHEN: Thursday, July 14 from Noon to 5 pm

    For more info, CLICK HERE!

  • 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 6:42 pm on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bay Area News Group, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune   

    Article: “Report says Peralta is Making Progress” 

    The Bay Area News Group, which includes the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times, published an article, “Report says Peralta is Making Progress,” on Saturday, July 2.

    See article at ContraCostaTimes.com, click here!

  • 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

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