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Armando Franco, BCCs new MESA Program Director, sits at his desk in a corner of the MESA center at BCC. The new program will offer support for low-income, first-generation students in STEM.

BCC’s new MESA director hopes to instill confidence in students

Armando Franco reflects on journey from first-generation college student to experienced mentor
Ivan Saravia, Staff Writer May 21, 2024
Armando Franco leads BCC's program for first-generation, low-income students in STEM. Like the students he guides, Franco is a first generation college graduate who once dreamed of a career in a STEM-related field.
Staff Writer Desmond Meagley stands in the very spot where a security guard confronted him last month: the doorway of the men’s restroom in the Laney College Library. Meagley, who is transgender, tried to report the incident, but reached a dead end when an administrator told him he would need the security guard’s name.

The Catch-22 in AP 3435, Peralta’s Harassment Protocol

Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer May 20, 2024
In light of recent news about the Nex Benedict case, Staff Writer Desmond Meagley decided to hold his school accountable for an incident of discriminatory harassment by campus security.
Laney College Baseball held a naming ceremony April 26 for its stadium, now called the Tom Pearse Diamond. The name change was approved by the Peralta Board of Trustees at its April 23 meeting. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)

Laney names baseball stadium, FabLab to relocate and more at 4/23 meeting for PCCD trustees

Eliot Faine, Staff Writer May 15, 2024

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on April 23. District achievements and strategies were discussed, contracts approved, and several former PCCD employees...

As College of Alameda searches for a new president, The Citizen searched for one of the colleges former presidents. The late Jeanette Poore was the first woman to lead a community college in California.

CoA’s mystery woman: The forgotten legacy of the first female community college president in California

Romi Bales, Staff Writer May 13, 2024
As College of Alameda searches for a new president, The Citizen searched for one of the college’s former presidents.
Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)

‘We’re still rising’: BCC celebrates 50th anniversary

College throws block party and breaks ground on new building
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor May 6, 2024
Looking down Center Street on April 22, crowds of people could be seen gathered outside of Berkeley City College (BCC) to attend a block party, with free food, a live DJ, and a horse.
Social Media Editor Isabelly Sabô stands in front of the door to The Citizens newsroom. Sabô is an international student from Brazil.

We’re not just ‘rich kids on vacation’: The journey of an international student

Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor May 5, 2024
Do you have around $40,000 to spare? That’s how much you need to start your journey as an international student at a community college in California.
PCCDs classified employees pose for a pic at the first-ever professional development day for classified professionals. PCCD Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson reflected on the event in her report to the Board of Trustees. (Source: PCCD)

Peralta’s leadership search, CCC public safety earmark, and “rumors” discussed at 4/9 meeting of PCCD Trustees

Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer April 24, 2024

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees held a regular meeting April 9 at district offices in Oakland. During the 50-minute meeting, the board approved funds towards a number of...

Plants grow in plastic pots next to Merritt Colleges Landscape Horticulture greenhouses. Merritt is set to launch a new Certificate of Achievement in Cannabis Horticulture this fall.

Merritt’s new Cannabis Horticulture Certificate is about ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’

Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer April 20, 2024
The new certificate aims to facilitate pathways into the legal cannabis industry, but until the department’s new Horticulture Complex is completed, the curriculum will be taught using “analogs” like tomato plants.
(Illustration: Eliot Faine/The Citizen)

CoA to host blood drive

College health coordinator says blood donations fell during pandemic
Eliot Faine, Staff Writer April 13, 2024
Someone in the United States needs blood or platelets every two seconds on average, according to the American Red Cross.
Activities at the meeting ranged from honest discussions about shared governance to creating posters, such as the one pictured above. (Source: PCCD)

PCCD budgeting council discusses changes to shared governance

New budget calendar aims to increase involvement of faculty, staff, students
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor April 8, 2024

Following the approval of a new Budget Development Calendar, the Peralta Community College District held a Participatory Governance Retreat March 22. At the 3.5-hour long public event, faculty, classified...

(Photo: wiredsmartio/Pixabay)

Knowledge Saves Lives to receive new contract for security study

Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor April 8, 2024

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees is expected to vote tomorrow on a new contract with Knowledge Saves Lives (KSL) to conduct a districtwide “public safety feasibility study.” The...

(Photo: Li Khan/The Citizen)

Finalists announced for Laney College VPs of Student Services, Administrative Services

Public forums to be held April 8-9
Romi Bales, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

Four fresh faces – and one familiar one – are vying for leadership positions at Laney College. The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) has announced finalists for Laney College Vice President...

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