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The search for a permanent president of the College of Alameda is down to three candidates. William “Terry” Brown (left), Melanie Dixon (middle), and Rebecca “Becky” Opsata will respond to community questions at public forums on Thursday. (Photo courtesy: PCCD)

Finalists for CoA President unveiled

Community questions accepted until midnight tonight
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer May 13, 2024

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) has named three finalists in the search for a permanent College of Alameda (CoA) President. Public forums for the candidates are set for Thursday; the deadline...

New Vice President leadership at Laney announced

New Vice President leadership at Laney announced

Besikof selects Lily Espinoza and Ashish Sahni for Laney VP positions
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor May 13, 2024

On April 29, Laney College President Rudy Besikof announced his selection of Lily Espinoza for Vice President of Student Services and Ashish Sahni for Vice President of Administrative Services, pending...

Carpentry instructor spruces up department

Carpentry instructor spruces up department

Matthew Wolpe found his passion for building in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now he wants to inspire students
Rym-Maya Kherbache, Staff Writer April 24, 2024
Newly tenured instructor Matthew Wolpe’s path brought him to Laney College, where he has whittled his creative passion into teaching students about building and carpentry.
VC of General Services retires

VC of General Services retires

New security survey, search for PCCD General Counsel, and more announced today
Eliot Faine, Staff Writer April 22, 2024
Interim Vice Chancellor of General Services, Atheria Smith, has retired effective April 19.
San Mateo district passes on Besikof

San Mateo district passes on Besikof

SMCCCD to appoint incumbent chancellor Melissa Moreno
Li Khan, Editor in Chief April 15, 2024
SMCCCD has selected Melissa Moreno for the permanent chancellor. Laney College President Rudy Besikof was one of four finalists for the position. 
Finalists for Laney VP of Student Services share plans for student success

Finalists for Laney VP of Student Services share plans for student success

Deadline for community feedback shortened to Thursday at noon
The new VP will oversee a number of departments underneath the Student Services umbrella, including the Counseling and Student Accessibility Services.
(Photo: Glen Carrie/Unsplash)

Student elections open today. Has voter information been ‘widespread’?

Eliot Faine, Staff Writer April 9, 2024

Didn’t know your student body elections are today? That’s okay. We didn’t find out until last week. On Wednesday and Friday, we reached out to the four Directors of Student Activities and Campus...

A PCCD board meeting held during spring break included really good news for the funding of retiree benefits, as well as the approval of $1.36 million for the new Laney Tower elevators.   Pictured: New designs for CoAs revamped aviation facility, which were approved by the board. (Source: AE3 Partners)

‘Really good news’ for retiree benefits, Laney Tower elevators set for replacement, and more at 3/26 meeting for PCCD trustees

Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer April 7, 2024

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees held a regular meeting March 26, during the district’s spring break. The meeting focused heavily on retiree benefits, while also touching...

Laney President Rudy Besikof announced as finalist for SMCCCD chancellor

Laney President Rudy Besikof announced as finalist for SMCCCD chancellor

Besikof up against two former finalists for PCCD chancellor and incumbent
Timothy Lane, Arts Editor March 20, 2024

Update: SMCCCD selects Melissa Moreno for chancellor Laney College President Rudy Besikof is one of four finalists for the San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) search for a...

Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson shared new changes to the districts organizational structure in a March 1 Youtube update. (Source: PCCD)

PCCD Chancellor announces decision to hire new Chief Operating Officer

Organizational changes will eliminate VC of Finance, General Services
Eliot Faine, Staff Writer March 9, 2024
Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson shared her decision to hire a new Chief Operating Officer and eliminate two district leadership positions in a March 1 Youtube update.
The UC Berkeley chapter of End Overdose at Sproul Plaza in Berkeley on Jan. 23, 2024. The organization passes out free fentanyl test strips to students, and gives other organizations training on Narcan usage. (Photo: Juliana Yamada/CalMatters)

Narcan at California colleges: Are students getting overdose medication?

Li Khan, Editor in Chief March 8, 2024
A California required campus health centers at public colleges and universities to arm students with free Narcan, but not all have followed suit.
(Photo: Citizen Staff)

PCCD public safety director placed on leave pending resignation

Announcement comes hours after recent court hearing for battery case
Lylah Schmedel-Permanna, Managing Editor February 14, 2024
Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson announced yesterday that she placed the district’s Executive Director of Public Safety Tim Thomas on leave pending resignation. The announcement came hours after Thomas’ recent court hearing, during which the presiding judge stated that an active warrant had been issued for Thomas’ arrest. 
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