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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.
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.
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...

(Graphic: Li Khan/The Citizen)

PCCD Trustees to vote on $6 million Marina contract

$63.7 million amendment to BCC’s Milvia Street Expansion also on agenda
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor February 27, 2024

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD)’s Board of Trustees is set to vote tonight on a new $6 million contract with Marina Security Services (Marina), the private security firm currently contracted...

(Graphic by Li Khan/The Citizen. Illustrations: Sketchify/Canva; SEGOTeam/Canva)

California Virtual Campus Exchange allows community college students to enroll in online classes statewide

Peralta open enrollment for regular session classes ends soon, but many late start classes will still be available
Ian Waters, News Editor January 25, 2024
Although Saturday is the last day to enroll in a regular session class at Peralta Community College District (PCCD), students can still enroll in online classes at other community colleges in California through the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Exchange.
Izzie Villanueva sits at their laptop in BCCs Basic Needs Center, scanning student IDs into a database to track Basic Needs usage. (Photo courtesy: Izzie Villanueva)

The Basics on Izzie Villanueva, BCC’s first Basic Needs Coordinator

Ian Waters, News Editor December 15, 2023

After a long day spent answering emails, signing paperwork, and distributing food to Berkeley City College’s students, Izzie Villanueva sits down with Basic Needs Center student workers for a meeting....

Meet Peraltas student leaders

Meet Peralta’s student leaders

Four student body presidents discuss their backgrounds and aspirations
Satch Alvarez, Staff Writer December 13, 2023

At each of the four Peralta colleges, student body government plays a substantial role in the shared governance structure, responsible for voicing the needs and concerns of the students at their respective...

(Photo by Li Khan/The Citizen)

Peralta Board of Trustees Brief: FabLabs, facilities, chancellor contract

Satch Alvarez, Sam O'Neil, and Ivan Saravia November 29, 2023
The Peralta Community College District’s regular meeting of the Board of Trustees included public comments in support of funding for the FabLabs, a presentation on facilities issues, and the approval of the next chancellor’s contract.
Spring is free... again!

Spring is free… again!

Lylah Schmedel-Permanna, Investigations Editor November 28, 2023
PCCD is offering its districtwide “Spring is Free” initiative for the second year in a row. Tuition and fees will be waived for those who complete the requirements. 
(Image by Randi Cross/The Citizen)

BCC holds events for Undocumented Student Action Week

Emily Tenorio Molina, Staff Writer November 14, 2023

The week of Oct. 16 marked the seventh annual Undocumented Student Action Week across community colleges in California. Berkeley City College (BCC) held a series of events centering the undocumented student...

Denise Richardson to be permanent BCC President

Denise Richardson to be permanent BCC President

Li Khan, Editor in Chief October 13, 2023

Berkeley City College’s (BCC’s) new president will be a familiar face. The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) announced Tuesday that Interim President Denise Richardson has been selected...

Meet the three finalists for BCC President

Meet the three finalists for BCC President

Li Khan, Sam O'Neil, and Ian Waters October 3, 2023

Berkeley City College (BCC) hosted public forums on Sep. 20 for the three finalists in their search to hire a new college president. Each candidate was given 50 minutes to present themselves and field...

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