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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

College of Alameda

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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.
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...

CoA community members think carefully about issues facing the college they hope to see the next college leader address. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)

Some laughs and some big questions at CoA president search listening session

Romi Bales, Staff Writer March 21, 2024

The College of Alameda (CoA) kicked off its search for a permanent president at a listening session March 11. Faculty, classified employees, administrators, and students alike came together to speak up...

Breaking: Acting CoA President Diana Bajrami to step down, return to faculty

Breaking: Acting CoA President Diana Bajrami to step down, return to faculty

Li Khan, Editor in Chief March 6, 2024
Diana Bajrami announced today her decision to step down as Acting CoA President and return to a faculty position effective March 13.
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year. (Photo: Desmond Meagley/The Citizen)

The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program

Jazz professor Glen Pearson performs with legendary Count Basie Orchestra, which took home a Grammy this year
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Seated at his piano in room G-119, between stacks of papers and cardboard boxes, Glen Pearson effortlessly hammers out snappy blues melodies with the flick of a wrist for his jazz ensemble students. His...

(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.
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. 
PCCD hosts virtual town hall meeting on public safety

PCCD hosts virtual town hall meeting on public safety

Satch Alvarez and Sam O'Neil September 30, 2023

Peralta Community College District (PCCD) officials hosted a virtual Public Safety Town Hall this Monday, presenting the results of a recent survey on campus safety and security results and answering questions...

(Graphic by Randi Cross/The Citizen)

Where students can get free food at the Peralta colleges

Ian Waters, Staff Writer September 29, 2023

Students enrolled at each of the Peralta colleges can access free meals and groceries this fall, through various basic needs programs at each college. A valid Student ID with an updated semester sticker...

Peralta Colleges continue to offer incentives to students for spring semester

Peralta Colleges continue to offer incentives to students for spring semester

David Rowe, Associate Editor February 15, 2023

After offering free tuition for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters, the four colleges making up the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) are offering cash payments in various amounts and...

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