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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)

CoA’s next president is one of these three college leaders

Community feedback on the candidates is due midnight tonight
Desmond Meagley and Ivan Saravia May 21, 2024
A former college president from Sacramento, a longtime community college administrator from Connecticut, and PCCD's own Rebecca Opsata are in the running for permanent College President of the College of Alameda.
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...

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...

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.
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...

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.
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.
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. 
(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.
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.
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...

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