Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees Appoint Joi Lin Blake Next College of Alameda President

Published December 17th, 2014 in Announcements

At Skyline College, Blake has overseen admissions and records, counseling, financial aid, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), public safety, veteran’s services and other areas. She has served on the College Executive Team and on a number of committees.

“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Blake as we move forward not only at the College of Alameda, but throughout the entire Peralta Community College District,” said Chancellor José M. Ortiz, Ed.D. “The search committee did an outstanding job forwarding four finalists for my consideration, and I consider Dr. Blake to be the best fit for the College and the Peralta District.”

“Dr. Blake is the right person for the job,” the Chancellor added.

From 2006 to 2011, Blake served as Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College. In 2010, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a Policy Assistant and Doctoral Intern for the U.S. Dept. of Education, where one of her duties was helping to develop a national strategic plan for community colleges.

Blake holds an Ed.D. from San Diego State University, with a concentration in Community College/Postsecondary Leadership. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science from San Francisco State University (with a major in Program Development and a minor in Spanish) and holds a Masters of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State.

From 2003 to 2006, Blake was Interim Staff Development Coordinator for Southwestern Community College District in south San Diego County, and served as Academic Senate President. She was an instructor and counselor for Southwestern from 1991 to 2003, and served as Interim Dean of Instructional Support Services. In the 1980’s, Blake was an instructor in the field of Disability Support Services for San Diego Community College District, and a counselor for the San Diego Unified School District.

For 50 years, the Peralta Community College District has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 30,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.

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Online Winter Intersession Classes at College of Alameda

Published December 15th, 2014 in Announcements


COA Fall 2014 Winter Intersession Course Listing



  • New Students: Complete the application for admission online at or visit the College of Alameda Welcome Center for assistance
    • Once you have a User ID and Password, then follow steps below
  • Returning Students: Follow steps below



  1. Go to the PASSPORT at
  2. Log into PASSPORT with your User ID and Password
  3. Click the STUDENT CENTER link
  4. Click ENROLL and choose the appropriate term (winter intersession is within Fall 2014)
  5. Click ADD and select your classes
  6. When you have finished enrolling, pay your fees



 Monday, December 15: -Winter Intersession Begins
-Last Day to Drop and Receive a  Full Refund
 Tuesday, December 16:  -Last day to Drop Without a “W”
 -Last day to Add Classes
Wednesday, December 17: -Census Day – Instructors Verify Enrollment in Classes
 Thursday, January 2:  -Last Day to Drop with a “W”
 -Attendance Verification Roster – Instructors Verify Enrollment
 Tuesday, January 9:  -Winter Intersession Ends


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Dr. Amy H. Lee Appointed Dean of Enrollment Services

Published November 19th, 2014 in Announcements

Dr. Lee has been serving as acting/interim in the position since July of 2013. Dean Lee has provided critical leadership for the areas under enrollment services and has worked collaboratively across student services, instruction, and administrative services to ensure efficient and quality services to students for outreach, assessment, admissions/enrollment, financial aid, and veterans services. In addition, she serves as the college’s liaison to the Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), our on-campus middle college partnership with the Alameda Unified School District. Dean Lee has also taken a leadership role in providing much needed technological and functional upgrades to our Welcome Center.

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Tim Karas Appointed VP of Instruction at College of Alameda

Published May 22nd, 2014 in Announcements

Previously, Tim was with Mission College, beginning in 2005 as Director of Library Services. For the 2009-10 academic year, he held the position of Interim Dean of Instruction. In 2010 he accepted the Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts at Mission College. During this time he served on multiple accreditation site visit teams. He currently serves as Executive Board President of the Council of Chief Librarians: California Community Colleges.

Prior to Mission College, Tim was a tenured faculty member at the College of San Mateo. As a faculty member he participated on multiple committees including the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and College Council. Tim is active in the community having served as a Library Commissioner for the City of San Jose.

Previous to working in academia, he worked as a librarian for the City of Palo Alto and Redwood City. His educational background includes a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, a professional certificated in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt Sate University. He is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Education Program at Fielding Graduate University.

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