How do I apply for a scholarship?

Published October 12th, 2015 in College News
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However, it will be in your best interest after applying for scholarships to then visit the Additional Resources page and scroll down to find other scholarships available to Peralta students.

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Great California ShakeOut 2015

Published September 21st, 2015 in College News



The primary purpose of ShakeOut is to encourage people and organizations to be prepared to survive and to recover quickly when the next big earthquake happens.

On October 15, 2015, millions of people worldwide will practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On (and other aspects of their emergency plans)

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and seek additional shelter by getting under a sturdy desk or table if nearby; and
  • HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not move to another location or run outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. These are guidelines for most situations; go to learn what to do in specific settings.

We request all COA students, staff, and faculty participate in this year’s Shakeout drill wherever they may be at drill time. Most drills will be held at 10:15 a.m. on October 15.AShakeOut instructional guide and 4-slide PowerPoint presentation for use by instructors in their classes and laboratories are available at The presentation links to a 60-second “Drill Broadcast” narration with earthquake sound effects that can be played during your drill.

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Faculty and Instructors: Download resources for promoting and implementing your drill:

  • ShakeOut College Instructor Guide
  • ShakeOut College Instructor Presentation
  • California schools: Download customized versions of these resources.
  • Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety for College Students

    Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (including situations when you cannot get beneath a table) (PDF | RTF)

    Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (8 pages) (PDF | RTF)

    Key Earthquake Safety Tips for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (2 pages) (PDF | RTF)

    Earthquake and Tsunami DAFN Preparedness Video (Sign Language and Open Captioned)



    English (closed captioned)


    Spanish (closed captioned)

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    College of Alameda Auto Club Show

    Published September 20th, 2015 in College News


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    Dr. William Watson Appointed Interim VP of Student Services

    Published May 31st, 2015 in College News
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    He served as a member of the Skyline College Student Services Leadership Team to direct SparkPoint at Skyline College, part of the United Way of the Bay Area’s SparkPoint Initiative to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020. SparkPoint, based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Working Families, features personal trainers for financial fitness called financial coaches. Dr. Watson’s work for equity to achieve greater institutional effectiveness shows promise for moving the needle on entrenched disparities in educational attainment. Most recently showcased in a policy forum hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Watson’s work has been featured by the Aspen Institute, Center for Law and Social Policy, and Corporation for Enterprise Development, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Dr. Watson’s work received the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges’ John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award, the College Innovator Award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and a spotlight on the Discovery Channel’s Profiles Series showcasing national solutions to pressing social problems.

    Although Dr. Watson began college on a piano performance scholarship to later become a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (and a Grammy voter), he earned an Associate’s degree followed by a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Philosophy | Comparative Religion and Anthropology, which included study in Africa and South America. He earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in the treatment of substance use disorders. Grounded in critical race theory in the context of network analysis, Dr. Watson completed research on the role of social capital in Latino educational attainment to earn a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (program emphasis: social justice and equity) from San Francisco State University.

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    COA Student-Athlete, Taylor Elliott Moving on to San Jose State

    Published April 22nd, 2015 in College News


    Taylor was a two-year “honor” student athlete at the College of Alameda in 2013 and 2014 and will receive her AA degree this coming May. She was also named to the 2014 Bay Valley All-Conference First Team, the 2014 Cougar MVP, and team co-captain.

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    Breaking Barriers Lecture Series

    Published March 21st, 2015 in College News

    The Lecture Series kicks off on April 8th from 12-1:30 in the Pitt of the F building with Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade. He is an Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED). He recently completed two books, The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and What a Coach Can Teach a Teacher. These books focus on effective pedagogical strategies for urban schools.

    Any Questions?
    Contact Luis Escobar, Director of Student Activities and Campus Life
    510-748-2327 ~


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    COA wins 1st place in California Autobody Assoc. Model Truck Competition

    Published November 12th, 2014 in College News
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    College of Alameda’s Auto Body and Paint Department won 1st place at the 16th annual Toys for Tots Model Truck Competition! Congratulations to our Auto Body students, instructors and staff!

    Read the full article here.

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