Winter Intersession Class Listing

Published October 11th, 2017 in College News


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4 Week Online Session – Dec. 18, 2017 to Jan. 12, 2018

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Alameda Promise Program Off to Remarkable Start

Published October 10th, 2017 in College News

Under the program, graduates of Alameda high schools receive free tuition at College of Alameda (COA), along with a book stipend, intensive academic support, college transfer assistance, and priority registration. In the fall of 2016, just ten students had enrolled in the program. In the fall of 2017, 84 students enrolled. Most of these students are recent graduates from Encinal Junior & Senior High School and Alameda High School and are now enrolled full-time at College of Alameda.

Goals of the program include: increasing the percentage of high school graduates in the city of Alameda entering college; strengthening students’ access to career pathways; and deepening the connection between College of Alameda and its island community.

 “A College-Going Culture”

 College Promise initiatives like those in Alameda are part of a growing national movement to support college access and completion, especially for low- to middle-income students. The hope is that these will create a “college-going culture” in their communities and strengthen local economies.


The rapid growth of the Alameda Promise Program has been attributed to the efforts of the College’s Outreach Department staff working closely with Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) to connect with prospective students.


“There is great excitement at the College regarding the exponential increase in Alameda Promise students this year,” said College of Alameda President Dr. Timothy Karas. “The Alameda Unified School District has provided tremendous support, and our Mobile CoA outreach staff has made fabulous strides in effectively disseminating application information to eligible local high school students.”


According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, a growing body of research suggests that students who participate in Promise programs are more likely to enroll full-time in college, complete more credits, and receive a degree than their non-Promise classmates.

Opportunities for All

 All AUSD seniors receive letters about the offer, as well as instructions on how to participate, in the spring. More information is also available on the College of Alameda website.


“The Alameda Promise provides opportunities for our students who may not otherwise be able to afford college,” said AUSD Superintendent Dr. Sean McPhetridge. “It’s a great program for our students and our community. We’re very grateful for this partnership with COA.”


Alameda Promise students must enroll full-time at College of Alameda, sign a mutual responsibility contract, maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and take a prescribed set of academic courses, including English, Math, College Success, and general education.


The Alameda Promise program was founded in 2016 after the College of Alameda received an anonymous $500,000 seed gift establishing a Promise Legacy fund. The long-term funding strategy for the program includes building this endowment while simultaneously raising the annual program costs required each year.


Tax-deductible donations to the Alameda Promise can be made online to the Peralta Colleges Foundation by designating College of Alameda.  Donations also may be made through checks with “College of Alameda Promise” printed in the memo section and mailed to: The Peralta Colleges Foundation, 333 East 8th St., Oakland, CA 94606.


For more information about the Alameda Promise, contact Toni R. Cook, Dean, Special Programs and Grants, at (510) 748-2135 or Amy H. Lee, Ed.D., Dean, Enrollment Services, (510) 748-2288. Application information is available online at



About College of Alameda

College of Alameda (CoA) is a small, friendly community college noted for the excellence of its academic, vocational, and student support programs. Situated on a beautiful park-like campus on the island city of Alameda, the College offers the quiet of a suburban setting, just minutes from downtown Oakland. CoA offers academic programs that transfer to four-year universities and workforce training programs in a variety of career areas. Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to enroll. College of Alameda is fully accredited by ACCJC/WASC and is one of four colleges in the Peralta Community College District (PCCD).


About the Alameda Unified School District

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) serves about 9500 students in Alameda, California, an island community in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information, please visit the AUSD website, follow @AUSDNews on Twitter, or subscribe to our email communications. Questions? Contact Susan Davis, Senior Manager, Community Affairs, at


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COA Spirit Week October 9-12

Published September 29th, 2017 in College News
Some of the Activities for the week will include Jenga, Soccer Shootout, science activities, Uno and etc. During the week, the ASCOA will be giving out different food:

Monday- Root Beer Floats & International Day
Tuesday- Sports Jersey Day & Breakfast Food
Wednesday- Stars Wars & Pizza Day
Thursday- Cougar Day & Sandwiches.


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27th Annual Citywide College Night

Published September 27th, 2017 in College News

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College of Alameda Receives $250,000 Makerspace Grant

Published August 13th, 2017 in College News

Twenty-four colleges will receive funding to participate in the California Community Colleges (CCC) Maker Initiative. These grants are renewable for a second year and have been awarded through a competitive process.

California Community Colleges are building makerspaces so that students, faculty, staff, and others with shared interests may collaborate across the state, learning to use tools, making class projects, and developing their knowledge through exploration and hands-on experiences, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker statewide project manager.

“Makerspace community members collaborate and teach other, enabling students, faculty, and business owners to interact in ways not possible in the classroom, enriching students’ education,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Faculty members are discovering how making, entrepreneurship, and projects for social good can be incorporated into their teaching. Students benefit from freely exploring their interests while learning to use laser cutters, art supplies, electronics labs, sewing machines, milling machines, and many other creative tools. 

For its makerspace proposal College of Alameda identified ecosystem partners in internal and external communities, engaged in a makerspace planning process, assessed students’ interests, and involved faculty in the CCC Maker Initiative concept. 

“As a result of the CCC Maker Grant, our college will develop an innovative education model that will better prepare our students for careers in our regional economy and beyond,” said College of Alameda President Timothy Karas, Ph.D. “Faculty will develop curriculum focusing on twenty-first century job skills development, students will be placed in interesting internships, and we will benefit from learning from other colleges through a statewide network of college makerspaces,” said Dr. Karas.

The vision of the statewide initiative is to encourage innovation in education and prepare California Community College students for success in STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math/science technology engineering, art, and math) careers that demand twenty-first century skills, explains Pepper-Kittredge. “Through the CCC Maker initiative, colleges engage with businesses in new ways, students are inspired by learning by doing, career skills are incorporated into education, students develop interests in emerging technologies, and community colleges contribute to a thriving statewide economy,” said Pepper-Kittredge.

For more information about College of Alameda’s makerspace initiative, please contact Interim Dean of Instruction Lilia Celhay,, (510) 682-0352.

About College of Alameda

College of Alameda is a two-year community college located at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy, Alameda, California. The college has been inspiring students to achieve academic success since 1968 and is part of the Peralta Community College District.

About the California Community College (CCC) Maker initiative

The CCC Maker is a California Community Colleges initiative under Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy, The initiative will build a community of college makerspaces that welcome non-traditional students, support faculty in embedding making into instruction and offering adaptive curriculum, and partner with businesses to produce innovation-ready graduates inspired to contribute to the creative economy. Learn more about  CCC Maker at The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 114 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year.

The California community colleges that have been awarded grant money are:

Allan Hancock College

American River College

Butte College

Cabrillo College

Chaffey College

City College of San Francisco

College of Alameda

College of San Mateo

College of the Canyons

Folsom Lake College

Foothill College

Glendale College

Golden West College

Hartnell College

Laney College

Moorpark College

Moreno Valley College

Mt. San Antonio College

Mt. San Jacinto College

Orange Coast College

Sacramento City College

San Bernardino Valley College

Sierra College

Woodland Community College


Read the Alameda Sun article here.

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Fall 2017 Class Schedule

Published July 29th, 2017 in College News

View or download a copy of our Fall 2017 Class Schedule above.
Note that information has changed since the printing of the Class Schedule. Using the search for classes link below will provide the most updated and accurate information.

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Learning Resource Center Summer Hours

Published May 28th, 2017 in College News

We also offer on-line tutoring. Students, who are concurrently enrolled at a COA class (plus enrolled in LRNRE 501), can access this service.

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