Peralta Foundation Scholarship Announcement: Application Deadline October 13, 2014

Published September 11th, 2014 in College News
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Visit the Foundation’s website for all the information on our available scholarships.



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College of Alameda Accreditation Update

Published June 10th, 2014 in College News
College of Alameda Accreditation Update

Feedback can be given by going to the accreditation webpage,, reading the drafts, and completing the comment form. Click here for a one-page flyer describing the steps.

We are meeting the District and College timelines. There is a busy intensive several months ahead of us to complete the self-evaluation by November 2015. We welcome people to join the standard teams or dedicate some focused time to read a draft standard and provide feedback. After this first round of feedback, there will be another opportunity in late September to provide additional feedback.

Thank you to everyone who has dedicated their time and effort to this endeavor. It is tremendous what can be achieved by pulling together. If you wish to review the presentation from the August Flex Day, please click here.

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Dr. Eric V. Gravenberg Appointed Interim President of College of Alameda

Published July 8th, 2013 in College News

Dr. Gravenberg has served in several senior leadership positions at major universities, both public and private. He is a seasoned administrator with a successful track record in building consensus, and cultivating a cadre of leaders dedicated to educational and economic equity.

Formerly, he was Vice President for Undergraduate Education at Alliant International University in San Diego, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at CSU, Sacramento and Vice President with Noel Levitz, a higher education consulting firm specializing in enrollment management. Dr. Gravenberg has also served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Howard University, the Director of Admission at UC Riverside, Director of the Learning Center at Humboldt State University, and Statewide Director for the CSU for Student Affirmative Action.

Dr. Gravenberg has authored numerous publications and received a number of awards recognizing his accomplishments as an innovative, passionate and committed leader for educational equity.

Dr. Gravenberg is civic-minded and engaged in community affairs. He has participated in various business and industry advisory councils and local foundations. Besides membership in a number of civic and professional organizations, he volunteers his time as mentor for high school and college students.

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COA Students Assisting in Research Study with UC Berkeley

Published February 21st, 2013 in College News

Did a large asteroid collide with Earth 66 million years ago? College of Alameda chemistry students Jon Howell, Jessica Ng and Jenna Luckhardt are helping COA chemistry professor Peter Olds elucidate the nature of this possible ancient impact by working on KT Boundary Impact Rocks at UC Berkeley lab.

Scientists are currently trying to determine if a large asteroid or comet collided with the Earth 66 million years ago, probably causing the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs and 75% of animal and plant species. This catastrophic disruption is known as the Cretaceous-Tertiary or KT impact event. Scientists study this KT event by separating and identifying small grains of the mineral chromite, which were deposited with the impact layer 66 million years ago in southern Colorado and eastern Wyoming. It is not known yet whether these grains are from the terrestrial target rocks or from the extraterrestrial impacting object. Chemistry and mineralogy tests, like the ones these CoA students are conducting, will provide the answer.

“If the grains are terrestrial then the consensus view that the Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula is the only KT boundary impact site will be thrown into doubt”, says COA chemistry professor Peter Olds. “If the grains are extraterrestrial, science may be able to identify the type of object (class of meteorite) that hit. Whatever the answer, it will be new and exciting,” added Olds.

This research is currently being carried out at the Earth and Planetary Science Department at UC Berkeley where at least one of these College of Alameda students plans to transfer.

“With sufficient funds and allocation of space, this project could be expanded into a rock chemistry program at The Peralta Colleges’ 860 Atlantic science facility,” said College of Alameda President, Jannett Jackson, “allowing a much greater number of COA science students to benefit from the experience.”

Faculty and administrators within the Peralta Community College District – which also includes Berkeley City College and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – believe that lab experience, as well as lab safety skills, gained in such an environment are transferable to other scientific disciplines. A job well done in this research study may result in student transfer to quality four-year academic institutions like UC Berkeley or opportunities for employment as a laboratory technician in the private or government sectors. “This is a wonderful educational opportunity for current and future students at The Peralta Colleges,” said president Jackson.

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College of Alameda’s New Website is Unveiled

Published July 24th, 2012 in College News
screenshot of the new main webpage for the college

As of July 30, College of Alameda’s website has a new look and feel.   The new website is designed with a clean, well-organized, user-friendly format which offers quick and easy access to the resources that students need.  For questions or problems with the website, contact the webmaster using the webmaster link in the footer of this website.

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