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A draft was submitted for review to the board November 6. As the board reviews our work and as we gear up for the ACCJC team site visit in early March, we encourage everyone to continue to plan, implement, and participate in our unique campus events – Colleagues in Conversation, the Veteran’s walk on Tuesdays, and general student club activities, to name a few. The vitality of our campus life is something we can all be proud of. Keep up the good work, College of Alameda!
Certificates, Degrees, and Licenses
Certificates of Achievement – You can choose a path in either Airframe or Powerplant mechanics, and will receive a Certificate of Achievement in your pathway when you have passed all of the course requirements.
A.S. Degree – Students can graduate with an A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technology with the completion of the General Education coursework in addition to the AMT coursework.
FAA Licenses – The courses are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and will also prepare you to take the FAA exams. Passing the coursework and the appropriate exams will qualify you for an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic License as well as a General Radiotelephone License.
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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.
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.