BCC News

BCC Alumna Perspective: Why I’m glad I went to community college

26 October 2015

Shanzeh Khurram writes for The Daily CalifornianBerkeley City College Alumna Shanzeh Khurram gives her thoughts on how Berkeley City College helped her get to where she is now. She currently writes the Tuesday blog on transitions between different worlds and spaces for The Daily Californian.


Read Shanzeh’s full article here

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Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship – Deadline is Dec. 15

25 October 2015

BCC transfer students can apply now for the JKC transfer scholarship—deadline is Dec. 15. 


Minimum Eligibility

To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, at a minimum, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Sophomore Status – Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by January 1, 2016, or a recent graduate (since spring 2011).
  • Fall College Enrollment– Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2016.
  • GPA– Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
  • Financial Need– Demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:
  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.
  • No previous enrollment or attendance at a four-year institution – Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact us to verify your eligibility.
  • Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2016 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.


Selection Criteria

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive with approximately 85 scholarships awarded each year out of thousands of applicants.   A review panel of distinguished college admissions professionals and faculty judge the applicants using criteria including:

  • High academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential recommendations.  In addition to GPA, we consider participation in available advanced courses, commitment to learning, and intellectual curiosity.
  • Unmet financial need: Limited family income and assets in light of educational expenses. Substantial unmet educational costs after taking into account other scholarships and grants students may receive.
  • Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership: Ability to organize and positively influence others in and out of school.
  • Service to Others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.


Here’s the link:  http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/undergraduate-transfer/how-to-apply/

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Chancellor Jowel Laguerre to Visit BCC on Wed., Oct. 21, from 9 am to 12 noon

15 October 2015

Dr. Jowell LaguerreChancellor Laguerre will be spending the morning at Berkeley City College on Wednesday, October 21st, 9:00 AM – 12 Noon.


The following meeting schedules have been set and will be held in Room 341 (TLC):
Administrators: 9:00 – 9:30 AM
Faculty: 9:35 – 10:05 AM
Classified Staff: 10:10 – 10:40 AM
Student Leaders: 10:45 – 11:15 AM
Campus Tour: 11:25 – 11:55 AM


Chancellor Jowell Laguerre delivered his welcome address during Flex Day on Wednesday, August 19, at Laney College. In it Dr. Laguerre sets out some of his thoughts and priorities for the future of the District. View the text version of Dr. Laguerre’s The New Peralta Way (pdf) (opens in a new window). Watch his address on Peralta TV’s YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/FlexDayFall2015Stream (this opens in a new window; Dr. Laguerre’s address begins at about 2:26:00). You can also read a profile of Dr. Laguerre that was published 8/18/2015 in the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area News Group papers: http://bit.ly/LaguerreTribProfile



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MSRI/BCC presents “To Infinity and Beyond: The Math and Science Behind Pixar Films”, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21 at BCC

15 October 2015

Pixar’s Danielle Feinberg presents, “To Infinity and Beyond: The Math and Science Behind Pixar Films”, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21 at Berkeley City College’s Auditorium


“To Infinity and Beyond: The Math and Science Behind Pixar Films”, presented by Danielle Feinberg, director of photography for lighting at Pixar Studios, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21 will examine a series of problems faced while making various Pixar films and how Pixar Animation Scientists use math and science to save the day! The free and open to the public presentation takes place at Berkeley City College’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia Sts. The presentation is free and open to the public but you must reserve your space by visiting http://www.msri.org/general_events/21558


Danielle FeinbergMs. Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and WALL•E. Most recently, Feinberg completed work as the Director of Photography for Lighting on Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning Brave, and is now working on a future Pixar film.


Ms. Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began she was eight years old, and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. This eventually led her to a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard University. Now, in addition to her Pixar work, she works with teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science by demonstrating to them the same beautiful simplicity she found with the programmed art of the Logo turtle.

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Equity Town Hall Meeting Today, Wed., Oct. 14, from 12:20 – 1:20 pm, Auditorium

14 October 2015

Highlights from Equity Plan Sub-committee

•      Scaling up Student Success in Community Colleges: From “Islands of Innovations” to Institutionalized Practices

•      Q & A

Town Hall meetings are open to everyone.

We hope you will be able to attend!

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CSU Application Workshop – Wed., Oct. 28, Room 312, 12:15 – 1:25 pm

13 October 2015

Learn how to complete the application and find answers to the most common mistakes students make when filling it out.


View the Transfer Awareness Month Flyer


For information about Personal Statement readers, please contact Jasmin Bomanjee, Interim Transfer Center Coordinator, at jbomanjee@peralta.edu

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Grand Opening of the Undocumented Community Resource Center, Thurs., Oct. 22, Student Lounge (5th floor), 12 Noon – 1:30 pm

12 October 2015

We proudly invite you to the grand opening of our Undocumented Community Resource Center (UCRC) on Thursday 22 October 2015, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 5th floor, Student Lounge, at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley. This resource center is a project initiated by two innovative Berkeley College students whose ambition to actively engage in this noble-humanitarian cause made the project a reality that we love for you to be part of!


Carlos Farias and Paula Muñoz were granted $10,000 by the Dalai Lama fellowship to start the center that will eventually offer a variety of resources to the undocumented community that includes: academic support, resources for prospective students, legal advice, mental health support, and much more!


The UCRC Grand Opening event will include food, musical and dance performances and guest speakers. The date, time and location is provide in an event flyer below:


Flyer for Grand Opening of Undocumented Community Resource Center with date, time and location



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S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talk: Biomechanics – How Forces Act in Bones, Lungs and Cancer, Wed., Oct. 28, Rm 431, 12:30 – 1:15 pm

12 October 2015

Claire Robertson, Ph.D., presents our next S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talk on Biomechanics: How Forces Act in Bones, Lungs and Cancer. The presentation will be held in Room 431, 4th floor, from 12:30 – 1:15 PM, Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley.


Dr. Robertson is a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. She will discuss airway biomechanics and extracellular matrix proteins. This knowledge is important to our understanding of human diseases.


View the biomechanics flyer below:

Biomechanics flyer



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