BCC News

Six BCC Students Present Research Accomplishments at 2016 CIRM Conference

8 August 2016

Six Berkeley City College biotechnology students presented written and graphic results of their 10-month research projects to members of the scientific community at the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) annual Bridges Trainee Meeting held this July at Berkeley’s Claremont Hotel. Molly Fischer, Wanjiru Kamau-Devers, Amir Jaberi, Andres Marin, Brian Siemons and Kevin Wu were among the nine 2015-2016 BCC CIRM interns who joined more than 160 students from throughout California at the prestigious annual event. Students not only display their scientific posters during the two day event, but also participate in scientific meetings in which they hear presentations from selected scientists from across the state and receive valuable tips for job searching and career development.


BCC CIRM Students group photo on veranda

Left to right: Wanjiru Kamau-Devers, Andres Marin, Amir Jaberi, Brian Siemons (not pictured: Molly Fisher, Kevin Wu)


Four of this past year’s interns were retained as technicians in the labs they interned and two were offered full time positions: Fischer is a staff research associate in Dr. Tejal Desai’s therapeutic microtechnology and nanotechnology lab at UC San Francisco (UCSF) and Brian Siemens is a staff research associate in Dr. Kevin Healy’s biomaterials and tissue engineering lab at UC Berkeley.


Andres Marin at Poster Session: Determining the Success of Autologous Stem Cell Transplants in the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease

Andres Marin at Poster Session: Determining the Success of Autologous Stem Cell Transplants in the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease

Many of the BCC CIRM interns graduated this year with associate degrees and/or certificates of completion in biotechnology. The students also receive a Certificate in Stem Cell Biology from BCC following completion of their internships and specialized training at UCSF in stem cell biology.


“We have kept records of all of our CIRM students for the past six years,” said Dr. Barbara Des Rochers, program director of BCC’s CIRM grant and cochair of BCC’s Science Department.  “Many have taken technician positions in research and industrial laboratories while others have gone on for their bachelor’s, graduate and professional science degrees, including medical and pharmacy schools.”


“Our graduates are in biotechnology and science labs all over the Bay Area; many students get jobs in the labs in which they intern and many will move on to higher degrees,” noted Des Rochers. “And a number of laboratories in the Bay Area have sent their employees to BCC for continuing education.”


BCC’s biotechnology program welcomes all students—from recent high school graduates to those with college degrees—who may have been in the workplace for a long time and are seeking retraining. “We welcome older students and students with degrees,” Des Rochers said. “Some of our students have degrees in the STEM fields but many do not.”


Wanjiru Kamau-Devers, Research Poster Session: Fibrinogen as a Regulator of Central Nervous System Regeneration

For example, Molly Fischer came to BCC’s program with a degree in studio arts; Wanjiru Kamau-Devers with a degree in African studies and history and Kevin Wu with a degree in English and all have excelled.   “People switch because something about science grabs them and sparks their curiosity and they get turned on by the possibilities,” DeRochers noted.


CIRM already has selected six more BCC 2016-17 science interns. They are Cerise Bennett, Richard Chen, Tracy Huynh, Jason Luke, Saahil Singh and Moufida Taileb. Bennett will work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Luke will be at UC Berkeley. Chen, Huynh, Singh and Taileb will work in labs at UC San Francisco.


For details about the stem cell internships and the biotechnology, biology and other science programs at BCC, contact Dr. Barbara Des Rochers at bdesrochers@peralta.edu or Dr. Siraj Omar at somar@peralta.edu


Visit the BCC Biotechnology Website for more information.


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Science Department Orientation: Aug. 18 @ 4-5 pm and Aug. 23 @ 12:30-1 pm, Room 518

8 August 2016

For all students taking science classes: come to a Science Department Orientation and find out about our new science degrees and certificates, Biology Boot Camp and Chemistry Discussion Sections, Stem Biology Certificate and CIRM internships, Science Seminar Series, internships, clubs, and much more!

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Update on BCC Parking Garages – Center Street Garage is Closed

4 August 2016

The City of Berkeley has announced that the Center Street Garage (across the street from the college) is closing for reconstruction on June 30.  The new garage opening in the Fall of 2017 will increase parking capacity by over 60% from 440 to 720 spaces, adding a 300 space bike stations and attended bathrooms.  We are in negotiations with the City to secure a number of parking spaces for our employees.


Read more on the Parking and Garages page on the Business & Administrative Services website.


Click on the image below for a map (PDF) of the garage locations — please be sure your browser can open PDF files:


Map of Berkeley Garages near BCC


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Finish Your General Education Transfer Classes in Only 8 Weeks!

27 July 2016

Enroll now in Fall 2016 Classes to reserve your place early. Note: If enrollment falls below the minimum enrollment levels, the class may be cancelled. So Enroll Now!


View the Fall 2016 8-week transfer class flyer below:

Fall 2016 8-week GE Transfer Classes flyer

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Enroll NOW in Fall 2016 Classes!

24 July 2016

Fall classes begin on August 22, 2016. Continuing Students may enroll now through your Peralta Student Center or in person at the Admissions Office on the first floor of Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, in downtown Berkeley a half block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.


Fall 2016 Semester: Monday, August 22 to Friday, December 16, 2016


New and Returning Students – don’t miss your opportunity to apply/re-apply and enroll in Fall 2016 classes: see the Getting Started at BCC page or come to a Saturday enrollment at BCC on 8/13 and 8/20, from 9 am – 2 pm. All Student Services will be available to help student register for classes. More enrollment information here.


High School Students may review the information on the High School Students web page.


Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

BCC Fall 2016 Class Schedule Flipbook:
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BCC Fall 2016 Class Schedule (PDF)


Finish Your General Education Transfer Classes in Only 8 Weeks:

View the 8-week GE flyer below ~

Fall 2016 8-week GE Transfer Classes flyer


View the Fall 2016 Course Flyers page




The Fall 2016 Moodle Course Website (http://eperalta.org/fall2016/) will be available to students about two weeks before the semester begins. Students enrolled in online courses should check for email messages from your instructor as the semester approaches. Messages will be sent via student email (unless you have redirected your mail). For Student Email information, please visit http://web.peralta.edu/it/studentemail



Student Success Resources:



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BCC Will Be Closed on Mon., July 4 in Observance of Independence Day

27 June 2016

The Fourth of July Holiday is next Monday. BCC will be closed in observance of this holiday.

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Where is my online Moodle class?

21 June 2016

The Fall 2016 Moodle Online Course Website is located at http://eperalta.org/fall2016. Classes will be available to students at the start of the semester. Students must be enrolled in classes in order to login on Moodle.


Continuing Students may enroll in Fall 2016 classes NOW through their PASSPORT Student Center at https://passport2.peralta.edu or in person at the BCC Admissions counter on the first floor of Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley. If you are a New or Returning Student (who has not enrolled in a Peralta class in either Spring 2016 or Fall 2015), then you will need to apply or re-apply for admissions — visit BCC’s Getting Started web page for instructions and links.


All students are invited to come to Super Saturday Registration at BCC on 8/13 and 8/20 from 9 am to 2 pm where all Admissions, Student Services, and Financial Aid services will be available.


Here are the LOGIN instructions for the Fall 2016 Moodle:


Moodle Website: http://eperalta.org/fall2016

Username:  same as your PASSPORT User ID

Password: your Birthdate in the format of yyyymmdd


For example, if your date of birth is February 18, 1995

then your password would be: 19950218


The District Moodle Helpdesk for Students is:  online@peralta.edu


If you are a BCC student and are on-campus, you can get login help on most Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Room 459


Moodle Information and Tutorials for Students:


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Student Health Services – Summer Hours

21 June 2016

Student Health Services and Mental Health Counseling are available for the summer session.


The Health Clinic at Berkeley City College is open from Mon. – Wed., 9am – 2pm, at South Campus, 2070 Allston Way, Suite 203; phone (510) 666-0013.


Mental Health Counseling is available — please schedule an appointment by sending an email to BCCCounselor@gmail.com; mental health counseling hours: Mon. & Thurs., 9am – 3pm, and Tues. 9am – 4pm; phone (510) 981-2919.


View the flyer with summer hours at all four campuses below:

Summer Health Services Schedule flyer

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