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Continuing Students: Priority Enrollment Is By Appointment for Summer and Fall 2014 – Check Your Passport Student Center for Your Appointment

10 April 2014

Continuing Students: enrollment appointments will be sent by e-mail, so check your Peralta Student Email or your Passport Student Center.  Enrollment appointments are based on units in the system, student education plan, matriculation and exempt non-matriculation students. Priority Registration information is provided on the Admissions & Records site.


Summer 2014 Session: Monday, June 16, 2014, to Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Fall 2014 Semester: August 18, 2014, to Friday, December 12, 2014.


You are a Continuing Student if you were enrolled in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 classes.  You are a former student if you were enrolled before Fall 2013. You are a new student if you never have attended a Peralta college – apply now!


Enrollment Fees are $46 per unit for students who have lived continuously in California for one or more years. All students are now required to use their Peralta Student Email. Official communication and messages to students, including those from instructors, will be sent only to their Peralta email.


Priority Enrollment for Continuing Students:

(enrolled in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014)

  •  Priority appointments for CalWORKS, DSP&S, EOPS, Foster Youth, Veteran students – begin Monday, April 7.
  • Priority appointments for First Year Experience, New Matriculated Students (who have taken COUN 200), Student Athletes, and TRiO students – begin Wednesday, April 9.
  • Priority appointments for Continuing Students – begin Thursday, April 10.


New, Former and High School Students:

(enrolled before Fall 2013 or never a Peralta student, or currently a high school student)

  • New and former students – enrollment begins Monday, May 5.
  • High school students – enrollment begins Monday, May 12.


Where To Enroll:

  • Enroll on-line through your PASSPORT Student Center, or
  • Enroll in person at the BCC Admissions Office, 1st floor – Summer hours (subject to change) are Mon., Tues., Thur., 8 am – 4:30 pm, and Wed., 8 am – 7 pm.



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Spring Break Mon., April 14 through Sun., April 20 | Cesar Chavez Day Holiday on Fri., April 18

10 April 2014

Berkeley City College is open for business, although no classes will be held, during Spring Break (Apr. 14-20).  Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday thru Thursday.  The college is closed on Fri., Apr. 18 for Cesar Chavez’s birthday observance.
If you need information about BCC’s 2014 Summer Session, and other classes, programs and services, please visit


The building will be open from Monday, April 14, through Thursday, April 17, and closed on Friday, April 18. Student access will be limited to Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Bursar/Cashier, and Assessment.



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Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor Ortiz: Changing Our Culture, Mon., April 7, 12:15 – 1:15 PM, Auditorium

3 April 2014

Please join the Chancellor to discuss how best to proceed in his initiative for change. Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to participate in the Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor José Ortiz on Monday, April 7, 2014, from 12:15 – 1:15 PM, in the Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center St., downtown Berkeley.


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Public Forum for Vice President of Instruction on Wed., April 9, 1:30 – 4:15 pm, Auditorium

3 April 2014

On Wednesday, April 9th the Public Forums for the Vice President of Instruction will be held in the Auditorium from 1:30-4:15.

The four finalists selected are as follows:

  •  Dr. Carlos Cortez, currently the Dean/Acting Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College
  • Timothy Karas, currently the Dean of Instruction, Liberal Studies & Language Arts at Mission College
  • Dr. Tina Vasconcellos, currently the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Laney College
  • Tram Vo-Kumamoto, currently the Dean, Math & Science at Chabot College.


The public forum schedule is as follows:

Dr. Carlos Cortez – 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tram Vo-Kumamoto – 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Timothy Karas – 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Tina Vasconcellos – 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The forums will be moderated by Cleavon Smith, English Instructor and Berkeley City College Academic Senate President. The forum will consist of a brief introduction given by each finalist and a question and answer session. Comment forms will be given to all who attend and the completed forms will be given to the College President for review. Your comments are very important to the process, so please find the time to attend.


Information about the Candidates:

Carlos Cortez

Dr. Cortez has been the Acting Vice President of Instruction of Berkeley City College since January 2014, his previous position at BCC was Dean of Academic Pathways, Workforce Development and Student Success from August 2013 to January 2014. He worked at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as Director, Education and Extension for a little over four years and was also an adjunct instructor with UCLA for four years. Dr. Cortez has been as an adjunct assistant professor teaching online courses since 2009 for the University of California, San Diego and since 2010 for the University of Southern California. Dr. Cortez has over 8 years’ experience working in the Los Angeles Unified School District as a Principal, Assistant Principal and as a junior high school teacher. He also worked for 5 years as a research assistant at USC while also working as a junior high teacher and worked for the New York City Board of Education as a junior high and high school teacher for two years. He also worked at the New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG) as a Higher Education Coordinator in 1998. Dr. Cortez has over 16 years’ experience working in education.

Dr. Cortez holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Arts in Race and Gender from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Sociology from Georgetown University.

Timothy Karas

Mr. Karas started out at Mission College working as the Director of Library Services and after four years was promoted to Interim Dean.   He was the Interim Dean for almost a year before being promoted to his current position as the Dean of Instruction; Liberal Studies & Language Arts.  He has been in this position since 2010.  Mr. Karas also worked for the College of San Mateo for 6 ½ years as a Reference/Electronic Information Resources Librarian and as an instructor teaching Library Studies courses. Prior to working in community colleges, he was employed in the Public Library system for three years working at both Redwood City Public Library and Palo Alto Public Library.  Mr. Karas has over 14 years’ experience working in community colleges.

Mr. Karas holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Humboldt State University.

Tina Vasconcellos

Dr. Vasconcellos has been working as the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Laney College for six years. She previous worked for seven years at Berkeley City College in various positions: EOPS Counselor/Instructor, Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Coordinator (SLOAC), Department Chair, Counseling and the Program Chair, Social Services Paraprofessional & Community Health Worker Program. Dr. Vasconcellos also worked as an adjunct Counselor for 3 years for Chabot College prior to working at BCC. She has taught courses at both Chabot and Berkeley City College. She has been a Program Fellow since 2013 at the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), UC Berkeley and she is also a program graduate from the Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute, CSU Fullerton. Dr. Vasconcellos has over 16 years’ experience working in community colleges.

Dr. Vasconcellos holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, Holistic Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts; Psychology and Cultural Awareness from John F. Kennedy University.

Tram Vo-Kumamoto

Ms. Vo-Kumamoto currently works at Chabot College as the Dean, Math and Science and has been in this position for six years. Prior to working as a Dean, she had also worked at Chabot as the Counselor, Matriculation Coordinator for seven years, where she also taught courses. She was an Academic Advisor at California State University, East Bay for one year and a Student Support Specialist, Matriculation at Berkeley City College (when it was Vista College) for 1 ½ years. She received the Chancellor’s Awardee in 2002 at Chabot College and received Employee of the Year in 1998 while at Vista College. Ms. Vo-Kumamoto has over 14 years working in community colleges.

 Ms. Vo-Kumamoto is currently working on her Doctorate of Educational Leadership at San Francisco State, which she expects to complete by June 2016. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from California State, East Bay, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate of Arts Degree in General Education from City College of San Francisco.



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Health Ed Students’ Health Fair Thurs., March 27, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm, Atrium

18 March 2014

Please join us on Thursday, March 27th from 11:15 – 1:30 in the atrium for the Health Ed Students’ Health Fair – they have worked diligently this semester to gather important materials and guests to provide us with the latest health related information…


Some of the guests include:

Covered California (Affordable Care Act)

Peralta Wellness Center

Berkeley Builds Capacity (STD/HIV information and advocacy)

Eden I&R (housing referrals)

Criminal Record Expungement workshop information

Blood Pressure Screening


And much more!


Visit the Public & Human Services website


For information, please contact
Stephanie Sanders-Badt
Coordinator, Public and Human Services Program


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Shadow Day on April 5 at UC Berkeley – Submit Application by Fri., March 28, 5 pm

18 March 2014

Shadow Day is an all-day event where students who are considering or planning to transfer to UC Berkeley will have an opportunity to interact with UC Berkeley students, tour the campus with a Berkeley student in their major, connect to valuable resources and programs, and become acquainted with the campus culture. Shadow Day will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm and will conclude with a special surprise at the end of the day!


The event will take place on Saturday, April 5th, from 9am-5pm. In order to participate, this form must be submitted by March 28th at 5pm. On March 30th, you will receive an e-mail with the meeting location, supplies to bring, and the agenda for the day. Please put Shadow Day on your calendars, so you won’t forget!


The application to participate in Shadow Day is due by Friday, March 28, 2014. Fill out the online application.


For more information:


BCC Service Community website

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PeopleSoft Upgrade: Passport and PROMT Will Be Unavailable from Fri., April 4, 5:00 pm until Sat., April 5, 11:59 pm

17 March 2014

The Peralta District Colleges are in the process of upgrading district wide computer information systems. All online services associated with this PeopleSoft upgrade will be unavailable starting at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 4, 2014 and ending at 11:59 P.M. on Saturday, April 5, 2014.


Passport, PROMT, Admissions and Records registration services, Counseling computer functions, and all payment systems will be unavailable. This upgrade to PeopleSoft is necessary to improve our information services and to make your experience easier and more efficient.


Services will resume Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:59 P.M. We appreciate your patience. If you have any questions regarding the upgrade, please contact the IT helpdesk at (510) 587-7800 or email us at


For more details, please visit the District IT Scheduled Outages web page.


These services should be available:

Email Services
Active Directory
Network connectivity
Telephone systems


These services will not be available:

All Human Resources (HR), Benefits, Payroll, Finance, Campus Solutions (CS) and Student Application (SA) systems to include, but not limited to:

Academic Advising EPAFS PROMT
Admissions EZ Pass Registration
Benefits Finance Robo Register (transcript request)
BI Tools Interfaces Financial Aid SARS
Cashier (fees) Follet (bookstore) Self Service
CCC APPLY (receiving applications) FootPrints Staff Development
Class Schedule Grade Rosters Student Credit Card Payment
Clearing House Higher One Student Financials
Counseling Library (millennium) Student ID Cards
CS Reporting MIS Student Records
CurricuNet (catalog) Passport
Curriculum Management Payroll

Please direct questions to the Helpdesk (510) 587-7800 or email:



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Graduation is Coming! Deadline for Degree/Certificate Petitions is Fri., March 21 – Submit to Your Counselor Early to Allow for Review Time!

12 March 2014

BCC Students: If you are finishing course requirements for your Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement or will transfer to a 4-year college or university next fall,  see your Academic Counselor soon to petition for your degree or certificate. Last day for petitions is March 21, but do not wait for the last day. Your Counselor will need time to review your petitions and go over them with you.

Students earning a 2013-2014 Associate Degree (AA/AS) or Certificate of Completion must:

  1. Get degree / certificate petition from Admissions & Records and complete, THEN
  2. Turn in the completed petition to Counseling department by Friday, March 21st, to ensure paperwork is complete to meet the deadline – act now!


Berkeley City College

2014 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 22rd at 7:00 pm

Zellerbach Auditorium, UCB


View the petition 2014 petition deadline flyer here.




Berkeley City College

2014 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 22rd  at 7:00 pm

Zellerbach Auditorium, UCB

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