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BCC Multimedia Arts Student Showcase on Fri., April 28, 2017 @ 6-9 pm

17 April 2017

Join us for the very popular, standing-room only multimedia event of the year: The Berkeley City College Multimedia Arts Student Showcase!

This year, the event takes place on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 6 – 9 pm, in the BCC Auditorium, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley.

Mutimedia Arts Student Showcase flyer

For more information, contact Sabrina Nelson,

Co-Producer of the MMART Student Showcase at Berkeley City College

View the MMART Degree and Certificate Programs


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Job Searching Workshops in April & May 2017!

17 April 2017

All workshops will take place during College Hour, from 12:15 – 1:15 pm. Just come to the appropriate room to join the workshop:

For more information about jobs and internships, please visit the Business Department’s Internship page.


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Berkeley City College President Honored with APAHE President’s Award

6 April 2017

President Rowena Tomameng

April 5, 2017- BERKELEY, CA—The Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) has chosen Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng as the recipient of its coveted President’s Award for 2017. The award honors the accomplishments of Asian and Pacific Island American college presidents and will be presented at APAHE’s annual conference and thirty year celebration on Thursday, April 6 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland.

A doctoral candidate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, Tomaneng took the helm as President of Berkeley City College in August 2016.  She expects to complete her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities this summer. She received her M.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Before coming to BCC, Tomaneng served as the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino for six years. There, she lead the college’s institutional efforts with a number of initiatives, including Civic Engagement, Student Equity, and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program (AANAPISI). In 2006, Tomaneng was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships at the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement.

Tomaneng is also a faculty affiliate of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) in Cupertino whose mission is to address the need to increase civic engagement and community voice for Asian Americans and other underrepresented groups through education and civic network.

Tomaneng expressed her gratitude for being chosen for the award and noted the significance of the work done by APAHE. “For over 21 years, I have devoted my teaching, research, and administrative work in the service of AAPI and other students of color. APAHE has been a leader in promoting equity in advancement and opportunity for Asian and Pacific Island Americans. Its example and leadership have shaped my practice as an equity-based educational leader within and outside of the institution,” Tomaneng said.

APAHE is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for Asian and Pacific American students; promoting and supporting the hiring, retention, and advancement of qualified Asian and Pacific American faculty, staff, and administrators; and creating a better understanding of issues in the public affecting Asian and Pacific Americans in higher education.

Read the Press Release here.

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Workshop on Writing Your UC Application Personal Statement – Please RSVP for Wed., April 19 @ College Hour

5 April 2017

UC Personal Statement Workshop flyerNeed help with your Personal Statement for the UC Application? Come to the “UC Personal Insight Questions Workshop”! The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 12:15 – 1:30 PM, Room 431.

Get insider tips from UC Berkeley Admissions Staff on how to write strong personal statements!

Please send your RSVP to

If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations for the workshop, please inform us when you RSVP.

Hosted by the BCC Transfer & Career Center and the BCC Counseling Department.



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Summer and Fall 2017 Enrollment News:

4 April 2017

Priority Enrollment is By Appointment Only

  • Current Students – your enrollment date will be noted in your PASSPORT Student Center under “Enrollment dates” on or after April 10, 2017.
  • New & Returning Students – follow the steps in Apply & Enroll Now at BCC on submitting/re-submitting your application and what to do next.


Student Groups and Priority Registration for Summer/Fall 2017

By Appointment Only:


Mon, April 24, 2017 – Veterans. Foster Youth, CalWorks, DSPS, EOPS


Wed, April 26, 2017 – New Matriculating Students (Taking COUN 200A), First Year Experience Students, Umoja Program, Persist Program


Thur., April 27, 2017 to May 11, 2017 – CONTINUING STUDENTS


Mon., May 15, 2017 – OPEN REGISTRATION (New and Returning Students)


Mon., May 22, 2017 – HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


Students should be able to view their enrollment appointments in their Student Center on or after April 10, 2017


or go to


Note: Some students may not have enrollment appointments for the following reasons:

  • Placed on academic or progress probation or any combination thereof as defined in the Board Policies and District Administrative Procedure 4250 for two consecutive terms; or
  • Has earned one hundred (100) or more degree-applicable semester units at the district.
  • Please contact your Counselor or the BCC Counseling Department for further information at (510) 981-5036 or send an email to


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BCC’s Rachel Mercy Simpson Receives AACC Faculty Innovation Award

4 April 2017

Rachel Mercy SimpsonThe American Association of Community Colleges has awarded its 2017 Faculty Innovation Award to Berkeley City College’s Rachel Mercy Simpson. The award recognizes faculty across the country who have demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of campus programs that have had a positive impact on the learning experience for students.

As co-chair of BCC’s Multi Media Arts department, Simpson is credited with promoting a culture of collaboration and inclusion and for piloting interactive teaching techniques that engage students in teamwork. BCC President Rowena Tomaneng said, “I have observed her passion for student equity and social justice, and she is constantly looking for ways to provide more access to students of color who are interested in pursuing careers in multi-media arts.” According to Tomaneng, Simpson’s influence on student learning is apparent. “The tone of the work produced by her students reflects the spirit of unity, caring and passion that she brings to this campus,” she said.

But Simpson’s work extends further than the classroom. Simpson organized a Multimedia Faculty Retreat where faculty learned how implicit biases could impact grading and expectations. Simpson invited students to share their experiences of prejudice and relay best practices that enabled them to succeed. She also designed several faculty trainings on how to engage students across varied experiences.

Since 2009, Simpson has been instrumental in transforming BCC’s Multimedia Arts program by developing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that focuses on sharpening technical skills while working as teams and mastering communication skills. Today, BCC’s Multimedia Arts program is one that is well respected by industry professionals who allow students to apply their learning beyond the classroom.

“My goal as co-chair of the Multimedia Department has been to create a top-notch community college media program that employs the arts as a gateway to rigorous and engaging academic and technical work, and to serve our diverse student body in preparing them for transfer and sustainable careers,” Simpson said.

Simpson will be recognized for her award by AACC at its 97th annual convention in New Orleans in April, 2017. The AACC was established in 1920 as a forum for the nation’s two-year colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students, as well as a growing number of international members in Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.


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S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talk: Matthew Fillingim Speaks on The Disappearing Atmosphere of Mars and How to Measure It – March 28, 2017 @ College Hour, Room 431

21 March 2017

Dr. Matthew Fillingim, Space Science Laboratory at UC Berkeley, talks on “The Disappearing Atmosphere of Mars and How to Measure It” at the next Spring 2017 S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talk scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 12:30 – 1:15 pm, in Room 431.

 Fillingim Flyer


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Health Fair to be Hosted by BCC Health Ed Students on March 30 from 11 am – 1:30 pm, Atrium

19 March 2017

As we have done for the last 10 years, each semester our students work hard to design, plan, research and present a Health Fair to the entire college community.  Every aspect of the planning is done by the students, including selecting topics, researching them, creating vibrant display boards and important handouts for participants, out-reaching to community agencies and resources, and inviting vendors to table.


This service learning project is often the highlight of the semester, and our students deserve to have as many attend as possible!  You might even consider sending your students and creating an assignment for extra credit, as many of you have done in the past.


Please join me in supporting this important work and see you at the Health Fair on Thursday, March 30, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, in the BCC Atrium!


For more information, please contact Stephanie Sanders-Badt,, and visit the Public and Human Services website


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