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Bayer USA Foundation Invests $250,000 in the Berkeley Promise

5 December 2018

Bayer USA Foundation Invests $250,000
in the Berkeley Promise

 

CONTACT:

Felicia Bridges

Public Information Officer

Berkeley City College

fbridges@peralta.edu

Fatima Rodriguez-Ortiz

Program Coordinator

Berkeley Community Fund

fatima@berkfund.org

Jennifer Cogley

Deputy Director, Community Relations

Bayer U.S.

jennifer.cogley@bayer.com

 

Berkeley, California, December 3, 2018 – The Berkeley Community Fund  has received a two-year grant of $250,000 from the Bayer USA Foundation, funds that will be used to support the Berkeley Promise scholarship program launched last year. The donation will support scholarships, mentoring, and STEM career exploration for Berkeley Unified School District graduates from lower-income families and underrepresented groups attending Berkeley City College .

 

In addition to one year of free community college through the California Promise program, Berkeley Promise scholars receive $1,500 while they are at Berkeley City College and the opportunity to apply for $8,000/year once they transfer to a 4-year school. Berkeley Promise scholars are placed in a First Year Experience learning community at Berkeley City College; they can also participate in summer transition-to-college workshops; and receive mentoring, guidance, and transfer support.

 

“We are thrilled with Bayer’s commitment to the Berkeley Promise,” said BCF Executive Director, Joleen Ruffin. “Higher education is essential to helping young people in our community reach their goals. This gift helps us remove many of the barriers to success for our students from lower-income families and underrepresented in higher education.  Through the Berkeley Promise we will increase bachelor’s degree attainment rates for students who start at Berkeley City College while building awareness of STEM academic pathways and career opportunities.”

 

“In everything we do, we leverage science for a better life and as such we are passionate about scientific discovery and learning,” said Judy Chou, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Head of the Bayer site in Berkeley. “So, we are particularly proud of the ways that this gift will expose Berkeley young people to the opportunities in STEM education and scientific careers. We look forward to watching these students become tomorrow’s leaders.”

 

The 2018 Berkeley Promise Scholars will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Friday, December 7th from 4:30 to 7:00 PM in the Berkeley City College auditorium. The event is open to the public.

 

About the Bayer USA Foundation

The Bayer USA Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary source of Bayer Corporation philanthropy in the United States. With a programmatic focus on the environment and sustainability; education and workforce development; arts and culture; and health and human services, the foundation creates and supports organizations that improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work, as well as society at large. The Bayer USA Foundation is one of three Bayer corporate foundations worldwide, including the Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation.

About Bayer in the Bay Area

Bayer is one of the largest biotech employers in the Bay Area and a global leader in the research, development, and manufacturing of biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical therapies that improve human health. The Bayer presence in the Bay Area includes a 45-acre manufacturing facility in Berkeley and its West Coast Innovation Center in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco.

 

About the Berkeley Promise

The Berkeley Promise is a college access and matriculation scholarship initiative designed to help Berkeley Unified School District graduates—particularly those who are first-generation-to-college, from lower-income families or from underrepresented groups—advance on a path to complete a post-secondary degree or certificate, that starts with community college. Students receive mentoring, academic guidance, financial assistance, and transfer support. Partners include the City of Berkeley, Berkeley City College, Berkeley Unified School District, and the Berkeley Community Fund.

 

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About Berkeley City College

BCC students form a thriving college community which mirrors the Bay Area’s ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity. BCC is part of the Peralta Community College District and is located in downtown Berkeley, in one of the world’s great education centers. Student success is always BCC’s first priority. BCC continually adapts programs and services to meet students’ needs making it one of the top transfer institutions to UC Berkeley.

 

About the Berkeley Community Fund

For the past 10 years, BCF has been working to remove barriers to college degree attainment for students from lower-income families and underrepresented groups in Berkeley by providing scholarships, mentoring, connections and other supports instrumental to success in college and beyond. BCF has a track record of success, with a 90% graduation and persistence rate for students attending 4-year institutions.

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Search for Summer 2018 Classes! Check Out the Priority Enrollment Dates Coming in April

19 March 2018

Search for Summer 2018 Classes on Passport Now!

Apply Now for Enrollment!

Priority Enrollment is by Appointment – check your Passport Student Center for appointment date and time *

Priority Enrollment Dates for Berkeley City College Students

April 9, 2018 – Priority Enrollment for CalWorks, DSPS, EOPS, Foster Youth, CAFYES, Veterans

April 11, 2018 – Priority Enrollment for BCC First Year Experience, PERSIST, Umoja

April 12 – 26, 2018 – Continuing Student Priority Enrollment (Registration appointments are assigned based on academic status and units completed) – students should check their Passport Student Center for their appointment date and time.

Beginning April 30, 2018 – Open Enrollment for New & Returning Students, Students with 100+ Units, Students on Probation

Beginning May 7, 2018 – Enrollment for High School Students

 

See the full list of Summer 2018 Enrollment Dates (scroll half-way down the page).

View the full list of Fall 2018 Enrollment Dates (scroll half-way down the page).

 

* 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

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9th Annual FELI @ BCC: June 4 – 8, 2018

4 April 2018

The 9th Annual FELI (Five-Day Experiential Learning Institute) will be hosted at Berkeley City College from June 4 – 8, 2018, 8:30 am – 5 pm. Breakfast and lunch provided. Download the FELI flyer

FELI flyer

Visit the Fee-Based Courses website for more information on how to register, or contact Chris Lebo-Planas at aleboplanas@peralta.edu

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Need Faculty Advising Help? Have Questions About Your Transfer Options in Your Major and Career Opportunities?

15 November 2017

Visit our Faculty Advising site and submit a help request. Ask faculty advisors about transfer options in their major, internships and career opportunities.

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Passport/PROMT Scheduled System Maintenance – Unavailable March 9 at 5 pm through March 11 at 5 pm

1 March 2018

Please be advised that all PeopleSoft systems will be unavailable Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 5 p.m. to Sunday, March 11th at 5 p.m. for scheduled system maintenance.

 

Passport and PROMT will not be available during this time.

 

Also, Data in BI will NOT be refreshed for a week following scheduled system maintenance Friday, March 9th 2018 to  Friday, March 16th 2018.

 

The District Information Technology team appreciates your patience.

 

If you have any issues following the maintenance window, please email the IT Help Desk,helpdesk@peralta.edu.

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Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Course: April 5,6,7,13,14, 2018

22 February 2018

btg flyer

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Peralta Colleges Foundation: Spring Scholarships – Application Deadline March 12 @ 5 pm

31 January 2018

The Peralta Colleges Foundation is so excited to announce the Spring 2018 Scholarships are up and running on Monday February 5th at 5pm and closes March 12 at 5pm.  We want to get the word out to as many students as possible to apply for the scholarships available and really need your help!

There are over 25 scholarship opportunities available for students this term. There are scholarships for entering freshman, transfer students, first-generation college students, foster youth, graduating students, and more. Scholarships are awarded based on many different factors including merit, need, achievement, athletics, majors and more. All degree and certificate program students are eligible to apply!

Award amounts vary from $250 to $4,000 so pass the word along to your students. They can apply by using this link: https://pcf.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

 

Nikki Lasley

Interim Executive Director

Peralta Colleges Foundation

nlasley@peralta.edu

510.587.7890

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STEM Careers Lunch Talk: What do scientists do? – Feb. 8 @ 12:30 – 1:15 pm, Rm 431

30 January 2018

STEM Talk flyer

Olga Sokolovskaya, UC Berkeley Chemical Biologist, speaks on “What do scientists do? My day-to-day ups and downs in graduate school”. Join us on Thursday, February 8, 12:30 -1:15 pm, Room 431. 

 

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