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Dr. Doug Schmidt’s BIOL 10 Class Launches Student Science News Website:

25 September 2016

Dr. Doug Schmidt’s Biology 10 class—also known as the BIO 10 Squad—launched a student science news web site which presents stories and links to interesting but little known info bits about science and scientific discoveries which effect our everyday lives.
The news, gathered locally, nationally and internationally by the aspiring scientists in his class, links to a variety of media, including science journals, YouTube, podcasts, newspapers and magazines, to name a few. View their 100+ posts at

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Late-Start Fall 2016 Classes! There’s Still Time to Enroll!

19 September 2016

Need any of these classes? They are still open: AFRAM 1, ANTHR 1, ART 3, BUS 102, COMM 20, CIS 42B, CIS 105, COPED 450/451, COUN 200A & 200B, ENGL 1B, ETHST 1, HUMAN 15, LIS 80, LIS 85, MATH 50, PHIL 20A, POSCI 1, PSYCH 1A — check out the flyer below:


Late-Start Fall 2016 classes


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PCF Fall 2016 Scholarships – Application Deadline 9/25 @ Midnight

12 September 2016

The Peralta Colleges Foundation is offering Fall 2016 Scholarships. The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 25, 2016.


To find out how to apply, please go to the Peralta Colleges Foundation scholarships site at:


For more information about the Peralta Colleges Foundation and its many programs, please visit


View the PCF Fall 2016 Scholarships Flyer below:


PCF Fall 2016 Scholarships Flyer

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Weekly Workshops in September: UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) – Sign up in Rm 243

7 September 2016

Submission Deadline for TAG is September 30, 2016. Are you applying for transfer to a UC for Fall 2017? Then sign up in Room 243 for a TAG workshop to find out how to seek a possible early admission to a participating UC – UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz.


Workshops are offered weekly in September, so sign up now in Room 243 to attend a TAG Workshop.


For more information, contact the BCC Transfer & Career Center in Room 243. The Transfer and Career Center Coordinator is Sylvia Espinosa at


TAG Workshop Flyer

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Sun., Sept. 4 is Last Day to Add Regular Session Classes AND Last Day to Drop Regular Session Classes Without a “W”

2 September 2016

Login to your PASSPORT Student Center and add classes , or if you do not have a Peralta Student Account yet, apply for one today by selecting “Berkeley City College” on the Peralta Enrollment website . Check for more important dates on the Fall 2016 Academic Calendar.


Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

BCC Fall 2016 Class Schedule Flipbook:
BCC Fall 2016 Class Schedule opens in a new window
BCC Fall 2016 Class Schedule (PDF)


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

Fall 2016 8-week GE Transfer Classes flyer


More information for New and Returning Students is on BCC’s Getting Started page.


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BCC President Rowena Tomaneng Receives 2016 APALI Leadership Award

25 August 2016


BCC President Rowena Tomameng

BCC President Rowena Tomameng

BERKELEY—Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng received the 2016 Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute’s (APALI) award for outstanding leadership and community service at the organization’s annual banquet held Fri., Aug. 19, in Cupertino, CA.  APALI encourages civic participation, community development, and identity security.  It also addresses issues such as racial stereotypes, workplace/social glass-ceilings, and civic representation.


“This is a great honor and I am delighted to be part of an organization which fosters civic engagement and which addresses social challenges that Asian Americans must face today,” she said.

“More than ever, it is important that we strive to build community and foster social equity and economic opportunity for everyone.”


Tomaneng assumed the presidency of Berkeley City College on July 18, 2016.

“BCC’s location provides the college with many opportunities. Not only are we situated next to San Francisco Bay, we are partners with major cultural, technological, and educational centers,” she noted. “There exists a strong mutual support network among us and our neighborhood organizations, city government, businesses, local school districts and universities. This solid foundation benefits everyone in our community.”


Prior to her appointment at BCC, she was for six years De Anza College’s associate vice president of instruction.  Her responsibilities included the academic services division, the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education; the Office of Professional Development, Pathways programs (Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, First Year Experience, and IMPACT AAPI) and the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA) where, in 2006, she was a founding co-director and developed many community and educational partnerships.


Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996 to 2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature.  She was English Department chair for three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency.  She served for two years as interim dean of De Anza’s Language Arts Division, and supervised over 175 full-time and part-time faculty.


BCC’s new president has actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns for immigrant rights and community policing with organizations such as the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, USA and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability in San Jose, CA.  She wrote for and contributed to a variety of publications and serves on the advisory board for the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Diversity and Democracy publication.


In December, when Tomaneng completes her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities at the University of San Francisco, she will receive a doctorate in international/multicultural education, with a concentration in human rights education.  She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine.


The Peralta Community College District serves the communities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.  The district includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.  In addition to providing two-year programs that prepare students for long-term educational goals, Peralta also offers specialized life-long learning opportunities to Bay Area residents.


Read “Introducing BCC President Rowena Tomameng” in the Fall 2016 issue of BCC Today for more information about our new President.


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Introducing BCC President Rowena Tomaneng

25 August 2016

BCC President Rowena Tomameng

Rowena Tomaneng, Berkeley City College’s new president, arrived in July and is impressed with the college and its community. Her story begins in 1972, the year she and her family immigrated to Los Angeles from the Philippines, both parents seeking economic opportunity and educational access for their children.


Early years.

The family later settled in the San Gabriel Valley where she and her siblings attended public schools, including Cypress College in North Orange County. There, inspired by several inspirational instructors, Tomaneng decided on teaching as a profession and chose to combine English and history as fields of study. Her mother also had a hand in her choice.


Growing up, BCC’s new president heard stories about her grandfather, a community leader in their Philippine village. She learned through her mother’s stories of his commitment to people’s well-being. That fostered her appreciation for history, storytelling and service to community.


Commitment to student success. Prior to her appointment at BCC, Tomaneng was for six years De Anza College’s Associate Vice President of Instruction in Cupertino. Her responsibilities included the college’s Academic Services Division which included the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education; the Office of Professional Development, Pathways programs (Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, First Year Experience, and IMPACT AAPI) and the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action where, in 2006, she was a founding co-director and developed many community and educational partnerships.


She also oversaw the collaborative units of De Anza’s Learning Resources BCC President Rowena Tomaneng Division which housed Online Education, Library Services and the Student
Success Center.


Statewide leadership.

Tomaneng also held leadership roles in state initiatives such as Basic Skills, Student Equity and Student Success and Support programs. She has obtained and administered state and federal
funding, including Asian American/Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and Title III: Strengthening Institutions grants. She worked on faculty and district-wide administrative teams for many years, leading and developing program reviews and accreditation documents. In 2013, nominated by Academic Services faculty, she won the statewide
Association of California Community College Administrators’ Administrative Leadership Excellence Award.


On Fri., Aug. 19, she was presented with the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute’s (APALI) 2016 Pacesetter Award for Educational Leadership at the organization’s annual community


Inspired scholar.

Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996 to 2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature. She was English Department chair for three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency. She served for two years as Interim Dean of De Anza’s Language Arts Division, and supervised over 175 full-time
and part-time faculty.


BCC’s new president has actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns for immigrant rights and community policing with organizations such as the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, USA and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability, San Jose, CA. She wrote for and contributed to a variety of publications and serves on the advisory board for the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Diversity and Democracy publication.


In December, when she completes her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities at the University of San Francisco, she will receive a doctorate in International/Multicultural Education, with a concentration in Human Rights Education. She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in Englishfrom UC Irvine.
Read the more on BCC’s new President, Rowena Tomaneng.


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BCC’s Umoja Scholars Aspire to Impressive Careers

25 August 2016

Participants in Berkeley City College’s summer 2016 Umoja Scholars Academy (USA) proudly displayed and explained a variety of career path exhibits on Tue., July 26 in the college’s 4th floor conference room.


Lead by Skyler Barton, a BCC Learning Communities coordinator and counselor, and by BCC counselor Allene Young-Hegler, BCC’s Umoja academy brought together more than 20 area high school students, each with a unique career aspiration.    Participants included D’Yale W. Adams, Akeyla Addison, Sharif Allah, Paulo Athans, Ernest Blackmon, Ashlee Davis, Kemony Gandy, Arsalon Gawhary, Arryon Greely, Shakilyah Goosby, Cinque Holliday, Tiffannie Jones, Najee Jones, Remi Lambirth, Brianna Lipscomb, Maximilian Louther, Omari McCoy-King, Kaylynn McCoy, Cameron McGowan, Bianca Rodriguez, Raynette Shields, Charles Van Meurs, Gwendell Villasanta, Treasure Young and Danari Williams.  The group begins college at BCC this fall.


“It has truly been an honor and pleasure to work with this amazing group of scholars this summer,” Barton said.  “As their instructor, I have witnessed tremendous passion for learning, teamwork, leadership, and much more and have been thoroughly impressed and inspired!”


Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, is committed to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences and increasing the persistence and retention rates of African American and other students.  BCC’s Umoja Scholars Academy seeks to educate the whole student—mind, body, and spirit.  The program actively serves and promotes success for all students through a curriculum responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas.  Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, Umoja engages students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought.


Ashlee Davis enters Berkeley City College this fall and plans a career as a pediatrician.

“I plan to be a pediatrician because I like to help children,” observed Berkeley High School grad Ashlee Davis. “My pediatrician was my role model because she helped me through some serious times as a kid; she helped to shape who I am.”


Paolo Athans possesses a flair for creating tantalizing culinary fare; the future chef was inspired by his mother.

Paolo Athans, a self-described foodie, is focused on the world of culinary arts.  “One of my passions is my ability to create food with my own flair,” proclaimed the future chef. “I like to put smiles on people’s faces and my inspiration is my mom, who I observed when I was growing up and even now.”


Remi Lamberth: Committed to halting climate change.

Committed to fighting climate change, Albany High School alumna Remi Lambirth is headed for a career as an environmental policy analyst.  “I have a very progressive approach to saving our earth,” she asserted. “I want out leaders to admit that our planet is in danger and do something about it.  I’m really interested in natural resources management, environmental science or political science.”


Ernest Blackmon’s and Arsalon Gawhary’s paths will take them into the world of business and finance.  “I love to communicate, lead, sell, and manage efficient business operations,” Blackmon explained. “Business management and operations will be my focus in college.”


Arsalon Gawhary, Umoja participant, presents financial analyst poster with Karen Shields, BCC staff

Arsalon Gawhary, Umoja participant, presents financial analyst poster with Karen Shields, BCC staff

Gawhary, a future financial analyst, is enthusiastic about finance.  “I love finance,” he admitted.  “Understanding the global economy and finance are ultimate gateways to progress and change.”


Akeyla Addison, Magee J. Jones and Kaylynn McCoy all want to help children grow and thrive.  Addison, who was part of Berkeley High’s Academy of Medical and Public Service, will prepare for a career as a pediatric nurse.  “I have always liked working with children,” she said.  “This will let me give back to the community and influence the lives of young children.”


Jones’s future occupation will focus on children’s advocacy.  “As a social worker and child advocate, I can make a real difference in children’s lives,” he said. “The community and the family can work together to be a positive influence, even in emotionally challenging situations.”


Future elementary school teacher McCoy wants to reach children in their formative learning years.


“When I was at Berkeley High, one of my teachers influenced me to consider teaching; that made me start to think about good and bad teachers I had in kindergarten through high school,” she recalled.  “I want to teach elementary school because I want to take approaches to teaching that makes a difference in students’ lives.  Some work well in groups but others need individual attention.  I want to be able to reach them in whatever ways that helps them to learn best.”



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