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BCC Alumna Perspective: Why I’m glad I went to community college

26 October 2015

Shanzeh Khurram writes for The Daily CalifornianBerkeley City College Alumna Shanzeh Khurram gives her thoughts on how Berkeley City College helped her get to where she is now. She currently writes the Tuesday blog on transitions between different worlds and spaces for The Daily Californian.


Read Shanzeh’s full article here

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Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship – Deadline is Dec. 15

25 October 2015

BCC transfer students can apply now for the JKC transfer scholarship—deadline is Dec. 15. 


Minimum Eligibility

To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, at a minimum, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Sophomore Status – Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by January 1, 2016, or a recent graduate (since spring 2011).
  • Fall College Enrollment– Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2016.
  • GPA– Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
  • Financial Need– Demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:
  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.
  • No previous enrollment or attendance at a four-year institution – Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact us to verify your eligibility.
  • Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2016 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.


Selection Criteria

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive with approximately 85 scholarships awarded each year out of thousands of applicants.   A review panel of distinguished college admissions professionals and faculty judge the applicants using criteria including:

  • High academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential recommendations.  In addition to GPA, we consider participation in available advanced courses, commitment to learning, and intellectual curiosity.
  • Unmet financial need: Limited family income and assets in light of educational expenses. Substantial unmet educational costs after taking into account other scholarships and grants students may receive.
  • Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership: Ability to organize and positively influence others in and out of school.
  • Service to Others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.


Here’s the link:

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Chancellor Jowel Laguerre to Visit BCC on Wed., Oct. 21, from 9 am to 12 noon

15 October 2015

Dr. Jowell LaguerreChancellor Laguerre will be spending the morning at Berkeley City College on Wednesday, October 21st, 9:00 AM – 12 Noon.


The following meeting schedules have been set and will be held in Room 341 (TLC):
Administrators: 9:00 – 9:30 AM
Faculty: 9:35 – 10:05 AM
Classified Staff: 10:10 – 10:40 AM
Student Leaders: 10:45 – 11:15 AM
Campus Tour: 11:25 – 11:55 AM


Chancellor Jowell Laguerre delivered his welcome address during Flex Day on Wednesday, August 19, at Laney College. In it Dr. Laguerre sets out some of his thoughts and priorities for the future of the District. View the text version of Dr. Laguerre’s The New Peralta Way (pdf) (opens in a new window). Watch his address on Peralta TV’s YouTube channel: (this opens in a new window; Dr. Laguerre’s address begins at about 2:26:00). You can also read a profile of Dr. Laguerre that was published 8/18/2015 in the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area News Group papers:



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Equity Town Hall Meeting Today, Wed., Oct. 14, from 12:20 – 1:20 pm, Auditorium

14 October 2015

Highlights from Equity Plan Sub-committee

•      Scaling up Student Success in Community Colleges: From “Islands of Innovations” to Institutionalized Practices

•      Q & A

Town Hall meetings are open to everyone.

We hope you will be able to attend!

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CSU Application Workshop – Wed., Oct. 28, Room 312, 12:15 – 1:25 pm

13 October 2015

Learn how to complete the application and find answers to the most common mistakes students make when filling it out.


View the Transfer Awareness Month Flyer


For information about Personal Statement readers, please contact Jasmin Bomanjee, Interim Transfer Center Coordinator, at

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Grand Opening of the Undocumented Community Resource Center, Thurs., Oct. 22, Student Lounge (5th floor), 12 Noon – 1:30 pm

12 October 2015

We proudly invite you to the grand opening of our Undocumented Community Resource Center (UCRC) on Thursday 22 October 2015, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 5th floor, Student Lounge, at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley. This resource center is a project initiated by two innovative Berkeley College students whose ambition to actively engage in this noble-humanitarian cause made the project a reality that we love for you to be part of!


Carlos Farias and Paula Muñoz were granted $10,000 by the Dalai Lama fellowship to start the center that will eventually offer a variety of resources to the undocumented community that includes: academic support, resources for prospective students, legal advice, mental health support, and much more!


The UCRC Grand Opening event will include food, musical and dance performances and guest speakers. The date, time and location is provide in an event flyer below:


Flyer for Grand Opening of Undocumented Community Resource Center with date, time and location



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Over 45 Colleges & Universities at Transfer Day @ BCC, Thurs., 10/8, from 10 am – 1 pm, Atrium

7 October 2015

Come meet representatives from over 45 colleges and universities. Ask about the academic programs they offer, student life, financial aid opportunities—anything you’re curious about! This information and recruitment event is for you.
Questions? Visit the Transfer Center, room 243; Call 510-981-2811; or email Interim Center Coordinator Jasmin Bomanjee:


View the Transfer Day flyer below:

Transfer Day Flyer


Impressive List of Participants:

Academy of Art University
American Jewish University
Associated Students of Berkeley City College & Berkeley City College Service Community
Berkeley City College Transfer & Career Information Center
The Bar Association of San Francisco
California College of the Arts
California Institute of Integral Studies
California State University, Chico
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Northridge
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Hollywood
Columbia University, School of General Studies (1:30pm info session in room 243, Transfer Center)
Dominican University of California
Golden Gate University
Grand Canyon University
Holy Names University
Humboldt State University
JFK University
Johnson & Wales University
Mills College
Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles
National University
Notre Dame de Namur University
Palo Alto University
Saint Mary’s College of California
Samuel Merritt College
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley & UC Berkeley Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside (1:30pm info session in 2nd floor Counseling Lobby)
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Phoenix, Bay Area Campus
University of San Francisco
Woodbury University



Transfer Day sat Peralta Sister Colleges:

College of Alameda – Monday, 10/5/2015

Laney College – Tuesday, 10/13/2015

Merritt College – Thursday, 10/15/2015


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Health Fair to be Presented by Health Education Students on Thurs., Oct. 15, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, Atrium

6 October 2015

It is time for the Health Education Students’ Health Fair!
Thursday, October 15th
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
In the atrium


For information about Health Education at BCC, please visit the Public and Human Services website

or contact Stephanie Sanders-Badt, Coordinator, Public and Human Services Program, at



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