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A Promise to Our Community

17 January 2017

Berkeley City College, formerly Vista Community College, embraces a vision and values which allow all members of our college community to grow and thrive.  The college was founded on the premise that all are welcome to our learning community and we are first and foremost committed to this.  The foundations of our success as a center for learning originate in our diversity and in our respect for each other, our love of knowledge, education and collaboration, in our commitment to civic engagement and to social justice, and to lifelong learning for everyone.  All are welcome to join us and grow as we learn and thrive together.  We will steadfastly uphold these values which guide our college community, even in these challenging times.


President’s Message on Election 2016

Berkeley City College Academic Senate Resolution

Peralta ESOL Advisory Council (PEAC) Statement in Support and Affirmation of Our Students


BCC Promise Image showing our rich ethnic and cultural heritage




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Enroll in your BCC Spring 2017 Classes on Super Saturdays: Jan. 21 & 28, 9am – 1 pm

17 January 2017

Super Saturday flyer


Enroll in your spring classes and get on-the-spot one-on-one help at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, a half-block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.

  • Ask for help with Admissions and Registration
  • Talk to a Counselor
  • Find Out How to Get Financial Aid
  • Enroll in Your Classes
  • Find a Major
  • Hear about BCC’s Student Services

For details and a class schedule, visit, phone (510) 981-2805


Information on Super Saturday Flyer:

Did you know higher education can increase your earning potential by half a million dollars over your lifetime?

Start Your Future Now!

Peralta Community Colleges will be open on Saturdays, January 21st & January 28th, 2017, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, to help you get started in college for 2017!

Student Services: All enrollment services will be open at each college campus: Assessment, Counseling, Financial Aid, Admissions and Records, and the Cashier’s Office.

Registration: Continuing and Returning students are welcome to come to campus and enroll in classes!

Apply Now: New Students don’t miss this opportunity to register for classes at

Berkeley City College: 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, 510-981-2800,

Merritt College: 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, 510-531-4911,

College of Alameda: 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda, 510-522-7211,

Laney College: 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, 510-834-5740,

For more information, visit or call 510-587-7875


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Where is my online Moodle class?

8 January 2017

The Spring 2017 Moodle is located at Classes will be available to students at the start of the semester. Students must be enrolled in classes in order to use Moodle. Please check the Spring 2017 Moodle website for further information.


Students enrolled in online classes should check their Peralta Student Email for any messages from instructors – for student email information (and how to redirect to a personal email address), please go to Faculty contact information for online and hybrid courses is provided on BCC’s Distance Education website.


Continuing Students may enroll in Spring 2017 classes NOW through their PASSPORT Student Center at or in person at the BCC Admissions counter on the first floor of Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley. If you are a New or Returning Student (who has not enrolled in a Peralta class within the last two semesters), then you will need to apply or re-apply for admissions — visit BCC’s Apply & Enroll web page for instructions and links.



Here are the LOGIN instructions for the Spring 2017 Moodle:


Moodle Website:

Username:  same as your PASSPORT User ID

Password: your Birthdate in the format of yyyymmdd


For example, if your date of birth is February 18, 1995

then your password would be: 19950218


The District Moodle Helpdesk for Students is:


If you are a BCC student and are on-campus, you can get login help on most Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Room 459


Moodle Information for Students:


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Welcome Back to BCC! Spring 2017 Classes Begin on Mon., Jan. 23

2 January 2017

Listed below are the public hours for Berkeley City College in January (hours subject to change):


From Through Description Open Closed
1/3/2017 1/6/2017 Tues. through
7:30 am 5:30 pm
1/7/2017 1/8/2017 Sat./Sun. Closed Closed
1/9/2017 1/13/2017 Mon. through
7:30 am 5:30 pm
1/14/2017 1/16/2017 Sat./Sun./Mon.
(MLK Holiday)
Closed Closed
1/17/2017 1/20/2017 Tues. through
7:30 am 9:30 pm
1/21/2017 1/21/2017 Sat. 8:30 am 5:30 pm
1/22/2017 1/22/2017 Sun. Closed Closed
1/23/2017   Classes Begin 7:30 am 10:30 pm

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Let Us Heal Together – Wed., 12/14 @ College Hour, Auditorium

6 December 2016

If you experienced any loss in the events of the Oakland Fire we welcome you to join our BCC family to help each other together. Attend for a listening ear, support or a space to grieve.


Wednesday, December 14th @ College Hour (12:15 – 1:15 pm), in the Auditorium


“Even the darkest night will end and sun will rise” ~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables


Contact: Janine Greer, BCC Wellness Center, at


Let Us Heal Together poster

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In Memoriam: Ara Jo, Artist in Residence, Berkeley City College

6 December 2016

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ara Jo, a former library Artist-in-Residence at Berkeley City College. Ms. Jo perished in the Oakland warehouse fire on Friday, Dec. 2. She was part of an artistic community who breathed an abundance of creative life into our East Bay cities. Our sincerest condolences go out to Ms. Jo’s family, to those who knew and worked with her, and to the many others who lost loved ones in the fire.

A native of the Los Angeles area, Ms. Jo was a member of The Rock Paper Scissors Collective, a volunteer-run East Bay organization that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to strengthen local communities and encourage sustainable practices. She also was a founder of Oakland’s Sgraffito Gallery and worked at Berkeley’s Ink Stone Reprographics.

During her time at BCC, Ms. Jo created the foundation for a Zine library at the college.  The vivacious, creative and talented artist and writer worked with many BCC classes and instructed students on how to self-publish Zines to express their artistic, literary and creative gifts. Faculty members Jenny Braman (Art), Heather Dodge (Librarian), Tom Moniz (English), and many others collaborated with her as she worked with classes, in the library, and on the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Festival, held annually at BCC.

Ms. Jo’s contributions to the creative fabric of BCC’s learning community and to the East Bay will enrich us for many years to come. In these difficult times, we can all take a moment to reflect on the Oakland warehouse fire and how Berkeley City College and our sister colleges can engage with our cities to find ways to provide safe and affordable dwellings for all.

In community spirit,

Rowena M. Tomaneng, President



Celebration of the Life and Work of Ara Jo

The life and work of Ara Jo will be celebrated at the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest on Saturday December 10 from 10am to 3pm at David Brower Center, at 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley.  


There will be a table dedicated to those who perished in the Ghost Ship fire where you can also donate to their families.


Berkeley City College’s art and literary journal Milvia Street will have a table that we have open for all BCC students with zines and chapbooks.


Ara was so fundamental in making sure the EBABZ continued in face of many challenges.


Ara Jo at Miliva Street table last year.


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BCC Arabic Film Series – Semester Finale 12/9 from 6:30 – 9 pm, Auditorium

6 December 2016

Please join BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE (BCC), the ARAB FILM FESTIVAL and YALLA ARABI, as we present the final edition of the the ARAB FILM SERIES for this year/semester – free!…brought to you by The Associated Students of Berkeley City College in conjunction with the #Arabic language courses at BCC. (films include sub-titles)


*Catch two of the award winners from the 20th Arab Film Festival*


The Bride of the Nile film posterThe Bride of the Nile (Egypt) directed by Edouard Mills-Affif
A drama of tragic proportions is played out in a village by the Nile Delta, where a young woman must marry a man she does not love.


Dry Hot Summers film posterDry Hot Summers (Egypt), directed by Sherif Elbendary
An unlikely pair, at opposite chapters of their lives, meet on a busy summer day in a Cairo taxi. Their race through the city evolves into a journey of self-discovery that connects them to life.



Screenings are free and open to the public but MUST register on Eventbrite to guarantee your seat(s):



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Tobacco-less Clubs Art Contest & Reception Tues., 12/6 @ 12:15 pm, Atrium

1 December 2016

The Peralta Colleges Tobacco-less Clubs formally invites you and our Peralta Colleges art students to participate in our annual Fresh Air Art Contest and Reception on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 12:15-1:15pm in the BCC Atrium (Basement level).  Please join us for cash prizes, food, refreshments, and tobacco prevention.


Art entries will be received up until Dec. 2, 2016!


Art Contest Entry Form:


Below are more links with further information and resources:
Here is a visual presentation for creational inspiration. Also we currently have clubs active at Merritt and BCC and would be glad to give a class presentation, as well as answer any questions.


Tobacco-less Club Interview with Chancellor & Community Updates:



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