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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



Felicia Bridges

Public Information Officer

Berkeley City College


Fatima Rodriguez-Ortiz

Program Coordinator

Berkeley Community Fund


Jennifer Cogley

Deputy Director, Community Relations

Bayer U.S.



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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Save the Date! BCC College Day – Exploring Pathways

4 April 2018

BCC College Day – Exploring Pathways

When:   Friday, May 4, 2018  – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:  Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street Berkeley, California


Come explore Berkeley City College! We are here to guide you on your journey whether it is to earn a degree or a certificate, enrichen your life,  transfer to a university or just explore future career options. Spend a day meeting staff, faculty and students. Take a campus tour, make new friends and receive personalized assistance with enrolling and applying for financial aid.



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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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2018-2019 Student Government Candidates for Berkeley City College (ASBCC)

23 March 2018

ASBCC voting flyer

Romina Contreras

Vice President of Finance
Woser Tsomo

Vice President of Administration
Violet Murov

Vice President of Public Relations
Emily Diehl
Ruizhi Wang

Vice President of Programs
Aiden Barry-Owen


John Bennett
Desi Carrasco

PCCD Student Trustees
Nicholas Galan (Berkeley City College)
Aisha Jordan (Laney College)
Jason To (College of Alameda)
Clemaus Trevalon (College of Alameda)

Students will be able to vote online & in-person on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 a.m. until Wednesday, April 11th at 11:59 p.m.

In-person voting stations will be available on the 1st Floor in Berkeley City College from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days.

More information on elections can be found here: http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/asbcc/election-voting/

Questions? Contact the Campus Life Director, Room 151, 510.981.2877


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Poetry @ BCC: April 24 with Vernon Keeve – 6:30 to 9 pm in the Students Lounge

2 March 2018

Come join us for poetry by BCC students, guest poets from the community and an open mike. We’ll also have free refreshments, book give-away for the first students who come, and books by the poets for sale.

All events will take place from 6:30 – 9 pm in the Students Lounge, 5th floor, of Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Downtown Berkeley Bart Station.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018:

Barbara Jane Reyes – author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018:

Vernon Keeve III – a Virginia born writer that California molded into an educator.

Thursday, May 10, 2018:

Arisa White – graduate fellow of Cave Canem, author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Save.

Poetry flyer

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FREE Arab Film Series at BCC: Documentary Shorts – April 26

20 April 2018

Please join Berkeley City College‘s #Arabic language students, the Arab Film and Media Institute/Arab Film Festival and Yalla Arabi: SF/East Bay Arabic Language Meetup as we present the ARAB FILM SERIES. Catch some of the hottest films that have screened at the ARAB FILM FESTIVAL.


April 26, 2018

Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley.


Screenings are free and open to the public but MUST register here to guarantee your seat(s).



A diverse assembly of short format documentary films that include spotlights on traditional #Moroccan #Sufi-inspired rock music and Amman’s underground #HeavyMetal scene, to a portrait of #Palestinian youth living under #occupation.


Of note in this program are 4 films from #SupportYemen’s documentary filmmaking workshop Comra (or “photographic dark room”) that supports #Yemeni filmmakers in tandem with the British Council. 


Heartfelt, relevant, and inspiring:

our documentary shorts program has something for everyone.

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Flu Season is Here – Get a Flu Vaccine @ the BCC Wellness Center Mon – Thurs, 9 am – 2 pm

29 January 2018

Get Your Flu Shot

  • BCC: 9 am – 2 pm, Mon – Thurs @ 2000 Center St., Suite 110
  • Merritt: 9 am – 4 pm, Mon – Thurs
  • Laney: 9 am – 4 pm, Mon – Thurs
  • Alameda: 9 am – 5 pm on Mon & Tues, and 9 – 12 noon on Wed
  • Cost: paid by student Health Fee

Flu Flyer

Visit the BCC Wellness Center


Acupuncture/massage Appointments

Acupuncture flyer


Peralta Health Services – Spring 2018 Schedule




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