I am pleased to announce that accreditation for Berkeley City College has been reaffirmed. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, in its recent meeting determined that BCC has addressed concerns raised in an earlier review. During a November site visit, commissioners reviewed whether the college had resolved deficiencies noted during the Spring 2015 comprehensive review. And, in its January meeting, the commission determined that BCC meets those standards.
This is wonderful news for BCC! As president of BCC, I applaud the efforts of our faculty and staff who worked tirelessly to address the areas of concern raised by the commission. In its letter to me, the commission acknowledges BCC for “sharing the values and the work of accreditation to ensure educational quality and to support student success.”
Thanks to everyone who made this possible and for helping us to continue our legacy of “Transforming Lives”.
Sean Brooke, Director of International Education for Peralta District, will be on hand to answer questions about immigration and visa issues related to the executive order on immigration. The information session will be held at BCC on Thursday, February 2, from 12:15 – 1:15 pm, in Room 33.
Sean is a former attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service, where he interpreted, applied, and enforced an intricate field of Immigration & Nationality Law. He later went into private practice where he represented clients on a variety of immigration matters.
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.