How many events can you pack into a month? Well, if you happen to be following the goings-on at the four Peralta Colleges, you could find yourself shuttling daily from College of Alameda to Oakland's Laney College, over to Berkeley City College and then up to Merritt College in the Oakland hills. Here's just a sampling of what's happening.
Merritt College's 14th annual "Show of Merritt" art exhibit is up, and a festive opening was held at the Peralta district office at the end of March. Some of the paintings, drawings and sculpture are for sale, and already supporters and collectors have snapped up a number of pieces. The exhibit, at 333 E. Eighth Street in Oakland, continues through May 10.
Art isn't the only thing Merritt can be proud of. College President Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz was honored, along with other community leaders, during the Cesar Chavez Lifetime Achievement Awards held in March, and this month state Sen. Ellen Corbett recognized Ambriz-Galaviz, along with other local women, as a recipient of the 2013 Trailblazing Women of the Year Award. We join Merritt's students and staff in congratulating the college's new president.
Members of Berkeley City College's Digital Arts Club are holding an exhibit, "From Soil to Sun," at Berkeley's La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Students and faculty from BCC's Multimedia Arts program form the club and focus on new digital media with a nod to traditional art, design and photography. The exhibit runs through Tuesday. You can also view their work at www.digitalartsclub.com.
Berkeley City College hosted a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Career Awareness Day on Friday. The event is designed for 11th- and 12th-graders from the area's high schools. Speakers included U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, state Sen. Loni Hancock, and leading industry representatives, scientists and educators from Bayer, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and California's Institute for Regenerative Medicine, to name a few.
Also on Friday, Laney College held a Peace Offering Concert featuring the Lena Sunday Quartet, the John Santos Quintet and special guest Lawrence Beamen. The concert supports nonviolence in the community.
Watch for low-flying aircraft: College of Alameda has announced the donation of a Boeing 727 aircraft from FedEx to the college's innovative Aviation Maintenance Technology program. The college has worked for four years to acquire the aircraft. The college has been offering aviation maintenance training for more than 40 years, successfully providing the industry with qualified aviation technicians who are highly sought after in the trade. A transfer of authority ceremony to officially hand over the plane from FedEx to the college is scheduled for this summer. We'll keep you posted.
Oh, and don't miss College of Alameda's 15th annual Community Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 on campus in Building F. Bring your résumé, dress for success and come prepared to talk to employers from such fields as accounting, sales, education, security and many more. For more information, call the One Stop Career Center at 510-748-2208.
The parade of events at our community colleges continues next month when I'll have more news about the students and teachers who put the word "community" into community college.
Reach Jeffrey Heyman at firstname.lastname@example.org.