College of Alameda is one of four Peralta Community Colleges. The Peralta Community College district was established in 1964 with its roots in the history of public education in Oakland. The name Peralta is reflective of the Spanish land grant Sergeant Luis Maria Peralta in 1820.
The college serves the people of Northern Alameda County and the greater East Bay.
College of Alameda offers a comprehensive array of programs and services that are innovative and responsive to the needs of the diverse student population.
Students can fulfill all lower-division university general education requirements then transfer to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campus or one of many other four-year universities.
The transfer center will facilitate an individual’s personal contact with representatives from local four-year colleges and universities. Counselors will work with students in helping them decide on the combination of courses most suited to helping them with transfer plans and goals.
Award winning vocational programs that can lead to an Associate in Arts or Science degree or a Certificate of Achievement include Apparel Design and Merchandising, Business, Accounting, Office Administration, Computer Information Systems, Dental Assistants, and Transportation Technology.
The English as a 2nd Language (ESL) program features small classes, experienced and caring instructors, free weekly practice workshops, and a lab for ESL practice. The ESL program has dedicated instructors who enjoy working with people from around the world. The majority of the educators have a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, while several have doctorates. Instructors have many years of teaching experience and some have experience teaching abroad. All of the educators bring multilingual and multicultural perspectives to their classes. The ESL professors use a wide range of instructional methods in order to facilitate the learning of English.
Student Services works with students to develop basic skills in English and mathematics. The skills program is offered through grant supported programs and provides a lab for basic skills practice and tutoring.The Basic Skills and ESL lab offers personalized programs of computer assisted learning and one-on-one tutoring to further enhance the students’ learning environment.
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Students coming from anywhere and everywhere are highly encouraged to apply. The student body includes international, US and Californian students of all ages and backgrounds, which contributes to the diversity on campus. Students can usually transfer credits obtained at previously attended educational institutions, whether in the United States or out-of-country.
Students interested in applying may do so for the Fall or Spring semester; the application for admission period usually starts several months before the start of the semester. It is encouraged that all students apply early in order to secure their place for the semester they are hoping to enter the institution. Undeclared major students are accepted as well, and will be starting by completing the General Education Requirements until a major is declared.
As with most colleges, Alameda understands that not all students and all families can afford the tuition and fees of a degree-granting institution. Federal financial aid is available; the FAFSA should be filed shortly after applying for admission for eligible students. Eligible students include US citizens as well as non-citizen students who meet certain criteria according to the US government. International students and students who may not cover all tuition and expenses through federal aid are encouraged to apply for the various scholarships and awards offered through the financial aid office.
The college is committed to providing access to higher education programs to all students who qualify. The cost of attending depends on the student’s residency, program of study, and other factors. Financial aid may help students with the cost of tuition, books, supplies, and other expenditures associated with higher education.
The athletic department initiatives include physical education and intercollegiate athletics. Both are an integral part of the total education program. The primary focus is the education of students and to give the students the knowledge necessary to develop lifestyles that will lengthen and enhance the quality of their lives.
The intercollegiate athletic programs provide the students the opportunity to participate in men’s basketball and women’s volleyball. The college is a member of the Bay Valley Conference (BVC) and the California Community Colleges Athletic Association (CCCAA).
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