College of Alameda

Alamedans may have noticed the construction underway at the College of Alameda campus near Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue. The college is currently constructing a new liberal arts building to serve its more than 6,000 students. The 53,000 square foot building, designed by architects Noll + Tam, and constructed by Design-Builder Overaa Construction, will cost an estimated $42.1 million dollars. 

The governing board of the Peralta Community College District will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget of the district for the year ending June 30, 2018, prior to final adoption as required by the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 Section 58301.


A packed house attended the World Baseball Tournament opening ceremonies at College of Alameda Aug. 6. Ten teams marched onto the field in full uniform to enthusiastic applause. The Alameda team won the skills competition that followed. Day one ended with a welcome party for 500 guests hosted by the Alameda World Tournament Baseball Board at Crab Cove. Games have taken place every day this week, except Wednesday. The finals are set for this Saturday at College of Alameda. There is no admission charge. Above, Alameda coach Ken Arnerich addresses the crowd on opening day.


Alameda Family Services’ Head Start and Early Head Start programs hosted a Family Night Literacy Event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the College of Alameda. More than 120 families learned about the book series, “What to Do When My Child Gets Sick.” 

They enjoyed playing together on the new playground built by community members last July.  Children who attended met Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Martinez. Parents toured the Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement’s “Breathmobile,” a clinic that provides the community with services to children with asthma at no charge.

At its meeting on Oct. 22, the Peralta Community College District board of trustees announced that College of Alameda has received a United States Department of Education Title V Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant. HSI grants are awarded competitively each year to eligible colleges and universities. College of Alameda, the first of the four Peralta colleges to earn this award, submitted its application for the HSI grant last spring and is one of 43 recipients out of 223 applications nationwide this year. The award is for nearly $600,000 per year over a five-year period.

The College of Alameda has organized five study-abroad programs this year, which are open to the public: Anthropology in Iceland; Physical Geography in Costa Rica; Art History in Germany; Dance, Intercultural Communications and African-American Studies in Ghana and Anthropology in New Zealand.

Other courses offered through the Peralta Community College District include: Business in Japan and Taiwan; Nauatl and Spanish in Mexico; Chinese in China; Cosmetology in London; Critical Thinking in Belize and Arabic in Egypt.

Last week, Peralta Community College District received a $3 million federal grant to expand and modernize the College of Alameda’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) training facility.

Founded in 1973, the College of Alameda’s AMT program is located in Oakland, adjacent to the North Field of the Oakland International Airport at the intersection of Harbor Bay Parkway and Doolittle Drive. The program is currently housed in two buildings that date back to the 1960s. 


On Thursday, Sept. 27, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. College of Alameda celebrated the opening of its new “Fab Lab” (fabrication laboratory) located at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy., Room D102, on the school’s campus. 

In partnership with California Community College (CCC) Maker, the college built a 1,900-square-foot space where students can experiment with tools, resources and technology, using traditional and advanced manufacturing equipment. The lab provides tools to make almost anything. 


Last week I attended a middle- school track meet held at the College of Alameda and had a great time. I was there with my son and his family to watch my 12-year-old granddaughter run in the 100-meter, the 200-meter and the 200-meter relay races. She did well, all the kids did well and the crowd did best of all.


The College of Alameda held a Health and Wellness Fair for the public on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a variety of booths including a destressing station. A stage was packed with non-stop singers, dancers, actors and athletes throughout the event. 

Mariner Square Athletic Club and Cafe Muse restaurant head chef and owner Juliet Lockwood coordinated the event, which included several health and wellness instructors from the club and several members donating their time all day. The various booths provided information on health causes.