ALAMEDA, CA – Today, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) unveiled its latest accomplishment under an ambitious, multimillion-dollar capital improvement plan: completion of the New Center for Liberal Arts (Building H) at the College of Alameda. The nearly 54,000 square foot, building offers specialized facilities for programming in the divisions of Liberal Studies and Language Arts, and Career and Workforce Education, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math with classroom space in a variety of academic disciplines. This success was preceded by a successful bond refinance earlier this year that saved taxpayers $5 million and earned the District a higher credit rating from Moody’s.
“It is thanks to the careful planning, oversight, and financial expertise demonstrated by District leaders that we are able to celebrate this milestone today,” said Dr. Carla Walter, Interim Chancellor of the PCCD. “Once in-person instruction is allowed to begin, this new center will provide our students with the modern educational tools that will prepare them to enter lucrative, 21st century careers.”
The new Center will include specialized spaces for training in programs like Apparel Design and Merchandising, along with an art gallery and studios, 20 classrooms, staff and faculty offices, and a café and event space. As the latest project completed using Proposition A funds, future projects in the District-wide facilities master plan will be financed by the recently passed $800 million Proposition G bond. This will allow the District to renovate aging classrooms, build new science and technology labs, and modernize facilities across all four of its campuses.
“This incredible new facility is designed to meet the needs of our rich and diverse student population” commented Dr. Don Miller, Interim President at College of Alameda. “It mixes beautiful, artistic architectural forms and technological functionality to create a warm, bright, modern learning atmosphere to maximize student success and classroom engagement. As we celebrate our fiftieth anniversary as a college, this teaching facility showcases the best of what can be expected in our next half century at College of Alameda.”
“We continue to be grateful to the people of Alameda County for making projects like these a priority,” continued Dr. Walter.
To learn more about the different capital projects underway at College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College, and Merritt College, please visit build.peralta.edu.
About the College of Alameda
College of Alameda opened in 1970 and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on December 1, 2020. Join us for an online celebration from 7-8pm on December 1 2020 by registering here: https://bit.ly/CoA50th. The College is located on a 62-acre campus at the corner of Webster Street and Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway in the city of Alameda. The College's unique career education programs make it a magnet for students from the greater Bay Area seeking regional living wage careers. Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degrees are offered in liberal arts and career education, with most credits earned transferable to University of California, California State University and other public and private four-year colleges and universities.
About the Peralta Community College District
Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland, California. The Peralta Colleges provide dynamic multicultural learning environments offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, serving more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast Channel 27/28, AT&T Channel 99) and community radio KGPC 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu.