College of Alameda
About College of Alameda
College of Alameda is a low cost, publicly supported two-year community college located in Alameda, California, known as "the Island City" on San Francisco Bay. The college is one of four in the Peralta Community College District. It is situated on a 62-acre park-like campus with the quiet of a suburban setting within an urban environment. The city itself has a small-town feel with its Victorian homes and tree-lined neighborhoods. Because of its location within the Bay, wind surfers and kite surfers can often be seen along Crown Memorial State Beach and Shoreline Drive. The beach also offers views of the San Francisco skyline and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. A relatively new attraction is the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, a museum ship moored at the former Naval Air Station. Alameda is famous for its Fourth of July parade, one of the largest in the state of California. It features homemade floats, classic cars, motorized living room furniture, fire-breathing dragons, marching bands and more. Another annual event is Shining Stars In The Arts, held in May. The event celebrates community members who have made an outstanding contribution in the arts in the city. It features a fundraising silent art auction, food, and music, and concludes in an award ceremony for the Shining Star honorees.
College of Alameda offers a 2-year AA degree program in apparel design and merchandising, as well as 1-year and 2-year certificate programs in the same field. The 1-year certificate requires 24 credit hours in courses including apparel textiles, apparel history, pattern drafting and pattern draping, apparel construction, and apparel design and sketching. The 2-year certificate requires the same coursework with an additional 14 credit hours in advanced design and line development, and production pattern and size grading. The AA degree requires completion of general education requirements along with the major course requirements of the field. Major course requirements include those listed as required for the certificate programs, plus selected topics and independent study courses, millinery work, apparel construction and alteration, and custom apparel sewing.
College of Alameda offers financial aid and scholarship assistance through the college's Office of Financial Aid. Institutional scholarships are available through the Peralta Colleges Foundation. Available scholarships include A. Lenahan Child Development, Vending, Oakland Rotary, Laney College Scholarships, Bernard Osher Foundation, Allied Health, International Education Development, International Education, and Professional Women. There are also many memorial funds and endowments available. College funds include External Affairs, Project Bridge ¡V Walter Johnson Foundation, and College of Alameda Faculty and Staff. Each scholarship has a different kind of application. Scholarship criteria vary, but most scholarships are for individuals with financial need. Some scholarships are for specific areas of study or for individuals with specific backgrounds or needs.
College of Alameda is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. School services include disability and health services, academic and personal counseling, a learning resource center, and a one-stop career center. Student activities include a national college honor society, student government, and student clubs based on professional goals. The college student center houses the Cyber Cafe, the College Store, and the Student Lounge. The Student Ambassador Program is for student leaders who have met criteria for academic success and demonstrated leadership abilities. The Ambassadors represent College of Alameda and the Peralta Community College District at college fairs, high school recruitment visits, community events, the commencement ceremony, and numerous other school related activities. The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at the College of Alameda provides students the opportunity to participate in men's basketball and women's volleyball. Also, students may participate in other sports provided by the school's "Sister Colleges," including women's fastpitch softball and men's baseball. There are also plans for a cheerleading squad to be formed as a club activity to support the athletic teams.