Laney College

2008-2009 Grants

2008-2009 Grants

Dean Peter Crabtree, Dean William Hanson, Dean Linda Sanford and Peralta District Director of Development Jeanette Dong have secured about $7 million worth of grants since 2008.  Following is a partial listing:

California Clean Energy Workforce Training ($1 million for 18 months)

Laney is one of 34 recipients in this $27 million California Clean Energy Workforce Training Program. Under the first phase of the program, participants will be prepared for hands-on jobs, such as installing solar panels and maintaining electric vehicles to computer programming and researching fuel cell technologies, to help develop California’s low-carbon, clean energy economy of tomorrow.

East Bay Career Advancement Academy ($1,666,666 for 3 years)

The East Bay Career Advancement Academy is a unique partnership between community colleges, industry partners and nonprofit organizations.  The Academy provides training to young adults in basic skills –- utilizing a career-specific curriculum and comprehensive student support services to ensure success.  The target population is 18 – 30 years olds.

Employment Development Department – Green Jobs Corp Program for At-Risk youth ($500,000 for 18 months)

Green Jobs Corps provides a career pathway to high-wage green jobs with solar building and construction employers.  This is a partnership between Laney College, Cypress Mandela, Growth Sector and the Oakland Mayor’s office. This program provides college-credited training in construction skills, solar installation and energy auditing, combined with intensive social support. Successful graduates receive a Laney College certificate and transition directly to paid internships or on-the-job training, at wages of $15 – $18 per hour.

Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative – Laney College East Bay Fast Track to Biotechnology Project ($280,000 for 3 years)

Through classroom education and on-the-job training, the Fast Track to Biotech program prepares 100 low-income, underrepresented adults, and transition-age youths for employment in the biotechnology industry. Three community-based organizations (Rubicon Programs, Pivotal Point Youth Services and RTTC) provide recruitment, case management, and tracking services.

Chancellor’s Office Industry-Driven Regional Collaborative – Advanced Control System Technology ($427,428 for 2 years)

Supported by an “Industry-Driven Regional Collaborative” (IDRC) grant from the State Chancellor’s Office of Economic Workforce Development Initiative (EWD) and a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education grant, Laney is developing an in-depth curricular pathway for students to gain expertise in maintaining, programming, and troubleshooting building control systems.

A state-of-the-art multi-vendor training lab and a real-life commercial HVAC system, equipped with the latest controls and protocols, allow students to simulate on-the-job challenges. Enhanced facilities and revised curriculum (including six new courses and 30% wage-increase prospects) are attracting new students and incumbent workers. Extensive collaboration with industry, regional colleges, and policymakers, is facilitating a much-needed educational expansion and training opportunities in the critical green workforce pathway.

Project Bridge ($153,459 for 2 years)

This grant allows Project Bridge to strengthen its community partnerships, expand its outreach to young adults, provide intensive counseling and support services to program participants.  Project Bridge is sharing best practices with the wider Laney community through a series of teacher training workshops and a faculty mentoring component.

Gateway to College ($350,000 for 3 years)

A partnership between Laney College and the Oakland Public School District, Gateway to College promotes student success and readiness by grouping students into learning communities for their first term.  The program offers intensive literacy development, maintains rigorous academic standards, and provides individualized support. After successfully completing the initial Foundation term, students will transition to taking classes with the general student population. Students will focus their studies in a “pathway” or major that is aligned with high school completion requirements and college degree or certificate requirements. To keep students on the right track to success, dedicated Gateway counselors provide one-on-one support. All classes are college-credited courses and are fully integrated into the Laney College curriculum.

Peralta After-School Pathways Initiative ($375,000 for 18 months)

The Peralta Afterschool Pathways Initiative (PAPI) is a career-building project targeting young adults, ages 18 to 30, in the City of Oakland and Northwest Alameda County. PAPI creates a uniform youth development training continuum for unemployed and underemployed young adults in Oakland while linking them to ongoing career path training in Peralta Certificate and AA programs leading to an employer recognized vocational certificate, transfer to the California State University East Bay or other 4-year-baccalaureate-granting institutions.

Exploring Pathway in Digital Media Initiative ($369,700 for 18 months)

This is an alliance between Laney College, Oakland and Berkeley Unified School Districts, Youth Radio and Eureka. The Exploring Pathway in Media Initiative introduces middle and high school students to career opportunities in various fields that use digital media.

Oakland Mayor’s Office – Oakland Green Jobs Corps ($250,000 for 1 year)

The Oakland Green Jobs Corps is a partnership between Laney Community College, Cypress Mandela Construction Training Program, and Growth Sector (a workforce intermediary).

Students receive hands-on training in the construction trades as well as specific training for green-collar jobs, such as solar panel installation, energy efficiency and green construction. The program also includes a section on eco-education and environmental literacy.  Successful graduates can install solar panels on rooftops, weatherize homes and businesses, and construct green buildings with the latest technology for water and energy efficiency.

National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education – Building Automation and Sustainability ($900,000 for 3 years)

Supported by a National Science Foundation Grant, Laney College’s Environmental Control Technology program has deepened and broadened its HVAC curriculum to integrate essential knowledge and skills in best energy management practices, HVAC troubleshooting and commissioning for energy efficiency as well as optimizing building automation systems. Graduates have the opportunity to succeed in a rapidly changing high-wage, high-growth sector.

US Department of Labor – Community-based Jobs Training Grant ($300,000 for 3 years)

The BayCEC Program is a collaboration between Laney College, Skyline, College of Marin, and potential employers (SolarCity, PG&E, Siemens and Controlco).  This grant is designed to transition students directly from classroom training to career employment.

Laney offers classes on energy auditing and retrofits — helping a home, business or office complex become energy efficient and save money by calibrating heating and cooling systems, installing weather stripping and insulation.

Bechtel Foundation Grant for Career Technical Education ($200,000 for 1 year)

The Bechtel Foundation funded an extraordinary program development effort in energy efficiency and building performance.  This interdisciplinary program involves course work in carpentry, architecture, environmental control technology, and engineering.