Learning Communities

Learning Communities & Student Support Groups


Asian/Pacific American Student Success

APASS is designed to support Asian/Pacific Americans in pursuit of academic success by promoting individual growth and personal success through a culturally sensitive environment, recognizing the cultural diversity within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and fostering unity within the multicultural college community and beyond.

Dr. David Lee,
Gym, Room 112


Associated Students of Laney College

The Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC) are representatives of the student body that are dedicated to improving your experience at Laney College by:

  • Facilitating communication among the student body, faculty, and administration.
  • Sponsoring clubs, organizations, programs, and campus events
  • Making Laney as safe and fun as possible.
Student Center, 401B



Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)

EOPS was established in 1969 as a social reform program of the California Community Colleges. EOPS develops programs and services to meet the unique educational needs of students challenged by language, social, and economic disadvantages, and provide programs and services over, above, and in addition to the regular educational courses of the college. EOPS’ primary goal is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students handicapped by language, social, economic and educational disadvantages, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college.

Mai Ly,
Building A, Room A-106G

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

Cooperative Agencies Recourses (for) Education (CARE) is a supplemental component of its parent program, EOPS. It is designed to motivate, encourage and support single parents on welfare (TANF) who desire job-relevant education in order to break the dependency cycle and become self-sufficient.

Lynne Williams,
Building A, Room A-106F


The NextUp Program (Formerly known as CAFYES) is a learning community that serves current and former foster youth. We are a supplemental component of the existing Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Program. The purpose of the NextUp Program is to strengthen the capacity of community college districts to support the higher education success, health and well-being of current and former foster youth. The program is designed to assist current and former foster youth who dependency was established or continued by the court on or after a student’s 16th birthday. The program is also structured to help students with financial assistance, general counseling and additional student services.

Feke Lauti,
Building A, Room A-106I

The Laney CalWORKs Program “LaneyWORKs”

The Laney CalWORKs Program “LaneyWORKs” is dedicated to providing a wealth of supportive student services to ensure each student a success!  Our goal is employment; to assist CalWORKs students to transition from public assistance to economic self-sufficiency.  Since 1998, Laney College has taught, trained, counseled and helped students on Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) find a job through its CalWORKs Program.  “When people become self-supporting, they and their children will enjoy a higher income and a better way of life.

Cynthia Alvarado,
Building A, Room A-106B

Gateway to College Alternative High School

Gateway To College

Gateway to College is a scholarship program that provides academically and economically disenfranchised Alameda County residents 16 to 20 years old with an
opportunity to experience success in an academically rigorous, supportive and safe environment as they pursue their high school diplomas and transition into college.

Front Office: Senait Yehualashet,
Building A, Room A-203

Latinx Cultural Center

Latinx Cultural Center 

The Latinx Cultural Center program assists Chicanx/Latinx students to be successful at Laney College. Some of our services are: Group Study, Tutoring, Indigenous Languages workshops (Mam, Nauatl, & Zapoteco), ESOL, and Job Opportunities. We also provide help to apply for enrollment, scholarships, and financial aid. In addition, it is a welcome center, an information, and referral source. The Latinx Cultural Center focuses on the outreach, recruitment, and education of the Latinx community with college credit and non-credit courses. Students can also receive assistance in basic skills, Career and Technical Education (CTE), English for speakers of other languages, and Spanish for bilingual students.

Arturo Davila-Sanchez,
Eagle Village, R-5


Puente Program

The Laney Puente Program supports students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. We combine accelerated instruction, intensive academic counseling, and community leadership opportunities. While the focus is centered on Latinx literature and topics, the program welcomes students from all ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. Students enroll with the same Puente instructor for classes over one academic year. Our counselor provides academic, personal, and career counseling to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Mentors expose Puente students to the “work world” that they need for their future success as college students and career professionals.

Laura Gomez-Contreras,
Eagle Village, R-5

Restoring Our Communities

Restoring Our Communities

Restoring Our Communities (ROC) is an academic support program designed by formerly incarcerated people to serve formerly incarcerated students. ROC provides a safe space for students and features a pathways model to support students in obtaining a Career Technical Education certificate/degree, an academic AA/AS degree, and/or transfer to four-year universities.

Roger Chung,
Elisa Leon, eleon@peralta.eduu
Vincent Garrett,
Building E, Room 203

Lavender Project

The Lavender Project

Laney’s Lavender Project is a group of community members whose goals are to encourage changes and create events that make the campus a welcoming place for everyone.

Why Lavender?

When you mix blue and pink, you get lavender. The color has symbolized a unity of people who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and variations there of. In the 1950’s, many homosexual people were fired from their jobs. This was referred to as the Lavender Scare. This occurred during the McCarthy Era and the Red Scare. Lavender has been added to other terms identify members of the LGBTQIA+ family in secret. A “streak of lavender” was often used as slang, or lavender language.

Atiya Rashada,

Transfer Track

Transfer Track

Transfer Track is a learning community of students who are planning on transferring from Laney to a four-year institution. Students in the Transfer Track take classes together on campus and are enrolled full-time. Classes in the program are selected to fulfill General Education requirements to help speed up the time to transfer.

Dr. Becky Opsata


Undocumented Community Resource Center

DACA & Undocumented Students, welcome to Laney College!!

Please visit our Undocumented Community Resource Center to find more information on how we can best support you on your academic journey!

Erandi Garcia,
Tower Building, Room 201
Office: 510-464-3140
Cell: 510-464-3126

Umoja logo


The Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Community aims to increase the success, persistence and graduation rates of African, African American and other students through tailored classes, academic counseling, tutorial support and activities. The mission is to serve as a critical resource for enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African, African American and other students. We deliberately and intentionally recognize student voices, social realities and histories. Umoja-UBAKA promotes self and community empowerment through an affirming atmosphere and culturally-responsive curriculum specifically focused on the Black experience.

Shanice Millican,
Janelle Tillotson,
Eagle Village, R-3

Veteran Resource Center

Veteran Resource Center

The Veteran Resource Center (VRC) provides assistance for active-duty personnel, veterans and their eligible dependents in pursuit of education and in obtaining veterans’ benefits.