Restoring Our Communities...a program for formerly incarcerated students.

ROC Scholars Spotlight

Success is a way of life at ROC!

Student Spotlight

November 15, 2019: Read about ROC student Archie William’s compelling story in The Citizen (formerly the Laney Tower).

March 14, 2019: Read about the struggles of ROC Scholar Terance Williams in the LA Times.


Pauline Johnson was Laney College’s pick for Class of 2017 Valedictorian! She received two AA degrees in Language Arts and Humanities while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She is an exemplary student and leader in the Laney College community. We here at ROC are extremely proud of her accomplishments from incarceration to education! (Please see above.)


Staff Spotlight

New spotlight on Student Services Specialist Vincent Garrett (please see above.)


As of April 17, 2017, our Program Outreach and Retention Specialist, Vincent Garrett’s felony conviction of possession for sale was reduced to a misdemeanor under Prop 47’s realignment regulations. We are extremely proud of Vince and his accomplishments! Here’s a spotlight from PeraltaTV of Vince sharing his story of success. Come by the office to learn how to reduce your felony! (Please see above.)

Update: Vince’s misdemeanor was dismissed as of December, 2017. We now have a partnership with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office Clean Slate program. If you are off of probation and/or parole, and would like to go through the program, please stop by the office.

Program Spotlight


The ROC Program was featured in the January 30, 2019 edition of the East Bay Express. The article spotlights the efforts of ROC to hire Ale and Vince as Peralta Community College District staff at Laney College. Both Ale and Vince are forcing the District to clarify and/or rewrite their policies on hiring people with incarceration histories. Click the link to the full article.

ROC Scholar and Peralta Student Trustee Aisha Jordan recently spoke about what the ROC program has meant to her and how pleased she is with the Board for hiring (note: they haven’t been hired yet) Ale and Vince. Please reference the video below.

Supporting our students from CTE to PhD and everything in between!