Mills Launches Collaborative Partnership with Peralta Community Colleges

Peralta Promise Signing

Present at the signing of the Peralta-Mills Promise on Monday, February 24, 2017 were, from left to right: Peralta Community College District Chief of Staff Yashica Crawford, Merritt College interim president Marie-Elaine Burns, Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng, Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman, College of Alameda President Timothy Karas, City of Oakland Education Director David Silver, and East Bay College Fund Co-Interim Executive Director Eric Guico.

Oakland, CA—February 27, 2017

At a signing ceremony today, Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman joined Peralta Community College District presidents including Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng and Merritt College Interim President Marie-Elaine Burns, along with East Bay College Fund Co-Interim Executive Director Eric Guico, and City of Oakland Education Director David Silver to announce a new collaborative academic partnership called the Peralta-Mills Promise.

The partnership establishes dual admissions for students who desire to pursue both an associate’s degree and baccalaureate degree with Peralta Colleges and at Mills College.

As part of the Peralta-Mills Promise, students at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College will receive targeted educational and mentoring services needed to transfer to Mills College and obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree. Peralta-Mills Promise students can begin earning credits toward a Mills College bachelor’s degree at the same time they are working on their community college associate degrees.

“The Peralta-Mills Promise allows Mills College to tap a rich source of motivated, hard-working students who want a world-class, four-year college degree,” Hillman said. “The agreement also furthers our goal of expanding our relationship with the local East Bay community.”

Students transferring to Mills from one of the four Peralta colleges are eligible to participate in enhanced educational offerings such as transfer admission seminars, academic and career counseling, financial aid and scholarship application workshops, scholarship opportunities through the East Bay College Fund, debt management counseling, tutoring, and summer academic bridge programs that orient students to Mills.

Additionally, Mills College academic and admissions staff will be on hand at Peralta colleges to provide information to prospective Mills transfer students. Peralta students interested in transferring to Mills through the Peralta-Mills Promise program will receive one-on-one sessions with an academic advisor who will develop a personalized graduation plan for each student.

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