PERSIST – Personal Initiative and Social Transformation
PERSIST is a program at Berkeley City College that acts as a gateway toward achievable workforce preparedness and knowledge-based careers. Students in PERSIST identify and focus on an issue vital to their living and learning environment, working in teams on a semester-long project, gaining academic skills as well as insight on the problems facing their communities. This learning cohort approach acknowledges and even draws on the students’ personal and academic experiences that often hinders their ability to succeed. Different learning styles are identified as strengths. PERSIST students use them to develop communication and leadership skills while acquiring math, writing and critical thinking skills crucial to a certificate program or degree.
Every PERSIST faculty member is ideally trained in the ACE curriculum. Beginning in 2010, BCC has hosted its own ACE-approved Five-Day Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) each summer, held during the first or second week of June. ACE Master Mentors/PERSIST faculty Shannon Penn and Chris Lebo-Planas have co-facilitated each of the five FELIs held on site. As a result, more than 50 BCC faculty, administrators and support staff have been trained in this transformative educational model. Many more colleagues from other campuses and partnered community organizations have as well.
For more information, please visit:http://web.peralta.edu