March 21, 2006 > Chabot College
by Arathi Satish
Among the various prestigious centers of learning in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chabot College is a standout. The college provides quality and affordable education beyond the K-12 system. It is located near many excellent four-year universities and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. College credits earned may be transferred to other colleges in the United States as well as other countries.
Chabot College President Robert E. Carlson stressed about the future growth of Chabot College when he stated, "Chabot college will embark on an exciting new chapter in its history, with the infusion of approximately $250 million to be spread out over the next decade, we will take our 43-year-old campus through a magnificent makeover and you will witness it's rebirth." He added that, "In the coming months and years, you will start to notice new equipment, upgraded classrooms, remodeled labs, renovated athletic facilities, library improvements, a redesigned courtyard, and the modernization of the Performing Arts Center and the Planetarium. The first major new building project will be the $30 million, two-story Community Outreach Center, which will house all of our student-oriented services."
The Chabot - Las Positas Community College District was founded in 1961 and serves the San Francisco East Bay Area through its two colleges: Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in Livermore. Although Chabot College started in a temporary location in San Leandro, it eventually moved to its permanent location on a 94-acre plot of farmland at the base of the rolling hills of Hayward. Built around a central plaza, the campus boasts a full-size planetarium, four major athletic fields, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a 1,500-seat Performing Arts Center, Child Care Center, and a state-of-the art chemistry and computer science building.
Its fundamental mission is to provide leadership and resources to ensure that all students with the district will continue to have an equal opportunity to pursue and achieve educational goals. It is well-known for university transfers, technical training, continuing education, workforce development, contract education with local businesses and cultural enrichment. Serving 22,000 students, the district employs more than 1,200 administrators, faculty and classified staff. Approximately $250 million is contributed by the college to local economy through expenditures, student spending and increased incomes.
Offering more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs is the driving force of their academic programs. Apart from traditional schedule of courses they have flexible programs for non-traditional students, like programs for working adults and re-entry into the workforce for women. They also offer a distance learning center for students who prefer to learn from home via television or the Internet. Courses are made convenient to take with early morning hours, evenings, weekends and short-term classes. Chabot College is highly regarded for training students in the medical field, homeland security, nursing, engineering, math and sciences.
Needing funding for improvements and maintenance due to growing needs, on March 2, 2004, CLPCCD presented its plan to residents within the district and asked for support to fund improvements. District voters supported the bond and Measure B funds will help to meet needs of students that will enable them to attain a higher level of academic excellence in the coming decade.
The art gallery on campus is indeed a bright spot of the college. It was opened with a presentation titled "Cultivation of Creation," an exhibit of student artwork. Diane Zuliani, who was a new art history instructor five years ago worked toward getting a grant for the gallery that displays artwork of Fine Art students. Chabot College offers students an opportunity to learn museum history and theory. Classes provide students with hands-on experience co-curating exhibits. "Chabot has such a flourishing art area in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphics, architectural and interior design," says Zuliani, "but no one would know by touring the campus."
Chabot College Center for the Performing Arts is a local landmark. Opening in 1967, it accommodates 1,432 people and functions as a full-featured theatre with an extensive back stage, professional quality stage lighting and sound system, dressing and make up rooms, backstage video and audio monitoring, star dressing rooms, and box office and on site professional support staff. The auditorium is open for corporate meetings, conferences, public performances and fundraisers and the Little Theater, located in Bldg., 1200, has a 200 seat capacity intimate viewing space that is ideal for meetings, movies and other smaller scaled productions.
Students are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities that enhances their educational experience. The college has an active student government that enables like-minded students to meet. International Night, held annually, gives students from different countries a chance to display their native culture and art. It also has excellent athletic teams in soccer, wrestling, football, basketball, baseball, tennis, track and swimming.
A Flea Market has been in existence for over 18 years and is sponsored by the Associated Students of Chabot College to provide leadership, representation and assistance to students. It is held every third Saturday irrespective of weather conditions in parking lot B, at the front of the campus, off Hesperian Boulevard. Annual theme markets featuring events like Garage Sales Bonanzas, Home and Garden shows, Health and Wellness Fairs, Arts and Crafts, Holiday Boutiques, business Recruitments and Community Outreach programs are also part of the experience at Chabot.
"Since 1967 the Chabot College Foundation has established it's presence in the region with great thanks to the consistent and positive support and participation of the community," says Richard Talmo, chief executive of Chabot College Foundation.
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward