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Laney College is a public college in the community of Oakland , California. Laney is the largest of the four colleges in the Peralta Community College District of northern Alameda County. The name of Laney College is Joseph Clarence Laney. The college offers both certificates and credits for the Associate of Arts degree, as well as prerequisites for transfer to four year universities. It has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Laney College is the largest of the four Peralta Community College District campuses serving approximately 16,000 students per year. As the flagship college for the Peralta District, Laney College stretches across sixty acres in downtown Oakland , California, one of America’s most ethnically and economically diverse cities. Laney is also one of the oldest community colleges in the nation to celebrate 67 years in 2020.

The Laney College service area includes the adjacent towns of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont. It also draws students from the Greater Bay Area on account of its reputation for diversity and high-quality technical training.

Laney College offers associate degrees in more than 20 liberal arts and science fields; a significant number of graduates attend 4-year colleges and universities, including the University of California and California State University systems.

Laney College has maintained and continuously updated a remarkable set of career and technical (CTE) programs. These programs include traditional trade areas such as electrical (state-certified) technology, welding, industrial maintenance, machining and carpentry. The College has also developed new programs in other advanced technical fields, such as Building Automation Systems (one of three programs in the USA), Digital Design, Medical Device Engineering Technology, 3D Design and Rapid Manufacturing, and Advanced Lighting Technology. The college offers applied arts programs such as Professional Photography and Graphic Design.

Laney College has one of the few restaurant management programs in the Bay Area and a world-class bakery and pastry program. Finally, Laney College is a national leader in sustainable education. Energy efficiency and related sustainability-themed courses can be found in a number of departments including Carpentry, Environmental Control Technology , Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Electrical Technology, Biology and Chemistry.


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Laney College educates, supports, and inspires students to excel in an inclusive and diverse learning environment rooted in social justice.


Respect: We demonstrate a commitment to the value of each individual through trust, cooperation, and teamwork. We recognize the worth of each individual and his or her ideas and treat each other and those we serve fairly, with compassion and with esteem.

Diversity: We are a multicultural and diverse organization, an enriching blend of people and ideas. This college is a place for all people, an environment devoted to fostering and embracing the diversity of our staff, faculty and student body.

Appreciation: We demonstrate recognition in the value of the efforts put forth by all of our faculty, staff, administrators and students. We will foster employee growth and performance levels through and personal development.

Competence: We share a commitment to performing our work assignments with excellence and continuous improvement. We emphasize doing our best in teaching and learning, student achievement, administrative practices and delivery of support services.

Integrity: We are committed to nurturing campus trust by holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.

Accountability: We are individually and collectively responsible for achieving the highest levels of performance in helping students acquire the necessary skills and abilities to earn associate degrees, certificates, transfer, and career preparation. We continually evaluate ourselves in an effort to improve our effectiveness and efficiency in meeting the educational needs of our community.

Innovation: We encourage and support creativity, collaboration and risk-taking. We foster and promote innovation in the design, development, support, delivery, and management of all programs and services.

Collaboration: We work cooperatively in a shared governance environment and value individual ability and diversity in thinking as essential to promote open communication, active participation, exchange of ideas and collaborative decision-making.

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This amazing university near Concord, California is located near some other must-see places of higher-education:

  • California State University, East Bay Hayward, CA
  • Diablo Valley College 
  • Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA
  • Saint Mary’s College of California 
  • Holy Names University Oakland 
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Los Medanos College
  • California College of the Arts Oakland, CA 
  • Lincoln University

All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1091 Shary Circle in Concord, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!