Berkeley City College
Berkeley City College ( BCC), formerly Vista Community College, one of the California Community Colleges, is part of the Peralta Community College District. It is a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Berkeley City College is centrally located in downtown Berkeley, two blocks from the UC Berkeley campus. Berkeley City College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Berkeley City College in addition to the other three campuses of the Peralta College District are currently on probation for "fiscal insolvency and stability" imposed by WASC.

Background
Berkeley City College serves students who seek general education, transfer to four-year universities, degrees and certificates in liberal arts and occupational areas, career preparation or precollegiate skills. The student body represents a diverse mix of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. They are high school students enrolled in advanced courses, full-time workers, people who wish to transfer to a four-year university and individuals who are the first in their families to attend college, among others. Berkeley City College offers transfer and occupational training classes, associate degree and certificate programs. The college is an active partner in local economic development and employment training endeavors. Financial aid, academic and career counseling, programs for students with disabilities and assistance for economically disadvantaged students are available.

Academics
The college maintains a strong and unique community college-university collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley. Approximately 30 percent of Berkeley City College's freshman and sophomore college transfer classes are offered evenings and Saturdays through Berkeley City College on the UC campus. Minority students comprise approximately 53 percent of the student body population. The college had the fifth highest transfer rate to UC Berkeley in California in academic year 2004-05. Berkeley City College structures its transfer courses into guaranteed afternoon, evening and Saturday schedules so that students can complete University of California and California State University transfer requirements, even if they work full time. Berkeley City College's curriculum also focuses on several important areas which are vital to local economic development and educational needs. Programs and classes in biotechnology, business, computer information systems, office technology and multimedia and Web design, and social services paraprofessional training, successfully integrate academics and occupational education with firm business and community partnerships. As part of a CalWORKs collaborative, the college has developed training programs for those affected by welfare reform legislation. The college hosts the Center for International Trade Development which provides counseling and international economic development services to local small businesses. As of the spring 2007 semester, Berkeley City College has 42 full-time and 130 part-time faculty and approximately 5,100 students.