In March, with spring in the air, one has the sense that anything and everything is just around the corner. And if we look at the myriad events going on at our local community colleges, there is no doubt that a mix of anything and everything can be found this spring on the campuses of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Oakland's Laney and Merritt colleges.

Just down the street from the Cal campus, Berkeley City College leads the way with spring happenings. High school and college completion is the focus of an Academic Innovations workshop, "Launch Your Freshmen Toward High School and College Completion," from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28. The workshop will be held in Room 421 at the 2050 Center St. campus in downtown Berkeley. Founded in 1990, Academic Innovations is known for its nationally acclaimed career choices curriculum and cutting-edge classroom technology. If you have a freshman heading to college, don't miss this workshop.

Also at BCC, students in Stephanie Sanders-Badt's health education and health professions classes will host a semiannual college health fair from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 27. Student exhibitors and representatives from public and private health care organizations will answer questions and distribute information. The event is free and open to the public.

Berkeley City College will also host the Northern California/Nevada National Student Advertising Competition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5. The daylong event will be held in the college's auditorium and breakout classrooms. Students and others interested in business, marketing, design, public relations, advertising, media, writing, creative, production and photography are welcome to attend.


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Each year, a corporate sponsor provides student competitors a case study that challenges students' critical thinking abilities and creativity. Teams research the product and its competition, identify potential problems and develop an integrated communications campaign.Each team pitches its campaign to a panel of judges who are communications industry professionals. Contact Shirley Fogarino at 510-981-2852, for information about Berkeley City College events.

Let's not forget March is Women's History Month and up in the hills, Merritt College is holding a resource fair aimed at the needs of women with children from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on March 25. There will be representatives to help women with physical and mental health needs. Childcare and employment information will be available. This free event, sponsored by the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women, is open to everyone. Merritt College is at 12500 Campus Drive in Oakland.

The Gallery Management class at Laney College is presenting an African American art exhibit at the campus's June Steingart Gallery, housed in the Tower Building at 900 Fallon St.This exhibit of fascinating pieces runs through April 18, but don't miss the opening reception, slated from 3 to 6 p.m. March 20 in the gallery. For more information, call Leslee Stradford at 510-464-3267.

Reach Jeffrey Heyman at jheyman@peralta.edu and follow him at Twitter.com/JeffHeyman.

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