PeraltaGems Oct 26, 2022
BCC in the Community Spotlights BCC Returning Student & Local Entrepreneur
Berkeley City College’s “BCC in the Community” is about meeting students where they are. We visited student Carla Appleberry at her dance studio, Creations Berkeley. Appleberry is a Berkeley native and returning student to BCC who was inspired to enroll in BCC’s Multimedia Arts program to support her 8-year-old daughter in creating professional social media videos and promoting her business. “I took the class and I really figured it out. Love my classmates, love the program, and now I want to get the AA in multimedia and transfer to Berkeley for my master’s,” said Appleberry. “I’m here to fulfill my dreams and move forward and bring the community along with me.” Appleberry is expecting to graduate from BCC in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024.
President Garcia presented her with a “BCC Welcome Bag” and was impressed with Appleberry’s entrepreneurial spirit. “It’s so exciting to see our students not only learning, but supporting others in the community in their work,” said President Garcia. “I love that she is using dance to support historically minoritized communities and those with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health issues.”