Peralta Colleges

Office of International Education

NEWS

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PCCD has cancelled all classes until April 6th in light of the "Shelter in Place" impacting the Bay Area. Please read PCCD's full statement for details as well as  SF Chronicle's Shelter in Place article.

Our office continues to be available online at international@peralta.edu. We are responding to emails during normal business hours - although there may be some delays due to the adjustment we have working from home.

Please let us know your concerns, questions, or anything else that comes to mind.

PCCD and its colleges will be closed through Saturday March 21st. The Office of International Education will continue to provide services but they will be limited. This announcement made by Chancellor Stanback Stroud can be found HERE.
Our office is planning a series of Zoom meetings next week where we can answer questions you may have. We will also review how we might be able to accommodate emergency in-person support through this closure.
In the meantime, the best way to connect with our office staff is by email. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have:

Enrollment, Travel, & Health Insurance:

Michael Goldberg (mgoldberg@peralta.edu)
Matthew Jones (mjones2@peralta.edu)


Admissions:

Karla David (kdavid@peralta.edu)
Nha Le (nle@peralta.edu)


Outreach & Support:

Mang-Ling Cho (mcho@peralta.edu)
Annie Liu (aliu@peralta.edu)


Employment

Drew Gephart (dgephart@peralta.edu)


General Inquiries:

international@peralta.edu






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Emailed to students on Wednesday, March 16th, 2020

As you may know, the Peralta Colleges have cancelled classes the remainder of the week and Spring Break has been moved to next week. This means that there are no classes until Monday March 23rd.

When classes resume, most will be delivered online with some exceptions. It is my understanding that your teachers will communicate this to you directly and that information will be more readily available as soon as possible. Please be sure to check your student emails during the next week for these and other important updates.
Traveling:
If you are considering departing the country at any time during in the upcoming months, we encourage you to review CDC Travel Guidance, CBP, and Department of State, and meet with your DSO before departing the country during the semester or during summer break. There are many travel restrictions in place – including many countries in Europe.

Our office understands that there may be circumstances where you must depart the country and we are always here to support you.
Student Resources:

PCCD’s Coronavirus Page: This page will have updates from PCCD about our steps
Student Resources for Online/Hybrid Classes: Resources for classes being moved online

Portal to Canvas: Where online courses are located


CDC guidance on Protecting Yourself

CPT/OPT Impact:
If you have employment that is interrupted due to COVID-19, please communicate with the DSO that authorized your employment.

Our thoughts are also with each of you. We hope that all of you take precautions to remain healthy and get treatment when needed. We are also thinking of all of your families local and international that are being impacted by this. We understand that this may create hardships and uncertainty in times ahead. Please be safe, smart, and let us know how we can help.

Sincerely,

Thomas Torres-Gil, PDSO
Director of International Services & Student Support
ttorresgil@peralta.edu

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