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Coronavirus Update from Chancellor Stanback Stroud

4 March 2020

Dear Peralta Community,


Like you, we are concerned about the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 with confirmed cases now in Alameda County. We are monitoring the situation closely. The health and safety of everyone in our community is top priority at Peralta Community College District.  This update shares information about the steps the District is taking to help prevent the spread of this virus and prepare for the potential spread into Alameda County and our community.


In an effort to always have the latest information available for you, Peralta District Health Services have added information about coronavirus COVID-19 and will be providing frequent updates here: And we’ll continue to provide updates by email, Peralta Gems, and the Peralta Blog.


The hygiene safety recommendations I shared previously remain the best way we can prevent the spread of the virus. Now that we know the virus can be spread by community contact, I want to emphasize two of those recommendations:

  • Avoid shaking hands and touching your face with unwashed hands
  • If you are not feeling well (with symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), contact your primary care provider and stay home from school or work.


Following these recommendations will help protect you and your loved ones and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and many other community-spread illnesses such as the flu.


If you need medical care, please contact your regular provider. If you are feeling acutely ill, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.


Campus clinic contact information is below. Please keep in mind that the health and wellness centers on PCCD campuses are not equipped to diagnose or treat coronavirus. However, the staff in the Health Services clinics can make an initial assessment, offer medical advice, provide a referral, or advise you to contact your regular provider.  The Health Navigator is present at each college to provide insurance assistance.


Berkeley City College Wellness Center

College Nurse: (510) 981-2996


College of Alameda Health & Wellness Services

Main contact number: (510) 748-2320


Laney College Wellness Center

College Nurse: (510) 464-3516


Merritt College Health Services Center

Main Contact Number: (510) 436-2533


Please visit to read recommendations from the Peralta Health Services team including Noha Aboelata, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Roots Clinic and Aisha Mays, MD, Peralta Physician for the Health Clinics, and Dr. Mia Kelly, Director of Health Services at PCCD. Their recommendations consolidate the latest information from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as Alameda County Department of Public Health.


Finally, I wanted to let you know that we are preparing should the situation continue to escalate. The District has been through this kind of situation in the past, as with the SARS outbreak. We also have recent experience with campus closures as with the PG&E shut downs in 2019. We are updating our emergency contingency plans in collaboration with the state chancellor’s office, California Department of Public Health and the Alameda County Public Health Department. We are exploring options for using Distance Education tools that the District has readily available, such as Canvas.


We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available. In the meantime, remember that Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. Please treat each other with respect and kindness in these challenging times. You are all important members of our community.


Take good care,

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud


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COVID-19 Update

2 March 2020

As we know the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving.  The Peralta leadership is committed to keeping you updated with the most current information and we will continue to send email, post in Peralta Gems, and update the Health Services website with the latest information.

Please see below for recommendations from Peralta Medical Affiliate Partners:

  • Noha Aboelata, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Roots Clinic
  • Aisha Mays, MD, Peralta Physician for the Health Clinics


Local Agency—Alameda County Public Health Department

CDC Guidelines:

Guidance for all students and staff:

  1. Practice frequent hand washing (20 seconds with soap).
  2. Avoid touching your face, especially mouth, nose, and eyes.
  3. Sneeze and cough into your sleeved elbow or into a tissue that is discarded into a closed, hands-free trash receptacle (then wash hands again!)
  4. If you have symptoms of a cold, stay home to recuperate! Seek medical attention as needed for worsening or severe symptoms like difficulty breathing.
  5. Do not wear a mask if you’re not sick. And if you are sick, see #4 above and stay home! If you must go out (like to see your doctor), you can wear a mask to protect others. Otherwise there is no indication for wearing a mask at this time. The CDC does not recommend wearing masks at this time. 
  6. Do not hoard masks. Suppliers are struggling to keep up with the demand, raising the concern that healthcare workers, hospitals, etc. won’t be able to replenish their supply. This could lead to the danger of exposure and poor infection control where it’s needed most. Besides, you don’t need to wear a mask (see #5 above).
  7. Do not panic! Panic has negative consequences on your health and mental health and does no good in this situation. Self-care = self-preservation. Take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually!

Symptoms of COVID-19 are: cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Unfortunately these are essentially the same symptoms of cold and flu, and we are still in cold and flu season.

Travel health notices are being updated as the situation evolves, but are currently in effect for China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Patients with COVID-19 symptoms and a history of travel to these areas within the past 14 days or contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are considered PUIs or Persons Under Investigation for Coronavirus

A helpful table with guidance on PUIs, as well as travel health notices are being updated on the CDC website here.

For Reporting or Consultation regarding COVID-19 in Alameda County please contact the Acute Communicable Disease Section: 

M-F 8:30-5: (510) 267-3250

After hours and weekends call (925) 422-7595 and ask for the Public Health Duty Officer on-call. 

A couple of other things to note: 

  1. The vast majority of people with cough and fever do not have COVID-19! The clinic providers will provide anyone who is coughing at our sites a face mask. This does not mean that they have Coronavirus, it just means that we don’t want them spreading a cough or cold to anyone else. 
  2. This is allergy season and people are sneezing. Sneezing is not a sign of Coronavirus! Everyone should sneeze into their elbow as described above, both to reduce the spread of germs and to reduce panic. 
  3. Please advise your patients, family and friends who have not already done so, to get the flu vaccine. This will not only avoid the flu, but also unnecessary testing of people for Coronavirus as we are already experiencing challenges in scaling up testing capacity nationwide. 

Our leadership and clinical teams will continue to monitor the situation closely and do our absolute best to ensure that we are as prepared as possible in the midst of this health crisis.

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Peralta Community College District selects AECOM for bond program management services

12 February 2020

AECOM will oversee Program Management Services for Alameda County Bond Measures A and G on behalf of the District and the four Peralta Colleges

OAKLAND, Calif. (February 6, 2020) – On February 4, 2020, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) approved an agreement with AECOM Technical Services, Inc. for full program management services overseeing the completion of Measure A and the anticipated duration of Measure G. AECOM is a premier infrastructure firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come. With their Northern California headquarters here in Oakland near Lake Merritt, AECOM is local and very supportive of area small and minority owned businesses, both factors (among many others) that contributed to their selection.

AECOM will be providing program management services for numerous bond projects on behalf of the Peralta District. During the election of November 2018, Northern Alameda County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure G, the District’s $800 million bond proposal to facilitate improvements to facilities and new construction.

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor at the Peralta District, expressed her gratitude to voters saying, “The District is indebted to the Alameda County community for its massive support. We are grateful for the continued hope and trust the community has placed with us in our mission to provide accessible, high-quality higher education, career training and work force development. We are creating opportunities for students and changing lives for the better thanks to Alameda County voters.”

The District remains committed to delivering an exceptional return on investment. The bonds will bring much-needed improvements to Peralta colleges, allowing the District to address several priorities over the next five years and better serve our multicultural communities.  Building projects include development at each of the four Peralta Colleges:

  • An additional multi-use classroom building for Berkeley City College
  • New Center for Liberal Arts, Diesel and Automotive Technology replacement building, a new Science and Administration Building at College of Alameda, plus a new College of Alameda Aviation Center at Oakland Airport
  • New Child Development Center and Horticultural Center at Merritt College
  • Extensive development at Laney College including a Locker Room renovation, Laney Theater renovation, new Learning Resource Center and Library, and new Science Center
  • Plus infrastructure improvements for health and safety, accessibility, and sustainability to existing facilities at all four campuses

AECOM will provide program management services, including program kick off services, which will allow the District to continue the activities of Measure A and the start-up and management of Measure G.

The program manager will be responsible for setting up appropriate fiscal and purchasing controls, tasks such as drafting Board documents, creating presentations for the internal and external community, creating a vendor database and outreach program, updating the bond website, writing reports for the Board of Trustees and the citizen’s Bond Measures Oversight Committee, and other interested parties; oversee the creation of, and implement design and sustainability standards; create, review and update the bond spending plan and program schedule, and coordinate the activity of separate campus-based design and construction managers.

Dr. Leigh Sata, Vice Chancellor of General Services at Peralta, said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with AECOM to provide program management services for Peralta’s bond projects. The AECOM team brings an incredible amount of experience and proven success in delivering complex building projects. They will work in parallel with the existing team at Peralta, allowing the District to accelerate its work on these exciting bond projects.”

A selection committee consisting of faculty, classified staff and administrators from across the District reviewed proposals from seven different firms.  Based on their experience and interviews with the selection committee, AECOM was deemed the most qualified vendor to perform this work.

Studies show that higher education plays a key role in the vitality of a community. The Peralta Colleges strive to be a partner to community, other segments of education, business, government and industry. These bond projects will provide much needed facilities for students and faculty, create jobs for local businesses and workers, and create high quality educational opportunities including pathways to degrees, certifications, transfer, and career technical education for the community.

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Coronavirus Announcement from Chancellor Stanback Stroud

5 February 2020

(also available as a PDF HERE)

The health and safety of everyone is top priority at Peralta Community College District.   The District has been following the information about the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  I would like to share this update, implications for safety, and guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coronavirus causes a respiratory illness and “…can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever.  It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties.  More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as, diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.”
As background, the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  It has infected at least 17,205 people, with 169 (0.98%) of these being outside of China. In some cases, it has been fatal.
For the most recent, up to date information, you can read more at the CDC website here: According to the Alameda County Public Health Department, the immediate health risk from novel coronavirus to the general public in California and Alameda County is low. While the threat to the Peralta community is currently considered low, outbreaks of new viruses in humans are always a public health concern.
The Peralta District Department of Health Services and Alameda County Public Health Department are working with local, state and federal partners including the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect the health of our community.
The best preventative steps for any communicable disease include simple practices as part of your daily routine, and especially during flu season.  There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you traveled to China and feel ill and experience symptoms of fever, lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing), please limit contact with others and visit the Health Centers on Campus where you will be evaluated and instructed on when/where to seek help from a primary care provider.
Anyone with symptoms of a cold who has not recently traveled to Wuhan or been in close contact with someone who has, should stay home and recuperate. Seek medical attention as needed for worsening or severe symptoms like difficulty breathing.
Reasons to stay encouraged:
  • This situation is being handled with the utmost urgency all over the world. The recent designations by the WHO and the United States government mean that worldwide and nationwide efforts are being put in place to understand the virus better and to limit its spread.
  • The risk in the US remains statistically zero unless you have been to Wuhan or are in close contact with someone who brought the virus back from Wuhan. All cases in the U.S. have been recent travelers there except for two who are close contacts (spouse and household member) of someone who did.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available. In the meantime, remember that Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. Please treat each other with respect and kindness in these challenging times. You are all important members of our community.
Many students and employees are natives of China and/or have family and friends there and may be concerned for their well-being. Please know that the Peralta community supports and cares about you, and we send our best wishes for the health and wellbeing of your loved ones.
Take good care,
Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

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CoA Receives Two California Apprenticeship Initiative Grants

13 November 2019

College of Alameda Will Receive $977,022 for Workforce Training

Alameda, CA – November 13, 2019—The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) has awarded College of Alameda (CoA) two grants to support workforce training programs. The first grant, for $477,022, will be used to establish a Re-Entry Apprenticeships in Logistics (REAL) Project at the college. The grant will fund a public-private partnership offering new logistics, warehousing, and electronic repair apprenticeships for federal prison inmates eligible to participate in paid, work-based training; an exceptionally underserved and high-need population.


REAL is sponsored by Surplus Service, a Fremont-based e-waste UpcyclIT® management company that has partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Prisons to establish its warehousing operations in two federal prison facilities, located in Atwater and Terminal Island, California, with the potential for expansion across the prison system.


This innovative public/private partnership will model apprenticeships in new occupations such as e-waste management and liquidation while equipping inmates with the skills, experience, and direct employment connections they need for successful re-entry into their communities.


“In order for someone returning from prison to successfully re-enter our community, having a job is essential,” says College of Alameda President Tim Karas. “With high-quality training resulting in gainful employment, recidivism rates have been proven to decrease significantly.”


The REAL program proposes to hire 40 apprentices beginning Fall 2020, and to graduate each of these individuals with a DAS certificate of apprenticeship, 21 units of college credit, and a COA Certificate of Achievement in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics that is recognized by California.


The second CAI grant, for $500,000, will be used to implement a Teamster’s Apprenticeship Program at CoA that will enroll and train 48 apprentices, with 20 apprentices reaching journey status. CoA applied for the grant in partnership with Northern California Teamsters Apprentice Training and Education Trust (NCTAT), and in collaboration with the West Oakland Job Resource Center (WOJRC), the California Labor Federation, Teamsters Joint Council 7, the Port of Oakland, Sea-Logix LLC, Tri-Valley Water Trucks, Reliable Trucking, and an Apprenticeship Consultant from the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS).


Peralta Community College District Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud is enthusiastic about CoA working with industry partners to provide innovative workforce training opportunities. “These grants will not only offer important job training opportunities for members of our community, they also will help ensure that the training results in greater employment opportunities for students with industry partners,” Said Dr. Stanback Stroud.


The Teamster’s Apprenticeship Program collaboration was established to plan and develop a transportation, distribution, logistics (TDL) workforce pipeline system to meet industry workforce needs, with emphasis on supporting the development of the Oakland Army Base as a Global Logistics Complex. The City and Port of Oakland jointly own the Oakland Army Base and has adopted a plan to transform the Oakland Army Base into a Global Logistics Complex, comprised of ten 240,000 sq. ft. cross-dock warehouses, and is projected to create 600 – 1,000 TDL jobs by 2025.


For more information contact Eva Jennings, CoA Dean, Dean of CTE and Workforce Education,, (510) 748-2318.


About College of Alameda

College of Alameda (CoA)is a two-year community college located at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy, Alameda, California. The college has been inspiring students to achieve academic success since. Situated on a beautiful park-like campus on the island city of Alameda, CoA offers academic programs that transfer to four-year universities and workforce training programs in a variety of career areas. Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to enroll. CoA is fully accredited by ACCJC/WASC and is one of four colleges in the Peralta Community College District (PCCD).



About California Apprenticeship Initiative hub:

The California Apprenticeship Initiative hub is an online resource designed to provide information and resources to recipients of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office’s California Apprenticeship Initiative and anyone else who is interested in expanding apprenticeship opportunities. The CAI Hub is administered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges—a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the Community College system through diverse and far-reaching programs that touch on key issues in California and throughout the nation, including workforce development, student success, air quality, technology, healthcare, and learning programs for at-risk students. Learn more about some of the Foundation’s programs at


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Peralta Colleges Continue Unwavering Support for Undocumented Students

14 October 2019

Back in December 2016, out of deep concern that the newly elected president of the United States would soon remove the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for undocumented residents granted by President Obama via Executive Order in 2012, the Peralta Community College District in Oakland, CA became one of the first community college districts in the country to state its support for DACA with Resolution No. 16/17-24 in Support of Undocumented & Concerned Students.

Three years later, the Peralta Colleges remain committed to our undocumented brothers and sisters, parents and children, students and community.  On October 8, 2019, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees affirmed and adopted Resolution No. 19/20-11, which continues the unwavering support that the Peralta District and Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College have for our undocumented students and their families in our community. The resolution declares October 14-18, 2019 as Undocumented Student Action Week with a range of activities intended to raise awareness and continue support for our undocumented constituents.

Here is the full text of Resolution No. 19/20-11:

WHEREAS, the California Community Colleges comprise the nation’s largest postsecondary education system in the country with 115 colleges and 2.1 million students, and is committed to providing an open and welcoming environment for all students; and

WHEREAS, the Trump Administration’s decision on September 5, 2017, to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, placed the safety, security, and educational future of thousands of undocumented students in doubt; and

WHEREAS, California Community Colleges have advocated to Congress and the Administration to preserve DACA and respect the contributions of undocumented immigrants, and on January 26, 2017, the Board of Governors passed a resolution expressing its support for DACA and firm commitment to serving all students who can benefit from a postsecondary education; and

WHEREAS, California Community Colleges stand united as a system where all students can learn, grow, feel supported and safe; and

WHEREAS, on September 18, 2017, the California Community Colleges Chancellor issued a Statement of Values and Commitment to Undocumented Students confirming that the  Chancellor’s Office will not release any personally identifiable student information without a judicial warrant, including data related to immigration status, will not cooperate with any federal effort to create a registry of individuals based on protected characteristics such as religion, race, immigration status, or sexual orientation, and will urge local governing bodies to do the same; and

WHEREAS, the Peralta Colleges and numerous community colleges reflecting the diversity of California have adopted policies and procedures consistent with protecting immigrant students, and created partnerships with community organizations to help our undocumented students access legal assistance and other services in local communities; and

WHEREAS, the Chancellor’s Office, in partnership with the Community College League of California, Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, Student Senate of California Community Colleges, and other organizations, supported DACA Advocacy Week, on October 16-20, 2017, and provided tools such as Congressional contact lists, sample talking points, resolutions, and communications to mobilize the system in support of DACA,

WHEREAS, the 2017 DACA Advocacy Week efforts resulted in local meetings with Congressional leaders, more than 700 letters and postcards sent from students to members of Congress, and a number of colleges conducted week-long activities to raise awareness of campus-based support for undocumented students; and

WHEREAS, in 2018 the Chancellor’s Office expanded the existing partnership to include, Immigrants Rising and other organizations, and sponsored Undocumented Student Week of Action, October 15–19, to inform undocumented students about all available services on campus and in local communities and empower them to access those services, and support students and allies in advocating to Congress to act quickly and establish a permanent solution for undocumented young people; and

WHEREAS, the Peralta Colleges participated in the 2018 Undocumented Student Week of Action by engaging in a week-long program of activities in support of undocumented students, and the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees passed numerous resolutions reaffirming its commitment to support all students throughout our district, including undocumented students, which was part of the week-long program of activities and information disseminated systemwide; and

WHEREAS, despite advocacy efforts by the California Community Colleges and many other individuals and organizations in California and across the nation, the preservation of DACA and the adoption of an effective solution for undocumented students remains elusive, which places continued economic and emotional weight on students, their families, communities, and the state; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the Peralta Community College District declares October 14-18, 2019 and every third week of October thereafter, as “Undocumented Student Action Week” to work in partnership with other organizations and encourage the California Community Colleges to engage in activities supporting undocumented students; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Peralta Community College District supports efforts by our Colleges to identify and share best practices for assisting undocumented students, disseminate information to the students about how to access funding for immigration defense proceedings and referral to legal service providers, and reinforce state policies that protect student rights and privacy; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Peralta Community College District urges Congressional members to uphold California values and create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students, which will permit them to complete their education goals and achieve their highest potential.

Our college campuses have activities associated with Undocumented Student Action Week, which is also endorsed by the Community College League of California and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.  Check out the activities at Berkeley City College from the Undocumented Community Resource Center (UCRC), College of Alameda, and Laney College.

Daily online webinars for Faculty and Students are also available here.

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Peralta Colleges and the PG&E Shut Down

8 October 2019

***Update on Thursday October 10, 2019***

Good News!  Merritt College will be OPEN on Friday, October 11, 2019. The power is being restored so that tomorrow (Friday) classes can resume as scheduled.

So on Friday 10/11/2019 all four Peralta Colleges will be OPEN including:

Thank you for your patience with us as Merritt College and the Peralta District worked with PG&E to keep you and our community safe.

***Update on Wednesday October 9, 2019***

This is your daily update in response to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). This message contains the latest information we have on the shutoff status on the various campuses.
Merritt College was closed today Wednesday October 9 and will remain closed tomorrow Thursday October 10. As expected the power was shut off on the Merritt College campus after 10pm last night (it was closer to midnight) and remained off for much of today.  In a message to Merritt College staff sent earlier today, President Burns confirmed that Merritt will remain closed on Thursday and explained that the decision to close the campus was based on conversations with PG&E and not conjecture. In fact PG&E is using Lot B across the street from Merritt as a neighborhood resource center.  Classes for Thursday have been CANCELLED.
While the main Merritt College campus remains closed, the Fruitvale location is open today and will remain open tomorrow.
Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney College as well as the Peralta District office remain open with courses taking place as usual.
We are cautiously optimistic that Merritt College may be able to open on Friday and resume regularly scheduled classes, but it is premature to make that decision at this time. President Burns has indicated that we hope a decision will be made about Merritt status tomorrow.  As a reminder, please continue to check Merritt and the other college websites before heading to them for work or class. Current status is posted on each website including the District site at (which contains the information in this email announcement).   President Burns would like to remind us that the College closure was not simply a reaction to a single notice, but the result of conversations with PG&E, the Sheriff and the District.  We made the decision based on the information we received.  This was a preventive measure to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, vendors, contractors, and community members.   We know it has been inconvenient.  But this action may have saved us and our community from a fire.
In summary, for tomorrow, Thursday October 10th:
  • Merritt College main campus is CLOSED. Classes are CANCELED. 
  • Merritt College Fruitvale location is OPEN. Classes are ON.
  • Berkeley City College is OPEN. Classes are ON.
  • College of Alameda is OPEN. Classes are ON.
  • Laney College is OPEN. Classes are ON.
  • The District office is OPEN. Work is ON. 
We will update you again on Thursday as to status for Friday October 11.

***Original Message from Tuesday October 8, 2019***

Dear Peralta Community,

As many of you may have read in the SF Chronicle local power company PG&E will be shutting off electric power in areas of Alameda County starting tomorrow.

As a result of this shut down, we know that Merritt College in Oakland will be without power and will be CLOSED on Wednesday October 9th and Thursday October 10th. Classes scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday are CANCELED. Please check the Merritt College website for updates regarding status for Friday October 11th. If the power shut off continues and Merritt College will be closed, we’ll post a notice by 6am on Friday October 11th.

Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney College will have power and thus will remain open this week. Classes will continue as planned. Please check the college websites or the Peralta website for the latest information about our colleges.

PG&E advised Alameda County that they will be shutting off power starting Wednesday to 600,000 people in select areas of Northern California, including 35,000 customers in Alameda County, where the total population is 1.6 million people. This power shutoff is planned due to concerns about fire danger to power lines in California. For an up-to-date map of the potential outage area, visit PG&E’s website.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates as needed.  Please contact Mark Johnson, Interim Executive Director of Public Information, Communication & Media by email at or by phone at 510-466-7369 (office) or 415-265-4645 (mobile) for updates on the PG&E shut-off and how it impacts Peralta, our colleges, our students, faculty, staff and community.

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Peralta Urges U.S. Senate Approval of the FUTURE Act

2 October 2019

On September 24, 2019, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees affirmed and adopted Resolution No. 19/20-09, which urges U.S. Senate approval of the FUTURE Act, strongly supporting the uninterrupted continuation of federal funding to minority-serving institutions and urging members of the United States Senate to take speedy action to pass H.R. 2486 (the FUTURE Act) prior to September 30, 2019.

The resolution states that the Peralta Community College District (consisting of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland) embraces the diversity of all the students attending the four colleges.  District enrollment data shows that 89% of the students enrolled at Laney College, 83% of the student enrolled at Merritt College, 87% of the students enrolled at College of Alameda, and 74% of the students enrolled at Berkeley City College are minority community members.

Furthermore, Merritt College is designated a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI), while Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda, and Berkeley City College have been designated as Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) and, as such, have been the recipients of federal funding.  Research has confirmed the positive impact that federal funding of minority serving institutions has had on low-income Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic-American, and African-American students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college.

On September 17, 2019 the United States House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2486, the FUTURE Act, which will continue federal funding for minority-serving institutions leaving implementation of said FUTURE Act up to the United States Senate. With the current federal funding for minority-serving institutions scheduled to end on September 30, 2019, unless the United States Senate votes to pass the FUTURE Act, the elimination of federal funding for minority-serving institutions will have an adverse impact upon the services Peralta Community College District has provided to students of color, low-income, first-generation, and limited-English proficient students.

The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees strongly supports the uninterrupted continuation of federal funding to minority-serving institutions and through it‘s Resolution No. 19/20-09, and urges members of the United States Senate to take speedy action to pass H.R. 2486, the FUTURE Act prior to September 30, 2019.

To underscore the importance of FUTURE Act funding for the Peralta District, a delegation from Laney College visited the San Francisco offices of our California senators to make our case to our elected officials.  The delegation including Laney College AANAPISI Director Dr. David Lee, Laney College Dean Dr. Mildred Lewis, and Laney College students Huizhen Su and Jun Xian visited the offices of both California Senators, Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris, on Thursday September 26th.

The Laney College delegation visits the office of Senator Diane Feinstein on September 26, 2019. Those pictured include Laney College AANAPISI Director Dr. David Lee, Mission College AANAPISI Director Brian Goo, U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein District Director Jim Lazarus, Laney College Dean Dr. Mildred Lewis, and Laney College students Huizhen Su and Jun Xian

Laney College delegates visit the office of Senator Kamala Harris on September 26, 2019. Photo includes Laney College AANAPISI Director Dr. David Lee, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris District Director Adam Mehis, Laney College Dean Dr. Mildred Lewis, and Laney College students Huizhen Su and Jun Xian.

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Regina Stanback Stroud Announced as Choice for Peralta District Chancellor

30 September 2019

On September 24, 2019 the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees announced Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, former president of Skyline College, as their choice to be the next district Chancellor.

Dr. Stanback Stroud has more than 35 years of experience as an educator and leader. She served most recently as President of Skyline College in San Bruno CA from 2010 to 2019. Upon her retirement in July 2019 she was named President Emerita by the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Board of Trustees. She is highly regarded for her expertise on student equity and diversity; education/industry collaboratives; economic empowerment and anti-poverty strategies; community workforce and economic development; and regional and state educational policy. As a faculty leader, Dr. Stanback Stroud served as the President of the State Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and served on the Academic Senate Executive Committee for five years. 
Julina Bonilla, Board of Trustees President, said, “Dr. Stanback Stroud’s reputation as an innovative force for student equity and diversity precedes her. Early in the search process when we talked about the type of Chancellor we wanted, we said we needed a strong administrator like Dr. Stanback Stroud. We’re absolutely thrilled she is willing to continue her career here at Peralta. We believe our faculty, staff, administration, and particularly our students will be well served by her thoughtful leadership.”
Stanback Stroud said “As an Oakland resident, I am home. This is my community.” She continued, “Peralta is a phenomenal district and there’s so much that is done well here. But it is no secret that there are some real challenges. I’ve read the FCMAT. We are coming to grips with some very real issues and we know what needs to be done. I am confident that with leadership, commitment, and political will we can steer the district to financial stability while we continue to provide affordable educational opportunities and a vibrant culture for the communities we serve.”

The selection is subject to contract agreement, background check, and formal appointment by the Trustees. You can read more about Dr. Stanback Stroud’s illustrious career here.

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Laney College Celebrates AANAPISI Week

20 September 2019

Laney College is proud to join the U.S. Congress in celebrating Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (or AANAPISI) Week. AANAPISIs are colleges and universities whose enrollment is at least 10% Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, and at least 50% need-based financial aid recipients. Through federal grants, AANAPISIs are funded to provide support and retention programs for low-income AAPIs and other groups, who face huge disparities in educational attainment. Laney was awarded a five-year AANAPISI Title III Part F Grant in 2010 and a five-year AANAPISI Title III Part A Grant in 2016.

38.3% of Laotian, 38.2% of Cambodian, and 36% of Hmong adults, for example, do not have a high school diploma, compared to just 18.5% of total adults in California. Additionally, only 5.2% of Micronesians and fewer than 15% of Fijians, Bhutanese, and Samoans have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 21% of total adults in California. But, research shows that students placed into learning communities supported by services are more likely to graduate; that is why Laney has excellent English language and success services programs working for our students.

Laney College is devoted to supporting low-income AAPI students and all students of color in enrolling in, succeeding, and graduating college on time. President Tammeil Gilkerson and Mike Lok, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates East Bay Chapter, will host a press conference with AAPI elected officials at​ 2PM on Tuesday, September 24th​, in the Laney College Quad. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, President, Laney College
  • Dr. Rowena Tomaneng, President Berkeley City College
  • Dr. Mildred Lewis, Dean, Laney College
  • Dr. David Lee, Director, AANAPISI Program
  • Mike Lok, OCA – East Bay Chapter

Laney College students will be sharing their stories on how the AANAPISI program has affected their careers.

The press conference honors AANAPISI Week, September 23-27, and emphasizes the importance of the Senate’s vote to continue federal funding for AANAPISIs and other minority-serving institutions through the FUTURE Act.

“The bipartisan FUTURE Act is imperative for getting our nation’s poorest, particularly immigrant and first-generation students to and through college. The Senate needs to do its job and vote on MSI funding before it runs out this month,” said Rita Pin Ahrens, OCA National Executive Director. “Voting yes NOW for the FUTURE Act as we celebrate HBCU Week, HSI Week, AANAPISI Week, and National Tribal College Week throughout the months of September and October sends a strong message of support and celebration of America’s growing diversity.”

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