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Peralta Colleges Earn Elevated Accreditation Status

27 January 2022

PERALTA COMMUNITY COLLEGES EARN ELEVATED ACCREDITATION STATUS

“Substantial Progress” in All Areas Leads to Reclassification by ACCJC

OAKLAND, Calif., January 27, 2022 — The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) today learned that Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College have received upgraded accreditation status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The Commission voted to elevate the accreditation status of the Peralta Colleges as the district has demonstrated significant and consistent progress in reforming its finances and governance.

“Since last spring, the Peralta Community College District has shown considerable resolve and commitment to reform itself,” said Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. “Today the ACCJC recognized the substantial progress the colleges and the district have made on 100% of their requirements and upgraded our status. None of the colleges received compliance requirements. We remain committed to actively pursue the tenet of continuous improvement to resolve all the remaining aspects of their recommendations.”

The change in status recognized the district’s significant progress in areas including financial stewardship; student financial aid; student and public safety on campus; streamlining and codifying internal controls and processes for more transparent management; and upgrading the district’s infrastructure to support these improvements.

“As someone who has been fully engaged in the ACCJC accrediting process, I’ve seen first-hand Peralta’s commitment to continuous quality improvement,” said PCCD Board of Trustees President Dr. Cindi Napoli-Abella Reiss. “I’m proud of the employees at the Peralta Community College District, who were able make such incredible strides addressing the Commission’s requirements while simultaneously providing outstanding education, job training, and support services to students amidst the economic and social challenges of the pandemic.”

This progress is the result of the work of the entire Peralta community, from the leadership of the Board of Trustees to the resilience of the administration, faculty, and staff coming together to make the changes needed to continue serving the students in our community.

While the Peralta Board of Trustees recognize this is certainly good news, more work is needed in the District. The Peralta Colleges have indicated the expectation to meet all standards of accreditation by June 2022 and remains on sanction by ACCJC, but with the status elevated from Probation to Warning.

Dr. Stephanie Droker joined the Peralta Community College District as Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer in January 2022 after previously serving as President at ACCJC. “When Chancellor Jackson approached me about joining PCCD, I jumped at the chance. Over the past few years I’ve seen first-hand the progress that has been made by the District and the Colleges. I wanted to be a part of the fantastic team serving this incredibly important, diverse community, and to help keep our momentum moving forward,” said Dr. Droker. “Peralta’s progress is vital for all students and the community college system, as it shows the accreditation peer review process works.”

“Our community has worked tirelessly to ensure we can continue to serve our students and help them accomplish their goals,” Jackson said. “I am confident that through our continued, concerted action, we will–by the fall–have fully addressed all the Commission’s recommendations and once again be fully accredited.”

Download a PDF version of this press release here.

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Berkeley City College Honored by Campaign for College Opportunity

10 November 2021

BCC noted for both overall high transfer rate to four year universities and as Equity Champion for awarding Associates Degrees for Transfer to Latinx students

The Peralta Community College District is pleased to announce Berkeley City College has been honored twice by the Campaign for College Opportunity, first as 2021 Champion of Higher Education for Associates Degrees for Transfer (ADT) and also as a 2021 Equity Champion of Higher Education for their exemplary work in awarding Associates Degrees for Transfer (ADT) to Latinx students on their campus. 

 

“What an honor to have the work of Berkeley City College faculty, classified professionals, and administrators in support of students who pursue an ADT. I look forward to celebrating Berkeley City College and the advocacy that the Campaign for College Opportunity has launched on behalf of California community college students,” said college President Dr. Angélica Garcia. “We take pride in our efforts to support all students, and are grateful to the Campaign for College Opportunity for these accolades.”

 

Last year, Berkeley City College, Laney College, and Merritt College were recognized as 2020 Equity Champion of Higher Education recipients for their success in awarding ADTs to Black and Latinx students. Berkeley City College was cited for having “one of the highest shares of ADT conferrals for the 2018-2019 school year.”

 

“We are proud to recognize your dedicated leadership in working to ensure a strong transfer pathway on your campus. Berkeley City College is being recognized for being one of the top performers in ADT’s as a percentage of total Associates Degrees,” wrote Michele Siqueiros, president of Campaign for College Opportunity, to Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia. “With your leadership, the Associate Degree for Transfer pathway is making college dreams a reality for thousands of Californians,”

 

An ADT helps students to work towards earning two degrees, both an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree. Students who meet the California State University’s minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed priority admission to a CSU campus.  Students are granted the ability to gain both degrees with just 120 units if the student transfers into a California State University program similar to the community college where their associate’s degree was completed. There are now 2,887 ADT pathways throughout California. 

 

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 66.44% of associate degrees received by Berkeley City College students were ADTs, ranking Berkeley City College as the top California Community College with the highest number of ADTs in relation to overall awarded associates degrees. 

 

As stated in the Campaign for College Opportunity’s most recent report, California community college students aiming to earn bachelor’s degrees are met with difficulties at every turn. Many face duplicative, ever-changing coursework requirements and lack of unified, system wide, and transferrable course agreements between colleges and universities. Berkeley City College is proud to help their students fight past these barriers. 

 

“I want to express my congratulations to Berkeley City College, and appreciation to the Campaign for College Opportunity for this acknowledgement.” Said Chancellor Jannett Jackson, “The Peralta Community College District is proud to have Berkeley City College recognized again for their work supporting students of all backgrounds. We will continue to diligently advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion as we encourage the students of Berkeley City College to work towards their academic and professional goals.” 

 

Berkeley City College will be honored at the Campaign for College Opportunity’s virtual celebration Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Attendees can register to join the event here: https://bit.ly/HigherEdChampions21

 

The Campaign for College Opportunity is a California non-profit bipartisan policy and research organization focused on ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college in order to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy. To learn more, visit their website here: https://collegecampaign.org/

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Berkeley City College Receives $2.8 Million CIRM Grant

29 July 2021

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On July 20th, the governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) voted to award $51.08 million to fifteen community colleges and universities across California, including Berkeley City College (BCC), to fund programs that will help train the next generation of stem cell researchers. As part of the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy program award, BCC will receive $2,806,896 over five years.

On July 27, Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia informed the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees about the College’s award and its impact on student success, equity, and workforce development. This is the kind of partnership and collaboration between higher education, science, and industry partners that serves local communities.

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CIRM, based in Oakland, was created in 2004 when California voters approved Proposition 71: the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, and has a mission to accelerate stem cell treatments to patients with unmet needs.

The CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy program provides undergraduate and master’s students with the opportunity to take stem cell related courses and receive hands on experience and training in a stem cell research related laboratory at a university or biotechnology company. Each Bridges internship includes thorough hands-on training and education in stem cell research, and direct patient engagement and outreach activities that engage California’s diverse communities.

This means that Berkeley City College students interested in pursuing a career in biotechnology will have the opportunity to obtain paid internships throughout the Bay Area’s many research laboratories to help accelerate progress in stem cell research and make progress on their career goals. The paid internships provide a level of access to high quality, competitive internships that are often unpaid and further marginalize low income students, who are also often first-generation students of color.

Maria T. Millan, M.D., President and CEO of CIRM, commented, “The CIRM Bridges programs across the state of California will provide students with the tools and resources to begin their careers in regenerative medicine.”

Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia is thrilled about the award. “What a great day for BCC—- $2.8M over 5 years for paid internships for students! As we know, education can be a liberating and powerful driver for social and economic growth. This grant for the diverse student population at BCC will create opportunities in higher education and biotechnology, greater earning power, and opportunities for upward social mobility for students and their families.”

Senator Art Torres (Ret.) JD, Vice Chair of the CIRM Board, added that “No other agency in California or the nation has devoted so much to helping create future stem cell scientists from community colleges, like Berkeley City College, and state universities, that reflects the diversity of our state with a goal of helping patients and developing future cures. Bridges funding has created a great legacy for California.”

For more information about CIRM, visit https://www.cirm.ca.gov/.

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Virtual Matchmaking event for Berkeley City College’s new building project

16 June 2021

On June 30, 2021 at 9am, Peralta Community College District’s Bond Program will host an overview and virtual matchmaking session for the Berkeley City College West – Milvia Project. Firms will then have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the project’s Design-Build Team, XL Construction/Ratcliff, to discuss subcontracting opportunities.
Space is limited; register today for the event HERE or to RSVP email buildperalta@peralta.edu.

There are opportunities for contracts in architecture/design, ceramic tile, demolition, drywall and framing, electrical, carpentry, furniture, landscaping (roof!), plumbing, and more. Check out the list at the bottom of the flier below for a full list.

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2021 Peralta Latinx Graduation Celebration

21 May 2021

Raices: Peralta Latinx Graduation Celebration

The Peralta Association of Chicanos/Latinos de Aztlan are very happy to be partnering with Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College to celebrate graduation with our Latinx students. The celebration is June 5th at 12pm-3pm. This will mark the first time the four colleges work together to honor our students.

The virtual event takes place via Zoom.  Click here to  join us on June 5th at noon!

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/97632524086#success

Know someone who might be interested in this event?  Please share our flyer

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Berkeley City College Awarded $3m Grant To Expand Service To Latinx Students

15 September 2020

Berkeley City College (BCC) today announced that it has been awarded a highly-competitive nearly $3 million Developing Hispanic Serving Institution grant from the Department of Education to expand supportive services for Latinx and marginalized students. This is the College’s first grant since being named a Developing Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the US Department of Education in 2020. As a population that has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, these additional academic and student support services come at a critical time.

“Berkley City College serves as a critical resource for the growing Bay Area Latinx communities – and this grant demonstrates the dedication of our faculty, staff, and administrators to implementing educational strategies to support our diverse student population,” said Dr. Angélica Garcia, President of Berkeley City College. “As a Chicana and first-generation college student, I am humbled to serve as President for a college that ensures students from all backgrounds have access to higher education with the resources they need in order to succeed.”


The nearly $3 million grant will be awarded in approximately $600,000 increments over the next five years. The funding will allow the College to increase Latinx and marginalized student retention and graduation rates by providing enhanced support and advising; assistance transitioning from high school to community college and post-secondary education into careers; a FAFSA completion and financial literacy campaign geared towards Latinx students; increased outreach and recruitment of Latinx students; and expanded professional learning opportunities for student success staff, faculty, administrators and the community.

“We spent weeks working on our ‘Conocimiento Los Caminos’ grant application before submitting it to the Department of Education in May of this year,” said Dr. Stacey Shears, BCC Vice President of Student Services. “We are grateful to the faculty, classified professionals, and administrators who helped secure this important funding and we look forward to offering these expanded services for Berkeley City College students.”

This most recent grant award is part of a Peralta Community College District-wide initiative to expand services for marginalized and minoritized communities by interrogating and transforming our systems with an equity advancing lens.

 

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Peralta Community College District Partners with Local Nonprofits to Provide Thousands of Meals to Students

26 May 2020

Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and World Central Kitchen provide resources and logistics to offer meals at three PCCD colleges

OAKLAND, CA – In response to dramatically increased food insecurity from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peralta Community College District forged a partnership with two nonprofits – Oakland’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and the World Central Kitchen – to provide thousands of meals to students at three of its four campus locations. The Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation underwrites the cost of the meals, while the World Central Kitchen helps provide food delivery and distribution logistics.

While the District’s four colleges, College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College and Merritt College, have long offered food assistance programs, the District recognized the need to quickly ramp up its capacity to address the growing need of its student population.

“It became clear early on that some people in our community might need additional support to weather this difficult time,” said Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud. “Thanks to the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and the World Central Kitchen, we have been able to bring in the additional resources to keep our community fed. I’d like to give special thanks to Peralta Colleges Foundation Executive Director LaNiece Jones for helping make this new venture possible.”

Laney College and the College of Alameda launched their partnerships with both organizations this past April. Merritt College will launch its food pantry this coming Thursday (May 28), and discussions are currently underway for a partnership at the District’s Berkeley City College.

“We are so grateful to the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and the World Central Kitchen for the work they are doing to keep our community from going hungry,” said Peralta Colleges Foundation Executive Director LaNiece Jones. “I’d also like to thank all of the District staff at the colleges who are working hard every day to ensure these meals are distributed to students.”

According to Jose Corona, who heads Programs & Partnerships for Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation,  “The Peralta District does an amazing job of serving young adults, and we want to make sure that we do our part in supporting their students and families during this unprecedented time.”

The Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation was founded by Stephen and Ayesha Curry to end childhood and family hunger in Oakland, and provides critical funding to a variety of local organizations that provide food and distribution logistics, including the World Central Kitchen. Celebrity chef José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen in 2010 to provide meals in response to natural disasters, and has served 19 million meals since its founding.

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College Campuses and District Office to remain closed through June 2020

27 March 2020

The Peralta Community College District college campuses and the district office will remain closed through June 30, 2020.  Personnel performing essential functions may be required to work on site.   

 

Classes that can be conducted remotely will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. Faculty will continue the excellent work of converting face-to-face classes into remote instructional formats. Also, important student services will be provided remotely.  Classes and servicethat cannot be transitioned to a remote format will not be able to proceed until the campuses reopen.  We will continue to explore the possibility of resuming instruction of programs that prepare essential sector critical infrastructure workers identified in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 but cannot be converted to a remote modality.  

 

Thank you to the many administrators, faculty and staff who have been working tirelessly to transition on this unprecedented scale.   

 

I realize this is a difficult situation. We will do all we can to keep this community safe and support student educational needs, during this pandemic and into the future.  

 

Take good care, 

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor 

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COVID-19 Update: Classes cancelled to April 6, 2020

16 March 2020

In light of the “shelter in place” directive issued earlier today by Alameda County, all classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College are cancelled from March 23, 2020 to April 6, 2020. All four college campuses as well as the District office, currently closed for Spring Break, will continue to be closed to April 6, 2020.

All employees will continue to work remotely while the college campuses and district offices are closed. Employees (including student workers) will maintain their respective schedule and continue to be paid during this time.

Additionally, travel on behalf of the district is now suspended, including previously approved travel plans.

Services for students will be available following Spring Break, beginning on March 23 through the April 6 campus closure period, but are offered online and not via in-person contact.

The health and safety of members of the Peralta community remains our top priority. Peralta Community College District will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are always available at https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/. 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.

Thank you for the incredible job you are doing as we respond to the emerging information.

If you have questions, please contact Mark Johnson at markjohnson@peralta.edu.

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COVID-19 Update: Campuses Closed March 14-21, 2020

13 March 2020

A Message from Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud to the Peralta Community:

Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College, and the District office will be closed starting tomorrow, Saturday March 14, 2020 through Saturday, March 21, 2020.  All employees are asked to work remotely while the college campuses and district offices are closed. All employees (including student workers) will maintain their respective schedule and continue to be paid during this time. 

 

I recognize that there are some jobs that cannot be done remotely. If this applies to you, please contact your manager promptly for guidance and instruction. 

 

Student services will continue to be available remotely (online or via telephone) during the campus closures. 

 

The health and safety of members of the Peralta community remains our top priority. Peralta Community College District will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 

The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are always available at https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/. 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. 

 

Thank you for the incredible job you are doing as we respond to the emerging information.  

A PDF version of this announcement is available here.

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