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Dr. David M. Johnson Named Permanent President of Merritt College

8 June 2020

Dr. David M. Johnson
Late last week, Dr. David M. Johnson was named President of Merritt College in Oakland after serving as acting president for the last six months. Dr. Johnson brings a decade of administrative leadership in education and 15 years of higher-education classroom experience to the role.

“Becoming Merritt College President is the culmination of my professional aspirations. As such, this institution can expect from me unparalleled enthusiasm, commitment, and collegiality in terms of working to push our college to unprecedented heights,” said Dr. Johnson. “My vision for Merritt College is that we become and remain a preeminent institution of learning, training, and civic engagement.”

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, which includes Merritt College as well Laney College, Berkeley City College, and College of Alameda, said, “Dr. Johnson’s appreciation for consultative and collegial decision-making, coupled with deep personal ties to the community, make him the ideal president for Merritt College.” She continued, “The college is fortunate to be in the hands of such a valuable and well-equipped leader.”

In this role, Dr. Johnson plans to honor the rich history and diverse population the College serves. Founded in Oakland in 1954, the College is considered the birthplace of the Black Panther Party. Today, Merritt College serves over 7,000 students, 75% of whom are people of color, with acclaimed programs in community social services, registered nursing, child development, nutrition & dietetics, environmental studies, and landscape horticulture.

“My view of equity goes beyond simply recognizing that we all have different backgrounds, perspectives, strengths, and challenges,” continued Dr. Johnson. “My focus is to ensure that everyone understands our shared responsibility to get every student to achieve his/her educational goals.”

Minutes from the East Bay’s busiest commercial centers, Merritt College also provides technology training, including an award-winning cybersecurity program, that prepare students for work in the thriving Bay Area technology sector.

Dr. Johnson was raised in Oakland and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from U.C. Berkeley, a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington, and a Doctorate in History from U.C. Berkeley.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, California. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu.

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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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COVID-19 Update: Spring Break Moved to March 16-21, 2020

11 March 2020

At an Emergency Meeting on March 11, 2020, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees voted to approve the following changes to the academic calendar:

  • Spring Break (originally scheduled as the week of April 13-18) has been moved to the week of March 16-21, 2020.
  • Flex Day (a faculty training day originally scheduled March 19, 2020) will now be held on Monday, March 30, 2020.

These changes, made with appreciated support of the Peralta Federation of Teachers (PFT), are a response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) intended to increase social distancing and better protect our community.

Yesterday, on March 10, 2020, Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud announced that face-to-Face classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College are cancelled on Wednesday, March 11, Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Cancelling classes March 11-14 allows instructional faculty to attend trainings offered at their respective college and evaluate optional resources for potentially transitioning their classes to remote forms of instruction as needed. College administration will communicate times and locations for trainings.

The health and safety of members of the Peralta Community remains our top priority. PCCD 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).

Faculty opting to use remote forms of instruction will begin doing so following Spring Break on Monday, March 23, 2020, and continue through Saturday, April 4, 2020 (faculty may continue to teach face-to-face, however, we strongly encourage faculty who can opt to use remote forms of instruction to do so).

Resources for faculty regarding remote methods of instruction are available at:

Resources for students regarding preparation for online and hybrid classes are available at https://peralta.instructure.com/courses/442.

Please note:  The Colleges and District Offices will remain open.  Administration and staff are expected to report to work unless they are ill. The aim of this approach is to maintain academic continuity and proactively take steps to protect the community by reducing the number of people gathered in public spaces.

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.

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COVID-19 Update – March 10, 2020

11 March 2020

Face-to-Face classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College are cancelled on Wednesday, March 11, Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 2020.  

 

Cancelling classes on the above stated dates will allow instructional faculty to attend trainings offered at their respective college and evaluate optional resources for potentially transitioning their classes to remote forms of instruction as needed. College administration will communicate times and locations for trainings.   

 

The health and safety of members of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) continue to be our top priority. Information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving.  PCCD 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 Healththe California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

 

The PCCD Board of Trustees has scheduled an Emergency Meeting on Wednesday, March 10,2020 to consider recommended changes to the academic calendar.  The  

Chancellor recommends:  

  • the scheduled Spring Break during the week of April 13-17 be moved to the week of March 16-20, 2020.   
  • the scheduled March 19, 2020 Flex Day be changed to Monday, March 30, 2020.  

 

Faculty opting to use remote forms of instruction will begin doing so on Monday, March 23, 2020, and continue through Saturday, April 4, 2020 (faculty may continue to teach face-to-face, however, we strongly encourage faculty who can opt to use remote forms of instruction to do so). 

 

Resources for faculty regarding remote methods of instruction are available at: 

 

Resources for students regarding preparation for online and hybrid classes are available at https://peralta.instructure.com/courses/442. 

   

Please note:  The Colleges and District Offices will remain open.  Administration and staff are expected to report to work unless they are ill. The aim of this approach is to maintain academic continuity and proactively take steps to protect the community by reducing the number of people gathered in public spaces.    

 

We will continue to update you.    

 

 

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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: https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/. 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

https://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/wellness-center/

College Nurse: (510) 981-2996

 

College of Alameda Health & Wellness Services

https://alameda.peralta.edu/student-service/health-services/

Main contact number: (510) 748-2320

 

Laney College Wellness Center

https://laney.edu/health_center/

College Nurse: (510) 464-3516

 

Merritt College Health Services Center

https://www.merritt.edu/wp/health/

Main Contact Number: (510) 436-2533

 

Please visit https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ 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

Chancellor

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The Puente Project

19 November 2019

Merritt College Puente Merritt College 19-20 Puente Project cohort
 
 

The Peralta Colleges are proud participants in the Puente Project.The Puente Project is a national award-winning program that has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California’s educationally underrepresented students since 1981.

 
​Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The program is interdisciplinary in approach, with writing, counseling and mentoring components.
 
 
Started in 1981 at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California, the program has since expanded to 4 middle schools, 38 high schools and 65 community colleges throughout the state. Puente staff train middle school, high school and community college instructors and counselors to implement a program of rigorous instruction, focused academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community. Puente’s staff training programs have benefited approximately 300,000 students across the state. Puente is open to all students.
 
 
 

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As Seen On TV: Roadtrip Nation Visits Merritt College

16 October 2019

Roadtrip Nation is coming to Merritt College! Come visit the big green RV on the Merritt College campus on Thursday, October 17.

The Roadtrip Nation Roadies are here to debut their newest career exploration tool, Roadmap to Careers—a free resource for all of our students! Swing by their RV outside of the Merritt College library between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to get the free login credentials and to hear more about Roadmap to Careers. Snag some swag and learn more about how this free online resource will help you take the next step toward your dream job.

You may have seen the big green RV of Roadtrip Nation on their PBS television series which started in 2004 and is still going strong. Roadtrip Nation combines reality television with career planning under the basic premise of “find what you love.”

Fun fact: did you know that Dr. Steve Pantell, Merritt College counselor and Articulation Officer, is a huge fan of the program and its online resources for career counselors? He enthusiastically connected Roadtrip Nation with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and after some negotiations the result is free access to the Roadtrip Nation “Roadmap to Careers” program for students at all community colleges in the state.

It’s going to be fun and educational! See you there!

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