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District Seeks Additional Volunteers for Citizens’ Oversight Committees

25 October 2019

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is seeking district residents to serve on its Measure G Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Measure E Citizens’ Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

During the election of Nov. 2018, Northern Alameda County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure G, the District’s $800 million bond proposal to facilitate improvements to facilities and new construction. Voters also approved Measure E, extending the current $48 per parcel tax to supplement funding for core academic programs at the Peralta Colleges, which include Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland.

The District is indebted to the community for its support and grateful for continued confidence and trust in our mission to provide accessible, high-quality higher education, career training and work force development.

The Peralta Community College District is committed to responsible stewardship of all bond and parcel tax funds. Measures G and E adhere to all accountability standards governing the management of these programs. Two separate Citizens’ Oversight Committees, comprised of members of the community, will provide bond and parcel tax oversight, reviewing all expenditures to ensure alignment with the ballot text.

Open recruitment for the two new oversight committees took place earlier this year. That recruitment period resulted in the Board of Trustees selecting the first cohort of members to each committee at their September 22, 2019 meeting. But additional members are needed for each committee so the Trustees voted to re-open the application period.

Pursuant to state law and the Bond Measures Oversight Committee Bylaws, the Bond Committee shall have at least seven members.  The members of the Committee need to include one member who represents each of five categories as well as two at-large members. As of today, October 25, 2019, we have 7 total members (the minimum required) but are missing representation from one of the five categories: a Community College Supporter (Advisory Council or Foundation). So we need one (1) more member for this committee filling that Community College Supporter role.

The Parcel Tax Measures Oversight Committee Bylaws indicate that the Committee is to consist of at least seven members.  The Trustees appointed five (5) members at their September 22 meeting so we need two (2) more members for this committee.  These are all at large memberships with no specific representation required.  

If you know of any individuals that might be interested in serving on either committee, please encourage them to apply. The application for the Bond Measures Oversight Committee is available here.  The application for the Parcel Tax Measures Oversight Committee is available here. To apply, please fill out the application and email to Ms. Brenda Martinez, Assistant to the Chancellor and Board Clerk, at bmartinez@peralta.edu.

Candidates appointed to the independent, volunteer oversight committees review and report to the public on the District’s bond and parcel tax expenditures, respectively. Applicants must reside in the District’s service area, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont. Applicants may not be an employee, contractor, consultant or vendor of the District. Deadline for application submission is December 1, 2019.

Additional information and applications to serve on a committee may be found online at: https://web.peralta.edu/bond-reports/

With the passage of the bond issue, the District will address several priorities over the next five-to-seven years. Many new facilities will be built or refurbished, including a new library at Laney College and a new child development center at Merritt College.

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, Calif. 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 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 Peralta.edu (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 markjohnson@peralta.edu 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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Mark Johnson appointed Interim Executive Director of Public Information

25 July 2019

Johnson will oversee marketing, communication, and media for the District and the four Peralta Colleges

OAKLAND, Calif. (July 25, 2019) – On July 23, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) approved the appointment of Mark Johnson as Interim Executive Director of Public Information, Communication & Media.

Starting on July 29, 2019, Johnson will lead PCCD’s marketing efforts by directing the District Office of Public Information, Communication & Media. He will work closely with the Presidents and Public Information Officers of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College to raise awareness of college programs serving the Alameda County community.

Johnson has over twenty years of marketing leadership experience with a focus on education and scholarly communication. Chancellor Frances (Fran) White commented, “I am very thrilled to have Mark Johnson join our Peralta team. In addition to his leadership skills, he brings a deep background in communication technology and digital marketing tools to our organization. I look forward to working with him to grow visibility and enrollment at PCCD.”

Johnson’s higher education experience includes eight years at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., the last three years leading the Publisher Relations department of HighWire Press, an auxiliary business unit of the Stanford University Libraries. Johnson served as Vice President, Publisher Relations, at HighWire Press, Inc., after Stanford University sold the business to private equity investors.

Johnson previously served as Director of Marketing at Public Library of Science (PLOS), a non-profit publisher in San Francisco, Calif., where he and his team created greater recognition for the PLOS brand and its authors, reviewers, and editors. He led multi-channel demand-generation campaigns for authorship in PLOS journals and championed the creation of PLOS Research News and the PLOS podcast (the “PLOScast”).

As Marketing Director for Cell Press, a commercial publisher in Cambridge, Mass., he helped launch many of the Cell-branded journals, including Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, Cancer Cell, and Cell Metabolism.

“I’ve spent my career using cutting edge technologies to help university scientists communicate their research to the broadest possible audience so they get jobs and promotions,” says Johnson. “I’m super excited to be shifting my education focus upstream to promote the fabulous undergraduate and professional certification programs available from the Peralta District Colleges. I look forward to helping current and prospective students in our community get a great education so they too can get jobs and promotions!”

Johnson grew up in Kansas but has been a San Francisco Bay Area resident since 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas and his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, both in Radio-Television-Film. He’s looking forward to working with the Peralta staff on the award-winning Peralta TV network and radio station, KCPC-LP 96.9 FM.

Johnson is an active volunteer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and he has been a fundraiser, mentor, and coach for their Team In Training cycling program since 2010. He occasionally competes in triathlons and has finished several Ironman Arizona and Escape From Alcatraz events.

 

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, Calif. 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-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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“Focus on Your Best Health” health care advocacy event May 18, featuring Congresswoman Barbara Lee

16 May 2019

Join us for a conversation with community healthcare leaders Glenda F. Newell, M.D. and Brenda B. Spriggs, M.D., co-authors of Focus on Your Best Health

Moderated by Michael LeNoir, M.D. of the African American Wellness Project

Featuring Special Guest Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Saturday, May 18, 2019
1-3 p.m.
Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health bldg. on Merritt College campus, Rm. S-449
12500 Campus Drive
Oakland, CA 94619

RSVP by May 11 to FocusOnYourBestHealth@gmail.com

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Communication from Board President Bonilla to all Peralta Employees

15 May 2019

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Peralta partners with the Superior Court of Alameda County for Legal Processing Assistant and Courtroom Clerk certificates

3 May 2019

The first partnership of its kind helps students compete for livable wage jobs and provides the court a larger, more diverse collection of local talent to fill positions

OAKLAND, Calif. (May 3, 2019) – In a powerful pairing of academia and the judiciary, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) and the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda announced today a partnership to offer a pathway into employment as a Legal Processing Assistant (LPA) or Courtroom Clerk.

A new program offered through the Paralegal Studies Program at Merritt College in Oakland, Calif. beginning this coming fall semester will prepare students for successful careers in public service. Programs for both tracks (LPA and Courtroom Clerk) can be completed within one-to-two semesters and will include work-based learning opportunities, application support, and interview preparation. Internships with the Superior Court are also being developed.

LtoR Hon. Tara Desautels (asst. presiding judge), Chad Finke (court executive officer), Kasha Clarke (chapter president, SEIU Local 1021), Merritt College President Burns, Linnea Willis (program director, Paralegal Studies), Marie Amboy (director, Strong Workforce, PCCD)

“The new partnership will make training for Legal Processing Assistant and Courtroom Clerk positions more accessible to the local community and equip graduates to participate in the workforce and earn a living wage,” said Marie Amboy, strong workforce director, Peralta Community College District. “In turn, the Court will have access to a more diverse local talent pool with the skills needed to be competitive in today’s marketplace.”

According to Amboy, this is the first time a community college district has partnered with a local court and received support from their local union to address existing barriers to employment and to develop certificates and a clear pathway to livable wage jobs.

“The Court appreciates being a part of this unprecedented partnership with Peralta,” said Chad Finke, court executive officer, Superior Court of Alameda County. “We view this as a ‘win-win-win’ situation for our employees, job seekers and, most importantly, the public.”

Because these are online courses, Amboy said they are ideal for working students who are seeking a job with a living wage, great benefits, and inroads into additional roles and long-term careers in the justice system.

“Another key benefit is that the course program eliminates the requirement to take an exam, something when used as the primary criterion for placement can create a barrier to candidates who might otherwise excel at their job,” added Amboy.

The Court will be working hand-in-hand with PCCD to develop the content of the courses.
Hon. Tara Desautels (asst. presiding judge)

The Legal Processing Assistant Certificate will include these Merritt College Paralegal Studies courses:

  • Parlg 1: Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
  • Parlg 4: Law Office Management
  • Parlg 6: Legal Research
  • Parlg 16: Seminar in Paralegal Studies Internship
  • COPED 474A: Occupational Work Experience in Paralegal Studies

The Courtroom Clerk Certificate will include these Merritt College Paralegal Studies courses:

  • Parlg 1: Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
  • Parlg 4: Law Office Management
  • Parlg 6: Legal Research
  • Parlg 8: Intro to Civil Procedure and Litigation Practice
  • Parlg 16: Seminar in Paralegal Studies Internship
  • COPED 474A: Occupational Work Experience in Paralegal Studies

To apply to the Fall 2019 program, students must complete and submit an application by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. For more information or to request an application form, please email: strongworkforce@peralta.edu.

The courtroom clerks are responsible for clerical courtroom activities, interacting with the attorneys and the public, administering oaths, assisting with the impaneling juries, and are responsible for the inventory and safekeeping of the exhibits. A Courtroom Clerk currently makes between $26 and $31 per hour.

Legal processing assistants receive, examine, prepare, file, process and maintain a variety of legal documents; assist the public in person and over the telephone; and, verify, enter and retrieve information from automated and manual record keeping systems. LPAs are distinguished from Courtroom Clerks in that the latter perform clerical activities within a courtroom setting. An LPA currently makes between $22 and $26 an hour.

While the program’s benefits to job seekers and the courts are clear, the program is also blessed by the union, who see it as an excellent opportunity to up-train its members.

“SEIU couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities this program will bring to our community, as well as increase the Superior Court’s accessibility to additional qualified candidates,” said Kasha Clarke, chapter president, SEIU Local 1021.

“Our Merritt College Paralegal Studies Program is experienced in training future paralegals, law clerks, attorneys, legal secretaries and various other positions within the legal industry, and this partnership will create job opportunities for our existing and future students,” said Linnea N. Willis, program director, Paralegal Studies Department, Merritt College. “Court clerks are the backbone of the court system and we look forward not only to educating students to become legal processing assistants, but also to educating existing legal processing assistants so they can obtain advancement and promotion within the Alameda County Superior Court system.”

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, Calif. 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 nearly 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

About Merritt College

Nestled in the hills above San Francisco Bay, Merritt College in Oakland, Calif. offers students the opportunity to study in one of the most dramatic natural settings in Northern California. With a panorama that includes the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, Merritt’s striking vistas provide a breathtaking backdrop for a packed roster of first-rate academic and vocational programs. One of the four colleges that make up the Peralta Community College District, Merritt boasts acclaimed programs in cybersecurity, community social services, registered nursing, child development, nutrition & dietetics, environmental studies, and landscape horticulture. Visit www.merritt.edu

About the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

The Superior Court of California for the County of Alameda is established under Article VI of the Constitution of California. It functions as the trial court for all cases filed in Alameda County, including criminal, civil, family, juvenile, and traffic. The Court has 73 authorized judicial positions, nearly 700 employees, and ten court facilities available to serve the public. In addition, the Court offers a host of other services, including a Self-Help Center and a robust Collaborative Courts program.

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Merritt College named Cyber FastTrack National “Top Tier College,” Leads California in cybersecurity talent discovery

29 April 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (April 29, 2019) – Merritt College in Oakland, Calif. has reached the Top Tier (the top three percent) of U.S. colleges in identifying students with a natural aptitude to excel in cybersecurity.

Merritt College Cybersecurity Program students play a pivotal role in the national initiative launched by 25 state governors to close the elite cyber skills gap with China and Russia. After 17 days of Cyber FastTrack competition, Merritt College was ranked second in California and 33rd in the nation, out of 5,200 US colleges, in the number of students discovering their aptitude for cybersecurity careers. The open access discovery opportunity ends on May 10, 2019.

The state-by-state Cyber FastTrack leaderboard is posted at:

https://www.sans.org/cyber-fast-track/state-ranking

National rankings:

https://www.sans.org/cyber-fast-track/nationally-ranked

According to Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, “The leadership shown by Merritt College is commendable. Without the talent being discovered in Cyber FastTrack, shortages of elite talent will put the United States at a severe disadvantage in protecting power systems, financial systems and military systems in times of conflict, and protecting businesses and personal privacy in peacetime. Merritt College has set a high bar for other schools in California and in the nation.” 

Students who do well in the assessment will win access to a simulation/game called CyberStart in which they solve increasingly challenging real-world problems faced by cybersecurity professionals. They will also gain access to CyberStart Essentials, a hands-on, on-line cybersecurity foundations course, and they will become eligible for $2.5 million in scholarships for advanced study in cybersecurity and direct connections to employers seeking elite cyber talent. 

SANS Institute partnered with 25 state governors to launch Cyber FastTrack. “It takes very little work to expand participation and many students are surprised to learn they have a lot of talent and like the challenges,” added Paller. 

In launching Cyber Fastrack, the governors encouraged high school students (during March/April) and college students (April/May) to discover whether they liked cybersecurity challenges and had the tenacity, curiosity, and problem-solving skills needed by professionals in the field.

More information on Cyber FastTrack may be found at: https://www.cyber-fasttrack.org/

The Cyber FastTrack program rewards creativity while at the same time provides skills that could be used to land a well-paid job, so the 42 students from Merritt we have participating are really enjoying the challenge, said Marie-Elaine Burns, Ph.D., president, Merritt College. Our society is more dependent upon digital information than ever before, and protecting that information from cybersecurity threats has become a crucial aspect of information technology.

“That crisis makes our cybersecurity program increasingly popular and our graduates in keen demand,” she added. “In fact, we are proud to be graduating our fourth class of qualified cybersecurity professionals at Merritt College in May.”

The Consortium of Information Systems Executives (CISE), as well as leading CIOs/CISOs from across the Bay Area, developed Merritt College’s accredited two-year degree program in Applications and Infrastructure Security to address this crisis.

Merritt College is currently the only California community college to offer an Associate Degree in Information Security. The program was designed and is taught by San Francisco Bay Area Thought Leaders from companies including Symantec, McAfee, and Wells Fargo Online Banking, and has earned the support of Congressman Ro Khanna for its innovative approach to strengthening cybersecurity. CISE is dedicated to assisting less advantaged students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity and the program’s unique curriculum offers hands-on learning with real-world security systems to ensure graduates are prepared for the future of information security. For more information, visit: https://cisesecurity.com/

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 60 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates a practitioner’s qualifications via over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet’s early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (https://www.sans.org)

About Merritt College

Nestled in the hills above San Francisco Bay, Merritt College in Oakland, Calif. offers students the opportunity to study in one of the most dramatic natural settings in Northern California. With a panorama that includes the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, Merritt’s striking vistas provide a breathtaking backdrop for a packed roster of first-rate academic and vocational programs. One of the four colleges that make up the Peralta Community College District, Merritt boasts acclaimed programs in cybersecurity, community social services, registered nursing, child development, nutrition & dietetics, environmental studies, and landscape horticulture. Visit www.merritt.edu

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, Calif. 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

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Spencer Moore, Peralta Community College District

o (510) 466-7369, c (415) 317-7100, spencermoore@peralta.edu

or

Alan Paller, SANS Institute

(301) 520-2835, apaller@sans.edu

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Dr. Albert J. Harrison appointed interim vice chancellor of finance and administration

23 April 2019

A former chancellor at the District from 1995-99, Harrison comes out of retirement to oversee finance and administration

OAKLAND, Calif. (April 24, 2019) – On April 23, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) appointed Albert J. Harrison II, Ph.D. as interim vice chancellor of finance and administration.

Under a two-year contract starting April 25, 2019, Harrison is responsible for the administration and supervision of the District’s finance, accounting, accounts payable, payroll, purchasing, information technology (IT), internal auditing and budgeting services. He will monitor and direct the daily business operations and is responsible for coordination and providing support for budget development and oversight of the execution of the annual final budget.

“Dr. Harrison is a consummate educational leader,” said Frances (Fran) L. White, Ph.D., acting chancellor, PCCD. “I knew him when he was vice chancellor of finance and administration at Peralta, and later when he was chancellor at Peralta. Upon his retirement in 2004, I sought him out to come to College of Marin to help rebuild the finances at the college and achieve full accreditation status. I am grateful that he has committed to returning to Peralta to help us improve fiscal services and develop a sound fiscal improvement plan.”

Harrison is a practicing Certified Public Accountant, running a well-established CPA firm he founded in 1974. A former airman in the U.S. Air Force and police officer in Miami, he is also a retired educator who served more than 38 years in various positions with the California Community College System. Harrison began his professional career in academia in 1977 as budget director at Peralta Community College District and served as vice chancellor of financial services from 1984-95, eventually rising to become PCCD’s chancellor from 1995-1999. Subsequently, he was on the faculty at College of Alameda from 1999-2004, before heading to College of Marin as vice president of college operations from 2004-2013, including a period as interim president in 2010. Last year, he served as interim vice president at the College of Redwoods.

“I’m happy to return home and look forward to working with a great team in a wonderful institution,” said Dr. Harrison. “I wish to thank the chancellor and the board for their confidence in my ability to help.”

Harrison earned an associate degree at Miami Dade (Junior) College, a Bachelor of Science in accounting at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., an MBA at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., and a doctorate of philosophy in business administration with a specialization in management information systems, from Northcentral University in San Diego.

An active community volunteer, Harrison was on the board of directors of the San Francisco Community Music Center, Berkeley Oakland Support Services, and RC200, Urban Community College Districts. He was also an advisory committee member for California State University, East Bay; on the chancellor’s advisory committee at Cal-Berkeley; and, is currently a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. Harrison is also an accomplished jazz musician.

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, Calif. 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-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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Inspiring KQED piece features Merritt College student Montel Floyd

18 April 2019

When Montel Floyd graduates in May from Merritt College, he’ll be the first person in his family with a college degree. Check out this inspiring piece from KQED. #inspiration #communitycollege

 

https://www.kqed.org/news/11739400/at-these-high-schools-enrolling-in-college-isnt-just-encouraged-its-required

 

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