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Peralta Colleges Earn Elevated Accreditation Status

27 January 2022


“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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Peralta Colleges Hire Tim Thomas as Director of Public Safety

10 November 2021

Newly created role will oversee campus security as part of the Peralta Community College District’s innovative holistic approach to public safety and restorative justice

At their regular meeting on November 9, 2021, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Timothy “Tim” Thomas as the Director of Public Safety serving the District and its four colleges. The Director of Public Safety is a new role created as part of the District’s vision for a holistic community-oriented approach to campus safety and security. Mr. Thomas, who has extensive experience as both a law enforcement officer and a college educator, will start on November 15, 2021.

“This is a dream job for me,” said Tim Thomas. “Dreams can come true. From early childhood I wanted to be involved with law enforcement and I was fortunate to become a police officer. I was also inspired by some amazing teachers growing up which led me to become an educator. I love teaching people, interacting with students in the classroom. And I grew up right here in Oakland, where I learned the importance of community. At the Peralta Colleges I’ll be mixing my passions for public safety, community engagement, and education. I know there’s a lot of work to do and I’m excited to get started.”

Thomas brings twenty years of law enforcement experience to the job, including service as a police officer and private security manager. He has served as Criminal Justice adjunct faculty at Institute of Technology – Modesto and faculty at Carrington College’s Stockton campus where he directed the Criminal Justice: Corrections program.

He also has deep understanding of California Community Colleges, having attended Chabot College before completing his B.A. in Criminal Justice at California State University – Stanislaus and his master’s degree in criminology from American Public University. He spent several years working at the Contra Costa Community College District where he started a program called S.T.A.R.S. (Student Together Awareness Response Safe). Thomas hopes to create something similar at the Peralta Colleges. “I’m excited to be fostering a community-based model at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College. We all have a role to play in public safety.”

“Welcome home, Tim,” said Peralta Community College District Interim Chancellor Dr. Jannett N. Jackson. “The right person at the right place at the right time can change the world. Tim, from right here in Oakland, is the right person to lead our campus public safety efforts at this pivotal time as we move away from a traditional policing model and work toward our vision for community oriented restorative justice, and a holistic view of public safety that includes meeting basic needs like food and housing, as well as providing mental health services. It’s not going to happen overnight; but we are absolutely moving in the right direction as we keep our students, staff, and community safe.”

In June 2019, the Peralta Board of Trustees asked the District administrative team to start planning for a new, holistic plan for campus safety. In June 2020, the Trustees voted to end the District’s contract with Alameda County Sherriff’s Office (ACSO) at the end of the year. Since January 1, 2021, the Peralta Colleges have been served by locally owned private unarmed security teams. In June 2021, the Trustees reinforced their commitment to social justice and public safety by unanimously passing Resolution 20/21-33 Renewing Support for the Holistic Safety and Wellness of District Students.

Organizationally, Campus Public Safety is part of the Department of General Services at the Peralta Community College District, however, Tim Thomas will be reporting directly to Chancellor Jackson when he begins on November 15th. “I will personally make sure that Tim has the resources and support he needs to be successful,” said Dr. Jackson. “Campus safety and security is so important for students and employees alike. For now, I want Tim to be part of the Chancellor’s Cabinet which I think will help him learn about Peralta and just as importantly, it will help facilitate the work he will be doing at the Colleges.”

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Peralta Executive Leadership Statement

31 May 2020

The world watched as Mr. George Floyd lay dying an excruciatingly slow death as a Police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – an eternity if you are simply trying to breathe.  By now, most of us have seen this video and have had the experience of watching someone die – invoking a kind of anguish that is inconsolable.

We want to acknowledge that pain and anguish.  As a community, we are in the midst of responding to a pandemic that has already killed more than 100,000 people in the United States (disproportionately, black and brown people) and we have mobilized our institutional resources to continue to carry out the mission of the district – to continue to empower and transform the community through education.

However, the killing of Mr. Floyd reminds us that long before the COVID-19 pandemic, we had another epidemic, the legally sanctioned and systematically structured brutality and destruction of black people – people of the African diaspora.  And each “outbreak” of this epidemic – whether it is started by being black and jogging, shopping, driving, or birdwatching, re-opens the wounds and intractable pain of longstanding racism.

We invite you to share ideas you may have that support us all in learning and growing in this space of racial literacy and critical consciousness.  We are committed to the responsible use of our positions to support the Peralta Community College District family and we invite you to do the same.  You may consider:

  • Using your professional or academic expertise to convene forums and panels that provide discussion, exploration, and reflection on structural, historical, and systemic racism.
  • Sharing a list of helpful resources.
  • Sharing ideas on how we may support the community and engage in anti-racist efforts.
  • Accessing your MHN Employee Assistance Program (Company code: Peralta) services.

Ms. Kaitlin Smith, marketing and communications writer for Facing History and Ourselves, recently posted a Facing History Blog entitled “Bearing Witness: The Death of George Floyd”.  In it, she invites one to “…explore the resources below as you process this tragedy and the broader histories of violence in which it is embedded:”

Our students and community deserve the leadership that we all can bring to bear on this challenge.  Reach out to your respective leaders if you need us or have ideas for us.  We want you to know, that with every ounce of our being, we are here with and for you as members of the Peralta Community College District family.


  • Dr. Siri Brown
  • Dr. Angélica Garcia
  • Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson
  • Dr. David Johnson
  • Mr. Mark Johnson
  • Dr. Tim Karas
  • Mr. Antoine Mehouelly
  • Dr. Leigh Sata
  • Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud
  • Delisle Warden, JD
  • Chanelle Whittaker, JD

Additionally, across the district messages were shared responding to this terrible tragedy, touching on the larger issues that it raises. Below are letters sent from the chancellor and the four college presidents.

Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud
Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia
College of Alameda President Dr. Timothy Karas
Laney College President Dr. Tammeil Y. Gilkerson
Merritt College President Dr. David M. Johnson

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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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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

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 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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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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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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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

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:

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


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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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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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