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All Four Colleges Now Offering Free Meals

14 July 2020

Merritt Food Distribution

On May 26, 2020, Peralta Community College District reported that Laney College and College of Alameda had formed partnerships with Steph and Aisha Curry’s non-profit Eat.Learn.Play and the World Central Kitchen to provide free meals for students.  Now all four colleges have solidified their partnership with these great nonprofits to serve our community.  Merritt College started their program on May 28. Berkeley City College began their program on Friday June 5th.

  • Laney College Lunch & Produce is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from Noon to 2pm with drive thru pickup available at 900 Fallon Street.
  • College of Alameda “Grab-N-Go Free Lunch” is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30am to 1:30pm with drive thru pickup available at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.
  • Merritt College “Grab N Go Free Lunch” is available on Tuesday and Thursday, from Noon to 2pm, off-campus at the David E. Glover Education and Technology Center located at 6948 Foothill Blvd, Oakland.
  • Berkeley City College lunches are available on Fridays from 11:30am to 2pm at 2050 Center St., Berkeley.  BCC also provides free groceries at the Berkeley Food Network on 1001 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710 between 12pm – 3pm every MondayWe are looking for volunteers on Monday if you’d like to help out.

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12th Annual African/African American Graduation

10 July 2020

Dear Peralta Colleges Faculty, Saff and Administrators 

The 12th Annual African/African American Graduation Planning Committee cordially invites you to participate in this year’s virtual celebration of the Peralta Colleges graduating African and African American students. Please join us for the recorded graduation celebration at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2020Click on the link below to access YouTube for viewing:

https://web.peralta.edu/african-african-american-graduation/ 

“And…Still I Rise: Strength, Resiliency and Beauty in the Black Community” is the theme of this year’s graduation. The virtual occasion will be marked by libation, inspiring speaker remarks, drumming, uplifting music, and the personalized recognition of the 2020 African and African American graduates from the College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College, and Merritt College. As always, this cultural celebration is in service to our African/African American students and will highlight the significance of their higher educational achievements to their family and the broader community, as well.

Questions? Please feel free to contact one of the following committee members:

We look forward to your participation in celebrating the educational achievements of the 2020 Peralta Colleges African and African American graduates.  

Ramona F. Butler

EOPS/CARE Coordinator

Berkeley City College

bcc-eops@peralta.edu

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Peralta Saves Taxpayers $5 Million with Bond Refinancing

1 July 2020

Oakland, CA – In the latest demonstration of financial stewardship by the Peralta Community College District (PCCD), the District has sold General Obligation bonds from bond measures passed in 2006, 2009, and 2018 to finance capital projects throughout the district while saving taxpayers $5.1 million in reduced debt service.

In April, the District successfully sold $115 million of general obligation bonds authorized by the voters of Alameda County in the election of 2006 (Measure A) and 2018 (Measure G) at a much lower rate than what was promised to taxpayers, successfully minimizing any added debt.  Soon after, the District refunded $22.9 million of its series 2009 (Measure E) bonds to generate $5.1 million in debt service savings for taxpayers. Like the district’s new money issuance, the refunding bonds received high ratings of AA- from Standard & Poor’s and AA by Fitch Ratings.

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This was made possible by the careful planning, successful marketing strategy, and expert monitoring of market conditions by the District and its financing team.

“We’re pleased to save the taxpayers over $5 million dollars while fulfilling our mission to deliver educational services and programs that enhance the region’s human, economic, environmental, and social development. This latest success wouldn’t be possible without the leadership of Dr. Carla Walter, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, who led a team of financial advisors, bond counsel, bankers, underwriters, and more to make this savings for taxpayers possible,” said PCCD Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud. “We continue to be grateful to the people of Alameda County for making capital improvements of the Peralta Community College District a priority.”

Bond funding is being used to support the District-wide facilities master plan, which includes renovating aging classrooms, building new science and technology labs, and modernizing facilities that are decades old. This will provide all of the students who attend Peralta Colleges with the first-rate educational environment they deserve. To learn more about the different capital projects underway at Laney College, College of Alameda, Berkeley Community College, and Merritt College, please visit build.peralta.edu.

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Campuses and District Office Remain Closed through Summer Semester

29 June 2020

Dear Peralta Community,

The Peralta Community College District college campuses and the district office will remain closed through August 2, 2020.  Personnel performing essential functions may be required to work on-site.

On June 18, 2020, the Alameda County Public Health Officer issued Health Officer Order No. 20-14a which extended Shelter in Place indefinitely. It has not been rescinded. We realize the open-ended nature of this order makes planning difficult and hope this update is helpful.

District continues remote service and work-from-home

Even with this revised order, the Peralta Community College District—including the College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College, Merritt College, and the District Office—will remain in remote service modality through the end of Summer 2020 semester (August 2, 2020).   Most classes and services will continue to be offered remotely, and most employees will continue to work from home, during that time frame.

It may be possible at a later date to restore limited campus operations under certain conditions. The District’s emergency operations team continues to assess conditions and develop plans based on the guidance in the health order and on institutional capacities. Any future changes in the District’s current operating model will be shared in advance.

Return to Campus Task Force

I have convened a Return to Campus Task Force to make recommendations on a safe transition back to work on the campuses and at the District Office.

Thank you to the custodians, groundskeepers, and engineers, who have been reporting to campus throughout the shelter in place orders and to the Administrators, Classified Professionals and Faculty who continue to demonstrate remarkable dedication to serving the community and meeting the mission.

We will continue to focus on keeping the community safe and supporting student educational needs during this time and into the future.

Take good care,

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor

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Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees Unanimously Passes Resolution Affirming Commitment to African American Students

16 June 2020

OAKAND, CA – The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution entitled Affirming Our Commitment To Student Success For African American Students. As an institution that has long fostered and embodied social justice teachings, the district’s “commitment to diversity and inclusion also requires advocating and employing our collective voice to identify and eliminate barriers to equity.”

“I thank the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees for their commitment to African American Student Success,” said Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud. “The Board recognizes the impact Peralta Community College District can have on removing institutional racism that creates and maintains disparities for Black students in health, education, housing, employment, income, and opportunity. The African American community entrusts us as educators with their lives, stories, culture – their hopes and dreams – We must not fail our community.”

72% of all Black undergraduates enrolled in higher education in California are enrolled in California community colleges. The majority of these students are adult learners who work full-time while attending college part-time due to family commitments and a struggle with basic needs insecurities. With this resolution, the PCCD commits to working collaboratively with internal and external partners to remove these barriers to Black students; fostering a culture where all members of the Black community are safe, respected and valued; maintaining a strong commitment to antiracist efforts; and supporting funding and policy recommendations that further these efforts. The full text of the resolution can be found here.

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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2020 African and African American Virtual Graduation: “And…Still I Rise” Strength, Resiliency and Beauty in the Black Community

16 June 2020

The 2020 Peralta Colleges African and African American graduates from Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College are cordially invited to participate in the 12th Annual African and African American Graduation virtual celebration via YouTube beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

“And…Still I Rise: Strength, Resiliency and Beauty in the Black Community” is the theme of this year’s graduation. All Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020 African and African American graduates are eligible for participation. In order to include your personal graduation information in this virtual celebration, you are required to submit the following information by e-mail to africangrad@peralta.edu as soon as possible, but no later than June 25, 2020:

  1. First Name, Middle Initial (if applicable) and Last Name
  2. A current active e-mail that you check on a regular basis
  3. Text-able telephone number

You will then be contacted by the Marching Orders Company via e-mail. Marching Orders will request that you submit the following information by a specific deadline date, but do not delay:

  1. First Name, Middle Initial (if applicable) and Last Name
  2. Upload a photo:
    1. A headshot
    2. Picture of your choice
    3. Cap and Gown picture, if available
  3. There will be a personal message section that you will also need to upload. In that section please describe whose shoulders you stand on (150 characters maximum). For example, Who had the most influence on your life? Who inspired you? Who made sacrifices for you to succeed? Whose words and actions have brought you to who you are today? Who do you need to thank today?

We look forward to your participation! Questions please e-mail africangrad@peralta.edu

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Peralta Bond Project Outreach Program

12 June 2020

The Peralta Community College District is sincerely thankful for the generosity and support of the citizens of Alameda County. We are actively building the new Peralta our community deserves.

In fulfilling this vision for a new Peralta, the district is committed to making sure the process has a direct, positive impact on the community and economy. It is district policy to work towards at least 25% small local business participation in capital improvement projects.

To achieve this goal, the district held a community outreach forum sponsored by AECOM (the company helping manage district bond projects). Emails were sent to hundreds of vendors and the event was publicized on social media along with advertisements in six local newspapers

More than 120 people attended representing businesses interested in working on the bond project. This is the first of several such events; the district will continue to reach out to local community vendors, providing them the training and tools to bid be a part of this tremendous opportunity.

After an initial presentation by AECOM describing some of the upcoming projects, there was an extensive question and answer period that allowed panelists to answer over 75 questions during the workshop. Attendees voluntarily answered online survey to provide crucial information about their firms. The feedback provided will allow for data collections on firms’ ownership ethnicity, business experience, and interest in technical assistance support related to the bond program.

A new Auto and Diesel Technology building at College of Alameda, a replacement for the Horticulture building at Merritt College, Berkeley City College expanding into a new, additional building, a new Library Learning Resource Center at Laney College: these are just some of the many projects in various stages of planning. There are opportunities to provide architectural services, civil/structural engineering, records management and inspection, surveying, information technology, landscape architecture, hazardous materials disposal and more.

Go to Build.Peralta.edu to catch a glimpse of the exciting future and to find out how we can help make it a reality together.

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Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series Presents Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch III

15 May 2020

Lonnie Bunch III lecture flier

The popular Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series will present Lonnie Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and former Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, both located in Washington DC. The online broadcast will be Thursday, May 28, at 7 pm PST at http://learn.nonprofitleadershipalliance.org/BLEHLecture/  and focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s question: “Where do we go from here: Chaos or community?”. The evening will also feature commentary by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the Hon. Elihu M. Harris will introduce the session. The event is free and no advance registration is necessary.

The Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series is now in its ninth year, has presented more than 25 events with dozens of civil rights leaders. The Series is produced by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, CA, and the Peralta Community College District.

About Lonnie Bunch III
Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian overseeing 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers.
Previously, Bunch was the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. When he started as director in July 2005, he had one staff member, no collections, no funding and no site for a museum. Driven by optimism, determination and a commitment to build “a place that would make America better,” Bunch transformed a vision into a bold reality. The museum has welcomed more than 6 million visitors since it opened in September 2016 and compiled a collection of 40,000 objects that are housed in the first “green building” on the National Mall.

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Four Students Receive Oakland A’s Sports Management Endowed Scholarship Award

13 May 2020

The Peralta Colleges Foundation has selected four students to receive the Oakland A’s Sports Management Endowed Scholarship Award. Xingzhen Ma (Laney College), Jafet Ortega (Berkeley City College), Nathan Quach (College of Alameda), and Erica Williams (Merritt College) will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to apply toward college tuition and expenses. The scholarship recipients will also be eligible for future internships with the A’s.
 
The scholarships are part of the Oakland Athletics Scholars Program (OASP), established in 2018 as part of the A’s $100,0000 endowment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation to support scholarships for students. OASP
provides four scholarships annually to students enrolled in a variety of disciplines, including Business; Digital Media and Communications; Information Technology; Hospitality/Retail; and Environment and Sustainability.
 
“We are proud to support and invest in the education of dedicated students through our annual Oakland Athletics Scholars Program,” said Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval. “These students are facing such adversity
as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and we hope these scholarships provide relief and assistance during this difficult time.”
 
“As an Oakland native, I am incredibly grateful for the Oakland Athletics’ investment in Peralta Colleges. The partnership demonstrates the A’s belief and value in the power of education and the importance of working
together to build our region’s workforce,” said Peralta Colleges Foundation Executive Director LaNiece Jones. “During these unprecedented times, the Oakland A’s Sports Management Endowed Scholarship Award is proven to be invaluable in the lives of four driven and deserving students whose livelihood has been extremely challenged due to the onset of COVID-19.”
 
The OASP scholarship is available to qualified students from all four Peralta Community Colleges: Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College. For more information on scholarships
through the Peralta Colleges Foundation, visit peraltafoundation.org

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Chancellor’s Announcement: Fall 2020 Instruction and Student Services Update

11 May 2020

Dear Peralta Community College District Faculty, Staff and Students, 

As you wrap up this Spring semester, you are no doubt trying to make plans for the coming Summer and Fall semesters. I would like to provide some information that may be helpful to you as you make your plans.  

We continue to work closely with local public health officials and the State Chancellors Office while we serve the community and meet our mission. Like other community colleges across the state, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College will offer the majority of the courses and services this Fall 2020 semester as 100% online or hybrid (part online with limited face-to-face class time). Some courses that do not lend themselves to remote instruction easily, such as some career education laboratory disciplines, will be offered face-to-face where it is needed and safe to do so. Because we prioritize your safety, we recognize that there may be a small number of courses that will not be offered this Fall but we expect to offer them in Spring 2021. 

Student services will continue to be offered online, including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, and Counseling, to name a few.

We are making every effort to minimize disruptions to the educational mission as we support student success in achieving desired certificates, degrees, and transfer. In preparation for Fall 2020, we will make changes within classrooms and laboratories to observe public health directives and guidance such as increased hand washing, avoiding sharing equipment when possible, systematic classroom cleaning protocols, and recommendations on facial coverings and/or physical distancing. In the meantime, we will continue to engage in the necessary discussions with faculty and staff to ensure the best decisions in service of you and your goals. 

This Summer and throughout Fall 2020 each college will be offering instructional workshops or classes for faculty and students to learn the basics of Canvas (the platform PCCD uses for online instruction). Based on the State Chancellor’s Office requirements and accreditation considerations, all your faculty will be using Canvas to serve you.  

I hope this information is helpful as you make plans to complete your educational goals.  Please visit https://safe.peralta.edu/  for the latest status information and resources for students, faculty/staff, and the community.

Thank you and take good care,

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor

Peralta Community College District

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