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Afghan Community Statement of Support

13 September 2021

September 10, 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

To PCCD students and our Afghan Community who are experiencing hardship and trauma because of the violence and aggression towards women and religious minorities in Afghanistan, please know that we stand with you. We especially want to express our solidarity with all who have been impacted by this crisis, and our commitment to protecting students extends to you, your families, friends, and other loved ones, for we all embrace Women’s rights, democracy, and other rights such as Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion that have been afforded to us by our Constitution.

We also want to remind students about the free access to personal and mental health counseling resources available at each of our college campuses. Information about these services at each college may be found below.

To our valued employees who have been impacted, you have access to free, confidential counseling through the PCCD Employee Assistance Program administered by MHN.  Please refer to the MHN link for further information, or call them toll-free at 1-800-535-4985, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; TDD callers can dial 1-800-327-0801.  

We are deeply saddened by these recent events, yet we support and stand with you.  
 
Best wishes for success as you continue your educational journey at Berkeley City College, College Of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.

In Community,
 
Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Peralta Community College District Interim Chancellor
Dr. Angélica Garcia, Berkeley City College President
Dr. Nathaniel Jones III, College of Alameda President
Dr. Rudy Besikof, Laney College President
Dr. David M. Johnson, Merritt College President

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Department of General Services update 8/19/21

19 August 2021

CLEANING AND TESTING: With completion of the Security Dispatch facility, cleaning and testing activities are complete.

AIR FILTERS REPLACEMENT: The ACCO HVAC Filter Replacement work that replaces the MERV 7 / 8 filters with MERV 13 filters is nearly complete. All dirty filters will be off site by Friday.

Air testing by Forensic Analytical will commence.

SIGNAGE: Copies of the first group of approved signs have been shared with the college presidents. Printing of these should be completed no later than Friday.

SITE ENTRY PROCEDURES: Training of security personnel on Campus Shield and Company Nurse is scheduled Thursday 8/19.

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Chancellor’s Announcement: Vaccination Policy Update August 5, 2021

5 August 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

As a follow-up to my message July 30, 2021, this is to elaborate on the District’s decision to advance mandatory vaccination policies for District employees, contractors, and students.

As I previously described, the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 (Delta Variant) requires that the District take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of the Peralta Community as we return to campus. A vaccination requirement is needed at this time given the unique, serious, and evolving conditions of the variant; and, is necessary to maintain a safe campus community.

Under these unprecedented circumstances, a mandatory vaccination policy serves an important public health purpose by providing maximum protection for District students and staff.

Adhering to guidelines recently provided by the State labor board, implementation of the vaccination policy and procedure will follow State bargaining laws requiring negotiations with employee representatives over the effects of the procedure before it is implemented. The District has reached out to each of the employee labor organizations to begin negotiations as soon as possible. The draft vaccination procedure has also been updated to extend its coverage to independent contractors and volunteers.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Covered Employees Statement of Policy:
As a condition of employment all existing and new Peralta Community College District (PCCD) faculty, classified employees, administrators, hourly employees (short-term temporary employees), contract employees, independent contractors, and student employees (henceforth referred to as “covered individuals”) must provide proof of “full” COVID-19 vaccination (as defined by the U.S. Center for Disease Control) or submit a request for exception on medical, disability, religious grounds, or a deferral based on pregnancy. In addition, all non-COVID-19 vaccinated covered individuals will be required to properly wear face masks that always cover both mouths and noses while on PCCD controlled property and must be tested weekly for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Addendum for Students
Statement of Policy:
As a condition of, and, for permission to access all properties controlled by the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) all students must provide proof of “full” COVID-19 vaccination (as defined by the U.S. Center for Disease Control) or submit a request for exception on medical, disability, religious grounds, or a deferral based on pregnancy. In addition, all non-COVID-19 vaccinated students will be required to properly wear Face Masks that always cover mouths and noses while on PCCD controlled property and must be tested weekly for COVID-19.

As in my initial message, I am including pertinent information in order to provide a backdrop for this decision.

Historical Perspective
Since the California economy reopened on June 15th the cases of COVID in Alameda County have increased dramatically. On July 9, an announcement was sent on behalf of the Alameda County Public Health Department to warn about the spread of COVID, including the highly contagious Delta variant.

On July 26th, Governor Newsom announced that all state workers and workers in health care and high-risk congregate settings will be required to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week. The new policy for state workers – which includes employees of the Peralta Community College District – will take effect August 2nd. Alameda County residents who are not yet vaccinated can sign up for the vaccine here.

The campuses were officially closed through July 31 with exceptions for in-person labs, athletics conditioning, and other work activities deemed essential. With the end of the summer session, we intend to extend the general campus closure policy to August 22, 2021. Between July 31 to August 22, along with the above exemptions, employees performing tasks that are deemed essential in support of the expanded in-person course offerings scheduled for the fall semester and/or maintenance and security personnel will be allowed on campus

On August 23, we plan to change the language from “closed with exceptions” to “open with limits” while we safely and deliberately plan for a full return to campuses in January 2022.

“Open with limits” will look very much like “closed with exceptions” with employees and students required to check in before attending class, athletic training, or essential on- campus work. In other words, the campuses will be open but limited to critical staff necessary to provide support services, maintenance and safety personnel, faculty and students that have in-person labs and classes, as well as coaches and athletes participating in athletic activities.

Next Steps
Throughout the Fall semester we will continue to refine our return to campus plans and the systems needed for safe operation like debris removal, HVAC for air flow, drinking water, plumbing, etc.

Additionally, during the semester, we would like to offer limited in- person student services, but the start of this service is still to be determined while working with key stakeholders. As I stated previously, as our return to campus plans are solidified, they will be negotiated with each of the collective bargaining units and then communicated to the District community.

Again, I want to thank all of you for the amazing work you do to help our students succeed.

Please visit https://safe.peralta.edu/ for the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic and to stay informed of the efforts the Peralta Community College District led by the Department of General Services and IVC Atheria Smith are implementing to ensure a safe and secure return.
Please note: this policy as well as the associated “draft” administrative procedures can be found there.

Be safe, and stay well,
JANNETT N JACKSON, PhD

Interim Chancellor

A PDF of this announcement is available here.

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Chancellor’s Announcement: Vaccination Policy and Campus Status Update

30 July 2021

Dear Peralta Community,  

Our campuses have been officially closed (with some exceptions) since March 2020 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While we are excited about the prospect of opening the campuses for in-person instruction and vibrant campus activities, caution and diligence are still needed to help keep our community safe and healthy.   

As I mentioned at the June 22nd Board of Trustees meeting, we are taking a phased approach to our return to campus. The health and safety of students and employees has been and remains our top priority. The Board of Trustees has endorsed the following policy: 

Peralta Community College District Board Policy 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 

Policy Statement: 

As a condition of employment all existing and new Peralta Community College District (PCCD) faculty, classified employees, administrators, hourly employees (short-term temporary employees), contract employees, and student employees (henceforth referred to as “employee groups”), must provide proof of “full” COVID-19 vaccination (as defined by the U.S. Center for Disease Control) or submit a request for exception on medical, disability, religious grounds, or a deferral based on pregnancy. In addition, all non-COVID-19 vaccinated employee groups will be required to wear N95 Masks at all times while on PCCD controlled property; and must be tested weekly for COVID-19.  

Effective August 2, 2021 

Historical Perspective 

Since the California economy reopened on June 15th the cases of COVID in Alameda County have increased dramatically. On July 9, an announcement was sent on behalf of the Alameda County Public Health Department to warn about the spread of COVID, including the highly contagious Delta variant.   

On July 26thGovernor Newsom announced that all state workers and workers in health care and high-risk congregate settings will be required to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week. The new policy for state workers – which includes employees of the Peralta Community College District – will take effect August 2nd. Alameda County residents who are not yet vaccinated can sign up for the vaccine here.   

The campuses were officially closed through July 31 with exceptions for in-person labs, athletics conditioning, and other work activities deemed essential. With the end of the summer session, we intend to extend the general campus closure policy to August 22, 2021.  Between July 31 to August 22, along with the above exemptions, employees performing tasks that are deemed essential in support of the expanded in-person course offerings scheduled for the fall semester and/or maintenance and security personnel will be allowed on campus. 

On August 23, we plan to change the language from “closed with exceptions” to “open with limits” while we safely and deliberately plan for a full return to campuses in January 2022. 

“Open with limits” will look very much like “closed with exceptions” with employees and students required to check in before attending class, athletic training, or essential on-campus work. In other words, the campuses will be open but limited to critical staff necessary to provide support services, maintenance and safety personnel, faculty and students that have in-person labs and classes, as well as coaches and athletes participating in athletic activities.  

Next Steps 

Throughout the Fall semester we will continue to refine our return to campus plans and the systems needed for safe operation like HVAC for air flow, drinking water and plumbing, etc. During the semester, we would like to offer limited in-person student services, but the start of this service is still to be determined while working with key stakeholders. As return to campus plans are solidified, they will be negotiated with each of the collective bargaining units and then communicated to the District community.    

In the meantime, I again want to thank all of you for the amazing work you do to help our students succeed.     

Visit https://safe.peralta.edu/ for the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic and Peralta Community College District.  This policy as well as the associated administrative procedures can be found there.  

Thank you, and stay well,

JANNETT N JACKSON, PhD 

Interim Chancellor 

A PDF version of this announcement is available here.

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Berkeley City College Receives $2.8 Million CIRM Grant

29 July 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Leadership Update regarding Accreditation Status

29 June 2021

Dear Peralta Community, 

Earlier today, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College each received official communication from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC). During their June 9-11, 2021 meeting, the ACCJC reviewed the Special Reports, Institutional Self Evaluation Reports (ISERs) and peer review site visit reports from December 2020 and March 2021 to determine whether the Peralta Colleges met accreditation standards.  As we anticipated, the ACCJC acted to continue the status of Probation originally imposed in January 2020, with a required follow-up report due by October 1, 2021, in turn to be followed by a visit from a peer review team.   

All four colleges remain fully accredited during this probationary period.  

We expected this decision to extend probation because, while we have made great progress toward meeting all standards for accreditation, some concerns about District finances and Board governance remain. 

As you may recall, the probationary status placed on the colleges in January 2020 by ACCJC was not about academics or education, but solely about finances and organizational governance matters. During the past year, the ACCJC required the colleges to provide evidence of financial improvement and organizational stability at each of our colleges.  

The District’s four colleges each submitted evidence of financial performance improvement to ACCJC as well as documents, evidence and other information to demonstrate that we meet the required accreditation standards. 

The site visit peer review teams, both in December 2020 and in March 2021, acknowledged the considerable work that has been done to improve finances and create stability.  The special site review team in December 2020 noted that the team found “a committed, competent group of district and college leaders…who are earnestly making progress toward addressing all the Commission’s concerns as noted in prior reports and the January 2020 ACCJC communications.”  

The ACCJC has provided specific recommendations which we will continue to address. 

Finally, we want to thank all the faculty, classified professionals, and administrators who have worked so hard over the past 18 months to address the concerns raised by ACCJC in January 2020.  All that incredibly hard work, conducted remotely during a global pandemic, has not gone unnoticed.  Thank you for your dedication to our students! 

Yours in Education,

Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor, Peralta Community College District
Dr. Angélica Garcia, President, Berkeley City College
Dr. Nathaniel Jones III, President, College of Alameda
Dr. Rudy Besikof, President, Laney College
Dr. David M. Johnson, President, Merritt College

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2021 African and African American Graduation

17 May 2021

2021 African and African American Virtual Graduation: “Black Power is… Owning our Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health”

The 2021 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 13th Annual African and African American Graduation virtual celebration via YouTube beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

“Black Power Is… Owning our Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health” is the theme of this year’s graduation. The virtual occasion will be marked by drumming, libation, inspiring speaker remarks, uplifting music, and the personalized recognition of the 2021 African and African American graduates from the College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College, and Merritt Colle​ge. 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.

African / African American Graduation

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Leadership Statement on the George Floyd Murder Trial

21 April 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

Today, the jury trial for the murder of George Floyd concluded. In this case, the jury has found Derek Chauvin to be guilty of the charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

While this particular case has reached a conclusion, we want to acknowledge that pain and anguish of racism and violence against people of color persist. Our work to fight systemic racism, to create and foster social justice, continues.

We’ve made progress. In January, Peralta changed our policing model, replacing armed sheriff’s officers with unarmed uniformed safety and security professionals. Our commitment to diversity, respect, and restorative justice within our own community is unwavering. Indeed, these are core values here at the Peralta Community College District.

We know that this has been an extremely challenging time for our community, and we know more challenges will confront us in the days ahead. With this jury decision, some measure of justice has been rendered. We must continue to be vigilant.

So let us remember: we are stronger by our human connections. Please take a moment to check in with your co-workers, colleagues, friends, and family. An encouraging word and a moment of focused listening can be an important source of support for those close to us. We at the Peralta Community College District, from the Board of Trustees to the administrative teams at the District and Colleges, want to thank you for your vigilance and support.

Again, thank you and be safe,

Dr. Jannett Jackson, Interim Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Dr. Angélica Garcia, President, Berkeley City College

Dr. David M. Johnson, President, Merritt College

Dr. Nathaniel Jones III, President, College of Alameda

Dr. Rudy Besikof, President, Laney College

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Dr. Jannett Jackson Returns to Peralta CCD as Interim Chancellor

24 March 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

The Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) have appointed Dr. Jannett Jackson as Interim Chancellor of the District effective April 16, 2021. Dr. Jackson is an experienced CEO having served as the esteemed Chancellor of the Chabot-Los Positas Community College District from 2013 to 2018 when she retired, and most recently as Interim President of Skyline Community College in San Bruno in 2019-2020.

This appointment represents a return to the Peralta District for Dr. Jackson. She first joined the District via College of Alameda in 2004 serving as Vice President of Instruction. In 2010 she was promoted to President of the College and she served as President with distinction through 2013, when she left to become Chancellor at the neighboring Chabot-Los Positas Community College District.

Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss, Board of Trustees President, said, “I’m so grateful to Dr. Jackson for coming back to Peralta. She knows this community so well. Her proven experience as both educator and chief executive officer will certainly help Peralta continue the good progress we’ve made over the past year, on both our finances and our accreditation. We believe our faculty, staff, administration, and particularly our students will be well served by her thoughtful leadership.”

Dr. Jackson will begin serving the District immediately on a consulting basis. She will be working together with current Interim Chancellor Dr. Carla Walter, who announced that she will be stepping down for personal reasons as of April 15, 2021. This overlapping period is intended to facilitate a smooth leadership transition from Dr. Walter to Dr. Jackson, when Interim Chancellor Jackson assumes leadership on April 16.

“I’m so excited to be coming back to Peralta. I’ve been watching the Peralta District closely over the past few years,” said Dr. Jackson. “I’m impressed by the strides the District has made in addressing the concerns raised by FCMAT (Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team) back in 2019. I understand the feedback to the Colleges following the accreditation virtual site visits earlier this month was very positive, and that the latest fiscal year audit was clean and showed marked improvement over past audits. It’s clear that Peralta has made progress and is in a different and better space. I’m glad to do all I can to keep the District moving forward in service of students and a community that deserves excellence in education and career training.”

The District is currently conducting a nation-wide search for a permanent Chancellor. The search, being led by consultants AGB Search, is on a timeline to name a permanent Chancellor by July 1, 2021. People interested in learning more about this opportunity can visit the AGB Search site at https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/chancellor-peralta-community-college.

Thank you and be well,

Mark Johnson

Executive Director

Department of Marketing, Communication & Public Relations

Peralta Community College District

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Chancellor’s resignation announcement

17 March 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: 

Chancellor Carla Walter, who has served the Peralta Colleges with distinction and honor, has announced her resignation effective April 15. 

On behalf of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees I want to thank Dr. Walter for her leadership as Chancellor for the past eight months during one of the most difficult periods in the nation’s and the district’s history. 

We are fortunate to have had a strong and committed leader at the PCCD helm during these past eight months and we are sad to have Dr. Walter depart as she has helped guide the District through the pandemic. 

Dr. Walter informed me of her decision to resign for personal reasons on March 15.  

In announcing her resignation to us, Dr. Walter said “I am honored to have served the students, faculty, and staff of PCCD, and the people of Alameda County.” Further, she wished all of the students, faculty and staff well and encouraged us to continue to make PCCD one of the top community college districts in the State. 

Dr. Walter’s resignation comes just as PCCD begins its search for a permanent Chancellor. The board will consider an interim appointment to replace Dr. Walter between now and when a new permanent Chancellor is selected, which is anticipated later this year.  

 

The PCCD Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Carla Stalling Walter to serve as the District’s Interim Chancellor effective Oct. 1, 2020 and continue through June 2021 or until a permanent chancellor was hired. Previously Dr. Walter served as the District’s Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and started serving as Acting Chancellor for the District this past July. She has more than 20 years of successful experience in financial administration and in higher education, including leadership posts at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and State Center Community College District.  

During her time as Interim Chancellor, Dr. Walter helped the District make substantial progress in addressing concerns about insolvency raised June 2019 by the Fiscal Crisis Management & Assistance Team (FCMAT). Her leadership resulted in notable outcomes including the Special Visit report noting the stability in College leadership at each campus and implementing the work with Cambridge West in securing data integrity, a critical component in the District’s financial stability. In addition, the District refinanced interest rates of its outstanding general obligation bonds to save taxpayers nearly $5 million dollars, earned a higher credit rating from Moody’s Investors Services, and secured millions in grant funding to provide services for students.  

Also, of importance, Dr. Walter’s leadership and collaboration with the four colleges within the District, Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda, and Berkeley City College, has helped place the colleges firmly on the road to overcoming probationary status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and  Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

We wish Dr. Walter all the best and thank her for her service to the Peralta Colleges.  

Sincerely,  

Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss

President 

Board of Trustees

Peralta Community College District

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