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April 1 Town Hall : How Does COVID-19 Impact My Classes?

27 March 2020

There is an upcoming Town Hall for Peralta Students: HOW DOES COVID-19 IMPACT MY CLASSES?
Wednesday, April 1, 11-12pm
Join in to watch and participate HERE
Or watch/listen:
On Youtube // On KGPC Radio

Student Townhall

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COVID-19 Update – March 10, 2020

11 March 2020

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

 

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

 

The health and safety of members of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) continue to be our top priority. Information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving.  PCCD will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Healththe California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

 

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

Chancellor recommends:  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

We will continue to update you.    

 

 

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African/African-American Graduation 2019 – “Reclaiming Our Narrative: Looking Back and Moving Forward!

4 March 2020

The Peralta Colleges’ 2019 African and African-American Graduation ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African-American students who, through unyielding determination, have successfully completed an associate degree and or certificate from a Peralta College. The ceremony is representative of African and African-American culture and heritage and embraces the values of community and scholarship.

We are also proud to announce that the Peralta Association of African American Affairs (PAAAA) 2020 Scholarship recipients from each of the colleges will be recognized at this year’s graduation program.

Reserved and secure parking will be provided in the church’s parking lot for trustees, faculty, staff, and administrators. We ask that Peralta faculty, staff, and administrators dress in academic regalia or African attire for the event. Please feel free to do the same or to wear whatever you should choose. We recommend that you arrive by 10:30 a.m. to participate in a group photo and the processional into the sanctuary at the beginning of the program. This year, faculty, staff, and administrators in the procession will be seated on stage.

Ceremony:

11 a.m. (no tickets required for entry)
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Beebe Memorial Cathedral
3900 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Directions

Graduate Information:

Arrival Time: 9-9:30 a.m., check-in and Continental Breakfast (you must RSVP below)

Attire:

Dress to Impress. Please wear cap and gown.

Items to Purchase:

Kente sashes will be available before the ceremony. $15. (cash only)

Photographers will be available for photos.

AAA-Graduation Certificate Banner

Here’s a look at a previous graduation ceremony in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPql0LDn3ps&list=PL8177FF051D0E7F9B&index=96&t=0s

Please fill out the survey below to RSVP

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Peralta Community College District Reaches Agreement with Two Collective Bargaining Units

28 February 2020

Team Of Diverse Workers Put Hands Together

Peralta Federation of Teachers and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 both Agree to Three-Year Contracts with the Peralta District

OAKLAND, Calif. (February 28, 2020) – On February 25, 2020, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) approved agreements with two important collective bargaining units of District employees. At their regularly scheduled meeting, the Trustees approved three-year agreements with the Peralta Federation of Teachers (American Federation of Teachers Local 1603) and also with the International Union of Operating Engineers (Local 39). 

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Peralta’s Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Chanelle Whittaker said, “The Peralta Community College District is a firm believer in equity and fair pay for all. The District has to apply that belief while being fiscally responsible stewards of taxpayer money.  I’m very pleased that the administration and these collective bargaining units were able to agree on terms and conclude these negotiations.”

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The Peralta Federation of Teachers (PFT) is the sole bargaining unit for teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses at the Peralta Community College District, and represents the more than 1000 full- and part-time faculty working at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.  The agreement, backdated to begin on July 1, 2019, includes a cost of living (COLA) pay increase of 3.26% and a major step toward compensation parity for part-time faculty, among other line items. The agreement concludes several months of negotiations between the District and PFT. 

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Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor of the Peralta District, stated, “Peralta Community College District is a great place to work.  We want to attract talented faculty, staff and administrators with excellent and fair conditions of employment while being responsible stewards of the precious and limited public resources we have.  We will remain focused and vigilant as we work together to provide outstanding educational opportunities here in the East Bay.”

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“I want to thank Chancellor [Stanback] Stroud and the Trustees for their commitment to supporting faculty and the students we serve by ensuring that we have a fair contract,” said Dr. Jennifer Shanoski, Peralta Federation of Teachers President. She continued, “I’d like to thank Vice Chancellor Whittaker and the entire district negotiating team for continuing to work with us. It was not always easy but we made it work. I’d like to thank the hundreds of faculty who showed up on their days off, their nights off, sometimes traveling really far to stand up for what they believed was right…We’re really excited [about the agreement] and we’re ready to move on and partner with the district on many of the challenges that are facing us all.” 

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The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 39 includes Stationary Engineers who operate and maintain the physical plant systems in buildings, schools, and similar facilities. As with PFT, the IUOE agreement features a 3.26% COLA increase. 

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Charlie Solt, a negotiator and spokesperson for IUOE representing the Peralta employee members of Local 39, said “We represent about 90 of your employees, who take care of your buildings and grounds. They are hard-working people and take a lot of pride in what they do. I want to thank the Chancellor for recommending support for the agreement. Thank you for supporting your employees.”

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A video of the full Board of Trustees meeting, including the complete comments by Dr. Shanoski and Mr. Solt, as well as the Board discussion and vote, is available on the Peralta TV YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/peraltatv.

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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 20,000 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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David Lee Completes Transformational Leadership Program

14 August 2019

The Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) has announced that Dr. David Lee, Director of the Laney College APASS Program has successfully completed training in the 2019 Administration 201: Transformational Leadership Program. The program provides leadership skills development in an Academy setting and focuses on change management and core leadership skills. 

“ACCCA develops training programs to help build administrative acumen within a system tasked with meeting the needs of over 2 million students,” said Susan Bray, ACCCA Executive Director. “David demonstrates exceptional skill for collaboration within our industry. His ultimate success as a professional will help the system meet its student success goals.”

The Admin 201 program was launched in 2010 to help train the next generation of leaders in the California community colleges. Candidates for the Admin 201 program are vetted for their potential for future system leadership, and are selected from a pool of statewide applicants. 

About ACCCA: The Association was formed as a non-profit in 1976 to represent the interests of the administrators and managers of the largest system of higher education in the world. ACCCA develops and supports current and future California community administrators through professional development, networking, and advocacy. 

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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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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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Oakland magazine features Merritt’s Natural History Program

3 April 2019

Merritt College Is Training the Next Generation of Naturalists

The Oakland community college has a new program for park rangers, interpretative guides, urban farmers, environmental consultants, park managers, and more, and seeks to attract people of color.

When you picture a career in the natural sciences, the image most likely involves years of academia, multiple degrees, and groundbreaking research at world-class universities.

That certainly may be the top-of-the-career-food-chain goal for many, but there’s an entire ecosystem of jobs out there in the natural world — from park ranger and interpretative guide to urban farmer, environmental consultant, park manager, and more.

To get an entry-level foot in one of those doors, check out the new Natural History & Sustainability program at Merritt College (Merritt.edu/wp/nhs). The interdepartmental program, which kicked off with a soft launch of course work last fall, is a rarity at the community college level, said the program’s director, Brad Balukjian. It aims to prepare students for the workforce through sound academics, but also by getting their hands dirty with field work in activities like rebuilding hiking trails or restoring wildlife habitats.

“With the green emphasis in today’s world, a lot of government agencies are needing more people, whether its regional parks or state or national parks, not to mention nonprofits, environmental consulting firms — there are so many nonacademic jobs out there, but so few training programs for these kinds of jobs,” said Balukjian, who holds a doctorate in entomology and also started the Ph.D. program in environmental science, policy, and management at UC Berkeley more than a decade ago.

“While the research universities turn their backs on the traditional ‘ology’ classes like herpetology or ornithology, we have a unique opportunity to double down on them,” he wrote on the department’s website. “It’s nice to know signatures of population structure in the genome of the acorn woodpecker, but what good is it if you don’t know what an acorn woodpecker is?”

The new program offers course work in three tracks — natural history/resources, conservation/resource management, and urban agroecology. Current courses will count toward certificates of achievement that are being developed for each track and should be in place by the spring 2020 semester.

The East Bay Regional Park District has partnered with Merritt to develop this practical approach to environmental education. “One of challenges we’ve had is not having a training program locally that would prepare youths to compete for these kinds of jobs in the park district,” said Jim O’Connor, the district’s assistant general manager.

“I see this program as giving them the basics, the conservation history and background, but also things like park operations, interacting with customers, running campgrounds, resource management work, public safety,” O’Connor said. “Students will actually go out to the parks and do work, help build a trail, put up some fence lines, help staff a special public event. Then, when jobs come available, they’ll be coming in with some really valuable skills.”

Courses range from core topics like geology and marine biology to Indian Ecology of the Central Coast, Natural History of the Islands of California, and even art classes on botanical drawing.

Jenna Tidd of Walnut Creek started taking classes in the program last fall to “attempt a career change,” she said. 

“I realized I wanted to pursue a career that allows me to immerse myself in nature because it’s where I’m truly happy,” she said. “I signed up for the Islands of California class and was immediately hooked. I firmly believe that to be motivated to protect and conserve something, you have to first understand and appreciate it.”

There are field trips to Mount Diablo, Point Reyes, and other Bay Area parklands to examine frogs, snakes, lizards. There are courses on urban farming and food production.

There’s even a segment on social justice.

Merritt College has a long tradition of environmental science and natural history dating back to the late 1950s and the seeds of the environmental movement, but the new program reboots it for the 21st century with a big focus on diversity, Balukjian said. Specific outreach is designed to appeal to people of color who have long been underrepresented in these fields and even in participation in nature-related activities.

“In the environmental sciences, there is definitely a lack of diversity of people of color and in terms of women,” said Analisa Brown, a marine biologist teaching Merritt’s first-ever Intro to Marine Biology course. She also serves as outreach coordinator, introducing the program to local high school students.

She herself is a woman of color who was drawn to the sciences as a child.

“Ever since I was a kid, I always knew I wanted to work with animals,” she said. “When I stumbled upon the Discovery Channel, I absolutely fell in love with Shark Week. I didn’t know at the time what the careers were, what they were called. It was white men on a boat looking for sharks, and I knew I wanted to do what they did. And my passion stayed there.

“So I want to reach out to students who typically may not consider geology or sustainability or, yeah, marine biology as careers,” she said.

Even the program’s logo — a mottled tube lichen — was chosen with diversity in mind. It’s made up of two to three organisms living together (fungus, alga, and bacterium), which Balukjian said represents the interdisciplinary course work. And the lichen is considered an “underappreciated organism,” he said, “much like people who’ve been underrepresented in the field.”

“People of color make up the largest portion of students at Merritt at nearly 80 percent,” he said. “How do we get over his perception that [natural science] is a white person’s activity? I try to get across that nature really is for everybody, and people of all groups should be participating. With this new program we’re building, we wanted to address this specifically, not shy away from it.”

Program coordinators are hoping to attract youth, but also returning students who may want a career change.

“I tell students very honestly, you don’t go into this to get rich,” Balukjian said. “But you can make a good living and, to me, the greatest benefit is you’re often working outside. People that do this work are just passionate about the work itself.”

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Leigh Sata appointed interim vice chancellor for general services

27 March 2019

Sata will oversee facility and property services for the District and the four Peralta Colleges

OAKLAND, Calif. (March 27, 2019) – On March 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) approved the appointment of Leigh Sata as interim vice chancellor of general services.

Under a two-year contract starting March 27, 2019, Sata will direct the Department of General Services (DGS), which provides centralized services to the District, including facility and property services, as well as facilities maintenance & operations, capital outlay, design & construction, facilities planning & development management, and Peralta police services.

Sata brings to the role more than three decades of experience in architecture and education, including a long history with the California Community Colleges, managing both capital projects and large bond programs.

“I’m thrilled the District has an exceptionally qualified facilities and bond program expert on board our team,” said Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White, acting chancellor, Peralta Community College District.

Sata comes to PCCD from Santa Rosa Junior College, where he was senior director, capital projects. Previously, Sata was executive bond manager for Solano Community College, and a project executive and construction program manager for the Swinerton Management and Consulting team, where he led project teams for the following clients: College of Marin, San Mateo County College District, San Francisco Unified School District, Lycée Francais de San Francisco, and San Mateo-Foster City School District. He was also director of university architecture at the University of San Francisco, and a senior project architect at many design firms, specializing in projects for educational institutions.

Sata was a student at the University of California at Davis, eventually transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He is currently a candidate in the Global Executive Ed. D program at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

An active community volunteer, Sata served as vice-chairman, board of directors for the French American International School in San Francisco and is currently an advisory board member for Nihonmachi Little Friends Pre-School.

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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