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New Website!

7 March 2022

Peralta,

We are overjoyed to announce we have launched a new website for the Peralta Community College District.

Peralta.edu

We are very proud of it – it addresses many issues with this old site like accessibility issues and making things more mobile-friendly. But it is a continuing project to make the site even better. Please let us know anything at all you notice as missing from the new site, any features you wish we had etc. 

Feel free to contact aharbour@peralta.edu with what you like and dislike/need from the new site, and update your bookmarks as the old site will one day be fully retired.

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2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave

22 February 2022

Dear Peralta Community,

Peralta employees now have additional supplemental paid sick leave available related to COVID-19.  Peralta employees are entitled to up to 80 hours of 2022 COVID-19 related paid sick leave from January 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022, immediately upon an oral or written request to their employer, with up to 40 of those hours available only when an employee or family member tests positive for COVID-19.  Please see the attached flyer for details.

Please contact the HR office at hr@peralta.edu should you have any questions.

Thank you.

PDF Announcement

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Redistricting Trustee Areas

9 February 2022

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. For Peralta Community College District, this means we need to re-evaluate the boundaries of the seven areas from which our Board of Trustees serve. Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a Trustee.
Redistricting current PCCD aerial view
We’ve posted information about the redistricting process on our current website at https://web.peralta.edu/trustees/redistricting/ and on our soon-to-launch new website which you can preview here:

https://explore.peralta.edu/boardoftrustees/redistricting

The websites include a link to the current working draft of the new area boundaries, which you can also find here.
The Board of Trustees seek input in selecting the next district map for our Board. You have an opportunity to share with the Board of Trustees how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. You can contact Royl Roberts, Special Assistant to the Chancellor/Chief of Staff (interim), at rlroberts@peralta.edu or 510-466-7204 to find out more about how the process works.  Or you can use the attached form to email your suggestions to Chief Roberts.
Redistricting draft PCCD map 2022
The Board of Trustees will be holding public hearings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. The first public hearing was held on January 25, 2022 during the Board of Trustees meeting. As part of this hearing, Mr. Andrew Westall of BEAR Demographics & Research gave an overview of the Redistricting process which you can watch on YouTube here. The slides presented are posted here.

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Peralta Colleges Earn Elevated Accreditation Status

27 January 2022

PERALTA COMMUNITY COLLEGES EARN ELEVATED ACCREDITATION STATUS

“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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Join us for BuildPeralta Academy – “Managing Cashflow in the Construction Industry”” Feb 2, 5-6:30

27 January 2022

Join us February 2, 2022, 5-6:30 on Zoom for a BuildPeralta Academy event: “Managing Cashflow in the Construction Industry” with expert Ashley Wilson, Accounting Client Manager at COSENTUS.

Discover key components of managing cash flow: cash flow forecasts and projections, automating invoicing and payments, and cash flow basics in the construction industry.

Build Peralta Academy’s courses provide tools to help small businesses successfully navigate working on Measure G Bond Programs and other major projects. RSVP to buildperalta@peralta.edu

BuildPeralta Academy

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Chancellor’s Update – December 13, 2021

13 December 2021

Dear Peralta Colleagues,

As we head into the Fall semester Finals Week, I wanted to share some thoughts with you before the end of the year and everyone takes a well-deserved break.

In retrospect this semester, and this whole year, has been full of challenges (some, like COVID-19, that are beyond our control), changes, yes, but successes too.

COVID-19 and particularly the Omicron variant continues to be a threat, but we have met that threat head-on with the vaccination policy and by addressing our workplace and facilities issues, particularly building ventilation.

We have been successful in addressing our fiscal and operational challenges. These successes are described in several reports: our ACCJC Follow Up Reports, our response to the Civil Grand Jury Report, FCMAT, financial aid concerns, internal controls, and establishing stability with critical hires and organizational changes that have allowed us to adapt to a changing landscape. Not all of these changes have been met with approval, some have received negative responses, but as Mark Twain once said “I’m in favor of progress; it’s change I don’t like.” Well, change is inevitable, whether we like it or not. So, let’s reflect a bit:


Return to Campus (RTC)
To ensure the safety of our staff and students the Board of Trustees directed we adopt a vaccination policy as a condition of employment, with exemptions to the policy which require weekly testing. We coordinated with local health officials to have stations established at each college in order to facilitate this process. The weekly testing schedule is online at Safe Peralta.

Additionally, We implemented procedures to capture this vaccination information via Company Nurse (for employees) and Campus Solutions (for students).

We implemented screening procedures for coming to campus, with employees using Company Nurse and students, vendors and guests using Campus Shield (app available in the Apple Store and Google Play).

We have brought on board Bright Star to assist students on campus with the vaccination policy requirements.
And, we have also completed a process for notification of teaching faculty on the status of their face-to-face students, to ensure compliance.

I strongly encourage you to check with your colleagues at other campuses. The Peralta District has done more to inform, protect, make the necessary engineering adjustments, and publicly post the results, than any other district within the Bay-10! This was not by happenstance; it was a deliberate effort on our part to respond to your concerns and keep you informed.

I ask for your constructive feedback and patience as we travel this uncharted path together. As we increase the number of face-to-face classes for the spring 2022 semester and the resultant increase in face-to-face services, my hope is the spirit of ubuntu will be at the forefront. My goal, as always, is to provide a safe environment for all concerned, and that will continue, as our RTC planning activities proceed for spring…and beyond. We will hold another RTC Webinar prior to the end of the semester, more details to follow, and of course, it will be recorded.

The pandemic has indelibly reshaped the workplace, and post-COVID will not be the same as pre-COVID. Business and industry (as well as educational institutions) are looking at telecommuting and tele-work. So are we. An administrative procedure regarding ongoing remote work is in the very early “infancy” stages of development. We want to be purposeful, fair, and thorough in our examination of how this process might impact our key objective, which is to provide comprehensive services both in and outside the classroom, —always with a focus on our students and their success. Without that focus on students and their success, there would be no need for any of us – in person or remote!

District Personnel Changes
In the military, we call it “Hail and Farewell”, again, change is inevitable, and personnel come and go. So, we “hail” the new additions, and say “farewell” to those who leave. Peralta is no different; we have (and will continue to have), individuals who join our organization and those who transition on to other goals.

Stephanie Drucker

Dr. Stephanie Droker

At the direction of the Board of Trustees, we re-activated the position of Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Stephanie Droker, currently the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), will assume this interim role January 10, 2022. As I’ve stated before, “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Dr. Droker join our Peralta team. Her experience, at all levels of leadership, her knowledge of community colleges, coupled with her demonstrated support of our students will make her an invaluable asset to our organization.”

Tim Taylor
Timothy Thomas

We made good progress in our efforts to establish the tenets of a Holistic Safety, Wellness, and Restorative Justice program by hiring Timothy Thomas, as our Director of Public Safety. Peralta Gems provided an insightful interview of our new director, and I encourage you to read it. Tim has already been out and about on all college campuses and the district office assessing our capabilities, strengths, and challenges. He will be working with college campus safety committees as well as a district-wide committee, currently being organized under the auspices of the District’s Participatory Governance Council Chancellor’s Workgroup (CWG), as we move closer to making this idea a reality.

Siri Brown
Dr. Siri Brown
Other changes include the return of Dr. Siri Brown, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Student Success, to her first passion: teaching. Dr. Brown has served for five years in her current position and will be returning to Merritt College at the end of this year. As per the PFT contract, she will be allowed a semester before returning full-time to the classroom. In the interim for the VC role, we will be selecting an in-house appointment to allow for professional development and growth of one-of-our-own. We will seek a permanent vice chancellor prior to fall 2022.

Professional Development and Learning Center
The PDLC is a pilot program that addresses a severe lack of coordinated professional development for classified professionals, administrators, students, and yes, our Board of Trustees. The goal is to reduce our reliance on outside consultants and vendors, so that we have consistency and provide a coordinated effort amongst all colleges and the district office. The idea of onboarding and staff development has been a recurring refrain from many of our employees, and this concept of classified professional development has been championed by the District Classified Senate as a goal for many years. This was an in-house announcement and other qualified candidates applied; however, I selected Dr. Siri Brown to lead these efforts, for the following reasons:

  • She has worked and provided training to all constituency groups – faculty, classified professionals, administrators, students and even the Board; She has knowledge of all four campuses and the district office, and has worked closely with instructional and student service personnel, as well as with student leadership
  • She is knowledgeable of state legislative statutes and the ed code; She is a forward thinker, a self-starter, with a strong work ethic and demonstrated record of project completion
  • She has leadership experience having served over 5 years as a vice chancellor and dean; and been a faculty leader in advancing our Ethnic Studies and study abroad program, and
  • She is a respected leader in the district having served as a faculty member and administrator in Peralta for over 20 years.

Again, the PDLC is a pilot program and will be assessed and modified as factors dictate.

Organizational Change
Whenever there are organizational changes, reflection and review of existing administrative structures must occur: Are we organized efficiently? Can we address the concerns identified in external reports? How do we incorporate the recommendations made by FCMAT, ACCJC and others regarding personnel needed to shore up systemic internal control issues? I have been reviewing this in light of our accreditation site visit in October, the fiscal crisis management report due to the Board of Governors the end of this year, program reviews, financial aid concerns, external audits, factors affecting our general obligation bond ratings, and our functional mapping of operations. During the next several weeks I will continue my review of these recommendations along with my own assessment based upon listening sessions with our various constituency groups, community leaders and the Board of Trustees. As our planning cycle continues, I will keep you abreast of the results, and will seek your feedback.

Dr. Jannett N. Jackson
Happy Holidays
As we near the end of this calendar year, I want to wish each of you the best for a prosperous and safe new year, and for your continued support and service to this district. In the spirit of ubuntu, we will face the challenges together, as your success is directly related to that of the whole. While change is hard, we are making good progress.

In that spirit, I wish you Happy Holidays! And for those individuals who are retiring or parting ways at the end of this year – good tidings!

Be safe,

Dr. Jannett N. Jackson
Interim Chancellor

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Holiday Campus Closure 12/23 through 1/2

10 December 2021

Peralta Community,

The Peralta Community College District is closed from December 23, 2021 through January 2, 2022.

Students: all new applications received during this period will be processed immediately upon our return to work on January 3, 2022. Thank you for your patience and thank you for applying to the Peralta Colleges!

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Peralta Colleges to Erase $2.8 Million in Student Debt

9 November 2021

The Peralta Community College District has targeted more than $12 million in federal relief funds to wipe out student debt and provide enhanced financial aid resources for the 30,000 students enrolled across its four East Bay campuses. Some $2.77 million will be allocated for the relief of student debt from the most recent three semesters, going back to Summer 2020 impacted by the global pandemic. An additional $9.5 million is earmarked for financial aid for future semesters.

The four colleges in the Peralta system – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College – serve one of the most diverse student bodies in the Bay Area, with students coming predominantly from communities of color and lower-income areas of Alameda County. Despite the lower cost of community college compared to four-year institutions, affording college is challenging for many of these students. Across the district, 60% of our students qualify as low-income, while 49% are first-generation.

When the district received Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants from the U.S. Department of Education, it chose to direct a substantial portion of these funds to address this crucial financial issue.

“With these funds, Peralta is demolishing the biggest roadblock between our students and their ability to continue their educational journey,” said Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. “By clearing the path for them, we are realizing our mission to provide equitable access to education in our communities and empower our students to achieve their highest aspirations.”

At Merritt College, the grants will provide nearly $940,000 in debt relief and $1.5 million in financial aid for its 6,000 students.

“I’m thrilled that we are able to reward the hard work and dedication of our students by taking away the burden that is student debt,” said Dr. David M. Johnson, president of Merritt College. “Along with the additional financial aid funds, we can ensure that more students will achieve their educational goals.”

For the 6,500 students at Berkeley City College, the District has allocated $732,000 of debt “wipe-out” and $1.9 million in future financial aid.

“This could not have come at a more opportune time, as the pandemic has exacerbated the fiscal realities of students living in the Bay Area,” said Dr. Angélica Garcia, President of Berkeley City College. “Relieving BCC students of debt accrued during the pandemic will enable many students to finish their term here, leading to employment or their transfer to a four-year institution and earn their degrees.”

At Laney College, the funds will provide $739,056 in debt relief, and $4.84 million in financial aid to the student body of some 16,000.

“One of the main goals of the federal government’s HEERF grants is to make college more affordable to students, especially those with greater needs,” said Dr. Rudy Besikof, President of Laney College. “For the 2,690 Laney students receiving $739,056 in debt relief, this truly represents a fresh start, and these are students we will absolutely be inviting back to our College.”

Students at the College of Alameda will benefit from $364,000 in debt relief funds, as well as $1.25 million in financial aid.

“At College of Alameda, one of the things we promise students is the chance to open a new chapter on their future,” said Dr. Nathaniel Jones III, President of the College of Alameda. “Thanks to this infusion of federal aid, we are now better equipped to ensure that more students can turn those pages and realize their dreams.”

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Leadership statement on the passing of Supervisor Wilma Chan

5 November 2021

The Chancellor, Peralta College Presidents and our respective campuses at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College join our greater community in mourning the passing of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan. Her vibrant leadership has been an asset to our area, most notably with hundreds of thousands of residents in need having received food, vaccinations, and other forms of support since the pandemic began thanks in no small part to her leadership.

As a lifelong advocate for education, especially as a change agent that positively impacts people’s lives, Supervisor Chan broke barriers and was known for her advocacy for marginalized communities and for gender equity.  She remains an inspiration to all who were privileged enough to work with her.  This dedication to our community and championing of education are part of a legacy which we will all take forward. 

We join with the community in mourning her tragic loss and convey our most heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.

Thank you and be well,

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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Peralta Community College Board Extends Chancellor Jannett Jackson’s Contract for Two Years

15 October 2021

The Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) today unanimously voted in special session to extend the contract of Dr. Jannett Jackson as Interim Chancellor of the District for two years.  

“The Board took this action to continue the positive momentum and direction enabled by Chancellor Jackson’s leadership,” said Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss, President of the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District. “Chancellor Jackson has demonstrated a fervent commitment to students, staff, and faculty; and the Board understands and values how critical leadership stability is in remaining steadfast on our course of action.”

The Board renewed Interim Chancellor Dr. Jannett Jackson’s contract until December 2023.

“Chancellor Jackson is the right person at the right time for this job. She brings decades of administrative experience to Peralta and has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the well-being of students, staff, and faculty- and really our entire community,” added Dr. Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Vice President of the Board. “She has worked to build a culture of inclusion, respect and accountability across the District.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue to lead this district,” said Chancellor Dr. Jannett Jackson. “I am humbled that the Board of Trustees has demonstrated their trust and support of my actions as the senior leader, and I look forward to continuing to work with some amazing colleagues.  Peralta and its colleges have great promise and potential to make an even greater positive impact on the lives of our students and our community.”

Chancellor 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 previously served as Interim President of Skyline Community College in San Bruno in 2019-2020 prior to her appointment as PCCD Interim Chancellor in April of 2021.

Chancellor Jackson first joined the PCCD 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.

Chancellor Jackson was hired by PCCD in April because she knows the community so well and has proven experience as both an educator and chief executive officer, Dr. Napoli-Abella Reiss said at the time of her hiring, adding that Dr. Jackson’s would “help Peralta continue the good progress we’ve made over the past year, on both our finances and our accreditation.”

 

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