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Late Start Essential CE Courses and Athletic Conditioning Update

14 September 2020

Dear Peralta Community,

I hope the Fall 2020 Semester is going well for you!  Last month we announced preliminary plans to proceed with late start in-person Career Education (CE) classes and athletic conditioning programs this semester. I am pleased to confirm that these classes and programs will proceed as planned beginning on September 14, 2020. Here are the details: 

  • College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College will provide late-start Face-to-Face lab sessions for Career Education (CE) courses for essential industries only. These lab classes start on or after September 14, 2020.
  • The Athletic departments will be able to start training and conditioning on September 14, 2020 (air quality permitting).  Per the county health guidelines, the teams will not be permitted to practice or play. 

The health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the greater Alameda County region is the top priority for the Peralta Community College District.  Before making this decision to proceed as planned with these in-person classes and athletic programs, we established protocols for our employees and students, and aligned ourselves with the guidance provided for CE and athletic training courses provided by the state authorities. We will follow the protocols outlined in this Tier 1 Plan Document as we return to in-person classroom instruction and campus work environments. It should be noted that any faculty member may opt out of teaching. While offering these in-person CE classes and athletic training are positive steps, I want to emphasize that the risk of COVID-19 remains high and Alameda County is in the “purple” range of the heat map.   

We also will plan for Spring 2021 semester classes to be like Fall 2020, with most classes offered online and only essential CE programs being with face to face in-person instruction. These times are unprecedented, but I’m thrilled at how the Peralta Community has come together to serve students with these CE and sports opportunities.  

Thank you to the Administrators, Classified Professionals and Faculty who continue to demonstrate remarkable dedication in service to students and our community. 

The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are available at the Safe Peralta website

All my best, and please be well! 

 

Dr. Carla Walter 
Acting Chancellor, Peralta Community College District 

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COVID-19 Update

28 August 2020

Dear Peralta Community, 

We learned on August 27, 2020, that one of our DGS employees has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  The employee has been in self-quarantine at home now for nearly two weeks.  

The health and well-being of our students and employees are paramount. If you develop flu or other symptoms including dry cough and fever, please contact your medical provider, and do not come to work on campus.  

We cannot identify the employee who tested positive for the virus because of privacy laws.  However, we have gathered the names of those few employees that worked in proximity with the person who tested positive.  Following our protocols for safety, those employees have already been contacted and advised to also self-quarantine and follow up with their health care provider. 

The District Office facilities and the college campuses are officially closed until January 4, 2021, with exceptions made for individuals performing essential roles on campus, and for food giveaways.  I ask that you not make unnecessary trips to any campus at this time unless you are performing essential functions (which can also include preparing for online instruction). 

If you, as an employee, have medical questions, please contact your health care provider. Students with concerns can contact the Roots Clinic at (510) 533-1248 (please provide your student ID during the call). 

If you have concerns about your working environment on campus, please let me know. 

The health and safety of Peralta students and employees remain our top priority.  It is critical that we maintain the best practices for health and safety:  wash your hands; wear a mask; maintain social distancing of six feet when around other people.  

Please visit https://safe.peralta.edu/ for the most up-to-date information and resources regarding COVID-19 for students, faculty/staff, and the community. 

Thank you and stay safe. 

Chanelle Whittaker

Interim Vice Chancellor of Human Resources & Employee Relations

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Late Start Essential CE Courses & Athletics Conditioning Update

11 August 2020

Dear Peralta Community,

The health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the greater Alameda County region is the top priority for the Peralta Community College District. As the Fall 2020 semester rapidly approaches, the District continues to work around the clock and consult with Alameda County’s Public Health Department to adhere to the Statewide Public Health Officer Order issued July 13, 2020, and to ensure that we provide the safest modalities of service and instructional continuity to our community.

Acting Chancellor Walter and the College Presidents, in consultation with the Peralta Federation of Teachers (PFT), write to you today to provide you with the following updates:

  • College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College will provide late-start Face-to-Face lab sessions for Career Education (CE) courses for essential industries only. The tentative start dates for these courses are September 14, 2020 (provided health conditions, and Alameda County authorization allow for us to run these labs).

  • The Athletic departments will also tentatively be able to start training and conditioning on September 14, 2020 (provided health and safety conditions allow us to hold these sessions). Per the county health guidelines, the teams will not be permitted to practice or play.

  • These programs will only proceed if official approval is received from the Alameda County Public Health Department, indicating that all the necessary social distancing guidelines and protocols are in place.

  • Faculty and Administration are working to convert all science and non-essential CE courses to online courses wherever possible.

These decisions were not made lightly, and we relied heavily on the recommendations of faculty, Alameda County Public Health Department guidelines, and Peralta CCD Health Officials, as well as our peer institutions. The goal of having these programs start later in the semester is to minimize the potential of individuals gathering in large group areas and ensure that the campuses can maintain social distancing protocols. This promotes the safety of our community.

For the most up-to-date information and resources regarding Peralta’s response to limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus, please visit safe.peralta.edu. We appreciate your continued dedication to providing excellent service to the members of our community.

We’d like to thank everyone for thoughtful collaboration on this issue.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carla Walter, Acting Chancellor

Dr. Angélica Garcia, President, Berkeley City College

Dr. Don Miller, Interim President, College of Alameda

Dr. Rudy Besikof, Interim President, Laney College

Dr. David M. Johnson, President, Merritt College

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Chancellor Announcement: Campus Closures Extended Through Fall 2020

31 July 2020

Dear Peralta Community,  

The campus closures previously announced through August 2, 2020 have been extended to January 4, 2021.  Student services will continue to be offered online, including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, and Counseling. As is currently the case, personnel performing essential functions may be required to work on-site. If you need access to campus, please check with your supervisor or college President’s Office to make arrangements.  

The Peralta Community College District continues to work closely with local public health officials and the State Chancellor’s Office to determine the safest way to 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 most courses this Fall 2020 semester 100% online. Some courses that do not lend themselves to online learning easily, such as career education and laboratory classes, will be offered face-to-face on campus where it is safe to do so as an exception to the campus closures. However, we may need to cancel these in-person classes, (or hybrid face-to-face sessions) that are currently offered in the schedule if we cannot provide them in a safe environment. The health and safety of everyone in our community is the top priority at Peralta Community College District.  We are concerned that even with several months of sheltering-in-place the COVID-19 cases in Alameda County, the state of California, and across the nation continue to rise. We are strongly considering the possibility that campuses will remain closed during the Spring 2021 semester, making that semester predominately online as well. We hope to provide the community with an update on Spring 2021 status by the end of September 2020.  

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 in service to students and our community. 

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. Carla Walter 

Acting Chancellor 

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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. Laney also offers organic produce boxes each Friday.
  • 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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