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Safe Return to Campus Town Hall video & FAQ are live

5 October 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

I would like to again thank all of you who attended the COVID-19 Update Town Hall, Safe Peralta Return to Campus, October 4, 2021.  There was a tremendous number of you who participated, over 500 students, staff, faculty and administrators.  Given the number of inquiries (over 150), we had to delay posting the responses until today.  We needed the extra time to try to organize the list of questions by topic and not just a list of the questions, which would then require that you scroll through or search the page to find specific answers.

I want to specifically thank, Aaron Harbour, our District Web Content Developer, who grouped the questions into subject bundles, and incorporated pertinent items from the “everyone” chat into the FAQ document now online.

We promised information from Forensic Analytical Consulting Services (FACS), which is now available.  This information includes:

Additionally, FACS created a workbook tool to assist campus leadership and to further clarify specific space needs. The workbook tool is a live database and cannot easily be shared.

College leadership is in the process of providing additional equipment now, however, it will also be incorporated in the next phase of the Return to Campus plan in January 2022.

The addition of these items completes the process to offer transparency and collegiality as we transverse this uncharted path. Remember, as things change, we will post updates on the Safe Peralta website

I again, want to thank you for your support and attention in helping us move forward with our phased in approach to Return to Campus (RTC).

Stay well,
Jannett N Jackson, PhD
Interim Chancellor
Peralta Community College District

(to view the FAQ as a pdf, click HERE; to view it online at Safe.Peralta click HERE

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Chancellor’s Announcement: Vaccine Policy Update 9/29/21

30 September 2021

I hope your semester is going well. I am following up on the email I sent last month with an update regarding Peralta’s vaccination policy effective October 13th, 2021. 

Vaccination Policy 

If you are coming to campus for a class and/or in-person services, you must follow the vaccination policy set forth by the Board of Trustees. Here is the 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.” 

Student Vaccination Proof 

Students will be required to upload proof of vaccination or exemption documents via the Campus Solutions module in PeopleSoft (https://sa.peralta.edu/). You will receive details on how to upload your vaccination proof early the week of October 4th if not sooner.  

We recommend using the state Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record at https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ to get a screenshot of your vaccination record for uploading in Campus Solutions. 

Proof of vaccination will be checked against California State vaccination records. Falsifying vaccination data (such as forging a vaccination card) is considered a felony, as well as a breach of Peralta Board Policy 5500, Administrative Procedure 5500, and Education Code Section 87732.  

Vaccination Policy Enforcement 

Beginning on October 13th, 2021, the vaccination policy will be enforced for students.  If you still need a vaccination, there are several options available including: 

Campus Shield for COVID Screening 

We will continue to use the Campus Shield app (for Apple iOS devices, click here; for Google Play, click here) to pass through safety checkpoints and access campus facilities. First time users please download the app and register with your student email address (@cc.peralta.edu). Once set up, use the COVID Health Assessment option to answer the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) questions. If you have questions about your student email, visit this Canvas resource for help.  

COVID Testing 

Peralta Community College District is in the process of arranging weekly COVID testing on each of the campuses including the District Office. This service is expected to begin the week of October 11, 2021. 

Town Hall

Please join me on Monday, October 4th from 10am to 11:30am for a Town Hall webinar to discuss the Vaccination Policy and our Back to Campus activities. We want to answer any questions you might have. More information including the Zoom link is online here. A recording will be posted on Peralta’s YouTube channel. 

In-Person Services 

I know the pandemic has made things more challenging – for you, your instructors, and your support team. During the week of October 11, many of our employees who have been working remotely will be returning to the college campuses.  Please keep an eye out for information on in-person support services that will be available as the semester progresses. If you have any questions, please contact your student services team – we are here to support you!   

Your health and safety are important to us and we have taken steps to support your return to campus. Thank you for including the Peralta Colleges in your educational journey. 

 

Thank you and be well,

Jannett N. Jackson, PhD

Interim Chancellor

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Chancellor’s Announcement: Return to Campus Update

27 September 2021

Dear Peralta Employees,

I’m writing to provide you with an update regarding the Peralta Community College District return to campus plan.  As mentioned previously, we are using the Fall 2021 semester to gradually and safely restore in-person support services as well as in-person instruction, which students need.  

Classified Professionals

During the week of October 11, 2021, we expect Classified Professionals who have been working remotely to begin returning to the office in some capacity.  The specific needs and schedules will be communicated by the College Presidents and their administrative teams (for college-based staff) and Vice Chancellors and their managers (for district office staff). I expect those messages to go out next week.

Employee Vaccination Proof

As previously announced, all employees must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 by October 7, 2021, as a condition of employment.  The Board of Trustees adopted the vaccination policy to make the inevitable return to in-person instruction and student support as safe as possible for all individuals involved. If you have not done so already, please upload your vaccination information or exemption request via Company Nurse. Exemption forms are available at Safe Peralta and also must be submitted by October 7, 2021.

Vaccination Policy Enforcement

Beginning on October 8, 2021, the vaccination policy will be enforced for employees and students.  For employees, failure to comply with the vaccination policy requirements may be grounds for administrative action.  If you are still in need of vaccination, contact your healthcare provider, use the free Alameda County Public Health Department vaccination service, use your local pharmacy, or sign up for upcoming clinics at the colleges as posted on Safe Peralta

Student Vaccination Proof

Students will be asked to upload their vaccination proof or exemption documents via the Campus Solutions module in PeopleSoft. Our IT department is working with Oracle developers to have the PeopleSoft process in place by the end of September. By having the data in PeopleSoft, faculty and administrators will be able to view reports showing whether students are compliant or not with the vaccination requirement, for example, by class roster.

Proof of vaccination will be checked against California state vaccination records. Remember that falsifying vaccination data such as forging a vaccination card is considered a felony as well as a breach of BP/AP 5500 and Education Code Section 87732. There will be consequences for such dishonesty.

COVID Testing

The Department of General Services (DGS) is in the process of arranging weekly COVID testing on each of the campuses including the District Office. This service is expected to begin the week of October 11.

I want to thank faculty, staff, and administrators for your hard work and support of students as we continue to expand our in-person services. I also want to thank you for your patience as we work out the soft launch of expanded student services and in-person instruction together as a community, in the spirit of Ubuntu, to help our students.

Wear A Mask

Please remember to always wear your mask properly ensuring that it covers both your nose and your mouth at all times while on Peralta controlled property.

The situation with COVID-19 and the Delta variant are changing rapidly.  Please visit the recently redesigned Safe Peralta website at https://safe.peralta.edu/ to keep up with the latest developments here at PCCD. 

Again, thank you all for your dedication in serving the students of the Peralta Community College District.    

Be Well, and Stay Safe,  
Jannett N. Jackson, PhD  
Interim Chancellor 

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Merritt College receives 2021 John W. Rice Equity Award

22 September 2021

Merritt College, which was a leader in moving away from assessment tests that wrongly placed students of color in remedial classes, and Barstow College, which has enhanced its student success rates through numerous support services, are the winners of the 2021 John W. Rice Equity and Student Success awards.

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Representatives of the colleges were presented with the awards at the September 21, 2021 meeting of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.  The Merritt College representatives included Merritt College student Melvin Vierra and the college president, Dr. David M. Johnson.  

“For decades we used flawed standardized tests to determine whether a student would start in remedial or transfer-level English or math classes,” said Board of Governors President Pamela Haynes. “The colleges recognized today are at the forefront of new approaches that unlock students’ potential and yield success.”

Equity Award winner Merritt College has not offered below transfer-level English since 2019 or below transfer-level math classes since 2018. It was praised for getting students to where they need to be by redesigning its curriculum and investing heavily in student support, embedded tutors, retention specialists and its campus Learning Center. Merritt College also recommitted itself to the Puente, First Year Experience, and Sankofa-Umoja programs, assigning a full-time manager to oversee the learning communities and build a pervasive spirit and culture of family.

“Merritt College is honored to accept the 2021 Dr. John W. Rice Award for Diversity & Equity. Given our institutional commitment to fostering a culture of equity and inclusion through our rich educational programs, receiving this award is particularly edifying” said Merritt College President Dr. David M. Johnson. He continued, “We know all too well that many of our students face barriers and encounter challenges along the road to educational success, and the experience of our African American and Latinx students underscores that reality in dramatic terms. As such, we are committed to continuing the progress to which this award attests, and applaud the efforts of our students, faculty, and staff to stay the course and move the needle.”

Merritt College President Dr. David M. Johnson

Student Success Award winner Barstow College was lauded for myriad efforts, including a vibrant Teaching and Learning Support Center, faculty-led workshops, enhanced tutoring and improved early-alert tracking. All have contributed to overall increase of 29% of students completing transfer-level English and math courses within one year of their first attempt.

Established in 2001, the Dr. John W. Rice Awards annually recognize colleges for setting the standard in advancing diversity, equity and student outcomes. In 2019, the nomination process was redesigned to bring the awards into alignment with the goals and commitments of the Vision for Success. Finalists for the Equity Award were chosen based on the reduction of equity gaps for students of color completing gateway, transfer-level courses in English and mathematics over the course of the Vision for Success. Student Success Award criteria focuses on colleges seeing the greatest improvements in all students completing gateway transfer-level English and math over the course of the Vision for Success.

Honorable mentions went to the following colleges:

  • Equity Award runner-up Palo Verde College has reduced equity gaps through a holistic approach that includes Disabled Student Programs and Services, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, embedded tutoring, counseling, food distribution and more.
  • Student Success Award runner-up East Los Angeles College reduced equity gaps with a range of programs to help with the transition to college, including peer mentors and navigators, along with embedded tutoring and supplemental instruction for those enrolled in transfer-level math and English.

Student Success Award runner-up Woodland Community College saw improvements in students completing transfer-level math and improvements in students completing transfer-level English thanks in part to a comprehensive approach that includes a full-time behavioral health therapist, increased mental health services, the Woodland Community College Promise program and more.

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Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia Selected for Aspen Institute’s New Presidents Fellowship to Advance Student Success

22 September 2021

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The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Dr. Angélica Garcia, President of Berkeley City College, is one of 25 leaders selected for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship. This program supports community college presidents in the early years of their tenure as they aim to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success. The Fellowship’s philanthropic partner is JPMorgan Chase.

“I’m honored to receive such a prestigious fellowship,” said President Garcia. “I believe pursuing higher education is an act of liberation, especially for historically minoritized communities. Berkeley City College students are part of a thriving community which mirrors the Bay Area’s ethnic, cultural and socio-economic diversity. I am energized by the prospect that this fellowship will support the advancement of student success, completion, and building an equitable and racially just community at Berkeley City College.”

The 25 Aspen Fellows, who lead colleges that collectively serve more than 280,000 students, were selected through a highly competitive process. Starting later this year, the Fellows will engage over nine months in residential sessions and virtual learning to develop strategies to meet their goals for student success and equity with data to assess challenges and progress.

“We continue to learn how the best community colleges improve outcomes for students and close persistent race- and income-based equity gaps,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the College Excellence Program. “This year’s fellows have demonstrated their commitment to achieving excellent and equitable student outcomes, and we are eager to work with them as they join Aspen’s network of more than 100 fellows who serve as community college presidents.”

“Congratulations to Dr. Garcia for her selection to this prestigious Fellowship. Her leadership at Berkeley City College here in the Bay Area’s diverse Peralta Community College District as well as her unique lived experiences that are representative of many of the students we serve will undoubtedly contribute a great deal to the Aspen New Presidents program. We are proud of her. Her peers in the program are lucky to have her,” said interim Chancellor Dr. Jannett N. Jackson.

As community colleges grapple with the impact of COVID and enrollment declines, turnover among presidents remains high. Aspen is committed to helping prepare the next generation of exceptionally capable and highly diverse leaders through its fellowship programs for new and rising presidents. This new class of Aspen Presidential Fellows is 52 percent female, and 64 percent are people of color. Located in 17 states, their institutions too are diverse, from a tribal college with fewer than 500 students to an urban college that educates more than 35,000 each year.

“Community colleges play a critical role in helping to prepare young adults and incumbent workers for in-demand jobs of the future,” said Monique Baptiste, Vice President and Head of Jobs & Skills for Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. “Ensuring that the leaders of these institutions are equipped with the support and training they need to develop equitable student success is an integral part of building capacity over the long-run. JPMorgan Chase is proud to partner with the Aspen Institute to build the next generation of exceptional college leaders as they work to advance the prosperity of the diverse communities and students they serve.”

JPMorgan Chase’s philanthropic support for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship is part of the firm’s New Skills at Work initiative to prepare young people for the future of work and meet the growing demand for skilled workers, and the $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity and drive an inclusive economy. 

The 2021-22 Aspen New Presidents Fellows

 

  • Rebecca Ashford, Chattanooga State Community College (TN)
  • Seher Awan, Los Angeles Southwest College (CA)
  • Vincent Bowhay, Independence Community College (KS)
  • B. Buxton, Durham Technical Community College (NC)
  • Karin Edwards, Clark College (WA)
  • Angélica Garcia, Berkeley City College (CA)
  • Veronica Garcia, Northeast Lakeview College (TX)
  • Tracy Hartzler, Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
  • Greg Hodges, Patrick Henry Community College (VA)
  • Stephanie Kashima, West Valley College (CA)
  • Georgia Lorenz, Seminole State College of Florida (FL)
  • Kimberlee Messina, Spokane Falls Community College (WA)
  • Rachel Pokrandt, Umpqua Community College (OR)
  • Christy Ponce, Temple College (TX)
  • Omid Pourzanjani, San Joaquin Delta College (CA)
  • Monte Randall, College of the Muscogee Nation (OK)
  • Anton Reece, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (KY)
  • Ángel Reyna, Madera Community College (CA)
  • Claudia Schrader, CUNY Kingsborough Community College (NY)
  • Ricky Shabazz, San Diego City College (CA)
  • Ron Slinger, Miles Community College (MT)
  • Willie E. Smith, Baton Rouge Community College (LA)
  • Russell Swagger, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (WI)
  • Justina Wilhelm, Iḷisaġvik College (AK)
  • Jermaine Williams, Nassau Community College (NY)

For bios and photos of all 25 extraordinary  leaders, visit HERE.

 

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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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