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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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Safe Return to Campus Town Hall Webinar on October 4, 2021

28 September 2021

Please join Interim Chancellor Dr. Jannett N. Jackson and her Cabinet team for a Town Hall meeting to discuss our Return to Campus “soft launch” plan.  This Town Hall session will take place on Monday, October 4, 2021, from 10am to 11:30am. Zoom details are below.
The meeting agenda will include:
  • Vaccination Policy Updates for Employees & Students
  • Return to Campus Planning for Classified Professionals
  • Campus Facilities Update
  • Campus Public Safety Update
  • HEERF3 Spending Plans
  • Time for Q&A

Students, employees, and community members are all cordially invited to attend.

When: Oct 4, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Town Hall: Safe Peralta Return to Campus

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 393416
Or One tap mobile :
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Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 720 707 2699 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592
Webinar ID: 843 4576 4342
Passcode: 393416

The Town Hall meeting will be recorded and made available on the Peralta Colleges YouTube channel.

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Chancellor’s Announcement – Back to Campus Update August 18, 2021

18 August 2021

August 18, 2021 


Dear Peralta Community,  


Thank you to all the faculty, staff, and administrators who are working so diligently to prepare for the fall semester that begins on Monday, August 23, 2021.  We’ve accomplished a lot to get ready and there’s still much to do.   


Vaccination Policy  

The PCCD Board of Trustees approved the first Bay Area community college district vaccination policy for students and employees, which we announced on August 5th. Employees, contractors, and students are required to show proof of vaccination (or a recent negative COVID test result) in order to be on campus. The draft administrative procedure regarding vaccinations has been posted on the Safe Peralta website and you can read it here.  We’ve also just posted the draft COVID-19 Prevention Plan.    


All of these documents and plans have been shared with leaders from all three collective bargaining units. We’ve met with the Peralta Federation of Teachers, and they have already indicated approval. We have met with IUOE Local 39 and they understand the policy and are not opposed. We have reached out to SEIU Local 1021 and hope to discuss with them shortly.   


Upcoming vaccination opportunities are posted on the Safe Peralta website. Free COVID testing for students is available at the Roots Clinic. We are investigating potential partners for on-campus testing service for students and employees.   


To aid with vaccination status tracking and campus access, employees should use Company Nurse online, a service offered by our insurance provider ASCIP. The screening and vaccination information submission form guide is available online at Safe Peralta.  Employees can start the process on the Company Nurse website here.   


Students and contractors should use the Campus Shield app. Campus Shield is available for both mobile devices and desktop computers but we recommend using the mobile app when visiting a campus. Once installed, use the COVID Health Assessment function within Campus Sheild to answer the screening questions for campus entry.   


We understand that many questions may come up regarding the vaccination policy.  Please send your questions to Human Resources at  There are FAQs posted on the Safe Peralta website, for employees and for students, and we’ll be using your feedback to get these FAQs updated.    



In my August 10th Announcement with Vice Chancellor of General Services Atheria Smith, we provided a building cleaning schedule. With “Help from HPLE” (High Performance Learning Environments), the cleaning teams have made excellent progress.  As of last night, August 17, 2021, the buildings that were prioritized for cleaning at all four colleges and the District office have been cleaned, tested, passed the tests, and are ready for use.   

  • Following CDC guidelines, plumbing for our water supply has been flushed in order to prevent Legionella and other potential problems from water systems after a prolonged shutdown.   
  • HVAC systems have been examined and we are working through the list of things discovered during that examination including the changing of air filters.   
  • Signs for posting on campuses with information about indoor mask requirements and CDC recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID are currently being printed. These will be posted on the campuses on Friday, August 20th.   

We will open with limits on August 23rd.  DGS, working closely with IT and Risk Management, is trying to standardize the entry process for all campuses. Berkeley City College will have a slightly different access procedure given the process for facial recognition and temperature-taking already in use there. We will share the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) with the Vice Presidents of Administrative Services at each of the campuses.  


Buildings prioritized for opening have been cleaned and tested. Marina Security will have patrol officers stationed at those building entrances to review COVID access credentials (Company Nurse for employees and Campus Shield for students and visitors).  Kiosks will be available at Laney, Merritt, and COA to help students and employees with access to Campus Shield and Company Nurse. These kiosks will be staffed from 7:30am to 8:30pm Monday through Friday, with additional time planned for weekend classes.  


All campuses will have security teams patrolling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As always, if you need to report a security or safety concern, or need an escort from a campus location to the parking lot, you can call the Campus Public Safety dispatcher at (510) 466-7236.  


DGS will be providing daily updates as we continue to prepare for the limited opening on August 23rd. We will be posting those updates on 


Flex Day  

Please join me on Thursday morning, August 19th, to kick off the district-wide Flex Day for professional development. I’ll be sharing more about my vision for our community and the need for “ubuntu” here at Peralta.  The morning session begins at 8:30am – please register for the opening session here.   


The situation with COVID-19 and the Delta variant is changing rapidly and we ask for your patience as we work to maintain a safe environment for students and employees.  Please visit 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 Safe, and Stay Well,  

Jannett N. Jackson, PhD  

Interim Chancellor 


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Peralta News – Board Spotlight June 11, 2013

17 June 2013

The June 11 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured the swearing-in of 2 newly elected Student Trustees. Next, the Board recognized Dr. Jacob Ng for his 24 years of service to the District. Following that, the Board was presented with the tentative 2013-2014 budget by Vice Chancellor Gerhard. And finally, College of Alameda President, Dr. Jannette Jackson, made the announcement that she will be leaving to become the new Chancellor for Chabot-Las Positas College District.

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Peralta Colleges make a Splash at California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

12 July 2012. 0 comments

The annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference was held on the UC Davis campus this year, from June 18 to June 22, and the Peralta Community College District was well represented.

The Conference is a unique opportunity for educators to network and exchange ideas on sustainability. In addition to participants from The Peralta Colleges, representatives from universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara, were also in attendance.

Activities included a pre-Conference Sustainability Officers workshop, field trips, exhibitors and breakout panels. For example, Lutron Electronics and the California Public Interest Energy Research Program presented a case study on energy savings, resulting from the installation of integrated classroom lighting controls on the Laney College campus. The projected annual savings to the college from the project is estimated to be $25,000. The cost of the project materials was $64,000, and installation was $38,000, for a total of $102,000; costs were paid through the Oakland Shines Program.

Peralta was represented by Dr. Jannett Jackson, College of Alameda President, and Charles Neal, the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Manager for the District. They were joined by Mary Ann McNamara, who is a community partner, as well as an alumnus of the Merritt College horticulture program and recent graduate of the Regenerative Design Institute (RDI), located in Bolinas, California.

Charles Neal co-facilitated a workshop for sustainability officers that discussed using sustainability projects as a living lab for technical education students. Dr. Jackson and MaryAnn were co-presenters in the category: Campus-Community Partnership for Sustainability.

“I am extremely pleased to have represented the District at this year’s Conference,” said Charles Neal. “Learning what systems and processes work and which ones don’t is valuable information, as all of us grapple with how best to allocate shrinking budgets. There were a number of innovative systems discussed that could help us further our sustainability programs, here at Peralta,” added Neal.

On a related sustainability note, Aurora Mahassine, Founder of Habitile, an outfit that designs living wall systems, introduced Mary Ann McNamara and three of her RDI classmates to Charles Neal, who then encouraged the students to present their permaculture designs to Dr. Jackson and the COA Leadership Council. The presentation was in response to Dr. Jackson’s previously expressed desire for a reflection area to be created on campus for students to enjoy during the replacement of Buildings C&D. The collaboration resulted in Mary Ann and her classmates contributing a pro bono permaculture design that should fulfill Dr. Jackson’s wishes for a reflection area on COA campus. Incidentally, a permaculture design is required capstone project for RDI students, who are pursuing the year-long permaculture design certificate. In this case, the students will gain experiential benefit from their active involvement in the actual project installation!

Lastly, the campus-community partnership is further emphasized by a $20,000 grant, provided by COA intends to fund the permaculture installation with this grant. The grant is in support of the College of Alameda’s Bay-Friendly installation, the first phase of which is located near the intersection of Willie Stargell Avenue and East Campus Drive. Obtaining grants to fund sustainability projects is a great way for COA and the District to stretch their resources. The initial Bay-Friendly installation, from which the grant flowed, was led by Gates & Associates Landscape Architecture of San Ramon. The grant was administered by Cynthia Greenberg, of The Planning Center in Berkeley.

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A Film Documentary, “When Women Come Marching Home” at the College of Alameda – May 17, 2012

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Peralta News – College of Alameda participates in a National Endowment of Humanities Grant

23 January 2012. 0 comments

College of Alameda has been selected as one of 15 colleges in the nation to participate in a National Endowment of Humanities grant, Thinking through Cultural Diversity: Bridging Cultural Differences in Asian Traditions. The three-year project will involve “fifteen community colleges organized in five geographic clusters, and will place different understandings of culture and plurality in dialogue with the aim of deepening engagement with issues of cultural interaction, civility, and diversity in a global context.

With a focus on China and Southeast Asia, the project will explore how the arts, literature, knowledge systems, religious traditions and trade serve as cultural bridges; how different conceptions of personhood and community afford distinctive resources for engaging issues of cultural plurality; and how Asian perspectives on cultural difference might complement those that are prevalent in American undergraduate classrooms. Participants in the project will work collaboratively to develop curricula and research related to Asian cultures and societies and the project theme of cultural diversity.”

College of Alameda will work in a geographic cluster with City College of San Francisco and Mission College. The project will focus on Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The project is organized around a progressive series of activities beginning in Summer 2012 with an 8-day summer symposium hosted at the East-West Center in Honolulu.

For more information, please contact Dr Kerry Compton, Vice President of Student Services, at or 510-748-2204 or President Jannett Jackson at 510-748-2273 or

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Peralta News – 2011 ATLAS Program Graduation

22 December 2011. 0 comments

December 16, 2011. Numerous cohorts graduated the ATLAS program this week. President Jackson offers motivational words and graduate Pamela Gernan shares her employment success. For more information about this federally funded, community partnership, workforce development program, please click here.

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Peralta News – President of College of Alameda to Receive Distinguished Award and Important Appointment

1 November 2011. 0 comments

The Peralta Community College District is pleased to announce the College of Alameda President Jannett N. Jackson, PhD, has been selected as a 2012 Distinguished Graduate of The University of Texas, Community College Leadership Program.  Additionally, President Jackson was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee of Education Services (ACES).

“It is such an honor to receive both this recognition and opportunity to serve on this important committee,” said Dr. Jackson.  “We’re proud of President Jackson’s accomplishments,” added Peralta District Chancellor Wise E. Allen, Ph.D.

Established in 1944, the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) is part of the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas in Austin and is the nation’s oldest doctoral program, with a primary focus on the preparation of key community college leaders. More than 600 students have graduated from the program since its inception, with over 508 in the past 40 years. This year Dr. Jackson was selected by the faculty to join the ranks of this distinguished group of individuals as a recipient of the CCLP Distinguished Graduate Award for 2012.

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Peralta News – Violence Prevention at College of Alameda

21 October 2011. 0 comments

With a 600% growth in enrollment in its second year, the Violence Prevention Certificate Program at College of Alameda held a successful Community Stakeholder meeting. College of Alameda President Dr. Jannett Jackson, Students and Teachers share their experiences with this ground-breaking program, building capacity within our local violence prevention community.

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