Peralta District Sets Remote Coursework for Fall

Majority of College of Alameda classes will be held online

Last week, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD), which includes College of Alameda, announced that the majority of coursework and student services for the Fall 2020 semester will be offered online. The district said some courses will include limited face-to-face class time. 

Some disciplines do not lend themselves to remote instruction, such as career education laboratories. These courses will be offered face-to-face where needed and safe to do so. The decision applies to all four colleges within the PCCD, which includes Berkeley City College, Laney College and Merritt College. 

“We are making every effort to minimize disruptions to the educational mission as we support student success in achieving desired certificates, degrees and transfer,” said Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. “We will continue to engage in the necessary discussions with faculty and staff to ensure the best decisions in service of our students and their goals.”

In preparation for fall 2020, PCCD will make changes within classrooms and laboratories to observe public-health directives and guidance. These include increased hand washing, avoiding sharing equipment when possible, systematic classroom-cleaning protocols and recommendations on face coverings and physical distancing.

Because the public-health situation is evolving quickly, PCCD will continue working closely with local public-health officials and the state Chancellor’s Office to make any necessary adjustments. 

For more information, visit www.safe.peralta.edu. 

Founded in 1964, PCCD is a collaborative community of college. 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 35,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC 96.5 FM. 

To learn more about the Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu.