The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is made up of four colleges in the state of California, USA. Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College all offer a variety of different programmes for those who choose to study in the district.
PCCD offers community college programmes that are transferrable to four-year degree programmes at universities such as Harvard, University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Berkley. It also provides more than 80 different Career and Technical Education courses, which provide dedicated training and direct support for students who are looking to move straight into a career.
Across the four colleges, there are over 30,000 students from more than 90 different countries around the world. There are also a variety of fun student activities ran by the institution each semester, including camping trips to the world-famous Yosemite National Park, international welcome dinners, and much more. These give students a brilliant opportunity to settle into their college, meet new friends and make California a real home away from home.
PCCD prides itself on being able to provide a brilliant, hands-on education to a wide variety of groups. The cost of tuition is less than that of a traditional USA university, and it offers financial aid to over 60% of its students.
There are a number of health services available across the colleges, including a Student Wellness Committee, mental health support and Crisis Support Services. There is also help for students with finding accommodation, support for obtaining a visa, and even a counselling service on offer at PCCD.