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Parents Get Support from CalWORKs Program to Reach Academic Goals

27 August 2014

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Claire Crosetti, Merritt’s CalWORKs coordinator, assists new students at the program’s orientation while keeping their children busy. The program helps families with dependent children pursue their academic goals by providing case management services to students who are enrolled in classes and receiving public assistance so they can become self-sufficient in the workforce. To get additional information or to schedule an appointment, please go to the website or call MerrittWORKs at (510) 436-2651 or (510) 436-2469.

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Welcome to the Fall Semester! There’s Still Time to Register for Classes!

18 August 2014

 Fall 2014 classes have begun and the last day to add regular session classes is August 31. Click here to apply and/or enroll. For the most up-to-date scheduling changes, check all classes by clicking here.  

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Find Open and Late-Start Classes and Registration Hours Here

16 August 2014

dh513006_10895Click here to find full-term classes available as of 8/21 and click here to find late-start classes that will begin in August, September, and October. Registration hours are
Mondays-Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 8 a.m.-7 p .m.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-Noon


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Want to Learn More About This Adorable Otter?

16 August 2014

STARTS FRIDAY, AUGUST 29. Just enroll in the 8-session class, “Mammals of the Greater Bay Area,” BIOL 61G (44184) starting August 29 and earn credit while becoming knowledgeable about both marine and terrestrial mammals both in the classroom and on field trips. The class is taught by Dr. Hank Fabian, a renowned biology instructor who has many years of experience both teaching at Merritt and exploring the wilderness. (See flyer below for class dates and times.)








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A Former Police Chief and a CHP Veteran Bring Life Experience to Merritt Classroom

16 August 2014

Howard_Jordan-3Elaine WallaceWhen students walked into their Intro to Administration of Justice classroom on the first day of fall classes, they were in for a surprise: their instructor was none other than former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan. No doubt they are also in for a stimulating semester of learning as the 20-year Oakland Police veteran and police chief (2010-2013) will include his own experiences in the curriculum.

Chief Jordan is one of two new instructors teaching this semester.

Elaine Wallace joins Merritt as a new full-time faculty member. She comes to the college with 25 years experience with the California Highway Patrol where she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

“We are very excited to have both Howard Jordan and Elaine Wallace join the Adminstration of Justice team,” says Margaret Dixon, AJ chair and a veteran of the Oakland Police Department herself. “They bring both prestige and knowledge to our rapidly growing program.”




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Get Started with Orientation!

16 August 2014

The Merritt College New Student Orientation is an opportunity for us to officially welcome you and thank you for choosing us. You will learn about our expectations of you as well as what can expect of us. Learn about all of the support services and recourses that are available to you and let us assist you with completing each of the steps necessary from registration through enrollment into your classes. The overall goal of the Orientation is to assist you in getting off to a great start and providing you with the necessary information for a successful finish.

Many students who are new to college will also attend an assessment session as part of their process to enroll in classes. The purpose of the assessment is to provide students with information regarding their current skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The results of the assessment, along with other information provided by the student, will be used by counseling staff to assist the student in selecting appropriate courses.


July 2014 Orientation Assessment
Wednesday 23-Jul 10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Thursday24-Jul 10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Tuesday29-Jul 10 a.m. FULLR108
Tuesday29-Jul 1 p.m. FULLL132
Wednesday 30-Jul10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Thursday31-Jul10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
August 2014 Orientation Assessment
Tuesday5-Aug 10 a.m. FULLR108
Tuesday5-Aug 1 p.m. FULLL132
Wednesday 6-Aug 10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Thursday7-Aug 10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Tuesday12-Aug 10 a.m. FULLR108
Tuesday12-Aug 1 p.m. FULLL132
Wednesday 13-Aug 10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Thursday14-Aug 10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Tuesday19-Aug 10 a.m. R108
Tuesday19-Aug 1 p.m.L132
Wednesday 20-Aug 10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Thursday21-Aug 10 a.m. FULLR1101 p.m. FULLL132
Tuesday26-Aug 10 a.m.R108
Tuesday26-Aug 1 p.m.L132
Wednesday 27-Aug 1 p.m. FULLR11010 a.m. FULLL132
Thursday28-Aug 1 p.m.R11010 a.m.L132
September 2014 Orientation Assessment
Wednesday 3-Sep 10 a.m.R1101 p.m.L132
Thursday4-Sep 10 a.m.R1101 p.m.L132
Tuesday9-Sep 10 a.m.R108
Tuesday9-Sep 1 p.m.L132
Wednesday 10-Sep 10 a.m.R1101 p.m.L132

NOTE: The Orientation and Assessment schedule is subject to change without notice. For the most current assessment schedule or for additional information, please call the Assessment Center at (510) 436-2562 or visit our website at

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Now-Famous Merritt Alumni “Master P” Comes Back!

15 August 2014

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Former Merritt College business student and basketball star Percy Miller (better known now as  rap artist Master P) came back to campus on August 14 at the invitation of his coach Maurice Compton to talk to incoming basketball players. But he also ended up touring the campus and graciously having his photo taken with everyone who asked, including students, faculty, and even Merritt President Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz.

Miller, whose family lives in Richmond, attended Merritt in the late ’80s and went on to found No Limit Records at the young age of 21. From there, his career took off, and besides his success as one of the top American rappers, he became an actor, entrepreneur, investor, author, filmmaker, producer, and philanthropist.

While on campus he was also introduced to faculty and staff participating in Flex Day activities and was later interviewed on video in Dean Lasana Hotep’s office talking about the importance of getting an education and the role Merritt College played in the start to his successful career. (The video will be posted on this website as soon as it is available.)



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Backpacks are Stuffed with College Necessities for EOPS Students in the Fall

13 August 2014


EOPS student assistant Kathleen, Alverado, and Ana prepare backpacks for EOPS students.
You can tell fall semester is approaching when EOPS staff and students pitch in to stuff a whole bunch of backpacks with all the necessities of college life: pens, pencils, highlighters, notepads – even 8-gig flash drives. Says EOPS coordinator Judith Adams: “We give the backpacks to new and continuing students as way for them to get a good start to the new year.”


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Mayor Quan Visits Merritt’s Booth at Laurel Street Fair

8 August 2014

Merritt College was well represented at the 2014 Laurel Street Fair on August 9 when Mayor Jean Quan stopped by to pose for a photo with Dr. Lilia Chavez, Director of Student Activities and Campus Life, and volunteer Jamila Saleh.  More than 8,000 people were estimated to have attended the fair, now in its 15th year, which is considered one of the biggest and best neighborhood events in the Bay Area.


Lilia and Mayor REV at Laurel St. Fair

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AJ Students Benefit from Partnership with Oakland Police Department

23 May 2014

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At a time when the City of Oakland is actively recruiting new police officers and Merritt College is helping Administration of Justice students find career opportunities, a mutually beneficial agreement was recently signed at City Hall by Oakland Chief of Police Sean Whent and Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District Dr. Jose Ortiz.

As part of this academic affiliation, Merritt College will provide an accredited curriculum for the Oakland Police Academy. The program will provide the students with direct interaction and hands-on experience with City police officers. The optimum result will be potentially more than 50 well-trained candidates to meet the public safety needs of the City of Oakland.

“We want to make sure that what we provide at the college is what employers see as relevant in the workplace,” says Dr. Elmer Bugg, Merritt’s Vice President of Instruction. “This partnership allows for us to forge a marriage between academic preparation and career application.  It’s a win-win all around.”

As a bonus, adds Dr. Bugg, the academy students will gain college-level credit for the work they do and could go on to get an associate’s or bachelor’s degree once they graduate from the Academy.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who also participated in the signing, hopes that the program will bring more recruits who are Oakland residents and have a vested interest in the city and knowledge of the city’s culture.

“Our last class had only 16 percent of Oakland residents, and I’d like to get up to 50 percent,” says Quan. “Programs like these give us a steady flow of young people who are interested in the police department.”

Margaret Dixon, chair of Merritt’s Administration of Justice program and a retired Oakland police officer, wants the training to provide the students with the total experience of the profession.

“It’s more than just passing a test,” says Dixon. “We want to support the students once they get into the academy, and we want them to truly understand what they are getting into.”


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