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Fall Classes are Filling Up; See Open Class List and Enroll NOW

13 July 2018

Fall classes are filling up fast! Be sure to apply and enroll to be sure to get the class you want. Click HERE to find all of the Open and Late-Start classes. Merritt has nearly 100 degree and certificate programs to choose from and transfer paths to take. Don’t wait too long and find that you can’t get your class! Apply and enroll now! Find the steps to apply and/or enroll HERE or go to the Passport site HERE to directly enroll. Have a great semester!



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Everything You Want to Know About Mushrooms in One Class

13 July 2018

Join long-time mushroom expert Theresa Halula in her full-term Fall class, “Mushroom Cultivation (LANHT 45, #44063/64) and explore mushrooms, from growing them in your home garden to identifying wild mushrooms to starting your own mushroom farm. Offered for the Fall semester only, from August 22-December 15 on Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the course includes guests speakers, field trips, and safe practices for collection of wild mushrooms. The class is part of the Permaculture Design Certification Program in Landscape Horticulture, as well as the new Natural History & Sustainabililty Program.

For questions or more information, contact the instructor at For steps to apply and /or enroll, click HERE and to go directly to Passport to enroll, click HERE.

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From Italy to Merritt, See Video on Valedictorian’s Success

13 July 2018

Meet top graduate Alessandra Chimienti who arrived from Italy without speaking English and ended up at Merritt earning three business degrees and three certificates and being named Valedictorian of the Class of 2018. Watch the video below to find out her thoughts on how she was inspired and motivated by faculty, staff, and fellow students to achieve her goals.


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Prepare for Assessment: Summer English Jam, 7/20 & 27

12 July 2018

Don’t miss Summer English Jam on July 20 & 27 –an opportunity to meet outstanding English instructors who will prepare you for the Peralta Reading and Writing Assessment (for English course placement) or, if you have already taken the assessment, possibly be placed in a more advanced English class can still participate! The Jam will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in L-137. For more information, contact Andrea Henderson at ahenderson@peralta or call Isela Santana at (510) 436-2648.



Tell your students about English Jam, an opportunity for students to meet outstanding English instructors who will prepare them for the Peralta Reading and Writing Assessment(for English course placement).  Students who have already taken the assessment but are interested in placing in a more advanced English class can still participate!

Summer English Jam with Professors Lynsie Falco & Andrea Henderson

Friday, July 20 & 27, 2018

9am – 1pm in L-137
Students who participate in English Jam will:
• learn about the English course sequence.
• gain a strong understanding of success skills for tackling college reading and writing.
• retake the English reading and writing assessment and possibly place into a higher level English Class.

 For more information, contact Isela González Santana at or (510) 436-2648. Registration not required but let students know to email and notify me about their participation.

This activity is sponsored by the Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation Grant.

(Feel free to download or forward the attached flyer for students.)

Isela Gonzalez Santana
Merritt College
English Faculty & Interim Learning Center Director
12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, 94619
Office: L-124

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What Exactly is Participatory Governance? Check It Out!

12 July 2018

You’ve heard all about “participatory governance” but do you know what it means and how it affects you and the college? Now you can learn more about it in a cool animated video that was created as part of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) grant the college received a couple of years ago. As Nghiem Thai explains: “The purpose of the IEPI grant was to help focus our efforts on organizational improvement in several key areas, including integrated planning, outcomes assessment, institution-set standards, and participatory governance. One of the final activities funded by this grant was the production of an animated video illustrating the governance process at Merritt College. Thanks to the creative talents of Sheena Miraftabi, Marika Fleming, and Jessica Livingston–Berkeley City College Multimedia Arts students under the guidance of Professor Mary Clarke-Miller–I’m happy to present to you the finished product. A subtitled version shall be available shortly.”

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Merritt Summer Programs Pave Way to Higher Education

12 July 2018

More than 50 high school students in the Adelante Summer Bridge Program at Merritt and Fruitvale are transitioning toward the next step in their education as they explore college and careers and find out the benefits of attending Merritt College. The program is one of several summer opportunities at Merritt to give participants a taste of Merritt at an age when they are beginning to consider their paths beyond high schoo

The 7-year-old program, which started in Fruitvale and expanded to the Merritt campus three years ago, offers students
classes in English and Counseling and gives them a comprehensive overview of college life. For the first time this year, the East Bay College Fund, which supports Oakland high school students in furthering their education, is partnering with the Adelante Program and offering $1,000 scholarships to students who complete the summer program and enroll at Merritt with specific requirements. Last year 75% of the participants enrolled at Merritt. (Pictured top left: English class at Merritt taught by Noel Fagerhaugh; and top right: English class at Fruitvale taught by Daniel Guerrero. The counseling instructor at Merritt is Rosa Perez and at Fruitvale is Marty Zielke.)

“Our mission is to provide a supporting and caring environment to these students who we recruited from Oakland feeder high schools, the majority from underserved populations,” says Program Coordinator Rosa Perez. “The students are engaged and excited. We tell them, ‘You guys are ahead of the game!’”

Another successful summer program, now approaching its tenth year, is Merritt’s Kids Camp which has a specialty of turning educational lessons and positive college-going talks with fun, hands-on experiences that the campers love.

By the end of the two-week camp, the 30 students in 6th-9th grades had dissected cows’ hearts and eyeballs in microscopy, made slime in chemistry, learned hip-hop in dance class, learned lots of nutrition tips. discovered new computer programs, found out about careers in police work, and participated in a cupcake-decorating competition. At the end-of-camp celebration, each camper showed what they learned by giving a presentation on their education and career goals and showing how they would start a business.

“It’s a great opportunity for the campers to try out different activities that may give them ideas about future careers,” says Ne’Shawn Dixon, Kids College Coordinator in Division I. “We’re lucky at Merritt to have such great programs for the students to participate in and instructors who are willing to give their time.”

Ne’Shawn recalled one experience that really made her appreciate her role. “I was so excited last year to have a Merritt student come into my office and remind me that he had been a middle-school student at camp years ago. He told me that his camp experience was what made him want to come back to Merritt. It made all the work worthwhile to know that we are reaching students who are coming back to continue their education here at Merritt.”

Young students interested in computers were thrilled to get hands-on experience in cybersecurity as part of the five-day CyberPatriots Camp. This is the second year that Merritt was invited to participate in this nationwide effort by the Air Force Association to inspire students to pursue STEM-related activities and participate in competitions with other cybercamps around the country.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students with an interest in computer science, technology, engineering and math to get experience for their future education and careers,” says Anita Black, Program Director for Merritt’s Cybersecurity Program, who oversaw the camp which was coordinated and led by instructor Beverly Brooks. “We hope to see some of the participants in our own program in a few years!”


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See Summer Schedule for Newly Named Merritt S.O.U.L.

12 July 2018

After a successful Spring semester of bringing healthy food to a record number of students and community members, the newly nammed Merritt S.O.U.L. (Sustaining Oakland Urban Lives)  is back for the Summer and Fall! So mark your calendars and be sure to take advantage of the fresh produce and other products as well as information about nutrition and recipes to cook with the food you bring home! And watch for the first Merritt Food Bank Recipe Contest coming in the Fall!

The Food Bank will be open on the following Thursdays from 12 to 4 p.m. on  6/28, 7/12, and 7/26, 8/2, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 12/13, and 12/27.

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WHOA is Here…Enroll in Classes at Convenient Time for YOU!

9 July 2018

Are you having a hard time scheduling classes for Fall 2018 that will fit into your hectic lifestyle? Now WHOA is back! Merritt’s new program was designed to help you reach your educational goals by selecting classes for you specifically in Weekend, Hybrid, Online, and Afternoon timeframes. Just click HERE  to select the Fall 2018 course, program, and pathway that you are interested in that will lead to a degree, certificate, or transfer program of your choosing! (Be sure to see a counselor to confirm your pathway.)


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Enroll in New Natural History & Sustainability Program Courses

1 July 2018

(Click left flyer to enlarge) Merritt’s new student-centered Natural History & Sustainability (NHS) Program emphasizes the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to tackle the major environmental challenges of the 21st century. The interdepartmental program offers career- and transfer-driven coursework in three tracks: (1) Natural History; (2) Applied Ecology; and (3) Urban Agroecology. It is ideal for students interested in the basic science of the natural world and its effect on human society. Certificate programs are currently being developed for each track.

For this first Fall semester of the new program, nine courses have been carefully selected to educate students about the biodiversity and ecology of the Bay Area and beyond. No prerequisites are required except for a love of nature, a desire to keep our community environmentally healthy, and a curiosity to learn something new!For more information, go to or contact NHS Program Director Brad Balukjian

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New! Explore the Fascinating World of Marine Biology (BIOL 9)

30 June 2018

Did you know that 70 percent of the earth is covered by water yet we have only explored 5 percent of the ocean. Learn these facts and more in Marine Biology this Fall (BIOL 9 #44414) in a Monday and Wednesday lecture from 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. and a lab on Fridays from 9 a.m.- 11:50.  By taking this class, you will be meeting your Natural Science requirement and becoming knowledgeable about the mysteries of the sea! For questions, contact instructor Analisa Brown at

Click HERE and follow the steps to enroll NOW!

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