Puente and Merritt are celebrating Cesar Chavez on Wed., March 29 with the theme: “Knowledge is Power: The Movement Continues!” The event will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge starting with keynote speaker Doreen Moreno, Director of Government Advocacy and Community Engagement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She is the first Latina Chief of Staff for the first woman eleted Mayor of the City of Fresno. The event will continue with art, poetry, activities, and free food! All are welcome!
All graduates must attend one information session to get instructions on Commencement and in order to obtain tickets to the ceremony. Each session will focus on guest information, regalia, accessible seating and accommodations, parking, and public transportation. See the complete schedule below.
2017 Information Session Days
Wed., April 19, 1-2 p.m.
Thurs., April 20, 4;30-6 p.m.
Wed., April 26, 1-2 p.m.
Thurs., April 27, 4:30-6 p.m.
Ticket pick-up days:
May 2, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
May 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Jason Seals grew up in a single-parent home in Oakand when it was, as he says, “the murder capital of the world.” His friends were all getting in trouble, and he could have easily gone in the same direction. But because of the influence of his mother (who urged him to go to college) and his mentors (who helped him along the way), he is today in a position to teach and inspire his own students and direct them along the same pathway to success. Read his story HERE, and prepare to be inspired yourself!
Don’t miss the Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Merritt Collegeon Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Student Lounge, R-110. Fun for all ages, there will be food, games, and fun for all ages! The event is beng sponsored by Ability Counts, Unity, and Street Scholars Clubs. All ages are welcome!
Student Health Services at Merritt College is sponsoring a Blood and Marrow Drive on Tuesday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. in the Mobile Coach in front of the library. For marrow donors, you must be 18-44, in good health and willing and committeed to be a marrow donor for any patient in need. Please take 10 minutes to join the Be The Match Registry by clicking HERE.
As the summer approaches and you see middle school-size kids in labs gardens, and classrooms, don’t be worried – it’s just another year of the exciting Kids College. For the 7th year, Merritt is bringing back this fun and educational program that combines experiencing fun summertime activities in the Oakland Hills with exploring college and careers on a real campus. The camp will be held Mondays-Fridays, June 12 to June 23, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for only $200.
It’s never too early for 6th to 9th graders to think about their future and learn about the steps to college while they are actually experiencing what lies ahead for them—but in a fun way. Thanks to the generous participating faculty and staff, the camp’s popularity has grown each year as new hands-on experiences have been offered.
Campers will get their hands dirty learning gardening techniques (Landscape Horticulture), discovering CSI secrets while peering through microscopes (Microscopy), contemplating a career in law enforcement (Administration of Justice), studying computers (CIS), finding out the healthiest foods to eat (Nutrition); and learning about entering the medical field (Nursing). This year they will also participate in a Math Jam and learn to make ceramics, along with playing sports to release some of that young energy!
“It’s a great opportunity for the campers to try out different activities that may give them ideas about future careers just as they are beginning to think about college,” says Dean Siri Brown, whose Division is coordinating the camp. “We’re lucky at Merritt to have such great programs for the students to participate in and instructorswho are willing to give their time.”
For more information and to download a Registration Packet, go to www.merritt.edu/wp/kids-college, or contact Camp Coordinator Ne’Shawn Dixon at (510) 434-3939 or at MerrittKidsCollege@peralta.edu.
(SEE PHOTOS BELOW) The topic was “Solving the Cybersecurity Staffing Crisis” and the enthusiastic audience in Merritt’s Student Lounge on Friday, March 10, was made up of everyone who should have an interest in this issue: students, faculty, administrators, employers, politicians, and community members.
This first Cybersecurity Employer/Industry Day was planned to showcase Merritt’s Cybersecurity Program and give students and employers the chance to meet and talk about career opportunities. The event was highlighted by a videoconference with Congressman Ro Khanna from Washington, D.C. ,who presides over Silicon Valley, has made it a top priority to address the shortage of trained cybersecurity workers, and is a big proponent of Merritt’s program. “This country has about 220,000 unfilled jobs in cybersecurity,” said Congressman Khanna in a recent interview. “How do we take Merritt College’s Cybersecurity Program and do that across the country?”
Other prominent speakers included District Chancellor Jowel LaGuerre, Merritt President Marie-Elaine Burns, Trustees Bill Withrow and Karen Weinstein, and David Silver, Education Director for the Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf. Also in attendance was Sidney Brown, assistant to Oakland Councilmember Delsey Brooks. In addition, a panel of students and employers discussed training and the solutions that could be brought to Bay Area organizations.
Nearly a dozen employers from Bay Area companies such as Jacobian Engineering, Wente, and EFI in Fremont attended the event and became acquainted with students one-on-one to talk about their backgrounds and opportunities.
The Cybersecurity Program at Merritt was created two years ago by Merritt faculty and security executives from the Silicon Valley CISE group who predicted the increase in cybersecurity jobs and worked with Merritt to plan the fully accredited Applications and Infrastructure Security Program. The program, soon to graduate its second class, leads students to Associate’s Degrees in either one of those specializations.
The successful event was planned by an active committee led by Program Director Anita Black and co-creators Mark Egan, Partner at StrataFusion, and Jim Cates, President of LOBI Group, LLC. Photos by Birhon Quizhpe
Looking for job or a career? Learn the soft skills to help you find them. The Career Institute is offering free workshops almost every day! Check them out below for the week of March 20-24 and register now or just drop in. For more information about workshops and other services, go to www.merritt.edu/wp/careerinstitute.
Whether you are still missing some credits for Spring to work toward your degree, want to get a head-start for next semester, or just want to take a class for personal interest, there are more than 50 Late-Start classes to choose from in a wide variety of subjects. Starting dates range from February to May 2017. Check the attached list and find one or more classes that fit your needs! To enroll, go to www.merritt.edu/wp/admissions.
To request college materials in an alternate format, call Disability Support Services at (510) 434-3910.
The mission of Merritt College is to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve by helping students to attain knowledge, master skills, and develop the appreciation, attitudes and values needed to succeed and participate responsibly in a democratic society and a global economy.