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Register NOW for Fall Classes!

19 June 2016

Register now for the Fall semester. Classes start August 22. There are plenty of classes to choose from but classes will fill fast so get your spot now! The last day to register is Sept. 4. To apply and register, go to

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Be Better Prepared for Math This Year! Sign up for Summer Math Jam, Aug. 8-11

18 June 2016

Do you want to be more prepared for your next math class?  Or maybe jump to a higher level class? Sign up for Summer Math Jam, August 8-11, 9  a.m.-2 p.m. The  Summer Math Jam is designed to help you progress to the transfer level math courses in a much shorter time. It’s a free program for all Peralta Community College District students. Click on the flyer below and find out  more. To sign up, contact math instructor Dan Lawson,

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See Merritt College Summer Hours for All Depts. : Closed on Fridays to July 29 (Except 7/8); See Attached Flyer

17 June 2016

Merritt College has new summer hours! See the attached flyer for hours of all departments. The college will be open closed on Fridays through July 29, with the  exception of Friday, June 17 for Student Services (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Friday, July 8 (because of the holiday schedule. Summer and Fall registration continues to be open online at Summer classes start on June 20 and Fall classes start August 22.

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A Day to Remember in Photos: Commencement 2016

14 June 2016

(SEE PHOTO GALLERY) Congratulations to the 2016 graduates of Merritt College and to the faculty and staff and friends and families who supported them along the way! Check out the professional photos we had taken before and during the ceremonies and see yourself or others you know!

(Scroll down for photos or click on first one to start viewing as a slide show)

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Peralta Colleges Say “No” to Vaping on Campus

12 June 2016

No-vaping-195x184Students attending the Peralta Colleges (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland) will be able to “Escape the Vape,” thanks to a new policy on e-cigarette use which has been added to the existing prohibitions against smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products in all indoor areas and most outdoor areas at the four Peralta Colleges.

On March 15, Peralta Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., updated the District’s administrative code prohibiting smoking to include the use of vaping products, as summarized in the district’s 2015-16 Personal Safety Handbook.

“Our goal is to create a safe and healthy environment for all of our students and staff. Secondhand emissions from ‘vaping’ devices contain toxins and have no place on our campuses,” Chancellor Laguerre said.

The Peralta Colleges joins the University of California system in banning the use of electronic cigarettes in all enclosed areas and most outdoor areas. Fines for violations begin at $40 and will be implemented after a six-month grace period.

A new state bill, AB 1594 (McCarty-D), introduced in January 2016, bans the use of all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, on all state and community college campuses. The bill has passed the Assembly floor and is headed to the state senate. If the bill passes in the Senate and is then signed by the governor, the law would take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Peralta’s new rules will begin protecting students and staff long before the state “catches up.”

As with most tobacco control efforts in California, the move to control and limit public use of electronic cigarettes came first from local communities. The first Tobacco-Less Club was established in 2011 at Berkeley City College, and in 2013, student members were the first to raise the issue of restricting electronic cigarette use on campus with school administrators. There is now a Tobacco-Less club on the Merritt campus as well.

The clubs have also been educating students about the health harms of flavored tobacco products, as well, which are being heavily marketed to youth in the form of low price candy and fruit-flavored little cigars.

The revised Peralta administrative procedure code on smoking can be found here:

Visit the Tobacco-Less Club website for more information:

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Feeling Creative? Take A Ceramics Class This Summer, Starts June 20

10 June 2016

This summer  Merritt is offering Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Ceramics for continuing students studying Art or for those who want to learn for personal interest for the summer. All levels are offered. The classes are taught by Sharon Abac (you can see her website at To find details, see the flyer attached.  To apply and/or register, go to





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Looking for a career in health care? Take Medical Assisting 201D This Summer – There’s Still Time to Register!

5 June 2016

If you are looking for an in-demand health care field, enroll now in Medical Assisting: Office Administration (201D). There are no pre-requisites required. Along with the many components of “front desk” medical assisting, is the important Electronic Health Records (EHR) in the Lab portion. This knowledge has become essential because of the many changes in the healthcare reforms  and the new method in which records are being streamlined to provide better care for the patients. This information can help lead you to your  first medical assisting job

The class started June 6, but there is still time to register for the next one or two weeks, either online by going to, in person in Bldg. R, Admissions and Records, or showing up in the class (Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-8:15 p.m. L-132 (first floor of the Library).

For more information or questions, contact the instructor at or (408) 206-0303.

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Learn “Color Dynamics” in Art 40 for Transfer in the Fall

27 May 2016

Merritt is the only Peralta College to offer “Color Dynamics” for students who want to learn how to use color effectively in jobs that require a visual approach. Popular art instructor Mark Lightfoot will teach you how color work together to make a powerful visual impression in such careers as interior design, web design, industrial design, and others. The class fulfills a requirement for the Studio Arts Transfer Degree. (ART 40, Section #43843 and #43844, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

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Oakland High School Students: Register Now for CSI: OAKLAND, June 20-July 1

19 May 2016

CSI Camp 5-22-16For Oakland high school students entering their senior year who may be interested in law enforcement and investigations, Merritt College has a great opportunity for you to experience it first-hand by offering CSI: OAKLAND: the First Annual Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp for Oakland Unified School District high school students, an interactive camp where you will learn about  law enforcement, crime scene investigations, and forensics. The camp will be held for two weeks from July 20 to July 1, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Students must register for the camp and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing the application to or dropping it off at Building S, Room 438. Click Here to download application. For questions, contact Elaine Wallace at (510) 434-3978 or email ewallace@peralta, or call Alejandra Cerda at (510) 434-3850.

The program is being taught by faculty from the college’s Administration of Justice and Biosciences programs, the California Highway Patrol (MAIT), the Oakland Fire Department, and local law enforcement agencies. You will gain a broad in-depth introduction to the field of criminal investigation by experiencing the many steps of crime scene investigation from the first responders, the documentation of the crime scene, the photographing and measurement, and through testifying in court.  This program will also introduce the students to death investigation and the many steps that are necessary in determining whether a death is accidental or homicide.  At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to identify many of the processes that a law enforcement officer must complete in order to successfully investigate crimes, and the methodologies behind them.



The camp will  cover the following topics:

• Introduction: The CSI and Forensic Investigation
• The First Response
• Documenting The Crime Scene
• Fingerprints and Palmprints
• Trace and Impression Evidence
• Body Fluid Evidence
• Blood Spatter Evidence
• Firearms and Toolmark Evidence
• Arson and Explosives (Presented by Oakland Fire Department)
• The Electronic Crime Scene
• Documentary Evidence
• Death Investigations
• Forensic Anthropology, Odontology, and Entomology
• Documenting the Actions of the CSI
• Motor Vehicles as Crime Scenes  (Presented by California Highway Patrol)


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Learn All About the Library and Earn Two Units This Summer in LIS 85, from June 20 to July 28

29 April 2016

Want to know how to use all  the resources the Library has to offer? Sign up for the Summer class, LIS 085, Introduction to Information Resources, a 2-unit class from June 20 to July 28.  To find out more, see the flyer below or email the instructor Louisa Roberts ( enroll, go to


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