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More Student Groups Join Annual Turkey Drive!

21 November 2015

Paying it forward! This year Merritt College increased its participation in the local Turkey Drive. Representing Merritt are the Criminal Justice Club/Safety Aides with Ms. Margaret Dixon, Associated Students of Merritt College with Dr. Lilia Chavez, and First-Year Experience Program/IMPACT with Ms. Rosa Perez. Thanks to all!

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Popular Nutrition Class to be Offered as Hybrid in Spring

19 November 2015

Good news! The popular Nutrition 10 class (#23558, 4 units) will be offered as a hybrid course, both online and in-class,  in Spring 2016. Nutrition 10 is a rigorous but fun study of nutritional physiology and provides UC transfer credits.  The eight mandatory face-to-face class sessions will include an orientation and introduction, interactive lessons, receiving instructions for and submitting nutrition assignments, and taking exams. Information on face-to-face class dates, times, and location are available in Passport. Contact Cheryl Davis, at, for more information.

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Enroll Early for Spring 2016 Semester: Click Here for Spring Schedule

15 November 2015

Peralta Spring 2016 scheduleRegistration for Spring 2016 is open now for continuing students and for special program students. Full registration for all students will begin November 30. See Spring 2016 registration schedule and click here for the  Spring  2016 academic schedule.

Click HERE to see the Spring 2016 Class Schedule.
Click HERE to apply and/or enroll.
Click HERE to see the Spring 2016 Academic Calendar.

(The Spring 2016 Class Schedule for Merritt College only will be available shortly.)


Currently accepting applications and  enrollment for: Continuing students, CALWORKS, Disabled Students, EOPS, Foster Youth, Veterans, First-Year Experience Students.

Starting Monday, Nov. 30: Enrollment by Appointment for New and Returning Students

Starting Mon., Dec. 7: Enrollment for High School Students







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Telemundo Interviews Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz and Dr. Chavez on “Communidad Del Valle”

15 November 2015

Thanks to Merritt President Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz and Dr. Lilia Chavez, Director of Student Activities, for shining the light on Merritt College on the Telemundo program,”Communidad Del Valle,” where they were invited to be guests and spoke so highly of the college’s people and programs during the nearly 8-minute interview (in Spanish). Check it out by clicking HERE


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Save the Dates! Speaker Series Continues Nov. 17, Nov. 24, Dec. 1 & Dec. 8

14 November 2015

The Student Success & Equity Committee, along with The Office of Student Activities & Campus Life, invite you to enjoy and participate in Merritt College’s Speakers Series during College Hour.  All events will be held in the Huey P. Student Lounge R Building 110, from 12 – 2 pm.  Come to one or to all the talks.  We encourage faculty to provide extra credit to students for attending.

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Two Busloads of Students Join Counselors to Check Out SF State for Transfer

12 November 2015

Many Merritt students interested in transferring joined counselors  and headed to San Francisco State University to see what it had to offer. They participated in activities, met other students, enjoyed lunch, and walked away with everything they needed to know to help make their decision. Thanks to Rosa Perez, Marta Zielke, and the other counselors for making this successful event happen once again to help our students.


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Dual Enrollment is Win-Win for Merritt and High Schools; Classes in 16 Schools

10 November 2015

dual enrollmentKeith Dobbs, a 1981 graduate of McClymonds High School, is proud to be back on campus. Now a retired Oakland Police Officer, he is teaching Community Relations, one of Merritt’s Administration of Justice classes, as part of the college’s growing Dual Enrollment Program.

Along with the program’s benefit of giving students college credit and collecting FTEs for Merritt, Dobbs sees his roles as giving important lessons to the impressionable Oakland teens.

“This class starts a dialogue about relations between the police and the community so they can more critically examine situations by getting all sides, not just what they observe which is not always positive,” says Dobbs. “We hope that this class can bridge that gap and help build trust in the community.”

In planning for the Dual Enrollment Program, says Dr. Tina Vasconcellos, Dean of Academic Pathways and Success, it is key to pair up meaningful classes like Community Relations with the most appropriate instructors who are motivated to teach high schoolers. This helps assure that the class is successful in combination with the high school’s support.

Others of the 16 classes being taught in seven high schools this semester include Racism in America, Medical Assisting, Career Exploration, College Preparedness, College Success, Business, Financial Literacy, African-American History, Communications, Psychology, and Anthropology. For the Spring semester, the District has received 64 requests from high schools for classes. “While these partnerships are not new, we are now looking more strategically at how we can work to round out the high schools curriculum in terms of being part of their career pathways program,” she says. “We are still considering this a pilot program and have to work out some glitches, but it is really exciting. It’s a win-win program for us all.”

Overall, says Dr. Vasconcellos, the focus is on the high school students who will now graduate from high school with college credit to give them the incentive they might not have had to go on to further their education.

“Once students know they are successful at taking college classes, we’re hoping there is that shift that changes their academic expectation,” she says. “They may never have thought they could go to college, but now they might think, ‘Maybe I am college material after all.’”

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Barbara Lee Center Has Its Grand Opening

8 November 2015

(Photo Gallery below) November 6 was truly an historic day for Merritt College. On a beautiful fall afternoon, hundreds of guests from the college, the District, and around the Bay Area came to honor Congresswoman Barbara Lee and her namesake building, the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center. The 110,000-square-foot building was completed after two years of construction and far more time in the planning, and the Congresswoman couldn’t have been more proud. “It was a labor of love,” she said to the enthusiastic crowd of faculty, staff, and students, her friends and family, and the dignitaries she has worked with and supported over the years. “It’s not only a building, but a center. It’s an honor to have the name Barbara Lee on the building.”

There was a lot to be proud of. Dr. Sadiq Ikharo, Vice Chancellor of General Services, said the building was “on time and on budget,” Chancellor Jowell Laguerre admired the beautiful view and called it  a major accomplishment. “It’s wonderful to dedicate this facility to Barbara Lee for the contributions she’s made to the Peralta colleges, the state of California, the USA and the world,” he said. Merritt President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz said, “The center will focus on STEM education and ensuring access for all young people to have a chance to become innovators,” and added, “A true village came together to build this center.”

And bright and early Monday morning Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz sent an email collegewide thanking everyone who played a role in the day, administrators, faculty, staff, and students — and especially named groundsmen and custodians —  for “truly demonstrating the excellence of Merritt College.” (Photos by Susan May)

(See the Oakland Tribune’s article and photos here.)

(See KRON-TV coverage here.)

(See Peralta District’s video of  Grand opening here.)


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Students Learn Interview Skills On Their Computers!

5 November 2015

studentLaptopLong-time Merritt counselor Steve Pantell has spent decades teaching students interview skills, something he considers the most important part of landing a job. But working one-on-one
with students has always been extremely time consuming. Now he is thrilled to have found a much better, high-tech solution that this generation of students will feel comfortable with, and he wants to let everyone at Merritt know.

“I discovered an app calledInterviewStream which allows students to take practice employment interviews on the web through their iphones or other electronic devices,” he says enthusiastically. “It cuts down onthe labor- intensive part of having to schedule mock interviews with individual students. Now when they are done, the  interview goes immediately to their instructor for feedback and can be sent to whoever else they want to review it.”

The InterviewStream app has actually been around since 2003 and, according to its website, is used at more than 500 campuses, including Harvard and Penn State. The app has other great features like suggstions for more than 7,000 questions and the ability for instructors to record their own discipline-specific questions for their students.

Thanks to Pantell, the college is now running a one-year pilot program for all Merritt instructors and getting enthusiastic responses from a number of departments eager to use the service iwth their students.

For more information, contact Steve Pantell at




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Congrats to My Williams for Being Chosen as Intern in Barbara Lee’s Office

1 November 2015

ASMC My WilliamsCongratulations to My Williams who was hired as an intern in Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office. It’s no wonder she was chosen with her leadership experience as ICC chair and BSU officer and with her excellent grades, all while taking on the responsibilities as head of her household. My is passionate about social justice and minority issues and hopes to make a difference in the world. We’re sure you will, My!


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