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It’s Not Too Late to Register! Click Here to See All Open and Late-Start Classes

2 September 2015

There’s still time to register for the Fall 2015 Semester! Many classes are still available in a wide variety of topics as you can see below, effective 8/28/15.

Click HERE for all Open Classes
Click HERE for all Late-Start Classes
Click HERE to Apply and/or Enroll in Classes

You can take classes to prepare for transfer to a four-year university, train for an exciting new career, master a skill needed to enrich your life, or just for the pleasure of learning. From a unique new Administration of Justice program that will prepare you to enter the police academy to a program in Cybersecurity leading to in-demand jobs in that fast-growing field, the faculty and staff at Merritt College are dedicated to helping you succeed and reach your educational goals. Come up to the beautiful Oakland hills and see what Merritt College has to offer!
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Merritt College President Welcomes All Students to Fall Semester 2015

1 September 2015

president_norma_200x133Welcome to the Fall 2015 semester at Merritt College! Whether you are just starting out or continuing on, we are excited you are here to begin a new year with us. If you have not yet registered, there is  still time and space – please join us! Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you reach your educational goals at Merritt College.

We are proud of our newest addition to the campus: The beautiful Barbara Lee Center for Science and Allied Health! No matter what your major is, we encourage you to come by and visit. There are comfortable study areas called “learning neighborhoods,” outdoor patios with beautiful views, and a spiral staircase marking the building’s center with pathways leading in all directions.

This architecturally stunning, state-of-the-art building is just an example of the excellence you will find on campus. We have nearly 100 programs of study which lead to transfer to your desired university or workforce training career. Our dedicated faculty and staff are truly committed to having you fulfill your academic and professional achievements. Merritt’s Student Service programs are especially designed to guide and support you with answers to questions and to direct you to resources needed. We have a newly renovated tutoring center and library, programs geared toward positive experiences for both Latino students (PUENTE) and African-American students (SANKOFA), and a First-Year Experience Program created to ease into college life in a supportive environment.

Our counseling, veterans, financial aid, assessment, and admissions and records offices provide exceptional service, and students are always their number one priority. The wide diversity at Merritt is marked each year by numerous events open to the entire campus community – from Women’s and Black History Months to Hispanic and Native American celebrations. The events are filled with rich culture, lively entertainment, and always delicious food to share. Merritt also has more than 20 active student clubs on campus in a multitude of interests – and the chance to start your own club!

But the end of each year is always my favorite, when faculty, staff, friends and family come together to celebrate the success of our students. There are award luncheons, scholarship dinners, and, of course, the culmination of it all – graduation! Watching the students shine as they walk across the stage to get their diploma or certificate makes us all proud to be a part of Merritt College.

There’s a reason why our slogan is “We Change Lives,” and we strive to prove it true with every student who comes to Merritt and walks out into the world a different person.

Hope to see you on campus this Fall!
Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz
Merritt College

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Learn Research Skills in LIS 85: Starts 9/8 or 10/19 (Also, See the Library’s New Extended Fall Hours)

31 August 2015


Want to know how to use all  the resources the Library has to offer? Sign up for the Fall class,  LIS 085, Introduction to Information Resources, a 2-unit, 8-week online class starting 9/8 or 10/19.  To find out more, email the instructors Louisa Roberts ( or Adoria Williams ( enroll, go to (FYI, the library’s new fall extended hours are: Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Feeling Creative? Take An Art Class at Merritt! Enroll Now! (Click below for schedule of art classes.)

29 August 2015

Whether you are studying art or just feeling creative, choose from many art classes offered this Fall at Merritt College. Choose from painting, pastel, watercolor, figure drawing,  2-D art, ceramic sculpture, portraiture, botanical drawing, color dynamics, and more!  Click HERE to find all art classes (you might need to try it twice to get to the right link  – then just select “Schedule of Classes, then Merritt, then Art.)  For questions, email Art Chair Sheila Metcalf-Tobin at


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Relieve Back-to-School Stress with Free Acupuncture and Massage

25 August 2015

By popular student demand, Merritt’s Health Services is now offering its Acupuncture/Massage service every week instead of every other week. Take advantage of the free service being paid for by your Student Health Fees. Students have said that it helped them be more successful!

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Admin. of Justice Dept.’s New Pre-Academy Program in Contra Costa News!

22 August 2015

Margaret Dixon, left, department chair of Administration of Justice at Merritt College, and Howard Jordan, former chief of police for the Oakland Police Department, talk about Jordan's new law enforcement pre-academy training program at the college, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group) Margaret Dixon, left, department chair of Administration of Justice at Merritt College, and Howard Jordan, former chief of police for the Oakland Police Department, talk about Jordan’s new law enforcement pre-academy training program at the college, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)


(SEE ARTICLE HERE) AJ instructors Howard Jordan and Margaret Dixon, both former Oakland police officers, were interviewed by the Contra Costa Times about the new Law Enforcement Pre-Academy Program they created for Merritt College starting this fall (see article here). They will be joined by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and other members of the media, and representatives from OPD and the Sheriff’s Office at a press conference about the program on Friday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room at Merritt College.

The program, the only one like it offered by a community college in northern California, was created to prepare students who wish to become police officers for the rigorous physical and academic requirements of the mandatory Police Academy as well as preparing them for the comprehensive certification test. Classes will be taught by Retired Oakland Chief of Police Howard Jordan with guest lecturers from the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information about the program, contact Howard Jordan ( or Margaret Dixon (


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Chancellor Jowel Laguerre: The NEW Peralta Way: Flex Day Address and Media

22 August 2015

LaguerrePhoto-195x316Chancellor Jowel Laguerre delivered his address during Flex Day on Wednesday, August 19, at Laney College setting out some of his priorities for the District’s future. If you missed it, click the link below to view the text version of Dr. Laguerre’s The New Peralta Way (pdf) or watch his address on Peralta TV’s YouTube channel: (starts at  2:26). You can also read a profile of Dr. Laguerre that was published 8/18/2015 in the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area News Group papers:  And see his Guest Commentary published on 8/20/2015 in the Oakland Tribune and other Bay Area newspapers:




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Apply Now for the Peralta Foundation’s Student Scholarships

20 August 2015

Kristie Briseno copyThe Peralta Foundation is once again offering multiple scholarship opportunities to all students in the District. Go to their website here to see all of the names and descriptions of the scholarships. The deadline to apply is October 12.

The Foundation will be offering workshops to help students apply. They will be held in Building L, Room 132 on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 10 to noon; Monday, Sept 14, from 3-5 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.


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Outreach Efforts Bring Campus to Community

19 August 2015

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Board of Trustee member Linda Handy (pictured right) showed her support for Merritt by stopping by the college’s booth at the Laurel Street Fair on August 8. The fair was one of a number of such events that the new outreach team headed by Romeo Garcia, Interim Dean of Grants and Special Programs, and including Maria Spencer, has been participating in.

Volunteers from the college joined the team for some of the events, including the Bay Area Black Expo, Art and Soul Festival, and Gathering of the Lodges, and will be presenting at Leadership High School and AC Transit, among other events in the near future. All are welcome to give Romeo and Maria promotional materials to distribute, and volunteers are encouraged to work at the fairs and show their Merritt spirit! Contact them at or

maria at black expoSasha at fairbirhon at laurelsuzanne and Lee at Laurel fair

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Merritt Offers High School Partnerships for Fall

13 August 2015

Merritt College has entered into partnerships with numerous local high schools to teach a variety of college-level courses to their students. The classes are open to the community, as space allows. The list of classes is attached.

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