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Learn About Your East Bay Habitat by Hiking “From Tree to Sea” in ENVMT 40

2 August 2015


8-2-15 ENVMGT photoWhat better way to actively learn about our East Bay neighboring environment than walking and talking with experts from our community? The Environmental Management and Technology program offers students a close-up way to get to know your natural community this fall through From Tree to Sea: A Bay Area Environmental Cross Section (ENVMT 40).

This is just one of several fascinating classes being taught in the Environmental Management program this fall. Others include Introduction to Sustainable Environmental Systems (ENVMT 2 and 2L) where students are joined by professionals in industry and government to discuss current thinking in how human economic, political and ethical behaviors are closely interwoven with the environment.

For students interested in self-sufficiency in urban life, Social Issues in Agriculture (ENVMT 3) engages class members through field visits to local urban and urban-edge gardens and farms. Visits bring discussions of food systems, labor, production issues and social justice to our front door.

And lastly, to show that there are green jobs in the making as these environmental issues come to light, a class in Environmental Careers (ENVMT 1) will highlight the current and future directions for environment-related jobs defining a clear process for students to move into these fields.

Register now for one or more classes! You can apply and register at

For more information about classes and certificates in the environmental area, visit


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It’s Time to Register for Fall Semester; Classes Start Aug. 24 and are Filling Fast!

29 July 2015

A new year and a fresh start are upon us! Register now for the Fall 2015 Semester. Hundreds of classes are available in a wide variety of topics. 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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Be Better Prepared for Math This Year: Sign up for Summer Math Jam, 8/10-14

26 July 2015

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 10-14, 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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Feeling Creative? Enroll in Pastels and/or 2-D Art

25 July 2015

If you’ve always wanted to try Pastel Drawing, you are in luck! Merritt is the only college in the Peralta system to offer it, and it is being taught by Mark Lightfoot, a renowned artist with a studio in Oakland (see his bio here). The class (ART 66, 67 or 68) starts Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 1:30 to 5:20 p.m. On the other end of the spectrum, the multi-talented instructor is also teaching 2-Dimensional Art (ART 46), a brand-new offering at Merritt, for career-minded students interested in learning how to use design effectively in professions that require a visual approach, such as graphic design, web design, interior design, fashion design, architecture etc. The class starts Thursday, August 27, from 1 to 6:30 p.m Find more information, see the two class flyers below. To register, go to


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See New Fall Library Hours AND Learn Research Skills in LIS 85: Starts 9/8 or 10/19

20 July 2015


Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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. Check the online Fall class schedule for more information.

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Begin the Semester with a Fun Way to Get Fit!

19 July 2015

Do you want to start the fall season right by getting fit, losing some weight, and having some fun at the same time? Come and join us at Weight and Wellness (Nutrition 25), starting Thursday, August 27, from 6-7:50 p.m. You’ll have fun engaging in physical activity during each session and learning about healthy ways to control your weight.  And the best thing – there are no exams! Everyone is invited to join – faculty, staff, students, and community members. (Faculty and staff can submit a waiver to avoid class fees.) Register now and start the new academic year on a healthy note!

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Administration of Justice Offers First-Time Law Enforcement Pre-Academy

9 July 2015


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The new Law Enforcement Pre-Academy Program, offered through Merritt College’s Administration of Justice Department for the first time in Fall Semester 2015, offers the unique opportunity to get the hands-
on training needed for the rigorous police academy required for all police applicants as well as the knowledge to pass the certification test.

This 13-week program, starting September 16, will be taught by Howard Jordan, retired Oakland Chief of Police, along with more than a dozen members of the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8:20 p.m. and a number of Saturdays for specific hands-on experiences.

Throughout the 3-unit program, students will learn about academy rules and regulations, physical fitness and nutrition, report writing, defensive driving, professional conduct, law enforcement, defensive tactics, police ethics, the background investigation process, radio procedures, and test prep and assessment, among other topics.

“This is a rare chance for potential police officers to get up to speed on the physical aspects and knowledge necessary to be successful in a police academy,” says Margaret Dixon, who heads Merritt’s AJ Department and is a retired OPD officer.  “Our instructors offer decades of experience in the field to pass on to the students.”

Students can enroll in the program on its own or combine it within an Administration of Justice certificate or degree curriculum (

Seats are limited, so register now for Law Enforcement Pre-Academy (ADJUS 200, Course Number 44691) by going to

For more information, contact Howard Jordan at or Margaret Dixon at




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Start Off On the Right Foot on Aug. 24: Learn How to be a Successful Student

8 July 2015

From day one, learn how you can enjoy the college experience while being effective at the same time. By taking the class “College Success,” (COUN 24, 3 units), you can find out the key points that a will get you on your way to meeting your goals, including: time management, discovering your learning style, goal setting, writing an essay for scholarships, educational planning, and much more! The  class starts on Monday, August 24, and is offered in three different sections as follows:

11-12:15 p.m., Tues/Thur., #43718, Dr. Rosa Perez, instructor

12-1:15 p.m., Mon/Wed, #43281, Carlos McLean

5:30 p.m.-8:20 p.m., Tues, #43282, Carlos McLean

)This course is transferrable to UC and CSU Area E Breadth Requirement)



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New Science Building Opening Soon!

1 July 2015

 IMG_3827 We’ve all been watching the cool new building going up for years, and now it’s almost time for the nurses, scientists, and professionals among us to move in. But what many may not know  are the design concepts and the philosophy behind the beautiful façade.

Justin Smith, the Construction Project Manager hired by the District’s Department of General Services to oversee the entire project, recently gave The Merritt Connection a sneak peek and talked about the designers’ philosophy.

“There are many great features within the building that have been carefully planned by the designers to please its occupants,” says Smith. “Everyone from the president to the deans to the first-year students will find something new and exciting in this building.”

As Smith explains, there were three specific objects that shaped the conceptual design:
1) New Approach – Enhancing communication by using public areas to create opportunities for stronger interactions;
2) New Heart – Using the central courtyard,
defined by the helix stairway, to energize the building and the campus  with  clear visibility to instructional and social areas;

3) New Energy – Contributing to learning outcomes through sustainability in acoustics, lighting, indoor air quality, daylight,  and views integrated with new technologies.

In keeping with these design concepts, “Learning Neighborhoods were created — well-defined, dedicated zones spread in key points throughout the building for interaction among students, faculty, and staff. These areas are identified by  comfortable furniture, large windows, and soft lighting to encourage active learning through open exchange.

And there is actually more of a scientific philosophy behind the gold-hued screening than just keeping out the glare. According to the designers, it is “artistic abstractions of scientific principles with the coding signifying a genetic legacy that unites all people while recognizing diversity in our population.” In other words, it represents our DNA!

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Library Highlights Extensive Local History Collection

18 June 2015

The Library is currently highlighting its comprehensive collection of local history books, many which have been gathered together in a display on the main floor. Along with a comprehensive series of books that includes many topics including the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Black Artists in Oakland, there are books on several dozen California cities, from Albany to Vacaville, which include fascinating old photos. Other interesting books on display include everything from the Free Speech Movement of Berkeley in the ’60s and the History of Alameda County to Oakland 1852-1938 and San Francisco Art Deco. The display will be up all summer and the books can be borrowed for three weeks. Check them out!


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