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Merritt Community Welcomes Interim President Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns

22 July 2016

Dr. BurnsjpgAs a first-generation college student herself, incoming Interim President Marie-Elaine Burns understands the obstacles many Merritt students face and the support they need to be successful. From the beginning of her long career in higher education, which started in EOPS, she says, “I made a conscious decision to remove the obstacles for people who don’t have the opportunity to get an education.”


After being introduced by Chancellor Jowel Laguerre at an Open Forum with the Merritt community on July 21, Dr. Burns went on to talk about her educational background, her love of community colleges, and the importance of communication. “I’m a ‘walkaround’ leader, “ she said. “I’m accessible. I believe in transparency, honesty, and integrity. We’re all in this together. I value all of my staff, and I want to know your needs and concerns.”


She then asked the audience about their goals, and answered questions about equity, health services, employee training, and the importance of going out in the community to form partnerships. In response to student Myeisha Williams’ comments on the importance of student activities, she agreed that student life, including student government, was an important part of getting a well-rounded education.


Dr. Burns, who comes to Merritt from San Jose City College where she served as Vice President of Special Services, will begin her new role at Merritt on August 2. See more photos from the forum below and her full bio here.

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Looking for a Career? Register Now for a CTE Program Starting This Fall

19 July 2016

CTE (Career Technical Education) programs at Merritt College are those that train you for a career and provide the community with an educated and well-trained workforce. The wide variety of more than 50 CTE programs, from Accounting to Urban Agroecology, are designed to prepare students of all ages for in-demand careers, job changes, or advancement needs. Students can also transfer to a four-year institution to further their education. Check out our new CTE brochure HERE or click on the image. If you’d like one or more print copies, just call (510) 436-2409.

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Register NOW for Fall 2016 Classes! See Steps to Getting Started

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


To get started, just follow these steps to apply online and click on the links to get  more information about each step. (Registration is also available at the Admissions & Records Office counter.)

  1. Apply for Admission by going to
  2. Attend an Orientation session to get familiar with the college and services.
  3. Schedule Assessment for English and Math to determine your placement.
  4. Go to Counseling to get your Assessment results, develop an education plan, and select classes.
  5. Register for your classes online (or pick up a free class schedule and ask at the counter  if you need more help).
  6. Pay your fees at least two weeks before classes start.
  7. Begin your educational journey!

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See Fall 2016 Class Schedule Here.
Apply and/or Register Here. 


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Be Prepared for Math This Year! Sign up for Summer Math Jam, 8/8-11

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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Mark Your Calendar for FLEX Days, Thurs. and Fri., August 18 & 19

15 June 2016

Merritt_Logo-TrsBe sure to mark your calendar for Merritt’s FLEX Days on Thursday and Friday, August 18 and 19, where the Professional Development Committee  has planned activities around the theme  “Strengthening Our College Together: Time for Action.” The keynote speaker will be Chancellor Helen Benjamin of the Contra Costa Community College District. Last month, the Committee Chair Jason Holloway asked the college to help  define the topic by completing a brief survey on what the theme means to you to help them plan activities for FLEX Day and throughout the year that will be of interest to all. See you there!

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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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