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Biofest 2015 on Halloween: Learn About Career Options While Enjoying an Interactive Haunted House!

12 October 2015

Celebrate Halloween while learning about exciting careers in the new biotech and health fields at Biofest 2015 on Saturday, October 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the new Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center. This celebration of science for all ages will feature an interactive haunted house, along with science exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, a tinkering table for kids, building tours, door prizes, and representatives from Merritt’s genomics, histotech, and microscopy programs to answer all of your questions. Come and join us – you probably never imagined that science could be such fun!


Biofest Oct. 31

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Come to Transfer Day on 10/15: Meet Reps from 35 Colleges and Universities

2 October 2015


sjsu-holynames-uciDo you have questions about transferring? Merritt College’s Transfer Day College Fair on Thursday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is an opportunity for you to meet admissions representatives from over 35 colleges and universities, including seven University of California campuses, seven California State University campuses, and many private/independent schools. For a list of participating schools, see below or visit

Over 35 colleges and universities will be at Merritt College!
Thursday, October 15, 2015
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
in R-110 (Huey P. Newton/Bobby Seale Student Lounge)10-3-15 Transfer Day 2015

(Colleges are still submitting RSVP’s.)


UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Merced
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz


CSU Chico
CSU East Bay
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Sacramento
Humboldt State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University


Academy of Art
Azusa Pacific University
Brandman University
California Institute of Integral Studies
Dominican University of California
Golden Gate University
Holy Names University
John F. Kennedy University
Mills College
Mount St. Mary’s University – Los Angeles
National University
Notre Dame D’Namur
Palo Alto University
St. Mary’s College of California
Samuel Merritt College
University of Arizona (out of state)
University of Nevada, Reno (out of state)
University of San Francisco
University of the Pacific
University of Phoenix

*This list is subject to change without notice. Some schools may cancel the week before the event or not attend.

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) generally don’t attend or are very selective of the Transfer Day College Fairs they attend. They generally attend the HBCU College Fair, which was held at Laney College earlier in September.




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Crab Feed Fundraiser for Men’s Basketball – Come Out and Support Your Team!

30 September 2015

Come to the second annual Crab Feed sponsored by Merritt’s Men’s Basketball Team on Saturday, October 24, 3-7 p.m., Student Lounge, Room 110.  Enjoy live entertainment while you eat some of the best crab you’ve ever tasted! Bring friends and family! All proceeds will benefit the basketball team. $50 general admission. To purchase tickets, call 510-484-5199.


Crab feed flyer oct. 24

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Merritt’s Fruitvale Location Welcomes Counselor

28 September 2015

Welcome to Alejandra Oseguera, the first dedicated bilingual counselor for the Merritt College @Fruitvale location. Alejandra is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Students can call the office number, (510) 536-1830, for an appointment or e-mail her at

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Come and Visit the New Africana Center Open Mondays-Thursdays, 9-3

27 September 2015

The African American Studies Program recently held its campus opening and now is open for the community to visit and explore on a daily  basis from Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are invited to interact with the Center’s custom digital curriculum on four areas of African American history, life, and culture, and  to meet the Center’s Black Family Research Specialist who is training students on documenting their own family histories. Click here for a detailed description of the Center. 

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See Fall Late-Start Classes in October and November

22 September 2015

If  you still need more units for this semester, there are still plenty of classes you can take that start in September and October including English, nutrition, paralegal, real estate, communications, administration of justice, African-American Studies, library science, computer information systems, environmental management, biology, counseling, political science, and more. See the list of  classes HERE and sign up today at

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“The Future of Non-Violence in America,” Topic of Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series, Nov. 7

21 September 2015

9-21-15 Lecture Series

“The Future of Non-Violence in America,” will be the topic of the next Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series, on Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. , at the Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd, Oakland. To RSVP, call (510) 510-434-3988. Presenting the lecture will be Dr. Clayborne, founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford Univeristy, and Dr. Clarence B. Jones, former personal attorney, advisor, draft speech writer, and close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event is co-produced by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center and Merritt College.

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

9 September 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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Club Rush Encourages Students to Participate!

8 September 2015

(CLICK FOR PHOTO GALLERY) Club Rush kicked off the Fall 2015 Semester on September 8 with enthusiastic students from more than a dozen special-interest clubs encouraging visitors to take a look at what their clubs had to offer. From growing plants to quitting smoking to joining the Black Student Union or the First-Year Experience IMPACT Club, students gathered around to find their interests and meet new friends. The event was sponsored by ASMC’s ICC.




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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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