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Check Out the Variety of Late-Start Classes Available in the Fall

20 September 2016

anthro-photoFrom Anthropology and African American Studies to ESL and Computer Literacy, Merritt offers more than 50  late-start classes for those who need catch up with extra units or want to take an interesting class for personal enrichment. See the link below to see the entire schedule of late-start classes  for September and October. Then apply and/or register at


See all Sept. and Oct. Late-Start Classes 

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Merritt Students Represent at Congressional Black Caucus in D.C.

18 September 2016

Merritt ASMC senators Pashael Dorsey and Charlton Williams and advisor Dr. Herbert Kitchen stand with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Peralta trustee Linda Handy, and the other Peralta delegates at the 46th Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC. this past week. Watch here for more stories on how it went!

All the Peralta attendees were:

STUDENT TRUSTEES: Dave Ivan/Ivan Mallari (BCC), Marquita Keta Price (Merritt); BCC: Elijah Brian Dabney, Cameron McGowan
LANEY: Nona Claypoolool, Chukwuebuka Oruruo
ALAMEDA: Erin Bynum, Maria Reyes
MERRITT: Pashael Dorsey, Charlton Williams
ADVISORS: Trustee Linda Handy, Director Herbert Kitchen



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Successful Club Rush 2016 Starts Off Fall with Lots of School Spirit

15 September 2016

(SEE MORE PHOTOS INSIDE) On a beautiful fall afternoon, campus life was in full force when Club Rush 2016 took over the D-Quad wth tables of representatives encouraging students to participate in student activities by joining a club. More than a dozen clubs including First-Year Experience , Puente, Horticulture, and many more joined in the event which also included music and dancing to liven up the afternoon. Thanks to the ASMC and Inter-Club Council (ICC) for organizing the successful event! (Students pictured on homepage photo: Tiara Gomez, Brandi Witcher, Rosemary Arguello, and Susana Medina.




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Hot Off the Press!: First Merritt Connection of the Fall

14 September 2016

The September 2016 issue of The Merritt Connection is hot off the press with lots of news about the college community, beginning with a message from Merritt’s new interim president, Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, and an introduction of new administrators, faculty, and staff. Contributions of articles and photos are welcome! Send all to The deadline for the October issue is September 27.


Click BELOW to read The Merritt Connection:


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From ANTHRO to MATH, See More than 60 Late-Start Classes HERE

6 September 2016

CIS-71-Isias-195x260Whether you missed the enrollment deadline, your classes didn’t all fit in your full-term schedule, or you want to take a shorter-term class for personal enrichment, there are more than 60 Late-Start classes that you can take throughout September and October. Click here to get to the list of classes in almost every subject that are being offered in a condensed version for your convenience. The classes are listed in date order. To apply and/or enroll, go to


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Now You Can Get a Digital Flipbook Version of Your Student Planner

4 September 2016

Students: Now that you’ve received your Student Handbook and Planner in print, you can also access it on line! Click here to get a cool electronic Digital Flipbook copy that Student Services is offering you so you can it use online.



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Get in Shape for the Fall: Enroll in Fitness Center Courses

29 August 2016

Are you in shape for the fall semester ahead? Why not take a class at the Fitness Center to give you the energy and stamina to do your best! Plus you’ll get 0.5 to 1 unit for working out! Choose from Cross Fitness, Aerobic Circuits, and Fitness/Strength Training. See the courses below and for more details, contact Inga Marciulionis at (510) 436-2364 or



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Let the Classes Begin! Fall 2016 Semester Off to a Great Start

24 August 2016

Ready with healthy snacks for all, Student Ambassador Brenda Perez greets students and helps them with directions and information during the first week of classes. Assistance with registration and other support services are available just inside the R Building at the Welcome Center. Still not registered? There’s still time! Registration goes through September 4. Brenda

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Reflections from Rio: Kemarley Brown Returns Victorious

24 August 2016

Olympics Kemarley. 8-24(SEE VIDEO) Congratulations to Kemarley Brown, Merritt’s 2014 record breaker in the 100m, who won his heat in the first round of the 100m race in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, reports Merritt Coach Brock Drazen who traveled with him. “Kemarley’s round victory was over several elite sprinters including the USA’s Marvin Bracy,” he says. “After the 100m First Round, he advanced to the semi-finals where he came in 5th. The top two in his semi-final heat–Justin Gatlin (silver medal) and Yohan Blake (4th overall)–advanced to the final.  Kemarley now begins preparation for next year’s world championships in London, England.”


Kemarley’s 100m race (videotaped by Coach Drazen):

Coach Drazen’s reflections from Rio:
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This video isn’t from NBC. Its from my little panasonic camera, but it reflects the incredible atmosphere inside the stadium. Being in Rio was a great experience. The negative press about Zika, the crime, the water and any and all pending disasters was blown totally out of proportion. Fear mongering…Why? –Conspiracy to control us? Ratings? Truly scared? I don’t know but when people’s first questions on my return were about Zika, crime and/or the water, it was funny. I kept thinking of the movie, The Truman Show. I’m so, so glad I went.  It was a once in a lifetime experience.


Reflecting back, I remember Kemarley’s first contact in the summer of 2012 and all the challenges we met together through the ensuing two years on his way to a degree.  I thought the culmination of his life’s chapter with me ended exaltedly on that Merritt graduation day in May, 2014.  However, to be granted this encore–this 2nd chapter–has been thoroughly enjoyable. Sharing Kemarley Brown’s Olympic journey was the thrill of a lifetime. I was so proud of him and so excited to wear my Merritt College Track polo shirt around the stadium.  I love the fact that all of our future students can dream as big as possible and know that it has been done before by one of our own!


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Merritt Community is “Strengthened” During Inspirational Flex Days

22 August 2016

(SEE ALL PHOTOS) Led off by dynamic keynote speaker Helen Benjamin, Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District, who gave a powerful presentation and exercise about inclusion, Flex Days 2016, “Strengthening OUR College Together: Time for Action,” was a big success with record attendance and just the enthusiasm and participation needed to start off the new semester. The two days of activities planned by the Professional Development Committee, chaired by Jason Holloway, offered informational sessions on communication, Moodle, Institutional Research,  Smart Classrooms, ASMC, Assessment, curriculum, InterviewStream, Tobacco Prevention, Conflict Resolution, and orientation for new faculty. On Friday, the day started with a presentation and slide show from students who went to China, Disabled Services information, a Title IX update from President Burns, and the latest information on Accreditation, Budgets, and Institutional Research. A break for lunch included a delicious barbeque before the Divisions and Student Services got together to plan the year ahead.




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