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Join Puente in Its Celebration of Cesar Chavez on Wed., March 29, with Art, Poetry and Free Food!

27 March 2017

Puente and Merritt are celebrating Cesar Chavez on Wed., March 29 with the theme: “Knowledge is Power: The Movement Continues!” The event will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge starting with keynote speaker Doreen Moreno, Director of Government Advocacy and Community Engagement at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She is the first Latina Chief of Staff for the first woman eleted Mayor of the City of Fresno. The event will continue with art, poetry, activities, and free food! All are welcome!

 

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Mandatory Information Sessions for Commencement Start April 19: See Schedule Here

26 March 2017

All graduates must attend one information session to get instructions on Commencement and in order to obtain tickets to the ceremony. Each session will focus on guest information, regalia, accessible seating and accommodations, parking, and public transportation. See the complete schedule below.

 

2017 Information Session Days
Wed., April 19, 1-2 p.m.
Thurs., April 20, 4;30-6 p.m.
Wed., April 26, 1-2 p.m.
Thurs., April 27, 4:30-6 p.m.

Ticket pick-up days:
May 2, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
May 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

 

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Profile: AFRAM Chair and Instructor Jason Seals Credits His Mother and His Mentors for His Success

22 March 2017

Jason Seals grew up in a single-parent home in Oakand when it was, as he says, “the murder capital of the world.” His friends were all getting in trouble, and he could have easily gone in the same direction. But because of the influence of his mother (who urged him to go to college) and his mentors (who helped him along the way), he is today in a position to teach and inspire his own students and direct them along the same pathway to success. Read his story HERE, and prepare to be inspired yourself!

 

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See How Many Easter Eggs You Can Find at the Hunt on 4/8 (and Bring Some Kids to Help You)

20 March 2017

Don’t miss the Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Merritt Collegeon Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Student Lounge, R-110. Fun for all ages, there will be food, games, and fun for all ages! The event is beng sponsored by Ability Counts, Unity, and Street Scholars Clubs. All ages are welcome!

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Donate Blood and Support Your Community, April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

19 March 2017

Student Health Services at Merritt College is sponsoring a Blood and Marrow Drive on Tuesday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. in the Mobile Coach in front of the library. For marrow donors, you must be 18-44, in good health and willing and committeed to be a marrow donor for any patient in need. Please take 10 minutes to join the Be The Match Registry by clicking HERE.

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Kids College is Back: Campers Get Taste of Merritt Programs Through Educational Hands-On Activities

18 March 2017

 As the summer approaches and you see middle school-size kids in labs gardens, and classrooms, don’t be worried – it’s just another year of the exciting Kids College. For the 7th year, Merritt is bringing back this fun and educational program that combines experiencing fun summertime activities in the Oakland Hills with exploring college and careers on a real campus. The camp will be held Mondays-Fridays, June 12 to June 23, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for only $200.

 

It’s never too early for 6th to 9th graders to think about their future and learn about the steps to college while they are actually experiencing what lies ahead for them—but in a fun way. Thanks to the generous participating faculty and staff, the camp’s popularity has grown each year as new hands-on experiences have been offered.

 

Campers will get their hands dirty learning gardening techniques (Landscape Horticulture), discovering CSI secrets while peering through microscopes (Microscopy), contemplating a career in law enforcement (Administration of Justice), studying computers (CIS), finding out the healthiest foods to eat (Nutrition); and learning about entering the medical field (Nursing). This year they will also participate in a Math Jam and learn to make ceramics, along with playing sports to release some of that young energy!

 

“It’s a great opportunity for the campers to try out different activities that may give them ideas about future careers just as they are beginning to think about college,” says Dean Siri Brown, whose Division is coordinating the camp. “We’re lucky at Merritt to have such great programs for the students to participate in and instructorswho are willing to give their time.”

 

For more information and to download a Registration Packet, go to www.merritt.edu/wp/kids-college, or contact Camp Coordinator Ne’Shawn Dixon at (510) 434-3939 or at MerrittKidsCollege@peralta.edu.

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Cybersecurity Employer/Industry Day Introduces Students in Win-Win Solution to Staffing Crisis

15 March 2017

(SEE PHOTOS BELOW) The topic was “Solving the Cybersecurity Staffing Crisis” and the enthusiastic audience in Merritt’s Student Lounge on Friday, March 10, was made up of everyone who should have an interest in this issue: students, faculty, administrators, employers, politicians, and community members.

 

This first Cybersecurity Employer/Industry Day was planned to showcase Merritt’s Cybersecurity Program and give students and employers the chance to meet and talk about career opportunities. The event was highlighted by a videoconference with Congressman Ro Khanna from Washington, D.C. ,who presides over Silicon Valley, has made it a top priority to address the shortage of trained cybersecurity workers, and is a big proponent of Merritt’s program. “This country has about 220,000 unfilled jobs in cybersecurity,” said Congressman Khanna in a recent interview. “How do we take Merritt College’s Cybersecurity Program and do that across the country?”

 

Other prominent speakers included District Chancellor Jowel LaGuerre, Merritt President Marie-Elaine Burns, Trustees Bill Withrow and Karen Weinstein, and David Silver, Education Director for the Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf. Also in attendance was Sidney Brown, assistant to Oakland Councilmember Delsey Brooks. In addition, a panel of students and employers discussed training and the solutions that could be brought to Bay Area organizations.

 

Nearly a dozen employers from Bay Area companies such as Jacobian Engineering, Wente, and EFI in Fremont attended the event and became acquainted with students one-on-one to talk about their backgrounds and opportunities.

 

The Cybersecurity Program at Merritt was created two years ago by Merritt faculty and security executives from the Silicon Valley CISE group who predicted the increase in cybersecurity jobs and worked with Merritt to plan the fully accredited Applications and Infrastructure Security Program. The program, soon to graduate its second class, leads students to Associate’s Degrees in either one of those specializations.

 

The successful event was planned by an active committee led by Program Director Anita Black and co-creators Mark Egan, Partner at StrataFusion, and Jim Cates, President of LOBI Group, LLC.
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Free Weekly Workshops Offer Help with Career Success, March 20-24

11 March 2017

Looking for job or a career? Learn the soft skills to help you find them. The Career Institute is offering free workshops almost every day! Check them out below for the week of March 20-24 and register now or just drop in. For more information about workshops and other services,  go to www.merritt.edu/wp/careerinstitute.

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Planning to Walk Across the Stage in May? Be Sure to Complete the Petition Process by March 17

3 March 2017

Reminder to students! If you are planning to graduate in May, be sure to complete the petition process with a counselor by Friday, March 17, to make sure you are eligible.

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Still Need Some Units for Spring? Check Out the List of More Than 50 Late-Start Classes to Enroll in Now!

28 February 2017

Whether you are still missing some credits for Spring to work toward your degree, want to get a head-start for next semester, or just want to take a class for personal interest, there are more than 50 Late-Start classes to choose from in a wide variety of subjects. Starting dates range from February to May 2017. Check the attached list and find one or more classes that fit your needs!  To enroll, go to www.merritt.edu/wp/admissions.

Merritt College

LATE-START CLASSES

Spring 2017

START DATESUBJECT CLASS TITLECOURSE NUMBERINSTRUCTOR
2/6/17LRNRE261Engl for Life & Career Success24197Griffin,N
2/6/17COUN57CAREER/LIFE PLANNING24669Ciddio,M
2/6/17AFRAM39BLACK WORLD FILMS24693Seals,J
2/6/17ENGL201APREP FOR COMP/READNG20472Andrien,S
2/6/17EDT4DESIGNING CURRIC/ONLINE INST20167Alexander,A
2/7/17COUN203Disability and Academic Succes24035Moy,F
2/7/17KIN60ACIRCUIT TRAINING FOR STRENGTH20456Marciulionis,I
2/7/17LRNRE297AMETACOGNITIVE LEARNING I20249Dimopoulos,B
2/7/17FISCI205FIRE PRTEC EQUIP/SYS24685Covington,D
2/7/17COUN200AORIENTATION/COLLEGE25410Cook-Greene,R
2/7/17HLTOC201MED TERMINOLOGY I25408Najem,R
2/7/17HLTOC248NBHEALTH/SCIENCE CAREERS25407Not Assig
2/7/17ENGL5CRITICAL THINKING25200Seneferu,K
2/7/17HLTED1EXPLORE HEALTH ISSUE25176Not Assig
2/8/17BIOSC34WRITING FOR SCIEN. JOURNAL25372Macey,J
2/8/17KIN58AFITNESS/STRENGTH TRAINING I20217Marciulionis,I
2/8/17LIS85INTRO INFO RESOURCES24723Williams,A
2/9/17FISCI203BLDG CONST/FIRE PROT24355Cody,G
2/11/17NUTR1SURVEY/NUTR & DIET20309Casale,H
2/11/17CIS205COMPUTER LITERACY24257Weston,J
2/13/17BUS1BMANAGERIAL ACCTG25384Shahbazi,S
2/13/17BUS51ELEMENTS/SUPERVISION25400Gordon Brown,K
2/13/17ENGL201APREP FOR COMP/READNG25205Drinnon,J
2/13/17ENGL1ACOMP AND READING25230Nichols,A
2/13/17LIS85INTRO INFO RESOURCES20476Roberts,L
2/24/17BIOSC20EMERGING TECH/MICROSCOPY25164Cockerham,C
2/25/17HLTED11CPR25417Not Assig
2/27/17CIS205COMPUTER LITERACY20480Weston,D
2/28/17COUN200BORIENTATION/COLLEGE25412Cook-Greene,R
3/3/17ADJUS116Security Guard20451White,L
3/6/17SOC2SOCIAL PROBLEMS25375Clay,C
3/10/17COUN207CCAREER EXPLORATION20478Oseguera,A
3/18/17RLEST9RE ECONOMICS20412Forkner,M
3/18/17LANHT26PRUNING20244Churgel,P
3/20/17ANTHR1INTRO TO PHYSICAL ANTHRO24346Valkenier,L
3/20/17HIST7AHIST/U.S. TO 187724357Rodriguez,S
3/20/17POSCI1GOVT/POLITICS IN US24358Toussant-Jackson,A
3/20/17PSYCH1AINTRO TO GEN PSYCH24359Powell,A
3/20/17SOC1INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY24360Bauermeister,M
3/21/17COMM20INTERPERS.COMM SKLS25415Mohammed,H
3/22/17BIOL80BBIRD SONGING24241Edelstein,D
3/24/17CIS72Systems and Network Admin24913Rogers,C
3/24/17CIS54IT Security Goals, Strategy24918Egan,M
3/24/17CIS60Computer Forensics Fundamental24911Zaugg,B
3/27/17EDT5MULTIMEDIA /ONLINE CLASSES20169Alexander,A
3/29/17ENGL5CRITICAL THINKING20182Goldweber,D
3/30/17RADSC1ASURVEY/RAD SCIENCE20670Custard,J
4/1/17HLTED11CPR25418Not Assig
4/3/17KIN80ABASKETBALL I - FUNDAMNTLS24190Gray,A
4/3/17KIN80ABASKETBALL I - FUNDAMNTLS20213McMiller,K
5/6/17RLEST14RE INVESTMENTS20482Grant,R

Spring 2017 Late Start Classes pdf.

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