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Kevin Powell to Speak at Merritt On Educating the Hip-Hop Generation

10 September 2014

(SEE VIDEO CLIP HERE) Kevin Powell, activist, author, and public speaker, will be at Merritt College on Tuesday, September 23, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss his book, “The Toolkit for Educating the Hip-Hop Generation: Engaging Them Where They Are and Leading Them to Where They Need to Be.” This District-wide professional development opportunity is open to all faculty, staff, administration, and students. It will be held in the Student Lounge, Room 110. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event and then in the Merritt College Bookstore. Find out more about Kevin Powell right here. 


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Merritt co-hosts Oakland Mayoral Candidates Forum on Jobs, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

10 September 2014

Mayoral Forum

The candidates for Oakland mayor will be at Merritt College on Wednesday, October 1, from 6-8:30 p.m in the Student Lounge to give their perspectives on developing and sustaining our local economy. The event is free and open to the public. It is being co-sponsored by the BWOPA Oakland/Berkeley Chapter (Black Women Organized for Political Action), The Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment, and Merritt College.

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Students Become Video Stars for the Day!

9 September 2014


September 4 was an exciting, star-studded day at Merritt campus as a 10-member video crew taped more than 30 students in multiple locations around campus (click here for more photos). Though you won’t see the video on MTV,  you will see it soon on the Merritt College website, especially if you are a new student. It will be the new, state-mandated online orientation that will give some students an option of going through the mandatory orientation on their computer  at their convenience. Thanks to Debra Jacks and Dean Lasana Hotep of Student Services for organizing and overseeing the comprehensive details of the shoot and to all the students (and some staff) who participated. Pictured above is Birhon Quizhpe, Puente student and ASMC Senator, see other photos below.

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Find Out About Peralta’s Study Abroad Program

9 September 2014

If you’ve been thinking about studying abroad but have lots of questions about it, come to the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, October 1, from 11 am.-4 p.m., at Laney College’s Quad Area. You’ll get all of your questions answered and also have the opportunity to speak to former Student Abroad students who will be talking about their own experiences.

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New Priority Registration Campaign from California Community Colleges

8 September 2014



The California Community Colleges system has launched its new Step:Forward website to help students learn how they can get priority registration status. Along with the informational website, there are cool videos that show enthusiastic students talking about priority registration, orientation, assessment, and education planning. The videos can all be seen here. 

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Apply for Scholarships and Grants Available for the Fall

3 September 2014


More than a dozen scholarships and grants for students with a deadline of October 13  are being offered for the fall, it was recently announced by the Peralta Colleges Foundation.There are also Classroom Enrichment Grants available for faculty and staff. See the list in the flyer below. To apply and to see more information, go to There will be more scholarships in Spring 2015.
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Need More Units? Register for a Late-Start Class!

2 September 2014

Even though registration is over for full-term classes, there are still plenty of short-term classes to take from September to November. Just click here to see the entire list of classes (as of September 12). 20140515_Merritt_IMG_8011

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Parents Get Support from CalWORKs Program to Reach Academic Goals

27 August 2014

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Claire Crosetti, Merritt’s CalWORKs coordinator, assists new students at the program’s orientation while keeping their children busy. The program helps families with dependent children pursue their academic goals by providing case management services to students who are enrolled in classes and receiving public assistance so they can become self-sufficient in the workforce. To get additional information or to schedule an appointment, please go to the website or call MerrittWORKs at (510) 436-2651 or (510) 436-2469.

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Register Now for Late-Start Fall and Spring 2015 Medical Assisting Programs

16 August 2014

20140429-MerrittMedicalAssisting-006Enroll now for late-start Fall and Spring 2015 Medical Assisting classes. For the Fall, “Medical Assisting: Office Administration” is offered as a late-start class and will run from September 16-December 18. Registration is open up to the first day. For the Spring, registration is open from now through January 5 for: “Medical Assisting Training,” which runs from January 15-May 24, and registration is open from now until December 10 for  “Medical Assisting Office Administration, ” which runs from January 14-May 24. See flyers and application form by clicking here for the Medical Assisting website. 

For more information, call Jon Murphy at (510) 436-2611 or cell (510) 436-2611.



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A Former Police Chief and a CHP Veteran Bring Life Experience to Merritt

16 August 2014

IMG_2269Elaine WallaceWhen students walked into their Intro to Administration of Justice classroom on the first day of fall classes, they were in for a surprise: their instructor was none other than former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan. No doubt they are also in for a stimulating semester of learning as the 20-year Oakland Police veteran and police chief (2010-2013) will include his own experiences in the curriculum.

Chief Jordan is one of two new instructors teaching this semester.

Elaine Wallace joins Merritt as a new full-time faculty member. She comes to the college with 25 years experience with the California Highway Patrol where she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

“We are very excited to have both Howard Jordan and Elaine Wallace join the Adminstration of Justice team,” says Margaret Dixon, AJ chair and a veteran of the Oakland Police Department herself. “They bring both prestige and knowledge to our rapidly growing program.”




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