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Learn About “Sustaining Work & Life Balance” During Fall FLEX Day, 8/18

12 August 2017

The Professional Development Committee, led by Tom Renbarger, has organized the Fall FLEX Day around the theme, “Sustaining  Work & LIfe Balance Self Care,” with an agenda combining college updates with ways to balance your life. Following breakfast,the agenda will include an appreciation icebreaker, introduction of the PDC committee, a welcome from President Burns, updates on Accreditation and SLO/PLO, a talk on “Healing from the Soul,” and a survey. After lunch and a reflective walk, the afternoon will continue with Division and Department meetings and new faculty orientation. The Fall FLEX Day will take place on Friday, August 18, from 8:30-5:30 in the Student Lounge, Room 110.


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Come to Super Saturday on Aug. 12 and Get Prepared to Start Class!

11 August 2017

Haven’t had a chance to apply and/or enroll for Fall classes yet? Now you have a chance to complete the entire process at once during Merritt’s Super Saturdays on August 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the R Building. You can complete the admissions,  orientation, assessment, and counseling requirements and even apply for financial aid. (If you are a Continuing student you can simply register for your Fall classes.) You’ll be all ready to start classes on August 21. We’ll see you then! (Or you can apply and/or enroll now by clicking HERE. )

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Learn About the Histotechnology Program at an Open House on 8/4

30 July 2017

Find out how you can prepare for the fascinating and high-demand career of a histotechnician. At any of three Open Houses this summer you will learn about the work a histotechnician does to help in the diagnosis of diseases, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the faculty and tour the classrooms and labs in the beautiful new high-tech Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Building (“S” Building). You will also learn about Merritt’s Microscopy Program which uses state-of-the-art confocal microscopes.


The Open Houses are Fri., June 23; Tues., July 18; and Fri., Aug 4. Each one is from 4-7 p.m.on the first floor of the “S” Building.


To learn more, click HERE to open the 3-page flyer with information about the progams and the Open Houses.




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Sign Up for “Math Jam” and Be Ready For Transfer-Level Classes: August 7-10

29 July 2017

Whether you need help with your current class or want to jump ahead to a higher-level class, Summer Math Jam is for you! Improve your math skills signficantly and progress to transfer-level classes in a much shorter time. You’ll have the opportunity to retake the math assessment test and possibly skip to the next grade! The next session of Math Jam will take place Monday-Thursday, August 7-10.

Space is limited, so  sign up early. Just contact instructor Dan Lawson at


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Discover Nature in Oakland and Earn Science Units! (BIOL 29)

24 July 2017

If you don’t recognize this photo as part of Oakland, then you definitely need to take this brand-new class taught only at Merritt! Get out of the classroom and explore the plants and animals of the region…and get 4 transferable science units for it! Fun, interactive class with lots of field trips and “no boring lectures,” according to new biology instructor Dr. Brad Balukian. Enroll NOW in “Biology of the Living World” (BIOL 29). The class is filling up and space is limited! Class starts Aug. 22.

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21 July 2017

7-21 PDF FINAL BB Nature

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12 July 2017

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Spineless or Not, Bugs and Other Animals Make for Fascinating Lessons in BIO 29 starting 8/22

9 July 2017

.With a promise of  lots of field trips and “no boring lectures,” new instructor Dr. Brad Balukjian, who earned a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley for studying bugs (called entomology) will teach you all about these these spineless creatures as well as other “wild and wacky” animals in his new BIO 29 class, “The Biology of the Living World.” This is the first time this class is being offered at Merritt or any Peralta college, so take advantage of the opportunity to earn 4 transfer science units (a fun alternative to BIO 10) while enjoying nature and learning fascinating lessons in and out of the classroom from Professor B. See more info below.  Space for this great new class is limited, so enroll now by clicking HERE.

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Merritt College will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in Recogntion of Inpendence Day – Enjoy!

4 July 2017

  Have a great celebration with food, fun, family, and fireworks! The college will reopen on Wednesday, July 5. Don’t forget, enrollment is open for Fall classes, so don’t wait until the classes you want might be filled. Enroll now! Go to

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If You Love Plants and Animals and Need Science Units, Take the New Fall “Biology of the Living World” (BIO 29)

2 July 2017

If you are looking for biology transfer units and prefer focusing on “wild and wacky” animals rather than molecules, check out this fun, hands-on class, “Biology of the Living World” (BIO 29). Instructor Brad Balukjian, who recently moved from Laney to teach this class for the first time at Merritt, offers a  student-centered, active teaching philosophy, field trips, and “no boring lectures allowed.” The course satisfies the life and natural sciences requirement for transfer students and for Merritt’s AA/AS Degrees. Dr. Balukjian is an entomologist (which means he studies bugs!) and has even had an insect named after him! He also writes for National Geographic.

To enroll today, click
BIO 29, Class #43953, Tues. & Thurs., 9-10:15 a.m., Lab, 10:30 to noon. 

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