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Africana Center

4 February 2016





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Cybersecurity Students Honored at Reception for Win at National Competition

1 February 2016

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Caption: At the reception to honor the students are (l-r): Jim Cates, CISE Education Fund Partner; Merritt VP Wise Allen; Merritt President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz; students Anthony Lee, Andy Bittner, Jonathan Morant, Sho Harris, and Brandon Russell; instructor and Cyber team adviser Isaias Levia, and CISE Education Fund Partner Mark Egan 


A group of students from Merritt College’s new Cybersecurity Program were honored on Friday,January 29, for beating out 125 other colleges and universities across the country to come in second in the 2015 National Cyber League Competition. In the competition, students validate their skills by competing in individual and team games. Merritt President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz and Program Coordinator Anita M. Black presented the group with a giant certificate in appreciation of their success, joined by other college administrators, faculty, and program partners and an audience of fellow students, friends, and family.


Team leader Andy Bittner credits the program’s industry-experienced instructors and fast-paced curriculum with giving them the edge. “Our instructors are from top security companies in Silicon Valley, so we are learning from executives with lots of experience,” he said. “Plus this is an intensive program where we learned enough in just two semesters to give us the knowledge to go to the top in this tough competition.”


Merritt’s fully-accredited Cybersecurity Program started last fall with full classes and has been quickly taking off with students of all ages and backgrounds who want to get into this in-demand field. The two-year program has tracks in applications or infrastructure and each includes a summer internship in a Bay Area security firm where students get hands-on experience. Students can start classes in Spring, Summer, or Fall. (Spring enrollment is open until February 7 by going to


For more detailed information and to download a program brochure, go to or contact Program Coordinator Anita M. Black at


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Late-Start Classes

21 January 2016

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Reception to Honor Twin OPD Officers and AJ Graduates, Tues., 1/19 at 11 a.m.

17 January 2016

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(SEE KTVU-TV COVERAGE HERE) Ever since they were five years old, Oakland twins Isaac and Isaiah Harris wanted to be police officers. So at age 18 they showed up at Merritt College and told Margaret Dixon, head of Merritt’s Administration of Justice Program, that they were ready to start their education that would lead to their goal.

Today, after graduating from Merritt’s program, then serving as Cadets as they waited for openings, both brothers are proud to be Oakland Police officers. Isaiah became an officer last year, and this year he had the honor of pinning his brother on January 8 at the 173rd Basic Academy Graduation at the Scottish Rite Center to a roar of applause.

“I’m super excited,” said Officer Isaiah Harris, to a KTVU-TV reporter after the ceremony. “When I graduated last year, only half my dream was accomplished because my other half wasn’t with me. And now that he graduated today, I feel like it’s complete.”

His brother Isaac replied, “I always imagined this dream coming true, but now that it’s here, it feels surreal. It’s a blessing…I’m glad to be part of the team.”

Margaret Dixon, who has encouraged the brothers every step of the way, couldn’t be prouder.

1-16-16 Twins Pinning“Isaiah and Isaac had the energy and motivation to pursue their dream and now they are police officers in their own hometown,” she said, adding that they have also volunteered countless hours to the community through the Criminal Justice Club and the Oakland Police Activities League (PAL). “They are an inspiration to our current students and any one with the same goals.’

The college will host its own celebration and reception for Isaiah and Isaac on Tuesday, January 19, at 11 a.m. in the Newton Student Lounge. The Merritt community is welcome to attend.

Isaac was among the 33 new officers that were pinned on that day, raising the total number of the city’s officer to 754. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and city leaders say they want 800 officers on the force by the end of 2017.

“This is a great family that you are about to join, the City of Oakland family, she said in an address to the new graduates. “It’s an amazing community that you will now have the privilege of serving. Thank you so much!”





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1/21-22: Merritt FLEX Days Focus on “Bridging the Gap;” See Schedule Here

16 January 2016

Flex Day imageGet ready this week for an information-packed schedule of FLEX Day activities focused on “Bridging the Gap: Faculty, Staff, and Students” on Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22, planned by the Professional Development Committee. To achieve some of its goals, the PDC committee, chaired by Jason Holloway, has selected students, faculty, staff and administrators to serve as presenters to bridge some of the gaps in understanding regarding student learning and technology, administrative processes, and our partnerships with our local community.

In an effort to save paper, the committee is using online versions of the schedule, evaluations, and sign-up sheets . Below are the schedule and evaluation sheet.


See the Schedule HERE

See Evaluation Sheet HERE


Merritt FLEX Days will be preceded by the District FLEX Day on Wednesday, January 20, at Laney College.

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Find Out About the Exciting Spring Classes Offered in the Biosciences at an Open House on Tues., Jan. 12, at 4 p.m.

6 January 2016

microscopy cellMerritt College is one of the very few colleges with such a wide array of classes in Microscopy and Histotechnology. Find out more about careers in those fields at an Open Houses on Tues., Jan. 12, from 4-8 p.m. in Room S-216 of the beautiful new Barbara Lee Center. For more information, go to the Microscopy website or the Histotechnology website. Hope to see you there!



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We Are Family: Merritt Celebrates the Holidays With Songs and Cheer!

22 December 2015

(CLICK HERE FOR PARTY PHOTOS) More than 120 people attended the holiday party hosted by the Office of Student Activities and the ASMC to thank the Merritt family for a successful year! After a welcoome by ASMC and College presidents, the event kicked off with ASMC Senator Anita guiding everyone in singing “We Are Family.” Over 100 pounds of turkey was served, along with two hams cooked by President Ambriz-Galaviz, several side dishes, and three cakes! Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Check Out Merritt Graduate Jessica Ross on Billboards in Oakland and Register Now!

18 December 2015

Jessica RossEnroll for Spring Semester now and follow the lead of Merritt graduate Jessica Ross who graduated last May and is now attending Cal State, East Bay. Way to go, Jessica! Just click here to apply or enroll!

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Merritt FLEX Days Focus on “Bridging the Gap,” Jan. 21 & 22; See Schedule Here

18 December 2015

Before you leave for break, be sure to mark your calendars for January’s FLEX Days where the Merritt College theme is “Bridging the Gap: Faculty, Staff and Students: Seeking to understand our differences and finding our shared strength.” 

To achieve some of its goals, the Professional Development Committee, chaired by Jason Holloway, has selected students, faculty, staff and administrators to serve as presenters to bridge some of the gaps in understanding regarding student learning and technology, administrative processes, and our partnerships with our local community.

The schedule will start with District FLEX Day on Wednesday, January 20, followed by Merritt Flex Days on Thursday and Friday, January 21 & 22. Early next year, a communication will be sent out including the final schedule for both the District and College FLEX days.

Have a safe and happy break and see you in 2016!


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17 December 2015

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