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Two Summer Programs to Help Get Ready for College

2 June 2014

Summer programs are underway for high school graduates that can help prepare you for a successful college experience at Merritt College. College Success Summer Institute, from June 16 to 26, introduces Math, English, Counseling, as well as college-readiness workshops. For more information, contact Isela Santana at (510) 436-2648, The Adelante Summer Bridge Program, offered at Merritt’s Fruitvale Center from June 30 to July 24, offers English and Counseling classes and also  focuses on career exploration. For more information, contact Rosa S. Perez, at (510) 434-3972,  See flyers for both programs below.

College Success Summer Institute 2014



Adelante Summer Bridge Program

Merritt College Adelante Summer Bridge Program


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Congratulations to Club Altazor Transfer Students!

9 May 2014


Congratulations to the 13 members of the Altazor Transfer Club who are moving on to prestigious schools in the state and country. Special thanks to Prof. Claudio Duran for founding the club and guiding, motivating, and inspiring his students to further their education at top universities! Thanks also to club adviser Isela Santana! For  more information about the club, go to

Arcellana, Vincent | University of California at Los Angeles & Berkeley
Del Toro, José | Cornell University
Guzman, Kimberly | San Francisco State University
Hegler, Terrell | University of California at Berkeley
Martinez , Omar | San Francisco State University
Ochoa, Marisela | University of California at Santa Cruz & Berkeley
Perez, Mayra | Hayward State University
Rodriguez, Paul | University of California at Los Angeles
Salcedo, Mariela | University of California at Davis & Berkeley
Ubilla, Omar | University of California at Los Angeles & Berkeley
Zamam, Paul University of California at Davis
Zamora, Cynthia | Mills College
Zamora, Stacy | University of California at Riverside 


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Malcolm X Commemoration to feature “Afrocentricity” founder Dr. Molefi Kete Asante on May 13

28 April 2014

Merritt College is proud to announce that Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Temple University, will speak  at Merritt College on Tuesday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m., in the Student Center.  Considered by his peers to be one of the most distinguished contemporary scholars, Asante has published 74 books.  Dr. Asante became chair of the African American Studies Program at Temple University where he created the first Ph.D. Program in African American Studies in 1987.  He has written more than 500 articles and essays for journals, books and magazines and is the founder of the theory of Afrocentricity.  You can find more information about Dr. Asante at All are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.
asante flyer jpeg


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Affordable Care Act Lecture – Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m.

23 April 2014

A lecture on “Affordable Care Act: Health Care to Help Heal the Nation” will be held on Thursday April 24, at 7 p.m.  in the Student Center at Merritt College.


Affordable Care Act Lecture Friday, April 24, 7 p.m. Affordable Care Act Lecture
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.

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Details for Graduation

22 April 2014

Merritt College Commencement 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m., at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland, and the African-American Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m., at the North Oakland Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland.

For information about Merritt College Commencement 2014, click here.

For information about African American Graduation, click here.



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Intersession Classes Available!

21 April 2014

Looking for quick credits to expedite  your degree or certificate program? Take an accelerated, four-day-a-week Intersession class in a variety of topics from May 27 to June 13.  Please see the attached list to find  a class that works for you! Apply today!

Click here to download the pdf


New Classes Added to Intersession! 

May 27 to June 13, 2014







African-American History: Africa to 1865


MTWTh 10:00 – 2:35pm




Social Psychology: African-American Male/

Female Relationships


MTWTh  3:00 – 7:35pm




Critical Thinking in Reading and Writing


MTWTh  9:30 – 2:05pm




Government and Politics in U.S.


MTWTh  11:00 – 3:35pm




Introduction to Sociology


TWTh  10:00 – 12:50pm and

1:30 – 4:20pm




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Track Team Going to Finals! See Videos from Championship Trials

18 April 2014

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Coach Brock Drazen proudly reports (and includes videos!): Our Northern California Championship Trials (top 24) were held this past Friday and several of our student-athletes have made it through to the finals this coming Saturday at De Anza beginning at 2PM.  The finals will include the top 9 from the north in track events with the top 4 advancing to the state championship (Southern California fills in the other 4 spots with 1 final spot determined based on the better remaining time between the north and south).  In field events, the top 6 advance to state.

Our 4x100m relay (currently top time in the state) advanced with a win in the first of two heats. In the 100m, Kemarley Brown showed how effective team work can be in what appears to be an individual event.  Kemarley advanced with the fastest time among three heats but he also paced the race for Rajee Orr who happened to be in the lane right next to Kemarley.  Rajee’s 10.51 was 2nd fastest of the day and a personal best.  Tony Parnell also set a personal best with a heat win in 10.63 giving Merritt 3 spots in the final.

In the 200m, Kemarley Brown and Rajee Orr both advanced while Steven Gissentanner moved on in the triple jump and high jump.

4x100m relay

Kemarley Brown and Rajee Orr 100m

Tony Parnell 100m

Rajee Orr 200m

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Renovated Library Opens!

17 April 2014

After more than three years of extensive renovations, the Merritt Library is opened to students who can once again borrow books, as well as enjoy new furniture, more computers, and additional study space. The building is now equipped with wi-fi , along with new carrels that are wired so students can easily plug in laptops. New safety and energy features include earthquake-proof book stacks and energy-saving lighting.

The remodeled downstairs of the building will bring the Library a new neighbor – the Learning Center (soon to be called the Learning Commons), which will be ready in the fall.

“The Library and the Learning Center will now be under the same roof, “ says Tim Hackett. “It will be more convenient for DSPS and for all students who can get the information they need under one roof.”

But with all the new features of the library, one thing remains the same – students can still study while gazing out at the beautiful, green Oakland hills – the best view on campus!


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Register for Kids College Now!

17 April 2014

For the fourth year, starting June 16, Merritt College will be offering its exciting summer camp that combines fun and friendships with learning about college and careers. This year the camp, for 6th to 9th graders, will be held June 16-26.  The camp offers hands-on experiences in such areas as Microscopy, Landscape Horticulture, and Nutrition, as well as art projects, outdoor activities, and advice on going to college. To find out more, go to the Kids College website (where you can register online), email, or call the office at (510) 436-2609.




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New Track at Last!

8 February 2014


Check out the music video by Coach Brock Drazen showing the transformation of Merritt’s track from a beat up, hardened and crumbled Mondo track surface to a polyurethane granular track. The resurfacing project was done by Beynon Sports from October 23, 2013 to December 13, 2013 and will make its public debut on April 12, 2014 at Merritt’s first home meet since 2011.

Merritt College Track and Field Website

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