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Want to Get a Jumpstart on College? Join the Adelante Summer Program, 6/29

5 June 2015

Are you  a  high school senior preparing to enter Merritt College in the fall? Are you nervous about the transition and would like to get a head start before you start?  Then you should sign up for the Adelante Summer Bridge Program which will be held Monday-Thursday, June 29-July 23, from 8:15-2:40 p.m. It’s an excellent four-week jumpstart program designed for incoming Merritt College freshmen students. This learning community offers 4 units of a basic skills English course (English 252A/B: Integrated Reading and Writing), a .5-unit Counseling course (Counseling 200A: College Orientation), and a 1-unit counseling course (Counseling 207A: Career Exploration). The Adelante Summer Bridge Program was originally designed to serve new Latino students, but given the demand for such an important program, the program was adjusted to serve the needs of a broader population of new underserved students. The program will be held at Merritt’s extension center at 1900 Fruitvale Ave, 1C, in Oakland. For  more information, contact Rosa S. Perez, at or call her at (510) 434-3972.

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Register for Kids College! Camp starts June 15

4 June 2015

 Register now for Kids College 2015
June 15-26

Spaces are filling quickly!

Click here to print out the
Registration Packet, fill it out, and send it in!  

See more information below the flyer. For questions, email or call (510) 436-2609.

Click here to download the flyer



For the fifth year, Merritt College will be offering its exciting summer camp that combines friendships and fun with college and careers. This year the camp will be held June 15-26, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for just $200, which includes an official Merritt Kids College t-shirt. (A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due upon registration, and the balance of $150 is due on June 10.)

The camp’s popularity has grown each year as new hands-on experiences have been offered through Merritt’s Career and Technical Education programs. Presented by full-time Merritt instructors, campers have gotten their hands dirty while learning gardening techniques (Landscape Horticulture), discovered CSI secrets while peering through microscopes (Microscopy), contemplated a career in law enforcement (Administration of Justice), found out the best foods to eat (Nutrition); and got facts about entering the medical field (Nursing), among other career presentations.

The exciting project-oriented career classes are mixed in with art projects like painting ceramic tiles, physical activities including the popular capoeira martial arts, a talent show, and other activities that allow time for campers to make friends and enjoy the summer sun in a total camp experience.

To find out more about Kids College, check out the Frequently Asked Questions link and then fill out the Registration Form and send it in online or print it out and mail it in as instructed. For more information, call Ne’Shawn Hayes, Coordinator Merritt Kids College at (510) 436-2425 or go to

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Graduation 2015 Photo Gallery: See Highlights of a Day to Remember!

2 June 2015

mother putting lei on daughterSee a slide show of more than 100 photos of Graduation Day, May 20, from lining up to march into the beautiful Paramount Theater to shaking hands with the president, and everything in between. Click on the link to see the memorable 2015 graduation gallery(To begin click on the first photo and then proceed by clicking on the arrow to the right.) Enjoy!

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Graduation Photo Gallery 2015

2 June 2015

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2 June 2015

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Feeling Creative? Take a Summer Painting Class!

2 June 2015

Merritt College’s new adjunct instructor Gabriel Navar, who describes his own artistry as “provocative, relevant, figurative work with a ‘pop-Latino-surrealist-socio-political sensibility,'” is teaching five levels of painting at Merritt this summer starting Tuesday, June 16. The class will be  held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, in Building A, Room 122. ART 50, 52, and 53, will be from 10 a.m. to 3:50 pm. and ART 51 and 54 will be from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. (See the complete schedule and course numbers in the flyer below.) Navar is an active Bay Area-based artist exhibiting locally, nationally, and abroad. He has been teaching college art classes (including 2-D Design, Drawing, Painting, Art Appreciation, and Art History) since 2001. Learn painting from a very cool and talented artist! (You can find out more about him and his work at his website or email him at Enroll now at!






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New Science Building Reflects Open Communication

2 June 2015

 IMG_3827 We’ve all been watching the cool new building going up for years, and now it’s almost time for the nurses, scientists, and professionals among us to move in. But what many may not know  are the design concepts and the philosophy behind the beautiful façade.

Justin Smith, the Construction Project Manager hired by the District’s Department of General Services to oversee the entire project, recently gave The Merritt Connection a sneak peek and talked about the designers’ philosophy.

“There are many great features within the building that have been carefully planned by the designers to please its occupants,” says Smith. “Everyone from the president to the deans to the first-year students will find something new and exciting in this building.”

As Smith explains, there were three specific objects that shaped the conceptual design:
1) New Approach – Enhancing communication by using public areas to create opportunities for stronger interactions;
2) New Heart – Using the central courtyard,
defined by the helix stairway, to energize the building and the campus  with  clear visibility to instructional and social areas;

3) New Energy – Contributing to learning outcomes through sustainability in acoustics, lighting, indoor air quality, daylight,  and views integrated with new technologies.

In keeping with these design concepts, “Learning Neighborhoods were created — well-defined, dedicated zones spread in key points throughout the building for interaction among students, faculty, and staff. These areas are identified by  comfortable furniture, large windows, and soft lighting to encourage active learning through open exchange.

And there is actually more of a scientific philosophy behind the gold-hued screening than just keeping out the glare. According to the designers, it is “artistic abstractions of scientific principles with the coding signifying a genetic legacy that unites all people while recognizing diversity in our population.” In other words, it represents our DNA!

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Check Out the New Library Hours for Summer!

27 May 2015

The Library will be open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  from June 15 until July 23. All library resources and services will be accessible.



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Herman Roque

27 May 2015

 A Tragic Past Leads  to a Satisfying Future 

Eight years ago Herman Roque’s doctor told him he was going to die. He had been an addict for 20 years while hiding it from his family, his friends, and his co-workers. But after two decades it caught up with him, and he got a  blood infection that caused respiratory failure, kidney failure, and paralyzation from the neck down. At that point, says Herman, he started going through the five stages of grief and stopped at No. 3.

“When I got to bargaining,” he says, “I began bargaining my tail off. I said, ‘If I get out of this, I promise I’ll help others to not get in this situation.”

Although Herman “coded” three times and required two tracheotomies, he didn’t die. He spent more than two years in the hospital getting therapy (and gained some movement in his upper body as a result), and he started a lifetime of  dialysis.

“When I got to the lowest point, I knew I had to get off drugs to save my life. That’s when my life changed. As soon as I was well enough, I started my journey to make good on my promise.”

He earned his GED at adult school and then searched for a way to help others. When he found out about Merritt’s Community Social Services Program, he knew that was his calling. Last year Herman got his certificate in substance abuse counseling with a high GPA, multiple awards, and a membership in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He plans to attend Cal State East Bay.

He is also interning at Second Chances in Hayward to complete the 2200 hours he needs to become a state-certified counselor.  “This is the best job I’ve ever had. I can’t believe they are going to pay me to do it someday,” he says. “There’s no better feeling than to help someone get their life back.”

Herman thanks his instructor Dr. Bill Love for being “tough” on him and the Disability Services folks, including Ron Nelson and Mary Ciddio, for all of their support. Says Mary: “Herman is a determined and humble man and always has a smile on his face. He is an inspiration to us all!

Herman is in great need of a van to take himself to work and school as he cannot sit for long periods without being in a lot of pain. If anyone has resources to help him, please call him directly at (510) 575-7917.

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