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Get Into Shape for the New Year! Enroll in NUTR 25, Starts Jan. 26

17 January 2017


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Cheer on the Men’s and Women’s T-Birds at Home Games on Sat., Jan. 7

6 January 2017

Come and cheer on the Men’s ad Women’s Basketball teams at their first home games on Saturday, January 7. The Lady T-Birds will play Laney’s Eagles at 1 p.m., and the Men’s team will take on the College of Alameda Cougars at 3 p.m., both in the Merritt Gym.

Says Men’s Coach Keenan McMiller: “Please come out and support Thunderbird basketball. Both Men’s and Women’s Basketball are currently 2-1 in Bay Valley Conference play.


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28 December 2016

President Marie-Elaine Burns is happy to report that power is restored to Merritt College! “Phones, internet, wi-fi, etc, is functioning,” she says, “and heat should be up and running beginning  Dec. 29. She wishes all a Happy New Year! The campus will be up and running on Tuesday, January 3, and Spring Semester classes will begin on Monday, January 23.


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The College Will Close 12-23 and Reopen 1-3; Enjoy the Holidays and Come Back Energized for Spring 2017

27 December 2016

As of Thursday morning there was no power at Merritt College, but it was expected that PG&E would return this afternoon for a final review and to restore power. Enjoy the holidays and return refreshed and energized for an exciting Spring 2017!

See all of you in the New Year!
Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns


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Power Outage Update from President for Thursday, Dec. 22

16 December 2016

 To Merritt Community: ,

     On Wednesday 12/21 after replacing the parts needing repair, one of the parts was found to be defective.  The new part was ordered and  arrives tomorrow, Thursday, 12/22,by 10 a.m.  It should be installed by 11 a.m.  PG&E will be called back to review the situation and turn on the power.  Power should be restored to the campus by 1 p.m.

     Therefore, some employees will receive an email from their manager informing the employee to meet them at the District office for work tomorrow morning.  Those who do not receive an email from their manager should check their emails at about 11:30 a.m. to find out if they should come to the Merritt campus at 1 p.m. for work Thursday or not.

    On another note, payroll checks (for those employees who do not automatically deposit) will be available for pick up from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Science Building, 3rd floor, middle seating area.

Dr. Dettie Del Rosario will be there to assist you.

     Again, thank you for your patience during this unique challenge.

Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns
Interim President


To Merritt Community – The parts arrived a little late and are being installed now.  However, the College will not have power until after 2pm.  Please do not come to campus this afternoon.  I will email later this evening regarding tomorrow.

 Thank you, Marie-Elaine


To Merritt College Community from Interim President Marie-Elaine Burns: After the storm last Thursday, the vault where electrical power switches are stored was flooded.  The electrical company that the District employs does not work on weekends.  Therefore, College and District staff worked over the weekend to drain and/or pump the water out and then attempted to dry the electrical conduit.  Thank you all who worked over the weekend to move this tremendous project forward.


  On Monday, the electrical company brought in the appropriate equipment to continue the drying process.   Some of the switch gears and fuses have to be replaced.


   In the meantime, diesel was supplied to the emergency generators, men’s basketball has been collaborating  with and is being played at Laney College, and the cell phone tower companies – AT&T and T-Mobile are running their generators to power the cell towers separately.


   Today parts are being sent from Oregon to the College by 10am tomorrow morning.  The hope is that PG&E will have the power on by 12 noon on tomorrow, Wednesday. (I may have omitted some details, but what I have written is the gist or overview).


Therefore, please be prepared to return to work tomorrow, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1pm.  Check the webpage, your email or call your supervisor or supervisor’s assistant to make certain that Merritt is open at 1pm. 


   This is a unique situation and we must take one day at a time.  Nothing is guaranteed, the parts might be delayed, other issues may arise, but for now we are hopeful that tomorrow afternoon the College will have full power.


   I will keep you informed on new updates.  Thank you all for your patience and positive thoughts.


 (Until the Merritt campus is opened, student questions regarding registration and financial aid can be answered by the District Office Admissions & Records at 510-466-7368, located at 333 8th Street, down  the street from Laney College.)



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Interested in the Nursing Program? Come to the Information Session on Wed., Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. in R-110

15 December 2016

If you are interested in applying for the Merritt College Associate Degree Nursing Program for Fall 2017, you  are encouraged to attend the Information Session on Wednesday, December 21 at 11 a.m. in the Student Lounge, Building R, Room 110.


You will receive valuable information about the application process and the rigors of the Nursing Program. Registration is not required. All are welcome!


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T-Shirts! Movie! Snacks! Raffle Prizes! Come to Puente’s Fundraiser on Wed., Nov. 30, at 12 p.m.

29 November 2016

puente-shirt-2016-copyPlease join Puente students on Wednesday, Nov. 30, for its Fall Fundraiser at 12 Noon  in the Student Lounge. Students will be selling the new Puente 2016 T-shirt, as well as popcorn, drinks, sweets, and raffle tickets to win Warriors gear and more! The Puente Club will be screening the film, “Mirar Morir,” a gripping documentary about 43 college students gone missing in Mexico in 2014.  Please stop by to support your local puentistas! 

The Puente Program’s mission is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to their communities as leaders and mentors.

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It’s Spirit Week at Merritt! Check Out the Fun Activities from Mon-Thurs.

28 November 2016

Ability Counts and the Unity Club have joined together to host a week of activities to bring spirit to Merritt from Monday to Thursday: Monday is Pajama Day, Tuesday is Kris Kross Day, Wednesday is Celebrity Look-Alike Day and Thursday is Decades Reunion Day. See the flyer below for more details and come and join the fun and get in the spirit!

(Click on calendar to enlarge.)

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Join a Club or Create Your Own at Fall Club Rush, Part 2 on Wed., Nov. 16

14 November 2016

The club scene is growing at Merritt with nearly 20 clubs of interest to all students! Come to Fall 2016 Club Rush, Part 2 on Wednesday, November 16,  from 12 Noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge, and find one or more clubs that you’d like to join or find out about starting one of your own! There will be tables set up with information and club officers and members to answer all your questions.


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The Spring Schedule 2017 is Here! See Priority Registration Dates; Classes Start January 23

13 November 2016

PCCD-SPR17-Class-Schedule-InteractiveIt’s time to start thinking about what classes you will be taking for the Spring 2017 Semester! If you are a new student, you can apply now and then take the steps you need to be ready to register. If you are a continuing student, you can start planning your classes until it’s your turn to  register. If you are a returning student (haven’t taken a class in two semesters or more), you will need to reapply and go through the steps. See below for links to follow for a successful transition to spring!


Apply Here! (New students and Returning students)


Steps Before Registering for Classes (New students and Returning students)


Academic Calendar and Priority Registration Dates for All












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