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ONEPeralta: Online Training and Q&A This Week; See Schedule

11 June 2018

From President Marie-Elaine Burns…Peralta Community College District achieved a great milestone this week by upgrading its finance system to ONEPeralta. While the technical upgrade was a great success, it appears that many Finance users are having trouble in the system because they have not yet taken their online training.

As the spring semester ends and we await the summer session, this is the perfect opportunity for you all to dedicate a few hours to completing your online training.

Next week, the ONEPeralta team will host all-day lab hours to answer questions and help troubleshoot ONEPeralta Finance. You must complete your online training prior to attending these lab hours in order to use your time most effectively.

Campus Open Lab Hours:







May 29

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Laney College

Tech Center


Wednesday, May 30

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Merritt College

Room L-131


May 31

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

College of Alameda



June 5

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Berkeley City College



June 6

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

District Administrative Center

District Board Room

Please note that only users affected by the Finance upgrade need to take training at this time. You will know if you are required to complete training if: 1) you received an email from ONEPeralta with a link to your online training course, or 2) you see your role or department listed on the ONEPeralta training page.

If you are a Finance user affected by this upgrade, follow these steps to take your training:

  1. Visit
  2. Watch the video about how to take training
  3. Click the blue button that applies to your role or department
  4. Log in to Canvas
  5. Take your online training!



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Congratulations Class of 2018! See Photos and Videos of the Celebration!

3 June 2018

It was a beautiful sunny day outside of Oakland’s Paramount Theater as hundreds of smiling students excitedly lined up outside of the Paramount Theater. The afternoon quickly unfolded as the soon-to-be graduates picked up their cards and enjoyed snacks from the Commencement Committee volunteers, made final adjusments to their caps and gowns, and posed with proud friends and family; faculty, staff, and administrators;  and Merritt College President Marie-Elaine Burns who gave them the thumbs up before they marched into the beautiful building to reach their goals.

Check out the photos and videos below from the beginning preparations outside to lining up and marching in, to the meaningful and dynamic words of Speaker Dennis Kimbro and the 4.0 Italian Valedictorian Alessandra Chimienti to the handing out of the diplomas by President Burns, administrators and faculty.

Another year and another group of successful students who will move on to careers or continued education and make Merritt College proud!

See Photos HERE

See Video, Part 1,  HERE (including Dr. Dennis Kimbro’s speech at end)

See Valedictorian Alessandra Chimienti’s speech HERE.

See Video, Part II, HERE of students receiving diplomas

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Register on the Spot During Super Saturdays, June 2 and 9, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., R Bldg.

31 May 2018

Haven’t had a chance to apply and/or enroll for Summer and Fall classes yet? Now you have a chance to complete the entire process at once during Merritt’s Super Saturdays on June 2 and 9, 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 classes.) You’ll be all ready to start classes on June 18 and/or August 20. We’ll see you then! (Or you can apply and/or enroll now by clicking HERE. )


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Commencement 2018

26 May 2018

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New Club Has Mission to Support and Nurture the Artist Community

20 May 2018

All it took was enrolling in one Botanical Art class at Merritt a few years ago, and Veronique Fleming was hooked. “It was such a wonderful and life-changing experience,” she says, “that I wanted to keep going.” Since then she has taken many more classes and has been so inspired by the program and wanting to share the experience with others, that this semester she revived the Merritt Art Students Association (MASA) and was voted its president. After just four months, she has recruited more than 40 members who have collectively brought the Art Department into the limelight with its exhibits, fundraising, professional development, and, most recently, creation of an art scholarship.

“Our mission is to support and nurture the artist community at Merritt,” says Veronique. “We assist students in creating a forum to exhibit and promote art-making of all forms on campus and beyond and to provide professional development information to help them succeed in their art careers. We are also hoping that Merritt will soon offer an Associate Degree in Art like the other three Peralta colleges.”

Under Veronique’s leadership, the group has been busy fulfilling their mission all semester, beginning with their first goal of reorganizing and freshly painting the art studio, and ending with coordinating the Merritt “Show of Art,” selling their art and coordinating a kids’ art table at Landscape Horticulture’s Spring Plant Sale, and bringing renowned artist John Muir Laws to campus for a professional development workshop that drew a crowd of more than 50.

The club’s faculty advisor, Sheila Metcalf-Tobin, is thrilled with the transformation of the department thanks to the efforts of the new club. “The reinvention of the Merritt Art Student Association has been fabulous to witness,” she says. “With the inspiration, enthusiasm, and creative leadership of Veronique Fleming, these students have come together, organized, and worked to support, improve and promote the Merritt Art Department.” (For more information or to contribute to the new art scholarship, contact Veronique at
(Pictured left, above, at the “Show of Merritt” are MASA members: Karen, Holly, Pete, Veronique, Joey, Faculty Advisor Sheila Metcalf-Tobin, and (front) Tadhq and Milou. Pictured below: Veronique joining the effort to paint the art studio.

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The 2018 African/African-American Graduation is Saturday, May 19

19 May 2018

Each year a special ceremony is held for African and African-American students from the Peralta Community College District. This year it is being held on Saturday, May 19 at 11 a.m., at the North Oakland Missionary Baptist Church, 1060 32nd Street in Oakland. Congratulations to all who are earning Associate’s Degrees, Certificates of Completion, or transferring to further their education.

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May Merritt Connection: Read All the News in This Special Year-End Issue

17 May 2018

In between attending all of the year-end celebrations, take a look at the latest Merritt Connection which also marks the end of the newsletter until September. You’ll find a behind-the-scenes look at the Commencement Committee hard at work, the FYE students displaying their visions for the future, the accomplishments of the new Merritt Art Students Association, the ambitious new plans for keeping Food Bank recipients healthy, words of praise for our Student Aides, an Administration of Justice student’s summary of the annual “Law Day,” a reminder to register your child now for a great Kids College experience starting June 11, and profiles of Merritt’s top students who will be recognized at Merritt’s 62rd Annual Commencement on April 23rd.

If you have any ideas, articles, photos, or comments about The Merritt Connection, please feel free to contact me, Susan May, at Have a great summer!

Click to read newsletter….

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African-American Graduation

15 May 2018



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FYE presentation

7 May 2018

You are invited to come and support the FYE IMPACT students, who will be presenting their vision board projects at the Huey P. Newton & Bobby Seal Student Lounge on, Thursday May 10thfrom 9:30-12:30noon. The students from all 3 cohorts will be presenting their life and career aspirations as part of their career development. We would love to see you all there (see attached flyer for details).

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Green Thumb or Not, Don’t Miss the Annual Spring Plant Sale, 5/5-6

2 May 2018

Don’t miss Landscape Horticulture’s Annual Spring Plant Sale on Sat., May 5, 9-3 with entertainment and booths, and on Sun., May 6, noon- 3 with the great plants only. Whether you have a green thumb or not, buy some plants and support the college. And ask the staff for some tips!

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