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Fall Semester Begins at Merritt College! Student Services Extended to 7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. This Week

24 August 2015

EOS19721 copyAs the Fall semester begins, the college is offering extended hours in Student Services to accommodate those who need to register for  classes in Admissions, have questions about Financial Aid, or need other services. For those with classes in the new science and health building, there are directional signs, posters with new classroom locations, and helpful members of Associated Students  to help new students find their way.



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Register on the Spot at Community “Open House” on Sat., August 22

18 August 2015

IMG_1544admissionsIf you’ve waited for the last minute to register for the fall semester, no worries! Merritt is offering an “Open House and Registration” for the community on Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can  come to campus and go  through all the steps to register on the spot!

The college will offer campus tours, informational tables, counseling and financial aid advice, free giveaways, and refreshments, in addition to taking potential students through all the steps to registration.

You can also register for classes at


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August 2015 Flex Days Planned for 8/20 and 8/21

10 August 2015

 Audrey Trotter at Flex Days

With the theme “Student Support (Re) Defined: Connected, Directed, Engaged, Focused, Nurtured, and Valued,” the Flex Day Program scheduled for Thursday and  Friday, August 20 and 21, was designed to meet campus community professional development goals and jumpstart significant college-wide projects by December 2015 as well as throughout the Spring 2016 semesters, according to Audrey Trotter, Professional Development Committee Chair, in her comprehensive description of the two days of activities (click here to open it).  The event will be highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. David Marshall, Assessment Coordinator from Cal State San Bernardino, who will speak on August 20 and bring new perspectives on learning outcomes assessment and ways to integrate it into the fabric of the college. For more detailed information, see Audrey’s correspondence to faculty, administrators, and staff here.

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Administration of Justice Offers First-Time Law Enforcement Pre-Academy

7 August 2015


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The new Law Enforcement Pre-Academy Program, offered through Merritt College’s Administration of Justice Department for the first time in Fall Semester 2015, offers the unique opportunity to get the hands-
on training needed for the rigorous police academy required for all police applicants as well as the knowledge to pass the certification test.

This 13-week program, starting September 16, will be taught by Howard Jordan, retired Oakland Chief of Police, along with more than a dozen members of the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8:20 p.m. and a number of Saturdays for specific hands-on experiences.

Throughout the 3-unit program, students will learn about academy rules and regulations, physical fitness and nutrition, report writing, defensive driving, professional conduct, law enforcement, defensive tactics, police ethics, the background investigation process, radio procedures, and test prep and assessment, among other topics.

“This is a rare chance for potential police officers to get up to speed on the physical aspects and knowledge necessary to be successful in a police academy,” says Margaret Dixon, who heads Merritt’s AJ Department and is a retired OPD officer.  “Our instructors offer decades of experience in the field to pass on to the students.”

Students can enroll in the program on its own or combine it within an Administration of Justice certificate or degree curriculum (

Seats are limited, so register now for Law Enforcement Pre-Academy (ADJUS 200, Course Number 44691) by going to

For more information, contact Howard Jordan at or Margaret Dixon at




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ASMC Retreat Builds Leadership and Strengthens Campus Partnerships

2 August 2015


8-2-15 CROPPED SMALLER DESKTOP Mario and ASMC copy (1)While other Merritt College students may be enjoying the last days of summer, the new 2015-16 team of Associated Students of Merritt College has been building its leadership skills and getting to the know the college inside and out in the ASMC Summer Institute Retreat this August.

“We’ve spent six days of training and team building as we focus on leadership and how to work together,” says Dr. Lilia Chavez, Interim Dean of Student Activities, who planned this first-time event. “We are working on procedures and practices and learning from each other.”

Besides working together, Dr. Chavez invited guest speakers from within and outside the college to educate the 18 students and encourage them to form campus partnerships before they start their important leadership responsibilities.

Guest speakers included Dr. Mario Rivas (pictured), psychology instructor and the college’s new Academic Senate president; a panel of campus partners from IT, custodial, and facilities to talk about event coordination; Molly Sealund, who is the college’s Union Rep; Carl Oliver, former student trustee; and Bruce Bishop, a professional parliamentarian who gave the new senators tips on how to run their meetings. The students also participated in a team-building ropes course in San Francisco.

One of the most important things Dr. Chavez wanted to accomplish in the retreat was to pair students with college departments so they can build networking skills, become more integrated and committed to the college, and learn employable skills.

“Through this exercise,” says Dr. Chavez,” I’m hoping that the departments will recognize the students’ strengths and offer them employment. Research has shown that college students who have leadership skills and who work within the college turn out to be the most committed and successful.”












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Be Better Prepared for Math This Year: Sign up for Summer Math Jam, 8/10-14

26 July 2015

Do you want to be more prepared for your next math class?  Or maybe jump to a higher level class? Sign up for Summer Math Jam, August 10-14, 9  a.m.-2 p.m. The  Summer Math Jam is designed to help you progress to the transfer level math courses in a much shorter time. It’s a free program for all Peralta Community College District students. Click on the flyer below and find out  more. To sign up, contact math instructor Dan Lawson,

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Campus Summer Hours are M-Th 8-6:30, Fri Closed; See Library’s Summer Hours

26 July 2015

EOS19721 copyMerritt College’s summer hours have started! The college will be open on Mondays-Thursdays from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and will be closed on Fridays. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 27. 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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Register Now! Fall Classes Start August 24

28 June 2015

EOS19732 copyClick here to find schedules of summer and fall classes in a variety of formats for each semester: pdf, flip book, and passport (by the class). To apply or register, go to

See Summer Academic Calendar here.

See Fall Academic Calendar here. 



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The Health Center is Open Over the Summer Mon.-Thurs., from 9 a.m-1 p.m.

23 June 2015


The Merritt College Student Health Center will provide services over the summer in conjunction with affiliate colleges’ Health Centers in the district. Merritt’s Health Center  hours are Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All services are free of charge. For more information, see attached flyer.

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