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“Strengthen OUR College Together” by Attending FLEX Days on Thurs. and Fri., August 18 & 19

17 August 2016

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Don’t miss dynamic keynote speaker Helen Benjamin, Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District, who will kick off FLEX Days with a presentation relating to the theme, “Strengthening OUR College Together:  Time for Action,” on Thursday, August 18, in the Newton Student Lounge. The two days of activities planned by the Professional Development Committee, chaired by Jason Holloway, will all carry that theme, from the opening remarks by our own Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, to important informational sessions on communication, Moodle, Institutional Research,  Smart Classrooms, ASMC, Assessment, and more. On Friday, August 19, you’ll hear fascinating stories from our students who went to China, a Title IX update, and the latest information on Accreditation, Budgets, and Institutional Research before getting together by  Divisions and Student Services.  The entire schedule is attached here. 

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Register on the Spot During Super Saturdays, August 13 & 20

16 August 2016

Haven’t had a chance to apply and/or enroll for Fall classes yet? Now you have a chance to complete the entire process at once during Merritt’s Super Saturdays on August 13 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 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 Fall classes.) You’ll be all ready to start classes on August 22! We’ll see you then! (Or you can apply and/or enroll now by clicking HERE. )

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This Saturday 8/20, You Can Apply and Register on the Spot for Fall!

16 August 2016

Haven’t had a chance to apply and/or enroll for Fall classes yet? Now you have a chance to complete the entire process at once during Merritt’s Super Saturday on August 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 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 Fall classes.) You’ll be all ready to start classes on August 22! We’ll see you then! (Or you can apply and/or enroll now by clicking HERE. )

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Merritt College Represents at Laurel Street Fair; More Events to Come!

15 August 2016

small Maria at Fair(SEE MORE PHOTOS) Luckily Merritt College was well represented at the bustling Laurel Street Fair on Saturday, August 14, as there were many fair-goers interested in taking classes themselves or inquiring for other family members. Thanks to Outreach Coordinator Maria Spencer, the table was stocked with many brochures and other information about Merritt, as well as materials about the other Peralta Colleges.

Thanks also to volunteers who assisted Maria in spreading the word:  Vice President Arnulfo Cedillo, Susan May, Isela Santana, and Faculty Senate President Mario Rivas, along with those who stopped by to lend their support, Trustee Linda Handy and Business Instructor Guy Forkner (see photos). Maria is asking for more volunteers to join her at future events (see list below) to promote the college, including their own programs that may need a boost. Besides talking up the college, it’s a great way to get to know your community and your colleagues and have some fun at the same time! Just email her if you are interested at mspencer@peralta.edu.
The events coming up are:

August 20/21 – Art & Soul Festival
August 27/28 – China Town Street Fest
September 10 – Native American Heritage Event – Location TBA/Contra Costa
September 11 – Castro Valley Fall Festival
September 11 – Oakland Pride
September 13 – Bishop O’Dowd Job Fair
September 24 – Heart to Heart Job & Educational Fair Berkeley
October – Filipino American Heritage Month – Events on and off campus
October 1 – Oaktober Fest
October 19 – Hayward High Career Fair
November – Native American Heritage Month Events  – Events on and off campus

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Lose Weight and Gain Energy in NUTR 25; Faculty and Staff Free

13 August 2016

 Are you interested in getting fit and losing some weight?  We are offering a fun, new class this Fall at Merritt called Weight Management Principles and Practice (Nutrition 25 Code 43771). Anyone can sign up – faculty, staff, students, community members.  You will have fun engaging in physical activity during each session and learning about healthy ways to control your weight.  There are no exams! This class is free for faculty and staff.  Please fill out the fee waiver form HERE.

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Former Merritt Track Star Heads to Olympics—and Takes His Coach With Him; Watch on August 14

10 August 2016

015_20140429_Merritt_IMG_3220-420x630For the last six weeks, in a small space in my kitchen, I have been hosting the fastest man in the world.” That’s what Track & Field Coach Brock Drazen wrote in his inspirational article, “Living with an Olympian” about his dream for the 2014 Merritt track star who is now at the Olympics preparing to compete in the 100m sprint on August 13—and will hopefully achieve that goal!

 

As a Merritt sophomore in May of 2014, Kemarley became the USA’s national community college record holder by running the 100m in 9.93 seconds in the CCCAA State Championship, the 3rd fastest wind legal time in history for all colleges in the United States. In 2014 he was named California Community College Athlete of the Year (and four days later received his AA Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences).

 

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“There was rarely a week that went by where he didn’t talk about his dream of the Olympics,” writes Coach Drazen in his article. “It was an incredible two years and, in a second season that didn’t include a single loss in any individual race, a storybook finish athletically and academically.”

 

That accomplishment, and others successes he achieved after returning to his Jamaica home, has led Brown to the Olympics, where he will represent the country of Bahrain, accompanied by Coach Drazen, who he asked to train with him for six weeks prior to the big event.

 

“Kemarley says everyone should dream big because dreams are free,” says Coach Drazen. “For those six weeks, living inside his dream has been priceless.”

 

Photos: Above: Kemarley Brown in 2014;  Coach Brock Drazen with Kemarley Brown training on Merritt’s track before heading to the Olympics. Below:  2013-14 Track & Field  Team (Kemarley third from left)

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Bridge to Healthcare Summer Program Offers Options for Careers

3 August 2016

IMG_7678After six weeks of gaining information and hands-on experience about potential careers in healthcare, a group of 25 participants in the “Bridge to Healthcare Careers Summer Program” celebrated their successful graduation with speeches, certificates, photos, refreshments–and the knowledge of career choices as they make decisions about their future.

 

“This experience helped me reinforce that I wanted to be in the medical field,” says Ashley Tejada, 19, a sophomore at UC Merced majoring in human biology. “I just didn’t know there were so many options!”

 

Discovering those options was precisely the point of this innovative program, co-sponsored by Merritt, along with a number of community partners including the San Francisco Foundation, which provided the funding.

 

The participants, with a variety of backgrounds and mostly from the Oakland area, had the opportunity to learn about Merritt’s health and science programs from Merritt instructors who talked to them about such fields as Medical Assisting, Radiologic Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, and Biosciences (Genomics, Histotechnology, ad Microscopy).

 

IMG_7656Coordinating the program and keeping everything on track were Medical Assisting instructors Amanda Issa, from Life Academy High School, and Ruhina Najim from Merritt, who also taught the group practical hands-on skills like taking vital signs and led the learning lab and study skills class. Also lending their skills to the program were psychology professor Dr. Mario Rivas, communication instructor Mary Denise Jackson, counselor Juana Marinez-Rodriguez, and Dr. Janella Street who led Life Coaching sessions.

 

Deans Roberta Kunkel and Rosemary Delia of Workforce Development and Applied Science, along with staff members Maria Perez and Alejandra Cerda, also lent their support.

 

ashley tejada“We’re proud of you for making a commitment to getting a better idea of your goals for the future,” said Dr. Delia. “You are special because you are our first group of Bridge students and we want to keep growing the program. I hope that you feel you have moved a step ahead in your life.”

 

Dr. Jeff Lamb, Merritt’s Vice President of Instruction, also attended the ceremony and reminded the group of the community support that made the program possible and urged them to pass on their experiences to others.

 

“We would not be sitting here without the effort and support of our partners –it was a collaborative effort across the community,” said Dr. Lamb. “You are now a part of the Merritt family and have a responsibility to represent. I challenge you to reach out to the people around you so others can have this great experience.”
Along with Merritt College and the SF Foundation, community partners include the Unity Council, the Alameda County Health Pipeline Partnership, the Workforce Investment Board, Work-Based Learning, and Career Ladders Project. For more information, call (510) 436-2409.

 

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Meet Merritt’s New Interim President on Thursday, July 21, at 9 a.m.

20 July 2016

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Elaine-Marie BurnsCome and meet Merritt’s new Interim President, Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, at an Open Forum on Thursday, July 21, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the Student Lounge (R-110) where Chancellor Jowel Laguerre will be introducing and welcoming her. Dr. Burns will begin her new role on Monday, August. 2. Her bio can be viewed here.

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Student Services Hours for the Week of July 4th

8 July 2016

For the week of July 4th ONLY, the Student Services hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and resume on July 11 at Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until July 29.

 

 

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Chancellor’s Open Forum on July 11, at 9 a.m., in the Student Lounge

8 July 2016

forumJoin Chancellor Jowel Laguerre as he hosts an Open Forum in Merritt’s Student Lounge from 9-9:45 a.m. He will discuss a number of District and college updates, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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