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Summer Camp

17 June 2017

As the summer approaches and you see middle school-size kids in labs gardens, and classrooms, don’t be worried – it’s just another year of the exciting Kids College. For the 7th year, Merritt is bringing back this fun and educational program that combines experiencing fun summertime activities in the Oakland Hills with exploring college and careers on a real campus. The camp will be held Mondays-Fridays, June 12 to June 23, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for only $200.


It’s never too early for 6th to 9th graders to think about their future and learn about the steps to college while they are actually experiencing what lies ahead for them—but in a fun way. Thanks to the generous participating faculty and staff, the camp’s popularity has grown each year as new hands-on experiences have been offered.


Campers will get their hands dirty learning gardening techniques (Landscape Horticulture), discovering CSI secrets while peering through microscopes (Microscopy), contemplating a career in law enforcement (Administration of Justice), studying computers (CIS), finding out the healthiest foods to eat (Nutrition); and learning about entering the medical field (Nursing). This year they will also participate in a Math Jam and learn to make ceramics, along with playing sports to release some of that young energy!


“It’s a great opportunity for the campers to try out different activities that may give them ideas about future careers just as they are beginning to think about college,” says Dean Siri Brown, whose Division is coordinating the camp. “We’re lucky at Merritt to have such great programs for the students to participate in and instructorswho are willing to give their time.”


For more information and to download a Registration Packet, go to, or contact Camp Coordinator Ne’Shawn Dixon at (510) 434-3939 or at

List of individuals that help to make Kids College a success with their workshops
  • Margaret Dixon- Adjus
  • Sean Gascie – Fire Science
  • Laura Cooper-Chemistry
  • Brian Rowning –Microscopy
  • Mary Zernicke –Nutrition
  • Elaine Wallace- CSI
  • Chelsea Kubischta- Counselor( Road to College)
  • Eric Hansen- Music
Private Vendors
  • Kenneth Pitts – Capoeira Presentation- Pitts Martial Arts Academy
  • Janina Roberts-Art
Student Workers( Counselors)
  • Brianna Brown
  • Ruqaiyah Gilchrist
  • Austin Cook
  • Edyuedly Orozco

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Merritt Hosts Free Summer CyberCamp, 7/31-8/4, as Part of National Youth Cyber Education Program

17 June 2017

Young adults who want to learn about cybersecurity and technology career options will have the opportunity during the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp summer program hosted by Merritt College for the first time at no cost, middle and high school students will be able to participate in this introductory training camp at no cost to them.

CyberCamp was created to inspire students to pursue STEM-related activities outside of school. Merritt will host the program on Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Merritt campus. The hands-on, five-day program will include snacks and lunch.

Instruction will be led by Merritt faculty with the training modules developed by the CyberPatriot Program. Participants will be taught about hacking prevention, cyber safety, cyber ethics and critical network security skills and tools. Campers to not need any experience in cybersecurity.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students who have an interest in computer science, technology, engineering and mathematics career fields to get a headstart in  gaining knowledge and experience for their future,” says Anita Black, Program Director for Merritt’s own two-year Cybersecurity Program which was created and is co-taught by Silicon Valley security experts. “We are excited to be offering this camp for the first time and hope to see some of the participants in our program in a few years.”

To find out more about the program or to obtain an application form, contact Beverly Brooks at Space is limited to sign up now!







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Reminder: Classified Appreciation BBQ on Wed., June 14, 12-2

12 June 2017

A fun and lively barbecue on the Landscape Horticulture grounds  is in store for the Classified Staff as the President’s Office and Administrative Staff show their appreciation for all the hard work they do all year. The Classified Appreciation BBQ will be held on Wednesday, June 14, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the picnic area of Landscape Horticulture. (If the weather is not suitable, will move to the  Student Lounge.)

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Summer and Fall 2017 Schedules are Here; Apply and Enroll Now! Summer starts 6/19, Fall starts 8/21

8 June 2017

The waiting is over! The Summer and Fall 2017 class schedules are now here. Click on the link below or on each image to open the convenient flip-through version of each schedule to find your classes or go to your Student Passport for the most up-to-date listings and also to enroll for classes.


Summer 2017 Class Schedule
Fall 2017 Class Schedule
Click here to find most up-to-date information in class schedules.

Student PASSPORT (to enroll in classes and other information)

Summer 2017 Academic Calendar and Priority Enrollment Dates
Fall 2017 Academic Calendar and Priority Enrollment Dates



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Weight Management

30 May 2017

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Weight Managment

30 May 2017

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Series of General, Genetics, and Human Biology Classes Offered for Fall and are Transferable (See Flyers)

29 May 2017

Merritt is offering an exciting series of three biology classes in General Biology  (BIOL 1A), Human Biology (BIOL 25), and Genetics (BIOL 36). According to instructor Maria Suarez Rodriguez, Ph.D., these courses are transferable to the CSU and UC systems and fulfill the requirements for students majoring in the Biological Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Medical Technology, and related sciences. “We will be going on several field trips to explore your future career opportunities and interests in diverse biological fields,” says Dr. Rodriguez. “Find more information in the flyers below.” To contact the instructor with any questions, email her at

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62nd Annual Merritt College Commencement to be Held Today; Merritt’s Dr. Siri Brown to Speak

24 May 2017

Merritt College will celebrate its 62nd Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater in Oakland. Out of a total of more than 900 students who will receive associate degrees or certificates or who will be transferring on to further their education, more than 350 will be participating in the ceremony.


The Commencement speaker will be Dr. Siri Brown, a passionate and committed educator at Merritt, who is serving as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Before that position, Dr. Brown taught Ethnic Studies and African-American Studies and served as Department Chair for 10 years. Among many other contributions, Dr. Brown helped create a study abroad program, taking hundreds of diverse and underserved students of color from Merritt to Jamaica, Ghana, Cuba, and other countries to learn about the history and culture of the countries. She also established the unique Africana Studies Center at Merritt ,which holds an original digital and interactive curriculum on African and African American History.


Being honored at Commencement this year are two Valedictorians who had equally perfect 4.0 GPAs. They are Asmita Neupane, who will receive an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences with a dream of becoming a nurse, and Anya Edwards, who will  be awarded an Associate in Science for Transfer Degree for her studies in Administration of Justice. Also being awarded is Berenice Diaz Estrada, who is this year’s Salutatorian and graduated with a 3.96 GPA. She will receive two Associate Degrees in both Health Sciences and Natural Science and a Certificate in Assistant Teacher. She plans to return to Merritt to enroll in the Radiologic Science Program.


For the first time, Merritt’s newly appointed president, Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, will preside over the ceremony.


“It is an honor to participate in this year’s Commencement and be surrounded by all of the students who worked so hard to get to this point,” says President Burns, who was approved for the position this month by the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District.  “Whether they are getting associate degrees, certificates, or transferring, we are proudly looking forward to watching them achieve success beyond college and demonstrating how much Merritt College has changed their lives.”

















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Sheila Metcalf-Tobin Fulfills Her Dream as She Heads to Praque to Exhibit Her Art

21 May 2017

Sheila Metcalf-Tobin will be leaving soon for Prague, Czech Republic, where she has the honor of being part of a six-woman art show, titled “She Spoke,” which will run from May 25-June 1. She will show three pieces of her large work (pictured right, titled Evolution Series: Speaking in Blooms, mixed media on paper and wood panels). The finished artwork is 6’x8’ but Sheila works on individual 2×3 panels so they can be easily shipped and then reassembled.She was invited to participate by Bay Area artist and instructor Jessica Serran leader of the “The Becoming Artist” Movement.


Sheila is thrilled to be part of the exhibition, not just as an artist, but in all aspects of her life. She says the whole trip, which will include traveling to other European countries, is a personal dream of hers. “It’s been a hidden desire in the recesses of my heart to be able to show my work internationally, so this is the beginning,”says Sheila. “The whole experience is exciting on so many different levels.”

As Sheila explains, there will be a lot of firsts for her: first time showing her work abroad,first time traveling alone, first time leaving her family for so long. (Her 13-year-old son jokes that she is “abandoning” him and his 8-year-old sister).


Beyond Prague, she will be traveling mostly on her own to see the work of her favorite artists in Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Venice, where the 57th La Biennale di Venezia Art Exhibition will be going on. She is especially excited to visit the Van Gogh Museum and Ann Frank House in Amsterdam. But she is also bit apprehensive about the three-week adventure.


“I’m nervous about leaving my family and traveling on my own, but I wanted to take this opportunity rather than waiting for someone else to go with me,” she says. “I also had to find ways to fund the trip, and I’m grateful for the support of the Professional Development Committee who helped me pay some of my travel expenses. I’m already thinking of all the ways I can share my experiences with my students when I return.”

—Susan May

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19 May 2017

Dr. Siri Brown, Biography

see full biography HERE. 

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