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“Women in Law Enforcement Conference” Scheduled for Friday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

23 March 2017

Merritt College, in partnership with Oakland PAL (Police Athletic League) will  host a free conference titled “Women in Law Enforcement: Maximizing our Opportunity by Realizing our Potential” on Friday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Lounge, R-110.


The conference is designed to attract both high schools students interested in the law enforcement field as well as those already working in the field.


For the high school track, workshops include:

• How My Decisions Today Affect My Future – Special emphasis on Social Media/Cyberbullying and Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention
• Law Enforcement Career Options
• Crime Scene Mock Investigation


For the professional track, there are workshops on:

  • Pros and Cons of Upward Mobility
  • Health and Wellness – Balancing Career and Personal Life
  • Networking 101 – How to Make Contacts Count



Some of the renowned speakers will include:

Keynote speaker: Retired BART Deputy Chief Jan Glen-Davis
Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks
CHP Assistant Chief Jonni Fenner
Judge Trina Thompson
Oakland PD Chief Anne Kirkpatrick
OPD Captain Drennon Lindsey (Facilitator)


Lunch will be provided for all participants. If large school groups/organizations will be in attendance, please RSVP to (510) 706-9808 to let us know you will be present. For questions or more information, call (510) 436-2546 or email or







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Don’t Miss These Powerful Photos of “The Women’s Marches of January 2017” on March 15, 20, 22, and 25

21 March 2017

For just a handful of days this week and next, Merritt College is offering a beautiful exhibit of 73 photographs, capturing the diversity of people who marched to stand for women’s rights all over the world on January 21, 2017. The photographs  were taken by both professionals and amateur phoographers in  New York, Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, DeMoines, Iowa, San Francisco, Oakland, and beyond, including London, England.

The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in “S” Building, Room 352 (first door on the left when you enter from the parking lot) on:

11  a.m.- 1 p.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 15, March 20, March 22

1-3 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, Closing Ceremony


A big thank you to Communication faculty member Hilary Altman for acquiring the exhibit! If you have questions or want to schedule a private showing for your group or class, please do not hesitate to email her at


INSTRUCTORS: Please tell your students about this opportunity.  Feel free to offer an extra credit exercise, so that students can write about their favorite photograph, how they were touched by or felt reflected by people they saw in the photos, or perhaps questions they have about the women’s movement and how the marches play a role in continuing the women’s rights movement.



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Tobacco-less Content

15 March 2017



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Alameda County Food Bank to Deliver Fresh Food on March 10, 11-12:30

9 March 2017

Merritt President Marie-Elaine Burns announces that on Friday, March 10, the Alameda County Community Food Bank will have a truck on campus to deliver fresh produce and bread for our students and community members.  Please inform your students and staff.  Everyone should bring their own reusable bags.  The food distribution will occur in Building D, Room 144.  Students should line up outside between building D and the gymnasium.

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Two Important Events Today: Women’s History Panel Discussion and International No Smoking Day

8 March 2017

Don’t miss two important events today: a panel discussion for Women’s History Month (and for International Women’s Day) featuring Margie Rubio, Delise Monroe, and Samantha Kessler, from noon to 3, sponsored by ASMC; and a tabling event for International No Smoking Day with members of the Tobacco-Less Club, the American Cancer Society, and other community partners to inform the Merritt community about Peralta’s no-smoking policy and advise about the health issues with smoking, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. outside of the Bookstore.







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Merritt Hosting Employer/Industry Day on March 10 to Help Solve the Cybersecurity Staffing Crisis

7 March 2017

Merritt College is hosting an event  on March 10, from 12-3 p.m. in R-110 on “Solving the Cybersecurity Staffing Crisis” to showcase its Cybersecurity training program to the community and potential employers. The event will  feature keynote speaker Congressman Ro Khanna, a big supporter of Merritt’s program, through videoconferencing from Washington, D.C.


Industry guests will be talking to students who will be discussing their training and the solutions they would bring to San Francisco Bay Area organizations. Congressman Khanna (on live video) will be joined by other prominent guest speakers in person.


Meet some of the Cybersecurity students HERE.


Here is a breakdown of the day’s activities:

·        12:00-12:15   Welcome/Kickoff for Event; Merritt and CISE speakers

·        12:15-12:30   Guest speaker

·        12:30-1:00      Student panel with existing students, graduates, and companies who have hired our students

·        1:00-2:00      Congressman Ro Khanna

·        2:00-3:00      Meet and Greet with students


The college is focused on placing these students with leading Silicon Valley companies and finding them jobs where they can apply their knowledge and training around cybersecurity.


The current lack of trained cybersecurity professionals stands in direct contrast to the explosion of advanced persistent threats and other vulnerabilities we see on the rise every year. A recent Internet Security Threat report from a leading cybersecurity company noted that one in four claimed they have suffered reputational damage and proprietary loss due to the skills shortage.


Congressman Khanna, who presides over Silicon Valley, has made it a top priority to address the shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals, as he did recently on C-Span. He sees a bold and innovative solution in referring to the Cybersecurity Program created by staff at Merritt College in partnership with members of the Consortium of Information Systems Executives (CISE). Traditional four-year education is not resolving the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers in the United States.  Congressman Khanna recognizes that we need bold and innovative approaches to resolving the problem and the cybersecurity program at Merritt is a great example of this approach.


The Merritt cybersecurity program is a fully accredited A.S. degree with majors in both Applications and Infrastructure Security and serves the San Francisco Bay Area East Bay School districts, which include students from less advantaged backgrounds. It results from the partnership with the CISE organization, Merritt College, and CIO’s / CISO’s from leading San Francisco Bay Area companies. The program provides trained, entry-level security professionals from which an organization can then expand on and develop other existing staff internally. The Merritt College program can be summarized in the following points:


●      Fully accredited associate of science degree in information security, with majors in applications and infrastructure security
●      Courses designed and co-taught by security industry experts
●      Program includes “hands on” labs to develop your technical security skills
●      Internships with Bay Area companies to work in information security field while students study for their degree
●      Class projects include forensics of a pharmaceutical organization that suffered a security breach, securing systems on Amazon Web Services, and developing Information security strategies

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The March Merritt Connection is Here! Find Out the Latest News and Let Us Know If You Have More For April

6 March 2017

Check out the latest issue of The Merritt Connection and read the President’s Message,  find out more about your colleague Jason Seals, see some success stories from Cybersecurity students, get an update on Accreditation, see how the population of Merritt’s veterans and services is on the rise, and hear about a recent musical excursion for Valentine’s Day.


To have your news or feature appear in the April issue, send your ideas, photos, or contributions to Susan May at by March 28.


Click HERE or on the image below to open The Merritt Connection. Enjoy!


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If You Need Help Getting a Job, Take a Free Workshop at the Career Institute to Help Get You Where You Want

3 March 2017

Looking for a job or a new career? Learn the soft skills to help get you where you want. Take a free workshop at Merritt’s Career Institute and Job Center. See the schedule March 6-10 here.  Open to everyone!

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2 March 2017

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Soul Food Dinner and Impromptu Talent Show Marks Close of Inspirational Black History Month

28 February 2017

(CLICK FOR MORE PHOTOS) Giant pans of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and green beans disappeared quickly as Merritt marked the close of  Black History Month activities with a feast for all! Those who stayed long enough were treated to an impromptu talent show, emceed by Jerry Blackmon, and featuring creative poetry by Ajari McCaster, beautiful singing by Chioma Ndubuisi, and more. Thanks to ASMC for sponsoring the event and to Dr. Herbert Kitchen, director of Student Activities and Campus Life, for all of his help.

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