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President’s Welcome

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It is a great honor to welcome you to Merritt College. After spending more than three decades in the California community college system as a student, counselor, instructor, and administrator, I am proud to have been working with Merritt’s outstanding staff and faculty for nearly two years to assist our students in reaching their educational goals.

The college’s mission is fulfilled by distinguished and dedicated employees who work together in a culturally rich, caring and supportive learning environment to ensure student success. With doors opened wide, Merritt College welcomes students of all backgrounds and experiences. Whether they are first-generation college students, returning learners, or those who want to upgrade their skills or even reinvent themselves, this is the place.

In a student-centered learning environment such as ours, we ask our students to look at where they are and to determine where they want to be. Then we do our very best to help them realize their potential and dreams.

We have exemplary programs in place to provide support for students, and we are developing new programs every year, from new online classes where students can take classes from home to new learning communities, where students are aligned with other students who have similar interests. We also provide accelerated certified training programs for quick entry into the job market.

We are located in the beautiful hills of East Oakland on 125 acres with modern and spacious facilities and a spectacular view of the Bay Area. You will find staff here to serve you, to teach you, to mentor you, and to assist you in achieving your dreams.  After all, your success is our success.

I hope to see you on campus!

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz
President
Merritt College