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Renew DACA Before the End of the Year

15 November 2019

Earlier this week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments from both sides about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The court will review whether the Trump Administration can end DACA. While there is no exact date for the Supreme Court decision, legal experts expect the decision to come in spring 2020, and no later than the end of June.

Merritt College and the Peralta Community College District remain steadfast in our support for undocumented citizens in our community.  We are here to support you.

If you already have DACA status but it expires anytime in 2020, you are highly encouraged to renew your DACA ASAP by the end of 2019. 

  • You can renew your DACA if you had it in the past and it expired or was terminated
  • You should talk with a trusted legal service provider before you renew if you had contact with law enforcement since your last renewal or if your DACA was terminated
  • Unfortunately, those who have never had DACA still cannot apply to the program.
  • Read NILC SCOTUS Scenarios for possible outcomes.

For more information, please visit: https://immigrantsrising.org/daca-at-the-supreme-court-the-day-after/

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Roadtrip Nation Launches “Roadmap to Careers” at Merritt

21 October 2019

What do you get when you cross reality television with career guidance counseling?  Why, Roadtrip Nation of course!  The big, green RV and the Roadtrip Nation team of John, Carla, Alli and Joel visited us at Merritt College on October 17, 2019, a beautiful sunny autumn day.  The team spent the day meeting students and introducing them to the new “Roadmap to Careers” program that is free to all Merritt College students.  Simply login to https://roadtripnation.com/edu/merritt to get started. You’ll need to create an account and use the special Merritt College code in order to access all the cool features. Visit here for more info about creating your account. (If you need the code, please visit Merritt College Student Services in Building R-113 or email Mark Johnson for it). Once you’re in, simply answer a few questions to find potential careers that match your interests. 

Photo of the Roadtrip Nation team at Merritt College Steve Pantell and Maria Spencer welcome the Roadtrip Nation Team (John, Alli, Joel, and Carla) to Merritt College

Merritt College Counselor and Articulation Officer Dr. Steve Pantell has been a fan of Roadtrip Nation for years and uses their resources frequently when discussing potential career paths with students.  Steve’s enthusiasm for Roadtrip Nation resources knows no bounds. In fact, Steve helped introduce Roadtrip Nation tools to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. That introduction in turn led to talks, which led to negotiations, which led to a CCC-system wide licensing agreement with Roadtrip Nation. That agreement gives all California community college students FREE access to the Roadtrip Nation “Roadtrip to Careers” site!

Photo of Merritt College students and the Roadtrip Nation RV An enthusiast crowd of Merritt
College students gather to learn about “Roadmap to Careers” from the Roadtrip Nation team

You may have seen the big green RV of Roadtrip Nation on their PBS television series which started in 2004 and is still going strong. Roadtrip Nation combines reality television with career planning under the basic premise of “find what you love.”  We hope you will take advantage of the FREE “Roadmap to Careers” online tools to help you find what you love. 

 

 

 

 

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Honorable Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States, visits Merritt College

30 September 2019

Hola Merritt! Our campus has been vibrant throughout September as we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month 2019. One of many highlights this month was certainly the “Let’s Unite” event which had the campus buzzing on Thursday September 26th. Presented by the Inter-Club Council and ASMC, “Let’s Unite” featured The Honorable Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States as the keynote speaker.  Appointed by President Barak Obama, Rios served as US Treasurer from 2009 to 2016.

Ms. Rios is a local success story.  She was raised in Hayward right here in East Bay.  She went to college at Harvard, in Massachusetts where she said, “no one looked liked me.” She also noticed a lack of student clubs with only a handful available in the mid 1980s. So in 1986 she founded Cultural Rhythms, an annual cultural festival that showcases diversity and celebrates student performance, which helped inspire the launch of many new student organizations by offering them an annual showcase event. Cultural Rhythms continues to this day as a popular annual program, prompting Harvard to honor Ms. Rios as the first Latina in its 380-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor.

Honorable Rosie Rios speaking at Merritt College The Honorable Rosie Rios speaking at Merritt College during National Hispanic Heritage Month

She served as the City of Oakland’s redevelopment director for several years before leaving to serve at US Treasurer.  Her long and successful service as Treasurer resulted in her receipt of the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Department of the Treasury.

At one point during her talk she said, “I believe in Oakland” and mentioned that she loved the ending of the movie Black Panther and asked, “How can we make Wakanda a reality here in Oakland?” The answer is “Let’s Unite.”

Her keynote message to students was filled with personal experiences about otherness and countering exclusion through educational activism. “You are all here because you value education. Continue to invest in yourself.”  Excellent advice from someone who knows a thing or two about financial investments! A video of the talk is available on the Merritt College Facebook page here.

The event was coordinated by Aziza Crowder, Merritt College student and president of the Merritt Inter-Club Council.  Ms. Crowder reflected that the event “embodied the true meaning of unity as many clubs helped to set up and prepare early Thursday morning.”  She continued,  “The honorable Ms. Rios was an inspiration to all in the room as she shared her experiences on diversity and the strength in numbers students have when determining important outcomes within their own communities.”

Peralta Board of Trustees President Julina Bonilla and Vice President Karen Weinstein were in the audience.  Said President Bonilla, “Big shout out to Merritt student government for coordinating a wonderful event!”

Rosie Rios with trustees and Merritt College students The Honorable Rosie Rios with Peralta Trustees and Merritt College Students during National Hispanic Heritage Month

 

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The Barbara Lee Science and Allied Heath Center is Now Open

8 September 2019

Merritt Community,
We are happy to confirm that the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center also known as the S building will be open for business on Monday, September 9, 2019. Everyone will be able to meet in their regular classrooms. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience last week.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center Presents Author Ari Berman

5 September 2019

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland continues its popular Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series with author, journalist, political pundit and expert in voter registration and suppression Ari Berman Saturday, September 28, at 7 pm at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom in downtown Oakland. Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley will join Berman for introduction and comments. The long-running lecture series presents civic leaders from across the country in lively and relevant presentations centered on Dr. King’s catalytic question: “Where do we go from here: chaos or community?” The Lecture Series is co-presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and Peralta Community College District and the September 28 lecture is sponsored by Gilead Science, East Bay Community Foundation, East Bay Regional Park District and IBEW Local 595. The lecture is free of charge and RSVPs may be made by calling the Freedom Center at 510-434-3988. For more information, visit www.MLKFreedomCenter.org.

About Ari Berman

Ari Berman is a senior reporter at Mother Jones, covering voting rights, and a Reporting Fellow at Type Media Center. His stories have also appeared in The New York TimesRolling Stone, The AtlanticPolitico and The Guardian. He is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, NPR, PBS and C-Span. Berman’s work has earned him an Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media and a place on the FD200 – 200 awardees whose work embodies Frederick Douglass’s enduring legacy of social change.

Berman is the author of Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction) and Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democractic Party and Reshape American Politics. Give Us The Ballot was named a best book of 2015 by the New York Times,Washington Post, NPR, the Boston Globe and Kirkus Reviews, and was nominated for the American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

His frequent speaking topics include voting rights and racialized voter suppression; American politics; the state and future of democracy; civil rights; the intersection of money and politics; the 2020 census.

About the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center

The Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series, co-produced by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and Peralta Community College District, promotes an ample exchange of ideas to help inspire and move forward new leadership and servantship.

Broad East Bay audiences of all ages are exposed to some of our nation’s most courageous and exemplary civil and human rights figures, engaging in creative solutions and challenges to some of the most perplexing issues facing our communities today: economic inequity, voter disenfranchisement, systemic racism, violence in schools and neighborhoods, police brutality, and the contradictions and ramifications of extreme poverty.

Lectures are organized by the youth and staff at the Freedom Center, with a focus on promoting ideas and actions rooted in principles of nonviolence, and lessons from some of our nation’s most significant civil rights struggles.

Civic engagement at the Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center brings together individuals and organizations of diverse ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds, working side-by-side for a healthy democracy.

The Freedom Center brings best practices from the nation’s Civil Rights Movement to the forefront in community education, training, and practice, building strong community partnerships with proven results.

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Stephen Curry Coaches High School Basketball Game at Merritt College

8 August 2019

Trifecta!  NBA royalty, high school hoop talent, and the Merritt College community combine to provide basketball fun for all attending!  On August 7, 2019, Golden State Warriors MVP Stephen Curry and his father, former NBA star Dell Curry, visited Merritt College to coach talented high school basketball players as part of Stephen Curry’s SC30 Select Camp.  The event, sponsored by Under Armour and Chase Bank, featured some of the top male and female high school players in the country.

Stephen Curry’s SC30 Select Camp launched in 2014 as a basketball showcase comprised of elite players from across the country with different backgrounds and skill sets. By year three of the camp, Stephen was looking for ways to further shine a spotlight on the players and get the local basketball community more involved in his signature event. In 2017, the SC30 Select Showcase Game made its debut. 

The highly-talented high school players entertained guests with high-flying dunks and deep three pointers. Some highlights from the event include a cross-over move and 3 point jump shot that impressed even Steph Curry, and a stunning windmill dunk that brought the whole crowd to their feet.

This year’s Showcase Game was an invitation-only affair, with Stephen providing complimentary tickets to community groups and organizations – including Merritt College and the Peralta Community College District – that he has built relationships with throughout his time with the Warriors in Oakland. 

Brock Drazen, Merritt College faculty member and Athletic Director helped coordinate the event at Merritt.  “What a great team effort! From Facilities to Public Safety to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and of course our own Athletics Department, this coordinated effort with each other and with our visiting organizations was a testament to the commitment, hard work and heart of our people,” said Drazen.  “Thanks to all those who came out and enjoyed the action.”

Stephen Curry coaching SC30 basketball game at Merritt College Stephen Curry coaching SC30 Select Camp basketball game at Merritt College. Photo by Mark Johnson / PCCD



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Open English Classes Including Toni Morrison Seminar Are Available Online at Merritt College

7 August 2019

Note: All of us at Merritt College are deeply saddened by the passing of author Toni Morrison earlier this week.  Our condolences go out to her family and friends. 

Open English Classes at Merritt College – Please check the schedule for days/times

English 1A Composition and Reading Online:

  • English 1A Online Code 43364
  • English 1A Online Code 48001

English 1A Composition and Reading courses with support:

  • English 1A 43383 with 508ABC support
  • English 1A 48335 with 508ABC support
  • English 1A 43171 with 508ABC support
  • English 1A 43296 with 508ABC support
  • English 1A 43315 with 508ABC support

[Note: if you do not need the additional support, you may opt out of the additional 508 non-credit sections]

English 5 Critical Thinking in Reading and Writing:

  • English 5 43185
  • English 5 47897
  • English 5 43382

Late Start courses English Courses Online:

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DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education covers new certificate programs offered through Superior Court partnership

20 May 2019

PCCD, Superior Court of Alameda County Partner for New Certificate Programs
May 16, 2019

by Tiffany Pennamon

When officials from the Superior Court of Alameda County in California began to notice growing vacancies in its courtroom clerk and legal processing assistant (LPA) roles, they believed it would be an ideal situation to look to the area’s community colleges to address gaps in public service employees.

Now, a strategic partnership between the court and the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) – the first of its kind with the support from the local court union – will provide students in the district with an opportunity to earn certifications as LPAs or courtroom clerks. The online structure of the stackable certificates aim to attract learners interested in attaining a job while in school, and also those who are already working in low-wage jobs but looking to earn higher wages and advance their careers, PCCD leaders said.

“The new partnership will make training for legal processing assistant and courtroom clerk positions more accessible to the local community and equip graduates to participate in the workforce and earn a living wage,” said Marie Amboy, strong workforce director for PCCD. “In turn, the court will have access to a more diverse local talent pool with the skills needed to be competitive in today’s marketplace.”

PCCD’s LPA and courtroom clerk certificate programs will be open to students starting this fall – applications will be due by July 31. The programs fall under the district’s Paralegal Studies Program at Merritt College and include a series of courses for students to successfully enter the workforce in a court or legal setting.

Students on the LPA track take Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession, Law Office Management, Legal Research and Seminar in Paralegal Studies Internship. Because the LPA position is a “stepping stone” to a courtroom clerk position, Amboy said, students on the courtroom clerk track take the same courses as LPAs as well as four additional units – the course Intro to Civil Procedure and Litigation Practice.

A one-unit externship or internship component for students to gain work-based learning experience is embedded in the certificate programs.

“We heard this from the Superior Court and from the actual employees that do the job that that piece is oh so critical with their success,” Amboy said. “We wanted to give the students who will be going through this program as much confidence going into the interview in terms of understanding the job as much as possible.”

In the initial stages of the partnership, Amboy and other paralegal program leaders worked with the court to assess its application and hiring process.

“The hiring process for them, because they’re a public entity, has an exam,” she said. “All prospective employees or applicants are required to take an exam first. That sort of whittles the pool down.”

From there, selected applicants move on to an interview phase and then the court creates an eligibility list.

“What we noticed was that the diversity and sheer numbers gets whittled away at the exam piece,” Amboy said. “We in education were well aware of the drawbacks of looking at placement exams or tests of being the only factor to determine placement or completion because we know that there are certain groups that are really at a disadvantage when it comes to test-taking.”

For this reason, PCCD leaders worked with the executive directors and union officials at the court to revise and update its curriculum in the existing paralegal program.

“They actually reviewed our course content and made recommendations, made edits and requested that additional information be updated,” Amboy said, adding, “What we’re really saying is, when [students] complete the certification, they’re actually guaranteeing an interview. The union has actually said that they would give a certificate from Peralta a little bit of a higher weight in terms of points over somebody who is coming in that has passed the exam and has not had a certificate from Peralta.

“That’s part of what makes this sort of unprecedented. There are many partnerships with different public agencies [but] this is the first time the union has sort of left an alternative route to an employment placement test,” Amboy said.

“The Court appreciates being a part of this unprecedented partnership with Peralta,” said Chad Finke, court executive officer at the Superior Court of Alameda County. “We view this as a ‘win-win-win’ situation for our employees, job seekers and, most importantly, the public.”

When establishing the partnership, Amboy said the court acknowledged existing sentiments that they may be “out of touch” with the community.

“Partnering with Peralta, with a community college, really shows that they acknowledge that that may be the message and that they’re looking to shift that message,” she said.

And because Peralta Community College District serves a diverse pool of students, leaders hope that underrepresented groups entering the legal system will have a significant impact.

“What’s particularly important is that this is with the court, so it’s the justice system that many of our students or many of the people in our community might not have the best experience with,” Amboy said. “It sort of opens the doors to saying here’s an opportunity for you to work in the legal system to understand it, and even make inroads and make a difference inside it. People that look like the community now serving in that system, we hope will make positive inroads within the system itself in terms of being able to actively serve the community.”

Tiffany Pennamon can be reached at tpennamon@diverseeducation.com. You can follow her on Twitter @tiffanypennamon.

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Align your interests to a fulfilling career for FREE with Merritt College’s subscription to Roadmap to Careers!

10 May 2019

Discover how the things you like can connect you to a rewarding career you’ll love. Drawing from Roadtrip Nation’s library of thousands of candid video interviews with professionals from all walks of life, Roadmap to Careers showcases real stories of the struggles and successes you might encounter on your road to a fulfilling career – and equips you with the tools you’ll need to take your first steps to build a livelihood that’s true to who you are.  It’s FREE! so visit:

https://roadtripnation.com/edu/merritt

Getting Started

  • When on the landing page https://roadtripnation.com/edu/merritt, either click “Get started” or simply click “Create Account” in the top right corner.
  • After clicking “Create Account”, you will be directed to an account creation page where they will need to fill out all the required fields.
  • Please create a username which has 6-15 characters, with the exception of special characters; i.e. “firstnamelastname”.
  • For the password, choose your own with at least 8 characters, at least one lowercase letter, at least one uppercase letter, one number, and one special character.
  • For the email address, we recommend you use your @peralta.edu email address.
  • After you create an account, you will be taken directly to a page to fill out your membership status. This is the page where you will input the provided membership code in order to gain full access to Roadtrip’s career exploration tools and leader videos.
  • Please ensure you click “Go!” so the membership code is processed to your account. If you click “Get started” first, the membership code will not be saved.
  • For those students that already have an account and log in go to “Account Settings” in the top right corner, click “Membership”, and add the according membership code.

After successfully setting up an account and logging in, get started using the Interview Archive by:

  • Completing the Roadmap tool to find Leaders connected to your Roads.
  • Clicking on the Theme tab to find out what Leaders think about financial security, success, and many other difficult topics.
  • Using the Leader tab to see whom we’ve talked to throughout the years.
  • Personalizing your experience by finding Leaders based on Interest and Foundation, and 
connect who they are with what they’re exploring.

 

Introducing the Original Roadtrip and Interview Archive

Kick off your journey with the story of the Original Roadtrip:

Roadtrip Nation started when its founders, Nathan, Mike, and Brian, weren’t sure what to do with their lives, so they went on a Roadtrip to learn the stories of Leaders who built lives around their passions. The conversations generated such powerful insights that the original roadtrippers decided to start Roadtrip Nation as a platform to share the stories of people who have defined their own roads.

The Interview Archive is a collection of all the stories Roadtrip Nation has gathered on the road over the years. It contains the stories of people who have pushed through roadblocks to create their livelihoods around their interests—everyone from CEOs of big companies to costume designers, magazine writers, biologists, chocolatiers, and beyond. You will see how successful people made life decisions, and then apply those insights to your own lives as you start to define your own roads.


Recommended Videos

Start off with a diverse mix of Leaders who come from different backgrounds and work in different fields. The following Leaders may resonate well with you:

Zaria Forman
Artist & Climate Change Activist
http://roadtripnation.com/leader/zaria-forman

Father Greg Boyle
Founder / Executive Director Homeboy Industries
http://roadtripnation.com/leader/father-greg-boyle

Jessica Santana
Co-Founder, New York On Tech, New York, NY
http://roadtripnation.com/leader/jessica-santana/interview

John Rodrigues
Ice Sculptor / Author 
High School Dropout to Harvard
http://roadtripnation.com/leader/john-rodrigues

Mansi M. Kasliwal
Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Principal Investigator at GROWTH
California Institute of Technology
, Palomar Observatory, Calif.
http://roadtripnation.com/leader/mansi-m-kasliwal/mansi-m-kasliwal-interview

Evelynn M. Hammonds
Professor, History of Science, African and African American Studies, Harvard University
http://roadtripnation.com/leader/evelynn-m-hammonds

 

VISIT: https://roadtripnation.com/edu/merritt

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Merritt College launching its new employment website via College Central Network

10 May 2019

Merritt College is pleased to announce the launch of its new employment placement website. Merritt will be using College Central Network as its official job resource and resume system. The site is available 24/7 to students, alumni, and employers.  Visit: www.collegecentral.com/Merritt 

  • Students: quickly apply to jobs and internship/co-op opportunities posted exclusively for you, and search other opportunities via Jobs Central® and Intern Central®, national job boards.
  • Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers.
  • Access our events calendar, and career/job search advice documents, podcasts, videos and more.
  • Review Career Fair information and company recruitment visits.
  • Employers search for talented students and alumni, and post unlimited jobs for free.

Cheryl Maier is our College Central site coordinator and will be linking employers to our students and alumni. Our aim is to connect Merritt students and alumni with jobs.

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