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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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May is National Foster Care Month

16 May 2019

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Looking to get a head start? Take the Summer Bridge 2019

14 May 2019

June 17 – July 26. Enroll now!

EMT 230 and Counseling 207A are just two great classes happening this summer.
Summer Bridge 2019.

 

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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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Paralegal Studies Program introduces Legal Processing Asst. and Courtroom Clerk certificates due to partnership with Supreme Court of Alameda County and PCCD

3 May 2019

The first partnership of its kind helps students compete for livable wage jobs and provides the court a larger, more diverse collection of local talent to fill positions

OAKLAND, Calif. (May 3, 2019) – In a powerful pairing of academia and the judiciary, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) and the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda announced today a partnership to offer a pathway into employment as a Legal Processing Assistant (LPA) or Courtroom Clerk.

A new program offered through the Paralegal Studies Program at Merritt College in Oakland, Calif. beginning this coming fall semester will prepare students for successful careers in public service. Programs for both tracks (LPA and Courtroom Clerk) can be completed within one-to-two semesters and will include work-based learning opportunities, application support, and interview preparation. Internships with the Superior Court are also being developed.

“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, Peralta Community College District. “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.”

According to Amboy, this is the first time a community college district has partnered with a local court and received support from their local union to address existing barriers to employment and to develop certificates and a clear pathway to livable wage jobs.

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

Because these are online courses, Amboy said they are ideal for working students who are seeking a job with a living wage, great benefits, and inroads into additional roles and long-term careers in the justice system.

“Another key benefit is that the course program eliminates the requirement to take an exam, something when used as the primary criterion for placement can create a barrier to candidates who might otherwise excel at their job,” added Amboy.

The Court will be working hand-in-hand with PCCD to develop the content of the courses.
LtoR Hon. Tara Desautels (asst. presiding judge), Chad Finke (court executive officer), President Burns, Linnea Willis (program director, Paralegal Studies)

The Legal Processing Assistant Certificate will include these Merritt College Paralegal Studies courses:

  • Parlg 1: Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
  • Parlg 4: Law Office Management
  • Parlg 6: Legal Research
  • Parlg 16: Seminar in Paralegal Studies Internship
  • COPED 474A: Occupational Work Experience in Paralegal Studies

The Courtroom Clerk Certificate will include these Merritt College Paralegal Studies courses:

  • Parlg 1: Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
  • Parlg 4: Law Office Management
  • Parlg 6: Legal Research
  • Parlg 8: Intro to Civil Procedure and Litigation Practice
  • Parlg 16: Seminar in Paralegal Studies Internship
  • COPED 474A: Occupational Work Experience in Paralegal Studies

To apply to the Fall 2019 program, students must complete and submit an application by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. For more information or to request an application form, please email: strongworkforce@peralta.edu.  View flier here.

The courtroom clerks are responsible for clerical courtroom activities, interacting with the attorneys and the public, administering oaths, assisting with the impaneling juries, and are responsible for the inventory and safekeeping of the exhibits. A Courtroom Clerk currently makes between $26 and $31 per hour.

Legal processing assistants receive, examine, prepare, file, process and maintain a variety of legal documents; assist the public in person and over the telephone; and, verify, enter and retrieve information from automated and manual record keeping systems. LPAs are distinguished from Courtroom Clerks in that the latter perform clerical activities within a courtroom setting. An LPA currently makes between $22 and $26 an hour.

While the program’s benefits to job seekers and the courts are clear, the program is also blessed by the union, who see it as an excellent opportunity to up-train its members.

“SEIU couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities this program will bring to our community, as well as increase the Superior Court’s accessibility to additional qualified candidates,” said Kasha Clarke, chapter president, SEIU Local 1021.

“Our Merritt College Paralegal Studies Program is experienced in training future paralegals, law clerks, attorneys, legal secretaries and various other positions within the legal industry, and this partnership will create job opportunities for our existing and future students,” said Linnea N. Willis, program director, Paralegal Studies Department, Merritt College. “Court clerks are the backbone of the court system and we look forward not only to educating students to become legal processing assistants, but also to educating existing legal processing assistants so they can obtain advancement and promotion within the Alameda County Superior Court system.”

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Inaugural LatinX Graduation Celebration — check out the photos!

1 May 2019

The Inaugural LatinX Graduation Celebration last Saturday, April 27, 2019 was an unforgettable moment for Merritt College. The LatinX Graduation Celebration Committee and PACLA would like to express their deepest appreciation to everyone who supported and helped plan this historic event. From the stoling of our graduates to our student alum speaker, Maria Fernandez to keynote speaker, Cesar Cruz, Danza Azteca, Mariachi Femenil Orgullo, to student volunteers from FYE, Puente and others who helped make the event go smoothly, we THANK YOU. Thank you to faculty members, staff, MC and District administrators, Peralta Board members and community members. We felt your love and enthusiasm.
We hope to join forces with all our sister colleges next year. Thank you, BCC, for the inspiration!
Here is an album of photos taken by Tutor Sage Marxer-Waznor!

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Merritt College named Cyber FastTrack National “Top Tier College,” Leads California in cybersecurity talent discovery

29 April 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (April 29, 2019) – Merritt College in Oakland, Calif. has reached the Top Tier (the top three percent) of U.S. colleges in identifying students with a natural aptitude to excel in cybersecurity.

Merritt College Cybersecurity Program students play a pivotal role in the national initiative launched by 25 state governors to close the elite cyber skills gap with China and Russia. After 17 days of Cyber FastTrack competition, Merritt College was ranked second in California and 33rd in the nation, out of 5,200 US colleges, in the number of students discovering their aptitude for cybersecurity careers. The open access discovery opportunity ends on May 10, 2019.

The state-by-state Cyber FastTrack leaderboard is posted at:

https://www.sans.org/cyber-fast-track/state-ranking

National rankings:

https://www.sans.org/cyber-fast-track/nationally-ranked

According to Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, “The leadership shown by Merritt College is commendable. Without the talent being discovered in Cyber FastTrack, shortages of elite talent will put the United States at a severe disadvantage in protecting power systems, financial systems and military systems in times of conflict, and protecting businesses and personal privacy in peacetime. Merritt College has set a high bar for other schools in California and in the nation.”

Students who do well in the assessment will win access to a simulation/game called CyberStart in which they solve increasingly challenging real-world problems faced by cybersecurity professionals. They will also gain access to CyberStart Essentials, a hands-on, on-line cybersecurity foundations course, and they will become eligible for $2.5 million in scholarships for advanced study in cybersecurity and direct connections to employers seeking elite cyber talent.

SANS Institute partnered with 25 state governors to launch Cyber FastTrack. “It takes very little work to expand participation and many students are surprised to learn they have a lot of talent and like the challenges,” added Paller.

In launching Cyber Fastrack, the governors encouraged high school students (during March/April) and college students (April/May) to discover whether they liked cybersecurity challenges and had the tenacity, curiosity, and problem-solving skills needed by professionals in the field.

More information on Cyber FastTrack may be found at: https://www.cyber-fasttrack.org/

The Cyber FastTrack program rewards creativity while at the same time provides skills that could be used to land a well-paid job, so the 42 students from Merritt we have participating are really enjoying the challenge, said Marie-Elaine Burns, Ph.D., president, Merritt College. Our society is more dependent upon digital information than ever before, and protecting that information from cybersecurity threats has become a crucial aspect of information technology.

“That crisis makes our cybersecurity program increasingly popular and our graduates in keen demand,” she added. “In fact, we are proud to be graduating yet another in-demand class of qualified cybersecurity professionals at Merritt College in May.”

The Consortium of Information Systems Executives (CISE), as well as leading CIOs/CISOs from across the Bay Area, developed Merritt College’s accredited two-year degree program in Applications and Infrastructure Security to address this crisis.

Merritt College is currently the only California community college to offer an Associate Degree in Information Security. The program was designed and is taught by San Francisco Bay Area Thought Leaders from companies including Symantec, McAfee, and Wells Fargo Online Banking, and has earned the support of Congressman Ro Khanna for its innovative approach to strengthening cybersecurity. CISE is dedicated to assisting less advantaged students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity and the program’s unique curriculum offers hands-on learning with real-world security systems to ensure graduates are prepared for the future of information security. For more information, visit: https://cisesecurity.com/

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 60 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates a practitioner’s qualifications via over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet’s early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (https://www.sans.org)

About Merritt College

Nestled in the hills above San Francisco Bay, Merritt College in Oakland, Calif. offers students the opportunity to study in one of the most dramatic natural settings in Northern California. With a panorama that includes the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, Merritt’s striking vistas provide a breathtaking backdrop for a packed roster of first-rate academic and vocational programs. One of the four colleges that make up the Peralta Community College District, Merritt boasts acclaimed programs in cybersecurity, community social services, registered nursing, child development, nutrition & dietetics, environmental studies, and landscape horticulture. Visit www.merritt.edu

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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KQED piece features Merritt student Montel Floyd

18 April 2019

When Montel Floyd graduates in May from Merritt Community College, he’ll be the first person in his family with a college degree. Check out this interesting piece from KQED. #inspiration #communitycollege

https://www.kqed.org/news/11739400/at-these-high-schools-enrolling-in-college-isnt-just-encouraged-its-required

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Check out photos from the Tenured Faculty Reception 2019

15 April 2019

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