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The College will be Closed through January 1. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

21 December 2018

Merritt College will be closed from December 23 to January 1. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, and Spring semester classes will begin on Tuesday, January 22.  For class schedule information click HERE, and for steps to enroll, click HERE. Have a safe and happy holiday!


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Thank the Volunteers and Enjoy Holiday Refreshments at Last Merritt S.O.U.L. of the Year, 12/13

11 December 2018

Come and thank the Merritt S.O.U.L. volunteers, led by Coordinator Brandon Christian, for all their hard work and dedication, and enjoy holiday refreshments and music on this last food event of the year as the holidays approach. There will also be holiday music, decorations, and, of course, fresh produce to take home. See you there!

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TODAY! Enjoy the 3rd Annual Holiday Concert Featuring COVAH, 12-10

9 December 2018

For the third year, Merritt’s high school-on-campus, COVAH, will offer a holiday concert of vocal and instrumental music for the Merritt to enjoy. The Conservatory of Vocal and Instrumental Art High School will perform  its Third Annual Holiday Concert on Monday, December 10, at 1 p.m. in R-110, featuring the sights and the sounds of the season. Don’t miss it!

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Check Out the Last Merritt Connection of the Year; Watch for More in 2019

7 December 2018

In this December Merritt Connection–the last of the year–President Burns urges everyone to de-stress and enjoy the holiday events around campus. Other stories in this issue include:

• plans in the works for the first Latinx Graduation and Celebration
• the new Natural History & Sustainability Program
• a Merritt alumna named Feather Ives we should all be proud of!
• a panel discussion by HBCU reps who shared their experiences
• an invitation to a special Holiday Merritt S.O.U.L.
• the chance to reserve your EOPS/CARE calendars

Read it all HERE!




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USDA to Share Opportunities with Students and Faculty on Tues., Dec. 4; See Schedule

30 November 2018

The Office of Student Services has invited a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Juan Alvarez, to be our guest on campus on Tuesday, December 4, meet with students and faculty. The USDA, Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO),  Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program (HSINP) is committed to increasing opportunities for students and faculty to assist in developing a strong pipeline of talent for the USDA through the successful execution of various local, state and national programs. Mr. Alvarez is the Regional and Education Specialist of Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program.

See the flyer below with his schedule to meet students and faculty in the ASMC Chambers, R-127.

Click HERE to find out more information about the USDA’s educational component.

There are possible internships and jobs with the USDA, and with Merritt’s partnership with Mr. Alvarez, that will make it much easier for our students to use him as a reference and referral.

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Don’t Miss the Library’s Finals Stress Relief Week, 12/3-6, from Adult Coloring to Petting Pups

30 November 2018

Students and all: Be sure to take advantage of the Library’s Fall 2018 Stress Relief Week, December 3-6, a chance to take a deep breath during studying for exams and enjoy some special activities in the Library before getting back to your work.

For Monday, sign up for acupuncture; Tuesday, there will be light refreshments and relaxing adult coloring; Wednesday, stop by for a Swag Bag of important school essentials; and Thursday, come by to hug an adorable, destressable pup.

Thanks to the Library folks, and especially Christana Forlastro, for coordinating these events each semester and for wishing everyone: “Good luck with finals and happy holidays!”



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Holiday Dinner

30 November 2018


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See the Spring Class Schedule! Apply Now! Enrollment Open for All on 12/3; Classes Start 1/22

30 November 2018

11-10-18 spring cover screenshot copy

It may still look like Fall, but we already have our Spring 2019 schedule ready! If you’re a new student you can apply now to Merritt; if you’re a continuing student, enrollment appoints start on November 16,  open enrollment  starts on December 3, high school enrollment begins December 10.

Spring classes start Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Click on the following to find:
• Spring 2019 class schedule
• Course listings only
• steps to apply and enroll
• college catalog
 Spring 2019 academic dates


Full Spring Class Schedule
Course Listings only


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Spring Class Offerings Double in Successful New Natural History and Sustainability Program

28 November 2018

After a first successful Fall semester in the new Natural History and Sustainability Program, the second semester in Spring 2019 offers even more classes and a wider variety of topics. These 14 classes have been chosen from multiple disciplines by Program Director Brad Balukjian for this semester to educate students about the biodiversity and ecology of the Bay Area and beyond. They run from full-session to short-term courses throughout the semester, some being introduced for the first time. You can find all the classes listed here. They have start dates from January to March. Click here to enroll by January 8. 

Some of the classes, highighted in flyers below, include first-time class Marine Biology (BIOL 9) taught by shark expert and biologist Analisa Brown ( as a full-semester class starting January 22; another first-time class, California Indian Ecology on the Central Coast (NARAM 76E), is a short-term Ethnic Studies class starting March 1 by faculty member Darby Price, who has been offering classes in Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Environmental Studies throughout the Bay Area for many years; and Natural History of the Ice Age National Science Trail and Ice Age Scientific Reserve, Wisconsin (BIOL 62W), taught by Ron Felzer, a legend in the Natural History Program at Merritt, who has spent decades taking students on field trips around the world. His short-term class starts March 7. Click on each flyer to enlarge and read more, and feel free to contact the instructor with any questions at all.

For overall questions about the program or to get more information, go to the NHS website  or contact Program Director Brad Balukjian at

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POSTPONED: Hope & Fury Will Not Be Shown Tonight

9 November 2018

Tonight’s screening of Hope & Fury, the acclaimed NBC News and MSNBC documentary, scheduled for Nov. 15, has been POSTPONED at Merritt College due to health and safety concerns from increasing wildfire smoke. We will reschedule and update you here. Stay safe with these tips from the CDC:

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