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College Notes: Take advantage of Peralta Colleges’ ‘Super Saturday’ enrollment

23 January 2018

The Merritt College men's basketball team went 3-0 and won the Allan Hancock College Holiday Tournament Championship in Santa Maria this winter. There are plenty of sports and student events during the spring semester at the Peralta Colleges. The Merritt College men’s basketball team went 3-0 and won the Allan Hancock College Holiday Tournament Championship in Santa Maria this winter.


The spring 2018 semester is here and there are literally thousands of classes that await you at our local community colleges.


Did you make a New Year’s resolution to better yourself this year? How about taking a class or two at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda or Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland?  The best thing is if you sign up for a class at one of the Peralta Colleges, you can take classes at any of the other schools. And, it’s super affordable for anyone who is a local resident.


Take advantage of “Super Saturdays” at our community colleges and do everything you need to do in one day to enroll in classes. On Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, the Peralta Colleges Admissions and Records offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide you with the resources you need to get the classes you want. Read all about it on the Super Saturdays’ website right HERE.


Read more about the exciting goings-on at the Peralta Colleges online in the College Notes column in the East Bay Times HERE

If you have a story you would like me to feature in the column, please email me at
Happy Spring Semester!

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Get Help Enrolling at Super Saturdays : January 20 & 27

16 January 2018

Super Saturdays
January 20 & 27, 9am – 1pm

Admissions, orientation, assessment, counseling, financial aid, and the cashier’s office will be available at all four campuses to provide personal assistance with Spring admissions and enrollment.

Prepare for Saturday


In order to complete all of the necessary steps within a Super Saturday, it is recommended that you review the Application & Enrollment Steps webpage and complete the OpenCCC/CCCApply online application (Step 1) at least 24 hours before attending. This way your Student ID will be ready and you can get started on the next steps upon arrival!

OpenCCC/CCCApply Online Application Assistance:

Please arrive early in the day if you would like assistance with the online application (Step 1). You will need an email address (gmail and yahoo are popular services), accurate date of birth, dates of previous high school/college enrollment, and social security number (required only if applying for financial aid) to apply.

Orientation, Assessment, Counseling:

Bring a valid ID (Driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID, student ID card) and any high school (within 10 years) or college transcripts you would like to be used for placement or development of your educational plan with your counselor. Unofficial or official transcripts are both accepted, however, official transcripts are recommended so that they can be kept in our database. You may also bring assessment test results from another instution from within the last three years.

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Black Panther Documentary Screening at Alameda City Hall

9 October 2017

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Black Panther Documentary Screening at City Hall
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Will Be Present at the Screening to Offer Opening Remarks
Few know that the Black Panther Party was founded at Merritt College in Oakland in October 1966, and many of its early social justice programs still largely go unrecognized.
The television station of the Peralta Community College District, Peralta TV, produced a national award-winning film, “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers,” narrated by U. S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, about the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College. The film, which was shown at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, features rare interviews with Black Panther founder Bobby Seale, as well as members David Hilliard, Ericka Huggins, Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard, Emory Douglas and Richard Aoki.
The City of Alameda is happy to partner with the Peralta Colleges in bringing this illuminating film to Alameda.
What: Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers (Documentary Film Screening)
When: Saturday, October 14, 12:00-1:30pm
Where: Alameda City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, 3rd Floor, Alameda
Who: The screening is free and open to the public. Speakers include U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, and the film’s executive producer and director, Jeffrey Heyman, and writer and producer, James Calhoun.

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Merritt College open today

26 September 2017

Merritt College is reopened today, September 27, 2017. It was closed September 26 due to a fire approximately one mile southwest of the campus. The college was not currently endangered by the fire, but it was evacuated as a safety precaution.

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Peralta News: Merritt College Pruning Club

19 September 2017

Back in 1980’s Dennis Makishima was working as a gardener in the East Bay hills, and wanted to expand his training in the field of Horticulture, so he started attending classes in the Landscape Horticulture department.
As his horticultural knowledge increased, so did his understanding of a need that Dennis was able to develop into a clear vision of Aesthetic Pruning courses, which  “embrace the creative interpretation of small trees and shrubs in the urban context. The living art form combines the artistic skill of the pruner, the essences of the tree and the science of horticulture  and the needs of the clients and the surroundings.”  
Dennis Makishima was able to impart his skills and horticultural understanding into a successful series of courses designed to help students into a career that cultivated specialized pruning skills.
Dennis has taught hundreds of students and mentored many into lucrative careers of service to the East Bay and beyond.  

The Merritt Pruning Club has a 30-year history of mentoring and service. The Apprenticeship model of training and the Aesthetic Pruning club’s’ mission has benefited many gardens in the East Bay.  We are grateful to ALL the founding members and appreciate the skill and enthusiasm which has lasted and still inspires our community.
The 30 years of continuous service to the community,  here and throughout the world, had its beginnings here at Merritt College.
The department wants to also acknowledge Judy Thomas who was Faculty advisor to this club for the first 20 years:
 Pete Churgel, Yuki Nara, Randall Lee, and Bill Castellon and of course Michael Alliger, all extraordinary teachers, and Tom Branca assisted the program forward.
Merritt College has been offering a fee-based series of classes in Aesthetic Pruning for more than 20 years, with a wide array of individual modules for all interests and levels of expertise. These classes, plus additional Horticulture classes and experience, can lead to a Department-issued Award in Aesthetic Pruning! For more information, please visit:

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Peralta Outreach on the Move 

18 September 2017

Come and see Peralta Colleges representatives and learn more about Peralta Colleges classes at the following community events: 

  • West Oakland Anthem – Defremery (Bobby Hutton) Park, (9/23/17) 12-5pm
  • 21st Annual Back-to-School Shoe Giveaway – Oracle Arena (9/23/17) 9-1pm
  • 40th Annual College Information Day, University of California, Berkeley, Dwinelle Hall (10/14/17) 9-2pm
  • Civic Pride Leadership Conference – Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
    nd, CA, 94606, (10/21/17) , 9-2pm
  • 1st Annual Beyond the Barriers Careers & Resources Expo, Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA  (10/25/17) 10-4pm

For more information, contact Tamika M Brown, email:


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Peralta Colleges Stand with DACA Students

6 September 2017

After the election of President Donald Trump, the District Board of Trustees took a very active stance supporting our Undocumented Students and all students who had reasons to be concerned about any potential unjust actions of the Trump administration.  Today, we are saddened that the administration has taken the position to end, within six months, the protection provided by DACA.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that represents the decency of America. DACA protects children who were brought to this country and who have grown up as Americans in all the sense of the word. Often called “dreamers,” these children have been integrated into the culture of our schools and have embraced our values: America is their country. DACA students have demonstrated their commitment to be productive citizens and to keep our country strong and great.  Some have served in our military, some have earned degrees, and many have filled jobs that in our country that has strengthened our economy. We recognize the many accomplishments of DACA students and acknowledge their role in our democracy and their contributions to our society: they are lawyers, physicians, teachers—they are productive members of our communities.


At Peralta, we have hundreds of students who fit the DACA category, and they are among the best citizens we have.  The Trump administration’s abrupt decision to end DACA is unwise and appeals to a political base that has proven out of step with the majority of America. For this reason, we need to do everything we can to provide the immediate support needed for our students.  In fact, community colleges throughout the State of California are stepping up to be supportive of all DACA students.


The Peralta Community College District is committed to supporting DACA students in the best way we can and are committed to the following actions:

  • We will schedule legal workshops at the Colleges as soon as possible so that DACA students can learn about their rights and seek legal protection.
  • We will advocate through Congress and the White House to develop a permanent, fair, humane, and smart solution to making every “dreamer” a documented and respected citizen of the United States.
  • We will encourage our local legislators and community leaders to join us in lending their public support to this effort.
  • We will assure that all PCCD students– and especially the DACA students– know they are not alone in these troubling times.
  • Most importantly, our students need to know that their Faculty, the Staff, the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the College Presidents are watching out for them and that everyone in the United States is protected by the U.S. Constitution. The rights of DACA students are not exceptions to these protections. 
  • As part of our commitment, we want all to know that the District:
  • Will not allow federal immigration officials on campus absent legal authority;
  • Will not act on behalf of federal agencies to enforce immigration laws or aid in deportation;
  • Will not share student records containing confidential information without written consent, a court order or other legal mandate, and,
  • Will not allow College police to participate in any voluntary program of immigration enforcement.


PCCD remains deeply committed to all of our students and will do everything we can to ensure their success and safety. Currently, we are witnessing a troubling period in our history and we will do everything in our power to win back the values and ideals that make our country the beacon of hope and opportunity for the entire world.


Finally, we aim to beat the deadline to end DACA that has been thrust upon us. There are presently two bills before Congress (one of which is bi-partisan), which would preserve DACA; therefore, Congress is not starting from scratch and hope is not lost:  1.) the Bridge Act was introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on December 9, 2016, and co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Durbin, Murkowski, Flake and Schumer.  2.) the American Hope Act was introduced by Representative Gutierrez on July 28, 2017, and has 116 Democratic co-sponsors. The legislative process could result in a successful bi-partisan effort supporting the Bridge Act, which is currently before the Judiciary Committee, or the American Hope Act.  We are not giving up hope to continue to support DACA!



Julina Bonilla, Board President, Peralta Community College District

Jowel Laguerre, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Rowena Tomaneng, President, Berkeley City College

Timothy Karas, President, College of Alameda

Tammeil Gilkerson, President, Laney College

Marie-Elaine Burns, President, Merritt College

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Peralta News: A look at Peralta Colleges classes starting today

21 August 2017

Engineering and science students can take transferable physics courses this fall at College of Alameda.

Check out the latest Community News column in the East Bay Times which highlights some of the many upcoming classes at the Peralta Colleges including Cybersecurity at Merritt College, Introduction to Sociology at Laney College, physics classes at the College of Alameda that meet the transfer requirements for California State University and the UC campuses, and, in collaboration with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and Strength and Berkeley Underground Scholars, Berkeley City College is offering a unique evening class this fall, “Strength From Roots.”


Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College, Uncategorized

Peralta News: At Peralta Colleges, summer a surprisingly busy time

7 August 2017

Laney College women’s track and field team

Check out the latest Community News column in the East Bay Times which highlights summer activities at all four of our Peralta Campuses

“Just as summer school ebbs and fall classes seem way out there over the horizon somewhere, we find ourselves in the middle of summer with the slow season upon us.

But there is never a dull moment at our local community colleges — Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on during the summer at the East Bay’s Peralta Colleges.”


Filed under: Academic Excellence, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College

Merritt College 2017 Valedictorian Asmita Neupane

20 June 2017

Coming to Merritt College from her home country of Nepal, Asmita Neupane is one of two Valedictorians at Merritt College earning 4.0 GPAs. She received an Associates Degree in Health Sciences with the goal of becoming a nurse. She supplements her classwork by volunteering at San Leandro Hospital. Congratulations!

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2017 College of Alameda Salutatorian + Peralta Valedictorian Speeches

15 June 2017


Esther Pillitiere, Salutatorian for the College of Alameda graduating class of 2017, brings her message of inspiration and hope to the Peralta College Board of Trustees.


On the Peralta Youtube page, you can view the commencement speeches given by each of the college valedictorians

Merritt College 2017 Valedictorian Asmita Neupane

Berkeley City College 2017 Valedictorian Patrick Kruger

Laney College 2017 Valedictorian Pauline Johnson

College of Alameda 2017 Valedictorian Fudhah Al Khafaji


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Merritt College Honors its Valedictorians and Salutatorian

30 May 2017

High-Achieving Valedictorians and Salutatorian Highlight Merritt College’s 62nd Annual Commencement


With the theme, “Moving In, Moving Through, Moving On,” Merritt College celebrated its 62nd Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 24. Out of a total of more than 900 students who received associate degrees or certificates or who will be transferring on to further their education, more than 350 participated in the ceremony. Honored during the ceremony were two valedictorians and the Salutatorian, all introduced by Dr. Jeffrey Lamb, Vice President for Instruction.


Valedictorian Asmita Neupane

Valedictorian Asmita Neupane came to Merritt from her home country of Nepal. She achieved a 4.0 in her studies and received an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences with her ultimate dream goal of becoming a nurse. She is currently getting experience by volunteering at San Leandro Hospital.

Valedictorian Anya Elizabeth Edwards majored in Administration of Justice and graduated with an Associate in Science for Transfer Degree with a 4.0 GPA. She will be transferring to Cal State East Bay and in the future plans to work in the law enforcement field.


Salutatorian Bernice Diaz Estrada

Salutatorian Berenice Diaz Estrada was born and raised in Oakland and graduated from Oakland High School. She came to Merritt because of the excellent reputation of the Radiologic Science Program and is hoping to start the program soon. In the meantime, she has earned Associate Degrees in both Health Sciences and Natural Sciences and a Certificate in Teacher Assistant. She graduated with a 3.96 GPA.

Commencement Speaker Dr. Siri Brown, a passionate and committed educator at Merritt who is currently serving as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, gave a truly inspirational speech honoring the graduates for their successes no matter how long it took, how many challenges they had to face, or how many people may have discouraged them.

For the first time, Merritt’s newly appointed president, Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, presided over the ceremony.

“It is an honor to have participated in this year’s Commencement ceremony and be surrounded by all of the students who worked so hard to get to this point,” says President Burns. “Whether they are getting associate degrees, certificates, or transferring, we are proudly looking forward to watching them achieve success beyond college and demonstrating how much Merritt College has changed their lives.”

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C-Direct TV: Marta Zielke

23 May 2017


After leaving war-torn El Salvador for a better life in the United States, Marta Zielke used her passion for Psychology to become a counselor at Merritt College. After many years, she continues to help students find and reach their dreams at Merritt College, and pulls from her experience growing up throughout Latin America to help diverse Latino students navigate our Peralta Colleges. Chancellor Laguerre recognizes the hard and valuable service she provides to our students every day.

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Peralta News: Merritt College Cybersecurity

18 May 2017


Looking to start or find a new career? There are many reasons to look into the field of cybersecurity at Merritt. Cybersecurity is one of the FASTEST-GROWING careers in the country.

Merritt’s fully accredited program can lead you on a career path toward working in software (Applications) or hardware (Infrastructure) – you can earn an Associate’s Degree in Applications and Infrastructure in just two years.

You will be team-taught by industry experts, professionals and college instructors in a hybrid format, there are virtual lab assignments using online NETLAB+. The last three class terms are a combination of class lectures and labs as well as paid internships at local Bay Area companies to extend classroom learning and assistance landing a FULL-TIME JOB! In addition, the college offers employment workshops to prepare for internship interviewing and placement as well as access to the college’s Career Institute & Job Center.

For further details on the cybersecurity program at Merritt College, please visit:…

Questions? Contact Courtney Brown, Faculty or Program Coordinator, Anita M. Black:

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C-Direct TV: Tony Hampton

16 May 2017


Continuing our series of conversations with outstanding employees, Chancellor Laguerre joins Network Support Service Specialist Tony Hampton in the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health building up at Merritt College. Tasked with supporting the growing number of Smart Classrooms, he works behind the scenes to make sure technology works to support learning at Merritt College.

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