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Peralta Matters – Cybersecurity at Merritt College

5 April 2016

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Check out the new Cybersecurity Program at Merritt College! This program helps students get the skills they need to enter this growing field. Computer Information Systems Department Chair Courtney Brown describes the development of this program with industry partners to train the workforce that is needed in this growing field. First Cohort Student Andy Bittner recalls the excitement of their team’s participation in the National Cyber League competition. George Papandreopoulos describes some of the human elements and risks related to cybersecurity. And Cybersecurity Club President Dashobeam Harris talks about the supportive community he found while pursuing a long term dream.

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    Cuban First Secretary Speaks at Merritt College

    7 March 2016

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    The first secretary of the newly reestablished Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C., Miguel Fraga, will hold an important conversation with the Merritt College community on Wednesday, March 9, at noon in the Student Lounge (R Building, Room 110). The First Secretary’s talk is entitled, “Has U.S. Policy Really Changed,” and is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Office of the President at (510) 436-2416.

     

     

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      Merritt College’s New, Unique Africana Center

      2 February 2016

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      What better way to start Black History Month than by visiting Merritt College’s New Africana Studies Community Research Center, led by African American Studies Department Chair Siri Brown.

      The Department of African American Studies at Merritt College has completed a unique Africana Studies Community Research Center that houses an originally designed curriculum to be used on ipads and/or computers.  The curriculum comprises of interactive museum-quality learning modules where students can engage through visual, touch screen and e-portfolio lessons about African American history. The modules are multilayered high impact visual installments produced by award winning filmmakers and graphic designers.

      The center is fully ADA compliant for hearing and visually impaired learners and accessible in Spanish.

      The Africana Center includes a Black Family Research Specialist who works with students 2 days a week to train them on genealogy processes.  Students work on their own family histories through interviewing elders, archival research and DNA testing to create portfolios to enhance academic skills and enrich families with more information about their history.

      For more information, visit http://www.merritt.edu/wp/afram/

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        Peralta Matters – The Barbara Lee Center for Science and Allied Health, Part 1

        2 December 2015

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        Our next two episodes of Peralta Matters highlight the crowning jewel of our recent facilities construction projects, the Barbara Lee Center for Science and Allied Health. Our guest host, Chancellor Jowel C Laguerre, Ph.D., speaks first to student Kayla Pelletier, a successful registered nurse assistant who came back to Merritt College to increase her skills and further her career. And Biology Professor Hank Fabian describes some of the programs housed in this state-of-the-art facility, including our cutting edge Genomics program. To give you a bigger picture, we’ve included promos of other programs that are now housed in this beautiful, newly-opened facility.

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          Peralta News – Grand Opening Barbara Lee Science & Allied Health Center

          23 November 2015

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          The Peralta Community College District celebrated a historic groundbreaking ceremony for the new Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center at Merritt College. The new building is one of the most advanced science centers at a community college in California. A letter from President Obama acknowledging the grand opening was read as part of the ceremonies celebrating this new building.

          The building includes cutting edge technology and the latest in sustainable, or green, building advances. The 107,292-square foot building will house Merritt College’s sciences, genomics, nursing and nutrition departments.

          For the full speech, click here.

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            Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center Grand Opening Friday at Merritt College

            2 November 2015

            peralta_science_2Join US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Peralta Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., and Merritt College President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz for the grand opening of the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center this Friday at Merritt College. The Peralta Colleges will unveil the region’s newest health and allied sciences building, which will allow facility to have the tools they need to provide state of the art science/technology instruction to our students.

            A letter from President Obama acknowledging the grand opening will be read as part of the ceremonies and tours of the facility by science faculty and students will be provided. Join in at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The event is free and open to the public!

             

            What: Grand Opening of the Barbara Lee Health and Allied Science Building, one the most advanced facilities in the region.

            When: Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:30 AM

            Where: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619

            Who: US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Peralta CDD Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Merritt College President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz

             

            Background: With over 60,000 square feet of dedicated space for science and technology, the Barbara Lee Health and Science building, located at Merritt College, will be the region’s newest epicenter for innovation in science and technology.

            As part of the Peralta Community College District’s commitment to provide access to the region’s student population, in addition to the District’s student population, the health and science building will be made available to local high school students. Merritt College has developed a concurrent enrollment program with local high schools where students will be able to enroll in academic courses at the college.

            The Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center is a new four story building, totaling approximately 110,000 square feet. The majority of the building is dedicated to programs in the Sciences and Allied Health but additionally includes Mathematics and Business Technology as well. Each department area has been designed to not only anticipate but to encourage growth within each field for the future of the Merritt Campus.

            This architectural design of this building and the state of the art equipment chosen for this facility was established to essentially have something for everyone. To accomplish this the design was aimed at achieving a number of goals, in particular enhancing the student learning environment, promoting the growth of the departments and energizing the campus as a whole.

            As the theme of this building is for the Sciences and Allied Heath, There is a specialized screen that goes across the south and west face of the building. The basis of this screen is derived from Mitochondria DNA. Mitochondria DNA, or mtDNA, is distinct from general human DNA, as they are the structures within human cells that convert food to energy in useful form. The twenty-eight screen panels are a graphic representations of the mtDNA sequence that is almost identical in every human being.

            In theme with the building, the exposed spiral staircase in the center of the building has been designed as a double-helix staircase to mirror the graphic representation of the mtDNA screen and to show case both formats scientist look at DNA.

            At various locations throughout the building, there are a number of public common areas for students and faculty to freely interact. These common areas have an open environment within the building to encourage active learning in an environment that is not limited to just the classroom, but in their day to day life interactions.

            The state of the art technology and furniture included in this building was specifically chosen to again enhance the learning environment for students and faculty. This ranges from interactive projectors in each classroom and lab, top of the line equipment specifically chosen by each department, and even to the student desks and chairs with the adjustability for left and right handed students.

             

            Read more about the science programs offered at Merritt College here: Barbara Lee Center Program Descriptions 10-28-15

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              Peralta Community College District Receives $500,000 Grant For Career Technical Education

              26 October 2015

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              CTEOAKLAND, Calif., October 26, 2015 On Tuesday, October 20, at its regular meeting, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District authorized the acceptance of a Career Technical Education (CTE) Enhancement Fund sub-grant of $505,052 (40% allocation) from Cabrillo Community College District, which is the Bay Area Community College Consortium’s (BACCC) fiscal agent that is responsible for the distribution of CTE Enhancement Funds from the California Community College State Chancellor’s Office.

              The Career Technical Education (CTE) Enhancement Fund was created by a one-time allocation from the state’s FY 2014-15 budget for California Community Colleges. The purpose is to develop, enhance, retool and expand quality career technical education offerings that build upon an existing community college regional capacity to respond to local labor market needs.

              Acceptance of funds by each of The Peralta Colleges (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland) from the CTE Enhancement Allocation will greatly enrich the educational mission of the district that serves the cities of Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.

              Many of its over 30,000 students attend the Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Merritt College and Laney College – in order to pursue certificates in Career Technical Education and fast-track to the every-changing job market.

              This sub-grant will make a significant difference in the quantity and variety of CTE classes offered by the four-college district.

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                Please join us in dedicating the Barbara Lee for Science and Allied Health Center

                20 October 2015

                lee dedication-email.qxdFriday, November 6 at Merritt College. RSVP at (510) 436-2416 or email merrittevents@peralta.edu

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                  Peralta Matters – 2015 New Faculty, Part 2

                  13 October 2015

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                  In our second episode highlighting some of the new full-time faculty that joined us this year, we meet Courtney Brown, Computer Science Instructor at Merritt College, displaying his enthusiasm for the new Cyber Security program they have created. Next up, Berkeley City College Counselor Catherine Nichols tells her story, from Vista student, through various departments and roles, and now a new full-time counselor. And finally, Reginald Constant, new Public Services Librarian at Laney College, explains his work and approach to helping our students get the most out of college.

                  Did you miss Part 1? See it here.

                    Filed under: Berkeley City College, Laney College, Merritt College, Peralta Matters, Peralta News. Tagged: , , , , ,

                    Peralta Colleges Participate in EducationUSA Expo in Japan

                    12 October 2015

                    Ambassador Kennedy speaking at EducationUSA EXPOThe Office of International Education for the Peralta Community College District – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA Expo, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, last month.

                    Drew Gephart, Peralta’s Designated School Official, attended the Expo on behalf of the Peralta Colleges, and connected with Japanese educational institutions and promoted the Peralta Colleges’ programs to prospective international students.

                    EducationUSA is a global network of advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and assists in connecting U.S. institutions of higher education with partner colleges and universities around the world.

                    Gephart also attended a reception to network with Japanese counterparts and met the United States Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy (pictured at the Expo), at her residence in Tokyo. Ambassador Kennedy has launched the TeamUp campaign, which aims to increase student mobility by promoting strategic partnerships between U.S. and Japanese colleges and universities.

                    “Peralta’s Office of International Education looks forward to expanding the educational exchange between the U.S. and Japan by working closely with the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Department of State and the EducationUSA centers in Japan,” said Sean R. Brooke, Director of International Education for the Peralta Colleges.

                    The United States Embassy in Tokyo hosted the Expo in cooperation with the Japan Network for International Education, and the Expo featured a reception, college fair and information seminars for institutions and prospective students. The U.S. Embassy provided the Peralta Colleges the opportunity to attend the free Expo to promote their colleges as a premier destination for Japanese students interested in international education.

                     

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                      Peralta News – Law Enforcement Pre-Academy at Merritt College

                      5 October 2015

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                      Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was one of the many special guest speakers at the press conference held on September 4 to announce the Administration of Justice’s (AJ) new Law Enforcement Pre-Academy starting fall 2015.

                      This 13-week series of courses is the brainchild of Margaret Dixon, head of the AJ Program, who is thrilled to see it finally happen and excited to have former OPD Police Chief Howard Jordan coordinating it and OPD and Sheriff’s Department personnel teaching in it. “This is a rare chance for potential police officers to get up to speed on the physical aspects and knowledge necessary to be successful in a police academy,” she says. “Our instructors offer decades of experience in the field to pass on to the students.”

                      For the full press conference coverage, click here.

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                        Peralta Matters – 2015 New Faculty, Part 1

                        24 September 2015

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                        For the next 2 episodes of Peralta Matters, we are talking to new faculty at our four colleges. In this episode, meet Monique Inciarte, newly hired faculty in the Legal and Community Interpreting Department at Laney College, as she explains the opportunities in this growing field. Next up, Greg Schartz, new Geography instructor at both Laney College and College of Alameda, relates his experience teaching online classes. Bashir Shah, Merritt College Business Faculty, describes what it takes to succeed in business today. And Charity Clay, new Sociology professor at Merritt College, explains her courses and motivations.

                        See Part 2 here.

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                          Classes Start August 24 – Enroll Now!

                          7 August 2015

                          Our mobile-friendly class schedule makes it easy choose the classes you need at any of our four East Bay colleges. Visit http://bit.ly/PeraltaFallSchedule2015 to see all the classes offered at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College.

                          Then go to http://bit.ly/PeraltaColleges to apply and enroll. It’s that simple to get the classes you want at the Peralta Colleges.  

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                            Enroll Now for the 2015 Fall Semester

                            2 July 2015

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                            Fall semester begins August 24.

                            Enroll TODAY before classes fill up!

                            > CONTINUING STUDENTS ENROLL HERE <

                            > NEW AND FORMER STUDENTS APPLY HERE <

                            > VIEW OUR INTERACTIVE FALL SCHEDULE HERE <

                            Have questions? Click here for a list of contact numbers!

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                              Arts & Culture – Native American Blessing

                              10 June 2015

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                              Merritt College hosted the ‘Native American Blessing’ event in honor of our Native American & Indigenous students. It was an amazing event filled with food, drumming, song and dance. Tables and booths offering information on higher education and organizations lined the hallways. If you missed the event, here is your chance to see it!

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