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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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: http://www.merritt.edu/wp/securitypro…

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

courtneybrown@peralta.edu
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C-Direct TV: Tony Hampton

16 May 2017

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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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Peralta News: Merritt College Pruning Club

12 May 2017

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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: http://merrittlandhort.com

To sign up for classes or for general information about the Peralta College District, please visit: http://web.peralta.edu

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Academic Excellence: Bridge to Healthcare Careers at Merritt College

20 April 2017

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Academic Excellence: Bridge to Healthcare Careers at Merritt College

The healthcare sector is bursting with opportunity and Merritt College is here to give you what you need to succeed in our ‘Bridge to Healthcare Careers’ program!

The ‘Bridge to Healthcare Careers’ program will introduce students to healthcare careers as well as give the skills to succeed in college courses. It is geared toward those 18 and over who have a high school diploma or GED, unemployed or laid off, or are re-entry students, veterans, or those looking to change from a routine job to a professional career.

Participants take important life-skills classes like communications, college success, and CPR, as well as get hands-on experiences in a wide variety of Merritt’s healthcare training programs including:

Medical Assisting
Nursing
Radiologic Technician
Histotechnician
EMT
Dietician

Students also receive case-management style support, lunch, and other services.

Full tuition scholarships available with program eligibility! Eligible students can receive additional support through WIOA enrollment.

For more information on the “Bridge to Healthcare Careers” program, please visit: http://www.merritt.edu/wp/blog/bridge…

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Faculty Spotlight: Merritt College’s Jason Seals

13 April 2017

Jason I Class photoAs coordinator of this year’s Black History Month activities, Jason Seals drew speakers from the Oakland community where he grew up. Many of the authors, teachers, leaders, activists, and artists who spoke to the Merritt community had either mentored him or helped shape his future in some way.

Jason credits their influence with who he is today: a newly tenured faculty member, instructor, and chair of African-American Studies Program at Merritt College. As he talks about the decisions he made early on, he knows that his life could have turned out very differently if it hadn’t been for the people who had influenced him the most—starting with the one living right there in his home growing up.

“My mother was a single parent raising me in Oakland when it was the murder capital of the world,” he says. “Most of my friends were getting into trouble and I could have walked left or walked right. But my mother always wanted me to go to college and always told me to be the best I could be, and I never forgot that. It was because of her that I went in the right direction.”

While at San Jose State University studying sociology, he got connected with Leadership Excellence, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering African-American youth for social and personal change (now called Flourish Agenda) that would jumpstart his career.

“I held every position working with kids, from basketball coach to camp director, and I also worked in the YMCA, mental health organizations, and juvenile hall while I was in college,” says Jason. “Being in those environments began to shape my love for working with youth.”

He also could empathize with many of the youth he was working with, knowing how easily his life could have turned out the same way.

“My father was incarcerated for the first 10 years of my life,” says Jason. “One of the hardest lessons to learn without a man in your life is how to become a man.” Jason says he could identify with the boys he worked with, adding, “I never looked at their case files because I didn’t want to be influenced by what they’d done. I just wanted to see the good in them.”

Through all of his experience and education, Jason also realized how much he loved to teach. So after completing a master’s program in Africana Studies on a full scholarship from CUNY, Albany, he packed up his Volkswagen, drove home, and started his career as a “freeway flyer,” teaching part-time at colleges scattered all over the Bay Area.

Jason was introduced to teaching at Merritt College in 2007 by an acquaintance named Siri Brown who asked him to teach a high-school dual-enrollment class in “Racism in America” at Skyline High School. And, after following that class with several more off- and on-campus, Jason was hooked. He became full-time at Merritt in 2013.

“I loved the students at Merritt, and I became passionate about developing my own style as a teacher to help them,” he says. “ I respect the fact that most students here have other responsibilities in addition to getting an education. They want to be here but they have ten other things on their plate. So we need to take that into account but also have high expectations for students. So it’s a balancing act. But overall I want to create a safe space for the students. Because if they don’t feel safe, how do they learn?”

In his role as department chair, Jason sees one of his strengths as working and helping the community where he grew up. “I want to address some of the disparities on this campus and in the community and create a pipeline for our young people who don’t think they can go to college,” he says. “If they can develop skills and cultivate leadership in their communities, they will be more likely to say ‘I have a future,’ instead of foregoing success for doing something they will regret.”

 

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Peralta Colleges Receive Clean Bill of Health Overall on Accreditation

8 February 2017

PCCD_AnnouncementThe Peralta Community College District has received a “clean bill of health” overall from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

The ACCJC reported that Berkeley City College has been removed from “warning” status. College of Alameda was removed from “probation” Laney College’s sanctions were reduced to one “warning,” the lowest level of ACCJC sanction. Merritt College was removed from “probation” and also reduced to one “warning” sanction.

“The accreditation teams at all of the Peralta Colleges worked hard to address the ACCJC’s recommendations,” said Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “Accreditation work is always ongoing as continuous evaluation is central to maintaining the ACCJC Standards. I am confident that all of our Colleges will continue to meet these high standards.”

“Thousands of students graduate with community college degrees and occupational certificates every semester from the Peralta Colleges. We continue to provide affordable, quality education,” Chancellor Laguerre added.

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Merritt College Nursing Program Named No. 1 in California

31 January 2017

Nursing award photo copyCongratulations are in order for the Nursing Program at Merritt College which was recently ranked the No. 1 RN program in the state by registerednursing.org.

The honor is based on the pass rates of the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council of Licensure Examination) which is the standardized exam that is used to license professional nurses in the state.

Merritt College, one of the four Peralta Colleges serving the East Bay, is proud to report that its Nursing Program has had an average 99% NCLEX “pass rate” for the past several years. Out of the 126 nursing schools in California, Merritt College was named No. 1 from the top 50 that were ranked.

“This is a wonderful acknowledgement for our program,” says Program Director Dawn Williams. “Our faculty is passionate about our students, the instruction we provide, and public safety. This honor is a testimony to the rigor and effectiveness of our program that our students are able to perform so well on their state board exams and will go on to successful careers contributing to the community.”

Shortly after the announcement was made, the Nursing office was flooded with congratulatory messages from all over the Merritt campus, starting from Interim President Marie-Elaine Burns and including Counselor Etna Ross who summarized everyone’s sentiments by writing, “I am daily impressed with the quality of the nursing program, the competencies of the people who are running it, and the department’s commitment to continually maintaining high standards and diversity and producing outstanding nurses.”

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