Merritt College President's Report: April 13, 2021

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Merritt College Receives Report from U.S. Department of Education

Merritt College is pleased to report that it has been notified by the U.S. Department of Education, Minority Serving, and Under-Resourced Schools Division that we have done everything at the college-level to implement their recommendations outlined in the Virtual Title IV Technical Assistance Report submitted on October 22nd, 2020. They also commended the leadership of VPSS Lilia Chavez and Financial Aid Director Ernesto Nery for bringing the college into compliance in less than six months. In fact, the DOE specifically congratulated Merritt for our “excellent work, great leadership, and commitment to ensuring the implementation and administration of Federal regulations and Title IV funds to maintain compliance.” There is still work to be done in collaboration with the District Office, and we understand that meeting all financial aid eligibility requirements is imperative. But we are extremely proud of the progress we have made in such a short amount of time.


Merritt College: Careers Start Here


Over the past several weeks Merritt College has partnered with Aerotek, a staffing and recruiting company, to put on a series of successful career fairs in various fields. Led by our Career Education Counselor Sara Alturk, the Health Fairs gave forty students the opportunity to have individual 15–20-minute sessions to discuss job openings, receive feedback on their résumés, and connect with employers such as Kaiser, Sutter Health, and Highland Hospital. The next fair will focus on careers in the field of Child Development and will take place on Friday, April 16. If you know of any students who would like to participate please have them email Sara right away (


Merritt College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

ptk_logo_rgb_vert_sqMerritt College wants to give a special shout out to Beta Theta Lambda — Merritt’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. At the California/Nevada Regional Convention, Beta Theta Lambda was recognized as a “Four Star Chapter” (and Merritt’s sights are set on becoming a Five Star Chapter next year after we complete a college- wide Honors in Action Project- which combines academic research, problem solving, and action-oriented service to address real-world challenges). Merritt College would also like to give kudos to Chapter President Ms. Stephanie Mutialu for becoming the first member of Beta Theta Lambda to be appointed as an officer in the Regional Alumni Association. Finally, I want to express my appreciation to chapter adviser Barbara Dimopoulos, and co- advisers Mary Ciddio, Doris Hankins, and Jamila Saleh for their tireless efforts.


Merritt Welcomes New Dean of Enrollment Services

Merritt College would like to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Ree’sheemah Thornton, who just started her tenure here at Merritt as the Dean of Enrollment Services. We all understand the importance of increasing the number of students we bring to the College (as well as keeping them enrolled once they arrive) so the Merritt community looks forward to supporting and working alongside of her.


This article is taken from the President’s Report, written by Dr. David M. Johnson, Merritt College President, that was presented to the PCCD Board of Trustees during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

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