Merritt College President's Report

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Merritt College Partners with Oakland City Councilmember for Event

On Saturday, October 30th Merritt College partnered with Oakland City Councilmember Loren Taylor to sponsor the Trunk or Treat in the East event at Liberation Lot in East Oakland (@73rd Avenue and Foothill Blvd). 

Along with several businesses and organizations (including East Oakland Collective, the Oakland Fire Department, Homies Empowerment, and Bay Area Classic Cars), Merritt donated funds (and candy) to help underwrite the costs for this free community event. Hundreds of family members showed up to enjoy the food vendors, the roller-skating rink, face painting, music, dancing, and the classic car show. Given all of the negative news that so often is associated with our city, it was refreshing and inspiring to experience an event that was safe, fun, and brought out so many of our diverse Oakland residents.  

Merritt College VP of Administrative Services Attends CCC Conference

During the last week of October, Vice President of Instruction Denise Richardson and Vice President of Administrative Services Garth Kwiecien attended the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers Conference and the Association of Chief Business Officers Fall Conference respectively. They returned with pertinent information and new perspectives on how we can address such significant issues as budget uncertainties at the state level, and student housing planning projects. With regard to addressing declining enrollment and improving student success, the college is enthusiastic about VP Richardson’s ideas about how to bring renewed focus to promoting Credit for Prior learning, Non-Credit Pathways, the California Virtual Campus (CVC), as well as fully embracing AB 1460 - the Ethnic Studies Requirement that is impacting transfer alignment. So stay tuned!


Important Merritt College Celebrations for the Month of November

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Merritt recaps and announces two important celebrations for this month:

On November 1 and 2, Merritt College classified professional staff members, faculty, students, and administrators observed Día de los Muertos. For those who are not familiar, every year on November 1st (All Saints Day) and November 2nd (All Souls Day) celebrants focus on remembering family members and friends who have passed away. Although Día de los Muertos had to be observed virtually this year, it was still as poignant and powerful as ever.

On Tuesday, November 23, Merritt College will host a pre-Thanksgiving Grab-and-Go event at the campus. The college will be providing students with a hot meal, PPE, and program/registration information, and there will be a DJ to keep us entertained. All participants will be screened according to District Policies, and we will practice social distancing.


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, November 9, 2021. Click here to view as a PDF

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