Merritt College President's Report

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Merritt College Pre-Collegiate Academy

Merritt College is excited to welcome back to our campus the Pre-Collegiate Academy. In 1991, the East Bay Consortium, in collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Merritt College, instituted the Pre-Collegiate Academy (PCA), as a program specifically designed for students in Oakland middle and secondary schools. The PCA was established to remedy the growing number of students from low socio-economic backgrounds who were not qualifying for admission to higher educational institutions.

 As such, the PCA aims to increase the numbers by strengthening students’ mathematical skills through summer enrichment courses and support services offered during the academic year. Merritt College has two administrators serving on the Board of Directors for the East Bay Consortium: Dr. Lilia Chavez, Vice President of Student Services, and Ree'shemah Thornton, Dean of Enrollment Services. Merritt is so pleased that this partnership is back to hosting these students on campus!


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Merritt College Establishes Partnership with Black Girls in Blazers, Inc

Maria Spencer, the Merritt College Outreach Lead, has established a partnership between the college and Black Girls in Blazers, Inc. Founded by Ms. Felicia Harris, the organization is committed to offering young African American women practical solutions to everyday challenges. Understanding that Black girls are often stereotyped as being loud, overbearing, and hyper-sexualized, Black Girls in Blazers is committed to countering this narrative by providing opportunities for professional and personal development, while emphasizing the importance of self-confidence and accountability. Specifically, the collaboration will include creating an academic pathway to Merritt for all the participants in the program through customized dual enrollment classes. In addition, Merritt College will launch a College Expo that will showcase career education programs for its members. Finally, Merritt will work with the organization through the NextUp Program to provide support services to their foster youth.


Merritt College Enrollment Snapshot

At more than two weeks into the Summer 2022 Session, the enrollment picture for the term is coming into sharper focus now that many students have been moved from the waiting lists into their sections, while others have dropped courses as Summer Session has moved past the census date. As of Friday, June 23, Merritt College has a Resident FTES of 293.41 (which is 83.2% of the projected enrollment target). The productivity stands at 14.41 (which is slightly above the Districtwide average.



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, June 28, 2022. To view as a pdf, click here.

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