The Community Services program at Merced College has been an integral part of the College’s commitment to provide education, enrichment, and adventure to the community. The Community Services Program offers:
- Fee-based classes to district residents interested in studying specific interests and enrichment areas.
- Special programs for children and young adults during the summer session, known as College for Kids classes, sports camps, and swimming as well as throughout the year in our Kids Corner.
- Trips and tours to museums, historic sites, sporting events, and cultural events or performances in other areas of California. Nominal fees are charged to offset the cost of the events and transportation. Escorted tours to locations throughout the world are also offered each year.
- Traffic Safety School, licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, for adults and juveniles. With permission from the court of jurisdiction, taking this course will prevent your citation from appearing on your record. Traffic School Online, in English and in Spanish, is also available.
For more information about Community Services, call (209) 384-6224 or visit www.mercedcommunityservices.com.
Career Advancement Academy (CAA)
The Career Advancement Academy (CAA) also known as the Employer- Focused Training Center (ETC) is dedicated to meeting the needs of employees and job seekers interested in short-term vocational training. Courses available include the Technical Office Occupations (TOO) program and the Medical Assistant (MA) program. In addition, the Medical Assistant Program prepares students for the California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA-AC) exam. Both of these programs are located at the Merced College Business Resource Center in downtown Merced. For more information about CAA, call (209) 386-6738 or visit www.mercedcollegecaa.org.
Center for International Trade Development (CITD)-Global Trade & Logistics (GT&L)
The CITDs enhance the competitive strength of California business in the international marketplace and support international trade development in their local and regional communities. The network has existing working relationships with local, industry, federal and international partners, and has contractual relationships with the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, US Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Education, Business and International Education Programs. CITD serves over 2000 California businesses annually and offers the following value-added services:
- Individualized assistance to help existing companies and new ventures strategically evaluate and pursue international business opportunities
- International business conferences, workshops, and seminars designed to provide information and tools to help enterprises and organizations capitalize on global business
- Reference and referral services for specific customs, regulatory, and operational challenges
- International matchmaking services to include introducing California companies to potential trading partners through overseas trade missions, hosting of inbound delegations, and trade lead distribution
- Assist community colleges in internationalizing their curricula and developing specialized programs and courses in international trade to help prepare California’s workforce to compete and contribute in the global economy.
The Global Trade and Logistics (GT&L) Program is hosted at Merced Community College District to serve the Central Mother Lode Region of Central California to support the following sector specific objectives:
- Expand the number of colleges offering global course content
- Expose more students to the global business and workplace environment
- Arm incumbent workers with an industry recognized credential to make them more globally competitive
- Promote exports which creates and supports high paying jobs, and helps with layoff aversion
To learn more, phone (209) 384-5892.
Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism / Learn & Earn (RHTLE)
Merced College hosts the Central and Mother Lode region’s Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism industries from San Joaquin to Kern as well as Amador to Inyo Counties. The RHTLE DSN acts as a facilitator within all three of these economic sub-sectors, connecting industry employers with incumbent worker training and pipeline development with students within the public education system. The RHTLE DSN acts as a central point of contact for the sector within the region, offering a wide variety of workforce and educational resources in support of the statewide “Doing What Matters - for Jobs and the Economy” campaign (part of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office). For more information about RHTLE DSN, call (209) 386-6734 or visit www.doingwhatmatters.cccco.eduor or www.centralvalley-motherloderht.org.
Workplace Learning Resource Center
The Workplace Learning Resource Center (WpLRC) provides Contract Education training to local employers in the greater Merced area with customized training, leadership, and development programs. The trainings offered are soft skills, manager/supervisory, technical, and certification skills that employees can immediately apply to their job upon completion of the training. Since its inception in 1994, the WpLRC has increased Merced College’s capacity to deliver training services to regional businesses, industry partners, and individuals through research, in-service training, and the development and implementation of innovative training options. The WpLRC supports essential elements of the California Community College Mission and Goals, which is to advance California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through education, training, and services that contribute to continuous workforce improvement.
For more information about WpLRC, call (209) 386-6733 or visit www.mercedworkplacecenter.org.