Line between work and life blurred long ago for Merced College alumnus

Line between work and life blurred long ago for Merced College alumnus

For California Highway Patrol Sergeant Luis Lara, success means living in his hometown with good health, a good family and a good job. Having all three allows him to do good for his community, as well. "It was great growing up in this area, and it's a great community to work in," the Merced College alumnus said. "I also want this area to be the best it can be. My family and friends and colleagues live here. It's good to give back. I need to give back. It's what I enjoy most about living here." Read More

Puente Program molds students for academic success

Puente Program molds students for academic success

For educationally underserved students in California, the Puente Program can uncover paths to a college degree. For the Rojas brothers of Delhi, it's more personal than that. All three participated in the innovative program, which launched in California community colleges in 1981, while attending Merced College. All three credit the experience with unlocking doors to bright futures. Read More

Culinary arts students doing brisk, tasty business on campus food truck

Culinary arts students doing brisk, tasty business on campus food truck

It's 11 a.m. on a Thursday. You're on the north side of campus and too far from the cafeteria for a full lunch break. Three months ago you would have gone hungry. Now, when you're peckish and pressed for time, head to the vocational building parking lot. There you can purchase something yummy to eat at the Chef Shack, Merced College's first student-operated food truck. Read More

Military experience led to meaningful career for MC alumnus

Military experience led to meaningful career for MC alumnus

DeVon Hilliard was the only medical technician that day over a decade ago during a medical transport flight out of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. His role was accompanying injured soldiers home, from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to Travis AFB and then to bases in San Diego, Hawaii and Alaska. Read More

'Strong and Vibrant' Merced College Continues to Innovate

'Strong and Vibrant' Merced College Continues to Innovate

In his first State of the College Address since the pre-pandemic days of 2019, Merced College President Chris Vitelli touted the importance of a family-like culture, strong relationships and community partnerships to the college's ability to innovate and evolve through great challenges. Read More

After remodel, learning center begins new era of helping students

After remodel, learning center begins new era of helping students

The two-story structure known as the Downey Learning Resource Center has been a student hub and the jewel of the Merced College campus since it was built in 2007. Read More

Untraditional path benefits young Merced College alum

Untraditional path benefits young Merced College alum

John Espinosa's Merced College story is ongoing. It started nearly a decade ago when he left Atwater High a year and a half early to attend Merced College. The current chapter began three years ago with a job as a lab technician on the college's Los Banos Campus. Read More