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Untraditional path benefits Merced College alum who returned to area

By Luciana Chavez 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. Espinosa could again use Merced College as a springboard…

Blue Devil Alumni Driving New Paramedic Training Program

By Luciana Chavez City of Merced Fire Chief Derek Parker was just a volunteer administering shots to Merced County residents when he met Merced College President Chris Vitelli at the school’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic back in February. It was a quick exchange, Vitelli shaking Parker’s hand and saying, “Hey, if you ever want to partner up on…

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