West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Melissa Ceresa


Melissa Ceresa


EOPS/CARE

Program Specialist

(408) 741-4694

melissa.ceresa@westvalley.edu

EOPS Office 

Institutional Service

2013 - Present, EOPS/CARE Specialist

2011 - Present, Vice President, West Valley College Classified Senate

2006 - 2011, Senator, West Valley College Classified Senate

2006 - 2008, Director, West Valley Summer College for Kids

2000 - 2013, Program Specialist,  Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy

June 2003 to July 2005, Instructor West Valley Summer College for Kids

Committees

2008 - Present, Professional Development/All College Day Committee

2012 - 2013 Veterans Task Force

2012 - 2013 Adviser, Interior Design Club

2011 - 2013 Sustainability Committee

Courses Taught

Getting Green by Going Green: Strategies for the Energy Efficient and Fuel Conscious Consumer

College for Kids: Renewable Energy & Alternative Fuels; Black & White Photography; Team Sports; Cooking for Kids

Education Bio

Melissa studied Child Development and completed the IGETC path at Foothill and De Anza Colleges before transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz. At UC Santa Cruz, Melissa focused on education, public policy, and social justice issues while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.

Professional Bio

Melissa joined the EOPS Department in April 2013 as a Program Specialist. She oversees the PAL Academy, Student Tutors and CARE Program. Melissa performs outreach and works to recruit students and provide opportunities for their academic success.

As the current Vice President of the WVC Classified Staff, Melissa is the Chair of the Senate's Professional Development Committee and Co-Chair of the All College Day Committee.

Melissa began her career at West Valley College in March of 2000 with the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy (ATTE). In this role, Melissa was responsible for grant implementation, legislative outreach, training development, curriculum modification, and content on the ATTE's iTunesU and social media pages. She worked with the ATTE team to evolve the ATTE's training, community relations and student intern programs. Additionally, she worked to develop and market new training programs, procure funding, and provide enrollment and career guidance to students and job-seekers. Melissa advised the ATTE's K-12 activities and coordinated public educational events to advocate training programs for sustainable fuels, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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