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

Melissa Ceresa

Melissa Ceresa


Program Specialist

(408) 741-4694



Academic Service

2013 - Present EOPS/CARE  Specialist

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

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

2011 - 2013, Vice President, West Valley Classified Senate 

2006 - 2011, Senator, West Valley Classified Senate

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


Courses Taught

Getting Green by Going Green: Strategies for Saving Money and Earning Rebates for the Energy Efficient and Fuel Conscious Consumer.



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 Activities

Melissa joined the EOPS Department in April 2013 where she will be overseeing the PAL Academy and CARE Program. Prior to EOPS, Melissa began her career at West Valley College in March of 2000, contributing to the evolution of the ATTE's training, community relations and student intern programs. Melissa is responsible for grant implementation, legislative outreach, training development, curriculum modification, and content on the ATTE's iTunesU and social media pages. She works with the ATTE team to develop new training solutions, market ATTE programs, procure funding, and provide enrollment and career guidance to students and job-seekers. Melissa advises the ATTE's K-12 activities and coordinates public educational events to advocate training programs for sustainable fuels, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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