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

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

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

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

2006 - 2011, Senator, West Valley College 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 as a Program Specialist. She oversees the PAL Academy and CARE Program, works to recruit students and provide opportunities for their academic success. Melissa began her career at West Valley College in March of 2000 with the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy (ATTE). 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 evove the ATTE's training, community relations and student intern programs, 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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