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NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETINGS

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Chemeketa Community College, Marion County, State of Oregon, to receive the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.  The meeting will take place on the 12th day of April at 7:00 p.m.  The purpose is to receive the budget message and document of the district.  A copy of the budget document may be inspected on or after April 12, 2017 at the Chemeketa Community College Library, second floor of Building 9 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

An additional Budget Committee meeting will take place on April 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to receive additional budget information, deliberate and take public comment.  The meeting will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.  This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place.  Any person may appear at the April 19th meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.  The notice of Budget Committee meetings is also published at:  http://www.chemeketa.edu.

 

Julie Huckestein

Budget Officer


Chemeketa named EarthWISE Business of the Year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa was honored at this year’s EarthWISE Business of the Year during the Mid-Valley Green Awards on March 11.

The award is given to a local business that best continues its efforts to reduce their environmental impacts and improving their progress on the criteria that gave them EarthWISE certification. EarthWISE is a program though Marion County that gives certification to businesses that have adopted environmentally-friendly practices.

Among the efforts noted in Chemeketa receiving the award include–

  • Dedicating more than 7,000 square feet to housing surplus property, which is repaired, repurposed or recycled
  • 19 bottle filtration stations at the Salem Campus water fountains which has kept over half a million plastic water bottles out of landfills
  • LED lighting remodels, including in parking lots

 


Scholarships for Oregon Latinos alumni honored

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

A reception honoring former recipients of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos (SOL) was held at the Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry the evening of March 1. Participants shared stories and the audience was updated on the need to replenish the scholarship fund.

“Our SOL alumni described how they overcame their struggles because of support they received from the scholarship and mentoring,” said Chemeketa Foundation Director Nancy Duncan. “It was incredibly inspiring,” she added.

SOL was funded in 1995 when community members The Hon. Joseph V. Ochoa, George Puentes Sr., Lydia Muñiz, Michael Muñiz, Ricardo Baez, and Daniel P. Santos pooled resources to honor the memory of George Puentes Jr.

The scholarship involves a mentoring component and requires community service which many of the former students spoke about having changed their lives. The scholarship is for full-time students transferring to a university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.

SOL co-founder Lydia Muñiz made a $5,000 matching pledge at the reception. She will match any donation up to $5,000 through March. Email or call the Chemeketa Foundation at 503.365.4747 for more information.


Winter Music Concert March 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter Concert March 14Spend an evening with the talented students of Chemeketa’s music department during the Winter Music Concert.

The concert is set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 13 in the Building 6 Auditorium and will feature all four of the department’s musical groups–

  • Chemeketa Concert Choir
  • Chemeketa Concert Band
  • Chemeketa Strings Orchestra
  • ChemekApella

The performances will conclude with a combined work featuring all four ensembles performing “Sea to Shining Sea”, a piece based on “America the Beautiful”

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.

 


Chemeketa to increase tuition and fees for 2017-2018 year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa to increase tuition and feesThe Chemeketa Board of Education voted unanimously at its February 22 meeting to increase the cost of taking classes in the 2017-2018 school year.

Starting summer term, Chemeketa students who are Oregon residents will pay either $4 or $5 more in tuition and $1 more in fees per credit based on the state Legislature’s funding of community colleges.

Chemeketa’s in-state students currently pay a total of $94 per credit in tuition and fees. Should the Legislature fund community colleges at $550 million or less, Chemeketa’s in-state students will pay $100 per credit in tuition and fees. If the State appropriation exceeds $550 million, students will be charged $99 per credit in tuition and fees.

International and out-of-state students will see comparable tuition hikes.

The college has not raised its tuition and fees for four years which places Chemeketa as the lowest-priced community college in Oregon. The Governor proposed a community college budget of $550 million which does not address increased operating costs, so Chemeketa will use the tuition and fee increase to maintain current service levels.

“I always hate to burden our students but with the anticipated shortfall from the State, we don’t have other options,” said Diane Watson, Board of Education member.


Grant provides STEM exploration day for high schoolers

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On February 16, U-STEM, Chemeketa’s first STEM exploration day, welcomed nearly 100 students from 12 area high schools. Students attended interactive workshops in computing, machining, robotics and drafting. Workshop demonstrations included–

Machining: Precision metal parts production
Students received hands-on experience with manual milling, lathe and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining as well as a demonstration of the virtual machining software designed by Chemeketa’s partner DMG MORI Academy.

Drafting: Design, scan and 3D print

Students participated a hands-on lab with 3D modeling and printing and learned how Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) professional use it in their line of work.

Robotics: Robot hydraulic arm build

Students learned how robotics mixes engineering and computer science and the field’s applications in many of today’s industries. In addition to a hands-on demo with Baxter, teams built hydraulic robotic arms and received a kit to take home to build their own.

Students play fetch with Baxter the robot

 

Computing: Smartphone application production

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems teamed up to show students software that reveals hidden information contained in photos taken and shared from their phones and got the opportunity to build their own app.

 

Students learn about the hidden information contained in their smart phone photos

 

This event was made possible by a $152,236 grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Education. This grant will continue to fund increased recruitment, retention and support efforts for females and other underrepresented students interested in STEM programs and careers.


Artist-in-residence Oran in gallery through March 17

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Roberto Oran in art galleryThe Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is a long way from making sculptures on a brother’s dining room table.

But Roberto Oran made that journey, and the gallery’s 2016 Artist in Residence is now showing off his work in the show Microcosmus Marinus, now showing in the gallery through March 17.

“This is my way to give back,” Oran, who is also a Chemeketa graduate, said during a reception Feb. 15.

Oran grew up in a small town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where as a child he had to share pencils with his siblings because his family could not afford otherwise.

“The only way for me to draw was inside my head, with my imagination,” Oran said in his artists statement.

Oran came to the US when he was 16 and was further inspired by ceramics class at West Salem High.

Microcosmus Marinus featured drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculpture pieces focused around aquatic life and the environment. Oran used recycled clay from his pieces, which was tougher to work with.

“Some of my best pieces didn’t make it,” he said.

Oran is working on many projects in the area showcasing the journey of the Latino immigrant community and to give voice to its part in the Willamette Valley’s culture.

“I am honored to represent a people who have worked so hard to accomplish their dreams, and who inspire me to do the same,” he said.

The hours of the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery can be found on its website.


Professional Development Day in Woodburn Feb. 27

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Professional Development Day Feb. 27Businesses will have a chance to invest in students and veterans in the community during the Professional Development Day event at Chemeketa Community College’s Woodburn Center on Feb. 27.

Different than a job fair, Professional Development Day encourages businesses to seek out students looking not just for employment but job training, apprenticeships and education training to develop a career.

The event will feature an orientation from 9 to 10 a.m. with presentations currently scheduled from the Oregon National Guard, Oregon State Police, Key Bank and the U.S. Forest Service.

An expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will have representatives from 20 businesses available to talk to students and veterans.

The event is sponsored by Chemeketa Veterans Services. If a business has questions about the event, contact Jon Terrazas, Chemeketa’s veterans coordinator, at 503.589.7702.


TRiO offers free college-prep resources for 6-12 grade students

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s never too soon to start supporting your family’s college-going culture– and Chemeketa’s TRiO programs are here to help.

At Chemeketa, TRiO includes two pre-college programs, Talent Search and Upward Bound, as well as a program for college students. All programs have the goal of helping students overcome financial, class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

TRiO’s latest resource is School Shelf, a free resources for middle and high school students and their parents which includes materials on-

  • Academic success
  • Student development
  • College preparation
  • Career planning
  • Parent involvement (in English and Spanish)

For more information on this and other TRiO services, visit Chemeketa’s TRiO site.


Chemeketa, DMG Mori enter educational partnership

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa signs partnership with DMG MoriFurthering educational opportunities for students through technology was the theme when Chemeketa Community College signed an agreement for an educational partnership between itself, the college’s machining technology program and DMG Mori at the Salem campus on Feb. 2.

DMG Mori is a global manufacturer of machines, tools and software used in the machining field.

“We are partnering with a world-class company,” said Johnny Mack, Chemeketa’s executive dean of career and technical education.

Sheldon Schnider, machining instructor, said in conjunction with the partnership, Chemeketa has been recognized by DMG Mori as one of only five regional education centers of excellence in the country.

Also, Chemeketa now has the company’s 3-D simulation software, which will allow students to test out the code they’ve written before getting onto actual machines, reducing machine crashes.

The excellence of Chemeketa’s program and the workers it is turning out was recognized during the ceremony by Marlow Knabach, DMG Mori’s chief technology officer.

“What you have through these doors is what drew me into the industry,” Knabach said of Chemeketa’s machining labs.

President Julie Huckestein said one of the proudest moments for the college outside of graduation is when partnerships like the one with DMG Mori can be celebrated.

“It’s pretty easy with this (machining) program to be proud of it,” Huckestein said.