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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.


Chemeketa offering service learning in Oaxaca, Mexico

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Service learning in Oaxaca MexicoChemeketa Community College will sponsor a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico this June. Participants with attend six classes during spring term to study and prepare for the trip. The class sessions give an overview of international development work practices. The program includes 4 college credits in humanities.

Trip leader Cecelia Monto says, “The trip is an excellent opportunity for future teachers and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of global issues.”

Participants will engage in meaningful community service with the community residing in Oaxaca’s garbage dump. There will also be four levels of Spanish classes available, from beginner to advanced.

The trip is affiliated with the local agency Friends of Pimpollo and is open to the community as well as students. Cost of the trip is $2,000 all inclusive (tuition, air, lodging, activities).

A free information session will be held on February 15, 6 pm, at Chemeketa Salem Building 9, Room 104.

For more information, email cecelia.monto@chemeketa.edu or call 503-399- 6564 or Chemeketa International Programs, at international@chemeketa.edu or 503-399- 5141.


Stream the Storm and never miss a home game

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Cheer on our Storm volleyball, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball teams from the comfort of your own home. Live streaming and on-demand videos of all athletic home games are on Chemeketa Media Space thanks to a partnership between the Chemeketa Studio, Library and Online departments.

Streaming home games has been particularly helpful for athletes’ families and friends who can’t travel to games. The Chemeketa Studio hopes to grow its coverage to include softball and soccer.

For more information on this and other activities, visit Chemeketa Studio’s Facebook page. Access the live-stream, on-demand and athletics schedule below.

Live streaming

Games on-demand

Athletics schedule


Safe Zone offers inclusive space for all students

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Holiday potlucks, a wall of encouragement, Friday movie nights— Chemeketa’s student Safe Zone might be the closest thing to a dorm commons on Salem’s campus.

The Safe Zone is a multi-purpose space for students, providing academic, social and emotional support for the college community. Perhaps most importantly, the Safe Zone provides a place of acceptance for our diverse student body—including our LGBTQ+ community and anyone facing personal hardships or struggling to find acceptance.

“One thing that we see all too often is that things that are outside of the schools control affect student success far more than anything else,” said one student visitor. “This space has really become a place students can use to escape that which might otherwise negatively affect their success.”

This includes student concerns regarding the Presidential election. “The staff remain politically neutral but supportive to what the students are saying and expressing,” the student said.

While the goals of the Safe Zone are serious, the atmosphere in the space is light-hearted and comfortable.

“A new person came in the other day. They were quiet and mostly listened, but they laughed a lot. We’re pretty funny,” said Riss, a second year student pursuing a transfer degree.

Another student agreed, saying the Safe Zone is a good place to relax and get to know people. “A friend dragged me in here and I never left,” he said.

If you or anyone you know feels isolated or fearful of judgement, please consider visiting the Safe Zone.


The Safe Zone & Student Resource Center

Resources available to all students—

  • Support from student leaders, including connections to college resources
  • Computer and no-cost printing for college assignments
  • Microwave and fridge

Bldg. 2, Rm. 229 (Salem campus)
Monday, 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday-Friday 8 am-7 pm

* Some names redacted to protect the anonymity of students.


Disaster Behavioral Health workshop at Eola Feb. 8 & 9

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Experiencing or witnessing a disaster can seize the emotional well-being of survivors and first-responders in a paralyzing grip. What is a disturbing headline for people removed from the incident can be a life-changing trauma for participants. Regrettably events like the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, the flooding in Turner, the wildfires across Oregon, or the Oso mudslide in Washington State press upon us the cold truth that we should not expect to be exempt from danger.

We can learn from people who have been forced to think about the unthinkable. Chemeketa’s Threat Management Resources program is sponsoring a two-day workshop to prepare us to recover and support the healing of others affected by tragedy –

Disaster Behavioral Health
Leading and Moving Forward
February 8-9, 2017
Northwest Wine Studies Center
Chemeketa Eola

Featured speakers include Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, a Sandy Hook Elementary teacher and Kristina Anderson, who survived the Virginia Tech shooting.

Presentations will include –

  • Learning from Umpqua Community College
  • Psychological first aid
  • Disaster aftermath, grief and emotional impact
  • Belief systems and disaster: spirituality, faith and belief
  • Cross-cultural considerations and unique populations
  • Resources for collaboration

Chemeketa’s Rebecca Bolante, director of Threat Management Resources suggests the content of the workshop will benefit professionals working in –

  • School counselling
  • Risk management
  • Psychology
  • First response
  • College counselling
  • Emergency planning
  • Disaster relief
  • Religious organizations

Participation costs $395 and 15 continuing education units are available. To register or get more information, call 503.399.8179. Learn more about Chemeketa Threat Management Resources on its website.


Urton family establishes re-entry scholarship

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Urton family establishes scholarshipTed and Jan Urton have established a scholarship fund with the Chemeketa Foundation to support educating students who are ex-criminal offenders. They contributed $25,000 to launch the Urton Family Re-entry scholarship fund.

This is not their first act of generosity. The Urtons worked in South Korea as Peace Corps volunteers and adopted their first child there. They subsequently adopted two more children upon their return to Oregon.  One of them, Zachary, came to live with the Urtons when he was two. By middle school Zachary was in trouble with the law and was incarcerated in state juvenile detention facilities.  When he turned 18, Zachary finished up his juvenile sentence in adult jail and was released.

He was not prepared to succeed outside. Jan Urton describes a beloved son seldom able to stay out of trouble. Now 35, Zachary has spent almost 17 years of his life behind bars.

“His longest stretch out was 4 years,” said Jan.

Zachary is one of 14,655 inmates in an Oregon corrections facility. The average number of inmates released each month is 434. In Oregon, 26% of released offenders are convicted of a new felony within three years according to data supplied by the Oregon Department of Corrections.

The Urtons suggest there are many structural and societal challenges that make it difficult for ex-offenders to succeed outside.  It’s hard to find a job or a place to live. Sometimes the terms of their release makes it tough for them to have a normal life. There are undiagnosed drug dependency and mental health issues that can come into play. The Urton’s personal experience led them to fund the scholarship.

“We asked ourselves,” said Ted, “what is the primary source of hope in a community? It’s the community college. A Chemeketa education can get these people back on the path of hope.”

The Urtons urge anyone interested in contributing to the re-entry scholarship to contact the Chemeketa Foundation at 503.365.4747.

“If one or two people can get out and make it because of this scholarship, that would be very gratifying,” says Ted.