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Award-winning author hosts writing workshop

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

This week, Chemeketa welcomes award-winning author Karen Karbo as host to a book reading and Chemeketa Writes workshop.

Karen is author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: Julia Child RulesHow Georgia Became O’KeeffeThe Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How to Hepburn.

Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, written about the last year she spent with her father before his death, won awards from New York Times, People Magazine and Oregon Book Awards. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in ElleVogueEsquireOutside, the New York and other magazines and she was recently one of 24 writers awarded an Amtrak Residency.

For more information on these event, e-mail

Thursday, Februrary 4, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery

Chemeketa Writes
Workshop with author Karen Karbo
Saturday, February 6, 10 am -2:50 pm
Building 9, Room 111
$15- Register using CRN 55848 or bring your checkbook

Workshop on applying for jobs at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Looking to take the next step in your career at Chemeketa? Brush up on your job search skills at a workshop this January.

Each workshop will cover-

  • The job application process at Chemeketa
  • Optimizing your application, resume and cover letter
  • Interview skills demonstration

Workshop: Understanding the Job Application Process at Chemeketa
Wednesday​, ​February 10
5:30 pm – ​7:30 ​pm
Building ​9​, ​R​oom 11​7​


Help paying for college

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s scholarship season at Chemeketa so don’t miss getting your share of free money for college.

Chemeketa Foundation scholarships

Any student admitted to Chemeketa is eligible to apply for a Chemeketa Foundation scholarship. Last year nearly 500 scholarships were awarded, and one in four students who applied received money.

The application process is easy. Fill out one form and you’re eligible for over 100 scholarships. Lots of applicants finish in 30 minutes, so there is no reason to put off making your case for cash.

The application deadline is March 31, 2016. Visit the Chemeketa Foundation website to find out how to apply.

Oregon Promise grant

March 1, 2016 is the deadline for submitting your application to have the State of Oregon pay some or all of your community college tuition. High school students graduating this spring or anyone completing their GED in spring or summer are eligible. Visit the Oregon Promise website for more information.

Exito scholarship

Build Exito is a Portland State University program to support students interested in pursuing research careers in –

  • Biomedical science
  • Behavioral science
  • Health science
  • Social science

This three-year program begins during the sophomore year of college.  For more information visit the Build Exito website or contact Adam Privitera.

Apply now for fall term 2016

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s a new year and you’re on your way to enrolling as a college student. Not sure where to start? Now is the time to begin Chemeketa’s admission process if you plan to attend fall 2016.



Here’s how to get started-







  • Check your My Chemeketa account and submit any additional requirements for financial aid



  • Register for classes in My Chemeketa
  • Accept your financial aid award letter


  • Attend new student preview day
  • Classes begin late September

Additional enrollment details are available online for students transfering to Chemeketa and international students.

For more information about admissions call 503.399.5006 or e-mail

You’re invited to Chemeketa Reads book discussions

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Students, staff and community members are welcome to join Chemeketa Reads book discussions and share their experience reading Spare Parts by Joshua Davis, an inspiring tale of four undocumented high school underdogs competing in a robotics competition against some of the nation’s brightest and wealthiest college students.

Since 2006, Chemeketa Reads has served as a community reading project, allowing its participants to enjoy a shared experience of reading, thinking and enjoying the same book. Each year a central theme with core and supplemental titles is chosen, a model of community reading projects offered through public libraries and institutions of higher learning nationwide.

Additional Chemeketa Reads discussions on Reaching Out and Breaking Through, both by Francisco Jimenez, are planned for winter and spring terms. All Chemeketa Reads books are 30% off in Chemeketa’s Bookstore.

Book discussions

  • Wednesday, February 3, 10:30-11:30 am – Library lounge, Bldg. 9 second floor
  • Thursday, February 11, 3:30-4:30 pm – Multicultural Center, Bldg. 2, Rm. 176 (Salem)
  • Friday, February 26, 1:30-2:30 pm – Library lounge, Bldg. 9 second floor

Book list

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshua Davis

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
by Reyna Grande

Reaching Out
by Francisco Jimenez

Breaking Through
by Francisco Jimenez

College Goal Oregon in Salem Jan. 9

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

College Goal Oregon at Chemeketa

Students working on getting money for college can get free help this weekend at Chemeketa Community College to navigate federal student aid and scholarship paperwork.

College Goal Oregon is set to take place from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Salem campus (Bldg. 6, Rms. 202 and 217)

Experts will be on-hand to help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other scholarship applications.

All are invited, whether you are a high school student or non-traditional student returning to school. You do not have to be planning to enroll at Chemeketa to get help.

Students are encouraged to have a parent come along, if possible. All the following documents should also be brought to help fill out the forms:

  • Federal tax return. If you haven’t filed taxes yet, you can estimate.
  • Current value of assets (cash, checking, savings, investments, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers of student and parents (if any)
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

For more information on College Goal Oregon, check out their website at


Chemeketa Storm – Fall 2015 in review

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Storm athletics - Fall in reviewThe fall sports season of the Northwest Athletic Conference was a particularly strong one for the Chemeketa Storm.

That strength was seen in on-field success, playoff qualifications, and numerous individual honors for athletes and coaches.

Women’s volleyball

The Storm had a very strong regular season, going undefeated against their NWAC South competition to receive a high seed going into the NWAC championships in Tacoma.

After a win over Colubmia Basin in the first day of the tournament, Chemeketa struggled in their second day, falling to Tacoma and Clark and were eliminated, finishing the season with an overall record of 37-4.

In individual honors, Marandah Boeder of Albany was named South Region MVP. Katrina Zens of Canby and Madison Ross of Harrisburg were named to South Region First Team, while Tory Bennett of Eugene was named to the South Region Second Team.

Boeder and Zens also received national honors. Boeder was named First Team All-American, while Zens was named Second Team All-American. All-Americans honors are named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Head Coach Traci Stephenson was named South Region Coach of the Year.

Men’s soccer

The Storm men’s soccer squad picked a good time to get hot – the end of the season. In fact, Chemeketa finished off the regular season with six straight wins to finish second in the NWAC South. That success continued in the playoffs, as Chemeketa beat Columbia Basin in the first round, then upset #1 ranked Highline in penalty kicks to qualify for the NWAC Final Four, where the Storm fell in the semifinals to eventual champion Peninsula.

Chemeketa finished the year with a record of 12-5-2.

In individual honors, Elvis Pavon of Eugene was named South Region MVP. Pavon, Gustavo Mendoza of Aloha, Jorge Rico of Salem, Igor Hubenya of Albany and Ariel Barrientos of Albany were named to the North-South regional All-Star team.

Coach Oscar Monteblanco was named Co-Coach of the Year in the South Region.

Women’s soccer

Like the men, the Storm women’s soccer team ended their regular season strong as well, winning four of the last six matches to earn the third and final playoff spot in the South region, although they fell in the first round of the playoffs 2-1 to a tough North Idaho squad.

Chemeketa finished the season with a record of 10-6-2.

Eve Ponce of Salem was named to the North-South regional All-Star team.

Academic Excellence honors were given to McKenna Kendall of Salem, Holly Martinez-Moorman of Salem, Alex VanAmburgh of Salem and Naomi Wasser of Salem.

Sign up for new college alert system

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sign up for emergency alertsOur new system for college closures and emergency notifications requires everyone to sign up even if you recently did so. The reason we are switching messaging systems is that we want to bring you the best and most reliable messaging possible. This has required a switch from our current text messaging system to a new one.

We are not moving your cell phone or email information from the old system to the new one. Both the old system and the new system will be in use for several weeks, but starting winter term we will only send messages via the new system.

Follow these steps so you don’t miss out on college closure or email alerts–

  1. Log in to My Chemeketa
  2. Open the “Services” tab
  3. Click on the “Notifications” tab
  4. Follow the directions on the page

If you have questions about this new system, please contact the IT Help Desk at 503.399.7899.

Dec. 5 workshop on applying for jobs at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Looking to take the next step in your career with a job at Chemeketa? Learn tips for your job search at a workshop Saturday, December 5.


The workshop will cover-

  • The job application process at Chemeketa
  • Optimizing your application, resume and cover letter
  • Interview skills demonstration

Workshop: Understanding the Job Application Process at Chemeketa
Saturday, December 5, 2015
10- 11:30 am
Building 3, Room 116

Meet alumna Fabiola Regla Ramos

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

When you think of reasons that might prohibit one from reaching their educational potential, what comes to mind? Do language barriers, domestic violence, family obligations or homelessness make your list?

For Fabiola Regla Ramos, it wasn’t one but all of these setbacks that slowed her progress—but she refused to let them break her spirit. Now Fabiola is a role model for those experiencing similar obstacles and, perhaps more importantly, for her son and daughter.

Born and raised in Comala, Colima Mexico, Fabiola was brought to the U.S. against her wishes at the age of 14. Though she spoke no English, she was placed into mainstream classes due to a lack of school resources. It wasn’t long before she failed her classes, dropped out of high school and ran away to elope with her boyfriend.

But life didn’t turn out how she had hoped. “I suffered domestic violence for many years,” Fabiola recalls. “First at the hands of my own father, then in foster care and finally at the hands of my husband.” When her ex-husband turned his physical abuse to her son, Fabiola gained the courage to leave and take a chance at a better life for her children and herself.

For nine months, Fabiola and her kids were homeless, living in a shelter while her divorce was finalized. She took this time to find a job and a place to live, finding work as a waitress. While she enjoyed the job, she quickly discovered it couldn’t support the needs of her family.

“I started thinking of ways in which I could improve my opportunities,” says Fabiola. “I wanted something more, but I wasn’t sure what exactly. I only knew I wanted a job that had a purpose. My drive was to create a better future for my kids.”

Her local Worksource office changed her life, helping her build a resume and connecting her with a program that paid for her GED classes and a CNA certification at Chemeketa. She took the leap and returned to school 10 years after she had dropped out.

“When I started taking GED classes I had the choice of taking them in Spanish, but I wanted to challenge myself and took the classes and the exams in English,”says Fabiola. “I knew that learning how to write and read in English was essential in order to provide my kids with a better future.”

It took nine months for Fabiola to obtain her GED and CNA through Chemeketa. She credits the support of counselors, staff, tutors and teachers for helping her change her life.

“I had a wonderful experience and felt like I was a part of something big for the first time,” Fabiola recalls. “I had tasted knowledge and I was hungry for more.”

She went on to earn her associate degree and is now enrolled at Western Oregon University planning to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology in the spring of 2016.

“I was once an adolescent who felt out of place and had no hope or dreams for the future,” Fabiola recalls. “Now I have become a better parent and I have a job that serves a purpose, a job that allows me to help people in a position I once was.”

Fabiola works as a teacher assistant for the Spanish GED for Chemeketa’s Dallas center and volunteers as an advocate for equality and human rights at Voz Hispana and she was selected as a guest speaker for Oregon’s 2015 GED Summit. Her five-year plan includes getting a master’s degree in Social work, buying a home and starting a savings account for her kids’ college education.

“I am thankful and proud of the opportunities I seized and I look forward many more to come,” she says. “I will never forget that all it took was to take a chance, a chance to go back to school to obtain a GED. Knowledge set me free—and there’s no stopping me now.”