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Chemeketa signs onto climate action committment

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

President Roberts sign climate committmentChemeketa Community College will undertake a goal of reducing the college’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero after President Cheryl Roberts signed a commitment document.

Chemeketa joined 680 other colleges and universities as signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The commitment was signed April 15 during a Pizza & Politics event in the Student Center on the Salem campus.

“We believe this commitment is the best way to move our college sustainability policy into operations,” said Roberts, “because it gives us clear measures and a better structure for making progress. We have reasonable benchmarks and timeframes to work with, and we are already doing much of what the commitment calls for.”

“At Chemeketa, we make promises and commitments to the community,” Roberts added.

The commitment calls on the college to initiate a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible, take an inventory of the college’s current greenhouse gas emissions and start tangible actions to reduce the college’s greenhouse gas emissions while the comprehensive plan is under development.

The comprehensive plan, which the college will have two years to complete, will include a target date for the college’s operations to be climate-neutral, make climate neutrality and sustainability part of the college’s curriculum, and put mechanism in place for tracking the college’s progress on goals and actions.

All of these documents and progress reports will be submitted to the ACUPCC, where they will be made publicly available.

More information on the ACUPCC can be found at

Horticulture plant sale April 1-June 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Please join us for our annual plant sale, a fundraiser to support hands-on learning opportunities for Chemeketa’s Horticulture program. The plant sale will be held in the greenhouse at Chemeketa’s Salem campus Tuesday-Friday, April 1-June 13.

During April, kale, lettuce, Bok Choy, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach and other cool-crop vegetables will be available for purchase. In May and June, warm-crop vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, winter squash, melons, green beans and peppers will be be sold.  Also available are fresh herbs and spices including basil, chamomile, dill, cilantro, parsley, lemon balm, cinnamon and stevia.

Community members are invited to attend and parking is reserved for plant sale customers; guests can follow signs to the red lot and park near the greenhouse.

Horticulture Program Plant Sale
April 1-June 13
9 am-3 pm
Sales outside these hours by appointment only

Special Sale Days
Wednesday, April 2, 9 am-3 pm &
Wednesday, May 7, 9 am-3 pm
Plant sale located outdoors between the Bookstore and Building 2

For more information call 503.315.4586.

Notice of Budget Committee meetings

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Notice of Budget Committee meetingsA 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, 2014 to June 30, 2015 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem. The meeting will take place on the 9th 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 10, 2014 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 16, 2014 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 meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

Cheryl Roberts
Budget Officer

ALERT: Saturday LSAT and ACT testing cancelled

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

LSAT and ACT cancelledThe Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and ACT tests scheduled to take place at Chemeketa Community College this Saturday, Feb. 8, have been cancelled due to expected severe weather in the Salem Area.

Apply for scholarships now through Mar.31

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Now is the time to submit your application for Chemeketa scholarships. To complete your scholarship application login to My Chemeketa. Application deadline is March 31.



Types of scholarships available-

  • Merit-based
  • Need-based
  • Degree- or program-specific
  • Community service and school involvement

More than $400,000 in scholarship dollars will be awarded to students for the 2014-15 school year. More information is available at or by calling 503.365.4747.


Apply now for fall term 2014

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 2014.




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 transfer and international students.

For more information about admissions call 503.399.5006 or e-mail


Oregon Transfer Days coming to Chemeketa campuses

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Transfer Days 2012

Chemeketa students can explore the offerings of more than 20 public and private universities during the annual Oregon Transfer Days events at both the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses.

Started in 2007 to assist community college students in transferring to four-year schools, Oregon Transfer Days brings admissions and recruitment professionals from all seven of Oregon’s public universities along with private and out-of-state universities to all 17 of the state’s community colleges.

In addition, information on the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship program will be available.

The tour of colleges is organized by a task force from the Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ORACRAO).

Event dates and times are as follows-

  • Salem Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Tuesday, January 21, Student Center (Building 2)
  • Yamhill Valley Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Wednesday, January 22, Building 1.

For more information on Oregon Transfer Days, visit the event’s page on ORACRAO’s website at


Financial aid & scholarship help in Salem, Yamhill Valley Jan. 11

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Students working on getting money for college can get free help navigating federal student aid and scholarship paperwork at College Goal Oregon, to be held 9 am to 2 pm, Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Chemeketa Community College.

Experts will be available to help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship applications at both the Salem (Bldg. 6) and Yamhill Valley (Bldg. 1) campuses.

All are invited, whether you are a high school student or are returning to college. High school students are encouraged to have a parent come along, if possible. You do not have to be planning to enroll at Chemeketa to get help.

All the following documents should 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)

Find more information on College Goal Oregon at

CIS 101 challenge exam information

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

CIS 101 challenge examThe popular Chemeketa course CIS 101, Introduction to Microcomputer Applications, is one of the many courses at the college available to be challenged for credit through a paid examination. CIS 101 is either a requirement or prerequisite for over 20 Chemeketa programs.

If you want to challenge CIS 101 for credit, you only receive one attempt to take the exam to challenge the course. To successfully pass, you should have the knowledge to do the following-

  1. Identify basic microcomputer hardware terminology associated with input, output, processing and storage
  2. Identify and use basic microcomputer software and information processing vocabulary
  3. Use Windows Explorer for basic file and directory/folder management
  4. Describe word processing concepts to create, edit and save a document
  5. Identify spreadsheet concepts and follow instructions to create, edit and save a worksheet
  6. Identify database concepts, follow instructions to create, edit and save a basic database
  7. Identify presentation concepts to create, save and run a presentation
  8. Distinguish the appropriate applications for a given task
  9. Define the ethical implications and role of technology in business and in society
  10. Utilize the Internet for communication and information access

To challenge the course, you must complete a Challenge Exam application from the Testing Services office in Building 2, Room 101 on the Salem campus. Once the form is completed, turn it in to Testing Services, pay a $45 exam fee and schedule a time to take the exam.

If you pass the exam with a suitable grade, you can receive credit for CIS 101 by registering for the class with a provided CRN and paying the tuition and fees.

For additional information on challenging courses for credit, please consult this document from Testing Services.

New students: Register for your required student advising session

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

New student advisingChemeketa is offering new student advising sessions for students planning to start winter term.

Advising is a valuable first step for students to attain their college goals. Advising is required before new students can register for winter term classes.

Register for a new student advising session here.