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Monthly Archives: December 2013

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.