Chemeketa’s 57th annual graduation ceremony will be held at 6 pm, Tuesday, June 17 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion (2330 17th Street NE, Salem). Free parking is available in the lot off Sunnyview Road near 17th Street NE. Tickets are required.
Nearly 800 students of post-secondary degree and certificate programs, Winema High School and high school equivalency and general equivalency programs will be awarded diplomas.
More information on the 2014 graduation can be found here or by calling 503.399.6588.
The Chemeketa Board of Education voted May 21 to appoint Julie Huckestein interim president of the community college district. In announcing her appointment, the Board stated that leadership in the accreditation renewal process and college budget are clear priorities for next year. Huckestein will assume her new role July 1 after current president Cheryl Roberts departs to become president of Shoreline Community College in Seattle.
Huckestein is a 13-year veteran of the college who currently serves as vice president for college support services and chief financial officer.
“We have complete confidence in Julie to lead Chemeketa through this transition. The college is in good hands,” said Chemeketa board chairperson, Ed Dodson.
Huckestein said her interim presidency will build on Chemeketa’s strengths. “We have a clear priority on teaching and learning, a stable financial situation and dedicated members of our Board of Education, faculty and staff,” she said.
Huckestein will not be a candidate for the permanent position. The search for Chemeketa’s next district president will begin with college and community forums in the fall to gather input on the attributes to seek in a successful candidate. Chemeketa intends to open the application process before winter. A search committee comprised of board members, faculty, staff, students and community representatives is expected to begin screening candidates in early 2015. The Board will interview finalists and hopes to announce Chemeketa’s next district president in spring of 2015.
The Chemeketa Board of Education voted last night to authorize issuing the final $14 million of the $92 million general obligation bonds voters approved with a majority vote in 2008. Additionally, Chemeketa anticipates that it will save taxpayers an estimated $2.3 million by refinancing the original debt at a lower rate and paying off the obligation a year early.
Chemeketa has used proceeds from the bonds to construct new facilities in Brooks, McMinnville and Salem. The final phase of the building program will be an applied technology classroom building on the Salem campus. That project breaks ground this summer and will open to students fall of 2015. The applied technology classroom building will house training programs for technicians preparing to work in emerging industries.