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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Marijuana prohibited at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Marijuana prohibited at ChemeketaWhile Oregon legalized the recreational use of marijuana July 1, the use of marijuana will remain prohibited on property owned or operated by Chemeketa Community College.

Furthermore, being under the influence of marijuana is not allowed on property owned or operated by Chemeketa.

Engineering student awarded Ford Family Scholarship

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From groundskeeper to Ford Scholar, Jesse Ulibarri’s college experience has been one of tremendous growth – and he’s not stopping anytime soon.

A homeschooled student raised in Silverton, Jesse felt well-prepared academically and developed a deep interest in math and science. Despite his love of learning, the idea of attending a large public college was intimating and Jesse wasn’t sure he was ready.

It took two years working at water system company and as a landscaper to realize he didn’t want to be a laborer or serviceman all his life.

“I like working with my hands but I was bored. I wanted to put my math and science skills to work,” Jesse recalls. “I heard Chemeketa’s Engineering program would give me a good head start at a degree and career in the field.”

Jesse credits Chemeketa for not only surpassing his expectations but for providing experiences that prepared him for the next chapter of his educational journey – transferring to Oregon State University’s College of Engineering with a Ford Family Scholarship.

Jesse is one of 120 students selected to be a Ford Family Scholar, an honor that will pay for 90% of the cost to attend OSU. “I was really excited to hear I was a recipient. It’s quite a bit of stress release. I won’t have to work as much which means I’ll have more time to dedicate to school,” says Jesse.

He firmly believes his scholarship writing class and his job as a Chemeketa tutor set him apart from the thousands of other applicants. “Tutoring for over two years helped show the Ford Family Foundation that I enjoy working with people and that my values line up with theirs.”

Jesse will enjoy the camaraderie of other Chemeketa engineering students who’ll transfer alongside him this fall, a group he’s grown to consider his extended family. He plans to continue tutoring math, science and engineering privately, believing that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

When asked what he’d tell someone in his former position, who felt stuck or unsure of their next steps, Jesse offers encouraging words.  “Aim high,” he urges, “Pick something you’re decently good at, come up with a plan. If it’s too much it’s not the end of the world.  You just have to start.”


Chemeketa celebrates 2015 graduation

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Graduation 2015Chemeketa’s 2015 graduation ceremony at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion June 16 brought together about three thousand spectators, over 600 participating candidates and 185 faculty, staff and board members.

Yet, the number that is most significant is one.

Graduation matters one person at a time. For our graduates, it’s waiting for one name to be called, yours.

It’s seeing that one person who knows the challenges you overcame.

It’s finding the friend who encouraged you through the toughest times.

Among the honors given to graduates included associate’s degrees, certificates, high school diplomas and GEDs.

Video of student testimonials.

Photos from the 2015 graduation.

Small Business Management celebrates success

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Small Business ManagementThe Peytons were the first to address the audience. The wife-husband team who run Personalized Independence, a corporation that serves adults who are intellectually delayed or developmentally disabled, are part of this year’s class in Chemeketa’s Small Business Management program. Jennie Peyton appreciated the opportunity for perspective, “This program gave us a time and place to think about the business not just do it.”

Marcia Bagnall, director of Chemeketa’s Small Business Development Center summarized results from this year’s program –

  • 76 business owners and key staff participated from 57 businesses located in 11 cities
  • Participants had 500 years of cumulative business experience
  • Their collective gross revenue the year prior to the program was $41.7 million (2013)
  • Their collective gross revenue the year they participated in the program was $46.3 million (2014)
    • The $4.6 million of additional revenue represents an 11% increase from the prior year
  • Employment at the participating businesses increased from 452 to 482 employees in the same timeframe

Most services closed Fridays in July & August

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Community College will switch to summer hours effective Friday, July 3. The college will be open to the public from 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Thursday; most college services will be closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.



Summer hours will not affect the following locations or programs —

  • Brooks Training Center
    • Criminal Justice Instruction Program (Brooks)
    • Emergency Services Instruction Programs (Brooks)
  • Building 48 including MaPS Credit Union and Blue Moon Café
  • CCRLS Admin Office
  • Chemeketa’s Capital Projects, Facilities and Information Technology departments
  • Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI)
  • Corrections Education
  • Eola/Northwest Wine Studies Center
  • International Student Programs
  • Public Safety officers
  • SOAR Program
  • TRiO Upward Bound Summer Academy
  • Workforce Partners at Woodburn Center

The college will resume Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm office hours Monday, August 31.

Chemeketa planning 50-year reunion for fire program

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Fire program reunionChemeketa Community College has been educating firefighters since 1965, and graduates of the program serve in fire departments throughout Oregon.  Former students, graduates family members and anyone else associated with the program are invited to attend a three-day celebration scheduled for September 11-13.

The festivities begin with a Friday evening wine and beer tasting at the Chemeketa Eola Northwest Wine Studies Center. Saturday’s fun will include a golf tournament at the Santiam Golf Club, a motorcycle poker run and a barbecue. Sunday will conclude with an open house at the Chemeketa Brooks Regional Training Center.

All proceeds from the reunion will support emergency service scholarships at Chemeketa. Registration and additional information can be found at or on Facebook at Chemeketa Emergency Services 50th Anniversary Weekend.

Event information details

Chemeketa hires new executive dean

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Claire OliverosClaire Oliveros, PhD is the new executive dean of student development and learning resources at Chemeketa Community College. In that role, she will lead the departments that provide student support services like enrollment, counselling and financial aid. Vice President Jim Eustrom announced the hire, “Claire is a great match for our division, our college and community.” She begins August 1, 2015.

Oliveros has nearly 20 years of higher education and community college experience primarily at Portland Community College. She was most recently PCC’s director of TRIO Student Support Services. TRiO is a federally funded program offering educational opportunity for low-income, first generation, and disabled students. She has doctorate degree in education from Oregon State University with a specialization in community college leadership. Oliveros is looking forward to her next opportunity, “I am excited to become a part of Chemeketa because of its commitment to diversity, equity and student success.”

Oliveros is a TRIO graduate and the first in her family to earn a college degree. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Western Oregon University and earned a Master of Science degree in education, policy, and administrative studies from Portland State University.

During her tenure at PCC, Oliveros led college efforts to link critical theory and practice. She developed student and staff programs to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment using interactive forum theater and strategies for difficult dialogues.

“I am committed to creating programs and services that build community for students affected by institutional oppression in higher education,” she said.

Design collaborations benefit nonprofits and students

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

While the classroom is a prime place to learn the tools of a trade, it’s the hands-on projects that give our Visual Communications students important hands-on experience working with clients, meeting deadlines and budgeting.

Each year, Chemeketa’s Visual Communications students work with local nonprofits to produce materials. Some of this year’s clients included–

  • Marion-Polk Food Share
  • McMinnville Short Film Festival
  • Open Food Source software
  • Salem Audubon Society logo
  • 4Him2Day Children’s Cancer Research Foundation
  • Chemeketa Community College programs including Chemeketa Press, Chemeketa Reads, Chemeketa Writes, Soapbox Poetry, Sustainability and developing a school mascot.

The newly renovated Visual Communcations studio space helps propel the student/client experience to another level. Private meeting and presentation rooms and modern facilities encourage collaboration while Mac labs, personal lockers and larger work spaces helps students excel at their craft.

“I really like the functional photo lab,” says Rowan Wright who graduates this year with his AAS in Graphic Design. “The facilities are less crowded and more accessible, allowing students to work independently.”

Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Rowan plans to freelance in Salem and Portland while searching for a job in a medium-size firm. He credits the Visual Communications program for re-igniting his interest in the profession.

“I encourage anyone considering graphic design to go for it and give it your all. I didn’t think it was an accessible career, but this program trains you to get up to par,” Rowan says as he pauses to greet an admirer of his portfolio. “Now I feel ready.”